Now this guy paints some mysterious artworks; mushrooms and flowers infest his characters from a 2011 collection, in an organic explosion of colour and texture. I enjoy his use of colour, and especially his subjects, pale glowing skin, pink fingers, or entirely filled with swirling effects. Julian Callos, is an LA based illustrator, and I recommend you go check out his website. His sculptures are pretty neat too! He is a talented painter, and his editorial work is fantastic. He is able to capture emotions and moments in time with smart attention to detail, creating interesting appealing artworks.
Woah Tatiana, way to go and blow my mind! All the elements in her paintings swirl your imagination into a frothy milkshake. Looking at them I feel like I am dreaming after eating too much cheese. Always interesting, and strange. The colours, hues of blues and pinks submerge her fish, birds and bees in other worlds, and I feel like I am traversing her painting in a submersible. Tatiana Kazakova is a Russian illustrator, and if you can read russian, why not visit her blog, which is full of interesting snippets as well as art.
Let’s dive into the world of Ana Elisa Egreja, where we can spend time with her animal friends in their fancy homes, her Pandas colour co-ordinate themselves on the bed while Pigs and Flamingos can be found cavorting in the salon. This Brazilian realist painter creates humorous scenes, with fantastic attention to detail, the contrasting patterns and composition form landscapes of eye candy that invite you to laugh and play. Egreja works in Sao Paulo where she paints her “interiors”. Have a look at her flickr.
Eric Fortune, a painter based in Columbus, Ohio, paints startlingly atmospheric paintings. With Acrylic on water colour paper, he is able to create scenes with an almost unearthly mood. His colour palette enhances his subjects through contrasting use of chiaroscuro. Eric posts plenty of work in progress videos and photos on his blog, which show how he creates his layered work from photo compositions to the finished painting. Each detail painstakingly thought out and rendered. His work is described as “Lyrical, haunting, yet poignant at the same time,” and indeed, something in the tones, flowing aspects and the characters themselves speak to me of dreams and music.
I love how Jeff Simpson uses his digital paintbrush. The magical filters render his characters almost underwater, amidst some form of luminescence, as if through glowing smoke or caught under ice. The tendrils of textured light obscure and add to the features of each creature and make them alluring and scary at the same time. I can’t quite get my head around them, but they certainly capture my imagination. Simpson is an illustrator, concept artist and colourist, and has worked on Assassins Creed and Snow White and the Huntsman.