Creative Feature: Black Comic Art by Illumistrations

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Creative Feature - Illumistrations

I’ve been dying to feature the art and illustration work of Charles Arrington, better known as Illumistrations, for months now!

In December, the amazing Virginia-based, self-taught artist was giving away a bundle of his comic art, some originals and some, fan art with a mahogany twist.

The beautiful Black versions of characters I grew up reading and watching danced across my Tumblr dashboard, reblogged over and over by others who were just as excited, and I haven’t been able to forget them since.

Powerpuff Girls by Illumistrations

Powerpuff Girls by Illumistrations

Batgirl, Robin, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Powerpuff Girls, Sailor Moon, Calvin & Hobbes, Supergirl and Wonder Woman all get Illumistration reworks, evoking some serious nostalgia while filling an obvious void — a lack of black and brown faces in comics.

While Charles does a bang-up job in recreating the superheroes, heroines and villains we love, his own characters are remarkable as well.

Hopefully soon, we’ll see his forthcoming graphic novel titled, Redux Deluxe and his first publication, The Illuminate Darkness Experiment: The Art of Evolution.

Check out a few selections below and order prints at illumistrations.tumblr.com/prints.

Sailor Scouts by Illumistrations

Sailor Scouts (Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Mars) by Illumistrations

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy by Illumistrations

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy by Illumistrations

Royal Flush by Illumistrations

Royal Flush by Illumistrations

At The Beach by Illumistrations

At The Beach by Illumistrations

Freckles & Curls by Illumistrations

Freckles & Curls by Illumistrations




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