How an Artist Uses Muted Color Palettes To Illustrate a Bleak World

Penko Gelev is a freelance illustrator and comic artist in Sofia, Bulgaria with a decades long career of prolific and accomplished work. Gelev has worked in tons of industries as an artist in magazines, comics and films along with a series of exhibited works in 2012 as a member of “The Rainbow Project.” The best part of it all is that a great deal of Gelev’s output has been made available on the internet by the man himself. Gelev’s site are a treasure trove of illustrations and full page comics for those of us without access to this international artist.

Comic Art Of Two Boys Talking On The Village Street

For the more artistic, contemplative side of Penko, look no further than his Villages collection. Here we get the perfect summation of his signature eye. His choice of color palate for one. In a lot of these pieces, Gelev uses a tantalizing blend of muted earthy tones, using a certain blue on a car or green on a motorcycle with just enough saturation to make the entire scene feel filled with color. It’s an odd sensation that gives a simultaneous sense that things are at once bleakly dead and alive with beauty. And that’s kind of how I feel about Gelev’s signature as a whole, bleak beauty. In each of these illustrations he captures a small village scene of life that feels small and large. It captures the beauty of the everyday in an area that feels sparse and secluded in some ways and yet fully lived-in and developed like a city of pleasant homes with only a person or two walking its streets. It’s an interesting contrast, a feeling of push and pull that I find incredibly compelling. Like all of his work, it’s worth a full viewing.

Comic Art Of a Boy Cycling In Village Street

Comic Art Of Three Boys Playing With Ice In Winter

Comic Art Of a Black Dog Roaming On Village Street

Comic Art Of Two Lovers Hunging Each Other Beside A Pillar

Comic Art Of Two Old Woman Talking On The Street In Front Of a Old House

How an Artist Uses Muted Color Palettes To Illustrate a Bleak World

Penko Gelev is a freelance illustrator and comic artist in Sofia, Bulgaria with a decades long career of prolific and accomplished work. Gelev has worked in tons of industries as an artist in magazines, comics and films along with a series of exhibited works in 2012 as a member of “The Rainbow Project.” The best part of it all is that a great deal of Gelev’s output has been made available on the internet by the man himself. Gelev’s site are a treasure trove of illustrations and full page comics for those of us without access to this international artist.

Comic Art Of Two Boys Talking On The Village Street

For the more artistic, contemplative side of Penko, look no further than his Villages collection. Here we get the perfect summation of his signature eye. His choice of color palate for one. In a lot of these pieces, Gelev uses a tantalizing blend of muted earthy tones, using a certain blue on a car or green on a motorcycle with just enough saturation to make the entire scene feel filled with color. It’s an odd sensation that gives a simultaneous sense that things are at once bleakly dead and alive with beauty. And that’s kind of how I feel about Gelev’s signature as a whole, bleak beauty. In each of these illustrations he captures a small village scene of life that feels small and large. It captures the beauty of the everyday in an area that feels sparse and secluded in some ways and yet fully lived-in and developed like a city of pleasant homes with only a person or two walking its streets. It’s an interesting contrast, a feeling of push and pull that I find incredibly compelling. Like all of his work, it’s worth a full viewing.

Comic Art Of a Boy Cycling In Village Street

Comic Art Of Three Boys Playing With Ice In Winter

Comic Art Of a Black Dog Roaming On Village Street

Comic Art Of Two Lovers Hunging Each Other Beside A Pillar

Comic Art Of Two Old Woman Talking On The Street In Front Of a Old House

The Sick Ink on Paper Drawings of the Ultra-Talented Joseph Catimbang

Joseph Catimbang is a Filipino-American graphic artist based in California. He has lent his skills to companies and organizations like Skillshare, Adidas and Greenpeace and one look at his work makes it easy to see why he has been trusted by such large brands and gathered over eighty thousand followers on social media. Working by hand with ink on paper, Catimbang has proven himself as a technically skilled, versatile artist who is always trying new things and succeeding.

Pencil Sketch Of Avengers Logo

With his Instagram account, Joseph Catimbang invites the world in to watch his sketchbook grow with a wide range of uncolored, exquisitely inked pieces. His recent reposting of a two-year old piece on Valentine’s Day is the perfect reminder of what makes Catimbang so great as an artist. On the one hand, there is his skill with hand inking which is top-notch and exemplified in this unconventional Valentine’s art. Through the interplay between black inks and negative space, we see a man who is both covered by and seemingly consumed by branches, vines, leaves that twist around his arms and torso. Birds stand on them as the man pulls the branches across his chest apart to reveal a black pit surrounding his pure heart, an arrow having been shot through its middle. He wears a face that expresses sorrowful and tragedy. It’s powerful, captivating and evokes a response. Next to that is the artist himself and the message accompanying the pieces, the one where he reminds people to think of everyone on Valentine’s Day, what you have and not what you don’t, and urges his followers to spread love that day and every day. He is an artist who stimulates the eye and the mind, often through the use of dark imagery, and yet he isn’t afraid to speak to his follower’s souls and champion positivity. It’s a great mix to find in an artist and exactly what you can expect to find from Joseph Catimbang, check him out!

