Share some of your favourite artists

Posted by Praying Mantis on June 2, 2015, 8:14 a.m.

Post an image or two by your favourite artist! Here's mine:

Shaun Tan. An Australian artist that has produced a lot of great children's picture books. I love his surreal/cartoony style. Probably my all time favourite illustrator. I've considered getting a tattoo of one of his characters.

Patrick Smith. Also the guy behind Vectorpark. His playful surreal style is lovely. Play Windosill if you haven't, it's a fantastic little puzzle game by him.

John Kenn. Very creepy ballpoint pen drawings. Strong Adam's Family and Tim Burton vibes from this guy. I especially like his super-detailed scenes like the one above.

Giorgio De Chirico. The painter I like the most. I'm surprised that his style of painting is mimicked more often because it's very gripping. He's able to create such a strong, dreamy sense of space.

Mattias Adolfsson. An artist so skilled it hurts me. I can only hope to achieve this guy's level of mastery and detail. Everything he puts out is so satisfying to look at.

Share your favourites!


nap 8 years, 11 months ago

Anthony Pizmarov

Here are a few of my favorites:

-Inspired by Shadow of the Colossus

I like all the stuff hes done, my girlfriend even bought me a print for my birthday this year.

Rez 8 years, 11 months ago

This is an excellent idea for a thread. I have been meaning to post about some of these artists for awhile.

Tim Sale

Probably my biggest artistic influence growing up. I absolutely love the way he lights things. He also manages to keep his bodies and faces exaggerated while maintaining a grim and somber tone. That's something I always wanted to do myself.

Mike Mignola

More great lighting and unique faces. Another big influence. Mignola gets a lot out of very little detail. I always was impressed by the sense of atmosphere his work provides.

Moebius (Jean Giraud)

Probably one of the most important comic book artists in history. The dude redefined the medium. I picked this piece because it showcases his originality. He is mostly known for his crazy sci-fi stuff, which is great, but I like this kind of stuff more. He was great at designing concepts that are both aesthetically pleasing and hard to describe. This is from a book he did on the Divine Comedy I believe.

Amedeo Modigliani

I like the dead eyes and the mood of his pieces. It speaks to me and inspires me. I don't know exactly why.

Zdzisław Beksiński

Every drug user in the world has probably stared into this guy's paintings before. I think some of his work has become a little overexposed but damn if it isn't incredible. Like Moebius, he creates a whole other world with his art. I like how he combines a rustic feeling with alien elements. Some of his work feels like a classical painting melting into a nightmarish dream.

Arnold Bocklin

I love his landscapes. He usually combines his nature scenes with crumbling architecture, and as a game designer, I adore that kind of stuff. I like to imagine the buildings as entry points to other worlds, maybe even a Beksinski painting.

Acid 8 years, 11 months ago

Might be relatively common, but these are my favorite artists.

Quietus 8 years, 11 months ago

Richard Marchand. Modern artist from Canada. His site's been down for a while, but he still has a tumblr page going.

Awesome post SMP!

Acid 8 years, 11 months ago

That guy likes trippy mind bending worlds. Those pictures don't hurt your eyes, hel?

Also: SMP you have a very mathematic mind to your art and art preferences.

Quietus 8 years, 11 months ago

nah lol. It does remind me though - on his website the pictures would change when you highlighted them with the mouse. It was pretty cool. I actually prefer his early stuff, which I can't seem to find on the internet anymore. It wasn't bright and colorful at all, his early stuff was dark and gritty.

Polystyrene Man 8 years, 11 months ago

Quote: rezman
Moebius (Jean Giraud)
oh man, have you checked out his work with jodorowsky (dune)?

(or seen any of jodorowsky's movies?) highly recommend 'el topo' and 'holy mountain' but really all of them are awesome

here are some stills

Rez 8 years, 11 months ago

I saw the dune stuff before. Those designs continue to inspire me. It's such a shame that movie never happened.

I have not checked out Jodorowsky's movies yet though. I remember seeing talk of him here before (I think maybe cesque mentioned him?) but for whatever I forgot to seek his work out. Seeing those stills though makes me very interested. I'll try to watch them the first chance I get.

Praying Mantis 8 years, 11 months ago

The only Jodorowsky movie I've seen is El Topo and I thought that although the visuals were great, the movie was pretty bad. I'm aware that's a pretty popular opinion, so I'm going to reserve judgement of Jodorowsky as a director until I see his other films.

@Acid - I get told that a lot by my fellow art students. Highly controlled and detailed artwork is certainly very attractive to me.

@Spectre - I like the hideousness of the subject matter there. I've found myself drawn to "grotesque" art in recent years.

@Rez - I definitely see those influences in your work. In fact, now that I think about it, your stuff always gave me some David Lynch vibes too.

Nice artwork, everyone.

Moikle 8 years, 11 months ago

Zdzisław Beksiński

Ye boi