Artist’s Choice: Stefan Koidl

October 19, 2022 by Natalia Durżyńska in Artist Interviews

Time to flip the script! In our new series, Displate artists take the wheel wall to talk about some of their favorite pieces of art produced by their esteemed peers. This week your host will be the master of dragons and spooky fantasy art, Stefan Koidl!

Hey everyone, Stefan here! Thanks a lot for checking out my selections! Without further ado, here is the list of artworks that I truly love.

I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Her by Anato Finnstark

I really admire the work of Anato Finnstark, his color and composition choices are phenomenal.

Artworks with a fresh idea or composition always catch my attention immediately.

It is rather unbalanced in terms of dark against bright, but the whole picture works great because the focus is on the dagger and the face. Love it!

Battle before the battle by MrWerewolf

I have always been a big fan of MrWerewolf’s art, his concepts have a very high recognition value and inspire many other artists. Probably one of the most famous artists out there today.

The combination of the Soviet robot style with the rural landscapes is something special. This painting catches my eye immediately because I just love the mood of it.

The Last one by Grzegorz Rutkowski

Another big name on the list! Ηis brushwork is at least as visceral as his art.

Rutkowski’s brush pack is one of the first brush packs I downloaded when I started drawing. His art is for me a big reason why I started with digital art and never stopped with it.

For beginner artists, drawing a dragon and an army is an idea pretty much everyone wants to create, but it gets frustrating really quickly because of a huge lack of skill.

Even though the army in the foreground is a bit undefined, the soldiers are easily recognizable as such because the balance between the detailed and the abstract is perfect. The composition is also very unique and memorable.

Orianna by Gwent Official brand Shop

If, like me, you are one of those guys who put a lot of hours into The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, you are certainly familiar with Gwent by now. The artworks for the Gwent standalone game are phenomenal and created by some of the top artists in the industry.

The storytelling going on in there is a huge factor why I think a lot of them are really wonderful pieces of art. But it’s not just the storytelling that catches my attention in this one – the color and lighting are jaw-dropping as well.

 Feign Death by Gwent Official brand Shop

Feign Death is one of artworks that once you see them you will never forget ‘em. The storytelling in this one is really strong and fresh! The grin on that elf in the foreground in particular contributes so much to this scene.

You know what’s going on right away but it still leaves you curious as to why they are doing it.

Canyon Jerboa by Dominik Mayer

Dominik Mayer is one of the artists I have known and admired for years. His works caught my attention a long time ago through the Facebook group Daily Spitpaint. It was amazing to watch what can be achieved within 30 minutes. The coloring in his works is truly unique!

In this picture, the mix of hard edges and soft background transitions is really well done. It also has that typical poster feel to it that I love – you could easily make a book cover out of this one.

Hope you found something to love!

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