Melissa Campa is an artist working of Mexico, and went to the Universidad de Sonora for her Bachelors in Fine Art. She has already had three solo exhibitions, participated in over 40 group shows, and has received roughly 16 national awards and fellowships. She works mainly with acrylics, graphite, and even colored pencils to create the unique figures and scenes that are featured throughout her work. Take a look at the preview images, which show the variety of mediums she uses, and then over to her portfolio for more.
Jessica Stewart is an artist working out of Melbourne, Australia. As stated in her bio she likes to “draw portraits of dreamers and lovers. Using pencil, paint and pastel she draws ships, homes, animals among all other sorts of symbolic objects to represent a bond, a freedom or maybe an escape from their current situation.” Growing up near the coast is a strong influence in her work and can be seen with the nautical elements many of the drawings have. Her drawings have a very painterly effect to them, and are very effective at pulling you in to the world she has created. I would love to see these in person as I know some of the details are lost when photographed. Also, if you head over to her Flickr you will see more drawings as well as some photography of hers. Make sure to check out her homepage, she has some original works and prints listed in her online shop.
Here’s an artist I learned of from one of the fans of the Creep Machine Facebook group. Kilian Eng is an illustrator working out of Stockholm, Sweden. He has a very retro style to his digital illustrations. I have seen a few sites bring up the idea that his work looks like still from an epic animated movie, or something right out of the pages of Heavy Metal magazine. The color palettes and the slight grain that he adds to these images really help to create this nostalgic feel. Head on over to his Behance profile for more work to view, he also has a Tumblr with some latest works.
An artist working of of the Highlands of Scotland, Tim Maclean. He works primarily with acrylics and has a very unique style of drawing. The distorted and stylized figures he creates can be seen clearly in his preliminary drawings as well. His website seems to be under construction, but you can check his work out on Flickr as well as Society6.
And artist working out of Tokyo, 非 works primarily with computer software to create these amazing digital paintings. In a way the art reminds me a bit of YDK Morimoe (featured), but perhaps they are both a part of the same art groups online and have influenced each other. It really is hard to believe these are digital images, I can imagine these all as large scale oil paintings. Check out the previews here and then over to the artists portfolio for more.
An artist working out the UK, Stuart Whitton has been creating art from an early age. His primary material is graphite, and all of the works you see on his site no matter how sculptural they look, are all hand drawn. I first saw Stuart’s work on booooooom after checking out the daily feeds on the new Artwire website, which is the main reason I created that site, a new way for me to learn about art and not have to scour the net for it. As stated on Stuarts homepage, his influences are in “the process of image construction, form, and surreal ambiguity with a preference towards detailed tonal qualities true to the realistic.” Looking at his work, it’s almost hard to believe that these are simply graphite drawings. The idea that he even drew strips of paper, and folds that you believe are changing the surface quality of the drawings, are in fact just elements to the drawing. After the preview images make sure to check out his homepage. He has multiple images of each work, and has some great close up shots as well.
An artist working out of Australia, Dianne received a Bachelors in Art from The South Australian School of Art in 1985. He work is clearly inspired by Film Noir, and there is an almost creepy narrative quality to each painting. Each painting has this sense that you might have either missed something a few frames back, or something is coming right around the corner. The paintings are not only voyeuristic, but create this other world that we can look into but always feels a safe step back. It could be the cinematic feel, or the monochromatic color scheme. It gives me a nostalgic feel for Hitchcock movies. Take a look at Dianne’s website for more work, and she also has two blogs that she updates with news, and daily paintings. (Here and Here) Youc an also check out a recent exhibiton entitled “Come the Night” that took place at the Emerge Art Space this past March 30th – April 15th.
Thomas Ehretsmann started out as a comic book artist in 1998, and then moved over to illustration for magazines. In 2009 he was lucky enough to learn from Norwegian master, Odd Nerdrum. He has an outstanding style, and what I admire most is the fact that his art is very much his own, as opposed to being overly influenced by Odd Nerdum. It’s quite often I see a student paint in a similar manner as the teacher, but not here. Thomas’ comic book and illustration background was no doubt a major contributor to the style he has now. Take a look at his blog or Behance profile for more work.
An artist working out of Northern California, Julie Dillon received her BFA at the Sacramento State University and continued her education at the Academy of Arts Universty in San Francisco and Watts Atelier. He clients included Wizards of the Coast, Volta Creations, Fantasy Flight Games, and more. She recently had some work on view in “The Brass Age: A Steampunk Affair”, a show that took place in Pomona, CA. Take a look at the preview images, and then head over to her site for more. She has prints available as well.
I’ve recently been haunted by the ghostly sculptures of Bruno Walpoth. Life-size, his powdered beauties, as if in opposition to their ghostly stature, seem heavy and grounded, their gazes locking whomever sees them into a spiritual arrest.
An artist working out of New Orleans, Aaron Reichert’s work draws “inspiration from the dynamic meeting of celebration and ruin – opulence, downright extravagance, sloth and disintegration.” He works primarily with acrylics on canvas, and using a limited monochromatic color palette, and loose energetic brush strokes he creates these dynamic portraits.
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Marie Sena earned her Master’s Degree in Medical Illustration from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas back in 2007, while attending school she was an apprentice at a tattoo shop. She now lives and works in New Mexico, creating fine art as well as working at Stay Gold Tattoo, in Albuquerque. Marie’s training in medical illustration, added with her training in tattoo art, shows in the line-work, color, and detail each one of her paintings is filled with. The type of training she has had is one of those things you don’t hear often, but when you do it makes perfect sense, as they compliment each other very well. Take a look at the preview images and then check out her site for more.