Natalie Shau

Natalie Shau - 2017

Natalie Shau - 2017

One of my favourite Artists from DeviantArt, I've featured her before, but as she has since moved her host pages, I thought I'd update her listing. Natalie Shau is a mixed media artist and photographer based in Lithuania (Vilnius). Her work is rich, dark and well worth looking at. Her prefered areas are in fashion and portrait photography as well as digital illustration and photo art.
Natalie also creates artwork and photography for musicians, theatre, fashion magazines, writers and advertising.

You can find her dark, but often whimsical work at Natalie Shau and Deviant Art.

Natalie Shau - Lacuna Coil

Natalie Shau - Lacuna Coil

The Art of Phil Noto

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As a fan of comic art, there are many artists whose work I enjoy and collect. Phil Noto is a perfect example of just such an artist. He's produced covers interiors and illustrations for most major characters. His work on Danger Girl, Batman, Beautiful Killer and other characters has a very unique look. The illustrations are for some reason reminiscent of the 60’s and indeed very cool. I like his style, because, it, like many of my favourites, stands out and is immediately recognizable. His work fetches good prices in the auctions and is well worth a look. To see more of his work please visit and his Blog.

Martin Evening Photography


Marting Evening is a photographer and imageer who specialises in creating images for the fashion industry. His work is often vibrant, colourful and eyecatching. Hew also produces some of the best books for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. He also has worked with Jeff Schewe, Andrew Rodney, Mac Holbert, Seth Resnick in

Pixel Genius

which makes plug-ins for Photoshop. Martin also contributes to


which he helped found with Ed Horwich. His website is linked below

Martin Evening Photography

although simple is well worth a visit for some very beautiful images.

Todd Lockwood

The Art of Todd Lockwood - Transitions

The Art of Todd Lockwood - Transitions

Todd Lockwood is a fine Fantasy Artist who was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He had the Rocky Mountains as his backyard, Was a big fan of Sci-fi and fantasy flicks and TV. His early passion for Tolkien and Dungeons and Dragons were part of what shaped him into one fo the finest fantasy Artists around. He's a big dan of Role-Playing which he's been doing for over 25 years. He is also a fan of one of my favourite subjects and someone whom I respect greatly, namely Mythology and Joseph Campbell.

His artwork if bright vibrant and reminds me very much of a fantasy version Tim White's work in it's luminosity and colour sense. Check out Todds Work at his personal website


The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak


The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals, for the first time, the design evolution of each new fantastical set, otherworldly machine, and unforgettable character in the film. Packed with hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings, The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film—and a must-have keepsake for fans

Solo a Star Wars Story is the latest Star Wars movie in the franchise. As always a plethora of products are produced to accompany the movie. For myself and many other fans, none is more interesting than the "Art of Solo A Star Wars Story" which delves into the creative process and concepts which go into making the movie happen. The book published by Abrams Books, features 256 lavishly illustrated pages.

The Art of Solo ... provides background info and excellent examples of work from the artists, designers, and other members of the Lucasfilm team. I enjoy these books because of the wealth of information about how the movies were created and they are filled with tons of concept art that shows both what went onto the screen and also quite a few designs which never made it. This book is a must have for both fans of the Star Wars Saga and for those who love the art which goes into making these richluy detailed movies.

The Sabacc Game by  Adam Brockbank

The Sabacc Game by Adam Brockbank

Concept for Qi'RA - Love Interest Version 02  - Concept by Iain McCaig

Concept for Qi'RA - Love Interest Version 02  - Concept by Iain McCaig

Alex Maleev

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Comic artists have come a long way since the styles established in the early days of Batman, Superman and The X-men. Alex Maleev is one of a number of eastern european artists whose fine art inspired and highly graphical style of art has graced the covers and interiors of many high profile characters from Marvel, DC and other publishers. His work on titles like Daredevil and The Crow has drawn a lot of attention. His highly regarded work on Daredevil is considered to be the best work on the title since Frank Millers run in the 70's. His work was also used as Sylars Paintings in the hit television series Heroes. Check out his work at

EXPOSÉ 12 announced and will be crowd funded.

EXPOSÉ 12  from Ballistic Books has been announced with the company going back to it roots. In their own words "Ballistic Media started as a crowd funded company long before the term "crowd funding" was invented." All Ballistic projects going forward will be released in this way meaning that there will be a certain exclusivity to owning one of their books. The books have become a part of my cg and imaging library so I look forward to seeing more of their excellent publications. Order your book now Expose12

Ballistic Publishing Announces Exotique 4

Ballistic Published have announced the pending release of their latest edition of their popular and gorgeous Exotique books. Exotique 4 firmly establishes itself as the benchmark for CG character art featuring the work of artists from 45 countries. EXOTIQUE 4 includes more art from China, Korea, Indonesia, and Singapore and showcases a broader range of styles and cultures.

The work of 215 highly-talented artists fills EXOTIQUE 4 with 322 pieces of inspiring character art in genres from science fiction, fantasy, and anime, to photorealism and stylized realism.

