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Ken Wong . Fantasy Illustrator.

March 20, 2012

Ken Wong is an artist/illustrator/designer from Adelaide, Australia, who is currently working as an Art Director at a computer game studio called Spicy Horse, in Shanghai.

He has done visualisation and art direction work for a range of clients, mostly in the games industry. His art is mostly digital, although often it begins as a pencil sketch, using Adobe Photoshop for everything. Some lovely Ghost ships here.

Ken’s loves include the art of Gustav Klimt, Mike Mignola, Shaun Tan, Moebius, Zdzislaw Beksinski and James Jean. He listens to stuff like the Smashing Pumpkins (which has a huge influence on his work), Sparklehorse and various movie scores. Films he likes include The Life AquaticThe Thin Red LineBlade RunnerChildren of MenLeonPorco RossoLost in Translation and the original Star Wars trilogy. There’s also a darker and slightly eerie side to his work.

Other things Ken likes include retro game culture, traveling, urban decay, pasta, and avoiding his inbox lol (apparently). He’s worked on a game version of Alice in Wonderland, a Victorian Alice but not quite as we know her.  She had some weird creatures to deal with too, as you can see below.

Some slightly friendlier cartoon versions of Super Mario Bros.

These illustrations show a mood piece for a racing game based on Chinese vehicles. The idea was to emphasize local, street level characters, cultures and vehicles. Great movement.

There’s posters for sale here on Thumbtackpress and an interview here.

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