Richard Su­wono

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Lo­ca­tion: In­done­sia

Web: www.art­sta­tion.com/artist/r-chie

Email: richiesu­wono@ya­hoo.com

ME­DIA: Pho­to­shop

Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from ‘Ame­r­i­manga’, Richard’s work is a com­bi­na­tion of Ja­panese and Amer­i­can comic book styles. “I love the ex­ag­ger­ated style of Street Fighter, and Cap­com’s Edayan,” he says, “plus Alvin Lee and Joe Mad in­spire my work greatly.”

As well as this highly stylised game art, Richard loves re­al­ism, tak­ing cues from mythol­ogy and var­i­ous cul­tures to cre­ate depth in his more re­al­is­tic paint­ings. He works in both dig­i­tal and tra­di­tional forms. “I want to make peo­ple smile with my art,” he says, “be­cause it makes me happy.”

1 Queen of Pain DOTA 2 “My take on the Queen of Pain from Dota 2. I find this char­ac­ter so al­lur­ing and in­ter­est­ing, I wanted to show both her dead­li­ness and beauty in the piece – her sex­i­ness is deadly! She can hold her own against the other he­roes of the game.”

2 I Love Sakura! “I de­cided to il­lus­trate my favourite char­ac­ter from Street Fighter, Sakura. I love this char­ac­ter so much I at­tempted my own ver­sion while try­ing out new styles. Sakura is so adorable, at­trac­tive and en­er­getic – I wanted to cap­ture her essence by por­tray­ing her sig­na­ture move, Shun­pukyaku.”

3 Watch and Learn “This il­lus­tra­tion was for Bl­iz­zard’s Hearth­stone con­test, Goblin and Gnome. It tells the story of a goblin who ac­quired a new gad­get that could ma­nip­u­late his gam­bling game so he won ev­ery time. The goblin be­came very rich and at­tracted fans. Here I’ve cap­tured a gam­bling scene, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the Hearth­stone game and the World of War­craft uni­verse.”

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