Martin and Alice Provensen

She created Tony the Tiger. Yeah. That’s right. Let that sink in.

I’m so jealous of these amazingly talented and prolific artists with amazing careers back when you had to learn how do everything sans computer/internet. I also have a soft spot for this pair because I had a copy of William Blake’s Inn growing up and it was one of my favorite books. I swear, children’s books used to be done by some of the greatest artists. Another thing to note is the similarities to Eric Carle’s work, and how it still remains totally unique and wonderful. Gah! I love this stuff.

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Gennady Spirin

More Russian artists! Here’s a guy who’s rockin’ the medieval tapestry style. You can tell he’s done his art history homework. He also has a whole bunch of children’s books published. If nothing else check this guy out to see just how well he translates an ancient illustrative style into modern media.

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Ivan Bilibin

Here’s some cool stuff for ya. Apparently there was a group of student artists in Russia during the first decade of the twentieth century that created this little movement.

“Like the English pre-Raphaelites before them, Benois and his friends were disgusted with anti-aesthetic nature of modern industrial society and sought to consolidate all Neo-Romantic Russian artists under the banner of fighting Positivism in art.”

You should read all about it here for some interesting dinner conversation that can make you sound like a sophisticated art historian.

The reason I came across it is because of this guy, Mr. Bilibin, who’s work interestingly would probably spread like wildfire across Tumblr, though it’s virtually a century old. It’s really very lovely. I am a fan.

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Christine Yoo

More great risd illustration! I always appreciate an artist who isn’t shackled to a single style. She handles a graphic editorial illustration style and a colored pencil Gary Baseman-esque style. Perhaps it’s unfair of me to compare artist but I’m struggling to describe and categorize visual aesthetics. If anyone has a formula let me know. They didn’t teach us this stuff in critique.

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Alina Chau

Happened upon this artist wandering round the inter webs. She’s got some really nice watercolor works up on Etsy and her concept artwork is great! Definitely noteworthy.

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Audrey Kawasaki

I really like this girl’s paintings on wood. Lots of girls giving you sleepy eyes.

The themes in Audrey Kawasaki’s work are contradictions within themselves. Her work is both innocent and erotic. Each subject is attractive yet disturbing. Audrey’s precise technical style is at once influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. Her sharp graphic imagery is combined with the natural grain of the wood panels she paints on, bringing an unexpected warmth to enigmatic subject matter.

The figures she paints are seductive and contain an air of melancholy. They exist in their own sensually esoteric realm, yet at the same time present a sense of accessibility that draws the observer to them. These mysterious young women captivate with the direct stare of their bedroom eyes.

2 years Pratt Institute, Brooklyn – Fine Arts Painting

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Larry Kirkland

A sculptor of many various cool installation type things which he describes as “large-scale, multi-dimensional public artworks.” From what I can tell they must be really grand and immersive in person. Worth checking out.

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Alex Kinter

Fantasy photoshop paintings by risd alum. Very detailed stuff, but to be honest I have no further descriptors other than good photoshop painting.

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Drew Struzan

Perhaps if I asked you to recall the posters for Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3, Blade Runner, Harry Potter… erm. I think you get the idea

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Ralph Steadman

Oh Ralphy, how have I gone this long without mentioning you. I feel like you probably already know his work. If you don’t go ahead and read ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas‘ and you’ll get the gist of it. Violent, inky, dynamic. You simply must know this man’s work. (meaning you must already know it, or if not, should)

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