Darren Bartley is a concept artist based in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. He has over a decade of experience in the video game industry and is currently the Senior Concept Designer at Riot Games. He has previously worked on titles including Crysis 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Stellar Dawn and Runescape.
Bartley studied art in high school, as well as a year in a local art college. In university, he studied computer game design. Regrettably, Bartley found this traditional tutelage short-sighted and dull. He knew what he wanted, that was to work in video games, but even with the years of education behind him, he did not know how to do it. Then one day, while flicking through the pages of Edge magazine, he stumbled across the work of industry veteran, Feng Zhu.
Ryota Murayama aka Ovopack is a freelance concept artist and character designer. Originally from Chiba, he currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. Murayama studied at Tokyo Designer Gakuin College. He has worked with game companies Square Enix, Gust, Koei Tecmo, and Cygames on many of their most popular titles.
Among many others, some of his video video game credits include, quality assurance for Grandia III, monster designer for the Atelier series, Grand Blue Fantasy and Seiken legend RISE of MANA, and character designer for Chain Chronicle and Rabbi jump.
Gill Button is an artist and illustrator based in London. Her confident, aqueous oil and ink paintings have been published in many leading publications, used for brand campaigns, and exhibited in numerous prominent galleries.
Button studied at Maidstone College of Art, then later completed a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration at Kingston University London. Graduating in 1995, Button has gone on to work for some of today’s leading companies and some of our most influential publications, including BBC, Wolf Ollins, Vanity Fair, Tatler, The Times, Gallimard, and Gucci. Her work has been exhibited in the Fashion Illustration Gallery, Less is More Projects, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Coningsby gallery.
kiDChan, also known as Cyanparade, is an artist and illustrator based in Malaysia. Her enchanting artwork has amassed 14 thousand followers on Twitter and in access of an incredible 65 thousand watchers on DeviantArt.
After finishing secondary school, kiDChan applied to Malaysia’s leading art & design college, The One Academy. She earned a place with a scholarship program. It was around this time that kiDChan started putting her work online, slowly but surely growing her fans and influence. She has travelled the world lending her words to events and her work to brands, books, and apparel.
Though kiDChan’s style is definitely unique, it wears its influences on its sleeve. Contemporary Japanese art and modern design elements blend with early 20th-century illustration and Art Nouveau. Yet, when filtered and elaborated, kiDChan is able to produce artwork that is both familiar and completely fresh. Something else that stands out when looking at kiDChan’s artwork is her composition. Composing colours, patterns, textures, flowing fabrics and floral embellishments remarkably well. Finding a harmony between them and never distracting the viewer from the focal point.
Despite their detailed nature, her illustrations transfer to products surprisingly well. Be it tote bags, pillows, mugs, or rugs. All of which you can find on her Society6 shop.
kiDChan has set up a Patreon. Sharing with her patrons flat PSDs, drawing process videos, and ebooks, among other treats. To see some of her older process videos check out her YouTube channel.
J.R. Barker is an illustrator and concept artist from Austin, Texas. His regularly contributes pop-culture artwork for shows at Gallery1988. Barker’s work has also made its way to the pages of sci-fi/fantasy art magazine ImagineFX.
Currently, Barker’s portfolio is a showcase of a handful of pieces. Despite that, it demonstrates a great understanding of colour. He uses complementary colours to help add focal points to his pieces. I feel his surreal touches work particularly well. Layered patterns, stars, and glows add an essential layer of interest.
You can find more of J.R. Barker’s work on his website, Tumblr and pick up some of his print on Society6.
Very recently we featured animator, Paul Lacolley. Today we turn our attention to his fellow CRCR collective member. Rémi Bastie is a French animator and Gobelins graduate. Whilst at Gobelins, and the years following it, Bastie has work on some wonder animations. Some have already been mentioned in our Lacolley feature, but other great ones include CRCR’s first short movie Jesus 2000, which was made during an internship at WIZZ Design, the psychedelic advert for LOWDI, and the poignant short New Sensation. WIZZ now represents the group of directors, enabling them to continue collaborating together.
Bastie’s own work exhibits a lot of traditional ink work. Using the computer to add colours and the occasional texture. His style ranges up from simplified and limited lines to looking as if it was drawn from a photo. Predominately though, he enjoys squashing his characters faces and protruding their chins. Making for a more comical appearance. Yet, coupled with more adult themes, and his stark use of blacks, Bastie’s illustrations tend to have an element of discomfort more than humour.
You can find more of Rémi Bastie’s illustrations on Tumblr and flick through his older work on Blogger.
Señor Nuncio Casanova is a zealous collagist from Oaxaca, Mexico. He started dabbling with photomontage illustrations for his own amusing. And in just a few short years, he has falling head first into the surreal worlds he creates.
Try as I might, but other than some few bits, I do not know much about Casanova. Every published interview with him is laden with masterful filibustering. In an interview with Pank Magazine, in response to “Does this piece come from a larger project?” he said,
Yes, it does. After eating the emperor, the crocodile eats almost everyone in the story, including the grandmother of Herodotus and Nuncio Casanova, and then escapes to Leningrad and eats ice cream until he explodes.