Linda Bergkvist is the new international superstar in fantasy art. Her award-winning artwork is known throughout the digital art community for their exotic and ethereal depictions. She has been awarded numerous EXPOSÉ awards in both EXPOSÉ 1 and EXPOSÉ 2 for her astonishing character digital paintings.
Linda was an author in the D’artiste: Digital Painting digital artists master class book, sharing her techniques and tips on achieving her unique style of paintings. She is currently working on her collection of short stories entitled 'Furiae', which will be published by Ballistic Publishing later this year. Linda is an active Forum Leader on CGTalk, where she openly shares her techniques and participates in the community.
Linda Bergkvist was born in Sweden - in Umeå, where she still lives. Her main interests have always been art and language. When she was younger, she did little but draw pictures and tell other kids long, intricate stories about imaginary creatures. Sometimes, she pretended these beasts were real and spoke of the 'monsters' with such enthusiasm and emotion that a lot of the kids actually believed her! Living a fairy-tale life, she would go hunting for witches in the woods.
Not sure about her artwork, Linda chose to study Language at University with the intention of becoming a teacher while painting and practicing art on the side. When the offer to become an artist at a local computer company emerged, she took the chance and has been a professional artist ever since. Having worked as a comic book colorist, Linda now freelances and is furiously preparing artwork and stories for her upcoming Furiae book. She also teaches at the University of Umeå part time.
Asked about her style of paintings, Linda responds, “I love the visual element of fairytales. Things that are fantastic and unnatural and not quite real fascinate me to no end. I suppose I am in love with old, cruel tales and the wickedness that comes wrapped up in lovely forms. I suppose, in a way, I still enjoy the very same things that I have all of my life - a mixture of fantasy and horror with a little twinge of romantic idealization.”
D’artiste: Digital Painting – digital artists master class book
Interview with Linda Bergkvist (2003)
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