Creature Design

Ghouls, goblins, monsters, trolls, fairies… the list of creatures imagined (and un-imagined) is endless.

We rely on skilled artists to bring these creatures of our vivd imaginations to real life.

Check out what these Play! artists have designed.

Hahn Creations

Xiephion Warrior
Xiephion Warrior

 

Chuck Wadey

Cardinal Dragon
Cardinal Dragon

 

Alan Pollack

Magtheridon's Lair
Magtheridon’s Lair

 

Jim Nelson

Yuan Ti (Snake Men)
Yuan Ti (Snake Men)

 

Kent McDaniel

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Dreadskull

 

Brian Ajhar

Monsters
Monsters

 

Paul Rivoche

Splayfoot
Splayfoot

 

Pixel Pushers Inc.

Resident Evil
Resident Evil

 

Nathan Jarvis

Nathan Jarvis Creature

 

Joe Palmisano

Tree Hugger
Tree Hugger

 

Ken Bowser

Ken Bowser Horn

 

Studio Liddell :: Represented by American Artists Reps, Inc

Raptor
Raptor

 

Artistic Image :: Represented by American Artists Reps, Inc

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Silver Dragon

 

Bob Wakelin

Avantia Fire Bird
Avantia Fire Bird

 

Greg Capullo :: Represented by Morgan Gaynin

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Shawn Murphy
Shawn Murphy Octopus

 

Chris Boyd

Puddle Monster
Puddle Monster

PlayIllustration.com showcases professional artists and design firms with experience in the toy and game industries. Artist skills include illustration, 3D, modeling, animation, storyboarding, character development, concept art and package design.

Play! Artist Spotlight: Ryan Etter

Ryan Etter is a professional illustrator with an interestingly bold and unique visual style that has become instantly recognizable to clients.

Ryan began his career over 18 years ago, in graphic design, which enabled him to wear many hats- from art director to photo manipulator. As such, he has solidified is industry knowledge and ability to quickly and effectively fulfill and surpass client expectations.

As a digital illustrator Ryan Etter applies his own personal approach of using traditional methods to conceptualize and digital means to illustrate. His styles often incorporate 3D rendering, cgi, modeling, and visual effects to name a few.

His client list includes: Discovery Channel UK, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Scholastic, Scientific American, Smart Money Magazine and many, many more.

Check out a few examples of Ryan Etter’s stylized illustrations:

Ryan Etter Angry Birdz

ryan Etter Alien of the year

Ryan Etter Dynamic Duo

Ryan Etter IT Bot

Ryan Etter Womanbot

To view more work from Ryan, visit his Play! Portfolio. You can also check out his website.

Games, Puzzles, and Toys!

Childhood is a magical time illuminated by the endless wonder of a child’s own imagination. These talented Play! artists have created a visual delight of color and shapes to entertain the minds and lives of children.

Laura Huliska-Beith for Thinkfun:
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Greg Hardin for VeggieTales:
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Ryan Hobson for Smartlab Toys:
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Harry Moore for Nickelodeon:
Harry Moore - Spongebob Detective Pants

 

Pig Pen Studios Inc. for Slimey Goop:
Pig Pen Studios- Slimey Goop

 

One Flight Up for Zinger:
1 flight up game

 

Dave Garbot :: Represented by DEBORAH WOLFE LTD:
Dave Garbot Puzzlew

 

Claudine Gevry for Morning Meadows :: Represented by MB Artists:
Claudine Gevry Morning Meadows

 

PG Reps (Roc Goudreau) for Milton Bradley:
PG Reps Roc Goudreau

 

Merrill Rainey for Memoirs :: Represented by Tugeau 2:
Merrill Rainey Memoirs

 

 

Visit us on PlayIllustration.com to browse through more illustration/design for interactive toys and games!

Play! Artist Spotlight: Cliff Nielsen

Cliff Nielsen is a renowned illustrator best known for his work on projects such as Star Wars, The X-Files, and Chronicles of Narnia. His illustrations have been recognized for their excellence by the Society of Illustrators, Print, and Spectrum among others and he’s done work for major print and comic book publishers, including titles for world famous authors such as Stephen King, John Grisham, Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, Ursula Leguin, Cassandra Clare, Washington Irvine, and Edgar Allan Poe. Cliff has been an international speaker on digital art and has served as a judge for the Society of Illustrators and a variety of professional illustration award programs.

Check out a few examples of his photorealistic work below.

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Cliff Nielsen 8

Cliff Nielsen 10

To see more of Cliff’s work, browse his Play! Illustration portfolio.
Cliff Nielsen is represented by Shannon Associates.

CGI Rendering

Computer-generated images are moving out of theaters and onto store shelves and catalog pages, thanks to software that blurs the lines of reality and imagination.

Take a look at what some of the talented Play! artists have created through their own fusion of software and creativity.

Adam Benton- Girl
Adam Benton

Chris Boyd-LordLicorice
Chris Boyd

Zlatko DrCar Futuristic Woman
Zlatko Drcar :: Lemonade Illustration Agency

Mike Bryan
Mike Bryan :: American Artists Reps Inc

TRG Reality- Dog
TRG Studio :: American Artists Reps, Inc

Pixel Boy Studio - cover image
Pixel Boy Studio

Dave Seeley Cars
Dave Seeley :: Shannon Associates

Peter Bollinger Steamhead
Peter Bollinger :: Shannon Associates

Artistic Image
Artistic Image :: American Artists Reps Inc

Explore more CGI Rendering on Play! with our Specialty Search or browse different techniques and styles to find the right artist for your project.

Package Design on Play!

Package designers regularly work with creative teams and clients to develop eye-catching, cost-effective and safe packaging for products.

Take a look at what the talented Play! artists have created for some of the most well-known names in the toy and game industries below.

Kenny Kiernan
Kenny Kiernan, Star Wars, Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators

One Flight Up
One Flight Up,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators

Harry Moore
Harry Moore, Cheetos,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators

PILOT
PILOT, Indiana Jones,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators

Jim Paillot
Jim Paillot, Puzzle Games, Puzzle Design, Gigglesville,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators

Michael S. Maydak
Michael Maydak, Oregon Trail,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators, Software Gaming

Big Eye Studio
Big Eye Studio, Superman, Comic book characters,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators, Toys, Superheroes

Malane Newman
Malane Newman, Fill in the Bleep,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators

Lisa Leleu Studios
Lisa Leleu Studios, Chupa Chups, Candy Package Design, Lollipops,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators

Greg Wray
Greg Wray, Roger Rabbit, Gameboy, Nintendo,  Package Design, Play illustration, Toy Design, Game Design, Toy Illustration, Illustrators, Sunsoft, Interactive Games

Explore more techniques and styles from the Play! artists using our Specialty Search.

Computer Games + Apps!

Featured game and mobile app projects from the Play! Illustration artists!

 

Pulp Studios, Inc.

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Pirates Love Daisies is an HTML 5 game created for Microsoft. Pulp Studios Inc. provided art direction, assistance in concept development, UI design and all artwork including in game animation. These are the pirates from the game.

 

 

 A. Christou Illustration and Concept Art

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Client: Grinding Gear Games Project Name: Paths of Exile Description / Comments: I was an illustrator and conceptual designer for the AAA PC game “Paths of Exile”. I developed icon illustrations for the video game, weapon and prop designs.

 

Marcus Cutler

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Client: Duck Duck Moose Project Name: TRUCKS App Description / Comments: I had the great pleasure to create the visuals for the new Duck Duck Moose app TRUCKS. I’m proud to say that the app is doing very well after it was featured in the AppStore’s New and Noteworthy section.