Friday, 16 December 2011

Kinuko Craft

Kinuko Y. Craft (born 1940) is a Japanese-born American contemporary painter, illustrator and fantasy artist.


Omar Rayyan

Omar Rayyan at Illustrateurs
Omar Rayyan's Etsy shop

Karol Bąk

Fascinating... Karol Bąk is a Polish artist, born 1961




Chesley Awards and Isis

I just learned about Chesley Awards. Here I am, 42, wannabe-illustrator for Fantasy and SciFi, and I just learned about Chesley Awards - and ASFA, too... I feel kind of stupid, but - better late than never, huh?

I was looking at Omar Rayyan pictures, and I found his "Favorite" that was "a potential nominee for best unpublished color work"
I love Omar Rayyan...

Anyway, I stumbled over this page (potential nominees...) and started looking into it, and found out that there is a Chesley Award blah blah blah.

Now, first on the page is Isis by Daren Bader.
Looks really nice at first glance, but... I don't like it. It's a bit too... Just... doesn't work for me. So I went for looking at other things he has done, found his blog, and then I found this...

 Nice...

So, of course I went to look up Steve Huston and his sketchbooks... Ah.

It's lovely to see a sketchbook that's just as crowded and messy as mine :-D Of course, I'm not even close to this quality, but... I will be. In some 20 years or so :-D

If you look at all four pictures, you'll see yourself what's wrong with Isis. It's so finished it's dead.

I like this Isis by Willow Arlenea...

and this, by Kinuko Craft... I really need to give her an own entry.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Selene and Endymion

Yes, they managed to depict young, beautiful men too in "interesting" situations "in the name of art and culture". Selene/Diana and Endymion is GREEK myth, it cannot be but proper and decent! :-D


Annibale Carracci

Johann Grund

 Stefano Torelli

Ubaldo Gandolfi

Sebastiano Ricci

 Pierre-Paul Prud’hon

Anne-Louis Girodet

Pierre-Narcisse Guérin
This is his Iris and Morpheus:

Jérôme-Martin Langlois

George Frederic Watts

Simon Solomon

Edward John Poynter

Victor Florence Pollet

 Walter Crane

Edmund Dulac

Magnus Enckell

 Eldanis

Karl Briullov

Friday, 9 December 2011

Pavel Tatarnikov





Such a delightful combination of le Cain, Klimt and Christensen...

Errol Le Cain

Errol Le Cain (1941–1989) was a British animator and children's book illustrator.

I adore the little vignettes he puts around the pictures, borders, little details, funny little surprises and gifts sprinkled all over the work, which would be quite enough as it is...



Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne; How Well We Suit Each Other

So adorable... :-D
I wonder if there's a political message somewhere... Who are these owls supposed to be?