Comic Book characters. Sometimes they are bitter enemies, sometimes they are partners in crime, or they're defending the planet from injustice. And sometimes their toys from VISEone.
Mostly they like to fight, either each other or with their respective enemies. These popular comic book heroes and villains (from companies like Marvel, DC and Image) have understandably had a lot of different interpretations through the years in comic form, movies and figures. The collectible market especially has embraced heroes and villains from all these different comic book universes, giving fans a treasure trove of items they can buy.
With so many collectibles out there, it’s refreshing when you find a new take on these characters. The latest spin on these iconic comic stars comes from VISEone (Wolfgang Ohlig), an artist that has his very own unique spin on pop culture. Though relatively new, his work has certainly moved around the art circuits. His collaborative venture with fellow friend and cartoonist Ralph Ferres produced two sell out resin statues in 2009, Sad Dragon and Sea Hunter.
From there he worked with Disney in 2009 on the Stitch Experiment 626 and went on to work with Topps trading cards, creating his own take on the Star Wars universe. But it is his recent venture with Comic Stripped that got a lot of the fanboys and girls interest.
Comic Stripped is a collection of custom made figures which use comic book pages within them. These pages are incorporated into the creations design, giving a very stylized and powerful look to the pieces. The template used for these creations seem to vary but look similar to the ones found on the Kid Robot website (called MUNNY and DUNNY). Below is an example of some of the more striking creations VISEone has so far commissioned, but for a complete look at his work in this area you should look at the VISEone website gallery, which has a wider selection of work along with the complete Comic Stripped collection.
The way the comic book art is incorporated into the facial features of the hero or villain helps to add an incredible amount of character to them and is quite inspired. The Fantastic Four model especially shows excellence, with a menacing face poking out as well as extracts of comic book forming Ben Grimm’s rocky hide and Reed Richards outstretched arm. In a similar fashion Hellboy has his entire face made out of a comic panel and then slapped onto a model to create a new version of this hero. Because of the way these models are designed, some of them look like they have an element of decay to them. It looks like their actual flesh has fallen away, to reveal the comic book styled skin beneath.
One of the best looking of these custom characters keeps the original design from creator Bill Watterson. VISEone’s version of Hobbes (from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip) is superbly accurate. Hobbes body is papier-
Comic Stripped is not the only sculptures and models that VISEone has turned his unique vision on. Below is a selection of some of his other work which may be of interest to art lovers and comic fans alike.
Images: VISEone, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Bill Watterson