Michael Komarck is an illustrator who transitioned from local graphic design work to fantasy and science fiction illustration for national-level clients like Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, Upper Deck and White Wolf.
He also made transitions through different media, moving, as he describes it, “…from crayons to pencils to acrylics to oils…”. In the course of his graphic design business, he began to work in Flash and Photoshop and eventually moved into digital painting.
His paintings have a nice sense of atmosphere and a gritty feeling of the texture of stone, metal and the leathery wings of dragons. He also has a nice sense of compositional drama and lighting that give his paintings a feeling of motion and excitement. He employs color dramatically, often pushing his images toward an almost monochromatic palette punctuated with sharp highlights of complementary colors.