While surfing the web I ran into the work of Polish artist Greg Rutkowski and it was a blast. Greg comes up with SAVAGE artworks that resemble the use of oils and the finish products are never less than masterpieces. His themes range from fantasy, badass dragons that would eat up Daenerys dragons in one bite, to World War scenes. I must say, I'm amazed by his illustrations and I'll most definitely be following him for more from now on! These are only a handful of his pieces... for more of it, please visit his portfolio at ArtStation! Cheers. ;)
These amazing photo realistic Oil Paintings are done by Swedish painter Andreas Englund. In this series Andreas portraits the life of a superhero telling a story with his amazing paintings. For more from Andreas Englund visit andreasenglund.com, and behance.net/AndreasEnglund. Challenging the stereotype of the Superhero. I want to make pieces that communicate stories. With the storytelling key elements. That’s where the Superhero concept came to life. I wanted to let people get to know the man behind the mask and tell his story uncensored. My superhero is far from perfect but that doesn't mean he is isn´t good. He's just human. Perfect people is just boring and predictable and who wants that?
Raul Canestro is a spanish painter who experienced with many techniques and styles in a continuing effort to learn and grow by finding new ways of expression, twisting, destroying and re-building the way, creating new movements of art where the viewer is invited to actively participate in the pictorial fiction. "I'm self taught, passionate researcher of life, of human consciousness. The art to be creative is to be a personal language, that is where the difficulty lies, because it is your own mind penetrate aside the known, is an exploration of one's consciousness in the past where security has to be rejected in order to the birth of something new. It is a path of knowledge in the balance, order and harmony are indispensable part. Art is putting things in place. " For more from Raul Canestro visit Behance Gallery and Facebook.
There's one thing I would never take for granted during a hot summer: water! Nothing like swimming in a cold water pool, or diving into the ocean, all of it to refresh ourselves away from the hot, hot sun. Eric Zener has mastered the art of painting water! If painting by itself wasn't tricky enough, Eric has to paint thinking about the refraction of water, and adapt light to what he thinks it's the best, natural looking lightning of a certain scene. I bet this takes many, many hours (if not days) for him to complete a piece like these. Of course, that these are only a few of his pieces. For more of it, please visit his personal portfolio! He'll definitely enjoy it. Cheers! ;)
Photorealistic paintings on canvas are definitely in a whole other level of awesomeness. Seeing a painting for the first time and thinking it's actually a photograph is definitely a compliment for an artist like Pedro Campos. Pedro is a Spanish artist that makes these astonishing pieces of oil on canvas. He's definitely a very talented person... I can't even imagine me making something look good on Photoshop, left alone on canvas. This guy deserves more attention, so for more of his fantastic work, you may check his personal portfolio or the Plus One Gallery, in London. Cheers! ;)
Françoise Nielly's painting is expressive, exhibiting a brute force, a fascinating vital energy. Oil and knife combine tsculpt her images from a material that is , at the same time, biting and incisive, charnel and sensual. Whether she paints the human body or portraits, the artist takes a risk : her painting is sexual, her colors free, exuberant, surprising, even explosive, the cut of her knife incisive, her color pallet dazzling. Françoise Nielly Growing up in the South of France where she lived between Cannes and Saint-Tropez, is never far from the light, the color sense and the atmosphere that permeates the South of France. This is coupled with her studies with her studies at the Beaux arts and Decorative Arts, and her sense of humor and of celebration. Françoise Nielly's painting is expressive, exhibiting a brute force, a fascinating vital energy. Oil and knife combine tsculpt her images from a material that is , at the same time, biting and incisive, charnel and sensual. Whether she paints the human body or portraits, the artist takes a risk : her painting is sexual, her colors free, exuberant, surprising, even explosive, the cut of her knife incisive, her color pallet dazzling. Françoise Nielly is a passionate woman who loves life, wide open spaces, sushi, blue lagoons, the Internet, humor, books, Paris, New-york and Vancouver. Resolutely inscribed in her epoch, she is an accomplished artist ; 20 years of artistic expression explain the maturity of her work and the perfect mastery of her art. She lives and paints in Paris near Montmartre; shows and sells her work in Europe, in Canada and in the United States. Click Here for more from Françoise Nielly Tutorial If you like these paintings, check out this tutorial we posted last year - Fantastic Digital Painting Image in Photoshop and Corel Painter
