Beautiful Dreams

A highlight of the conventions I’ve attended over the years has been exploring artists alley. Row after row of tables filled with imaginative tributes to known characters and original works, by artists eager to meet fans and share the results of their efforts.

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An incredible digitally painted scene (top).

Otakon in 2009 (I think) was the first time I saw the art of Juri the Dreamer (Juri H. Chinchilla) and it immediately wowed me. She had a variety of both digital and traditional art on display, all dripping in atmosphere and conveying a ton of emotion. I picked up a couple of prints and she’s been my favorite artist ever since.

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Dizzy, Millia Rage, and  Jam Kuradoberi from Guilty Gear

I saw her at various conventions the following couple of years and got some great pieces, including an incredible set of colored pencil commissions at Anime Boston 2010 featuring Guilty Gear characters.

I adore her use of color, particularly in her hand drawn work. Masterful use of colored pencil gives the finished art a soft feel while keeping colors bright and vivid with a lot of depth.

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Juri has a wonderful imagination and her original creations are always unique and striking.

Now living on the West Coast and working on a variety of projects, Juri isn’t currently attending cons or doing commissions. But there are still opportunities to get her wonderful art. She has print store at http://jurithedreamer.deviantart.com/prints/ and participates in card sets for companies like Perna Studios.  Perna puts out high quality themed card sets in limited quantity. Juri’s contributions have been fantastic.

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Some of Juri’s cards from Perna Studios’ sets.

Looking forward to seeing what the future brings for Juri and her art. 🙂

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