Ryan Church (update 2024)

Ryan Church concept art
Ryan Church concept art

Ryan Church is a concept artist, illustrator and art director whose film credits have to be among the most impressive in the industry.

I first wrote about him in the rearly months of Lines and Colors, back in 2005, and again in 2006.

Since then, he has continued ot add to his long list of film concept art and art direction credits, as you can see on his website.

Church works with a combination of 3D rendering and digital painting to create the designs for some of the most iconic sicence fiction, fantasy and adventure film scenes in recent memory.

Rudy Siswanto (update)

Rudy Siswanto
Rudy Siswanto

Rudy Siswanto is an Illustration Craft Lead at Riotgames; which basically means he leads a team of illustrators and concept designers who help craft the look and feel of particular games.

I’m not a gamer, so I don’t recognize the games for which these images were created, but many of them involve animal characters that Siswanto has portrayed in exaggerated, stylish and dramatic fashion.

Jarosław Jaśnikowski

Jaroslaw Jasnikowski
Jaroslaw Jasnikowski

Jarosław Jaśnikowski is a Polish artist working in the vein of magic realism/neo-surrealism whose work carries the influence of the original Surrealists as well as their artistic descendants.

In particular, you can see his admiration for the work of Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí and contemporary steampunk fantasy art. The latter infuence often takes the form of trains and airships.

I can’t find a dedicated website for Jaśnikowski, but I’ve collected a few images sources for you to see his work.

Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law
Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law is a watercolor painter from California. Her work ranges from straightforward botanical art to fantastical imaginings with a botanical feel, to stylized animal and plant forms, to fairie images that evoke a feeling of 19th century European illustrators like Rackham and Dulac.

Her watercolor paintings often incorporate elements of metal leaf and ink, and they are sometimes set off in custom frames that she forms into stylized dimesional elements complementary to her images.

Many of her works are circular in shape. I’m not sure if this is for a reason other than a fondness for that form on her part. Most are part of a series.

Her website features galleries in a number of clategories. There is also a store with prints, original art, books and other items. In addition, there is a set off section of her site devoted to her botanical art.

Law has a YouTube channel that features videos of her process.

Arantza Sestayo

Arantza Sestayo
Arantza Sestayo

Arantza Sestayo is a Spanish painter and illustrator who works promarily in the genres of fantasy and imaginative realism.

Her highly refined paintings and drawngs show the influence of Victorian painting, Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaelites. (Her image above, bottom, may be a nod to J. W. Waterhouse’s depiction of jealous Circe.)

Sestayo applies her skills across several mediums. If you scroll down on the home page of her website, you will find categories that translate as “Oils, Watercolor, Pencil, Comic, Sketches and Digital”. There is also a section featuring her book cover illustrations.

A number of her pieces are illustrations for a deluxe limited edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from Easton Press.

You can find several videos of her process on YouTube.

Henry Justice Ford

Henry Justice Ford

Henry Justice Ford

Henry Justice Ford (AKA Henry J. Ford or H. J. Ford) was a popular British illustrator active in the late 19th and early 20 centuries.

Ford’s primary medium was pen and ink, but he also worked in watercolor. Though his skill in those mediums may not have been quite as refind as that of some of his contemporaries, he was nontheless imaginative and entertaining — particularly when illustrating fantasy subjects that included dragons, monsters, ogres and demons.