Originaire du Japon, Yoshii Chie 吉井千恵 est venue aux
États-Unis en 1996 pour assister à Massachusetts College of Art and Design à
Boston. Elle a commencé sa carrière d'artiste à effets visuels à Los
Angeles, mais elle a finalement tourné son attention vers la peinture, sa
principale passion. Elle a étudié le dessin et la peinture dans les écoles,
y compris Art Center College of Design et Los Angeles Academy of Figurative
Chie千恵 décrit son travail en disant : “Je suis inspiré par
l'analogie entre les contes mythologiques et la psychologie humaine… ”
Marion Bolognesi lives and works in New York City where she splits here time between design and her personal passion for expressive, illustrative watercolor painting. She received a BFA with a focus in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston in 2003 and has exhibited her paintings and work around the globe.
For anyone that ever asks me why I do colorguard, or why it means so much to me, this video is the most accurate explanation that I can give. I owe an enormous thank you to all of the people that helped me pull off this project, it’s been a lot of fun from the start up until the last cut. Thank you so much for watching.
✨Completed the One-Week Sketchbook Challenge!!!✨ I made this sketchbook with @sorgie_artwork this past summer and I figured it was high time to complete it. Started on 11/22/16, finished 11/28/16 ✌️️Will be posting a sketchbook tour on #youtube very soon!! #oneweeksketchbook #oneweeksketchbookchallenge #sketchbook #instaart #art #mixedmedia #illustration #softpastel #coloredpencil #copic #copicmarker #watercolor #prismacolor #handmadesketchbook #instaartist #bianabova #artchallenge (at Massachusetts College of Art and Design)
Some new pieces of art from Steve Argyle during the last year have supplanted some of my long-standing favorites among his work. Counting down my current Top 15 for 2015!
#15 - Tattoos & Trinkets
Legend of the Five Rings - January 2013
What can I say about this piece? The stunning presence of nudity and physical contact intertwined in an amazing display of not sexual. The piece is incredibly intimate to be sure, but that is where the line is clearly drawn. The level of detail in the background and the beautiful art-within-the-art of the tattoos season this masterpiece perfectly.
#14 - Cleopsis Unmasked
Sideshow Collectibles - March 2015
This fine art project was made to be hung. Only 250 of these prints were made for the world and I had to have one. This is a combination of excellent design, palette and texture. I am the most moved by the conflict of the perfect mask adjacent to the perfectly rendered imperfection of her skin. (I’m also a sucker for purple so that helps…)
#13 - Power Armor Amazon
Personal - April 2004
This piece of fan art goes way, way back in Steve’s work. The date I provided is not a publication date, because this is just a piece of personal fan-art, but rather the earliest known appearance of this work (or any other work for that matter) in Steve’s many online galleries. This is the oldest of Steve’s pieces in my list and predates his entire CCG career that made him famous.
I can’t get enough of the graphic-novel style of this piece. It is like nothing else he has ever done again (that I’ve seen at any rate.) This unique depiction of this very familiar character puts her in a position not usually seen, one that gives this image considerable power. The technique is solid, but the mood is what really drives this one home.
#12 - Getaway
Illustration Master Class - June 2010
This is the fruit of Steve’s first of three consecutive annual visits to the elite, week-long art school at Amherst College in Massachusettes. Steve has mentioned how it is backwards that he didn’t start taking art classes until after he was already a relatively successful freelance artist. The image is so striking, giving us a glimpse of a unique science-fiction situation on an alien world never seen before or again. The palette is tight and worthy of note, but the star here really is the design of the vehicles that, while geometric and lifeless, echo the flying creatures’ anatomy and make the entire piece a perfectly harmonious combination of mechanical and organic.
#11 - Liliana of the Veil
Magic the Gathering - September 2011
still his most famous work four years later, is the piece that pushed Steve Argyle’s career a few plateaus upward. The carrying power of the Magic the Gathering brand and this exceedingly popular character ignited his career to a profound degree. The praise is quite justified. While contentious debate surrounds this image mostly concerned with whether the character needed to be depicted in this, according to some, sexually-charged manner, the technical skill brought to this image is undeniable. It is so powerful that it made thousands of fans take notice even when the art wasn’t their primary interest in the game. Even I was pushed helplessly toward Steve’s work mostly due to the power of this piece.
#10 - Whirlwind Adept
Magic the Gathering - September 2014
This piece doesn’t look exactly like the illustration found on the game cards and I find it markedly superior. The lack of motion-blur on the staves and red accent coloring plus the more ornate headdress/horns keep this piece clean and clear and the palette much tighter. While WotC has their reasons for asking for revisions the fact that Steve promotes this version of the work rather than the final accepted version just tells me he also finds this version superior. This is the first of the three recent pieces that pushed their way into this list. I think all of the varying angles from elements both in the foreground and background generate an excitement in this piece’s design.
