Born on January 22, 1970 in Portland Oregon, Alex Ross took a keen interest in art from his mother as she was a commercial artist. He was influenced by comic book artists like John Romita Sr, Neal Adams and the like. His work was also influenced by Norman Rockwell because he appreciated the realism that Norman Rockwell created in his figure work. This style, rarely seen in comics, went on to become what he would be known for.
He would then harness his craft by going to school for 3 years. In realizing that most artists draw and sketch in comic books, he chose to paint and focus on realism rather than become just another sketcher.
In the early part of his career during the 1990’s, Ross would take a job as a storyboard artist. It wasn’t until 1993 that he did work as a comic book painter. And the book? Superman: Doomsday & Beyond.
Alex Ross’ big break came when Marvel comics offered him a chance. In 1994 he created the now classic, Marvels.
In 1996 Ross worked alongside Mark Waid to create the DC Comics series “Kingdom Come”. Basically, the premise of the story was DC characters coming out of retirement to put a stop to anti-heroes.
In the early 2000’s Ross was still producing work for Marvel and DC Comics. In 2001 and 2002 he would get one of the honours of his life and be asked to create benefit comic designs in the wake of the 911 Tragedy. At the onset of 2002 he was given the opportunity to create the poster for the Academy Awards.
In 2005 Ross worked another mini-series for DC Comics entitled “Justice”.
Comic Books, Toys, and Statues
With success in designing comic book artwork it was only a matter of time until his work would get recognition in other forms of media. DC Comics began to produce action figures inspired by his artwork in “Kingdom Come”. His work was also featured on other statues like Batman.
Alex Ross – The Painter
Once dubbed the comic book genres favorite painter, he won the Favorite Painters Award from the Comic Buyers Guide 7 years in a row. Shortly thereafter, the Comics Buyers Guide retired the award.