Going through my laptop folders I suddenly came across a long lost favourite artist of mine: Justin Cherry (better known as Nivbed). I feel a little bad that I forgot about him in my planned favourite artist posts and now that I think about it there’s probably a few I’ve missed ^^;;. I first discovered Nivbed’s work by chance through another artist’s site back when I was in high school. Since then I’ve always admired his skill and have followed his work for a while.
Nivbed is quite the elusive artist because information about him is hard to come across and he releases finished artwork rarely – sometimes months or years between them. A lot of his old work like the Charlton Mamarlade images have also disappeared over time; a lot being removed particularly after he redesigns his website. Luckily while searching images for this post, I found an archive of his old site and have managed to pull some of older images to share (I will saving the rest of my favourites for safe keeping).
I fell in love with Nivbed’s work at a time when I was getting into drawing and was looking at inspiration. I always feel like I’m transported into another fantasy world and I like the dark undertones as well as the beautiful details in the clothes, weapons and surroundings. I also like how he always draws or composites a light brown paper texture into the background.
You can see his current work on his portfolio website and older items on the archived site (2nd archived site revision with more artwork here). Nivbed also has twitter and tumblr accounts which he seems to update fairly regularly, so it might be worth following them for updates.