I found the work from Leonid Afremov while I was navigating on deviantART and I have to say that his paintings really got my attention. Leonid Afremov is a Belarusian painter who was born in Vitebsk, in 1955. Coincidentally or not, he was born in the same town as Marc Chagall, the famous artist who also founded the Vitebsk Art School along with Malevich & Kandinsky. Leonid Afremov graduated from Vitebsk Art School in 1978 and is one of the elite members. His painting are often colorful landscapes, cityscapes and figures, and are typically painted using a palette knife and oil paint. "I tried different techniques during my career, but I especially fell in love with painting with oil and palette knife. Every artwork is the result of long painting process; every canvas is born during the creative search; every painting is full of my inner world. Each of my paintings brings different mood, colors and emotions. I love to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in my paintings. My heart is completely open to art. Each of my artworks reflects my feelings, sensitivity, passion, and the music from my soul. True art is alive and inspired by humanity. I believe that art helps us to be free from aggression and depression." Leonid Afremov I made this brief selection to show you some of Leonid's paintings and I'm sure you will like it. In my opinion his work is AMAZING... his technique, colors and compositions gave me a really good sensation, a feeling of stillness, admiration and piece. Not sure how to explain... but I could admire this images for hours! To check out further of Leonid's work go to his deviantART profile (which is managed by his son David Afremov). And you can also buy his original paintings on canvas at afremov.com. Enjoy... the images are beautiful!
I have to say when I first saw the work of Dan dos Santos I was impressed by the kind of illustrations he has done but when I realized it was all oil paintings I was just amazed by such skills and talent he has, so I decided to make a big selection and share not only the works but also the bio of this amazing artist. Thanks to the suggestions of @rodneiva from twitter, if you have a post suggestion just contact me on twitter @paul0v2 Biography At an early age it was pretty apparent that drawing was what I was good at. I had all the necessary skills; hands, eyes, and an incredibly compulsive personality that assured I would spend days on a single drawing until I thought it was perfect. Growing up, I spent nearly all of my spare time drawing my favorite cartoon characters with my older sister. We would draw them on rolls of butcher paper, sometimes up to 4 feet tall, challenging ourselves with the long task of coloring the entire image. Three years my elder, my sister instigated a healthy, and sometimes obsessive, sense of competition. Forcing me to color better, faster and more "in the lines" than any person should. By my teenage years I had moved onto comic books, a passion I still hold dear. I spent every cent of my allowance on those artists I admired so much. I would redraw all of my favorite panels, often times creating my own comic books. By this point, I was certain that I was going to be an artist when I grew up. My parents, however, took a little more convincing. My local high school sponsored a program called "Careers in Art". The program placed students in a weekly internship with a design company or working professional. It was through this program that I met my long time mentor. Through him I learned the basics of illustration, and thus decided to choose that as my major when I would enter college. After convincing my parents to help me pay for art school, I attended the School of Visual Arts from 1996-2000. Having only done one painting prior, it was there that I honed those skills and came to love the traditional art of oil painting. Once again, I thrived on the competition, some of the best the country had to offer. I graduated in the top of my class with a B.F.A. degree in Illustration, and received that years "Special Achievement" award in my major. After graduation, with some scholarship money in my pocket, I embarked on what would quickly turn into my career. I started painting portraits out of my parents basement. Eventually, I was making enough to rent a studio. I found a gallery to represent my fine arts, and starting pursuing my dream of becoming an illustrator. Dan's work spans a variety of genres, including novels, comics and film. He has worked for such clients as Disney, Universal Studios, Boeing Aircraft, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scholastic Books, Ace Books,The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, Bantam Books, Tor books, UpperDeck, Wizards of the Coast, and Dark Horse Comics. Aside from freelance illustration, Dan also co-hosts a series of instructional demonstrations called 'Art Out Loud'. Dan has been the recipient of many awards. Most recently, he has received the 2007 Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist, and was the Chesley Award winner for Best Paperback Cover of 2007. His illustrations have graced the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list. For more visit dandossantos.com Case Study Video Work Selection