© Piotr Kowalski
© Piotr Kowalski | The Steam Man | Cover for the second volume of “The Steam Man” series. The publisher accepted my suggestion to show a bad character on the cover of the second volume in the series. | Story: Joe R. Lansdale, Mark Alan Miller. | Published by: Dark Horse Comics, 2015. | 2015

Piotr Kowalski

  • born 1973
  • born in Warsaw
  • he lives and creates his works in Warsaw
  • he specializes in comics and book cover illustrations

“Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a comics artist”.

He graduated from the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1995. The first Pole to draw a comic about Hulk for Marvel and the only Polish artist who creates at the French and American markets at the same time. The author of art for one of the comics based on “The Dark Tower” series by Stephen King.

The most important publications: “Dracula L’Immortel” (art), story by M. Dufranne, Casterman, 2010‒2012; “Marvel Knights: Hulk” (art), story by J. Keatinge, Marvel, 2013; “Sex” (art), story by J. Casey, Image, 2013‒2018; “The Dark Tower: the Drawing of the Three” (art), story by P. David and R. Furth, Marvel, 2014‒2015; “The Steam Man” (art), story by M. A. Miller and J. R. Lansdale, Dark Horse, 2015; “Badlands” (art), story by E. Corbeyran, Le Soleil, 2015‒2018; “30 Days of Night” (art), story by S. Niles, IDW, 2018.

Piotr Kowalski is one of few artists who choose not to use a tablet and stay faithful to traditional techniques, such as pencil and ink.
He is one of only several Polish artists to work in the European and American market. Kowalski’s phenomenon consists in the fact that his comics, which are “a hybrid of the American and European style”, as he says himself, are so universal that they meet expectations of various readers. The artist takes what is the best from both sources: the background full of detail from the European comics and very dynamic pages full of action from the American style.
Readers will not find any surprising formal experiments in Kowalski’s works. The solutions used by him, such as panels with non-typical shapes, changes of viewpoint, changes of planes or multiple close-ups, make the action dynamic but fit into the convention.
What is the most important in Kowalski’s works and what makes him able both to work in a team of artists in a specific series (e.g. “Hulk” by Marvel) and to create original individual comics is his perfect and well-developed technique. His strokes are light and precise; his drawings are clean, devoid of strong contours and chiaroscuro constructed with strong spots. Kowalski’s characteristic realistic style makes him able to depict characters’ countenance faithfully; as a result, his silent panels express more emotions than drawings by many other artists, overloaded with words.

Piotr Kowalski Gallery

© Piotr Kowalski | The Steam Man | Page closing the first volume of “The Steam Man” series. This illustration was the introduction to the events taking place in the second volume. | Story: Joe R. Lansdale, Mark Alan Miller. | Published by: Dark Horse Comics, 2015. | 2015
© Piotr Kowalski | The Steam Man | Page closing the first volume of “The Steam Man” series. This illustration was the introduction to the events taking place in the second volume. | Story: Joe R. Lansdale, Mark Alan Miller. | Published by: Dark Horse Comics, 2015. | 2015
© Piotr Kowalski | The Steam Man | This page is an introduction to the spectacular ending of the whole “The Steam Man” series. One of the protagonists is trying to start a gigantic robot. | Story: Joe R. Lansdale, Mark Alan Miller. | Published by: Dark Horse Comics, 2015. | 2015
© Piotr Kowalski | The Steam Man | This page is an introduction to the spectacular ending of the whole “The Steam Man” series. One of the protagonists is trying to start a gigantic robot. | Story: Joe R. Lansdale, Mark Alan Miller. | Published by: Dark Horse Comics, 2015. | 2015
© Piotr Kowalski | Badlands | Cover of the third volume of the series. Here, I have decided to use a quite typical vertical composition. | Story: Eric Corbeyran. | Published by: Soleil, 2018. | 2018
© Piotr Kowalski | Badlands | Cover of the third volume of the series. Here, I have decided to use a quite typical vertical composition. | Story: Eric Corbeyran. | Published by: Soleil, 2018. | 2018
© Piotr Kowalski | Badlands | One of the most interesting pages I have created. The protagonists are hunting a whale. 24 hours of non-stop drawing. | Story: Eric Corbeyran. | Published by: Soleil, 2018. | 2017
© Piotr Kowalski | Badlands | One of the most interesting pages I have created. The protagonists are hunting a whale. 24 hours of non-stop drawing. | Story: Eric Corbeyran. | Published by: Soleil, 2018. | 2017
© Piotr Kowalski | Sex | Untypical page, which I painted using only two ultra-thin brushes made of natural hair. | Story: Joe Casey. | Published by: Image Comics, 2016. | 2016
© Piotr Kowalski | Sex | Untypical page, which I painted using only two ultra-thin brushes made of natural hair. | Story: Joe Casey. | Published by: Image Comics, 2016. | 2016
© Piotr Kowalski | Wolfenstein | Page opening the second chapter of the comics. Here, I wanted to show an interesting view of an underwater city. | Story: Dan Watters. | Published by: Titan Comics, 2017. | 2017
© Piotr Kowalski | Wolfenstein | Page opening the second chapter of the comics. Here, I wanted to show an interesting view of an underwater city. | Story: Dan Watters. | Published by: Titan Comics, 2017. | 2017

More information about the artist: piotrkowalski.artstation.com

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