Norman Rockwell Santa

And to All a Good Night, Norman Rockwell
And to All a Good Night, Norman Rockwell

This image is sourced from an interesting 2015 Wired article on Rockwell’s photographic reference for this and a number of his other holiday themed paintings.

As is often the case with Rockwell paintings, much of the charm for me is in the little touches — the position of the hand holding the pipe and the rendering of the wooden chair; but I also love the loose, cartoony feeling of the illustration overall, and that wonderful wide-eyed, frazzled expression on the face of the Jolly One.

Seems like it’s been that kind of year for many of us. Here’s hoping 2018 brings some relief (even if we have to wait for November).

Merry Christmas and Happy Other Holidays!

 
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Tianhua Xu

Tianhua Xu, concept art, Beijing ,China
Tianhua Xu is a concept artist, art director and production designer based in Beijing, China.

His digital painting approach is nicely atmospheric and carries a flavor of painterly traditional media. That, and a nicely honed sense of visual drama give his visions of dragons, spirits, warriors and monsters a vibrant presence.

 
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Hugo Puzzuoli

Hugo Puzzuoli, concept art
Hugo Puzzuoli is a concept artist who is originally from France, and now based in Quebec City, Canada.

His blog features some of his professional work, such as his concepts for Assasin’s Creed Syndicate, and his Artstation portfolio features more of his personal projects.

In his personal work, Puzzuoli often takes bright, appealingly graphic approach in his digital painting, with carefully controlled value relationships and bright punctuations of high-chroma color among more muted passages.

You can also find some digital painting studies of faces and natural settings.

[Via Paolo Rivera]

 
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Anton Fadeev

Anton Fadeev. concept art
Anton Fadeev is a concept artist based in Sochi, Russia, whose focus is on environments.

Fadeev works with an unusually bright high-chroma palette and complementary color schemes, that give his work an immediate appeal.

He sets a nice balance between naturalistic textures and pleasingly graphic rendering with lots of areas of flat color.

Much of the work on his ArtStation portfolio is for the Duelyst game.

 
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Woonyoung Jung

Woonyoung Jung, concspt art and illustration, Modern Witches, Athletics with Dinosaurs
Woonyoung Jung is a visual development artist with Dreamworks Animation, but most of his online presence is devoted to his personal work — in particular two delightful series.

One is “Young Witches”, in which young women in colorful — rather then dour black — witches hats are apparently on vacation or an extended road trip, accompanied by their cat familiars who occasionally photobomb the illustrations.

The other is “Athletics with Dinosaurs” in which dinosaurs, dressed appropriately, participate in athletic events with people.

Both series are rendered in a lively, colorful graphic style that has much of the charm of 2D animation drawing.

Jung has prints of some of his images available on Big Cartel.

 
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