#9 - Chandra Ablaze
Magic the Gathering - September 2009
Bold. That is what this piece is. Raw. Passionate. Aggressive. Bright. The punch-words could flow forever and I would still be stuck with one-word answers to what is so remarkable about the piece. Most of Steve’s more casual fans would stick with “awesome.” If I was handed this artwork turned into a jigsaw puzzle I think I could find something to be impressed with on every single piece of it. The details are just that sharp throughout, even in the comparatively sloppy fire.
#8 - Sunseed Nurturer
Magic the Gathering - September 2008
Of the eight pieces from Magic in this list this is the oldest. Steve’s foray into Magic actually began with an earlier promo but the Shards of Alara set was the first regular expansion set to contain his work. This piece was among his three found there. Steve’s mastery of anatomy is commonly visible but isn’t usually the clear star of the show like it is here.
#7 - Damia, Sage of Stone
Magic the Gathering - June 2011
While Steve was pushed into the Magic limelight with Liliana, this also beautiful female also wearing a nearly impossible dress predates her in the game by three months. The marketing for this image was nowhere near what Liliana of the Veil enjoyed, plus the composition of this piece makes any part of it far smaller on the card to enjoy properly. However I find this piece stronger in every way. I find her more attractive, more intimidating, and her implied story is presented in a stronger way. The fashion design is more interesting plus the lighting and design of the scene just give us so much more to look at and admire. The star here is unclear, but the light is key to whatever that might be. If you pay extra attention to the shadows in this piece you will see every bit of the glory here.
#6 - Final Demise
Dungeons & Dragons - July 2009
This piece from the book “Seekers of the Ashen Crown” is probably the one in my list I have the worst time trying to define exactly what it is I love about it. The facial expression, design, and palette are always a driving force in every piece on this list so it isn’t adding much to point that out. I find the figure imposing but I think the necklace, suspended from gravity in its strange way creates the feel of this being a moment in a moving scene. The power indicated by the light has just “come on line.” We are witnessing the moment before something impressive is about to happen, and that anticipation pushes this piece up in overall quality.
#5 - Daigotsu Akihime
Legend of the Five Rings - September 2010
While I love purple as I mentioned before, I think there is too much to list here. This piece, for me, is about the sum of the parts coming together to overwhelm. Every single element I can point out is masterfully executed. Take a look at the fabric hanging from her arm, the anatomy of her back and also her right hand. The inscrutable expression. The smoke. The geometric designs and dramatic color transitions in the background. The many designs: the jewelry, the tattoos, the headdress and hair. Take that all, mix it together, and throw in a little over-the-shoulder glance and you’ve got this top five piece of artwork.
#4 - Reya Dawnbringer
MTG Tactics - January 2011
This piece is Magic, but not technically. This re-imagining of the legendary character from just over ten years prior is my favorite of Steve’s many angel illustrations. Steve’s image is faithful to Matthew D. Wilson’s original depiction of the character but yet so much more impacting. Steve’s conveyance of a more gentle grace inspires more emotion for me than the more direct display of strength shown prior. The physical attractiveness of the figure is subjective but I think it is important here.
#3 - Deadly Allure
Magic the Gathering - January 2012
Liliana of the Veil shocked the world with Steve’s shamelessly sexual depiction of female human beauty… then this happened. The very next expansion of the Magic card game gave us this image. This is the illustration that finally compelled me to start harvesting all of his work in the game. The taboo serpent plus lace plus leather decadence of an 80′s music video is off-putting for some, but not for me. I dig it. I also love the outfit. This is the piece that really instilled in me a conscious attention to the clothing in Steve’s work. The technique behind it all is as sharp as anything he’s ever produced. Tattoos & Trinkets and Damia, Sage of Stone also have it, but the background is really detailed and rendered more so than usual here.
#2 - Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Magic the Gathering - August 2015
Another reinterpretation of an existing legendary character, Thalia is simply stunning. I’ve detailed my opinion of the many facets of this work before, but the simple truth is that the facial expression is easily 90% of my love for this work. I see love in her eyes and it is conveyed, there is no other word for it, perfectly. This piece became an instant, unquestioned favorite the first time I saw it… but not quite enough to dethrone my all-time favorite.
#1 - Mayael’s Aria
Magic the Gathering - April 2009
Honestly, this piece is in the #1 spot mostly out of my insistence that this is my favorite piece and that can’t change. It’s tradition and I’m grasping it stubbornly. I argue with myself frequently over whether Thalia is a stronger work but I can’t seem to be capable of honestly setting aside me love for this, my first and still most favorite of Steve’s illustrations, and be objective. The distinction between finding one “my favorite” vs finding one “better” is a cold knife I don’t enjoy holding.
The incredible amount of motion in this piece compared to the very still portrait of Thalia is one of the few clinical distinctions between them that speaks to my love for this piece over the other. The dramatic complimentary palette is another. The clothing, since Thalia’s is out of frame, is another. So, on a technical level they are quite different, but they both have such a strong emotional impact on me I can’t help but compare them.