If you don't know who this guy is, I'm sorry for you. He's one awesome dude who I was lucky enough to go to high school with. I'd like to consider myself an artist on occasion, but he is something else entirely.
His name is Jack Burke and he graduated from Shoreham-Wading River High School in 2014. He is currently studying at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. So, naturally, you can assume that his art talents from the time we graduated last year to today would have increased even in such a short time. And, naturally, you'd be right.
I've been blown away by what's he's been able to come up with and after contacting him, I've gotten the green light to show you some of the awesome stuff that he's made.
He managed to accomplish this piece the day after watching Jurassic World. There was no hesitation and, as you can see, it is fantastic.
This piece is pretty much what made me decide to share his work with you. I saw it right after I, myself, watched the movie. And if you couldn't tell, what surprised me the most was the time frame in which he made this piece. He called it "some quick fan-art for [his] new favorite movie, Jurassic World". Just think of how phenomenal this would be if he gave himself more time!
You know what, let's not think about it. Let's look at some of the other stuff he's done.
This was another quick piece he did and this was done in preparation for Jurassic World. As in this was his way of getting psyched for the movie. And I've gotta be honest with you, when I saw it I got psyched too.
Yes, that is Deadpool, Pyro (Team Fortress 2), and Krieg (Borderlands 2). As the title to this piece suggests, these characters are all psychos. And they just happen to be three of Jack's favorites.
I can't tell you how many times I've looked over at Jack's notebook to see a dragon scrawled beside his notes. Dragons are something he's always drawn. For as long as I've known him, he's been drawing dragons and it can easily be seen in how fantastic each one turns out. There isn't a single one I've seen that was even close to being sub par.
Yet another dragon piece that is wonderfully done. This piece was a part of a school project that he decided to base around drawing dragons.
This piece is part of an ongoing series Jack has been working on and I'm anxiously waiting to see come to fruition. The guy in the armor on the left is James Greenfield, a man who was once part of a criminal organization that ended up losing both his arms and a leg in a car crash before becoming a Freelancer. The girl in the middle back there with the mask on is Sasha, a gun expert who never ever takes off her mask. The gorilla is named Lockjaw and he has human intelligence and actually made James's suit. The girl with the intense red hair is Ethel Burndstrum, AKA Fore-Eyes, who with the help of her goggles can see through virtually anything and slightly into the future. And lastly we've got Ethel's twin brother, Ethan Burndstrum, AKA Mr. Magik Man who has a rainbow sword (and yes, that's supposed to be Jack).
As the caption suggests, this piece is the first of a three-part artwork. As you'll see from the next two pieces, his knowledge of dragons is pretty impressive. Especially considering they're fictional.
This part of the piece dives under the surface and looks at the possible muscular structure of said dragon. Jack even goes as far as to label different muscles in the dragon. Can you figure out the next part?
If you mentally guessed part 3 would be the neurological system of the dragon, you'd be wrong. We've got the skeletal system right here. Again labeled like the muscles.
Part of me wants to see what European Valley Dragons looks like. Or Asian River Dragons. Or whatever other dragons Jack knows or can think of.
Jack's one of the most impressive artists I know. So I'm here not only to showcase a few of his pieces, but direct you to his Deviantart page and his Red Bubble page. Seriously go check out some of his other works and even buy a few of his products too.
Lastly, Jack Burke and his friend Ailish Shea recently started a webcomic titled "Storming the Castle". It follows a dwarf, a wood elf archer, an elven mage, and a human warrior coming together as a team to fight off evil. It's only just started, but it has a lot of potential. I'm already planning on reading it from start to finish and I'd like for you to join me and Jack and Ailish on this awesome journey here.