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  04 April 2005
Artists we love

Here are some artists from the past and present that we feel would benefit most artists from knowing their works. This is not a comprehensive list of famous artists or artists of historical significance--it is a list of artists whose work we love. If you have artists you want to suggest to add to the list, please contact one of the Forum Leaders (Stahlberg, Enayla, Lunatique) and we'll check out your links. However, there's no guarantee that we will add your suggestions, as this list is subjective.

Artists from the past

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema - One of the most successful academic classicists of 19th century.

Gianlorenzo Bernini - Amazing Baroque sculptor, architect, and painter.

Giovanni Boldini - Renowned portrait painter who dazzled and thrilled his patrons with his bold, modern sensibility.

Adolph William Bouguereau - Widely considered as the painter with the finest finish, and one of the most successful painters of 19th century. (Also one of the most controversial because the modernists hated him.)

Michelangelo Buonarroti - One of the true artistic titans in art history.

Thomas Wilmer Dewing - One of the Boston School painters.

Sir Frank Dicksee - Victorian academic painter.

Herbert Draper
- Victorian academic painter.

Nicolai Fechin - Russian artist who immigrated to the United States. An artist imparted his paintings with the kind of bold and immersive treatment that is rare and inspiring.

Jean-Leon Gerome - The most famous Orientalist painter.

Arthur Hacker - Victorian academic painter.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - Important painter known for his depiction of women and their fashion of that period.

Gustav Klimt - Expressive artist what incorporated abstract/design elements into his work.

Philip Alexius de Laszlo - Considered Sargent's torch-bearer.

Lord Frederick Leighton - Prominent academic classicist.

Alphonse Mucha - The most prominent and representitive artist of the Art Nouveau movement.

Auguste Rodin - One of the greatest sculptors ever, known for his intentionally unfinished and expressive style.

John Singer Sargent - One of the most respected painters in history, with stunning technical skill and versitility in multiple mediums and styles.

Joaquin Sorolla - An impressionist often mentioned along with Sargent and Zorn.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn - Painter who understood far more about light than his peers.

Jan Vermeer - Painter of light.

John William Waterhouse - The most famous romantic painter, and most beloved Neo Classicist, but often mistaken as one of the Pre-Raphaelites.

James Abbot McNeill Whistler - Beloved american painter.

Anders Zorn - Swedish painter that was often compared to Sargent because of similar styles and subjects.

Classic Illustrators

Harry Anderson - Great illustrator.

John Bauer - Influential fantasy artist.

Gil Elvgren - Widely considered the finest pinup artist that ever lived. He was a huge fan of John Singer Sargent, and it shows in his own work.
Andrew Loomis - One of the most respected teachers of illustration. His instructional books have long been treasured and sought after by artists world wide.

Tom Lovell
- Illustrator and important war painter.

Maxwell Parrish - Painter whoes painting method is similar to printing process.

Howard Pyle - The Godfather of modern illustration, and a well-known teacher.

Arthur Rackham - Illustrator of fantasy/children's books.

Norman Rockwell - The most beloved American illustrator.

Haddon Sundblom - Famous for his depiction of the cuddl Santa Claus for Cola Cola's print ads. Mentor to Gil Elvgren.

Mortimer Wilson Jr. - Excellent illustrator.

Last edited by Lunatique : 05 May 2006 at 06:40 PM.
  04 April 2005
Artists from the present

Fine artists

Tom Browning - Oil painter and excellent teacher. Author of Timeless Techniques For Better Oil Paintings, an excellent book on oil painting and art theories in general.

Scott Burdick/Susan Lyon - Wonderful impressionist painters.

Jeremy Lipking - Rising young star, and very talented painter.

Huihan Liu - Originally from Guangzhou, then immigrated to China. Wonderful impressionist painter.

Pino - Ex romance novel illustrator, and now fine artist.

Tony Ryder - Artist and teacher

Richard Schmid - An artist's artist. One of the best painters alive today. His book, Alla Prima: All I Know About Painting, is a must have for any serious artist.

William Whitaker - Well-known figure painter.

Concept/Matte artists

Xiaoye Chen - Amazing artist.

Yanick Dusseau - Famous matte painter

Philippe Guyenne, A.K.A. Hardcorepixxx - Unique hardcore style, with great sense of graphic design in his works.

Seung Ho Henrik Holmberg - Talented matte/concept artist.

