If cartoony pin-up fantasy is your thing, today's artist is your guy. I like the sense of life, the simplicity of line and the exaggeration of form. I certainly looked at this guy a lot when I was starting to draw.
You could not play Warhammer in the late 80s and early 90s without being influenced by today's artist...and I played a LOT of Warhammer.
In many ways, Ian is one of the reasons I thought I could never be an artist, because his work pretty much defines the fantasy art I enjoyed at the time, and there is no way in HELL I'm every making something like this...my brain functions in a different way :)
That being said, it's neat to go look back at his stuff, because I definitely see how he influenced my compositions, my themes and the moods of my paintings.
Some days, you just feel like landscape painting...and on those days, you could do a lot worse than looking at today's artist. Hudson River School, fantastic use of light, amazing brush strokes. *drool*
On my way back from #GenCon, I spent a day in Chicago, and, of course, checked out the Art Institute of Chicago. There, in the "American Artists pre-1900" wing, I rediscovered today's artist. One of the first Hudson River school painters, and highly influential on a host of artists since.
Today's artist is almost certainly best known for his comic book series, "Bone." I equally enjoy his more adult series RASL, and just in general, am a huge fan of his environments, and use of graphic black and white to tell a story. I actually hugely prefer his uncoloured work - like TMNT, it was made to be in B&W, and that's how it reads best to me.
Today's artist just won a Chesley award for 2014 Best Paperback cover award. I would love to see more of his process work, I get the sense that he often works from a REALLY tight line drawing, but I can't be sure.
Today's artist is an amazing character and creature designer, who happens to be an amazing 3D modeler as a day-job. She works at Motiga in Seattle. Like many of the people I feature, she gives an amazingly insightful crit too!