Pencil Sketch Of Monkey Inside a Palm

Pencil Sketch Of Octopus Inside a Bulb

Pencil Sketch Of Tiger With-Art

Pencil Sketch Of Two Fish

The Surrealistic and Cheeky Drawings of Ricardo Nunez Suarez

Ricardo Nunez Suarez is a Colombian freelance illustrator. He has worked all over the world in different capacities as a teacher, art director, and graphic designer. Nunez’s body of work can be seen on his website and Behance and it really deserves your attention. His talent as an illustrator is wholly unique, a mixture of surrealism, cheekiness and beauty. Looking at some of his pieces almost feel like looking at real magic frozen in frame mid spell.

Drawing of a Crow above the Baltimore City

Nunez presents many of his illustrations as series on a theme. Often they tell stories, either personal or reimagining representations of old stories, the myths/legends local to the setting of the series. Each collection is introduced with a statement on the types of stories being told in the images. Something I find interesting about his work is that many of these collections are based on the artist’s travels and stories he collected there and when I look at them, if I’m not super familiar with the culture, I have a hard time deciphering which of the illustrations are based in legend and which of them are the superimposing of Nunez’s imagination upon the world he’s seen.

Drawing of a Californian Condor with a poetry

There is a dream like quality to each of his pieces, whether it’s the way his colors are blended or cartoonish multicolored flora or literally a gigantic alligator stuck in the New York subway, Nunez is exploding with imaginative energy and clarity on how to wield it. It can’t be understated, everything he does has a perspective to it but that perspective is still married to a sense of beauty, either underlying or overt. There is at least one element to every one of his pieces that I find breathtaking. Ricardo Nunez Suarez is a must-see artist.

Drawing of  Corchito

Drawing of The Wedding

Drawing of a person from New York

The Surrealistic and Cheeky Drawings of Ricardo Nunez Suarez

Ricardo Nunez Suarez is a Colombian freelance illustrator. He has worked all over the world in different capacities as a teacher, art director, and graphic designer. Nunez’s body of work can be seen on his website and Behance and it really deserves your attention. His talent as an illustrator is wholly unique, a mixture of surrealism, cheekiness and beauty. Looking at some of his pieces almost feel like looking at real magic frozen in frame mid spell.

Drawing of a Crow above the Baltimore City

Nunez presents many of his illustrations as series on a theme. Often they tell stories, either personal or reimagining representations of old stories, the myths/legends local to the setting of the series. Each collection is introduced with a statement on the types of stories being told in the images. Something I find interesting about his work is that many of these collections are based on the artist’s travels and stories he collected there and when I look at them, if I’m not super familiar with the culture, I have a hard time deciphering which of the illustrations are based in legend and which of them are the superimposing of Nunez’s imagination upon the world he’s seen.

Drawing of a Californian Condor with a poetry

There is a dream like quality to each of his pieces, whether it’s the way his colors are blended or cartoonish multicolored flora or literally a gigantic alligator stuck in the New York subway, Nunez is exploding with imaginative energy and clarity on how to wield it. It can’t be understated, everything he does has a perspective to it but that perspective is still married to a sense of beauty, either underlying or overt. There is at least one element to every one of his pieces that I find breathtaking. Ricardo Nunez Suarez is a must-see artist.

Drawing of  Corchito

Drawing of The Wedding

Drawing of a person from New York

The Combined Art of Females and Felines

Helen Xu is an artist/illustrator operating out of Jinan, China. Much of her work is characterized by a love of animals. Pigs, birds, rabbits, insects, no member of the animal kingdom is off limits for this artist who uses wildlife to illustrate a greater sense of her prevailing mood/intent in her pieces. What a boon it was then when in 2018 Xu finally got herself a cat. Overwhelmed with the joy of having her new feline friend, Xu went on a run of illustrations incorporating the newest love in her life.

