These links are a selection from my favourite art/artist sites. I’ve got a lot more but I have to set a limit somewhere! I’ve also included some artists that I think are great but have little or no web presence. Links are listed in alphabetical order by first name, and open in a new tab. Most sites are family friendly but not all. With some of the artists, I’ve only seen their work online; things can change in print.
VARIETY SITES – Regularly updated sites with works by different artists:
3D Total: Lots of 3D and 2D digital art, with some good tutorials.
CGHub: Big digital art community, both 2D and 3D.
CGSociety: Heaps of 2D and 3D digital art. Big contests, useful forums, good articles.
Comic Art Community: USA superhero art isn’t my thing, but there are exceptions!
ComicArtFans: Original comic art. Can be the best place to find art by certain artists.
ConceptArt.Org: Lots more digital art, with a 2D focus. Again, useful forums.
Concept Artist Link Collection: Collection of concept artist links. Or maybe a turtle.
Concept Art World: Selective collection of high-quality concept art.
Concept Ships: Concept art of spacecraft by various contributors.
DeviantART: Heaps in various media. Have to hunt for the good art, but plenty there.
Drawn: Illustrators, cartoonists and animators, often with unique and quirky styles.
Lambiek: Huge list of comic artists, usually with a couple of pictures per artist.
Lines and Colors: Artists from various fields and periods. Some good choices.
Tor.com Animation: Collection of short films in various styles. Not intended for kids.
BUYING BOOKS & COMICS:
Parka Blogs: Useful reviews of ‘entertainment art’ books (eg. movies, games, anime).
Betterworldbooks: Huge range, used & new. Great shipping rates for individual items.
Amazon: Massive range. Cheap when combining shipping. Customer recommendations.
Notes: It’s probably good to buy from local shops if you can. If you buy via a Parka link,
Parka gets a commission (which is good). Betterworldbooks’ packaging is adequate but
not superb. Amazon has handy book recommendation tools such as “Listmania”.
ARTISTS – DIGITAL PAINTING:
Dawor: Fun, character, design.
Mattias Snygg: Some ‘dark’ stuff but good lighting, texture, mood, form.
Moises Braga: Character, fun.
ARTISTS – CONCEPT ART/VISUAL DEVELOPMENT
Bill Cone: Pastels. His site is landscape rather than concept art, but it’s all good.
Carlo Arellano: Digital. Characters and machines. Design, rendering, form.
Craig Mullins: Digital. Light, texture, suggestion of detail. Sci-fi/fantasy.
Denise Blakely Fuller: Digital and pencil. Colour, tone, composition, design.
Eyvind Earle: Paint. Stylised, colourful animation design.
Jeff Turley: Digital. Stylised, generally light-hearted. Design, colour.
Jose Lopez: Digital and pencil. Animation character design.
P. Chan: Digital. Cartoony and realistic, sci-fi/fantasy. Form, colour, fun.
Richard Vander Wende: Physical and digital media. Highly realistic style.
ARTISTS – GALLERY ART (my kind of gallery, anyway!)
Alex Hamilton: Paint. Aviation art. Light, mass, form.
Caspar David Friedrich: Paint. Reality-based but fantasy feel. Composition, tone.
Dick Kramer: Pencil. Police and military art. Detail, form, composition.
Ivor Hele: Paint, pencil. War artist (from WWII). Character, form, mood.
Tom Kuebler: Crazy sculptures. Detail, realism, character.
ARTISTS – COMICS/COMIC STRIPS/GRAPHIC NOVELS:
Alain Auderset: Pen? Digital colour. Design, quirky thinking.
Albert Uderzo: Ink. Famous for “Asterix”. Character, fun, energy, line.
Bill Watterson: Ink. Famous for “Calvin & Hobbes”. Imagination, line, fun, energy.
Charles Schulz: Ink – “Peanuts”. Simplicity, concepts.
Francis Bergese: Ink, paint. Aviation (it’s all about the ‘planes!). Precision, form.
George Herriman: Ink – “Krazy Kat”. Layout, visual fun. Search title > Krazy Kat.
Kazu Kibuishi: Pencil, ink, digital colour. Design, layout, pacing.
Kurt Huggins/Zelda Devon (“Teetering Bulb”): Digital. Colour, composition, clarity.
Shaun Tan: Physical media. Mostly picture books, but then there’s “The Arrival”.
ARTISTS – ILLUSTRATORS:
Bernie Wrightson: Pen/ink. For me, it’s all about his Frankenstein illustrations!
Christophe Vacher: Paint. Generally fantasy. Colour, composition, detail.
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt: Paint. I like the fantasy/fairytale stuff. Colour, form, light.
John Berkey: Paint. Mostly sci-fi. Scale, implied detail, atmosphere, colour.
Paul Bonner: Paint. Fantasy and some sci-fi. Detail, form, fun, character.
Robert Ingpen: Paint (drybrush). Fantasy/classic lit. Texture, form, character.
ARTISTS – 3D CGI
ARTISTS – VARIOUS
Glenn Jones: Digital. Tee shirt design. Wit, simplicity.