[Emily Potts] Most of the 51 artists and designers that have been featured on Creative Chain are people we’ve never heard of. Thankfully, through this inspirational chain we can see the wondrous handmade works of artists from around the world and get a sense of their cultural influences. This week’s artists blend traditional and digital techniques to create their masterpieces.
Oriol Hernandez, the last link in last week’s chain, is inspired by …
Fatima‘s work has feeling that translates to viewers. She is a great artist, and her colors and lines are really strong and expressive. Her drawings are not typical, and she shows that she loves what she does.
I admire the figurative and abstract parts of this painting and in all her work, but here, in this piece, the colors and shapes are simply amazing. I’m also amazed at how fast she does everything. She makes us feel it is easy to do, when in reality not many people can pull this off. This is a masterpiece!
Fatima is inspired by …
Estefania is my sister. Her work is the perfect mixture between traditional and digital techniques. [In her work] I can always find something new that “feeds” my brain and makes me try to make something at the same level.
It is almost perfect; it makes me feel envy. I could spend hours just trying to guess what is going on in this drawing. (I would never say that to Estefanía, because she would never believe me.) Every single stroke is superb.
This is a portrait she did of our father. He is our best model. I remember that day: I came back from work, and my sister was angry because my parents didn’t like it. But the very first time I saw it, I got goose bumps. You can see how pastels move around the face, making it almost fleshy, sweet and tired at the same time … gorgeous!!!
Estefania is inspired by …
Apart from being a great digital artist, Nacho Molina is also a professional artist in every respect. In my view, I consider him a professional in whom talent and vocation meet. Nacho is currently working as a freelance illustrator for companies such as Blizzard, Cryptozoic, Fantasy Flight Games and so on. Generally speaking, not only am I inspired by his paintings but also by the way he works. He has a passion for everything he creates.
I was amazed when I saw this picture. The thing I really love is the way he tells us the story. I love the background, the colors and the gesture of the character, as well as the atmosphere, which is intriguing.
I first met Nacho while we were studying at Valencia University. We used to have some lessons together, and he decided to paint a picture of me. This painting is absolutely marvelous when it comes to color, composition and strokes. It is a visual delight.
Tune in next Wednesday to see who inspires Nacho Molina.
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Emily Potts is senior acquisitions editor at Rockport Publishers.