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.
Kekai Kotaki grew up in the big and beautiful island of Hawaii. Distracted by the all the sunshine and picturesque views, he moved to Seattle to attend art school. His first artistic job was as a lowly texture artist at ArenaNet, the makers of the Guild Wars franchise. A favorable mix of talent, oodles of hard work, and a dash of luck, he was made a concept artist. He spent a little more than eight years at ArenaNet before taking a big plunge and went solo. Nowadays, he can still be found at Seattle enjoying his growing career as an illustrator. His list of clients include prestigious names like Tor, DC Comics, and National Geographic. Kekai also travels the world doing workshops.
Shania McDonagh is a 16-year-old prodigy who has been consistently winning the Texaco Children’s Art Competition for four years in a row. She entered when she was but 12 years old and hasn’t lost since. Most other entries never even came close to her level of skill. This young Irish artist has gained the attention of the online world and is slowly gaining the respect of the professional art world as well. Shania called her most recent piece “Coleman”. The original image was a phottgraph taken by James Fennel of one Coleman Coyne, a fisherman and seaweed harvester. I daresay Shania’s work is even better than the photo.
Mark Evans grew up on a farm in the Welsh mountains. He was an outdoorsy type of kid who would rather cliff dive, rock-climb, and generally wander around in the woods. He was seven when his love affair with knives got started after his grandfather gave him his first knife. His involvement with leather, on the other hand, started when he tried cleaning off blood from a brand new leather jacket. He was trying to get the blood off when he accidentally ‘scratched through the blood into the surface of the jacket, right into the suede. He then spent the next couple of years perfecting this new technique which did not have a margin for error. Should Mark’s scalpel slip and cut through the hide (and usually, a finger or two), he’ll have to do the whole thing all over again. He said: “I think I’m most alive when something’s at risk. It’s nothing like painting where the artist can just paint over any mistakes. I have nowhere to hide mistakes, zero margin for error. But I love that, the risk of it, knowing the pressure’s on all the time. What is done cannot be undone.” Click here for more »
Jose Vergara is a 19-year-old Texan whose hyper-realistic pencil drawings of the human eye has caught the attention of art overs everywhere. While they may not be mistaken for actual eyes, or even photographs of eyes, Jose’s drawings are incredibly detailed. Eyes are not the only thing he draws, he has also drawn a pair of lips, and masterful portraits of popular fictional characters. He is quite talented for his age and I can’t wait for his talents to be in full bloom. When looking for him in the net, you might want to try using his handle Redosking.
Siddhartha also goes by the name theSong on deviantART where he poses all of his work. This Spanish digital artist is slowly getting worldwide attention for the amazing composition of his work. They have a dream-like quality to them which manages to strike a nerve with the viewer. A good example of his work would be the one above where the little girl-turned-tin-can-knight explores the woods on her shaggy pone and meets a wise old bear. Each of Siddhartha’s images are rich with nuance and meaning.
Isaac Orloff is a freelance illustrator who works primarily animation. He’s a rather well-sought after visual development artist in San Francisco. Aside from illustration, Isaac also loves doing a bit of T-shirt design. The untold story in each of images is what makes his work stand out. A cluttered hallway, a boy-turned-wild-thing roasting a marshmallow instead of sleeping in a pile, and a squid losing at poker. Each image provokes the viewer into imagining the story behind the image.