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A Portfolio of Expressive Illustration by Ashley Nitkin

A coloured pencil drawing of a catCat, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil

Ashley Nitkin is a Toronto-based illustrator, artist, and designer. In his artistic portfolio, Ashley shows off his skill with expressive illustration, and his eye for stylized detail. 


A gouache painting of a colourful, stylized catChinese Cat, gouache on paper

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Ashley’s catalogue of illustrations. The works, produced in combinations of watercolour, airbrush, ink, gouache, and other traditional media,…

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The Illustration Portfolio of Denise Tonner

An illustration of two figures on a large teacupIt's a Beautiful Day

Denise Tonner is an artist and illustrator based in Vancouver, BC. In her practice, Denise creates whimsical illustrations for both children and the young-at-heart.


An illustration for the cover of an edition of Wizard of OzWizard of Oz cover, graphite and digital art

 

Denise’s style is striking, and to me speaks to an enjoyment of the process of art-making itself. The visible lines and brush marks in the works, as well as the use of negative space, showcases not only…

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Sweeping Sci-Fi Scenes: The Art Portfolio of John Berkey

A painting of a large space stationBoiling Globe

The late John Berkey was a science fiction artist, noted for his sweeping sci-fi scenes and detailed imaginings of future space travel and exploration. Berkey’s artwork has appeared in many formats, from movie posters to books to postage stamps.


A painting of futuristic underwater shipsUnderwater Ships on Blue

 

I really enjoy the style that Berkey used to produce his paintings. There’s an incredible balance in these works between gestural, painterly pigment…

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Layered Narrative: The Art Portfolio of Laurey Foulkes

An illustration of two strange creaturesUntitled

Laurey Foulkes was born into an artistic family and began studying art at an early age. In her current practice, the artist creates deeply layered narrative illustrations that invite close inspection and imaginative viewings.


A painting of ghostly birds in a meadowGhost Birds, oil on masonite

 

I really enjoy the dark, saturated colour palettes that Laurey tends to use in her works, particularly in her painting and mixed media gallery. The works in this gallery tend…

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Inside the Illustration Studio of David Macaulay

A photo of David Macaulay working in his studio

 

It’s Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the studio of illustrator David Macaulay. Macaulay was born in the UK and is now based in Vermont, USA. In his artistic practice Macaulay produces illustration for non-fiction subject matter as well as children’s books and other literature.

 

Macaulay’s studio appears bright and airy -- it has the overall aesthetic that one might associate with a classic, academic-type illustration…

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The Art Portfolio of Lek Chan

A painting of a female bust with glitched-out detailsGlitch 03

Lek Chan is an illustrator and painter based in Taiwan. In addition to an illustration practice, Lek also produces work with other digital media, including games. The artist’s illustrative works frequently feature detailed human figures and faces, interrupted and interacting with abstract geometric planes.


A portrait of a young woman with geometric shapes intersecting the faceVertices 02

 

The first thing I notice about Lek’s works is that the artist paints digitally, yet the resulting works…

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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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