Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Featured Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Leinil Francis Yu is the first Pinoy artist to have done what even the legendary Philippine Golden Age comics illustrators who first invaded the U.S. shores, could not achieve, and that is do Marvel and DC Super Heroes. He has drawn Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the X-Men, New Avengers, the Hulk, and a host of other Super Heroes. His skills have been hewn with Super Hero mentality under the tutelage of another Pinoy illustrator in America, Whilce Portacio, who came back to the Philippines, saw the potential of so many artistic talents there and opened a school. Yu was one of Portacio's students, many of whom subsequently went to work in U.S. comics. Yu is now a legitimate Super Star in U.S. comics, not surprisingly, because of his superior figure drawing and layout skills, and is now one of the hottest, most sought-after artist. Yu was one of Marvel Comics' Young Guns of 2007, and recently, was voted the 2008 Artist of the Year by Wizard Magazine.
The following are images from his latest illustrations for Marvel Comics: Wolverine vs Hulk and Secret Invasions. For more of his work check our earlier posting under Super Heroes and Villains by Pinoy Illustrators.