Like many of her past series, ‘Beauty & Cat’ centers around a recurring female figure, a fair skinned brunette who, in this series, finds herself surrounding by kitties who pop up in the most unexpected places. And that’s what I find most interesting about this particular collection, the varied manner in which Xu incorporates cats into her pieces. In some cases, the inclusion is very straightforward, her female character simply being surrounded by white cats as in the first piece or the second where the fur of a black cat sits in front of the woman, spreading her shadow like color around her new human. In others though, like the third and fourth pieces in her collection, the cat inclusion is more cleverly hidden.

Drawing of a Beautiful Girl With Leaves Contain Some Cat Eyes

In the third one for instance, our female hero is influenced by her love of cats, golden whiskers and ears hovering around her face while she sits in fine rouge cloth. The cloth is adorned with lovely flowers and among the flowers, if you take a moment to spot it, is a beautiful white cat, tail curled as it watches a ball of yarn, perhaps preparing to pounce. In the next piece our woman has shed her ears and whiskers, turning back to the viewer coyly in her sleeveless white shirt. All around her are vining plants with their shimmering leaves twisting and raising. Amidst the vines, behind the figure’s point of view, are a series of cat eyes, sinister, peering out, possibly threatening our woman. It’s an effect that in a quick scroll you might miss. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to really appreciate the artwork posted out there on the web, you might miss something otherwise. And in the case of Helen Xu, that something is clever and cute and not to be looked over.

Drawing of a Beautiful Girl Wearing a Cat and Flower Printed Top

Drawing of a Beautiful Girl With Two White Cat

The Combined Art of Females and Felines

Helen Xu is an artist/illustrator operating out of Jinan, China. Much of her work is characterized by a love of animals. Pigs, birds, rabbits, insects, no member of the animal kingdom is off limits for this artist who uses wildlife to illustrate a greater sense of her prevailing mood/intent in her pieces. What a boon it was then when in 2018 Xu finally got herself a cat. Overwhelmed with the joy of having her new feline friend, Xu went on a run of illustrations incorporating the newest love in her life.

Like many of her past series, ‘Beauty & Cat’ centers around a recurring female figure, a fair skinned brunette who, in this series, finds herself surrounding by kitties who pop up in the most unexpected places. And that’s what I find most interesting about this particular collection, the varied manner in which Xu incorporates cats into her pieces. In some cases, the inclusion is very straightforward, her female character simply being surrounded by white cats as in the first piece or the second where the fur of a black cat sits in front of the woman, spreading her shadow like color around her new human. In others though, like the third and fourth pieces in her collection, the cat inclusion is more cleverly hidden.

Drawing of a Beautiful Girl With Leaves Contain Some Cat Eyes

In the third one for instance, our female hero is influenced by her love of cats, golden whiskers and ears hovering around her face while she sits in fine rouge cloth. The cloth is adorned with lovely flowers and among the flowers, if you take a moment to spot it, is a beautiful white cat, tail curled as it watches a ball of yarn, perhaps preparing to pounce. In the next piece our woman has shed her ears and whiskers, turning back to the viewer coyly in her sleeveless white shirt. All around her are vining plants with their shimmering leaves twisting and raising. Amidst the vines, behind the figure’s point of view, are a series of cat eyes, sinister, peering out, possibly threatening our woman. It’s an effect that in a quick scroll you might miss. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to really appreciate the artwork posted out there on the web, you might miss something otherwise. And in the case of Helen Xu, that something is clever and cute and not to be looked over.

Drawing of a Beautiful Girl Wearing a Cat and Flower Printed Top

Drawing of a Beautiful Girl With Two White Cat

The Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, Drawn in Many Different Styles

At long last, the finale of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us. The story that George R.R. Martin seems incapable of finishing is about to reach its conclusion courtesy of Benioff and Weiss. As the end approaches, it’s a perfect time to look back and reflect on the legacy of this story that took the world by storm and how it will be remembered in the future. One of the elements likely to stand tallest against the test of time is its plethora of strong female characters and which of them is stronger than the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen?

Credit: Nikolas Arroyo

Amazing Artwork Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Nikolas Arroyo

Social media is absolutely brimming with portraits of Daenerys so I thought it’d be fun to take a moment and recognize some of my favorites. Interpretations of the character as played by Emilia Clarke are varied both in terms of commitment to detail and realism as well as the mediums artists use to bring the character alive as art. It proves the enduring strength of the character that she brings just as much power to the viewer as a piece of comic-like digital pop art as she does in a hyper realistic line drawing done with ink and pencils. Some of the artwork is speculative wish-fulfillment like a rendering of Daenerys sitting on the Iron Throne caressing a baby (human, no dragons here).

