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Lesley Barnes

Lesley Barnes is an emerging Glaswegian illustrator who has exhibited her work in London and Los Angeles this year. Her illustrations have also been featured in many publications such as Puffin Classics books, Glamour Magazine, and Digital Artist Magazine. I love her use of narrative themes, geometric shapes, bright colors, high contrast, repetition, and layering of imagery.










Be sure to stop by Barnes’ website and check out the rest of her portfolio as well as her Etsy shop.

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Stephen Haigh

When I first saw Stephen Haigh’s work, I was blown away by his use of vibrant color and strong markmaking. I really love the palimpsest effect he created through the different layers of paint and how color is carefully used in his assemblages.

The attention in my work is put directly into the mark. Often, there’s a feeling, a memory, an experience. Sometimes it’s lasting, sometimes it’s over. Instantly. The energy is continuous and mood is conveyed in the mark that’s always writing it’s next conclusion. Letters, lines and energy appear in form and composition, although not in the conventional sense.









Read the rest of Haigh’s artist statement and view more of his work at his website.

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Dale Comte

Dale Comte is an emerging digital artist from Chengdu, China. Another Tolkien fan brought his piece Once Upon a Time in Hobbiton to my attention a few days ago, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since then. His attention to detail, strong diagonal compositions, use of atmospheric perspective, and vibrant application of color truly set his digital paintings apart from the rest.
Click each image to view a larger version from Comte’s DeviantART page.





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