Artist Showcase: Matt Spangler!

Who doesn’t love Robots? They are made well, good to have around the house, and they are pretty damn cute. At least the ones drawn by Matt Q. Spangler are. I’m not quite sure when or how it was that I met Matt though I think it was through twitter, but as soon as I saw his illustrations, I was hooked. Robots + Art = Love.

Matt was born and raised in California, and his love for electronics came at an early age. “My mom used to give me broken (and sometimes not) clocks, radios, electronics, and let me to take them apart and see how things worked. Of course I could never put them back together, but the curiosity turned me into a full time tech geek and robot fan.” His passion certainly shines in his artwork.

Matt doesn’t just draw robots – he draws robots with personality. Each bot has a name and a story, from Rock Bot (who I fondly refer to as BowieBot in my head) to Robo-Squids to Heart-bot. I love them all. He gives his reader a daily dose of robot art and since I first started following him, my day just doesn’t start off right without a one. Along with the well drawn robots, Matt also has a great eye for color – these particular illustrations (he does other non-robot artwork) use muted colors but personally, I feel it makes the subject matter come out even more. It adds to their characters. Please take a moment to check out this great illustrator – if you love robots, you’ll love these.

Find out more about Matt here:

Website: MattSpangler.com
Store: Lunarc
Twitter: @mattqspangler

Previous Artist Showcases:

David Lanham
Chelsea Conlin
Meg Smitherman
Viet-My Bui
Danielle Corsetto
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

Artist Showcase: A Celebration of Spring!

While there is still snow in many parts of the world, here in Texas Spring has sprung! The bluebonnets have taken over every roadside, the sun is out, and the bugs are everywhere! So in celebration of a new season, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Spring-inspired illustrations from DeviantArt. If you’re still dealing with the cold and snow, I hope these make you a little warmer. Enjoy!

JENNY CLEMENTS

mudman_spring

GIT GIT

springbook

JENNIFER MILLER

dragonspring

ADO CERIC

hello

CHELSEA CONLIN

balloons

LAURA PELICK

safeplace

CAMILLE CHING-YUN KUO

magicforest

ANRY NEMO

spring_wizardry

STEPHANIE PUI-MUN LAW

snails

BREEANN VEENSTRA

springplush

Covered Blog (Comic Covers)!

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Calvin and Hobbes by Chris Hoobler

So I don’t know about you, but back in the day I collected comic books. Okay, that’s a lie, I STILL collect comic books. And no matter how many of my own characters I come up with, I love to make fanart of my favorite superheros. But nothing I have ever come up with is as cool as the awesome re-works that are showcased over at Covered, a blog run by cartoonist Robert Goodin. Artists from all over take their favorite comic covers and redesign them in their own style, and the results are pretty phenomenal. Here are a few of our favorites for your enjoyment (originals on the left, revised covers on the right).

The New Mutants by Ptricio Oliver

The New Mutants by Ptricio Oliver

spiderman

The Amazing Spiderman by Dan Lehane

spiderwoman

The Spider-Woman by Paul Sizer

startrek

Star Trek by Alex Fine

tankgirl

Tank Girl by Nic Cowan

Artist Showcase: David Lanham

I realize that my artist showcases have been predominately female, so for your pleasure, today’s showcase is the talented artist David Lanham (who also happens to be a guy). David grew up in Florida but currently resides in North Carolina, living as an illustrator and designer.

David Lanham

“My artwork is made to be fun and enjoyable as well as a bit open-ended to invite the viewer to add their own story to the imagery. Digital works are created on a Mac, using Photoshop and/or Illustrator.” David went to school for drawing and design at the University of Central Florida. Now, he creates beautiful pixel art and icons for Iconfactory, and spends much of his spare time creating wonderfully vivid illustrations.

David Lanham

My favorite aspect of David’s art is his unusual subjects. From monsters to ninjas, his art takes the imagination everywhere, all the while keeping true to the fantastical elements he portrays. Over and over again, his art has turned up on my desktops. If you view his portfolio, almost all of the images in his gallery can be downloaded as stellar wallpapers. If you think you could use a splash of color in your life, check out David’s art.

David Lanham

Find out more about David here:

Website: DLanham.com
FlickR: dlanham
Work: Iconfactory
Twitter: @dlanham
Formspring: dlanham

Previous Artist Showcases:
Chelsea Conlin
Meg Smitherman
Viet-My Bui
Danielle Corsetto
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

Artist Showcase: Chelsea Conlin

Ah Mondays. What better way to start off the week with some awesome art from a brilliant artist? I met today’s featured showcase through Deviantart and Twitter and discovered not just a wonderful digital painter, but an animal lover as well! There are really not a lot of people higher than artistic dog lovers in my book.

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Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator who has made her way around the world and back; she grew up in New York and moved to Rhode Island for school, then she moved to Sapporo, Japan where she spent several years teaching English before heading off to Colorado for a short stint. She now lives in the bluegrass state of Kentucky. She likes to hike, hang out with her greyhound, and most of all paint.

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One of the things I love about Chelsea’s artwork is that no matter what it is, there’s a certain realism to it. Look at any of her subjects, whether it’s Cthulhu or a unicorn, every detail might possibly have come from the reality of a different world. She has a certain grasp of anatomy and depth of character that really makes her digital paintings stand out. From silly to elegant, fantastical to still lives, she is an artist to look out for.

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Find out more about Chelsea here:

Website: Paper Nautilus
Blog: Paper Nautilus Blog
Deviantart: cacodaemonia
Twitter: @cacodaemonia
Livejournal: cacodaemonia
ConceptArt: Sketchbook
Tegaki E: cacodaemonia

Previous Artist Showcases:
Meg Smitherman
Viet-My Bui
Danielle Corsetto
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan