Monday, May 23, 2011

Painting with Pixels

Khang Le
Hollywood has been snapping up the best and brightest talent as Concept Artists for years. Their work is some of the most creative, thought-provoking and imaginative work out there. Long having adapted to the 21st Century tool-kit of a Wacom tablet and painting software, the best Concept Artists display a deft lightness of hand, a fearless use of color and a true artist's eye, seamlessly moving from traditional to digital media and back again.

Michael Kutsche

Michael Kutsche
At the advent of digital painting, there was perhaps the temptation to try and mimic the look of the brushwork of traditional artists such as Frank Frazetta, but digital artists quickly swept aside criticism of the "digital look" of their art and embraced the technology, being perfectly at home in the new world of pixels and light. The quick-fire pace of creating commercial artwork for Gaming and Hollywood was perhaps a key factor in the development of the new style of digital painting, lending itself as it does to on-a-dime changes and rapid turnaround.

Paul Lasaine
Paul Lasaine, Art Director for Lord of the Rings, writes a fantastic blog, with lots of artwork and Photoshop tutorials, as does Feng Zhu. I love that each of these incredible artists is so willing to share their knowledge.

Perfectly suited for adaptation as Children's murals, book illustrations, or just worthy due to their jaw-dropping beauty and technical artistry, I love to stare at these and marvel at the staggering talent of these artists.

Feng Zhu
Feng Zhu
Feng Zhu
Feng Zhu
 I love the NC Wyeth coloring of this scene by artist Dermot Power 

Dermot Power


  1. A post right up my alley. I love watching Hayao Miyazaki films because they thrill me -- the imagination, the use of color, the artistry. I'm looking forward into delving into the links you provided and discovering more artists whose worlds I can delve into.

  2. Here are some of my favorite links to explore, related to this topic:

    Does anyone know of any websites devoted to digital art, tools, techniques and processes for decorative or ornamental artists/designers/decorators wanting to pursue the intersection of the new and the old/traditional?

    We 'd do well to remember that at one time, even oil paint and venetian plaster were "new technology."

    There is a potential new creative edge to be explored here, in my opinion, rather than merely being content to repeat what has already been done. What would Louis Comfort Tiffany, William Morris, Alphonse Mucha, Rene Lalique, Emile Galle, Louis Majorelle, Andre Charles Boulle, Peter Carl Faberge, Edgar Brandt, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Ogata Korin, Tawaraya Sotatsu and Sakai Hoitsu, just to name a few, have done with all of this opportunity?

    Look at Studio Job. Look at Toord Boontje.

    What would Picasso have done? Mattisse?

    Do you feel a new, fresh breeze blowing like I do?

    We should let it move us.

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