When I first profiled illustrator Tyler Jacobson here on Lines and Colors in 2010, he was only about a year out of graduation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but already accepting major clients, as well as representation from Richard Solomon.
Since then, he has continued to develop his dramatic style and his client list, which includes Wizards of the Coast, Simon & Schuster, NBC, The Weekly Standard, Konami, The Penguin Group, Rolling Stone Magazine, Toyota, Tor Books, Scientific American, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated.
In his fantasy work, in particular, Jacobson has developed a keen sense of value contrasts and theatrical lighting. These — combined with a strategic use of restricted color palettes, often rich in violets and purples — allow his renderings of fantasy scenes for projects like Magic: The Gathering and Legend of the Cryptids to deliver their subjects with force and authority.
Jacobson’s website has two galleries, one primarily of fantasy work and the other of more general illustration topics and personal work. Jacobson also maintains a blog in which you can see new work as he develops it, and sometimes works in progress.