Allen Douglas (update)

Allen Douglas, Cryptid Visions, fantasy illustration

Allen Douglas, Cryptid Visions, fantasy illustration

Allen Douglas is a painter and illustrator whose work I featured back in 2011. As an illustrator, his clients include Penguin, Putnam, Tor, Berkley, Random House, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Harcourt, Little Brown, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, and Wizards of the Coast.

Since my previous post, Douglas has initiated a new series of works under the banner of “Cryptid Visions”. “Cryptid” refers to animals whose existence is in question. Douglas has taken flights of fancy that combine one species with another, juxtapose size relationships and delve into dragons and other mythical beasts.

Among the works on his Cryptid Visions website, you can also find a few straightforwardly naturalistic paintings of birds. On that site, you can also find a selection of prints and original paintings.

You can find more of his illustration work on his ArtStationand deviantArt portfolios, as well as on the site of his artist representatives, Shannon Associates, and Kid Shannon.

See also my previous post on Allen Douglas.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Franklin Booth pen and ink advertising illustration

Franklin Booth pen and ink advertising illustration

Franklin Booth pen and ink advertising illustration
Ad for Etsy Organ in House and Garden, Franklin Booth

American artist Franklin Booth, who was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was known for his marvelously intricate pen and ink illustrations, a style that came largely from the young artist confusing images in magazines that were done in wood engraving with pen and ink drawings.

Here, he pulls out the stops (oh, how I delight in that pun) in his illustration for organ manufacturer Etsy Organ, printed in House and Garden magazine in 1922.

Booth has created a stunningly beautiful fantasy of the music that will come from the organ — with lines that follow both the volume of the forms and the direction of movement and action. I love the swirls in the hair and the sheen of the draperies.

In addition, all of this modeling and rendering is done at an entire level of values that separates the cloud of imaginings from the darker rendering of the “reality” of the woman and the organ!

Wow.

 
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Sylvain Sarrailh

Sylvain Sarrailh, concept art, environments, illustration

Sylvain Sarrailh, concept art, environments, illustration

Sylvain Sarrailh is a French illustrator, concept artist and environment designer working primarily in the gaming field. He has worked with companies like Guerrilla Games, Illumination Entertainment, Rocksteady, Amplitude, Sony Picture Animation, Ubi Soft and Dreamworks.

Given the dark and grungy vein of illustration common within that industry, Sarrailh (who also goes by the handle “Tohad”) has an unusually bright and often naturalistic approach.

He has recently become the director and designer of a new game project, Forest of Liars, and he points to the painters of the Hudson River School of painting as inspiration for his approach to the illustrations for that game’s environments.

His ArtStation portfolio can be sorted to feature that project as well as other genres in which he works. There is an ArtStation blog with updates. You can also find his work on Behance and deviantART.

 
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