Luciana “Lupe” Vasconcelos is a Brazilian artist and illustrator whose art explores the realms of the mythical, mystical and occult. In her ink drawings, Vasconcelos traces the remnants of fantasy & memory in her dream-like imagery. These artworks fuse the familiar tropes of magic and myth in haunting pieces, in the tradition of 19th century Symbolism. With a dark, surrealist feel, these ink drawings create a fantastic aesthetic, channeling the occult and themes of darkness in her gorgeous hand-made illustration. By tapping into the collective symbolism of mythology, Vasconcelos creates art that is both familiar— resonating with our cultural memory— yet these poetic & haunting works of art are new, compelling, and unique.
Medusawolf (A. E. Brown) Biography
I grew up near the woods & discovered the world was a weird mystery. I learned I loved to draw. Years later, I went to Delaware College of Art & Design where I learned I loved to paint. Today I draw & paint the weirdness the world makes me see inside. I live in Bear, Delaware with a very beautiful girl and two cats who hate each other.
Jean Giraud (Moebius) was a French comic artist & illustrator. He collaborated with Alejandro Jodorowsky on “Dune” on an iteration of dune which was never completed. Moebius “contributed storyboards and concept designs to numerous science fiction and fantasy films, such as Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element and The Abyss.” (Wikipedia)
“He’s a unique talent endowed with an extraordinary visionary imagination that’s constantly renewed and never vulgar. Moebius disturbs and consoles. He has the ability to transport us into unknown worlds where we encounter unsettling characters. My admiration for him is total. I consider him a great artist, as great as Picasso and Matisse.”
– Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini
Moebius was certainly one of the great creative minds of the last generation. Take a look at the illustrations below. These are a few of tens of thousands.
Here’s a documentary from the BBC about him:
Wayne Barlowe’s art spans alien worlds, alien creatures, and the realms of hell. His work portrays his imagination in painstaking detail. Think less painterly indication and more photorealistic representation. Barlowe’s Hell is portrayed over the course of many illustrations in a book. It is perhaps as vast and sprawling a vision as Hieronymus Hosch’s. The viewer can practically smell the sweat on a poor soul being inspected by demons like a cow being chosen for slaughter. You can hear the howls of the tormented. Three dimensional sigils hover over demons, communicating in a forsaken ancient language. It is a bleak, unforgiving vision.