Category Archives: Sc-fi and Fantasy

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.

 
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Chris Seaman

Chris Seaman, illustration
Chris Seaman is an illustrator working in the gaming industry. His fantasy-themed illustrations are highly rendered, but always keep a feeling of cartoony verve and springy stylization, and often contain fun little touches in the details.

Seaman works in acrylic. There are a couple of brief process videos on his website, where he also has both originals and prints for sale..

I particularly enjoy his take-offs on famous images. like Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII, and J.C. Leyendecker’s Arrow Shirt ad (images above, bottom three).

 
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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.

 
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Didier Graffet

Didier Graffet, fantasy and steampunk illustration
Didier Graffet is a French illustrator, recognized in particular for his fantasy and steampunk themed work. Well known in his native France, Graffet is undeservedly less familiar here in the U.S.

Graffet uses a keen sense of value relationships, a muted palette and a good amount of intricate, textural detail to create arresting images that demand the viewer slow down and linger over them, rather then scanning through them quickly. This, I think, is one of the best uses of detail in illustration — to encourage the reader to pause and reflect on the story while lingering over eye-pleasing interpretations of the text.

Though he does beautifully evocative fantasy themed work, I particularly enjoy his Victorian science fiction images, notably his illustrations for classic Jules Verne novels, and his steampunk versions of alternate times.

Unfortunately, I found the galleries in his website somewhat awkward to navigate, and not as conducive to browsing as one might hope. It’s not a language barrier, the site is nicely available in both French and English, just the arrangement.

The galleries have a drill-down structure, and the obvious path back to the top — the “Galleries” tab in the main navigation — is disabled when in the Galleries section (there is a non-obvious link on the work “Galleries” within the display area that can be used instead).

The thumbnails are small, and it’s easy to miss the links on many sets of thumbnails to subsequent pages, accessed from a small linked row of numbers at the bottom.

The effort to dig around is worthwhile, though, and you will find lots of interesting stuff tucked away. You’ll find most of the steampunk goodies in the Jules Verne section, and in the “Personal” section under “Other Worlds“.

The Fantasy section also contains some personal work and some wonderful dragons.

Most books containing Graffet’s work available in the U.S. are in French editions, a few of which are available through Amazon new, the others available used. There is also a new A Song of Ice and Fire 2017 Calendar, based on George R.R. Martin’s work, with illustrations by Graffet.

 
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Kyuong Hwan Kim (Tahra Art)

Kyuong Hwan Kim (Tahra Art)
Kyuong Hwan Kim is a Korean concept artist and illustrator, who works under the name of Tahra Art.

Kyuong Hwan’s work is something of a mixed bag for me. Some of it falls under the heading of fairly typical anime influenced pin-up art, an insular style that is overly abundant these days, while other pieces are far more interesting, original and imaginative.

I think the latter make it worth wading through the others in search of the more compelling work. I particularly enjoy his pieces in the vein of fairy tales or children’s stories, which are often rich with texture and detail.

There is a collection of his work, Tahra Art, that was published in 2013; reviewed here on Parka Blogs.

[Via Eric Orchard]

[Note some of the linked sites contain images that should be considered NSFW.]

 
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Kevin Hong

Kevin Hong, illustration
Kevin Hong is a New York based illustrator who works in the fantasy art genre.

Having graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, Hong’s portfolio is not yet extensive, but shows great promise in his engaging blend of influences from Japanese anime and US/European fantasy art.

I particularly enjoy his use of color in defining the relationships between objects in his compositions.

Several of the pieces on his website are accompanied by process step-throughs in the form of animated GIFs.

 
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