Monday, December 30, 2013

Massive Fantastic’s 2013, 80 FAVORITE Artists List!

To celebrate the end of a GREAT year of AWESOME art, I wanted to do a count down of my 80 FAVORITE artists. This is the list of artists I admire the most and who I feel are the most exciting art creators past, present and future!

Massive Fantastic’s 2013 “80 FAVORITE Artists” List!

(1) Jim Henson
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Henson
Jim Henson has been a HUGE influence on my creativity and LOVE for art since I was a child.  Shows like Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Muppets and movies like Dark Crystal and Labyrinth immediately sparked my interest and LOVE for art and creativity as a child!
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(2) James Gurney
blog: www.gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/
While in college for art I found my interest in art fading away.  Until, I discovered the Dinotopia art books and my creative fire and LOVE for art was relit!  James Gurney is a LEGENDARY artist creating: two best selling "How To" artbooks (Imaginative Realism and Color and Light), one of the BEST art blogs (Gurney Journey), two instructional art DVDs (How I Paint Dinosaurs and Australia's Age of Dinosaurs), the award winning Dinotopia book series, tons of museum exhibits / lectures, as well as a LONG list of more artistic achievements (including being a background painter on Frazetta's AWESOME animated movie Fire and Ice)!  James Gurney is simply one of the BEST fantasy artists to ever "create"!
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(3) Mel Birnkrant
website: http://melbirnkrant.com/
Just this year I discovered the AMAZING art of sculptor, illustrator, comic artist, game inventor, creator of one of the FIRST action figures (Outer Space Men), toy inventor, toy collector and all around GENIUS Mel Birnkrant!  Though it has been just one year I'm already a lifelong fan!  Mel's art has a lifeforce that is off the charts AWESOME and fills me with so much JOY every time I see it!  Another reason I'm such a HUGE fan of Mel Birnkrant is because he enlightened me to the idea that art can be functional, not just for the sake of art (art can be a board game, a toy or a doll)!.  The world is a BRIGHTER and HAPPIER place because of artists like Mel Birnkrant!
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(4) Frank Frazetta
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Frazetta
Frank Frazetta is also another AMAZING artist that I credit for relighting the artistic and creative fire inside me!  Frazetta's work is so powerful and so brutally beautiful!  In my opinion Frazetta did my favorite style of "fantasy" art full of monsters, beautiful women and muscular warriors FIRST and he did it the BEST!
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(5) William Stout
website: www.williamstout.com
William Stout!  One of the GREATEST color and line artists on the planet.  I am always knocked out everytime I see the awesome traditional illustrations of William Stout!  So much PASSION and life in his art!
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(6) Jean-Baptiste Monge
website: http://www.jbmonge.com/
Proably one of my FAVORITE "humorous fantasy" artists is Jean-Baptiste Monge!  Jean-Baptiste Monge has the AMAZING ability to create WONDERFUL warm fantasy worlds full of WONDERFUL creatures and characters!  FUN fantasy art at its BEST!
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(7) Wayne Reynolds
website: http://www.waynereynolds.com
This year I also discovered the AMAZING artwork of Wayne Reynolds!  Some of the BEST style and composition in the "fantasy" art world!  Wayne Reynolds art is some of the COOLEST art I have ever seen!  Be sure to check it out!
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(8) John Pound
website: www.PoundArt.com
John Pound is another artists I credit with sparking my creative interest and fire in art at an early age!  John Pound's artwork on the "Garbage Pail Kids" series was some of the FUNNIEST and COOLEST art ever made!  I was instantly hooked and my LOVE for crude comic art was born, haha!
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(9) Dave Rapoza
blogspot: http://daverapoza.blogspot.com/
Dave Rapoza is one of the BEST concept artists on the planet.  Creating some of the COOLEST creatures and characters!
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(10) Drew Struzan
website: http://www.drewstruzan.com/illustrated/
Drew Struzan is the BEST movie poster artists to EVER live!  I've been a fan of Drew Struzan's art since I was a kid and I didnt even know it, haha.  Drew Struzan's art and concepts are some of the best story telling ever done in the visual form!
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(11) John Pinkerton
tumbler: www.pinkerton-design.tumblr.com/
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(12) Earl Norem
unoffical site: http://www.earlnorem.com/
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(13) Basil Gogos
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Gogos
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(14) Thomas Kuebler
website: http://www.tskuebler.com/
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(15) Bryan Baugh
deviantart: http://bryanbaugh.deviantart.com/gallery/
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(16) James Groman
blogspot: www.jgroman.blogspot.com
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(17) Norman_Rockwell
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_rockwell
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(18) Richard Scarry
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Scarry
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(19) Sean Andrew Murray
blogspot: www.sketchsam.blogspot.com
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(20) Rafa Toro
tumblr: http://rafatoro.tumblr.com/
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(21) Scott Gustafson
website : http://www.scottgustafson.com/
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(22) Ralph McQuarrie
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_McQuarrie
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(23) Nick Edwards
deviantart: www.mrdynamite.deviantart.com/
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(24) “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin
website: http://www.ghoulishgary.com/
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(25) Jason Edmiston
website: http://www.jasonedmiston.com
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(26) Akira Toriyama
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Toriyama
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(27) Adrian Smith
cghub: www.adrian-smith.cghub.com/
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(28) Ben Balistreri
blog:www.benbalistreri.blogspot.com/
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(29) Charles Wysocki
family site: http://www.charleswysocki.com/
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(30) Bobby Chiu
deviantart: http://imaginism.deviantart.com/
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(31) Maurice Sendak
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Sendakv4

