Originally from Poland, Mateusz Urbanowicz is a concept artist, animator, illustrator and painter currently living in Tokyo.
Urbanowicz works in ink, watercolor, gouache and acrylic gouache, as well as in digital media. On his website and other online portfolios, you’ll find a selection of his professional and personal work.
I particularly enjoy his series of Tokyo Storefronts, as well as his Bicycle Boy illustrations, and his Mottainai NHK TV commercial backgrounds.
In his ink and watercolor approach, his loose, confident application of color over a foundation of solid draftsmanship gives his compositions a strong visual appeal.
There is a page on his blog about his tools, and a series of videos on YouTube, some of which are process videos for paintings, and some of which are animations. You can find prints of his illustrations on society6.
Alexander Votsmush is a Crimean painter who works in watercolor. The name “Votsmush” is actually a pseudonym — a rearrangement of his actual name, “Shumtov” — that he adopted in his college days.
Votsmush has a unique and very appealing approach to his watercolors — part graphic, part paintlike, with skewed verticals and horizontals, or curves in their place — that that give his pieces a feeling of casual, lively structure and informal rendering.
Some of his pieces have a narrative feeling and may have been intended as illustrations, but I don’t actually know.
Votsmush does not have a dedicated web presence, so you need to rely on articles in which others have posted his work. One of the best is a series of three articles on Asif R Naqvi’s blog Living Design: “The wonderful world of watercolor maestro Alexander Votsmush (Part 1)”, along with Part 2 and Part 3.
There is another article on Scribd, and a 2014 interview with Votsmush on Art of Watercolor.
The work of Alexander Votsmush will be on display at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA, in a solo show that opens today, October 8, and runs until October 23, 2016. There is a gallery of his work on their site.
[A note of caution: if you go searching for Votsmush paintings on sites other than the ones listed here, be wary — some of the ones I encountered, particularly with .ru domains, set off my anti-virus alarms.]