Do you plan to take a digital arts course in college? Great decision! To inspire you more, CIIT, a digital arts school in the Philippines, has enumerated eight of the best digital artists from around the world. Read to discover.
1. Kenn Yap
Yap moved from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore when he was 17 to pursue his passion for art. When asked who influenced him, he said it was “visual futurist” Syd Mead and science fictions Ghost in the Shell and Akira. Yap’s clients included Riot Games, Valve Corporation (DotA 2), and Mighty Fine.
2. AJ Frena
Frena is an artist from North Texas who focuses on surreal imagery featuring animals and wildlife. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City before he moved to Pittsburgh with his family. Through traditional and digital media, he combines abstract with realism and pop culture with elements of fine art. Publications that have featured him included Hi-Fructose, Comics Beat, and Illustration Friday.
3. Finnian MacManus
At present, this Chicago-born concept artist works under Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco, California. He focuses on fantasy and sci-fi settings and regularly takes on studio and freelance works in both 2D and 3D software. He has worked with an impressive list of clients including Sony PlayStation, EA Games, Lucasfilm, Brownbag Films, Volta, Easley Dunne Games, and HēLō.
4. Tara Phillips
Aiming to evoke mystery, nostalgia, and reflection, this Sydney-based artist uses “natural supernaturalism” in her works. She finds inspiration from many areas, which include books, photography films, 18th and 19th-century paintings, and mere outdoor adventures.
5. Andrew Theophilopoulos
This award-winning Canadian artist loves digital and traditional painting in the spirit of the old masters. He had displayed his works in the international setting and had painted portraits of some of the world’s most powerful political figures. His other clients include nobles from the game, film, and publishing industries.
6. Ayya Saparniyazova
This artist found her love for digital art at an early age and has never looked back. Over the years, she has gathered a vast portfolio consisting of both personal and commissioned artworks. If you’ll look at her amazing pieces, which often contain bright characters and intricate details, you wouldn’t believe she didn’t attend any formal training in digital art.
7. Patrick Brown
Patrick Brown is a name almost synonymous with fantasy art. Alongside other talented artists Ayya Saparniyazova and AJ Frena, Brown’s action-packed comic style earned him a place in Imagine FX’s 10th Anniversary Special. Aside from that, many doors opened for Brown—from notching cover features in international magazines and doing art for large game companies to working with Marvel Comics. Having created artwork for many science fictions and fantasy publications, Brown seems to have reached the peak of his career. At a young age of 31, however, he sure has more to prove.
8. Kristina Gehrmann
Gehrmann studied classical academic drawing and painting at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Many of her artworks are old master-inspired and have a touch of classical painterly style. An artist of the highest caliber, she explores ancient and fantasy subjects in a detailed approach, a style inspired by classical Western artwork from the 17th to 19th century.
If inspiration has hit you after learning of these artists and their works, why don’t you enroll in a digital arts school in the Philippines? Whether you’re a student or a yuppie with great love for the arts, CIIT’s programs will arm you with the knowledge you need to be an inspiring artist. For inquiries, contact us.
Sources: creativebloq.com | fmacmanus.com | upwork.com | conceptartworld.com | kirileonard.com | andrewtheo.com | riseoftheguardians.wikia.com