I’ve known/known of Mike Mitchell for quite a few years now. He’s a great example of where long hours and dedication can get you. Mitchell was responsible for creating the digital painting of Conan O’Brien that sparked the Team Coco brand. He is an outstanding portrait painter and has a knack for giving a visual voice to current affairs and pop culture trends. Mitchell has done work for popular TV stars Rainn Wilson, as well as Aziz Ansari.
The work of Stylianos Schicho focuses on composition and facial expression. Every illustration draws the viewer in through the eyes of the subject matter. What’s cool about his work is how he plays around with proportion and selective colour palettes. He’s a trippy artist with an extensive portfolio.
I was lucky enough to cross paths with the legendary Ali Dowlatshahi through a writing project last year. Entering the Iran-born artist’s home studio in Stamford felt a bit like uncovering a treasure that you want to share with the world, as much as you’d like to keep it for yourself.
I love Mr Frivolous’ illustrations because no one could make them but him (impostors take note). His work is such an extension of his personality, he may as well be sitting next to you. Beautiful, stylistic felt-tip illustrations are filled with bright colors, doodles, hilarious quips and self-deprecative notes-to-self.
Upon viewing Patrick Duegaw’s paintings one feels as though they have been hit in the gut with how fresh and reactive his work is. His art is steeped in the past, with reflective moments of traditional painterly process of color, light and form mixed with basic rules of dramatic construction.
Somebody recently told me that Tom Deininger sends out a few assistants every week onto the streets to collect as much ‘trash’ as possible. I’m not surprised. Deininger creates enormous portraits and landscapes by using just objects. You would never guess how much the pieces protrude from the main panels. The videos on his website showing his process are a must see.