An Artist Inspired By Ukiyo-e Creates Absolutely Stunning Illustrations Of Superheroes

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An Artist Inspired By Ukiyo-e Creates Absolutely Stunning Illustrations Of Superheroes
The Infinity Gauntlet. (Image: Dakota Alexander)

As a kid, Gifu City artist Dakota Alexander developed a lifelong love for ukiyo-e, a style of traditional Japanese woodblock painting that became popular during the Edo period. Like many young people, Alexander also happened to have a fondness for comic books and superheroes.

Ukiyo-e paintings have traditionally depicted epic, dramatic scenes plucked from significant moments in history, fables, and natural settings. For the past couple of years, Alexander’s been experimenting with ukiyo-e style, focusing on illustrations of heroes. Suffice to say, the results are absolutely gorgeous:

Spider-Man and the Black Cat. (Image: Dakota Alexander)
Black Panther. (Image: Dakota Alexander)
Black Widow. (Image: Dakota Alexander)
Ant-Man. (Image: Dakota Alexander)

Wonder Woman. (Image: Dakota Alexander)

You check out even more of Alexander’s work on ArtStation—and if you’re so inclined, prints are available to purchase on Etsy.

Comments

  • Not sure if it’s the same artist, but I have seen several other prints in this style with videogame and pop-culture characters such as Sonic, Mario, Pokemon and Ninja Turtles.

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