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Sequential Art Techniques: Illustration by Chad Hardin

A black and white cover drawing for a Spiderman comicSpider-Man vs Vampires #1 Marvel Comics, graphite on bristol

Artist and illustrator Chad Hardin creates artworks for comics and graphic novels, utilizing sequential art techniques both classic and innovative to bring his pages to life. Currently based in Utah, Chad works as an independent artist, creating illustrations for his own projects as well as well-known properties.

A watercolor painting of an orange catMorris, watercolor


In our last feature of Chad’s energetic…

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Anatomical and Medical Illustrations by Carey Pelto

An illustration of the anatomy of the head and neckHead and Neck Anatomy, digital pencil and airbrush

Carey Pelto has a professional background in both illustration and medicine, and now combines the two in his art practice. Specializing in anatomical and medical illustrations, Carey depicts the human body with a delicate, yet frank and honest sensibility.

A cover illustration for a surgical journalThe Ghosts of Surgery


It’s interesting to see Carey’s medical illustrations alongside more classically-inspired figure…

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Picture Book Studio: Art by Valerie Lesiak

A digital illustration of a whimsical hourglassSweet Dreams: A Whimsical Hourglass

Valerie Lesiak produces illustrations for freelance clients and for herself, working under her moniker Picture Book Studio. The artist’s works are colorful and kid-friendly, often featuring animals and simple text elements as subjects.

A diigital illustration of a butterfly based on the form of the letter BB is for Butterfly


I enjoy the welcoming, whimsical tone that Valerie achieves through her digital artworks. These illustrations are built upon a simplified,…

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Free Flow: Art by Robert Malte Engelsmann

An abstract drawing on neutral paper


Robert Malte Engelsmann works under the pseudonym Kaeghoro, creating abstracted illustrations that draw inspiration from a range of sources both recognizable and hidden. The artist often creates his works using a free flow state of mind, allowing his pen or pencil to move freely, without too much planning.

An abstract drawing with a plane of black pigment


I really enjoy the overall aesthetic of Kaeghoro’s portfolio. The works are diverse, but cohesive, with elements of line…

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Studio Sunday: Norman Rockwell

A photo of Norman Rockwell at work in his studio


Today’s studio Sunday artist is Norman Rockwell. Rockwell was an American author, illustrator and painter who was active throughout the beginning of the 20th century. Rockwell became known for his paintings and illustrations of American life, and his name and style have become synonymous with the aesthetics of vintage Americana.


Rockwell’s studio looks charmingly neat and tidy in the above photo. The wood floors in particular…

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Imaginative New Worlds: Art by Carolina Seth

A painting of a Japanese mythological figureYuki-Onna, acrylic on panel

Born in Spain and now based in Washington, DC, Carolina Seth is a painter and illustrator who specializes in depicting imaginative new worlds and dreamlike scenes. Carolina works primarily in acrylic paint and colored pencil, with many of her works centered on human (or human-like) figures.

A painting of a female figure with blue hairPlenty, watercolor and acrylic on watercolor paper


Throughout her portfolio, Carolina sticks to a certain color scheme…

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Spooky Surf: Art by Sean Bernhardt

An illustration of a surf skullIsland-Skulls, sharpie marker on paper

Artist Sean Bernhardt creates simple works of ink line art with a lighthearted, spooky surf aesthetic. Often using sharpie marker on paper, Sean’s works have an underground, street-art-esque feel that sits in contrast to the level of technical skill and thinking in each piece.

A drawing of a heart with text and surfPumping, Sharpie marker on paper


I really enjoy how cohesive Sean’s overall portfolio is. Though he works both in…

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Archival Aesthetic: Art by Matthew Rangel

An installation view of a series of works on the Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Codex, installation view

Matthew Rangel is a conceptual artist and illustrator based in New Mexico. In his artistic practice, Matthew draws on his experiences growing up between natural beauty and socioeconomic upheaval to inform a scientific, archival aesthetic.

