Su, also known as rogner5th is a character designer and concept artist based in Beijing, China. She has worked on acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game Neverwinter, which you can see here.
Stunning details and an astute use of colour. Many of Su’s paintings are reminiscent of The Golden Age of Illustration, in particular, artist N. C. Wyeth. Her celestial characters have ornate clothing, armour, and jewelry, parallel Baroque art.
Yukai Du is an illustrator and animator from Guangzhou, China. She completed a Degree in Design and Visual Communications at the eminent London art school, Central Saint Martins. She also stayed an extra year to complete a Master’s Degree in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects. Graduating last year, Du picked up a couple of prestigious student awards, including the coveted D&AD New Blood Wood Pencil for her Digitized Me entry.
Now working in London, Du has already accumulated an impressive résumé, with clients including Adobe, WIRED UK, TED-Ed, Computer Arts, and BBC. Her design and animation skills are being put to good use at creative studio, M-I-E. Where she has collaborated on music videos, advertisements and marketing campaigns.
Du’s illustrations make good use of simplified and exaggerated shapes, to a point of abstraction. Accentuated by extreme camera angles. Another recurring element, and perhaps most noticeable, has to be her painstaking pattern work. Which Du cleverly avoids becoming a distraction by using a limited colour palette. Sometimes, just three or four colours. All of which amalgamate to create some very surreal and compelling illustrations.
You can find more of Yukai Du’s illustrations on her website, and her animations on her Vimeo.
Jun Cen is an illustrator, animator and designer. Cen received a bachelor’s degree in Printmaking from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China, later, he moved to Baltimore where he completed his MFA degree in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Working as a freelance illustrator from 2009 and throughout his studies. In 2013, the very same year that he graduated from MICA, he won the AOI Illustration New Talent Award. His work has been selected for a number shows including The Society of Illustrators Annual Show 56 and The AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition. His animations too have been shown at multiple film festivals including Illustrative 13 Festival and Indie Memphis Film Festival.
Currently based in New York he has worked with international clients from England, France and China. His work has illuminated the pages of Elle, Nobrow, The New York Times, and Wissen. It is this diversity of work that keeps Cen motivated. When questioned, if he would prefer a steady job over freelancing, this is what he said:
It is more stressful […] But I hate getting used to the same mode every day. Dealing with different clients is more challenging to me. I feel fulfilled whenever I finish a project.
Jun Cen’s illustrations, digital and traditional, are always sensitively drafted. They utilise harmonious tones and subtle touches of texture to give a feeling of calmness and quietness, making much of his work close to hypnotic.
You can find more of Cen’s portfolio on his website and his tumblr.
Fantastic colour work from Texas born, Hannah Christenson. She seems to have a knack for combining every colour in the spectrum effortlessly. Currently living in China, Hannah studied Illustration at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and now works as a freelance illustrator. Some previous clients include Tor.com and Galileo Games. You can see more of her rather stern-faced characters on her website, and blog.
Zhang Webber is from Shanghai, China. He uses all kinds of techniques including pencil, watercolours, digital and traditional painting. He more often than not leaves behind intentionally sketchy marks, and his colours are made up of separate blocks rather than being smooth and nicely blended. This all fits together to create an imperfection that works so well, probably because he gets the basics right in the first place. His anatomy, composition and general observational skills are obviously excellent.
Jing Zhang is an illustrator, typographer and designer from southern China and currently living in trendy London. Her infographics are exceptional, and her experiments with 3D illustrated type are very powerful. I cannot express enough how inspiring her portfolio of work is, so visit her website or Behance to drool over the rest of her portfolio.
Phoenix Lu is a Chinese illustrator with cracking digital paint skills. She has an exquisite collection of fantasy art, particularly mermaids. If you like what you see here on The Lounge, there’s plenty more where that came from; visit Phoenix Lu’s Deviant Art page.