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Art Beyond the Pages: Top 10 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Artists you may not have heard of (but should!)
January 2, 2015 By Natalia
Growing up liking nothing better than to see what lies beyond reality, I learned that among the debates of ‘who’s the best superhero’ or ‘Marvel or DC?!’ there are some things that stay constant in the minds of fans; No matter what genre or medium they may love the most, an interest of art stays constant. Now before you think I’m getting all pompous on you I’ll try and explain: Art is an integral vein within the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy, or even true grit realism. We live in awe of visuals stimulating us, throwing ourselves into a new reality whether it’s being engrossed in a comic or enjoying the latest film or game. As any reviewer knows, just as a good plot hooks you in, so can visuals; They can help you forget where you are (seeing Space Odyssey: 2001 on the big screen really will leave you forgetting about time and space), immerse you into a character (Call of Duty or World of Warcraft? Your choice), open your mind to new worlds (Avatar anyone?) or spend hours drooling over the illustrations of the latest comic.
The art of comic books and graphic novels has definitely evolved over the decades. Back in the Golden Age it was creators such as Jack Kirby who stole the show with pop art and primary colours, but as style (and technology and social prosperity) developed, comics and graphic novels brought a level of fine art to pages that used to reside solely in art galleries. And art is still changing; just as fans around the world collect special edition front covers, the need for alternating visual styles, and the opportunity to appreciate, stays strong and exciting. During my time working at beautiful.bizarre I’ve had the pleasure of discovering a whole new world of artists that incorporate the best in sci-fi, fantasy and generally awesome art. Below is a list of 10 artists who can bring you a little visual delight and hopefully introduce you to something new:
1. Michael Wang. He is a digital artist on the rise, creating his own characters and fantastical worlds as well as some pretty awesome sketches.
2. Menton3. Painter, illustrator and multi-instrumentalist songwriter, Menton3 (a.k.a. Menton J. Matthews III) has created out of this world art with a particular niche for oil painting. He is also a professional comic book artist.
3. Saccstry. Visiting the realms of alien planets with Saccstry’s piece ‘Crystal Dream’, this artist loves to draw females mixed with a good dollop of horror and a sprinkling of the supernatural. Not always for the feint hearted, but rather good fun.
4. Bastien Lecouffe Deharme. Some of you may recognise his work from illustrating the Legend of the Cryptids as well as his work with the likes of SFX Magazine. He’s also written his own dark graphic novel Memories of Retrocity, though it’s only in French at the moment.
5. Katarzyna Konieszcka – ok so not an artist in the traditional sense but the costumes that she hand makes would be fit for any supervillain! This world-renowned designer has coined the term ‘medical-couture’ with her clinically macabre pieces.
6. Moon. Moon – a.k.a. Olivier Menanteau – has covered mediums from graphic design and illustration to photography. After working as an Art Director and Illustrator, he transferred full time into a freelance creator where he continues to create surreal and beautiful art. Moon especially enjoys working with graphite on paper.
7. Mimi S. Born Mimi Scholz, this artist started off in traditional art and animation before developing into digitally painting her pen illustrations. Mimi S is often found creating pieces that can sarcastically work with female clichés of sexuality and beauty.
8. N. C. Winters. This artist is guaranteed to blow your mind with his bold, often surreal and dark artworks. Multi-talented, he is constantly pushing himself to develop over the fields of drawing, painting (traditionally and digitally) creating webcomics and sculpting.
9. Van Arno. Often seen as a representative of ‘lowbrow’ art, Van Arno enjoy experimenting with the boundaries of posture within the human figures that he paints. His ongoing fascination with religious images and heroic figures can be seen throughout his work – albeit, alongside a good dollop of nudity!
10. DZO. This artist of mystery lies within a world of old engravings whispering occult and philosophical concepts, and his drawings won’t fail to hook you with their intricate, sensual detail. Although he will often leave pieces in black and white, he is also a graphic designer and digitally enhances his work with thrashes of colour – definitely worth checking out!
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