Rick Vietch

Rick Veitch
Mirage Publishing

I have to say, it took me a little while to get used to Mr. Veitch’s work. At first I found his turtles kind of… well… intimidating. They are very dynamic while at the same time maintaining their basic shape: emphasis on the musculature with a very flexible face that tends towards less detail, but no less expression. The art of Veitch has a special place in my heart, because the three-issue mini-series that he wrote an illustrated, The River, was among the very first TMNT comics I read, after having rediscovered my interest in the genre.
    His turtles seem kind of awkwardly-shaped: Very broad in the middle around the thighs, upper arms and shell areas, with smaller feet and head. It tends to make one feel a bit off-balance, but I really think it’s a matter of getting used to the style which, after a few reads, grows on you. At least, it grew on me. One of the most interesting aspects of his artwork is his ability to texture stuff, and bring out a three-dimensional quality upon a two-dimensional drawing. You get the impression that you could reach out and feel the texture of the object upon the page (FUN-kay!). He makes excellent use of these patterns and textures by alternating them with areas of smoothness, such as the turtles’ skin and a simple background, keeping the whole panel interesting.
    Speaking of panels, he isn’t afraid to experiment with different shapes, and break out of the tradition of having all panels be rectangles. Good stuff.

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