I’ve always enjoyed looking at concept art. Whether it’s for movies, books, or even just for visualizing personal ideas. There’s something raw about concept art that really interests me. Now I’m not sure when I started following Kirk Pesigan’s work, but it’s been quite awhile now. Something about it caught my eye as I skimmed over countless pieces of art and I’ve ended up keeping tabs on him for over a year. I think where he excels is his creature design. They’re fun. Now this is an area I’m not super familiar with, but his creatures seem to have a life to them that many others do not. Much of this, I’m sure, can be attributed to his painting style. It’s expressive, full of textures, fairly loose but he still tightens it up where it needs to be, bringing his illustrations closer to a sense of realism than many other concept artists i’ve seen. Yet he somehow does it without loosing the magic that comes naturally with creating the unreal. But one other thing that really draws me in is his openness about his process. With nearly every project he includes a few images about how he came to produce the finished piece. In a world where many people are so closed about their trade, afraid someone is going to steal their ideas and run off with them, it’s refreshing to see such openness in art. Kirk Pesigan has kept my attention for over a year now, entertaining me with creatures that would make our already incredible world that much better. And I’m sure he’ll continue to do so for many years to come.
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