California-based comics artist Ryan Sook’s style has evolved rapidly over the last decade. His first work displayed a strong and sometimes overly imitative Mignola influence which was put to good use by Mike Mignola himself when he chose Sook to illustrate the Hollow Earth story arc for the Hellboy spinoff series, B.P.R.D.
Sook’s art has since grown more personal, acquiring confidence and achieving a unique blend of elegance and sensuality. A master of composition and colors, Sook is a highly sought-after cover artist.
Preliminati is a signed and numbered, limited edition, 24-page book of preliminary drawings for DC comics. The back cover has a blank space that Sook fills in with an original sketch. The gallery on Sook’s website reveals a love for the classic Frankensteins, with the traditional flathead Monster and lovely sketches of the Bride — with neck bolts! — interspersed among the images of DC superheroes.
Preliminati, Vol. 1 is available directly from the artist.