Jian Guo (breathing2004 on Deviant Art) is an artist/illustrator based in Shanghai, China. His fantasy illustrations look like the stained glass windows of a medieval cathedral, and tell familiar tales from the Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft and the Avengers. Check out his portfolio to see more of his work, including some traditional style paintings and illustrations.
Richard Estes is an American artist best known for his photo-realist paintings. They often consist of clean inatimate scenes of cities. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the photorealist movement of the 1960's. His paintings make you realize how even the mundane things in life can be quite beautiful.
Paul Villinski creates these awesome butterfly works out of crushed beer cans from the streets of New York.
"I am drawn to humble, yet evocative materials; in this case, crushed beer cans from the streets of New York - every one of them once raised to someone’s lips. My process of “recycling” them into images of butterflies is a quiet physical meditation, a yoga of tin snips and files and fingers."
To this day, Sleeping Beauty is one of the greatest animated movies ever made. The epic fight scene between Prince Phillip and Maleficent at the end of the movie is one of the darkest and most intense ever produced by Disney. Eyvind Earle was responsible for the styling and background of the movie, and without his vision the movie might not have been the same. Here are some of his gorgeous concept art stills from the finale.
These sweet posters are part of the Hero and Villain series by Simon C. Page. They feature some well known rivalries: Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader, Batman vs Penguin and Spiderman vs Green Goblin. I especially like the Batman and Spiderman posters which feature the foreground-background optical illusion.
Deviant Art user swinspeed has a way of creating captivating landscapes. Each one has an elegance and solitude about it. He makes great use of dark clouds and highly contrasting colors in many of his works, which creates an ominous yet epic feel.