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Awesome Art Picks: Batman, Jean Grey, Optimus Prime and More

The coolest comic book art you won't see in comics.

This is the point in the week that we sit back and enjoy gazing at amazing comic art that will never appear in actual comics. Artists often do sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their blogs, websites and Tumblrs. You can arrange your own commissions with some of them through their sites so be sure to check them out for more information.

Not only is Khary Randolph a cool guy, he's also a great artist. I first met Khary at C2E2 earlier this year when he took the Mystery Art Challenge ("Captain America and a Pizza"). Check out these recent sketches he posted on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera is often posting the commissions he does on his blog. He also posts lots of great behind-the-scenes reference shots that he does.

Have you read this week's AMERICAN VAMPIRE by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque? It was a punch in the gut. Check out this sketch of Aquaman Rafael posted on his Twitter.

Michael Walsh posted this elegant Wolverine sketch on his Tumblr this week.

Every time I see a Marvel character on Chris Giarrusso's website, I get extremely happy and sad. Mini Marvels was such a blast. Even the simply Wolverine head fills me with joy. He's also been doing a bunch of Image variants for their anniversary. Chris posted the penciled and inked version of the MORNING GLORIES cover.

Todd Nauck posted a couple sketches this week on his Instagram page. I really dig that Rogue.

I love Sean "Cheeks" Galloway's Superman posted on his Deviant Art Page. And check out his Link as well.

Daniel HDR posted more commissions on his Tumblr. I'm such a Space Ghost fan. I dug that miniseries DC published in 2007**. I'd love to see another but I doubt that will happen.

Joel Gomez posted some more Marvel/UppderDeck sketch cards on this Tumblr.

Mahmud Asrar posted a couple great sketches this week on his Tumblr. I love it anytime someone posts a Jean Grey sketch.

Mike McKone posted a couple sketches on his TwitPic page this week. Check out his Robin and THOR #252 cover recreation.

Agnes Garbowska has been in Japan at a convention. She managed to post this great Gambit and Juibilee sketch on her Tumblr.

What are your thoughts on Denis Medri's 'Rockabilly Batman' sketches? There is a fan page for the idea and check out his versions of all these characters he posted on his Deviant Art page.

Robert Atkins posted this cool Bucky/Winter Soldier sketch on his blog this week.

Mike Mayhew posted a couple Marvel Premier Sketch card on his Twitter page.

Brett Booth posted a few new sketches this week on his blog. The first is his rejected version of EARTH 2 Flash. Doesn't look bad to me. He also posted the Superman Family as well as Zealot.

That's it for this week. If we're missing any professional artist's site or blog, let me know and I'll get them on my radar. We'll have another installment next week.

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Posted by ARMIV2

So much awesome!

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Posted by ComicMan24

Booth and Asrar <3 And that Rockabilly Batman doesn't look bad either.

Posted by jesusdisciple001

jonboy meyers and mike bowden

Posted by ThexX

The Bucky and Zealot ones are my favorite.

Posted by longbowhunter

I love the Mike McKone Robin and the Rivera Batgirl.

Posted by VyseCarma

'Rockabilly Batman'? I'd read it.

Posted by InnerVenom123

I seriously get the feeling that the Rockabilly Batman dude is gonna end up making a comic about it at some point.

I mean, we finally got a picture of his Batman and Joker.

It's a matter of time at this point.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Galloway's Superman pieces win this week I say!

Edited by Fantasgasmic

Am I the only one who doesn't care for Rockabilly Batman?! I loved the concept but I'm not a fan of the executions. Maybe if I saw a finished penciled inked and colored piece or the same designs done by an artist with a less cartoony style.

Edited by Decept-O

Michael Walsh's "simple" Wolverine piece....yeah....great stuff! Yes it is simple I agree but that is what is so lovely about it.

Robert Atkins, great as always, Brett Booth...damn diggity...., Mike McKone, love the action and colors...wow... Mahmud Asrar his Rocketeer and Jean Grey both superb.

Rafael Albuquerque's Aquaman, well, looks a bit like an image of Wolverine to me. Sorry. My one critique I guess and I rarely say anything like that, but it looks off to me.

Ultra-Man!

Denis Medri has a unique twist on Batman to say the least. His other works are impressive, but I really really love that version of Catwoman here!

Enjoyed 'em all but I can't fawn over everybody all the time...*phew*....

