A Brief Bio of Glen Orbik


"If you're having fun, you're doing it wrong" - Fred Fixler
The only advice Fred gave us which I didn't take to heart.


Several decades ago, with the original intention of drawing super-heroes, I started serious art study with retired illustrator, Fred Fixler.


Movie Posters by Fred Fixler

Fred was a highly skilled illustrator best known for painting movie posters ( Comedy of Terrors, Pit and the Pendulum, Man with the X-ray Eyes, Burn Witch Burn, House of Usher, Hercules- Unchained, Where the Boys Are, etc...). and elegant pretty girls.




Fred had been a student of Frank Reilly and Robert Beverly Hale at the Art Students' League, with fellow classmates James Bama, Robert Maguire and Clark Hulings, among many others.





Laurel sketch by Glen

 

After a few years, I took over many of Fred's classes at the school he started when he retired from teaching and have continued off and on for over 20 years.

While at school I met future partner and sometimes collaborator, Laurel Blechman, a fellow Fixler student and teacher.

I've been lucky enough to work on everything from book covers to movie posters, collectable lithographs and plates, to video games and comic books. I've gotten to do covers for such authors as Stephen King and Ray Bradbury.


I've painted retro detectives, femme fatales, fantasy heroes, Sci-Fi rockets & Jedi's, western bandits and Hammer-style vampires. I'm a major fan of classic magazine illustration (who isn't ?), pulp paperback art, and film- noir.

A short, incomplete list of artistic influences (and a chance to name-drop...) :


Robert McGinnis, Gil Elvgren, Dean Cornwell, Mead Schaeffer,Andrew Loomis, John Buscema... and a healthy dose of Norman Rockwell


Partial client list


DC Comics, Vertigo, Marvel Comics, Warner Bros., Clampett Studios, Universal Pictures, Sony, Avon Books, Berkley Books, cRandom House, Del Rey, Hard Case Crime, and TSR / Dungeons and Dragons.

Copyright © 2014 by Glen Orbik