EXOTIQUE 4 also packs an additional 30 pieces of artwork into 16 more pages than the previous edition. Go to the Ballistic Publishing website to flick through the book.

Ballistic Publishing Releases Expose 6

Ballistic Published have release their latest edition of their popular and gorgeous EXPOSÉ books. EXPOSÉ 6 which was judged by an international team of leading artists features 334 inspiring images prepared by 257 artists from 43 countries, you will discover the very best work across 20 different categories. EXPOSÉ 6 includes the work of 108 unpublished artists.

All editions of EXPOSÉ 6 are available for immediate shipping.EXPOSÉ 6 is available in three editions: Hard Cover (USD$64); Soft Cover (USD$75); and Limited Edition (USD$170). The Limited Edition release includes an additional 16 pages of artist profiles and 8 Limited Edition prints. Go to the Ballistic website to flick through the book at
Ballistic Publishing.

d'artiste : Digital Painting 2

d'artiste : Digital Painting 2
This latest volume in the d'artiste series from Ballistic Publishing is a sequel to the excellent Digital Painting book which featured digital artists Linda Bergkvist, Phillip Straub, John Wallin and Robert Chang. Like all books in this series, Digital Painting 2 follows a similar format and features some of the works and also tutorials from several talented artists in this field. It also features selected works at the end of each guest artists section in which the artist comments on the piece being shown. This volume features digital artists Don Seegmiller, Mélanie Delon, Daniel Dociu and Marta Dahlig. visit the product page for more information. As usual d'artiste: Digital Painting 2 is presented in Slipcased and Limited Edition versions.

Expose 6 Available For Pre-Order

Expose 6 - limited edition prints
Ballistic Publishing have announce that you can now preorder the newest edition of their excellent Expose series. EXPOSÉ 6 features the usual selection of excellent artwork, with 334 inspiring images prepared by 257 artists from 43 countries, it showcases the very best work across 20 different categories. As usual there are 3 editions of this book and the first 300 purchasers will be gifted with 8 prints and a CD with a specially commissioned 15 minute Video Tutorial from Linda Bergkvist. Syd Mead has been awarded the Grandmaster Award for this edition. Click here to pre-order your book.

Preston Gannaway

Photo Credit: Preston Gannaway/Concord MonitorPhoto Credit: Preston Gannaway/Concord Monitor from her Pulitzer Prize-winning photo-essay "Remember Me."

Preston Gannaway is an award winning photojournalist, who works for the Concord Monitor, in New Hampshire. I came across her work, after reading a recent post on one of my favourite sites - Prestons work is beautiful, challenging, insightful and inspiring. She tells stories with her images, that hold you and make you want to see more.

A lot of her images have a peek-a-boo quality without the feeling of being voyeuristic. Many of her images use off centre compositions which are framed in unusual ways by the objects and environments in which they are shot. Her Photo-essay "Remember Me" was the first to draw my attention because of the Pulitzer Prize it won, however the rest are equally of note. Visit her personal site at it'll be well worth your time.

Dave Stevens 1955 - 2008

Dave Stevens 1955 - 2008
I was shocked to find out today that Dave Stevens passed away at the age of 52 on March 11th 2008, from complications due to leukemia. The creator of the Rocketeer and popular cover artist during much of the 80's and 90's, will be missed, greatly. Dave Stevens is survived by his mother, Carolyn; his sisters, Jennie and Melody; and his brother, Dan. There is a memorial page at the Dave Stevens official website.

Bettie Page Portrait By Dave Stevens

Creative Imaging News - Artsites New Home

About a year ago I launched Creative Imaging News and in that year I've been busy working on reviews, news and info dealing with creative imaging, photography and art tools and products. Artsites was constantly on my mind ... I wanted to continue with this site as there are just so many interesting and cool places out there to get inspiration ... so about a week ago I rolled artsites into CIN. Now to begin updating the blog, which I'll be doing about twice a week.

Ballistic Publishing Releases Expose 5

Ballistic Published have release their latest edition of their popular and gorgeous EXPOSÉ books. EXPOSÉ 5 which was judged by an international team of leading artists features 298 examples of the world’s best digital art prepared by 218 artists from 45 countries. EXPOSÉ 5 includes the work of 108 unpublished artists.

All editions of EXPOSÉ 5 are available for immediate shipping.EXPOSÉ 5 is available in three editions: Hard Cover (USD$55); Soft Cover (USD$65); and Limited Edition (USD$145). The Limited Edition release includes an additional 16 pages of artist profiles and eight Limited Edition prints, unavailable with the Hard Cover or Soft Cover editions. Go to the Ballistic website to flick through the entire book at
Ballistic Publishing.

Corel Introduces Corel® Painter™ X

Corel today announced Corel® Painter™ X, the latest incarnation of one of the best natural media centric software tools for digital artists. Painter™ X can now be preordered at Corel and Corel UK . New tools include performance improvements, new composition tools in the form of Divine Proportion and their powerful and innovative RealBristle™ Painting System that provides bristle level control over their organic painting and illustration tools. They've also made substantial improvements to the way Painter allows you to turn photos into works of art.

