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.
Sungwon is a young, up-and-coming artist, illustrator, and fairy tale writer. Her blue girl series has caught the eye of quite a few netizens and earned her a relatively small, but loyal followers. The series is composed of black and white illustrations with blue girl the only one in color. Each image encourages the reader to try and recreate the story behind it. Also, if one looks closely, one may be surprised to find a few hidden easter eggs in her work. Sungwon is currently based in South Korea.
Redmer Hoekstra is a Dutch artist whose work is slowly garnering worldwide attention for their humorous and slightly disturbing appeal. His creations are clever composites of animals and objects. A loosely bound owl, a peeling cetacean-submarine, warty garden bricks, steam-powered rhinos, dirigible moths, scaly keyboards, and a ravenous set of feathery teacups – all unlikely, but each perfectly combined. You can take a good, long look at even more of his work over at Behance, or you could buy prints of his work in Redmer’s very own online shop.
Stare long enough at Graszka Paulska’s painting and it starts staring right back at you. I guess the creepiness and surrealism of his work is part of the appeal. Te viewer simply can’t help but take a good long look at his work to try and figure it out. His subjects are mostly women who are mostly in the nude, but their nakedness is in no way presented as something explicitly erotic. It is the women’s struggle and struggling pose that draws one’s attention, It is only later that you notice that the subject is exposing more skin than absolutely necessary. Graszka currently lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.
Li Jin Hua is an excellent illustrator from China. Although I do find it just a bit odd that one of his main subjects, a dreamy pre-adolescent boy always has his eyes closed. I guess it’s probably because the places he’s in are probably just in his dreams. Li also did an excellent series featuring the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and of course Tom Sawyer. Not much more is known about this talented artist except for the fact that he is definitely a budding illustrator for children’s art books.