I met Traci Cook years ago when she was still a student here in Portland.
It’s been a joy to watch her grow and evolve as a person and as an artist.
She has done all kinds of production work I cannot show here, but her bird series is happily something I can.
Her work can be found here: http://www.tlcookdesigns.com/
Amy Crehore is a fine artist and musician.
After a long career illustrating for magazines like Rolling Stone and Playboy, her award-winning work is most often found in galleries these days (and sometimes on ukuleles).
She’s also an amazingly lovely person and friend (though I see her far less than I would like).
Audrey Benjaminsen is a wonderful young artist.
I know almost nothing beyond the beauty and charm of her work.
But sometimes that’s enough.
The first time I saw Daphne Yap’s work it was on a book cover in Bud Plant’s delightful catalog of art books. It was an orange cover with a curiously costumed baby. And I hated it. But when I encountered the book in person that year at the SanDiego ComicCon, the cover and its lingering aftertaste were rendered instantly moot. Inside was one of the most astonishing collections of pencil work I’d ever seen, and from an artist much younger (and better) than I. And while she went on to work on Avatar, and many other projects, I’ll always remember judging her book by its cover.
Dawn Wilson-Enoch – I met Dawn many years ago in Washington DC when she was just breaking into illustration. These days she lives in New Mexico and makes jewelry. In between she painted some of my favorite pieces in the genre. While very few of her pieces can be found online, I am pleased to say that two of these hang on my wall.
Katy Hargrove – I encountered Katy’s work when she was leaving college and I was still Art Director for Digital Addiction. And if the Euro hadn’t picked that moment to tank, I would have hired her. Years later she paid me a visit as she drove north from LA to Seattle and her (then) new gig at ArenaNet making GuildWars. She draws and sculpts delightful creatures.
Having taken the Sf/f art communities by storm (and winning the Jack Gaughan Award for best Emerging Artist in 2008), Shelly Wan is currently a Color/Sketch Artist at Pixar.
Shreya Shetty is an LA-based concept artist and illustrator whose work you’ve probably seen in many movies with Rhythm and Hues Studio.
I find her grasp of lighting and texture to be especially delightful and sometimes, adorable.
I was lucky enough to participate in the Months of Love and Fear challenges with Steen.
With each piece she contributed I grew more and more impressed.
I do not know Steen, but hope to one day rub elbows – maybe some of her astonishing sense of character and design will rub off!
Terese Neilsen is inspired by the best and you can see their influences in subtle ways throughout her long and wonderful career – a little Bernie Fuchs here, a little Dave McKean and Bill Sienkewicz there. Throughout her career, she has excelled – whether working on Star Wars, Magic the Gathering or her recent paintings of Angels. I hope you like her work as much as I do.