I have never, since I first saw it, been able to really describe Ming Doyle’s artwork and just why I love it. In comics, it truly is one of a kind. Her style is immediately recognisable through her strong featured characters and heavily lined, brushed inks which brings a rough yet graceful texture to her artwork. Mixing that with a washed out, watercolour palette and her art often lends itself to an almost dream-like, surreal noir quality, but is also well suited to a more vibrant palette to bring out the fantastic in her art. It’s artwork that is almost incomparable to any other artist working in comics that I know of save for maybe David Mack? Except Doyle often employs more conventional panel structures meaning the similarity ends with their use of brushed ink work.
If you haven’t already, I would urge you to check out and read “Mara”, the miniseries Ming Doyle worked on with Brian Wood for Image Comics. Her artwork there is not only exemplary of her skills as a designer and a world-builder, but also in how she created a sense of awe in showing superheroics in an otherwise rather realistic setting. It is simply fantastic and her continues to be brilliant no matter what it is she is working. Her work can next be found in the upcoming Vertigo miniseries “The Kitchen” written by Ollie Masters. She can also be found on tumblr where all the sketches collected below are taken from and twitter.
Also, because it was too big to be collected in full here, you should check out Ming Doyle’s comic of Two-Face set to Robert Johnson’s Me And The Devil Blues.
Page from “Mara” #3
Jubilee for the Heroescon 2013 Art Auction
She-Hulk coloured by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover of “Mara” #6
Page from “Mara” #6
Panel from “Adventures Of Superman” #47
Variant cover to “What If? Age Of Ultron” #5
Ming’s Favourite X-Men
Page from “Quantum & Woody #8”
Cover to “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers”
The Winter Soldier
Khan Noonien Singh
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