Monday, August 10, 2009

Matthew Laskowski's Dynamic Scenes

In order to draw effective environments, an artist must have a solid understanding of the concept of space. When I view these beautiful urban illustrations created by Matt Laskowski, I feel like I am being pulled into a whole different space. The vibrant colors and dynamic perspectives tell a compelling story in each scene and give them personality.

When I first saw his drawings, I was blown away because background details and cityscapes are not something I have a lot of experience with. Matt does such a wonderful job distinguishing the lights from the shadows, and accenting details with bold colors and carefully placed characters.

Don't you think it's awesome that his last name also contains our favorite drawing program? I certainly think so. :)

Be sure to check out the rest of his amazing portfolio at Plastic Shards, where he also posts some really neat tutorials, and his DeviantArt gallery.


  1. I agree with your comment on "dynamic perspectives". even in the BART-like subway car, the angle is slightly from above left. and the one with the motorcycle is outrageous from the cement pavement.

  2. Thanks for the heads up about this guy, his tutorials on deviantart are great!

  3. Oof, these are great. That last one especially has some lovely evocative lighting going on.