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.
Low Sun Samurai showcases an Americana-fueled road trip to a place west of the highway. Pulling inspiration from the illustrations of fellow artist Robh Ruppel, Mike McCain pushes his useof shape and abstract patterns to create sharp angles, bold geometry andcaptivating texture work that transplants the viewer into a modern Americana fantasy.
The mid-day sun was stifling as citizens wandered the markets of the lower city, unfazed by the sweltering heat. But Siggor longed for clear mountain air and winter snow as persistent needle pricks continued to jab his skin. The ways of ink, needle and blood were familiar to his people,but the artistic patterns this skilled artisan could produce made their work seem juvenile by comparison. As another bead of sweat trickled down his arm,Siggor grimaced, knowing he had to hold still or his artist would be furious with him again.
Even though Atred was laid to rest centuries ago, on the apex of the mountain, his legacy lives on through the village he saved. Now we've built a community here, thriving on these mountains and even spreading out to create new villages. The mountain provides us with almost everything we need, and rarely do we have to go near its base. In fact, it's been over three decades since we sent a party of thirteen to venture into the chaos below, and only one survived. Her stories seemed too far-fetched to believe. This last exploration brought up more questions than answers, and pushed the stories even further into myth.
Fisherman and Hunterfox introduces an whimsical duo of unlikely hunters as they both return from a wilderness excursion. Our Fisherman friend has had a successful day as he returns home with his hunting fox and a few fresh fish in his pail. But our Hunterfox and his fish pal don't appear to be as lucky, as they come back empty-handed. The Fisherman looks surprised as he notices his unusual counterpart - perhaps he's never considered that the animals he uses as hunting tools are more like him than he thought.
Pirate Bay is a character piece done for an in-class demo at Brainstorm School, a private learning institution focused on concept art, design and illustration in Burbank, CA. Completed for the Design with Color & Light course, a costumed model under artistic lighting was used to capture a single reference photograph during the class, then completed at home.
Star Knight is the result of a simple character exploration exercise. Using the five-pointed star as a baseline for the character's design language, the resulting design is conceptualized as a high-ranking royal soldier who serves directly under a king's command.
The Cloud Gate depicts a vibrant desert environment with a secret hidden deep in the rock. Shrouded by wispy white clouds and the depths of the red canyon is a gateway to other dimensions,waiting to be discovered. Will you venture forth to unlock it?
Hidden is a personal piece that plays to the personal strengths of the artist. Highlighting his remarkable aptitude for value and structure, it focuses on broad, easily distinguished shapes and forms while pushing the anatomy of his subject to create a powerful visual contrast -and a hint of the unexpected.
The dark and devious Countess Báthory is inspired byElizabeth Báthory, a real-life Hungarian noblewoman whose killing spree in the1600's led Guinness World Records to name her the world's most prolific femalemurderer. Legends of the Blood Countess (as she came to be known) are downrightchilling: she was said to have bathed in virgins' blood to preserve her youth.This fantastic take on Báthory plays up her alleged vampiric tendencies,resulting in one sultry, diabolical dame.