Chris Leavens
Chris produces most of his artwork -- from start to finish -- entirely in Illustrator, including textural elements. His work incorporates absurdity, anthropomorphism, and a healthy dose of humor.
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  • Design & Illustration
    Interviews
    Eighteen Artists Share Their Opinions on Artistic Style - Part IIPreview 2
    Talk to some artists or take a look at an online conversation about artwork and there's a mighty good chance you'll hear or read a mention of artistic style at some point. But for as often as it's mentioned, style seems under-appreciated and misunderstood. So what exactly is behind a style? How does an artist develop a style and what does style mean to an artist? To find out, I spoke with eighteen highly-talented artists and I've conveniently assembled their responses for your edification and entertainment. This is the second part of a two-part series. What's that? Missed the first part? Well check it out!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Interviews
    Eighteen Artists Share Their Opinions on Artistic Style - Part IPreview 1
    Talk to some artists or take a look at an online conversation about artwork and there's a mighty good chance you'll hear or read a mention of artistic style at some point. But for as often as it's mentioned, style seems under-appreciated and misunderstood. So what exactly is behind a style? How does an artist develop a style and what does style mean to an artist? To find out, I spoke with eighteen highly-talented artists and I've conveniently assembled their responses for your edification and entertainment. This is part one of a two-part series, the second part of which you'll have to wait for ever-so patiently.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Theory
    Six Things I Think About When I'm Mutating a RabbitPreview
    Hi, I'm Chris and I'm addicted to creating bizarre characters. I've got a real soft spot for strange and surreal beasts, hybridized creatures, and mutated animals. Some people might call what I do "random," but there's actually a good deal of thought and sometimes even planning that goes into designing the characters that end up in my artwork. Let's take a peek inside my twisted character design methodology.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustration
    Create Whimsical Artwork Entirely in Adobe IllustratorDesign and illustration
    Drop your pencils and paper, turn off the scanner, and forget about Live Trace, it's time to illustrate with vectors. This tutorial will step through the process of creating artwork -- from concept to finished product -- entirely in Illustrator.Read More…