Category Archives: Concept & Visual Dev.

Slawek Fedorczuk

Slawek Fedorczuk, illustration, character design, concept art
Slawek Fedorczuk is an illustrator, character designer and concept artist based in Warsaw, Poland.

Fedorczuk has a springy, energetic style with blocky geometric shapes forming much of the natural environment, giving his image a cartoon-like verve.

His palette ranges from muted to high-chroma, depending on the demands of the image, with touches of texture adding dimension and atmosphere.

Fedorczuk’s web portfolios don’t give much information about his background or projects, but his Behance galleries are divided by project names.

I particularly enjoy his series of illustrations for a project called “Witch’s Forest” (character with red hair, images above).


Richard Wright

Richard Wright, concept art, illustration
Richard Wright is an illustrator, concept artist and matte painter based in the UK. Beyond that, there is no bio information on his website or ArtStation gallery.

His work is richly atmospheric and textural; his colors chosen to evoke mood and drama. I enjoy his use of suggestion in backgrounds, whether for environmental elements or distant objects, at times rendered in almost flat low-contrast sihlouette.

Wright’s work was featured in the June, 2016 issue of 2dartist magazine.


Mateusz Urbanowicz

Mateusz Urbanowicz, concept art, illustration, watercolor
Originally from Poland, Mateusz Urbanowicz is a concept artist, animator, illustrator and painter currently living in Tokyo.

Urbanowicz works in ink, watercolor, gouache and acrylic gouache, as well as in digital media. On his website and other online portfolios, you’ll find a selection of his professional and personal work.

I particularly enjoy his series of Tokyo Storefronts, as well as his Bicycle Boy illustrations, and his Mottainai NHK TV commercial backgrounds.

In his ink and watercolor approach, his loose, confident application of color over a foundation of solid draftsmanship gives his compositions a strong visual appeal.

There is a page on his blog about his tools, and a series of videos on YouTube, some of which are process videos for paintings, and some of which are animations. You can find prints of his illustrations on society6.


Amei Zhao

Amei Zhao, concept art and illustration
Amei Zhao is an illustrator and visual development artist based in Sydney. She has a bright, graphic style that uses theatrical lighting to nice effect. She has a minimalist approach to her shapes, foregoing detail in favor of color and the textural effect of smaller shapes.

Many of her pieces show a character apparently wandering through various environments, though I’m not certain if these are for the same project.


Peter Mohrbacher

Peter Mohrbacher, algelarium, fantasy art
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.


Hiroo Isono

Hiroo Isono
Hiroo (Hirō) Isono was a Japanese painter and illustrator, known for his intricate and fantastical scenes of tropical jungles and animals. He traveled extensively in the South Pacific, Africa and North America.

He is known in gaming circles for his work on the Mana series of games, including Secret of Mana and Heroes of Mana.

Unfortunately, I can’t find anything in the way of an official site for Isono, so my links below are to other blog posts and articles about him that have larger images of his work than I’ve provided here. [Correction: Terry Miura has been kind enough to write with Isono’s official website.]

Readers with accounts on Pinterest or Tumblr may be able to find additional images; you might also try a Bing or Google image search.

[Via Kevin Hong]