! I have so many favorite #VariantCovers
but this week I’ll show off what has somewhat become a modern iconic cover with #Batgirl
12 from Sept 2010. It’s an early Stanley ArtGerm Lau cover but its success quickly catapulted the artist into one of the most popular Variant Cover artists working today. ——> Born and bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted #StanleyLau
wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios–a world acclaimed digital art studio that produces high quality artworks for the likes of Capcom, DC Comics, Marvel Comics and other giants in the entertainment and gaming industry. —-> Formally trained in graphic design and advertising, Stanley’s art is imbued with a strong sense of aesthetics and visual fluidity. It is a perfect blend of eastern and western art styles. Better known by his handle #Artgerm
, Stanley’s art continues to infect and inspire new generations of artists and his ever-growing fan base around the world. —-> Tetsuo Hara (Fists of the North Star) Yohji shinkawa (Metal Gear), James jean (Fables), Adam Hughes… as some of his influences. —-> Stanley is able to tell a story with this cover. Batgirl has been in a tough fight with rips and tears in her costume and blood smeared across her chin. But in her face you see no fear, you can see that she has enjoyed the fight. I use to watch a lot of #BruceLee
movies growing up & I believe this is a #homage
to a common trope that Lee would use in his movies after an opponent drew blood on him. Not only was it intimidating to his opponents but visually it was always one of those, “Hell Yeah” Moments! —-> To add even more visual interest, #Stanley
added rain bouncing off her shoulder and running down her cowl. —-> Batgirl Vol. 3, 12 currently guides at 9.8 for $250.