Peter Mohrbacher is a painter, illustrator and concept artist who has left his successful career in the gaming industry, including work for “Magic: The Gathering”, for his ongoing personal project of creating “angels”.
Fascinated by his discovery of the large number of named angels in several world mythologies, he began creating “angels” based on various concepts. The result is a growing collection he calls “Angelarium”, which is divided into groups like “The Watchers”, “The Seraphim” and “The Tree of Life”.
He has also enlisted the help of Eli Minaya in designing many of the “Emanations” for the angels, as well as James Pianka who has written new poetry for the twelve original angels.
Mohrbacher’s angel compositions are atmospheric, fantastical and have the kind of visual fascination and impact often associated with the best concept art.
In addition to his own website, there is a devoted Angelarium website, and from both he offers book collections as well as prints.
David Wiesner is a children’s book illustrator and author, known for titles like The Three Pigs, Flotsam, Mr Wuffles, Tuesday and Art & Max.
His website doesn’t have a straightforward portfolio of artwork, but is instead arranged as archived articles, some devoted to a specific title, that include artwork.
Wiesner varies his approach somewhat to be in keeping with the framework of the story. He works primarily in watercolor and gouache; there is a page on his website devoted to his materials, and some of the posts about individual titles have some work in progress images.
Wiesner’s illustrations have the much-desired characteristics for children’s books of being both visually engaging and thought-provoking. The also have enough detail to invite the reader to linger over the images.
I had the opportunity yesterday so see some of Wiesner’s originals as part of an exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA — “Get the Picture! Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration” — that is on display until October 9, 2016.
I was particularly struck by his textural and imaginative illustrations for Art & Max, a children’s book exploration of painting and the creative process that features lizards who paint.
Wiesner is also the author of Spot, an interactive story/learning app for the iPad.