(32) Zach Bellissimo
deviantart: www.seizuredemon.deviantart.com
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(33) Alex Ross
website: http://www.alexrossart.com/
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(34) Phil Postma
blogspot: http://minionfactory.blogspot.com
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(35) Trevor Grove
deviantart : http://trevorgrove.deviantart.com/
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(36) Ray Villafane
website: http://villafanestudios.com/
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(37) Andy Bergholtz
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndyBergholtzSculpture
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(38) Doug Chiang
website: http://www.dchiang.com/
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(39) Brittney Lee
blogspot: http://britsketch.blogspot.com
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(40) Thomas Kinkade
website: http://www.thomaskinkadeonline.com
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( 41) Virginia Critchfield
blog: http://virginiacritchfieldportfolio.blogspot.com/
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( 42) Chris Wahl
blog: http://chriswahlart.blogspot.com/.
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( 43) Robb Mommaerts
deviantart: robbvision.deviantart.com/gallery/
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( 44)Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
deviantart: http://artgerm.deviantart.com/gallery/
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( 45) Ruan Jia
cghub: http://ruanjiajia.cghub.com/images/
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( 46) Daxiong Guo
deviantart: http://daxiong.deviantart.com/
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( 47) Terryl Whitlatch
website: http://talesofamalthea.com/welcome/
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( 48) Christopher Lovell
website: http://www.christopherlovell.com
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( 49) Riccardo Federici
blogspot: http://riccardofederici.blogspot.com/
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( 50) Frank Cho
website: http://apesandbabes.com
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(51) Adam Hughes
deviantart: http://adamhughes.deviantart.com/gallery/
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(52) Tom Bunk
blogspot: http://bunkart.blogspot.com/
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(53) Stjepan Sejic
deviantart: www.nebezial.deviantart.com/
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(54) Kevin Keele
blog: http://beawesome.blogspot.com/
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(55) Adam Ford
blog: http://adamscreation.blogspot.com/
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(56) Jeff Victor
blog: http://jeffvictor.blogspot.com
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(57) Samwise Didier
blizzard: http://www.sonsofthestorm.com/gallery.php?artist=samwise
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(58) Vincent Dutrait
blog: http://www.vincentdutrait.com/blogv2/
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(59) Yu Cheng Hong
deviantart: http://yuchenghong.deviantart.com/gallery
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(60) Dave Perillo
deviantart: www.montygog.deviantart.com
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(61) Ken Taylor
website: http://www.kentaylor.com.au/
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(62) Chris Ryniak
blog: http://www.eatthefuture.blogspot.com/
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(63) Fenghua Zhong
cghub: http://zhongfenghua.cghub.com/images/
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(64) Guangjian Huang
deviantart: http://hgjart.deviantart.com/gallery/
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(65) Jordu Schell
website: http://schellstudio.com/
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(66) The Chiodo Brothers! Stephen, Charles & Edward Chiodo
website: http://www.chiodobros.com/


(67) Nathan Milliner
deviantart: http://malevolentnate.deviantart.com/gallery/
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(68) Francisco Ruiz
blogspot: www.fruiz-fruiz.blogspot.com/
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(69) Will Elder
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Elder
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(70) Seb Mesnard
blogspot: www.littlewhitebat.blogspot.com.es/
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(71) Martin Ansin
website: http://martinansin.com
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(72) Cyril Roquelaine
deviantart: http://sculptart31.deviantart.com/
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(73) Takayuki Takeya
website: http://www.takayukitakeya.com/
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(74) Todd Schorr
website: http://www.toddschorr.com/
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(75) Kerem Beyit
devinatart: http://kerembeyit.deviantart.com/
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(76) Jack Davis
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Davis
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(77) Jack Kriby
wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kirby
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(78) Joe Vriens
deivantart: http://joverine.deviantart.com/
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(79) Dirk Erik Schulz
devinatart: http://themrock.deviantart.com/gallery/
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(80) Miah Alcorn
blog: http://alcornstudios.blogspot.com/
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