Fantasy illustration with Brigitte Roka

Fantasy illustration with Brigitte Roka

by CreativeMindClass • 2 min read

"I sweat over my illustrations until it looks closest to the way I see it in my head"

How would you describe your style?

It’s somewhere between stylized and realistic fantasy illustration. I use a lot of muted and aquatic color palettes and tend to work with organic, flowing shapes. I think my “style” as a fantasy illustration artist is heavily dictated by my colors and the subject matter I actually choose to paint, and not necessarily how it is painted. I used to work in a much more line-oriented style but I’ve recently been transitioning into a looser and more painterly approach.

Digital illustration by Brigitte Roka. Abstract illustration of a floating girl with a mistical creature.

What is the key to making your fantasy art illustrations?

Sweating over them until it looks closest to the way I see it in my head (within reason, otherwise I’d spend months on a single painting). I try really hard to push my shapes and not settle for a mediocre image. I’d rather spend a lot of time to get the fantasy illustration right than rush through it.

Digital illustration by Brigitte Roka. Abstract illustration of a girl with dragon-like monsters.

Where can people see your fantasy illustrations?

I’ll be part of the upcoming “Oceans and Currents” show at Gallery Nucleus in July! In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram. I do sell prints in my online store Bandcamp if anyone would be interested!

And I also have a YouTube and Bandcamp for those interested in my music, as I will be releasing more songs very soon.

Digital illustration by Brigitte Roka. A girl sitting in front of a poster of a dragon with a sward.

Brigitte's Background

I graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and I currently work in the entertainment art industry as a concept artist and illustrator. I also have an ongoing creative project called Pearl Farm, for which I make illustrations. I also write as well as perform original songs.

The article illustrations are from my personal project, Pearl Farm. It's my original story, it follows a traveling troubadour named Vinny and her pet ray Hubble as they make their way across a world called the Lofty Coastline.

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