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Quietly Exuberant: A Drawing Portfolio by Tony Ziegler

A painting of a bouquet of flowers on a tableflowers with chair

Tony Ziegler is a traditional artist and illustrator who has exhibited mainly in New York and Massachusetts. In his practice, the artist uses a variety of two-dimensional drawing materials -- such as graphite, pencil crayon, and acrylic paint-- to produce thoughtful, quietly exuberant slice-of-life scenes and portraits. 


A portrait drawing of a figure holding a small childsara

 

I really enjoy the way Tony uses colour in his works -- the artist goes beyond simply…

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A Portfolio of Musical Composition by Paul J. Bolger

A painting of a man with a wide stance playing guitarPhilo in Action, acrylic on canvas

Paul J. Bolger is a musician and artist based in Ireland. The artist’s work spans musical composition, songwriting, filmmaking, illustration, and more. In his practice, Paul celebrates his own history and Irish culture as well as exploring a graphic, high-impact illustration style. 

 

Swim (shot and edited by Colin Shanahan)

 

Several of the artist’s songs are available with video on Paul’s…

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Fantasy and Fiction: Art by Sue Ellen Brown

A drawing of a poinsettia flower on a blue backgroundPoinsettia, graphite, airbrush, Prismacolor pencil, and acrylic on illustration board

Sue Ellen Brown is a classically trained artist who works in oil, acrylic, and airbrush painting as well as pencil crayon, producing illustrative artworks taking on a wide range of subject matter. Much of the artist’s work is focused on fantasy and fiction, including imagery of dragons and other mythological figures. 


A painting of the zodiac sign aquariusAquarius

 

As in our previous…

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A Portfolio of Photorealistic Illustrations by Dave Wishart

A drawing of a classic carUntitled

Dave Wishart is an artist and illustrator with an affinity for motorbikes and classic cars. In his artistic practice, Dave works primarily in traditional drawing media including ink and graphite, producing highly detailed and photorealistic illustrations of mechanical and automotive subjects, as well as realistic portraits of human faces and figures. 


A drawing of a motorcycleKingpin Alley

 

Browsing through Dave’s portfolio, it’s always…

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Attention-Getting Aesthetic: The Design Portfolio of Steve Ferris

A label design for Pindar ChardonnayPindar Chardonnay (lable design)

Steve Ferris is a graphic designer and commercial illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. In his practice, Steve creates designs for everything from print media and labels to clothing, working with a bright, attention-getting aesthetic eye. 


A selection of logo concepts for a tax companyTax Trilogy Logo Concepts

 

Steve’s logo designs make use of high-impact font choices and bright, contrasting colours. It’s interesting to see designs for a…

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Complex Figurative Works by Magdalena Korzeniewska

A mixed media illustration of a mermaidBride of the Sea, mixed media

Magdalena Korzeniewska is a Polish artist and illustrator who creates complex figurative works using mixed media, including gel pens. The artist’s works often feature themes from fairy tales and mythology, as well as characters from current pop-culture, surrounded by dense, layered forest imagery. 


A densely detailed drawing of a woman riding an elk through a forestI, Ursula, mixed media

 

I really enjoy the colour scheme present in the majority of Korzeniewska’s…

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The Art and Illustration Portfolio of Valerie Lesiak


A digital artwork of bunnies readingBunnies Reading

Valerie Lesiak is an illustrator who creates images both for her personal portfolio and on a commission basis through her personal Picture Book Studio. Valerie’s digital drawings and illustrations tend towards a simple, bright aesthetic, but represent the artist’s skill with visual balance and composition. 


A digital illustration of a mermaid in the tubA Mermaid Moment

 

Valerie’s style is kid-friendly in the vein of Maria Angela Reyes or Denise Tonner, and…

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A Portfolio of Illustrative Pop-Art Portraits by Yume

A painting of Wonder Woman emerging from a loaf of Wonder BreadGreatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, acrylic on illustration board

Yume is a Japanese artist currently based in Orange County, California. The artist’s portfolio is packed with stylized, illustrative pop-art portraits and explorations into everything from TV characters to popular brands. 


A painting of Supergirl coming out of a can of soupSOUPERGIRL, acrylic on illustration board

 

I like the way Yume uses colour throughout her portfolio. The artist tends toward uniform, complementary…

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Space Bat Killer: The Art Portfolio of Sean Bernhardt

A drawing of a skeletal mermaid holding a spearUntitled

Sean Bernhardt is an artist and illustrator who currently works under the nickname Space Bat Killer. In his drawings and collages, Sean embraces a high-contrast, retro-contemporary style infused with themes of consumerism, substance use, sex, and death.


A photo collage of a man skateboarding in front of a galaxyinto the void, paper collage

 

As we've seen in previous features of Sean's spooky surf artwork, the artist's portfolio as a whole is steeped in tropical aesthetics and surf…

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The Art of Graphic Designer and Concept Artist Hendrik Gericke

A mock-up frame for a paint company commercialStyle frame for Taubman's Paint TVC

Hendrik Gericke is a graphic designer and concept artist who works for a variety of commercial clients. The artist produces storyboards, illustrations, and even wall-sized installations for film and television, books, and various other businesses. 


An illustration created for the TV show The Great Australian Bake-OffDr. Pete's Tiramisu Cake (illustration created with Postproduktiv (Sydney) for the Great Australian Bake Off 2015)

 

It’s interesting to see how Hendrik…

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Propaganda and Popular Media: The Art of Dylan Humphreys

An abstract artwork with elements of textProjection, acrylic on canvas

 

Dylan Humphreys is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Dylan is a painter, illustrator, and film industry set decorator, producing works inspired as much by street art and graffiti as they are by political propaganda and popular media.


A page from a hand-drawn comic bookComeback, Page 6

 

It’s interesting to see how Dylan’s various inspirations come to play in different modes of art production. The artist’s comic book…

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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…

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The Pen and Ink Portfolio of Lawrie Dignan

An abstract artwork made using many coloured dotsDotting Between the Dots, pen and ink on paper

Lawrie Dignan is a Victoria, BC-based illustrator who works primarily in pen and ink. In his current artistic practice, Lawrie specializes in a finely detailed style of pointillism, creating complex and colourful images that take on a different appearance depending on how closely one is looking at them. 


A pen and ink drawing and print of summer treesSummer, pen and ink remarque on screen print

 

I really like the smooth, almost…

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Photos with Embroidery: Art by Natalie Ciccoricco

A photo of a house in San Franciso with embroidery threadPine, embroidery on found image

Natalie Ciccoricco is a Dutch artist who works in innovative collage techniques, blending found photos with embroidery techniques. The artist also creates graphic illustrations inspired by dreams, nature, literature, and other personal interests. 


A found photograph with a circle of embroideryCome on In, Embroidery on found image

 

Ciccoricco’s recent project Down the Colour Hole puts an interesting spin on traditional collage techniques. In these…

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Jagged, Energetic Drawings by Joey Feldman

A portrait of a person in sunglasses with wild hairgarciahirez

Joey Feldman is a Los Angeles-based illustrator who produces jagged, energetic drawings and paintings on both a personal and commercial basis. The artist’s portfolio includes creative work, portraits, and editorial illustrations. 


A cartoon of Donald Trump as a Nazitrumpler

 

I really like Joey’s distinctive style, and how consistently he maintains it across such a wide range of subject matter. There’s something almost violent about the artist’s…

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