One artist that I really liked while looking through the Illustration Now book was MARC BOUTAVANT. He's from France and his work is bright and colorful and very eye catching. His pieces are very busy which works for him very well. He incorporates wonderful little animal illustrations that I'm very drawn to. I went on his website and it made me like him even more. I enjoy drawing animals and he gave me a lot of inspiration to explore new ways to draw. He also uses great color combinations. I love how many different things are going on in his pieces. All of the animals are doing such random things throughout his artwork, like the bunny and the squirrel having tea and the monkey playing the flute and the badger trying to catch the skittles that the snail is dropping as he’s falling. They make me happy just looking at them. They are pleasant because both adults and children can enjoy his work.
One artist I really didn't like was MARK FREDRICKSON. I hate how dramatic they are. I don't like that they're mainly of celebrities. I just think they are really annoying and they are not something that I'm drawn to. And the fact that he did Hilary Clinton as Harry Potter bothers me, cause I like Harry Potter, and I hate her. And I'm not really a fan of caricatures because I think that they are strange. And when I went to his portfolio online, it made me like him even less. This one to the left really gets on my nerves. I hate creepy ugly faces like that. It’s not that he is not talented, because I most certainly could not paint like that. I just do not think that his work is interesting or tasteful. Just thinking about him right now gets on my nerves a little bit.