Friday, February 13, 2009

Illustrator Research 16: Francis Vallejo

Vallejo is an American illustrator born in Farmington, NM, but grew up in Detroit. He attended Ringling College of Art in Florida, majoring as a Computer Animation major, switching to Illustration after his third year. He graduates this may. Vallejo's style is a blend of caricature expressionism and painterly mark making. His work interests me because of the seeming ease his work embodies. His color choices are smart and unexpected and always seem to evoke the unique moods and tones. Some of his influences include Ilya Repin, George Pratt, Jason Shawn Alexander, Nikolai Fechin, etc. His clients include Moloko+, Vibe, Push LLC, 2d Artist, Fly Cards. His website is here.

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