As well as a tremendous figure drawer and character designer, I think of today's artist as much as a teacher as anything else. I've mostly talked to Mark at conventions, and it has always been a pleasure - he has a deep passion for what he does, and it shows!
I met today's artist at an Elfquest panel at SDCC. Super cool woman, and has done tons of character designs for Nickelodeon. Given that I would love to do environment design and layout there (or on Elfquest), highly topical for me :)
Going to wind up SDCC with today's artist. He's got a real "indie" style to his work that I love, but he has done stuff for Marvel, which to me, shows the power and potential in crossing the streams in visual media....and since that's pretty much what I want to do, he is indeed one of my inspirations.
The SDCC tie-ins won't be stopped! Today's artist also works in a style that is a blend of what I consider animation and traditional comics....think I'm going to have to stop by his table and say "Hello."
Today's artist continues my comic book theme for SDCC. He's got a crazy cartooning style of drawing without losing the grittiness that often falls away with abstraction. He started out doing some stuff for Sandman, and looks like he's working on X-Men at the moment. I actually discovered his work (well, at least when I could name the artist) from his graphic novel "Steampunk" back in 2000...when Steampunk was actually still cool and interesting.
Really looking forward to talking with today's artist at SDCC this week! He was at IlluxCon last year,but I never got to talk to him :( I took his world building class online in the Fall, and it was fantastic. His book, Gateway: The Book of Wizards is on my "first purchase list" for preview night.
Today's artist was a 20th century multi-disciplinarian, most known for his art deco works. To me, his work kinda has a "John Bauer meets Klimt" sort of vibe. Such incredible simplicity of shape and design!
Today's artist made it HUGE on the tumblr scene with her series of historically accurate Disney princesses....but she's also worked in video games, and I believe is now doing something secret at HBO. Obviously, she's got a keen attention to detail and costuming :)
Two hundred posts, no interruptions! A huge thank you to everyone who keeps reading, and sharing, and letting me know they appreciate this series.
Today's artist comes to me from my friend Chris Oatley, who worked with Ryan at Disney. When I found Ryan's site, I proceeded to download every image on it. I love the combination of process, art direction and painting.
I was poking through "Heroes Aren't Hard to Find" in Charlotte, NC last weekend when I discovered today's artist. He illustrated the comic "Tribes: The Dog Years", which is like an amazing blend of Elfquest, Lord of the Flies and Mad Max. I love it when comics use the full power of photoshop, and they wind up looking almost like animation stills with lens and motion blur.
Back today with another excellent traditional artist. I met Justin at IlluxCon a couple of years ago, and then had the pleasure of taking one of the TLC Workshops with him last August. Fun, smart, driven and helpful are all words I'd use to describe him. He started out (at least in my awareness) doing watercolour stuff, but he's been doing more and more oil painting, which is exciting. He is a regular contributor to Muddy Colors as well.
Today's artist is one of what I consider to be the "new breed" of traditional oil painters doing cool stuff in fantasy and sci-fi. I met him at IlluxCon a couple of years ago, but I really got a chance to talk with him at IMC this year, and it was pretty awesome. GREAT guy. Done Magic: The Gathering cards, role playing books, regular book covers, comic books....