Category: Realistic
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    Sep 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Laphet

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    Laphet is a professional digital artist from South Korea. Upon first looking at her work you may mistakenly liken it for a more realistic version of Mabel Lucie Attwell. However, upon a second reading it is clear Laphet’s illustrations substitute to “cute” for the “creepy”.

    Large-eyed children often look straight at you. Instead of having a dead stare at is usual for invoking eeriness, Laphet’s characters clearly have their cogs turning, as if they are plotting against you, the viewer. Uncomfortable, yes, but beautiful nonetheless.

    You can find more of Laphet’s work on her DeviantArt page, and her more recently launched Tumblr.

  2. 16

    Apr 2015

    The H Lazarus

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    Presenting the esoteric work of The H Lazarus. Born in Venice, Italy, Lazarus studied Fine art at The Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna (Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna), where she first started to explore the themes of Surrealism, Cyberpunk, Angiography, Mythology and Technology. Working with them concurrently she started to find parallels and where their paths crossed. Working in this manner Lazarus has succeeded in producing some very expressive and compelling imagery. As well as this personal artistic exploration, since 2011, she has been a member of Italian comic collective Manticora Autoproduzioni.

    You can find more of The H Lazarus’ work on behance and Facebook.

  3. 19

    Mar 2015

    Bill Cone

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    Californian Illustrator Bill Cone is well known for his sensational pastel artwork and his ongoing contribution to Pixar Animation Studios. He studyied Painting at San Francisco State University before going on to study Illustration at Art Center College of Design. After his graduation, Cone embarked on a career as a landscape painter and for over 17 years he has exhibited annually, both in group and one-man shows.

    Cone is both a Production Designer and Teacher at Pixar. He has produced lighting studied, worked as a storyboard artist, background painter, and character designer. On top of all these roles, for over 10 years, Cone has taught light and color classes to the Pixar alumni. He has contributed to successful animations such as Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Ratatouille (2007), and Up (2009). Interestingly, it was during work on A Bug’s Life that he started using pastels to do lighting studies. Enjoying them very much and seeing their speed benefits, he decided to use pastels in his personal work too.

    You can see much more of Bill Cone’s wonderful artwork on his blog, which he couples with eloquent and verbose descriptions.

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    Mar 2015

    Andreas Bennwik

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    Swedish freelance illustrator, Andreas Bennwik, has worked with a plethora of large brands including Volkswagen, Micheline, Audi, EMI, McDonalds and Paradox Interactive. He has produced illustrations for advertising, packaging, video games and book covers. Some of his book cover highlights including Nancy Drew, Famous Five and The Hardy Boys.

    With such a large body of work, it may amuse you to know, I actually stumbled on his work after seeing a piece he is working for the upcoming film, Kung Fury. I cannot wait to see the finished poster, and the film for that matter.

    His realistic renditions allow for some wonderful juxtapositions and satire. This is explored particularly in his editorial work. Some of Bennwik’s illustrations are rendered so well, that you have to double take, making sure it’s not a photograph you are looking at.

    To see more of Andreas Bennwik’s work head over to his website.

  5. 19

    Feb 2015

    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

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    Last week saw the launch of the National Portrait Gallery’s new major exhibition, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends. This exhibition focuses on John Singer Sargent’s more personal and experimental paintings. Portraits of prominent actors, writers and musicians of the day. Many of whom were his close friends, including sculptor Auguste Rodin, artists Claude Monet and writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

    This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris, Boston and New York as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissable opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits.

    As an extra treat, throughout the exhibition’s run, it will be accompanied by a range of events including lectures and life drawing.

    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is on now and will be concluding on the 25th of May. This is without doubt a must-see exhibition. I highly recommend, if you can, that you make time to go see it.

    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
    National Portrait Gallery
    12 February – 25 May 2015
    Full price £16 (with donation)
    Full price £14.50 (without donation)
    Student offer
    Every Tuesday during the exhibition Students can see the exhibition for £13.50 (£12 without donation).
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