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.
Alx a.k.a. Begemott, is a New York-based artist whose work speaks of an imagination both broad in scope and depth. His art is at times wistful, childish, morbid, or playful. His work “Sweet Halloween Dreams” has recently come to the attention of Hollywood and a film loosely based on his work is already in the works. When asked about it, Begemott responded: “I think that the drawing implies a larger story, and it’s probably easy to relate to. The night is scary when you are a kid, and I’m sure many children have comforted themselves by imagining that something in the room protected them from all the imaginary dangers in the dark.” The film is to be produced by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in collaboration with New Line Cinema.
Alessandro Diddi is a 42-year-old Italian artist does freehand anamorphic paintings that are so real, they’ll send shivers up your spine. Not all his drawings are as creepy as the one above, but they’re all pretty convincing. He said: ““I want my drawings to put across the message that the eye can trick the mind and make you believe that there are dimensions that are not really there.” He also added that it’s important for people to realize that it isn’t necessary to consume a large amount of resources to achieve something interesting. All you need is a pencil and something to draw on, and you can create something really magical.
Daesiy (aka Dae) is an 18-year-old American artist who creates amazingly detailed digital illustrations. Her account over at deviantART has a ton of watchers. What I love about her work is that her animals (mostly feline or canine in nature) are naturally posed and proportioned. She accepts commissions, but she’s a little busy at the moment. What with packing up and saying goodbye to friends and family before she leave for college. With the quality of her non-professional work, I can’t wait for her to go pro. Dae is definitely worth watching out for.
Joshua Budich loves TV shows, movies, and music. His passion for them is pretty obvious in his art, which features some of his favorite movies, TV series, and musicians. Five years ago, he went into the screenprint business and now boasts around 65 pprints in his art portfolio. He is currently based in Baltimore where he also lives with his wife, four-year-old son, and Scottish terrier. He also designed a website which won a WEBBY Award. The site commemorated the end of his Star Wars action figure collection. Joshua also brews his own beer, bakes his own pizza, grinds his own meat, and plays golf.
Kate Frolova is a freelance illustrator from Moscow. She also goes by the name Ekaterina Frolova in some of her artistic accounts in the web. She is known for her wacky and highly cartoonish illustrations. Menacing pumpkins, worm-eating-apples and nectar-swilling bees are but a small part of her repertoire. My favorite is the adorable bunny rabbit dressed as Hannibal Lecter.