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Fujiwara Art Inc.: The Art Portfolio of Kim Fujiwara

A painting of a family of Native American people in the American old westPainting Faces, oil

Kim Fujiwara has been honing his painting and illustration skills for decades at his personal studio, Fujiwara Art Inc. In his practice, Kim creates beautifully realistic, painterly images of human figures and landscapes.


A painting of a woman in a corset standing in front of a mirrorBianca's Saloon, oil

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Kim’s work, we looked at the artist’s penchant for smooth, skillful portraiture. The conventions that the artist employs in his…

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Portraits of Houses: The Art Portfolio of Joel David Abramson

A watercolour painting of a house in MinneapolisNorth Minneapolis House, watercolour

Joel David Abramson is an artist and illustrator trained in both fine arts and graphic design. In his professional artistic practice, Joel specializes in portraits of houses and other real-estate properties, often creating the works on commission.


A black and white drawing of a houseRamsey Hill

 

I’m quite charmed by Joel’s architectural illustrations. The artist works in watercolour, graphite, and ink, creating portraits both in…

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A Portfolio of Logos and Poster Designs by Edward Lum

A logo design for a farm based in CaliforniaLogo design

Edward Lum is a designer and illustrator who specializes in logos and poster designs. The artist’s current portfolio merges modern brands with a classic “Americana” aesthetic and bright, simplified graphics.


A poster design for a brewing companyPoster design

Edward’s gallery of posters has a very cohesive aesthetic -- it’s interesting to browse through this series and see the wide variety of different clients and industries that these works have been…

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A Sense of Play: The Art Portfolio of Kathryn Howard

An illustration of children playing pirate ship on bunk bedsBunk Pirates

Kathryn Howard produces bright, kid-friendly illustrations that often utilize a simple, impactful colour palette in combination with sketchy line art. Each work seems to embody a sense of play and experimentation.


An illustration of two children hunting bugsBug Hunt

 

I really appreciate the use of colour in Kathryn’s artworks. As I mentioned above, each image seems to focus on, if not a single hue, then a dominant hue over the entire composition. The colours that…

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Illustrative Styles: The Art Portfolio of Jordan Woodard

A piece of concept art for a war storyThe Rejects -- Squad

Jordan Woodard is an illustrator and aspiring comic book artist based in Texas. Jordan’s current portfolio features examples of a wide variety of illustrative styles, including comic pages and panels, storyboards, and character sketches.


An image of a science-fiction figure in an interior settingTenkaichi's Lair

I like the amount of energy that Jordan packs into each of his drawings -- the artist cites his interest in science fiction, martial arts, and war stories as a…

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The Art Portfolio of Illustrator Rick Guidice

An illustration of a space-faring probeUntitled

Illustrator Rick Guidice specializes in creating visual artwork of landscapes and plein air subject matter, as well as designs for materials released by NASA. The artist’s illustrations, spanning several decades, are created using watercolours and oil paints.


An illustration of craters on a distant planetUntitled

 

I adore Guidice’s NASA illustrations -- created mostly in the 1960s through 1980s, these images hail from a time when space exploration had an almost…

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A Portfolio of Pen and Ink Drawings by Isis Fisher

A detailed pen and ink drawing of a mythical goddessEternal Goddess (detail)

Isis Fisher creates intricate pen and ink drawings that explore repeating patterns, while resolving those patterns into figures both recognizable and alien. Many of the artist’s works incorporate spiritual or mythological imagery, lending a sense of meditative reverence to the dizzying patterns.


An abstracted drawing of a figure emerging from a celestial doorwayShadow Walking, ink on paper

 

I’m really impressed by the level of detail in each of Isis’ works. The artist…

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Fantasy Subjects: An Art Portfolio by Steve Ferris

A digital painting of ValkriesA Flight from Valhalla

Steve Ferris is a fantasy illustrator based in Eastern Long Island, New York. In his artistic practice, Steve creates works featuring a range of fantasy subjects, from mermaids and faeries to Tolkien characters.


A painting of a woman fighting a dragonEowyn

 

The attention to detail in Steve’s illustrations is stunning. I love the way the artist renders different textures -- skin, fur, hair, and more -- always paying attention to how lighting and…

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Combining Colour With Sound: The Art Portfolio of Adrian Molina


An oil painting of a werewolf for a magazine coverBlue Moon, oil on canvas

Adrian Molina is a painter and an illustrator who currently works in two distinct separate styles. In his painting practice, Adrian creates abstract works that explore a kind of synesthesia, combining colour with sound. In his current illustration works, the artist is developing narrative imagery for a mystery and suspense comic series.


A promotional poster for a comic about a werewolfThe Werewolf of Kendall (promo poster II)

 

It’s really interesting to see…

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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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