I've been a long time fan of Painter and looking forward to trying it out. For more information visit Corel. Corel® Painter™ X is available for $419.00 USD or UK£492.33 for the full version and as an upgrade from $219.00 USD or UK£257.33. I think the only complaint here is the relatively high price in UK £ when compared to the US Price and conversion rate.

Sam Haskins

Emma for Vogue Paris - Copyright, Sam Haskins
Maria Carla Boscono, Shot for Vogue Japan - Copyright, Sam Haskins
Sam Haskins is a photographer whose work has graced the pages of many fashion magazines and advertising campaigns. A prize winning photographer and early imageer whose work features the human form, still lifes, travelogues, surrealist influences and graphically powerful compositions.

Cowboy Kate and Other Stories - Copyright, Sam Haskins
He was one of the first photographers to pioneer the production and publishing of photographic essays. His first book Five Girls - 1962, created quite a stir when it was published in the early 60's. His second book Cowboy Kate and Other Stories - 1964, was so well received it was awarded the Prix Nadar.

Homage to Magritte - Copyright, Sam Haskins
flood and drought - Copyright, Sam Haskins
Sam has been at the forefront of the creative manipulation of photography and has been especially innovative in his use of non digital techniques. Sam is also a convert to digital and spends many hours working with Photoshop. I've been told he continues to shoot with his much loved Pentax 6x7 and scanning his negatives and transparencies with an Imacon and printing on an Epson 7800. Visit his site and blog for more information.

Marco Djurdjevic

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Marco Djurdjevic is one of the current cover artists of Marvel Comics, he also works with Massive Black. His images are both powerful and highly imaginative, however he insists he that all his work is drawn entirely from his imagination. With over 10 years experience to draw from as a freelancer and concept designer, he is an example and an inspiration to many. He has produced covers recently for Blade, Daredevil, Spiderman and X-23. His personal website is currently being worked on, bookmark it, as it will definitely be worth visiting, his blog SIX MORE VODKA is active however. If you look for his work, search on google and you will find features and galleries on ConceptArt, CGTalk and Pen & Paper.

d'artiste—Concept Art, ISBN: 1-921002-33-6

Reviewed by: Mario Georgiou, November 2006
Published by: Ballistic Publishing
Requires: N/A
MSRP: US$55.00 (softcover), US$145.00 (limited edition hardcover)

Many of the sci-fi and fantasy movies being made today, make extensive use of conceptual artists. These artists are extremely talented illustrators and industrial designers, whose understanding of light, color, form and space enable them to bring life to the concepts and visions of writers, movie directors and game creators. As any artist will tell you, one of the biggest challenges presented to them is the creation of art which represents another person's concept and vision. Concept artists created the visuals which helped to sell projects such as Star Wars, Blade Runner and The Matrix to the film studios. d'artiste: Concept Art, like other books in the series, primarily features the work of several prominent artists who work in the industry, in this case George Hull, Viktor Antonov, Andrew Jones and Nicolas Bouvier.

George Hull designed for the second and third Matrix films. Andrew Jones is creative director for the Massive Black Design Studio which he helped form after working at Industrial Light & Magic. Nicolas Bouvier worked on Alone in the Dark 4 and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. Viktor Antonov conceptualized for Half Life 2, Renaissance and Skyland. The selected artists are featured with samples of their work and a few step by step examples which showcase their unique way of working. The book is capped with a guest gallery of artists whose work has been chosen and critiqued by the book's main contributors.

The range of media used and styles represented in this book is truly reflective of the range of work being created in this highly imaginative field. The skills required to create these grand visions from the imagination are very similar to those required by matte artists and illustrators. Some of the samples presented demonstrate that the artist has to be more than capable of rendering costumes, buildings, vehicles and other technologies. In many situations the artists also have to be able to make the concepts convincing enough to make believable the artificial world being created. The modern concept artist is required to be fluent in both analog and digital processes; capable of wielding a pen and mouse with equal dexterity.

Thumbing through the book you rapidly gain an appreciation of the range of talents presented therein, you'll also appreciate the love and care Ballistic Publishing has lavished on the books production. The printing and packaging all reflect the high quality that I've come to expect from this publishing house.

There is still however only one real weakness with this series of books and that is the lack of any hands on tutorials and the necessary CD containing in-progress versions of the tutorial examples. All this aside, I thoroughly enjoyed looking through and reading this excellent book. The field of concept art is one which creates visual clues for the creators of movies, games and other projects. If you're interested, you can also check out the work of Ralph McQuarrie and Syd Mead, two other famous conceptual artists who have influenced a generation of aspiring creatives.

Cons: No tutorial and content CD.

Pros: Well presented with excellent production values. The artists selected for this book are all top notch. d'artiste: Concept Art is an excellent reference book which will appeal to both amateurs and professionals. It is a must-have aimed at artists interested in the techniques and skills used to create art for movies and games. Highly recommended.

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For more information about d'artiste: Concept Art visit Ballistic Publishing