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Cartoonish Exuberance: The Art of Shaun Keenan

A digital painting of a giant bird

 

Shaun Keenan is an illustrator and concept artist from the United States. In his portfolio of work, Keenan shows off his talent for taking realistic features and figures, and using exaggerated poses and viewpoints to lend them a sense of cartoonish exuberance


A digital painting of a whale

 

Many of the artist’s works feature dinosaurs or other prehistoric animals in some manner. In fact, Keenan is perhaps best known for his viral book Dinosaurs of the Wild West, a collection of illustrations combining aesthetics from scientific imaginings of dinosaurs with lovingly rendered characters and settings from the old west. 

 

Elsewhere in his portfolio, Keenan uses colour expertly, using bright jewel tones to build volume and depth and add texture to both figure and background. The artist works as a concept artist for animation, video games, and toys, and in his coloured works I find it’s easy to see how these static illustrations might translate into dynamic moving imagery or tactile objects.


A black and white illustration of an elephant riding a dinosaur


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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