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George Amaru, Illustrator

I have a passion for telling stories. Since childhood my imagination has churned out fantastic tales of adventure, suspense action and fantasy. This passion was inspired by the adventures of heroes of justice, explorers of space, and knights of old republics. This passion burns like a fire that tells me that these stories must be told; and like Prometheus, I am driven to share that fire, to share the power of those stories, with the world.

As you scroll, you'll have the opportunity to take a "behind the scenes" look into my personality as an illustrator.

However if you prefer, you may skip the guided tour and view my illustration galleries here.

Sequential Illustration

Comics are my first love when it comes to illustration. It is because of my devotion to the medium that I am an illustrator at all. At the bottom of this page, you’ll have the opportunity to read all about how comics started me on this illustrated path, but for now allow me to let my work do the talking.

Here you will find a selection of my comics work. You can click on the images to enlarge them and you can see my entire sequential art portfolio here.

Book & Comic Covers

It is the image that captures the gaze of a potential reader; the image that encapsulates the story, piques the interest, tempts the imagination and hopefully sells the book. It is the all-important cover.

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to illustrate many different book and comic covers. Sometimes they are for books on which I worked, other times the publisher has asked me to come on board to put that final touch on a book with which I had no prior involvement. Either way I consider it an honor to be asked to create this most important piece of art.

Here are a few such works. As always you may view my entire cover portfolio here.

Posters & Pin-Ups

The portraits of kings, heroes, heroines, lovers and legends; sexy women on the beach, calendar girls and girls next door; dramatic action scenes, epic battles, sweeping landscapes and worlds beyond imagination, these are the images that captivate us.

While certainly not as integral to the art of comics as sequential pages and often not as thought provoking as pure creations of fine art, pin-ups and posters can enrich our lives by decorating our homes with images that inspire and conjure all kinds of emotions and sometimes, they just look cool.

Here is a sampling of my pin-up work. You may view more samples on my illustration page.

Editorial & Spot Illustrations

While completing my B.F.A. in Graphic Design, I had the opportunity to serve as Art Director for The Equinox, Keene State College’s nationally recognized student newspaper. During my tenure, I created many designs and illustrations to accompany the fantastic articles turned in by the talented staff writers.

Below you will find a sampling of that work. Click the images to enlarge them and click here for a gallery of these pieces.


My Comic Book Origin Story

On November 18th 1992, DC Comics released SUPERMAN Vol. 2, #75. In this issue of larger than life, non-stop, splash-page-only action, Superman's epic battle with the monster know only as "Doomsday" came to a close with the Man of Steel sacrificing himself to put the monster down for good.

I had been a Superman fan for as long as I could remember. I had seen the movies with Christopher Reeve, the many incarnations of the Super-Friends cartoons, I had the Super Powers line of toys and my mom even made me my own Superman cape when I was 3 or 4. While I was aware of the comics, I wasn't an avid reader until DC announced an upcoming story arc in the Superman books called simply, Doomsday, and revealed that the climax would involve the Man of Steel's death. Shockwaves were felt in both comic and mainstream culture. I won't go into the specifics of the event and its fall-out, as it has been very well covered elsewhere. Suffice it to say that I was hooked, big time. It was during the "Death and Return" story that I had the revelation that it was someone's job to draw the books that I had been reading and given the modest amount of artistic ability I had already cultivated, I figured that perhaps one-day I could do draw for a living as well.

And so began my journey toward becoming a professional artist. A journey that began because of a single comic book story, written and drawn in part by a man named Dan Jurgens. I would continue to read the books regularly after this event and Mr. Jurgens' artwork continued to inspire me to develop my own skills. Given how instrumental he was to this era of Superman comics and how influential those books and his work were to me, it is fairly safe to say that I would likely not be an artist now, if it wasn't for Dan Jurgens and the rest of the DC Comics Superman creative team. I owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude.

See you all in the "Funny Pages."

George Amaru, Designer

In many ways I’m not the typical designer. My initial training is as an illustrator and many of my influences come from the fine arts, as well as popular culture, such as films, television and comics.

As you scroll, you'll have the opportunity to take a "behind the scenes" look into my personality as a designer.

However if you prefer, you may skip the guided tour and view my design galleries here.

As I reflect on my development as a designer, I realize that though my initial training was on the fine arts side of the spectrum, I was interested in design before I even knew what design was; dating back to posters on the walls at school, to the layout of textbooks, magazine covers and even packaging designs. When I was in middle school, the local police department redesigned the graphics on their cruisers, which had previously been the “old fashioned” basic black and white design from the 50’s, and I was completely enamored. This was around the same time that I realized that people were paid to draw comics, so the idea of making a living in art and design was just starting to percolate in my brain.
And so the journey began...

Web Design

Much like the design of this site, I often find myself divided between two separate parts of my psyche. In addition to the divide between my design and fine art selves, I also have a divide between my creative and structured minds. This dichotomy is perhaps perfectly suited to website design. Designing for the web allows me to express my creative side and find design solutions similar to those in other graphic design related fields, but the exactness and structure of the coding languages like HTML and CSS appease the more rigged and organized part of my mind.

Below you will find screenshots of some of my designs. Click on them to be taken to their case studies and to visit the live sites, as they exist today.


Motion Design & Animation

Ever since I was a child, I have of course been captivated by animation of all kinds. I grew up on shows like the various incarnations of Superfriends, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and much, much more. I was also fascinated by the title sequences for movies and TV. From Superman: The Movie to Batman ‘89, to Star Wars, Star Trek and even recent properties like Daredevil and True Detective, I’ve been fascinated by the visual spectacle and even the unique narrative potential of this art form. As my design education went on, I had the opportunity to learn how to create those animations and title sequences that I had been captivated by for so long.

Below is a selection of my motion design and animation work.


Advertising Design

As I often say, I have a passion for telling stories. The story of the problem solved by a new product; of the small business that invites you to place your order on their new website; the call to action to “book now and start your own adventure,” even the stories of gods among men, fighting for truth and justice. My fire tells me that these stories must be told and like Prometheus, I am driven to share that fire, to share the power of those stories, with the world.

Advertising is all about telling stories. Sometimes these stories inspire us to greatness, to gather together to accomplish some grand goal that will make the world a better place. Most of the time, the stories just try to sell you something by showing how great someone's life is because they have product X and how much better off you'll be if you buy it too. For good or for ill, advertising is a part of all of our lives.

Here are some samples of my advertising design. Click on them to be taken to their case studies.


Logo Design

The brand. The identity. The mark that tells the world who you are, what you do and what you stand for. Unfortunately, people seem to take logos and the art form of logo design for granted. They undervalue the importance of a well-designed mark and how a poorly designed logo can negatively affect their business.

Logo design can flex one’s design muscles like nothing else. Condensing and encapsulating the energy and personality of an organization in graphic form is no small feat. It can be wholly satisfying and completely maddening all at the same time.

Here are some samples of my advertising design. Click on them to be taken to their case studies.


News/Editorial Design

While completing my B.F.A. in Graphic Design, I had the opportunity to serve as Art Director for The Equinox, Keene State College’s nationally recognized student newspaper. During my tenure, I created many designs and illustrations to accompany the fantastic articles turned in by the talented staff writers.

Below you will find a sampling of that work. Click the images to enlarge them and click here for a gallery of these pieces, as well as some of the newspaper advertisements I’ve created.