To say that artist Sarah Jane Szikora had a troubled childhood would be an understatement. She had eye surgery at the age of four and struggled with an eating disorder in her teens. Inspired by her past and encouraged by her parents, Sarah became an artist. She has been working as a freelance illustrator since 1991. The subjects of her work are, more often than not, food-related. When asked to comment on her “fat ladies” she said: “There is an obsession in our society about appearance, everyone is on a diet or opting for cosmetic improvements. Why is it we dislike ourselves so much?”
Andreas von Chrzanowski is a street artist from East Germany. He is also one of the four members of the Maclaim Crew. The group is known for their photorealistic spray can art scattered throughout Germany. Andreas’ work usually involves animals, or people, or . He likes to take them out of context and change them into something new. The texture of the surface he uses also makes his work stand out. It’s usually made with bits and pieces of cardboard and wood held together by tape, glue and staples. The result is a rough, and unique surface in perfect contrast with the realistic images he makes. His ‘handle’ in most atr circles is “Case”.
Lin Bo is yet another of those immensely gifted undercover artists. Not much is known about these mysterious undercover artists. Of Lin Bo, we know the bare minimum, to wit: a) He/She is a gifted digital artist, and b) He/She is from China. Not much to go on, and Lin’s website is in Chinese. The fact that Lin Bo is a common name in China doesn’t help either. That being said, Lin’s creative and imaginative work more than makes up for the mysterious identity of the artist. Children, children-at-heart, and even full-blown adults can’t help but be drawn to Lins’ work. The viewer automatically wants to know the story (if there is one) behind each of Lin’s digital renderings.
Olga Melamory Larionova, a.k.a. FairyARTos, is a Russian artist whose realistic drawings put photographs to shame. She does most of her work with pens but her pencils are just as impressive, if not more so. Her drawings create a certain emotional pull within the viewers, urging them to look at her work a little longer. Such expressiveness from a a drawing is rare, and yet Olga consistently manages to re-create it in every one of her pieces.
Darren Tan is the real person behind the tongue-tangling handle Wraithdt. He is one of the artists at Imaginary Friends Studios who did the visually stunning illustrations for the new Star Wars Essential Reader’s Companion. It’s not that hard to guess that Wraithdt is a Star Wars fan himself. You’d have to be to pay attention to all the little details in the uniforms, the fight scenes, and the characters themselves. Darren lives and makes his art in Singapore.
Scratchboard illustrations are created by etching a design on thin China clay covered with black India ink using a sharp knife. Multiple layers of colored clay may be used along with aluminum foil. The result is highly detailed, precise and even textured artwork. Michael Halbert’s work is an expert in this field and has created more than 500 scratchboard illustrations. He has had extensive experience as a lay-out artist for Geisz Advertising as well as an artist and illustrator for Hanley Partnership and The Sporting News. He is now a freelance illustrator who gives his own tutorials.
Gracie Padron is currently majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis on Traditional Painting and Graphic Design at the Florida International University. She was born in Cuba and describes herself as “an artist by day, writer by night”. On the internet, she is known for her Romanesqua Shadow fine art photography as well as her colorful Fractal Portraits. She has also written the novel “How to Lose Yourself in One Year or Less”. Her second book is currently in production.
- Josi Fabri is a 27-year-old Brazilian artist whose realistic pencil drawings of scenes and characters from her favorite movies are fast-becoming popular on the internet. She is a big fan of the Lord of the Rings and has done several creditable portraits of Aragorn, Boromir, Sam, Frodo, and even Bilbo Baggins.
Scott Brundage is a Connecticut-born artist who currently lives and works in New York City. He is currently working on a children’s book entitled “A Brain Is For Eating” written from the point of view of a zombie illustrator for young zombies where people are just packaging for food. When not making a children’s book for the undead, Scott creates editorial art for the prestigious New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Skia is crazy about foxes. She describes herself as fox addicted. Unsurprisingly, most of her illustrations feature her favorite animal but there is a couple that doesn’t involve a fox. As a child, she was the leader of a gang called “Die schlauen Füchse” (The clever Foxes). Furthermore, the initials of her real name are R. F. – like Red Fox or Reineke Fuchs. That being said, I’d love to see more of her fox-inspired funky and creative art.