“On Fields Of Death & Desolation”: Dark And Haunting Illustrations By Tony Sandoval
You don’t hear enough about Mexican artist Tony Sandoval. Well, I don’t. And I’ve looked, I really have. His stories and sensibilities are unique, his artwork stunning in its layering and animation, and his ability to mix the dark with the irreverent in a way that isn’t either cloying or mercenary makes his work accessible but not pandering. He’s been nominated for three Eisners, but there’s not a lot of excited chatter about his work. There should be.
Born in 1973 in the desert of Northwest Mexico, Tony grew up with a love for art and music. Tony’s first US book, Doomboy, was nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and was selected by several best of lists that year. He followed that success in 2016 with Eisner Award nominations for Best Multimedia Artist, as well as Glance Backward, which he illustrated.