Finally featuring an artist who has less involvement with the Japanese anime/manga world. Anyways, I found Jo Chen from looking at the spectacular cover of an issue of Runaways in a comic shop one day, but couldn’t find her name on the book cover, so I went home and googled to find her profile. Was absolutely blown away by the quality of her cover illustrations, and she is now among my favourite artists.
Jo Chen is a female Taiwanese freelance artist who now lives in the USA and is therefore fluent in both Chinese and English. She draws mainly colour covers and interiors for various comic books, but she has also published her own manga (originally in Chinese, then translated into English by Tokyopop) called “The Other Side of the Mirror”. She is best known for her work on Runaways and Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic books. Surprisingly(?), she was also the one who drew the Fable and Fable II boxart.
Her style is sophisticated and realistic. Lots of fantastical elements, but lighting, colouring, poses, expressions, are all quite real and natural. What I like best is her colouring. It is, without doubt, incredible. I could stare at one picture forever, basically.
Old website: http://jo-chen.com/engpage/engpage.htm
Profile on Comicvine: http://www.comicvine.com/jo-chen/26-1934/
Artwork gallery: http://comicartcommunity.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=330