In the hustle and bustle of...stuff...it's always nice to take a break and get reacquainted with some of the greats of our field. Today: Ron Cobb.
With no formal art training, Ron began his career at the age of 18 as an "inbetweener" artist for the Walt Disney Studios and eventually graduated to being a "break down artist" for Sleeping Beauty in 1959. His art career was interrupted when he was drafted by the Army in 1960; he served in Vietnam in 1963 as a draughtsman in the Signal Corps. Following his discharge he became an editorial cartoonist for the west coast alternative newspapers (with a special focus on environmental concerns—and he designed the Ecology flag in 1969), as well as a cover artist for Famous Monsters of Filmland, a book cover painter, and ultimately a designer and concept artist for such films as Dark Star, Star Wars, Alien, and Conan the Barbarian, Cobb's career has been both multi-faceted and influential.
Below: Some of Ron's editorial cartoons for The Los Angeles Free Press.
Below: Ron's design for the Ecology flag.
Below: Several of Ron's covers for Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Below: Ron's design for the ship in John Carpenter's first professional film, Dark Star.
Below: Ron's cover for the novel Autumn Angels by Arthur Byron Cover.
Below: Ron's cantina alien concepts for Star Wars.
Below: Several designs for The Nostromo for Alien.
Below: An untitled fantasy painting.
Below: Ron has had several books of his editorial cartoons published, but Colorvision  is the only general art book devoted to his work that's been published so far.
Below: Two concept pieces for 1982's Conan the Barbarian.