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The Storyboard and Concept Design Portfolio of Alan Wade


A digital drawing of a man on a bikePharma

Alan Wade is an illustrator who works in film and advertising, creating storyboard and concept design work for commercials and other short pieces of media. Based in London, Alan has worked with a variety of companies in the United States and the U.K.


A concept sketch for a headache medication advertisementPharma -- Headache RX

 

It’s really fascinating to look through Alan’s storyboards and see how a commercial or TV spot comes together. The artist’s drawings are gestural, but…

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Studio Sunday: Ralph Steadman


A photograph of Ralph Steadman's art studio

 

British artist Ralph Steadman is perhaps best known for his illustrations made to accompany several volumes of writing by Hunter S. Thompson, including the critically acclaimed novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Steadman is a prolific artist, however, and has been making work in a variety of realms for decades.

 

The artist apparently tends to work by splashing paint randomly on a piece of art paper, then drawing lines over the…

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Comic and Narrative Illustration by Woshibai


An art print by WoshibaiUntitled

Woshibai is a comic and narrative illustration artist based in Shanghai, China. The artist tends to work in a simple, grayscale style, presenting wordless narratives that are often fantastical but grounded in the uncertainties and anxieties of real life.


A close-up of a printed comic by Woshibai(detail)

 

I love the way that the narratives that the artist comes up with fit so nicely with their style. The artist’s relatively pared-down, quiet drawing style fits…

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Studio Sunday: Edward Gorey


A photo of Edward Gorey in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Edward Gorey. Gorey was an American artist who specialized in pen-and-ink drawings and was best known for his illustrated books. The artist often approach his work with a sense of macabre humour, and many of his drawings depicted children and other figures in Victorian or Edwardian styles.

 

The first thing I notice in the above photo of Gorey at his desk is all the cats! I love to see an artist…

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Playful Cat Illustrations: Art by Kamwei Fong


A drawing of two cartoon catsMoo & Inky

Kamwei Fong is an artist based in Malaysia. Fong’s has recently become known on the internet for his playful cat illustrations that utilize a distinctive style of monochromatic ink work.


A drawing of a cat seen from behindKitty No. 12

 

Fong has a great eye for negative space in his works – most of the pieces focus on a central figure positioned in a way that draws the eye elegantly across the image surface. I can see definite allusions to the aesthetic…

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Motorcycles and Machines: Art by Dave Wishart


A drawing of a famous antique carThe '32 Five Window Deuce Coupe from American Graffiti

Dave Wishart is an illustrator and photographer who creates detailed, photorealistic drawings of motorcycles and machines. Relying on traditional drawing media, Dave creates his images both as a personal passion and on a commissioned basis.


A drawing of a 1935 FordGrill -- 35 Ford Project

 

I really appreciate how Dave manages to convey a sense of dynamic movement in his works while still adhering to…

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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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