Based in Paris, freelancer Nicolas Delort produces spectacular woodcut inspired illustrations. The detail and effort put into his pieces is inspiring. You can get a better idea of just how much effort goes in, from this video. You can see more Mr. Delort’s work and process on his Tumblr and blog.
I recently stumbled on the wonderful work of Toerning through one of her few, but very useful, tutorials. Her tutorials are filled with tips about lighting, perspective, composition and colour, and well worth a gander.
Often working with traditional mediums such as ink, acrylics or gouache. Toerning’s knowledge of lighting and colour really stands out. Though, her marrying of both traditional and digital processes create some stunning results, as seen in her Selkie pieces.
Tokyo-based artist whom prefers to remain nameless, ageless and faceless simply goes by the pseudonym hi, often found with the accompanying symbol 非 (non-). As stunning as his paintings are, they were made that bit more spectacular to me when I found out they are produced wholly digitally. hi could be the first illustrator I have come across where I appreciate their work more for not being traditional.
hi’s subjects matter is often quite bleak and haunting. Choosing to depict gaunt figures, often nude, creates an explicit vulnerability. The pallet choice, however, could be the real draw to hi’s work. Though most pieces have a mute overtone, they are filled with a wealth of colour. The beauty of the vivid colour clash congers up thoughts of fantasy and mysticism. This combination of bleak and beautiful contributes to the off-kilter nature of the pieces.
Head over to 非 hi’s tumblr to see more bewitching work.
Leticia Reinaldo aka lelatr is Brazil born, but currently living and working in LA. She is 3D Modeler and Texture Artist whom has a particular skill in creating atmosphere. Her character illustrations are beaming with life, so much so that you want to be friends with them! …or that could just be me. As well as producing assests for video games and commercials, Leticia Reinaldo has also had the chance to share her skills teaching at SAGA – School of Art.
Kozhevnikov Yuriy is a Russian creative with all kinds of aesthetic skills, so his illustrations are often an amalgamation of different techniques. Photo-manipulation plays a big role in his work, along with 3D and digital painting, often coming together to create strange realities. If you visit his portfolio, you’ll also find website design, logo and identity work, advertising and more.