Nikita Veprikov is a young and gifted freelance illustrator from Ukraine. He didn’t really set out to become a 3D artist and only dabbled in it out of curiosity. A friend of his had recommended using 3D Studio Max, touting it as a program used by film makers. After a while, what started out of idle curiosity led to a thirst for excellence. Nikita started learning more about composition, drawing, color theory, and other forms of media to improve his craft. Not much else is known about him, but from what I can see of his work, he’s well worth watching out for.
With both of his parents professional artists, it’s no wonder Denis Zilber turned out to be one too. He was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to Israel when he was fifteen years old. One of the more amazing thing about Denis (apart from the fact that he makes great digital illustrations), is the fact that he’s an autodidact. It’s just a fancier way of saying he’s self-taught. To describe his artistic process in an interview, he said: “Basically creating a character is not just creating an image of some living creature but creating a complex idea, a graphical symbol containing very particular concept, almost hieroglyph. I am using some kind of visual language to reach my viewer.” He also added: “Visual language should be be very clear, precise and easily understandable for people of different cultures and of different languages. After I am done with all details in black and white sketch I move on to color. That is all.”
Mitsuo2 is a Japanese artist who creates incredibly detailed celebrity portraits using only colored pencils. He has drawn lifelike likenesses of celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Jeremy Renner, Pink, Rhianna, and Scarlet Johannson. According to his dA account, he loves listening to music while painting. Not much else is known about this elusive artist but I do hope he keeps up the good work.
Looking at the artwork of Alex Andreyev will take you to places that may or may not exist in the far future. Most of his work incorporates a bit of dystopian undercurrent but they are all undeniably full of imagination. Alex hails from the Russian Federation and has more than twenty years of experience in graphic design under his belt. He said: “It sounds paradoxical but digital art attracts me because it is free of technological influence. While in traditional arts technologies dramatically limit the artist — his ability to stylize works in graphics or extremely time consuming process of paint drying, in digital painting I sit in front of a screen, grab the stylus and see the result immediately. And I am really glad people find in my work emotions similar to those I used to experience while creating my works.”
Jean-Baptiste Monge is a concept artist, illustrator, and author based in Montreal, Canada. His first solo book “Carnet de croquis, archives de Féerie Tome I” was published in 2006, wherein he did the illustration, texts and layout. Jean-Baptiste loves drawing anything and everything to do with fantasy and faeries. Most (if not all) of his characters are of the gnomish/elvish/fairy-ish kind who are mostly accompanied by their pets/familiars/beasts of burden. Looking at Monge’s illustrations makes you yearn to step into the world he created, have a few adventures, and in the process, learn a few valuable lessons about magic, life, and the universe.
Vivi Mac is an astoundingly creative portrait artist who loves capturing her subjects with whatever foodstuff happens to be handy. She has done President Barack Obama in brown sugar, Martin Luther King in coffee, Michael Jackson in milk, and Yoda in green chewing gum. She has also used caramel sauce, barbecue sauce, crushed ice, salt and crème brûlée . Her technique is rather impressive, after spilling some of her medium on a flat surface, she manipulates it in what could only be described as “speed painting” – you can actually watch her work on the portraits. This amazing, self-taught artist is currently based in France.
Baydakov Aleksey is a Russian artist who has a wonderful way with caricatures. His cartoon caricatures of the stereotypical mobster, cop, and sailor not only captures their very essence, it also has a humorous twist. Aleksey’s may have drawn them a little out of proportion, but proportion is the last thing you’d expect from a cartoon character. He has worked in collaboration with different advertising agencies and magazines as an illustrator. He currently lives and works in Moscow
Doaly is a designer and illustrator from the United Kingdom. He describes himself as a designer, doodler, photographer, day dreamer, and part time superhero. His most work is a series of alternative movie posters which many on the internet (me included) think is way cooler than the actual movie posters. He uses no fancy 3D software or graphics but he gets the message of the story across anyway. I sure hope he gets a break and starts designing actual movie posters for Hollywood. It would be a nice change to see minimalistic movie posters for a change.
Dina Goldstein is a Canadian photographer and illustrator who has created a series of rather ironic illustrations of contemporary fairy tale endings. According to Dina, the project was inspired by her observation of three-year-old girls, who were developing an interest in Disney’s Fairy tales. She said: “The Disney versions almost always have sad beginning, with an overbearing female villain, and the end is predictably a happy one. The Prince usually saves the day and makes the victimized young beauty into a Princess.” Dina became intrigued by the origins of fairy tales and discovered the rather gruesome aspects of the tales of The Brothers Grimm. She began imagining Disney’s princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women, such as addiction, self-image issues, violence, and illness.