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    The "Artist's Artists" in Storyboarding and Concept Art - Your Opinion

    This is in no way meant to insult all the great concept artists that post on CA. I'm just wondering what the consensus is of the top people in the industry.

    The reason I asked is because I just did a google search for storyboard artists and I didn't see the Dan Milligans or Mentor Huebner's I was looking for. And I'm wondering just how badly google's been screwed up by all the "search optimization" that goes on. This goes for concept art as well. It seems if you don't already know the artist's name, you can't get to his art through google.

    I don't know if anybody else is encountering this problem. But I think the only way to get the information is to ask artist who just know the names.

    So I'm looking for your opinion here about a consensus. Not just personal favorite artists. The "artist's artists." among storyboarders and concept artists.

    And don't be shy about including CA members, MB members, or whoever.

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    Not sure about the whole Google thing, but the first artists that came to mind are Dusso and Puddnhead (allthough I'm not sure if he still works in this field, since his Puddnhead website has been gone for quite a while).

    It's hard to compare different artists though, especially with different styles. I don't think I could choose one artist to be the best.

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    Rodolfo Damaggio
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    Justin Sweet
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    I don't think Craig Mullens is the ultimate, but I appreciate what he does, as I do with Dan Milligan/Mentor Huebner.

    Seem to be other contemporary competitors that kick ass in the movie industry.......2 men enter only one man leaves.



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    post works please, and links

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    Craig is great at what he does. If you want something like cheeks does, you will not get that out of Craig.

    It depends what you need done as to who the appropriate artist is.

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    Yeah, Damaggio and Dusso are the kind of artists I'm looking for. Great!

    (I consider sweet more an illustrator than a concept or storyboard artist, even though I realize the distinction is a fine/blurry one.)

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    you shouldnt...sweet spent 13 years doing concept and knows how to make video games from the ground up. he did not get into illustration until later. he can also model and texture what he makes in 2d...which is a hallmark of an advanced concept designer.

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    Ah, I didn't know that. Thanks for the recalibration.

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    that's exactly the problem i have kev, its hard to discern the focus of a lot of active artists ('problem' is a poor word choice, as it's awesome that talent is being utilized in such a diverse visual way)

    a name that always come to mind is james jean, who is no stranger to client work and is no obscure name by any stretch of the imagination. but again, he could be labeled as a lot of different things.

    as to jason's comment to the affect of "you hire what best suits your job needs" is valid. and i suppose the word 'best' in this post is misleading, as to where 'most recognized as representing the field' would be more accurate.

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    Yes, I know. But let's get past the word "best" or "top" and just get some names listed so we have a resource.

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    some concept guys work better with others stories and ideas....others are idea generation machines and can create believable worlds from scratch...it is hard to tell by looking at their work.

    there is a huge difference between the storyteller and the design guy. sometimes they are the same person. rare though.

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    Jason, which artists do you consider "idea generation machines" just off the top of your head.

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    Try looking up specific projects.

    Quick wikipedia searches will show that Brian Froud was the guy behind Labyrinth, Syd Mead masterminded Bladerunner, and Dave McKean did the art for Mirrormask.

    Bigger projects, like Star Wars or The Spirits Within might involve a lot more artists, each great in their own right. Mullins was among a dozen other guys for Narnia, TSW and Transformers. Same thing for Iain McCraig and Scott Robertson on the prequel trilogy to the Star Wars movies.

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    Dermot Power might be near the top. He's a concept artist's concept artist, from conversations I've had.

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    Yea i got a lot of respect for Dermot Power, he seems to stay fairly low key too. I recon Chris Thunig is one of the most talented artists around at the moment. Again its hard to pin down, but my justification is that he can work extremely well in different styles, he can do figurative work and environments both to a very high standard, and he is technically very knowledgeble (working in 3D etc).

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    For concept work Doug Chiang and Feng Zhu have always been favourites of mine. Same with Hawksprey.

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    It's possible that none of those artists even care about establishing an internet presence. It's also a niche market. I've worked with plenty of terrific artists who have no website, no anything to show other than their employers. They don't really need to be known by joe average.

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    Amongst storyboarders, there is for instance Sylvain Despretz, Ridley Scott's go to guy with a cool, Moebiusesque style.

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    There is a whole gang of people working in the Visual Development for the movie industry. Some of them have blogs (Paul Lasaine, Armand Serrano, Xianjuang Jie, etc) and unfortunately, they never bother to even sneak peak in here.
    But,
    if you go and check my buddy Min Yum aka Bumskee, you won't need to look any further. He is probably the best and most versatile concept artist in this community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chupacabra View Post
    There is a whole gang of people working in the Visual Development for the movie industry. Some of them have blogs (Paul Lasaine, Armand Serrano, Xianjuang Jie, etc) and unfortunately, they never bother to even sneak peak in here.
    Khan

    Those are the Sony guys, yes? One of those "etc.s" is Marcelo Vignali who does REALLY impressive stuff as a drawer. He's all over the blogs though so probably isn't going to be a new name to anybody.

    I'm a big fan of the crew at BlueSky also, Nash Dunnigan, Jake Parker, Michael Knapp, Bob McKenzie ...

    Don't know where you'd put names like DeSeve, Goodrich and Joyce.

    Enrico Casarosa seems to be pretty well recognized for story. Again, you know all of these names already though.

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