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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Joseph Mugniani

Joseph Mugniani, science fiction illustration, Ray Bradbury

Joseph Mugniani, science fiction illustration, Ray Bradbury

Joseph Mugniani was an Italian/American artist, printmaker and illustrator active in the 20th century.

He is best known for his illustrations for the works of Ray Bradbury, who was also his longtime friend. Mugniani was also the author of several books on drawing and painting (Amazon link).

I particularly enjoy his darkly textural lithographs.

The best source I’ve seen for images of Mugniani’s work is this article on Monster Brains.

 
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Antonio Segura Donat (Dulk)

Antonio Segura Donat (DULK)

Antonio Segura Donat (DULK)

Antonio Segura Donat is a Spanish artist who often works under the pseudonym Dulk, which he adopted originally for use as a street artist and muralist.

Dulk creates images that blend aspects of magic realism and fantasy, often with themes of animals, and in particular, birds.

He works in a variety of traditional media, paint, pens, pastel and markers, sometimes over silkscreen base prints. He also works in sculpture.

His website has galleries for Art, Illustration and Street art, and there are videos of him working. He has prints and other items for sale in Big Cartel. There is a collection of his work, The dulk; I believe the text is in Spanish, but you can find it from U.S. sources. Some of his original art can be found on Thinkspace.

 
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Fritz Baumgarten

Fritz Baumgarten, classic illustrations

Fritz Baumgarten, classic illustrations

Fritz Baumgarten was a German children’s book illustrator active in the early to mid part of the 20th century.

He illustrated numerous books, primarily in Germany, working in a nicely finessed combination of ink and watercolor.

Baumgarten had a knack for blending the commonplace with the fantastic, putting his elf-like characters and anthropomorphized creatures into scenes of activities that might otherwise seem quite ordinary.

Many of his portrayals of the forest floor are nicely naturalistic.

I haven’t been able to find many sources for his images, but I’ve included links to a few, below. I’ll also provide a link to a Google image search, with the size filter set to “large”, and some books available on Amazon (most appear to be German language editions).

 
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Allen Douglas (update)

Allen Douglas, Cryptid Visions, fantasy illustration

Allen Douglas, Cryptid Visions, fantasy illustration

Allen Douglas is a painter and illustrator whose work I featured back in 2011. As an illustrator, his clients include Penguin, Putnam, Tor, Berkley, Random House, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Harcourt, Little Brown, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, and Wizards of the Coast.

Since my previous post, Douglas has initiated a new series of works under the banner of “Cryptid Visions”. “Cryptid” refers to animals whose existence is in question. Douglas has taken flights of fancy that combine one species with another, juxtapose size relationships and delve into dragons and other mythical beasts.

Among the works on his Cryptid Visions website, you can also find a few straightforwardly naturalistic paintings of birds. On that site, you can also find a selection of prints and original paintings.

You can find more of his illustration work on his ArtStationand deviantArt portfolios, as well as on the site of his artist representatives, Shannon Associates, and Kid Shannon.

See also my previous post on Allen Douglas.

 
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Bror Anders Wikstrom

Bror Anders Wikstrom, imaginative float designs of dragons and other, in watercolor
With the exception of the more straightforward watercolor (images above, bottom), the rest of these wild and wonderfully realized watercolor illustrations are designs for New Orleans carnival parade floats from the early part of the 20th century by Swedish/American artist Bror Anders Wikstrom.

Wikstrom originally went to sea as a young man, but his career as a sailor was curtailed by changes in his eyesight. Nearsightedness did not prevent him from pursuing studies in art in Stockholm and Paris, and he applied his artistic learning to magazine illustrations, advertising design, prints, cartoons, murals and portraits.

Coming to the U.S., he settled in New Orleans and became noted for his designs for carnival floats for two of the prominent krews, Rex and Proteus.

A number of his float designs are maritime in nature, others are wilder fantasy, often featuring dragons and other fantastical creatures.

He also painted landscapes and marine paintings, though I can’t find as many examples of those; you can find some on Artnet and Invaluable (and here).

 
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