Ed Lee - Talented concept artist
Ian McCaig - Excellent illustrator and concept artist.

Syd Mead - Lengendary and pioneer industrial designer.

Craig Mullins - Modern master of digital art.

Greg Pro - Excellent illustrator.

Justin Sweet - Excellent digital and traditional artist.

Kim Hyung Tae - Famous Korean concept artist.

Sci-fi/fantasy/illustrators/comic book/animation artists/Sculptors

Tex Avery - Legendary creator/animator.

Benoit de Ravel / A.K.A. bengal - French comic book artist, known for his manga-influenced work of alluring females and creative compositions.

Rick Berry - An interesting and innovative artist who straddles the traditional and digital fence.

Enki Bilal - Influential comic book creator/writer/aritst.

Simon Bisley - Popular and influential comic book artist.

Nicolas Bouvier / A.K.A. Sparth
- Excellent artist and concept designer.

Tim Burton - Legendary creator/artist/writer/director

Chen Shu-Fen & Common - Highly popular and influential illustrators from Taiwan. They specialize in depicting beautiful Asian women, and have a loyal following in Asia.

Justin Cherry / A.K.A. Nivbed - Unique artist with an unique vision.

Frank Cho - Fantastic comicstrip creator/writer/artist, and also an excellent illustrator of the traditional pulp style.

Ronnie Del Carmen - Animation artist with a charming style and strong figure drawing skill.

Roger Dean - Influential artist and designer.

Jon Foster - Another painter who made the transition from traditional oil painting to digital.

Frank Frazetta - Legendary and pioneer fantasy artist.

Brian Froud - Popular and influential fantasy artist.

Donato Giancola - One of the best sci-fi/fantasy artists working today. Superior oil painting skills and wonderful compositions set him apart from his peers.

Shane Glines - Animation artist with a distinct personal style.

Phil Hale - Artist extraodinaire. Wicked imagination.

Herge - World famous creator of the Tintin comic book series.

Jaime Hernandez - One of the talented brothers that created the underground comic book masterpiece "Love and Rockets." His whimsical writing, impeccable figure drawing skill, and wonderful use of solid blacks earned him a loyal following.

Adam Hughes - One of the best comic book artists of this generation. Depicts hot nubile chicks like no other.

Yamashita Ikuto - Mostly known as the mechanical designer of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but few know his earlier works as a manga creator/writer/artist. His manga work, Dark Whisper, is an excellent showcase of his talent as an artist and industrial designer.

Chuck Jones - Legendary creator/animator.

Glen Keane - Legendary animator. Gorgeous sketches.

Khang Le - Excellent concept artist

Jody A. Lee - Fantasy artist with a vivid, unique style.

Todd Lockwood - A great example of a traditional oil painter that made the transition to digital--seamlessly.

Milo Manara - Legendary erotic graphic novel creator/writer/aritst.

Shirow Masamune - Legendary manga creator/writer/artist of Appleseed, Ghost In the Shell, and various other titles.

Dave Mckean - One of the most significant artist/designer of the digital age. Highly influential.

Joshua Middleton - Talented comic book artist with very distinct style in both line quality, color sense, and composition.

Moebius (Jean Giraud) - Legendary French graphic novel creator/writer/artist.

Range Murata - Popular anime artist.

Jon J. Muth - One of the rare fine artists that works in the comic book medium. An accomplished watercolorist and oil painter.

Nirasawa Yasushi - Amazing sculptor of gothic-horror-cyberpunk style. His sculpture collection book, "Nira Works," is an absolute stunner.

Robh Ruppel - fantastic fantasy painter with classical influences.

Kitagawa Sho - Japanese manga writer/artist whose creations 19, BB Fish, Complex..etc showcased his sensitive dramatic writing and beautiful artworks.

Drew Struzan - Legendary illustrator.

Alan Tew - Video game artist whose sketches are well-known.

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston - Legendary animators and part of the nine old men.

Bill Waterson - Creator/writer/artist of the beloved Calvin and Hobbes comicstrip. A man of great integrity (he refused to allow his characters to be licensed as toys, mugs, animation, T-shirts--believing that commercializing his creation is souless and kills the magic they possess).

Michael Whelan - One of the most imaginative Sci-fi/fantasy artists of his generation.

Ashley Wood - Comic book painter with a strong personal style.

Last edited by Lunatique : 07 July 2005 at 05:28 AM.
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