Karla Ortiz is a San Francisco-based illustrator who currently works for Marvel Film Studios. In the timelapse video featured above, Ortiz draws a beautiful shrouded woman surrounded by her feathered familiars: owls, ravens, and more. Her artistic process is fascinating to watch. After framing the paper with tape, she works from the shadows outwards, building her figure slowly and using highlights to create movement within the piece—the flexing wings and the withdrawn hood. The result is an image that commands our attention with its mystery and presence. This piece is part of a show called “Omens,” on exhibition at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City from September 12th until October 3rd.
As a concept artist with over six years of professional experience, it is no wonder how Ortiz’s work has the reputation it has today. Her entire oeuvre is nuanced and expressive, depicting creative characters in positions of otherworldly power and emotional vulnerability. With fantasy and science fiction as her realms of expertise, Ortiz’s other notable clients include Wizards of the Coast, Ace Books, and Tor Books. Lovers of these genres should visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more. (Via Colossal)