Archive for the ‘Illustation’ Category

Homer Simpson by Rembrandt by David Barton

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
David Barton

You can check out more of David Barton’s work here.

David Barton

Jesse van Dijk’s Journey

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Jesse van Dijk

What makes great science fiction art? What makes it work? What is it striving for? Artists like Jesse van Dijk’s paintings are successful when they represent the vastness of the worlds they portray. They create a sense of wonder. They allow us to imagine worlds that spawn from the artist’s imagination. Science fiction art, when it’s done well, can possess many of the attributes of classical painting.

The figure has a primary role in science fiction art. From the first science fiction artist creating illustrations for pulp fiction magazines and dime novels, being able to draw and paint the figure has been critical to the genre. Some of those spacesuits are pretty tight and most barbarians wear next to nothing. The best science fiction artists keep their figures believable. When an artist exaggerates there is a loss of the realism that makes the fantastic scene accessible to the viewer. It losses power when it’s exaggerated. How can an artist convince us that the three headed monster attacking our hero is real we can’t even believe our hero is real?

Landscape also plays a vital role in great science fiction art. To really create that sense of wonder and vastness nothing beats a panoramic landscape. We need to believe these imaginary worlds go on forever. Landscapes need to be plausible if not possible. It’s a big universe out there so maybe all kinds of wild landscapes are littered throughout space and time.

During the zenith of the French academy historical painting was considered the highest subject matter. Even more so than religious and mythological themes. Science fiction art is a combination of all of these. Science fiction is our new mythology. God know Dune is a better read than any holy book. Successful science fiction artists like van Dijk have managed to create a genre of painting that has many of the most attractive qualities of the long tradition of Western art.

The painting below is a commissioned work for something called Xyanide: Resurrection.

Jesse van Dijk

Michael Kutsche’s Burschenschafter

Sunday, July 6th, 2008
Michael Kutsche

Digital art can be easier than traditional painting in that it is simpler to draw circles, straight lines etc., make universal changes, undo mistakes, incorporate photography, brake the artwork into easily manageable parts and zoom in and out. That being said it’s by no means easy and compared to the rest of contemporary art it ranks among the most difficult to execute.

If you want to see some dynamite digital check out Michael Kutshe’s website here.

The work below is entitled The Boxer.

Michael Kutsche

Stephen Hickman’s The Shadow

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
Stephen Hickman

Is science fiction modern day mythology? Maybe. But cultures have always believed their mythology is true. Does anyone really believe Darth Vader is a real guy? Someone besides your weird cousin Timmy. Calling science fiction mythology is selling science fiction short.

Talented artists like Stephen Hickman would never waste his vision painting Leda and the Swan. The olny reason the old masters did was because they didn’t have Tolkien.

The painting below is entitled Gaffer Gamgee and the Black Rider.

Stephen Hickman

Michael Deas’ The Letter

Friday, June 27th, 2008
Michael Deas

Michael Deas is from that generation where going to art school meant paying someone to discourage you from drawing. Here’s what he says in his bio: “During the 1970s he mistakenly attended art school in New York, in a vain attempt to learn representational painting. The experience left him a broken, bitter man. After three and a half years of being told that Realism was dead, Michael dropped out and turned his efforts towards illustration.”

Now days there’s no real distinction between “art” and illustration but Michael Deas is also of that generation that was so turned off of “fine art” he doesn’t realize he’s been vindicated by theory.

The lady below has been seen in more movies than anyone else.

Michael Deas