It must be exhausting to be a monster, what with everyone expecting you to be frightening and angry all the time. Patrick Dean, however, draws pictures of monsters in their more casual moments, taking seaside walks, enjoying a quiet smoke and romancing the ladies. His humans, on the other hand, are often entrenched in moments of crime and mystery.
Henrique Jardim is a storyboard artist and animator, and his personal work is filled with gleefully expressive faces and bodies flung into whatever position their task demands. But what really stands out is Jardim's sense of humor, which ranges from the absurdity of children delighted by their monstrous playmate to a commentary on fictional ladies' body-baring armor to the unexpected treasure of a breaststroke animation.
Jemma Salume composes fanciful and nature-inspired illustrations with a strong sense of the mythological. Majestic tigers stretch and snarl in glowing scenes while mystical lovers steal kisses amongst brilliant fields of butterflies. Zebras and hyenas dance a deadly dance in the natural world's veldt, while in otherworldly forests, sirens and avian geishas wait to feed.
"Clowns don't always have to be scary," Wook Jin Clark notes on his website. "hey can just be silly." Many of his illustrations play with the visual ideas of clowns, with lots of wig-like hair and white gloves — although sometimes frightening things do befall his clown characters. But his artwork isn't limited to polka dots and red noses; he also draws heroic women, brutish monsters and fanart battles.
Adam Munoa's caricatures are often surprising, but still satisfying in the way they portray their subjects. His Christopher Walken has a touch of Frankenstein's monster, but draws you to his piercing blue eyes. Despite her exaggerated proportions, his Marilyn Monroe is still lovely. And his superheroes and villains have strong chins or big foreheads, according to their brawn and brains.
Waldemar Lene plays with a number of styles as he draws fanart from his favorite Japanese and American superhero comics, drawing from Shotaro Ishinomori, Jeff Smith, E. C. Segar, Hanna-Barbera and a host of other influences as he interprets and reinterprets his favorite comic book characters. Some of the results would be perfect for a superhero-themed newspaper-style comic strip.
Jeff Stokely has worked as a character designer for Mattel's Max Steel and Masters of the Universe toy lines and illustrated game cards for Cryptozoic and Square Enix, but some of his most striking pieces of art are his black-and-white illustrations, which paint dramatic portraits of characters like Judge Dredd and Doctor Doom or serve as poster-worthy tributes to movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.
It's rather interesting to look at the black-and-white and color portfolios on Stokely's site; in some cases, the illustrations are the same, but take on rather different tones once they've been colored. A touch of pink really can go a long way.