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Artist Profile: Michael Cho’s superheroes are super retro

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Two things that really flourished during the ‘50s: illustration and comic books. Toronto-based artist and illustrator Michael Cho has perfectly combine those two trends in deliciously retro fashion, creating handmade fan art the old fashioned way. Featuring your favorite heroes of yesteryear – from Superman and Thor, to Batman and Ironman – his work is exceedingly positive and makes you feel that all is right in the world… and if it isn’t, he’ll show us who to turn to.

Much of Cho’s work breaks the digital mold, being created with the tools of the past – pens, pencils, watercolors and gouache – for that truly retro feel. His color palette is limited and communicates with bold strokes of black detailing. To get the often dynamic scenes composed just right, he often creates multiple sketches of his work before creating a final image.

Other themes Cho has followed include series’ featuring famous NBA stars, plenty of retro sci-fi, and a fantastic collection of Toronto back alleys (who knew they could look so inviting?). See more at his website or follow him on Twitter.

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Self portrait with family:

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Artist Profile: Michael Cho’s superheroes are super retro

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