Ashley Wood

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

About a year or so ago, Karen and I strolled into The Secret Headquarters in Silverlake, LosAngeles. The shop can be described as a sort of grown up version of a traditional comic bookstore, only made to be a bit on the hip side of the spectrum. As I paroused the shelves and displays, a distorted impressionistic soldier book cover caught my curious yet dumbstruck gaze.

Dos Tarino by Ashly Wood
My brain couldn't quite map or find any frame of reference where to place these wild yet very evocative illustrations.  The unnecessary Catholic guilt managed to creep up once the sexual themes started appearing which sort of sent me into a conclusion of "this must be all perverted content". But the color schemes, anatomy distortions, and other line work were so technically sound that I managed to put my prejudices aside and bought the book.

 Ashely Wood is the dreamer of this sexually charged mecha world. It's definitely worth giving his work a glance, and perhaps even picking up one his pieces or books.


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