Posted by Inverno

Loved it =D

Posted by fluffypigeons

coolness!!!!!

Posted by bunkerbuster05

I would do anything, ANYTHING to have a rockabilly Batman comic book. Dat art!

Posted by benzino_x

@ARMIV2 said:

So much awesome!

Indeed!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@InnerVenom123 said:

I seriously get the feeling that the Rockabilly Batman dude is gonna end up making a comic about it at some point.

I mean, we finally got a picture of his Batman and Joker.

It's a matter of time at this point.

I'd love that

Posted by pikahyper

They ended up using that Morning Glories cover by Chris Giarrusso this week for the variant of Morning Glories #23.

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Posted by mightypug78

rockabilly batman is really growing. some one team up a great writer and the artist and make a comic book.

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Posted by Crimsonlord53

That marvel girl outfit is starting to grow on me maybe all it takes is a good artist to make it look good.

Posted by Press Oblivion

That Brett Booth stuff is stellar! Great selections as always.

Posted by Big_Nasty

Gambit and Jubilee playing cards is a nice touch .

Posted by Fetts
OH MY GAMMIT I LOVE IT. THANK YOU FATHER CHRISTMAS!!! 
Posted by Miss_Garrick

This is my favorite.

Hey, Denis Medri! I challenge you to draw Doctor Who and Legion of Super Hero characters in a Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon space style!!!

Posted by dcfox

My pick of the week:

I want a print of this.

Posted by knightofthechronicle

If Medri made a comic out of those drawings I'd buy it in a second

Posted by bad_rubber_piggy

I like the Skeletor by Gomez, nice finds G-MAN.

Posted by Icon

I love the Super family sketch from Brett Booth, and the Batman ones.

Posted by Cavemold

the question one is my favorite.

Posted by Mbecks14

Paolo Rivera and Mike McKone's stuff are always awesome!

Posted by nszerdy

Robin, Rocketeer, Thor Cover, and Catwoman are amazing!

..And Zelda!?

Posted by grenade728

Awesome Picks this week!

Posted by Dbennett6684

That rocketeer is sweet

Posted by Vincent_Valjean

You mean we'll never see Batman Rockabilly as an elseworld story?Damn it!!!!

Posted by redwingx

That rejected costume for Earth 2 Flash should totally be Wally West new costume.

Posted by danhimself

it probably took me close to 10 minutes to make it through this since I kept scrolling up to look at that amazing Optimus Prime sketch....so awesome!!

Posted by Loki2u

@Fantasgasmic said:

Am I the only one who doesn't care for Rockabilly Batman?! I loved the concept but I'm not a fan of the executions. Maybe if I saw a finished penciled inked and colored piece or the same designs done by an artist with a less cartoony style.

Disagree. Love the art. Its rough and gritty- seems like it would be a perfect fit for the concept.

Posted by TheHeat

Optimus Prime and Zealot!

Posted by supergmoney

DC COMICS, please let the Rockabilly Batman happen already!!!!

Posted by DocFishstick

great art

Posted by cyberchop979

Is it wrong to say I think I prefer Booth's Earth 2 costume for Jay Garrick over the current one?

Posted by save.me.now

Asrar's always good. Like nearly everyone else I love the rockabilly batman. The Walsh wolverine, Link and Zelda, and Super Crossing Guard.

Posted by TheRyanHimself

I prefer that Earth 2 Flash to be honest. I'd love to see it colored.

Posted by VictorVonDoom_1

Beautiful.

Posted by RoboShark

love oit

Posted by sweatboy

Brett Booth takes this one, (is that Earth 2 Flash or Earth 3 Crime Syndicate Flash? Earth 2 Flash used to be Jay Garrick but i'm not keeping up with new 52)

Posted by urstenky

Most of the sketches are great but the manga/cartoony sketches (ugh), may be for some but not for me. The Mike Mckone art was the best especially the Thor cover recreation and his Robin.

Posted by kid Apollo

Brett Booth's Zealot is awesome, so much bett then the inunspired crap Liefeld put out a few months ago

Posted by DanyBoy

Aquaman is so badass !

Posted by Sammo21

I love checking out the awesome art picks. Even for characters I don't care for some of this art is amazing.

Posted by GodDamnIronMan

The Batman is my favorite....unique taste of style and fashion

Posted by DeVianThaI

Wow. Brett Booth is incredible.