The artist behind the 3D character design pieces below is Dominic Qwek. He has over 10 years of working experience in the CG industry. Dominic currently works at Blizzard Entertainment as a senior cinematic artist where he helps create visually stunning cinematics. I love creatures, monsters and aliens. I’m deeply passionate about creating creature art and love to sculpt digitally and traditionally.
Marcelo Garcia is the freelance artist behind the collection of 2D illustrations below, he is self-taught and currently based in Brazil. Marcelo currently works in TechnoImage as a 2d artist and freelancer artist developing illustrations and animated projects.
The Monster Project is a project where kids draw monsters and artists from around the world re-create them in their own styles! The project is also on Kickstarter, and with your pledge you can receive monster prints, monster tutorials, t-shirts, activity books and more. Head over to the site to see more monsters and to check out the Kickstarter page! We hope to help children recognize the power of their own imaginations and to encourage them to pursue their creative potential.
These creepy and surreal character designs are from multiple projects by Alicia Martin Lopez, she is a visual artist from Spain currently living in New York. In her work she combines both traditional and digital techniques, firstly Alicia starts off with a sketch, then adds more detail and color digitally.
Here is a gorgeous project that everyone can relate to by Jirka Väätäinen, within which he has envisioned what Disney girls might look like if they were real people. Jirka has done an excellent job at showing each of the characters personalities in these highly detailed digital illustrations, they where created using mixed media techniques such as digital painting and photo manipulation.
Here I have featured Michael Kutsche and his inspirational character creations, he is an award winning artist based in Berlin, Germany. Michael is self-taught and works both traditionally and digitally. A few of his clients include; Disney Studios, SEGA and Dreamworks. His unique approach of imaginative character creation has led him to become a character designer on Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, “John Carter of Mars”, directed by Andrew Stanton, “Robopocalypse”, directed by Steven Spielberg and”Thor”, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Mike Mitchell has created these funny and cute cartoon illustrations of famous characters we all know rather well such as, The Little Mermaid, Professor Snape, Homer Simpson and many more! Mike is an artist currently based in Austin, TX.
Travis Louie currently lives and works in Red Hook, NY, he has created these amazing Fictional ‘Alien Like’ character portraits. Travis has an amazing imagination as well as an awesome talent in story telling. Travis Louie’s paintings come from the tiny little drawings and many writings in his journals. The underlying thread that connects all these characters is the unusual circumstances that shape who they were and how they lived. Some of their origins are a complete mystery while others are hinted at. A man is cursed by a goat, a strange furry …
This selection of character illustrations are by Moon, she/he is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Before going freelance moon worked as an art director in an agency for 8 years. Be sure to check out moon's online shop via the website link at the bottom of the article.
These awesome illustrations drawn onto photographs are by Johan Thornqvist. He starts off with a very basic photograph from his mobile phone, then on top of them he incorporates his illustrations with the photo as the base of the environment. It is such a simple idea, yet extremely effective when combined with Johan's unique illustrative style and great use of color.
Here is a collection of character design by Shingo Matsunum, his portfolio is full of some fantastic digital character design's. He has definitely taken a different route than everybody else within his niche, and has created and perfected his own style. To create his pieces Shino uses software such as; Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint. He has been working as a freelance illustrator since 2010 and is based in Tokyo.
Within this article you will find an array of awesome character design concepts taken from the portfolio of Denis Zilber. Denis is a freelance illustrator with more than 8 years of professional experience within his field. His creative characters have played roles within many industries; advertising, editorial, children's books and more. Working with an impressive list of clients; Playboy, National Geographic, Maxim and Nickelodeon to name a few. Also, in the last few years Denis has been teaching and giving lectures on illustration and storytelling all over the world, from Brazil, …
US based artist Damon Hellandbrand has re-created the well known 12 Zodiac Signs into Mythical creatures that are full of detail and unique imagination. Damon usually starts with multiple sketches, he then adds color and detail using either, pencil, watercolor, acrylic or charcoal until finally he completes the piece digitally (Corel Painter).
If you are a fan of cute characters then you will love this collection of cartoon illustrations by Bibo X, featuring a journey of a Hedgehog called Keeny and his tiny cactus friend. The story is about Keeny, who is from outer space and was once very lonely until he met the tiny cactus called PinPin. Keeny and PinPin became inseparable and that is how this adorable journey began.
This collection of character design sketches are by Penko Gelev, a freelance illustrator based in Sofia, Bulgaria. His sketches show great imagination and attention to detail, if you are interested in seeing more work by Penko, be sure to check out his concept art.