With minimal as the mantra of the 2010s, Craig Drake's art has come along at just the right moment. He balances simplicity with enough well placed detail & beloved pop subject matter to make his work irresistible.
This post focuses on Asian movie, anime & comic pop icons. This isn't the first time I've featured Craig's art & I can guarantee you it won't be the last.
Craig recently had his second solo show at Hero Complex Gallery. The links to purchase prints below all lead to the Hero Complex Store. (Art without links has already sold out)
Akira - Foil Variant (36" x 12")
HAIKU Art Review: Craig Drake
80s graphic style
Slick pop nostalgia
Craig hails from the chilly suburbs north of 8 Mile Road in the Detroit, Michigan area. Determined to be an artist, he studied at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, & graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. In 1998, Craig moved to San Francisco & worked for several years doing freelance design & animation for companies such as Adobe & EA. In 2006, he transitioned to Lucasfilm where he created his first Patrick Nagel homage of Princess Leia.
"Having grown up in the '80s, I was exposed to some amazing signature pop culture visuals. Truthfully, Patrick Nagel’s style really annoyed me as a kid, but as time went on I began rediscovering his work -- his brilliantly minimalist yet bold vision of beautiful, strong women is what inspired me to illustrate."
Princess Mononoke - Limited Edition of 100 (24" x 36")
Patrick Nagel (Nov 25, 1945 – Feb 4, 1984) was an American artist who created popular illustrations which emphasized the simple grace & beauty of the female form, in a distinctive style descended from Art Deco. He is best known for his illustrations for the pop group Duran Duran, for whom he designed the cover of the best selling album Rio.
36th Chamber - Limited Edition of 100 (24" x 36")
Bruce Lee - T-Shirt
Gogo - Large Variant Editions of 25 (24" x 72")