Laszlito Kovacs is an uber-talented Spanishillustrator currently based in Holland. His illustrations may be minimalistic, yet speak volumes to the viewer’s mind. He is currently the Creative director at Present Plus, a creative innovation studio based in Amsterdam. Laszlito is also affiliated with The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and the Monocle Magazine. He has even done some illustrations for the National Geographic, The Absolut Network, and the Square Wallet.
Inorama is an art studio based in Russia. Its founders are RAMM and Inna Kuzubova. Inna is an illustrator with more than a decade of experience under her belt. Also, she bakes delicious pies. RAMM is a designer, illustrator and painter who has been doing what he loves most for well over fifteen years. Together, this artistic duo creates a commercial vector and bitmap images in different styles. Be it realistic illustration, retro, watercolor, pin-up, abstract, cartoons, and landscapes. They also design logos, emblems, bookplates, and trademarks.
Celia Krampien is a freelanceillustrator currently based in Ontario, Canada. Her work is a comforting combination of precise linework, subtle textures, and a bright color palette. Celia loves to draw anything to do with plants and often work them into her digital illustrations. What I love about her work is the simplicity. But the longer you stare at her work makes you think harder about what’s going on in it. It is the subtle depth of her work that got Celia a rather impressive list of clients including: The LA Times, The Globe and Mail, and The Finacial Post.
Ana Bagayan’s work is inspired by the metaphysical, often featuring ghosts, spirits, and intergalactic creatures. It can be a bit unsettling at first but the longer you look at her work, the longer you want to keep on looking. Ana was born in Armenia and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She currently lives and works in the mountains of Southern California with her husband, and two rambunctious dogs.
Justin Oaksford is a concept artist who received his Bachelor’s degree in Entertainment design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He splits his time working as a visual development artist at 343 Industries in Seattle and teaching character design at Digipen Institute of Technology in their MFA program for Spring 2014 Semester. Justin has worked on HALO 4 – Shipped, and is part of the creative team behind Project Spark (currently in development). He said: “I’m passionate about animation, games, and the potential to tell stories with both.”
Dan LuVisi is a writer and conceptual artist who is currently based in California. He has more than ten years of experience under his belt and he has been commissioned by some of the biggest names in industry – Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, and DC Comics to name just a few. One of his most recent series re-imagines popular cartoon characters. The series, aptly named “Popped Culture” features grittier and/or deranged versions of Homer Simpson (as well as other Simpson’s characters), Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Ernie and Bert, and even Mike from Monster’s Inc. A glance at any one of Dan’s creations is enough to shatter your fond memories of these characters. Horrible, yes, but in a good way.
Grzegorz Rutkowski is an awesome Polish artist who makes kickass illustrations. According to an interview, he said that the best thing in concept art is this whole creating process. Sometimes one has to start from scratch, building whole ideas step by step. For giving ideas life, nothing beats the traditional pencil and paper. When asked about his penchant for sharp contrasts in his work, Grzegorz said: “I’m still looking for perfect way to show what I want to “tell” to my audience. I choose this sharp-contrast way because I’m feeling comfortable in this stylistic; I’m a fantasy fan, more dark then light. But also, I think it has to do with the general perception; certain people see things in pink colors, others in dark, and it has nothing to do with frame of mind.”
Tracy Lee Stum is one of the most well-known chalk artists out there – and for good reason. She specializes in creating large, interactive chalk drawings with adventurous themes. She has been commissioned by arts organizations, advertising agencies, educational institutes, corporations, and government agencies throughout the Europe, Asia, and North America. She is one of the rare artists whose name appears in the Guinness World Records for the Largest Chalk Painting by an Individual. Tracy specializes in anamorphic projection technique. She basically turns two dimensional chalk drawings into 3D images when viewed from the perfect angle. In case you were wondering, that’s Tracy up there, precariously balanced on a rope, enjoying one of her own works.
Ben Sacks weapon of mass construction is a black 0.05 Staedtler liner pen. Detailed drawings are nothing new in the art world but imagine making one nearly four meters in circumference! One of his latest work, ‘A Single Note’ took dozens of pens and months to complete. He loves creating highly detailed urban landscapes based heavily on European cities, Gothic structures, and a big dash of science fiction. Of his work, he said: “Life in dreamy antiquity was often a heroic struggle. Though the societies of antiquity were bloody, dirty and corrupt the idea of antiquity has come to represent some resounding ideals in present society; democracy, justice, law and order, balance, symmetry. These ideals are now the foundation stones of our own civilization, a civilization that some distant future will perhaps honor as antiquity.”
Vlad Marica is a digital artist and illustrator form Bucharest, Romania. His talent was noticed by none other than Applibot, the company behind the popular social gaming phenomenon Legend of the Cryptids, Chaos Drive, and Legend of Monsters. He is currently working for them as a concept artist, churning out outstanding image after image of unforgettable characters. Vlad’s creations are as meticulously detailed as they are wonderfully rendered.