Friday, December 12, 2008

World of Warcraft artists

World of Warcraft's new expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, has been out for awhile, so it's time introduce the main artists behind most of Blizzard's game art.

Meet Glenn "Raneman" Rane, Peter "Drawgoon" Lee, Samwise Didier, Chris Mentzen, Michel & Rene "Twincruiser," and Travis "Thammer," otherwise collectively known as the

Sure, there's a lot of others who contributed their art to Blizzard, but these are the Six Young Men (Disney homage, what you got?) that lay the foundation of the studio's art desgn and direction.

Check them out.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Iron Kissed book cover

Been working for a retail bookstore lately, and I just want to get used to the place, which may explain this two months hiatus. Anyhow, this place is packed with amazing book cover art, I might post some great stuff.

Here's one that caught my attention:

It's done by this guy named Dan Dos Santos.

What's amazing about this guy is that, in these days of digital CG painting, where the line between brush & stylus have been blurred, these guy still uses real brushes & paint.

A few more to wet thy whistle:

Check him out.

Monday, May 19, 2008

What I bought from Switzerland

I dropped by at Lausanne, which seemed to me like a capital of European comics, or bande dessinee. I was supposed to go to Raspoutine which is the most famous, but the shop was closed, and it was before Labour Day; so instead, I went to the second best: Apostrophe

Apostrophe, at first sight from outside, looks small, but inside, there was a huge wall of BDs covering every wall of the shop, til it's 1st floor. On 1st floor, there were not only a collection of second-hand BDs, but also art & sketches by renowned European BD artists.

From there, I've bought my first BDs in Switzerland, Sillage, Volumes 9 & 10. Have a look:

As a free gift, the kind shopkeeper guy gave me this:

After that, I went to Crobar, which is up the street from Apostrophe:

Crobar, like Apostrophe, is a deceptively small shop from the outside, but inside is just as huge.
That's where I bought this exquisite book:

Notice a pattern here? I'm a huge fan of Sillage, as well as Philippe Buchet's art. Oh yeah, and tough space chick Navis.

Next I went:

Which is kinda like a Swiss version of Borders, & Tower Records. I went inside, and yes, there was a section dedicated to BDs, but I never expected that part to be just as huge. Walls of them.

That's where I bought this:

It was illustrated by Terry Dodson, which is the only reason I've bought this book. Check out the art:

And it wasn't just in Lausanne. Supermarkets, convenience stores, any places with a magazine section in Switzerland have dedicated BD sections. Not huge, yes, but then who doesn't sell Essential Spider-Man trade paperbacks in America?

Oh, and there were mountains, cheese, chocolates, huge ass lake, kebabs, statue of Freddie Mercury by the huge ass lake, but who cares, when I've bought comics from Switzerland.

My only regret here is that I've should've bought more, but it was nice preview to what I will buy in my future trips to Europe. Paris, Belgium or Amsterdam, perhaps.

I'd like to visit Europe again someday, just to buy more BDs.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Miss me?

Sorry for the late post.

I had to get over the jet lag after that awesome trip from Switzerland.

I might write in what I've bought from there.

Here's a placeholder, btw (NSFW):

This is from Monica Comic.

Still not intrigued?

This NSFW awesomeness is brought to you by Monica Comic.

What? It's art, right?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Holiday in the Switzerland

I'll be off to Switzerland for a week's holiday, starting Thursday 24 2008. I'll be back on Saturday on first week of May 2008.

I'll write in when I get back.


Saturday, April 5, 2008

You wouldn't believe who drew this girl....

Her name's Webi.

Oh sure, she's not unlike any other cartoon girls like the ones designed by Bruce Timm.

That is until I find out the same who drew Webi is the the same guy who designs this:
Freaking Unicron. Seriously.

But that's not all, Floro Dery is the visual creator for the overall Transformers: The Movie. Below is the original concept art for Unicron:

A few more Unicron designs can be found just by clicking these blue words.

Also, a few more Transformers concept art for you to check out:

And many more Transformers: The Movie art can be found just by clicking here.

But I recommend that you check out this:
Official website

PS: Floro Dery's a guy, just like Bambi is a male deer.