A print work depicting an area of the sierra NevadaSierra Nevada Codex, Muro Blanco, etching and lithography


I really enjoy the field-sketch sensibility of Matthew’s works. Even when installed in a gallery…

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Single-Panel Political Cartoons by Chris Gill

A sarcastic single-panel comicclear

Cartoonist Chris Gill produces gestural sketches in traditional and digital media. Chris’ works are often styled in the manner of single-panel political cartoons, each image taking on a narrative quality when combined with a one-liner quip or observation.

A satirical political cartoon about the popular voteThe Popular Vote


I like the somewhat esoteric direction that Chris has been taking in some of his most recent drawings. While many of the artist’s cartoons directly…

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Circular Forms: Art by Lawrie Dignan

A drawing of a tree in front of a red barnWindbreak, pen and ink on paper

Illustrator Lawrie Dignan creates works in an innovative style of pointillism that, as the comparison suggests, relies on numerous small circular forms that come together to create detailed images. The artist’s works range from abstractions based on these circle shapes, to complex, layered landscapes.

A pen and ink drawing of colored buildings behind silhouetted treesBarnyard Shadows, pen and ink on paper


I really enjoy the way Lawrie combines form with color in his…

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Pared-Down Cubism: Art by Rob Bailey

An illustration of various product bottles on a neutral backgroundSake Beauty product

U.K.-based illustrator Rob Bailey specializes in clean lines and large planes of color. The artist’s highly contemporary mode of pared-down cubism lends itself to editorial and advertising purposes, to which Bailey is no stranger.

A digital artwork depicting Kirk and Spock from Star TrekKirk & Spock (Zeit Magazin)


I quite enjoy the overall upbeat tone of Bailey’s illustrations. Though the subject matter varies widely from lighthearted to more serious, and while each…

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Headlines: Earthquake, Urban Art, Mondrian

1) Mexico's Art World Recovering After Earthquake

A 2013 photo of the Museo Jumex in Mexico City


Mexico City is reeling following a devastating earthquake on September 19th, and local arts and culture institutions are just beginning to take stock. The earthquake’s epicenter was just 100 miles away from Mexico City, and as of this writing the death toll for the quake is sitting at 200. ArtNews is keeping a watchful eye on Mexican museums, who are continuously updating social…

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Frantic Immediacy: Illustration by Joey Feldman

An illustration of Barb from Stranger ThingsBARBST

Joey Feldman is an illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. Joey’s works feature sketchy, stringy, overlapping lines with splashes of paint and ink to give each work a sense of frantic immediacy. The artist works both creatively and commercially, often creating portraiture of pop-cultural and political figures.

A heavily shadowed portrait of Leonard CohenLeonardcohenprint


I really enjoy Joey’s use of color. It comes across as very confident, almost as if the…

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Natural Motifs: Art by David Keane

A painting of a deer blending into a pale backgroundHidden trace, oil and pen on wood

David Keane is a mixed media artist based in Conamara on the west coast of Ireland. David’s paintings and illustrations overwhelmingly feature woodland animals, trees, and other natural motifs.

A small painting of a silhouetted deer with earthy tonesNight Flight, oil on wood


David’s recent series, Tales from phantom forest is very aptly named. The images almost all feature silhouetted or slightly blurred trees and animal figures, sometimes rendered in…

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Golden Age Illustration by Betty Ann Medeiros

An oil painting of a woman on her wedding dayWedding Day Moment, oil on canvas

Based in Danbury, Connecticut, Betty Ann Medeiros is a painter and illustrator working with watercolor and oil paints. Betty’s paintings have a classic feeling that harkens back to golden age illustration with smooth, realistic figures and pastoral scenery.


A watercolor painting of a Loggerhead sea turtleLoggerhead Turtle, watercolor on paper, matted and framed

Betty’s figures are often portrayed outdoors, with a sweeping sense of movement that…

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