Marta Nael had always known what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her extraordinary aptitude for drawing and painting manifested itself quite early. She found her true love in matte painting and concept art after completing her Fine Arts degree. Her considerable talent allows her to create almost any kind of art using any multimedia applications. Her versatility has enabled Marta to work freelance.
George Patsouras has been passionate about art for as long as he could remember. He started drawing with colored pencils at an early age. He did take several art courses but he’s mostly self-taught. He’s currently a freelance illustrator who does impressive work with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and a a Wacom Intuos3 Tablet.
Daria Widermańska-Spala a.k.a. Anako is a Polish freelance illustrator. She has been drawing ever since she could remember but it wasn’t until she was 18 that she decided to immerse herself in the world of art. She dabbled in everything from animation to 3d graphics before finally finding his calling in illustration. She now puts her considerable talents to good use by designing and painting characters for the games industry, creating storyboards, drawing and coloring comics, and illustrating books & applications for children and fantasy.
Chris LaPorte is a caricature artist by day and works on his life-sized pencil drawings at night. City Band is his latest work. it’s inspired by an old, faded, and somewhat blurry photo he found in his mother’s basement.The photo to drawing ratio is 1:540 which means Chris had to make up a lot of details as he went along. The wrinkles and creases on their pants, their expressions, the curl of their fingers, even which way they were looking all came from Chris’s imagination.
Borondo is a young and promising street artist from Spain. Unlike most artists of today, he doesn’t strive for realism in his work. As a matter of fact, his characters all seem oddly blurred around the edges. Their features seemingly melt together, and at times, even altogether missing. He also has also done some large-scale work in his trademarked blurry fashion which has probably caused many a passer-by to pause and squint to try and make it out.
Ramon Bruin is a mostly self-taught artist who works with oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints. He also dabbles with charcoal, pencils and graphite. He has recently dabbled with eerily realistic 3D drawings. His drawings usually feature a critter or two, some of which you wish were real, some you fervently pray don’t exist.
Derby blue, according to Merriam-Webster, is a dark violet that is bluer, lighter, and stronger than plum purple and bluer and stronger than average blue plum. The creator of the wince-inducing illustration above is also Derby Blue. He is an Italian illustrator who describes himself as “male and taken”. He hails from João Pessoa and currently works out of Firenze, Italy.
PSHoudini is the nom de guerre of Brazilian artist Miguel P. His career as a digital artist began in 2010 when he discovered the miracles of Photoshop. He hasn’t stopped manipulating images to his heart’s content ever since. His digitally manipulated images are as imaginative as they are meticulously made. This is one digital artist we should watch out for.
Veronika Kalacheva is a Moscow artist and illustrator whose specialty is watercolor. Her work appears in numerous magazines, editorials and books. Watercolor may be considered by some artists as a child’s medium, but in Veronica’s hands, the characters come alive. The illustration above is from a novel by E.L. Konigsburg: “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”. The Russian translation of which is beautifully illustrated by Veronika.
Samuel Silva is a self-taught artist whose ballpoint portraits are slowly gaining popularity. His began drawing at the age of two and hasn’t stopped since. Samuel is also proficient in pastels, pencil, chalk, color pencils,oils, and acrylics. It takes quite a while for him to finish a piece and his drawings are few and far in between. According to him, ballpoint pens are a powerful, if underestimated medium. He said: “It’s not about what you use, it’s about how you use it.”