Ariduka55

Ariduka55, illustrations

Ariduka55, illustrations

Ariduka55 is the handle of an unnamed Japanese artist who, among other subjects, has a series of images in which humans are juxtaposed against unnaturally large animals, both real and imaginary.

These are presented in a style that is influenced by concept art, anime, and in particular, the anime designs of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

I can’t find a normal website for the artist, other than Tumblr and Twitter, and a Pixiv site (that requires an account to view more than the first few images).

[Via Design You Trust]

 
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Avant Choi

Avant Choi, concept art and illustration

Avant Choi, concept art and illustration

Avant Choi is a concept artist and illustrator based in South Korea and working in the gaming industry. Beyond that, there is little background information on the artist’s ArtStation or Instagram presence.

Choi’s environments, particularly those labeled as personal projects, are often whimsical, imaginative and brightly colored, in contrast to the often dark and dour look of much contemporary concept art.

 
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Artur Sadlos

Artur Sadlos, concept art

Artur Sadlos, concept art

Artur Sadlos is a concept artist, designer, art director and photographer, working primarily in the gaming industry.

His concept art often has an appealing playfulness in the lighting, with sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic lighting effects in key parts of the composition. It is also often nicely textural, particularly in his rendering of stone and rock.

In addition to the work visible on his website, Instagram and Twitter feeds, you can also find prints on his society6 page.

 
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Greg Rutkowski

Greg Rutkowski, concept art, illustration, fantasy art, dragons, Magic: the Gathering

Greg Rutkowski, concept art, illustration, fantasy art, dragons, Magic: the Gathering

Greg Rutkowski is a freelance concept artist and illustrator from Poland, whose clients include Wizards of the Coast.

Among his other fantasy subjects, Rutkowski paints terrific dragons, with a feeling of leathery textures and lots of creative variations.

His digital paintings often have a nicely naturalistic and textural painterly approach. In addition to his concept pieces you’ll find digital paintings of landscapes in his online portfolio and deviantART gallery.

Rutkowski has digital painting tutorials available through Gumroad, along with downloadable Photoshop brushes. You can find previews and other videos on his YouTube channel.

He also has prints available through deviantArt, and (larger, if I understand correctly) through Displate.

 
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Mac Smith, Scurry

Mac Smith, Scurry comic

Mac Smith, Scurry comic

Mac Smith is is a concept artist and illustrator who has largely put aside his work in the gaming industry to concentrate on his own comics project.

Scurry is a post-apocalyptic survival story in which the protagonists are mice. The setting is an abandoned house and the surrounding woods, now mysteriously devoid of humans. With the disappearance of the humans has gone the availability of food their presence provided.

The mouse colony, within which Smith has developed distinct characters and political factions, is faced with the dangers of moving vs. the inevitable decline of food supplies. Scouts are sent out, facing terrifying challenges in the form of cats, wolves, birds of prey and the other dangers that real mice might encounter. These are seen largely in upshots, from the point of view of the mice.

This is the setting in which Smith unwinds his story, told with the cinematic acumen of an experienced concept artist, and beautifully drawn and rendered, with nicely textural attention to naturalistic environments. I particularly enjoy the way he handles rain, mist and similar atmospheric scenes.

Scurry can be read online as a webcomic, which Smith has been supporting through Patreon, offering, among other things, tutorials, walk-throughs and PSD files as perks for supporters.

Smith has also been offering Scurry as a series of printed graphic stories, two of which are available as both hardback and paperback. He is currently raising funds for the third book.

You can find examples of his artwork for the strip on his Artstation and deviantART galleries, and some videos and instructional material on YouTube.

 
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Johannes Helgeson

Johannes Helgeson, concept art

Johannes Helgeson, concept art

Originally from Sweden and now based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Johannes Helgeson is a concept artist and illustrator working in the gaming industry.

in his online presence, Helgeson emphasiszes character and costume design. His style can be springy and cartoon-like, brushy and textural or highly rendered — sometimes all at once.

Many of the images on his Artstation site are accompanied by their preliminary drawings.

I particularly like his homage to one of J.C. Leyendecker’s most famous Arrow Shirt advertising illustrations (images above, bottom two).

 
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