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.
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.