William Maughan

William Maughan, paintings, pastels, drawings and illustration

William Maughan, paintings, pastels, drawings and illustration
William Maughan is a painter, pastellist, illustrator and teacher from California.

Unlike many artists who have transitioned from a successful illustration career to gallery painting, Maughan continues his illustration practice. His clients in that field include General Motors, CBS Television and Dream Works, along with publishers like Pinnacle, Doubleday and Harlequin and numerous editorial clients.

He has taught at the Art Center College of Design, and served as director for programs in fine art and illustration for Academy of Art University.

He is also the author of The Artist’s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head from Watson-Guptill, and teaches workshops in drawing and painting.

Maughan’s painting subjects include figures, still life, history subjects and landscapes in both oil and pastel. In each case, he use the strengths of the medium to advantage. I particularly enjoy his paintings of European locations like Paris, Florence and Venice.


Matthew Cook (update 2018)

Matthew Cook, ink and watercolor

Matthew Cook, ink and watercolor
Matthew (Matt) Cook is a UK artist and illustrator who I have featured previously (and here), mostly in reference to his fascinating role as a reportage illustrator in the middle-east war zones.

In this post, I’d like to focus instead on his more recent travel sketches and paintings. Most of these are done in a watercolor style that is simultaneously free and strongly drawn, and would be of particular interest to those who enjoy “urban sketching”.

Cook’s wonderful handling of brick, stone and other textured architectural elements is a visual treat, as is his controlled used of high and low chroma colors.

Cook/s primary website is still largely focused on reportage. He has a secondary website that has more of his travel sketches, but they are reproduced at a frustratingly small size.

Much better for enjoyment of his recent work is is Twitter account, on which the images are linked to nicely large versions that allow you to see his deft, confident handling.


Denise Ramsay

Denise Ramsay, watercolor botanical art
Denise Ramsay is a botanical artist originally from New Zealand, who now divides her time between Hong Kong and a cottage in the southwest region of France.

Ramsay paints keenly observed and intricately realized watercolors of flowers and other plants, sometimes at a fairly large scale, in watercolor.

Her paintings are bold and dynamic, apparently without compromising botanical accuracy. In one of her projects, she painted a poppy from bud (images above, third down) to full flower (top, with detail) to eventual faded bloom. There is an article on Bored Panda that follows the sequence.

In addition to the gallery of images on her website, you can find a selection of limited edition Giclee prints.

There is a video on YouTube of Ramsay being interviewed by Katherine Tyrrell.


Arthus Pilorget

Arthus Pilorget, French concept artist
Arthus Pilorget is French concept artist, illustrator and visual development artist based in Lyon.

He graduated from the remarkable Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Gobelins School of Communications) in Paris, and has been working on a nmber of animation projects since.

He has a lively, vibrant style with a nice edge of darkness and feeling of atmosphere.

You can find a variety of images on his ArtStation site, along with some short animated sequences, and a longer group project from Gobelins, titled Que Dalle (which can be translated as “Bugger All”, the subtitles contain strong language). There is also a “Making of” video on the same page.


Gaby D’Alessandro

Gaby D'Alessandro, illustrations
Originally from the Dominican Republic and currently based in Brooklyn, Gaby D’Alessandro is an illustrator whose clients include The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The National Audubon Society, NPR and The American Museum of Natural History.

D’Alessandro has a particular strength in her depictions of scientific concepts and historical figures. She contrasts straightforward portraits and faces, rendered with nuanced value changes, against patterns of biological and geometric forms — ideal in her presentation of figures like Darwin and a marvelous evocation of the intellectual/emotional sensation of listening to Bach’s tones and colors (images above, fourth down).

I particularly admire her portrait of pioneering coder and computer visionary Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (“Ada Lovelace”), set against a diagram of Babbage’s Difference Engine and enwrapped in strings of input punch cards for the machine (images above, bottom).

In addition to the images on her website, you can find more on her Behance portfolio and Instagram, and the portfolio of her U.S. artist’s representatives, Morgan Gaynin, There are available prints of her work on InPrint and society6.