Our Guest Artist Series is a non-profit online gallery created to inspire artists and creative audiences. Every month a new video highlights the work and process of a featured Guest Artist.
The Gate Keeper is a concept design for a robot called ORB 000, an intelligent AI that's housed at the entrance of a bio-research facility located within The Fungus Forest. Its primary function is to serve as sector overseer and status reporter, as well as coordinate with ORB models from other Sectors to help monitor the entire facility.
Demon Witch is a fan art piece based on artist Tan Zhi Hui's favorite Dota 2 hero, Lion, combined with a simple shape exploration that looks to push a character's deformation to the limit. Hui says, "Exercises like this remind me of when I first discovered my current drawing style, [and] how much I enjoy painting."
Kango depicts the light refueling ship of the same name as it makes its way back to base. The vehicle was designed for the dirty and bleak world of Cascadia, a personal project created by artist Chris Howard to explore how emerging VR tools can be implemented in the design process. Kango was created in part with Oculus Medium, demonstrating how VR can be utilized by concept artists as a powerful creative tool.
A Banana Teuthis is a loose concept exploration of a creature that artist Janine Bertet has been developing in her spare time. The "banana teuthis" is based on the real-world banana eel mixed with exaggerated, predatory and slightly comical features.
Sniper Squadron 3396 shows off the design of the SQ-5, a variable-geometry aircraft developed for the United States Navy. These unmanned drones are capable of flying at high rates of speed and low altitudes to avoid enemy detection, using their "swing wings" to reduce airspeed and stabilize the craft before firing. Squadrons of SQ-5s operate alongside Navy SEAL teams on the ground, taking out targets with speed, accuracy and precision.
Fallen introduces us to a powerful demigod cast out of her realm for breaking its tenets as she unleashes her power on an unseen foe. Created entirely in Procreate for the iPad Pro, Fallen proves that polished digital art can be created on-the-go with minimal setup - an experience that artist Al Jerek Torrijas calls "the most freeing... [he's] felt in awhile."
A king's throne, dragons, and taboo elements are just some of the themes weaved into The Guilty Throne, a character piece produced for Ching Yeh's personal project, OBLIVIAZ. Influenced by Shakespeare's Macbeth, holy and evil symbolism combine to tell the story of a weary old monarch who betrayed his queen at the outset of war.Convinced the throne was speaking to him, suspicion and madness caused him to execute those who disobeyed him, eventually transforming him into a beast.
Using bright, dreamlike light to reinforce the joy of the moment, First Encounter portrays the fateful meeting of a precocious young boy and the infant monkey who would eventually become his long-time traveling companion. It serves as a prequel to an earlier work of Yagüe's entitled The Delivery, which concludes the saga of their journey when the boy - now a fully grown man - reunites the monkey with his mother after years of walking and searching.
Stretch is part of an ongoing observation that visualizes the balance between life and the creative process in an honest,intuitive way. With these personal pieces, artist Cassey Kuo tries to let the subconscious dictate where things go. Whether it's 10 minutes or several hours,the objective is to allow room for decompression and avoid compromising creative integrity. During the creative process, sometimes the tendency is to overextend ourselves and lose composure, but as Stretch so beautifully reminds us, nothing is absolute.