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.
Varya Kolesnikova creates fanciful illustrations for Children’s storybooks. She has a simple, yet cinematographic way of presenting the characters in her illustrations. Her work makes favorite childhood characters come alive. The compositions leave a deep impression with youngsters. She lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Eajna belongs to the growing roster of talented, yet mysterious artists who populate the realm of deviantART. She is known only by her handle “Eajna”. The only other thing we know about her is that she hails from Hungary. Regardless of her lack of personal information, her talent clearly shows through her excellent graphite and color pencil portraits. Her subjects are somewhat eclectic, ranging from Hollywood movie stars (Keanu Reeves), to animals (a bluebird and a cat), to gaming (Super Mario).
Yang Yongliang was born in 1980 in Shanghai, China. He is well-known for his black and white photographic collages depicting the devastating effects of uninhibited industrialization and urbanization. At first glance, his work looks like a peaceful traditional Chinese painting, a closer look would reveal mountains chock-full of factories, buildings, and machinery. Three of his most recent collections: Silent Valley, Moonlight, and a Bowl of Taipei were displayed over at the Galerie Paris-Beijing.
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