Category: Fantasy
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    Jul 2015

    Book Review ~ Sketching from the Imagination: Sci-fi

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    Editors Note:

    In Sketching from the Imagination: Sci-fi, 50 talented traditional and digital artists showcase their sketches, share their inspirations, and explain their approaches to drawing sci-fi art. From doodles of robots and aliens, to concept designs for spaceships and speculative life-forms, Sketching from the Imagination: Sci-fi is a visually stunning collection packed with useful tips and creative insights – an invaluable resource that will inspire artists of all abilities.

    The Book Review:

    Sketching from the Imagination: Sci-fi is the third installment from 3DTotal’s Sketching from the Imagination series. You can read our review of the previous edition, Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy. As with the previous editions, the format remains a chunky square paperback showcasing the work of 50 illustrators from around the world. The subject ranges from re-imagined worlds, landscapes, monsters, aliens, robots, and mechs. There is also a host of futuristic and otherworldly characters.

    All images are accompanied by words from the artist, giving you more insight into their thoughts and process. As well as all the tips, one thing that really stands out in this edition is the reoccurring words of encouragement, such as this gem,

    Do not feel guilty because you’ve taken a break (because you need it!) or because you’re slow. Nobody works at the same rhythm. When you feel bored about practicing, just look into new things or activities.

    Sketching from the Imagination: Sci-fi has a spectrum of styles and I’m sure each reader will have their own favourites. The illustrators that stood out to me were Jerel Dye, Josan Gonzalez, Anaïs Maamar, Veronique Meignaud, Jakub Rebelka, Nick Sumida, and Brad Wright. I could probably go on, but I’ll stop the list there. Sketching from the Imagination: Sci-fi is a great addition to the series that is sure to introduce you to many new illustrators.

    Currently 3DTotal is running a very fitting kickstarter campaign called, How to Keep a Sketch Journey. Which combines visual inspiration, tutorials and high-quality stationary to get amateurs and professionals alike sketching more. The Monsieur soft leather cover sketch journal is sure to make you the envy of all your sketching buddies. 

  2. 21

    May 2015

    Julie Dillon

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    Two-time Hugo Award and Chesley Award Winner, Julie Dillon is a freelance artist from Northern California. In 2005 she graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Sacramento State University. Then a year later she had begun working as a freelance artist professionally. Specialising in sci-fi and fantasy art, Dillon has created artwork for trading cards, book covers, magazines, and even perfume labels. Clients including Simon & Schuster, Tor Books, and Penguin Books.

    Dillon’s illustrations are rich in colours with enchanting lighting. Warm glows illuminate her figures and environments. Her compositions too are equally compelling. Even though she works in a realistic style, she is unafraid to play with the laws of physics to produce more dynamic images.

    Julie Dillon has run two very successful Kickstarter campaigns for a series of annual art books, titled Imagined Realms. If you missed the campaign and wish you could get your hands on a copy, you are in luck! You can pick up a hard copy of Book 1 from her shop, and a digital copy from her gumroad.

  3. 6

    Apr 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Kyonghwan Kim

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    Kyonghwan Kim is a Korean digital concept artist. His work, which often includes reimagined medieval characters or anthropomorphic cats, is simply stunning. Kim’s costume design is full of layers and often dramatic but, for me, it is his painterly rendering that really sets his work apart. Each and every texture is careful considered and the details he adds to his foliage would make the Pre-Raphaelites proud.

    Kyonghwan Kim recently released his first art book, details of which you can find here, and to see more of his work head over to his website.

  4. 11

    Mar 2015

    Matt Rockefeller

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    Presenting the very majestic work of Matt Rockefeller. Born in Tucson, Arizona he studied illustration and animation at the talent-breeding Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). After completing his Bachelor degree in 2014, Rockefeller chose to stay in Baltimore and begin his career as freelance illustrator and visual development artist.

    During his studies, and in the year that he has been working professionally, Rockefeller has compiled an astounding portfolio. His illustrations are beautifully rendered utilising graphite powder, pencils and digital colours. He is always focusing on how to best convey the narrative and retaining meaning. This care to visual communication is evident looking through his work, and is also what sets it apart.

    You can find more of Matt Rockefeller’s work on his website, Tumblr and InPrint store.

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    Feb 2015

    Celine Dahyeu kim

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    It is always heartening to see younger artist with a high level of understanding and skill. Both of which stand out of Celine Kim’s illustrations.

    Living in Pasadena, Kim is a student at the Art Center College of Design studying Visual Development. She is also working on a personal project based on the Norwegian fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, which has already produced some stunning artwork. She is definitely an illustrator to keep an eye on.

    You can see more of Celine Kim’s work on her tumblr and blogspot, and don’t forget to follow her on twitter.

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