The Digital Watercolor Works of LimKis

April 24, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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Hello once again, fellow artists! We here at Imikimi are happy to have you back to share with you more astounding artwork, so let’s cut straight to the chase, shall we? If you’re like us, and you love bold, vivid colors much more than drab and dull ones, then you’re going to want to be ready to the gorgeous works of LimKis.

Known across the web and deviantART only as LimKis, this young Russian illustrator uses striking color to amazing effect. Able to conquer a number of styles, her work is many things at once: crisp yet soft, and fantastical yet realistic. One thing her works are not, though, is boring. Instead, her works hold within them a sense of life, growth and happiness. Her pieces are surely capable of brightening any drab and boring room.

At first glance, it might be tempting to say that her work is done via painting in Adobe Photoshop or another popular image editing software; after all, it looks so effortless and the motions are so natural. But no. Rather, LimKis creates her masterpieces solely in Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is a fantastic program for creating infinitely-scalable shapes and graphics, but it is more difficult to reign into the purpose of creating painterly visuals. And yet LimKis has mastered the art, creating several hundred layers to arrive at her end results.

One of her most loved images is “lakeside,” put up on the web over 5 years ago (seen below). Icy blues and cotton candy pinks and peachy oranges meld together to for the perfect amalgamation of technical expertise and artistic mastery. The flow of the piece is completely pristine, taking your eyes from the tree’s firmly planted roots, up its boughs, and dispersing into its petals and the sky above.

Ever her cool and refreshing work “Water” is imbued with a myriad of colors. Though at a distance it appears to be a simple illustration of a crashing wave, upon closer inspection it reveals to nearly the entire spectrum of colors, strewn throughout. Too often artists are told they must adhere firmly to rules of color theory. You can learn an incredible amount by simple experimentation. Don’t be afraid to toy with colors, and use many within your scene, as many as you like. Clearly Limkis has moved past the fear of employing bold colors, and so should you.

Thanks so much for reading, everyone! We hope you loved the delectable works of LimKis shown here, and will go on to look at all of her works! Soon we will have more artist features and crafting resources, so don’t neglect to check back often. Until then!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.” — Hendrik Willem Van Loon


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