In the end, no matter how you prefer to see your favorite Dragon Mama, social media is filled with options done by incredibly talented artists to satiate your appetite and tide you over until we all find out who wins the Game of Thrones.

Here are some of our favorites.

Credit: Angela Garc

Animation Drawing of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Angela Garc

Credit: Ryan

Graphite Drawing of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Ryan

Portrait Drawing of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Sam Johnson​

Credit: Sam Johnson​

Credit: Kathleen Graham

Custom Drawing Of Daenerys Targaryen Wearing Khaleesi Costume

Credit: Kathleen Graham

​Credit: Dracarys​

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Sketch Art Of Daenerys Targaryen With a Baby

Credit: Dracarys​

Credit: Laura Williams​

Digital Illustration Art From Game Of Thrones

Credit: Laura Williams​

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Credits: Cang Du​

Animation Art Of Power Couple With Dragon

Credits: Cang Du​

Credits: 

Credit: Alina Brynzak

Pencil Drawing Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Alina Brynzak

Credit: 

Credit: Kurt Attard​

Pencil Sketch Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Kurt Attard​

Credit: 

Credits: Lizzy Black

Portrait Sketch Of Mother Of All Dragons

Credits: Lizzy Black

Credits: 

Credit: Kyumi​

Tattoo Design Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Kyumi​

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Credit: TwoHandsDraw​

Drawing Of Dragon and Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: TwoHandsDraw​

Credit: 

Credit: Jeremy Newell

Micrography Drawing Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Jeremy Newell

Credit: 

Credit: Face 2 Face​

Charcoal Drawing Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Face 2 Face​

Credit: 

Credit: Vera Adxer​

Emila Clarke as Mother of Dragons

Credit: 

Credit: 

Vera Adxe

The Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, Drawn in Many Different Styles

At long last, the finale of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us. The story that George R.R. Martin seems incapable of finishing is about to reach its conclusion courtesy of Benioff and Weiss. As the end approaches, it’s a perfect time to look back and reflect on the legacy of this story that took the world by storm and how it will be remembered in the future. One of the elements likely to stand tallest against the test of time is its plethora of strong female characters and which of them is stronger than the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen?

Credit: Nikolas Arroyo

Amazing Artwork Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Nikolas Arroyo

Social media is absolutely brimming with portraits of Daenerys so I thought it’d be fun to take a moment and recognize some of my favorites. Interpretations of the character as played by Emilia Clarke are varied both in terms of commitment to detail and realism as well as the mediums artists use to bring the character alive as art. It proves the enduring strength of the character that she brings just as much power to the viewer as a piece of comic-like digital pop art as she does in a hyper realistic line drawing done with ink and pencils. Some of the artwork is speculative wish-fulfillment like a rendering of Daenerys sitting on the Iron Throne caressing a baby (human, no dragons here).

In the end, no matter how you prefer to see your favorite Dragon Mama, social media is filled with options done by incredibly talented artists to satiate your appetite and tide you over until we all find out who wins the Game of Thrones.

Here are some of our favorites.

Credit: Angela Garc

Animation Drawing of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Angela Garc

Credit: Ryan

Graphite Drawing of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Ryan

Portrait Drawing of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Sam Johnson​

Credit: Sam Johnson​

Credit: Kathleen Graham

Custom Drawing Of Daenerys Targaryen Wearing Khaleesi Costume

Credit: Kathleen Graham

​Credit: Dracarys​

​

Sketch Art Of Daenerys Targaryen With a Baby

Credit: Dracarys​

Credit: Laura Williams​

Digital Illustration Art From Game Of Thrones

Credit: Laura Williams​

Credit: 

Credits: Cang Du​

Animation Art Of Power Couple With Dragon

Credits: Cang Du​

Credits: 

Credit: Alina Brynzak

Pencil Drawing Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Alina Brynzak

Credit: 

Credit: Kurt Attard​

Pencil Sketch Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Kurt Attard​

Credit: 

Credits: Lizzy Black

Portrait Sketch Of Mother Of All Dragons

Credits: Lizzy Black

Credits: 

Credit: Kyumi​

Tattoo Design Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Kyumi​

Credit:

 

Credit: TwoHandsDraw​

Drawing Of Dragon and Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: TwoHandsDraw​

Credit: 

Credit: Jeremy Newell

Micrography Drawing Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Jeremy Newell

Credit: 

Credit: Face 2 Face​

Charcoal Drawing Of Daenerys Targaryen

Credit: Face 2 Face​

Credit: 

Credit: Vera Adxer​

Emila Clarke as Mother of Dragons

Credit: 

Credit: 

Vera Adxe