Today’s Manga Monday artist is freelance illustrator Raven Wu. Based in Taiwan, he creates elaborate imagery that outright stops you in your tracks.
Wu has an uncommon ability to balance a range of very saturated colours and an array of details. Though the subject is always different, there are common traits throughout his illustrations. The sun, ever-present in much of his work, lightly kisses lush fabrics with its warm glow. While, at the very same time, Wu makes the presence of the cold known, with a perpetual gush of wind that swirls objects in the air as if they were weightless. These traits, coupled with fantasy themes and costumes, make his work gorgeous, poetic and ethereal. No wonder Wu’s work demand your attention.
Joël Jurion is a French comic book artist born in 1975. He started his artistic career in 1999 and by a chance meeting with Thierry Cailleteau at Normandiebulle festival, Jurion was asked to illustrate Cailleteau’s upcoming project, Anachron. Starting in 2001, the series went on for six years and was very successful. Straight after, Jurion was snapped up for a new series, Les Démons de Dunwich, written by Steve Baker.
Rachel Saunders aka Baru is a freelance illustrator, animator and comic artist. Based in England, her style is a fusion of European and Japanese artistic influences. It varies, leaning more to one direction and occasionally meeting right in the middle.
Saunders first self-published a comic book back in 2008, called First Law. It was a twelve page one-shot based on a short story, of the same name, by Isaac Asimov. Afterward she illustrated for the webcomic Frankenstein Complex and the Dark Souls inspired Sieglinde of Catarina. Birthed from her love of Hergé’s Tintin, and nudged by the release of the motion capture feature film, in December 2011 Saunders set up Ask Tintin. Where plucky fans could ask the boy reporter any question they liked. Saunders would then illustrate Tintin’s response. It quickly gained over one-thousand followers, and over two-hundred questions asked.
Saunders was a part of the acclaimed fantasy comic, Spera. Contributing pages for both Volume 1 and Volume 2. She was part of the successfully crowd funded books 21 Draw and Masters Of Anatomy. She has also produced variant covers for Boom Studios’ Adventure Time and Regular Show comics.
Toshinho is a freelance artist from Japan. He majored in fine art and began his creative career in video game development, working on titles including Metal Gear Solid 5, Final Fantasy Tactics and The Eye of Judgment. For the most part now he is trying to establish a genre called “Virtual Concept.”
Virtual Concept works much like video game and animation concept design but without a video game nor animation to speak of. He creates characters, develops worlds, and then repeats, slowly developing an entire universe. It is a process that is enhanced by viewers interaction and has led Toshinho to spend much of his time researching design and historical clothing. He has called the project “BOSS CONCEPT.”
I actually stumbled on Toshinho’s artwork when his Red Sonja pin-up stopped me in my tracks. Toshinho’s supplied the linework and Pedro Figue added a background and really brought it to life with colour. A collaboration that, I am sure, many would love to see more of.
Toshinho is both a traditional and digital artist. When working digitally, he seems to favour PaintTool SAI over the more popular Photoshop. Though, he does use Photoshop, as well as Clip Studio Paint. You can watch him work in real-time on Twitch. Those who become a Toshinho patreon are privy to all of his BOSS CONCEPT development, art tips, process videos and hi-res artwork. The BOSS CONCEPT project is a very interesting approach and I am very curious to see how it develops.
Born in Saitama, Japan. Miki studied BA Painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design. Joshibi has a rather interesting history. Founded in 1900, it is a Women’s art school and the oldest private art school in Japan. The two founders opened it as a reaction to other art schools whom were denying women membership.
After Miki graduated in 1996, she worked for two years before deciding to become a freelancer. She has kept busy working on mangas, children’s books and book covers, among other projects. She has also regularly exhibited at solo shows throughout Tokyo, Japan. Her work is largely influenced by the tradition-inspired Nihonga style. Artist such as Tsuchida Bakusen, Kiyokata Kaburagi, and Jakuchu Ito. Miki has also cited European artist Paul Delvaux and Alphonse Mucha also as major influences.
You can find more of Kato Miki’s paintings on her website.