Portraits are difficult, but Malaysian artist Vince Low has not only mastered the art of portraiture, he draws them using nothing but a bunch of squiggles. At a glance, they look like rough sketches but they’re actually perfect portraits just as they are. He has drawn, with great accuracy, the portraits of Rowan Atkinson, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Jack Nicholson. Vince is currently the head illustrator in an art studio in Malaysia.
J. Leigh is a 29-year-old American artist who draws fantastic portraits in pencil. According to her deviantART account, she likes interesting or moving music, hates wallpaper (she prefers paint, but this option usually leads to problems seeing the screen), and is NOT a resident of this dimension. Her personal quote is: “Rocking the boat would NOT be such a problem if everyone in it knew how to swim….”. Oh, and her skin of choice is one that isn’t judged at first glance. Clever answers to otherwise boring questions, but it is the level of detail in her work that makes her stand out from all the other pencil artists out there. I love the way she uses primary colors to highlight certain aspects of her subjects.
Joshua Middleton is a gifted Illustrator whose work has graced the pages of both DC and Marvel, Darkhorse, and Image comics. He has long since branched out into book cover art, character design, and concept art. Joshua has also worked as an art director for television and a feature film. His impressive list of clients include: Warner Brothers Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Scholastic, Abrams, Bloomsbury, Tor, Viking, Disney, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Sony, Sony Pictures Animation, Warner Brothers, and Infinitum Nihil. He is sometimes also known as Josh Middleton.
Ben Frost is an Australian artist known for his trademark kaleidoscopic style. One of his more recent works involve empty packs of McDonald’s fries and a few well-known pop icons. Bart Simpson, Elmo, Batman, a Spy, and a pair of Zombies – all of them are incorporated into the fast food wrappers. Ben co-founded the online art portal StupidKrap.com. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
Francisco Valle is a Brazilian illustrator and art director. His quirky series “Stomachache” is, excuse the pun, a bellyful of laughs. The series features a couple of well-known and well-liked public figures who appears to be great gastronomical discomfort over the remains of their arch nemesis. Apparently, Batman and President Obama have bitten off more than they could chew. Francisco’s other works are just as wacky, if not more so. My personal favorite features a rescued damsel, a knight in shining armor, and a dragon engrossed in reading fairy tales.
Sofian Moumene was born in Algeria on September 22, 1985. His family moved to Romania, Bucharest when he was eight years old. Sofian currently works under CariocaStudio doing what he does best: digital art. He specializes in creating realistic computer generated images. He usually starts from scratch and does the texturing, lighting, modeling, and topology himself. Sofian also does a bit of freelance work on the side when he has the time. Of all his images, my favorite ones are the cute monster kids going to what appears to be a birthday party.
Yet another talented artist joins the ranks of the unnamed. This gifted artist goes by the name A-D-I–N-U-G-R-O-H-O on his deviantART page. Not much else is known about the artist except for the fact that he’s from Indonesia. The meagerness of the artist’s personal details is more than made up for by the incredible amount of detail to be found in his work. The body of A-D-I–N-U-G-R-O-H-O’s work is made up of celebrities but an odd portrait is found here and there.
Joe Maccer has created quite a stir on deviantART with his fractal designs. Fractals are basically a mathematical concept wherein a geometric pattern is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes. Joe’s work goes beyond creating simple fractal shapes. His designs utilize a bit of abstract 3D graphics as well. Joe’s creations resemble the yin&yang, shells, leaves, and flowers – all rendered in mind-blowing color and detail.
Mike Mitchell is an L.A.-based artist has created dramatic portraits of famous movie characters. His series entitled “The Portrait Show” was recently on display at the Mondo Gallery at Texas. It features icons such as Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill), The Joker (Tim Burton’s Batman), Dr. Emmett Brown (Back to the Future), Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), and even Quentin Tarentino (as himself). Mike describes himself as having: “a wife named Lauren, one normal cat, one cross-eyed cat, one blind cat, and a dog who isn’t normal, but does have great vision. He thinks high fives are pretty cool and he likes to spend as much time writing bio’s as it took to read this.”
Saeed Jalabi is a gifted, 24-year-old artist who hails from Tehran, Iran. He is entirely self-taught and loves to fiddle with different art styles to create his own. Saeed specializes in creating fascinating creatures from other worlds that surely exist in his imagination. HE said: “I would never limit myself just to one style of art…”. True to his word, Saeed currently does speed painting, fantasy illustration, comic strips, traditional art, and a bit of sculpture.