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.
Thanos Tsilis is a Greece based artist who loves to paint dynamic compositions. The subject of his work is rather eclectic and each new one is bound to be a surprise. He somehow manages to fuse realism with a cartoonish style of drawing. Dedicated tourists from the past, lovers, Santa, elves, a Vampire, and Altair from Assassin’s Creed are just a few of the subjects in his work.
Josh Brill graduated from Maine College of Art with a degree in New Media Design. His minimalist, geometric portraits of dogs has made quite an impact on the internet. Even limited to geometric shapes, the different dog breeds are perfectly recognizable. He has also made a similar series featuring birds. Lumadessa, Josh’s art and design label, offers limited edition art prints and design products. The label utilizes premium materials and production methods resulting in timeless works with longer display lives.
Max Kostenko is a character designer from Moscow. He has worked with some of the biggest brand names in the world including VISA, Wallstreet Journal, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Chanel. Looking at his work, you can certainly see why they’d hire him. His art is fanciful and yet, goes straight to the point. It also has a first glance impact that many ads strive for, and yet fail to achieve.
If you’re a fan of the series A Game of Thrones, you won’t need to take a second look at zippo514′s art to recognize Pyk, John Snow, and White Walkers. His digital renditions of the characters and scenes from the famous HBO series are spot-on. He has an illustration of Shane from the Walking Dead I’m rather partial to. Not much is known about this talented Chinese artist but unknown isn’t untalented. We’re hoping to see more of his excellent work in the future.
Anyone with a spark of imagination can easily recognize FictionChicks digital illustrations. They’re simply stuff we imagined as kids: keeping a pet dragon, a painting coming to life, stepping into a book, and literally living in a tree. FC simply gave life to our childhood imagination in the most artistically accurate way. There’s a subtle realism to her work that hints at its literal origins.