João Ruas’s atmospheric and ever so haunting illustrations are without doubt, sensational. Hailing from São Paulo, Ruas works as a freelance illustrator/artist, creating original artwork, prints, and books. He does make time to produce some commercial work, including covers for the excellent DC’s Fables series. Here is a wonderful quote from his website by Amanda Erlanson that offers great insights into his work:
“João Ruas paints a haunting world inhabited by enigmatic figures and regal beasts awash in a maelstrom of mysterious energies. His explorations of the darker realms of the spirit evoke states of emotional turmoil, spiritual hunger and troubled passion. Weaving together history, mythology and cryptic symbolism in a misty dreamscape where twilight is ever at hand and the bounds of gravity seem optional, he describes an ethereal mythos that is somehow deeply personal and disquietingly universal at the same time.”
You can follow his updates on his blog.