Phillip Straub is a concept artist and illustrator who works primarily digitally. His style ranges from dark and moody sci-fi game concept art to candy-colored children’s illustration.
Month: September 2005
Wally Torta’s Journal
Wally Torta’s Journal is a wonderful sketchblog that ranges from simple and direct observations from everyday life to flights of fantasy to meeting doodles to cartoons and drawings in a style influenced by B. Kliban (one of my absolute favorite cartoonists). Most often, though, he seems to simply draw what’s in front of him. Worth checking back often.
Jenn Manley Lee’s subtle, adult, character-driven science fiction web comic. It’s well written, well drawn and rendered in emotionally effective color palettes. The story deals with adult themes and is not for children. It’s also not for those who have a childish expectation of what science fiction (and science fiction comics) are about.
Bill Mather does paintings and portraits of women in a variety of media. He also does landscapes in acrylic and oil. The site in includes a number of nice sketches, as well as pieces from figure drawing classes.
What I enjoy most, though, are his direct and lively portrait drawings.
Derek Thompson is a comics artist, storyboard artist and concept artist. Most of all though, he draws monsters. Big, little, scary, silly, weird and wild monsters. He even has a Monster of the Day feature and a Monster Vault.
The site also features a gallery of his professional work and a Sketchbook that happens to include some nice travel sketches.
Julian Beever is probably the best known practitioner of “Pavement Art”, highly rendered drawings on city sidewalks. Some of them are portraits or reproductions of old masters, but the most interesting are anamorphic distortions that, when viewed from a certain angle, give a striking illusion of 3 dimensionality. The technique is reminiscent of the old master trick of creating apparently distorted paintings that only assume proper appearance when viewed in the curved surface of a reflective vase or bowl.