Ar Tonelico: Character Designer

Who draws this gorgeous covers to the Playstation 2 game, Ar Tonelico?

The name? Nagi(凪良

If you want to savour more of the artist's fine work, check out the gallery.

If you're interested, you might check out your local game store and raid the bargain bins for this game.

A few more images as appetizers before checking the gallery.

Special thanks to solciel89 for the help.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Game by Neil Strauss, book cover

Assuming you haven't checked the back of book for who drew this covers for the best selling book from Neil Strauss, here's the name:

Bernard Chang

Check out his website

Neil Strauss & Bernard Chang collaborated again on a graphic novel, How to Make Money Like A Porn Star.

Anyhow, check out Bernard Chang's website, books, & comics if you wish to savour more.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hed Kandi album cover art.

So you went to a random music shop, looking up some random albums, and passed by these randomly at the dance/techno section:

Assuming that you haven't checked thoroughly every Hed Kandi cover albums, let's ease your repeated trips back to the store to find out who.

The illustrator responsible is Jason Brooks.

Google search his name and you'll find his main website along with a one hundred sixty plus thousand others who are true fans of his work.

Here's one gushing article on Jason Brooks:
Adam Wilkinson

Interview with Jason Brooks

There's a lot more Jason Brooks art out there, that I wish I post more here, but time's tight right now. Here's a suggestion, if you want to look out for more Jason Brooks art, not only you google in his name, just follow his fans & admirers.

Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Who Draws Chowder?

Chowder mania has yet to hit my podunk country of Malaysia, but already has won hearts back in the US of A, with it's unique food-themed universe, and it's deceptively childlike atmosphere, but more importantly, it's characters, lead by the adorable Chowder himself.

But as you are in Chowder's grip (or tummy, depends), have you ever wondered, Who Draws Chowder?

Well, if you say CH Greenblatt, you're almost right, but a quick look at the credits, courtesy of the IMDb, has found two character designers:
Serapio Calm
Phil Rynda

Serapio has his own websites worth checking out:
Children's Illustrator

Phil Rynda has his own blog as well.

Have a look, and oh, Gong Xi Fa Cai from Malaysia!

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Act from Cecropia.

Two things strike me about these images:
1) They're from an interactive "filmgame" called The Act from the company Cecropia.

2) The nurse is quite cute.

After further Google Searches, I came across these names on CGSociety:
Anthony Michaels
Rusty Stoll
Barry Temple

They were former Disney animators, refugees from when Disney closed the Orlando animation division in 2003. So far, only Anthony Michaels' homepage came up after a few a Googles. Here it is:
Anthony Michaels Animation
PS: He's the breakdown artist behind Belle from Beauty And The Beast, which explains the nurse, Sylvia.

Further deeper into The Act's Homepage, and you'll find the credits of the development team. There's a lot of animators out there on The Act, and I might googled them more, if I have time.

Meanwhile, check out The Act.

Cupid's Chokehold single cover art. [UPDATE!]

So who drew the cover art to the Gym Class Heroes' single Cupid's Chokehold?

It was Dave Crosland. Not only he did the cover above, he also did Scarface: Scarred For Life. He's now doing EVERYBODY'S DEAD to be published through IDW Publishing.

If you like to find out more about him, check him out:
Hired Meat.

Special Thanks to Bradalicious. And to JRut0711, sorry no prize, but hopefully you guys will be immortalised, someday.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Creed PC game art cover (Nothing to do with Scott Stapp or Jade Raymond ;D )

Found this pic on eBay.

Actually, I saw this cover a long time ago somewhere around 1999 til 2001 when I was in college. The Top Cow art style is what catches my eye. Or maybe it's her cleavage (:D Anyway, the game itself is published by the now defunct Insomnia Entertainment (nothing to do with the creators of Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac Games) What happened to them, I'm not quite sure.

If you're interested, you can check out more info about this game on:
Free Games Download
Game Over review
Blue Bell Data PC games

In the meantime, who drew this cover art?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Who Designed Tiana, Princess and The Frog?

These are the official images of Tiana (originally, named Maddy) from the new Disney animated feature, The Princess And The Frog.

Hype aside, a bigger question needs to be asked, who designed Tiana? And who will animate her?