If cartoony pin-up fantasy is your thing, today's artist is your guy. I like the sense of life, the simplicity of line and the exaggeration of form. I certainly looked at this guy a lot when I was starting to draw.
You could not play Warhammer in the late 80s and early 90s without being influenced by today's artist...and I played a LOT of Warhammer.
In many ways, Ian is one of the reasons I thought I could never be an artist, because his work pretty much defines the fantasy art I enjoyed at the time, and there is no way in HELL I'm every making something like this...my brain functions in a different way :)
That being said, it's neat to go look back at his stuff, because I definitely see how he influenced my compositions, my themes and the moods of my paintings.
Some days, you just feel like landscape painting...and on those days, you could do a lot worse than looking at today's artist. Hudson River School, fantastic use of light, amazing brush strokes. *drool*
On my way back from #GenCon, I spent a day in Chicago, and, of course, checked out the Art Institute of Chicago. There, in the "American Artists pre-1900" wing, I rediscovered today's artist. One of the first Hudson River school painters, and highly influential on a host of artists since.
Today's artist is almost certainly best known for his comic book series, "Bone." I equally enjoy his more adult series RASL, and just in general, am a huge fan of his environments, and use of graphic black and white to tell a story. I actually hugely prefer his uncoloured work - like TMNT, it was made to be in B&W, and that's how it reads best to me.
Today's artist just won a Chesley award for 2014 Best Paperback cover award. I would love to see more of his process work, I get the sense that he often works from a REALLY tight line drawing, but I can't be sure.
Today's artist is an amazing character and creature designer, who happens to be an amazing 3D modeler as a day-job. She works at Motiga in Seattle. Like many of the people I feature, she gives an amazingly insightful crit too!
Seth Rutledge is a visual developer and concept artist for the animation and video game industries, a photographer and a coffee snob living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before he discovered illustration, he received a CSCI/Math degree from UNC-Charlotte, and has lived and worked all over the United States and Canada. He has run marathons, taught English in Japan, been CTO for a pharma marketing company and done fashion photography in NYC. Seth has two albums he wrote and played keyboards on, and he plays the theramin whenever he gets the chance. Seth spends so much time in coffee shops drawing that he is mentioned in online reviews. He would love a career drawing elves and goblins for a living.