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.
Antonio Caparo is a comic artist and graphic designer currently based in Canada. His work is an eclectic mixture of steampunk, calligraphy, and comic illustrations. Antonio’s work has been widely published in magazines, books for young readers, and children’s books. He has also dabbled a bit in animation and advertising. The early part of his career was devoted to graphic design. It wasn’t until later that he decided to pursue his passion for other worlds, metaphorical stories, and magical characters. Antonio is originally from Cuba and is a graduate of the High Institute of Design in Havana.
Anne Patzke is a talented German illustrator who specializes in creating adorable characters for children’s books. One of her first and most enduring cartoon character is a bunny girl named ‘Kulla’. Kulla gets to have all sorts of adventures in Anne’s very own comic strip. All of her characters (kittens, a penguin, an acrobatic panda, a squirrel, a cuddly pair of raccoons, and a baby hippo) get an eleven-out-of ten for cuteness. She currently lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany.
Steve Ellis is a New York-based artist whose work is focused mainly on contemporary consumerism. Using pop culture iconography (broken high-heeled shoes, torn magazines, disposable lighters, and a scuffed motorcycle helmet), he explores the issue with a bluntness seldom seen in most artworks. His art may be a little graphic, but one certainly can’t deny its impact. His art has also been exhibited in Australia, Singapore, Moscow, Seoul, Rome, and Tokyo. His latest exhibition is “Surge Protection” which will be shown from May 2-31 at gallery nine5 in New York.
Andrea Femerstrand is a Swedish concept artist & illustrator. Her day job involves storybook-illustrations, character designs, and concept art for film and games. She also does freelance illustrations during the weekends. According to her: “I love making art with a story that’s geared towards a younger audience. Character design is quite challenging, but that’s what I enjoy the most. I am happy as long as I have the opportunity to fulfill my creativity.” Andrea has been working under Net Entertainment (a digital gaming company) since 2011.
Nicolas Delort strives to tell stories both big and small through his intricate and evocative, black and white illustrations. He started doodling as a hobby during high school, but the hobby turned into a full-blown passion when he reached college. He built up a portfolio, got into some art classes, and never looked back since. Nicolas shared his process: “I work on non-inked scratch board. I use three tools: a 0.05 pigment marker, a sable brush and a scratch board nib. I’ll hatch/crosshatch the lighter areas with the marker and I’ll fill in with Indian ink the darker areas and scratch away. I don’t really plan the whole process though, I make it up as I go.” Nicolas is based in Paris, France and is currently represented by Shannon Associates.
Rafael Alvarez is a multi-award-winning Brooklyn-based illustrator whose list of clients include big names like Playboy Magazine, American Express, Paramount Pictures, and Grand Central Station. Some of his illustrations may be a bit graphic for some, but he definitely gets the point across. Rafael has published several graphic novels, comic strips, and children’s books all over the world. He is currently developing interactive ebooks for the iPad.
Kirsi Salonen is a 26-year old Finnish artist who creates fictional characters and creatures in a dark fantasy style. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from South-Carelia Polytechnic Art School. Kirsi was drawn into art from a young age. Even before her graduation, she has worked with illustrations, comics, graphic design, and game art. She said: “I enjoy making dark fantasy and mystique art the most. I would describe my style as dark and kind of poetic in a semi-realistic way. I’m not really keen learning to make photo-realistic works, rather I want to stay authentic at all times and focus on the expression side.”
John Holcroft is a prolific illustrator from the UK. His work has a vintage look and feel but with modern undertones. John studied Graphic Design at Sheffield, England. He started working with illustrations in the early 1990s. Unlike most artists who stick with one style, John has reinvented his more than half a dozen times since he started painting with acrylic on canvas. His list of clients include prestigious names like Reader’s Digest, BBC, The Guardian, Financial Times, and The Economist.