What do we do?
Studio ComX®, founded in 2004, is a conceptual design studio for developing comics characters for licensing and designing and manufacturing lifestyle products using original comics art.
In other words, we create cute comic characters and let commercial companies use our characters on their products.
We also create popular products with our original comic art.
What is our work method?
All of the studio’s art work and character are handcrafted. The process begins with a pencil on paper drawing. Then the illustrations are ink painted (inking), computer scanned and processed on a digital painting software, using shading, color curves, and dynamic lighting. After the initial figure painting, experimentations with various colors, and composition.
What influences our work?
The studio’s primary inspiration source is life itself: interesting day-to-day situations, objects, people, movies, or just wild imagination. Several art styles influence our art.
In some of our works, you can find the influence of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. In others, you can discover the influence of the world of comics.
The latter usually combines elements of several types of comics:
American comics (such as produced by companies like DC or Marvel):
The figure’s style is more realistic. The shadows are stronger and more contrasting; The inking is more defined; Hair, out of more lines, unlike the chunks in Manga.
Manga: Japanese comics. One of the most captivating elements of Manga is the large eyes. An additional characteristic is the light eloquent contour that heightens the colors. European comics (of the most famous examples are Astrix and Rin Tin Tin): comics that use a very colorful coloring style, using primary colors, unlike the American comics where colors are bright and sparkling.
By choice, the studio avoids superheroes to create ageless art, which will cater to a broader audience and not only restricted to the ‘super-heroes genre.
How did it all begin?
It all started in 2004 when We opened our studio, collected a great bunch of talented people, and started to created original comics artworks.
We used our original comic artwork to create products and started selling them in the artist fair in Dizengoff Center mall in Tel Aviv.
As we continued to grow, we have added more products to our collection and started to offer different design and illustration services to individuals and brands.
And we kept growing. People loved our products and our unique, vivid style. We started to get noticed by the media and by major brands.
Our first licensing deal was with Visa cal – Israel credit card company that bought the rights to use our artworks on their credit card.
Soon after that, we signed a licensing deal to produce back-to-school products featuring our character Bella The Cow©.
Soon after, we have developed the character of Lilly The Sheep© and expanded our poll of licensors.
Whats next, who knows.