Krenz is a freelance character designer base in TaoYuan, Taiwan. He has provided artwork for video games and book covers as well as contributing to the upcoming Masters of Anatomy book.
One thing that is obvious looking around Mr Krenz DeviantArt page is his superb ability with colour. They are soft and harmonious, but yet striking. They give his characters real depth and an imposing presence. You can find more of Mr Krenz’s work on his blog, and Facebook page.
He graduated in Biology before switching to Art, which he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After sticking with the arts, Mr Kiuchi began his career by illustrating for children’s books. His very first book The Lotus Seed, written by Sherry Garland, sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide. He later branched out into editorial and advertising work. Some of his international clients include The New Yorker, The Folio Society, Simon & Schuster, The Guardian, and Random House.
The festive season and snow seem to be a reoccurring them in Mr Kiuchi’s portfolio, so it’s not surprising that he has been commissioned twice for Christmas projects. Once by Royal Mail, for their 2006 Christmas Stamp Collection and again in 2007 for Starbucks’ worldwide Pass the Cheer holiday campaign.
You can see how Mr Kiuchi creates his detailed and textured illustrations in a couple really nice Making of videos over on his vimeo page. To dive deeper into Tatsuro Kiuchi’s work check out his website and tumblr.
Much of her work uses earth tones creating a warm hue and serene feelings. Many of Mangetsu’s characters are lighthearted and jovial, but those of her more pensive characters stare intensely and really drawing you in.
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.
We are back! Hope our absence didn’t bare too heavy on your creative heart. Today’s dose of inspiration comes from manga author and artist, Tsutomu Ohno. He has contributed to the very popular magazine Weekly Young Jump, the comic anthology Tiger & Bunny, and most recently Shippo! Enhancement.
Mr Ohno’s predominate style is upbeat and energetic, however when sketching with a brush his work becomes less restrained and more “gritty”. However both his polished and exploratory work always show a high level of draftmanship and detail.
You can find more of Tsutomu Ohno’s art on his blog.