Thought I would mention some unique DA artists who create work I enjoy. DA really is a nice resource to see some talented folk who can display their work, where before one needed a gallery or some kind of showing. I am not someone who even knows or is a part of anything creative and is sort of a hack/unfocused hobbyist who does this for fun (I guess, sometimes its a compulsion). Many of them are not the usual fiction or comic or fetish stuff I like, many are modernist, surreal and have influenced me this last year to do stuff I never thought I would attempt!
specializes in drawing fairly accurate armored female warriors of history, giving the spotlight to lesser known central asian warriors in particular. Forgotten in the modern age, these nomadic steppe warriors were the scourge of the civilized world both east and west and in many ways I feel now were the 'good guys' in retrospect. Of course here they are women! I am a masculinist pig but respect the real women of history who were strong and fought..women not guided by a destructive enlightenment ideal meant for ulterior purposes but by love for their people, their men, their children and their god. The art is painstakingly detailed black and white pencil work, like one would see in a history text or even Osprey booksand there is a realism even with the anime inspired faces. He even has done some effective traditional south east asian horror pictures with their floating head vampires and long haired hungry ghosts!
draws sort of post gothic historical portraits of alienated urban life with focuses on the weimar republic, the soviet union and at times, World War one. There is lots of androgyny, military uniforms and deliciously decadent themes contained within along with some striking violent aftermath pictures recalling post crime scene photos. Once again the attention to subtle things like backgrounds and drawing things like the details on a mattress or the proper perspective of a city skyline show the discipline underneath the stylish flourishes. He also is able to vary his art style from more abstract to something off a 1930's propaganda poster. Also there are some creative photos in his gallery that look like old photos you would find in an attic. I always like when artists do different media and even put themselves into their work!
creates highly surrealist works with many having a horror or lovecraftian bent,
(surrealism and horror being early cinematic siblings). He also varies his style as well as his medium, utilizing pencil, acrylics, charcoal,collage, etc and is highly, highly, highly prolific.
I think most is digital but many seem to be on canvases! My favorite are the swirling, chaotic yet
cohesive acylics and watercolor pics that convey some elder monstrosity from beyond.
He has also done some cool music and has to be a metalhead! I don't want to assume though.
draws the long running Asylum Squad, a series which has evolved into a personal and critical expose on the modern mental health system. Drawn in an anime style and combines dream space super heroics with troubled youth in a Canadian mental health facility. Funny and fairly politically incorrect it has moments of pathos and is able to not take it self too seriously while taking the overall topic very seriously. Its never preachy though and is fun. These are all hard elements to tie together but she does it and that is a talent all in itself. I have known and know people who struggle with mental illness and still are productive and self sufficient while others I have known who were mentally 'healthy' threw there lives away because they had no discipline or could not manage their feelings towards past events. Her work has also been published and I recommend the collections of the comics.
Its hard to describe this work, its almost hypnotic. Bilateral, abstract digital work that reminds me of african masks, those weird carved candles that I used to see in the early 80's and ornamental lanterns of all things. Also highly prolific.
Bizarre pencil work that is meant to evoke old cinema; Like photos and posters of noir thrillers, Roger corman films, eurohorrors and spaghetti westerns that never existed. A recurring theme is that of psychopathic women in black with a dagger or blade in their hands.
Also special mention to His posts on german nationalistic themes are refreshing and gives me hope for germany and german youth. While just a half breed observer
who is hopelessly rootless and 'murican'(and thus doomed to oblivion), I am inspired by his digitally composed images of german historical figures, poetry and photography of ancestors from both European wars.
There are many others, including many great photographers, the bulk being from scandinavian countries. Plus all I mentioned before, the old school peeps. who inspires me and has invaluable suggestions, who has drawn a ton of AGC stuff, for technical and moral support and the main influence on me to start drawing!