I like artists who make great Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira tribute art. I also like it if they're generous set up their own website dedicated to helping others improve. That's why I like Randis Albion.

If you take a peek at Randis' deviantART page, you'll find out that he's a huge fan of all this Japanese stuff. And who isn't, really? He loves their music, the anime subculture, everything. He's big on Haruki Murakami's works, which is almost always great.

Now, if you didn't look at Randis' deviantART page, you'll be surprised to learn one of his biggest artistic influences is Yoshitaka Amano. You know... the guy who designed stuff for Gatchaman and Tekkaman? The guy who worked on Vampire Hunter D? Final Fantasy?

Nevermind. Just look at Randis... interpretation of Amano's work. I must admit, I'm not overly familiar with Amano's work, but I don't remember humongous breasts. But I could be wrong! I could be wrong...

As you can see, Randis can render fleshy beings, as well as mechanical objects pretty damn well. There's nothing like a well rounded artist, is there?

Although this portfolio feature fails to fully convey the depth of Mr. Albion's portfolio, I hope you understand that this guy's pretty versatile. OK?

Oh, have you seen his cover for ImagineFX? The image is attached below. C'mon, ImagineFX - one of the last mainstream digital art magazines in PRINT?! If you bought it, good for you. If you haven't, well...

If you happened to stumble on Randis' sketchbook at Conceptart.org, you might some of his really old anime stuff, which looks pretty... good. I definitely see the blueprints of greatness here...

Really, Randis is one of the greats out there. If you're starved to learn a bit of his technique, I suggest you make your way to his Facebook group. At the time of this writing, he posts regular updates and tutorial videos. Head on over there. Now.


Or... as one reader pointed out - you can check out Randis' Kitchen! Again, it's up to you if you want to get good. Kapeesh?

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