Muscular art and then some…

I first encountered Bart Sears’ art in Justice League Europe back in the late ’80s. His style was big and bold — and remains so today.

In fact, there are no less than two recent books showcasing his art: Black Book: The Art of Bart Sears and Bart Sears’ Drawing Powerful Heroes! Brutes and Babes Vol. 1.

The books are from Ominous Press, an upstate New York-based publisher that showcases, among others, the talents of Sears, writer Ron Marz and artist Andy Smith. (The company’s next big project — Demi-God — will be co-published by IDW later this month.)

As their names would imply, Black Book is a collection of Sears’ bombastic illustrations from across multiple platforms, including comics and video games, while Drawing Powerful Heroes! provides in-depth tutorials that had their genesis in the defunct Wizard magazine.

To give you a real taste, here are 13 illustrations I’ve culled from Black Book; Sears’ page notes are included.

Heavy-duty stuff, folks:

Black Book is 108 pages and lists for $24.95. Drawing Powerful Heroes! is 144 pages and comes in two editions: hardcover ($39.95) and digital ($19.95). Both can be ordered directly from Ominous Press. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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