The artist I chose for this week is another I stumbled upon using google images. I did some research and browsed his site and his online portfolio. His name is Ryan Mauskopf and he is an illustrator, graphic designer, and musician from New York City. His favorite gallery of mine is his illustration section. What first caught my eye is the diversity of his portfolio. He has several different styles that are each very strong. But as I looked closer, I discovered one thing all of his pieces had in common (well except the b&w ones), excellent execution of color and shading, in particular his mastery of reflective light/color. In the piece “Why Wizards Shouldn’t Cook” (the first image) Ryan uses reflective color of the smoke against the wizard. His reflective color gives excellent luminosity to his images and provides fantastic depth. Take note, that as the color of the smoke changes, the reflected light it cast on the wizard changes too. Although Ryan doesn’t list where these images have been used, my assumption would be for online articles or magazines. His “Gaga Bo Peep” and “Cronus and the Delicious Baby” are satirical images towards pop society and the upper class. I very well see these accompanying articles in today’s media. Last but not least, “Medusa and the Optometrist” is another fine example that his work is often humorous. I’ve given his website at the bottom; it’s really worth checking out!