Mark Schultz (born June 7, 1955) is an American storyteller of words and pictures. He is a comics writer and artist, illustrator, and author. He created the award-winning, adventure fiction comics series Xenozoic Tales. Schultz is also the author and illustrator of the Storms at Sea novella, and has produced a plethora of images for many projects. Currently, he writes the Prince Valiant comics strip for the Sunday newspapers, is working on a new Xenozoic graphic novel, illustrates covers and commissions, and continues to release sketch/art books of his various drawings.
Though Mark can draw anything, he wisely puts a lot of thought into his working process. The results are dynamic, bold works of art, with wonderfully great and interesting compositions.
Viewers are drawn into the entire image first, and then they are invited to browse the many details and elements within the entire picture. Every illustration does a superb job at drawing viewers deep into his stories.
Characters in virtually every image are surrounded by astounding and memorable environments. All the elements of his compositions are planned and positioned accurately. There is great balance in all this.
Schultz’s ability to sketch is remarkable and there is balance also in his stunning line work, achieved by the use of both thick and thin strokes, be they pen or brush. In addition, his line work flows with great sense of movement.
I love the natural world — especially forests and jungles — and he draws it so well. He’s skilled at drawing lush vegetation, rocks, and animals — not just human figures and fictional creatures and characters. Mark can draw different rock formations with ease and all kinds of flora and fauna. Of special note are his wonderful and incredible dinosaurs and figures and forms.
Schultz’s lively artistic style greatly enhances whichever comics and books he illustrates. It is perfect for depicting and conveying adventure.
As for his writing and storytelling abilities, they are just as wonderful as his drawing and painting skills.
To conclude, when I long for an unforgettable adventure, I dive into Mark Schultz’s world.