Monday, February 22, 2010

Amazing Artist - Thanks Kristopher!

Over at Kris Denby's blog, he posted a pic of a book cover for a fantasy novel called Shadow Prowler, and initiated an interesting (to me) discussion about judging books by their covers. The art on this particular book is fantastic, and the synopsis of the story within sounds like a run-of-the-mill cliched fantasy trope-filled snoozer.

But what hooked me was the art itself! Check out the art here, without the title, etc on it...


Awesome. The artist's name is Kekai Kotaki.

Anyway, Kris linked to the artist's website and blog, and of course I checked it out. INCREDIBLE artwork. Not only that, but he shows progressions of some of his work, from concept sketches to final product. I immediately became a follower of it. If you like fantasy-themed artwork of the highest caliber, check it out.

Here are a couple more examples.





I'm sorry, man, that artwork just does something for me. I love it. Each pic tells a whole story to me. This guy is top, top notch. I'm amazed that someone has the talent to crank out art like this so routinely.

Just thought I'd share it with y'all.

7 comments:

Kristopher A. Denby said...

I emailed the guy to let him know his art was being discussed over at my blog and invited him to comment. You should do the same. I'm sure he'd appreciate knowing that word of his talent is spreading virally.

Abbie said...

that is totally awesome! Thanks for sharing Dave (and kristopher!)

Rebecca said...

Love it! I wonder what he could do with Song of Ice and Fire?!

Drydoryssus said...

Exceptional artwork. The vivid colour. The intense moment ...

You should get him to illustrate your novel !

logankstewart said...

I've came across that second picture somewhere before. Maybe he was in the latest Spectrum 16 issue? Whatever the case, indeed, this artwork is amazing. And the Spectrum artbooks are sweet, too.

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

Wonderful - it reminds me of "World of Warcraft"

Have you played or heard of it. Absolutely amazing.. addictive...

Krista said...

WOW. I Love 'em! Thank you for introducing me to another fantastic artist.