Category: Fantasy
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    Oct 2014

    J.A.W. Cooper

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    I follow quite a few illustrators on Instagram, but recently the work of J.A.W. Cooper has been blowing me away. You know when you complete an illustration, take a step back and think to yourself, “Yes! Nailed it”. Well, that’s what I imagine Ms Cooper is doing every time right before she uploads a new picture to her Instagram.

    Born in England but currently living in Los Angeles, Ms Cooper is a freelance illustrator, sculpture, jewelry maker and member of the Prisma Collective. Professionally she illustrates for the entertainment and advertising industry creating storyboards, concept and character design. Personally she frequently produces work for galleries. Her work has been exhibited in Gallery Nucleus, Spoke Art Gallery, and La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

    J.A.W. Cooper regularly updates her blog. Which is of course filled with her beautiful artwork, and lots of photographs of her process. So much so that she set up a separate tutorial section just for it. Ms Cooper breaks down her process step-by-step and explains her thinking as well as highlight problematic areas of her process. It is full of good tips, and very helpful to see such detailed breakdowns of her work.

    You can find more J.A.W. Cooper on her website.

  2. 30

    Oct 2014

    Andrew MacLean

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    Andrew Ross MacLean is a comic artist, and a founding member of Brand New Nostalgia. His comic book scorecard consists of futuristic thriller Meatspace, viking adventure Head Lopper and otherworldly mystery Department O, among and many others.

    Much of Mr MacLean’s previous titles have been self published or crowd funded and often in collaboration with other creatives. Recently, however, it was announced that in Spring 2015 Dark Horse are set to release his new graphic novel, ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For End Times. A sizable 96 pages, Mr MacLean grab the reigns of all of the creative duties, right down to the lettering. You can gawk at a preview of ApocalyptiGirl on Comics Alliance.

    Andrew MacLean’s style is, what I am dubbing, organic geometry. Simplified shapes, often very angular and quite exaggerated, push the human figure to unnatural proportions. Yet he keeps them looking fluid, kinetic and most importantly believable.

    You can find Mr MacLean on deviantArt, tumblr, twitter, and facebook.

  3. 27

    Oct 2014

    Manga Mondays ~ Yaphleen

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    Very beautiful and ethereal work from 22 year old student, Yaphleen, also know as Yaya. Her deviantArt and tumblr house her gorgeous Studio Ghibli inspired illustrations. Each one explores a different style and technique, but each is executed proficiently.

    Yaphleen explicitly states that these drawings were created in her free time and for her pleasure. She does not wish to sell prints, or take on any commissions at this time. It’s art for art’s sake and rather refreshing to see nowadays.

  4. 29

    Sep 2014

    Adam Phillips ~ Brackenwood

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    This weekend I was in a somewhat nostalgic mood. My mind wondered off, and came to a place it had not visited in quite some time. That place was flash animations, specially around 10 years ago. At that time, sites like AtomFilms and Newgrounds were providing a platform for web animation, enabling and encouraging the medium to grow. Every so often there would be a noteworthy short, but on the whole the standard of work was clouded with exploratory and amateur attempts. Through the fog, however, emerge a handful a of truly skilled individuals and work. One such individual is the focus of today’s post.

    Australian freelance animator Adam Phillips originally worked as a character animator and effects director at Walt Disney Studios in Sydney. Many of his project were sequels to hit Disney movies, including Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996). Applying the Disney school of thought to his own animated series Brackenwood revealed a glaring difference in the quality to that of most web animations that had come before.

    Waterlollies was one of the last animations Mr Phillips released in the Brackenwood series, and it is liquid beauty. Throughout the series’ six-year run, it received multiple awards and Waterlollies, deservedly so, picked up the Newgrounds Tank Award for Best Movie of 2007.

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    Sep 2014

    Veronique Meignaud

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    We are showering you with magic this week. I’m not sure if there is a better word to describe this weeks features, and today is no less. Veronique Meignaud is a freelance illustrator from Montreal, Canada. Student of the Emile Cohl Art School in France, she has worked in the games industry, for the past 10 years, as a concept artist. Ms Meignaud has also collaborated on a wide range on multimedia project. Some of her previous clients include Cirque du Soleil, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Nike, and Marc Ecko.

    Veronique Meignaud’s artwork is striking and complex. It mixes intricate shapes with an array of colours, but all the while manages to keep the elements working harmoniously. It varies in style but the beauty remains consistent.

    You can find more of Veronique Meignaud’s work on her website, and tumblr.

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