I think I have found a new love! Uh, in terms of Illustrators of course. I can't believe I haven't come across Vania Zouravliov before. I just saw him on feautured artists on boom.com today, checked out his portfolio on this other site and was captivated by his work! His highly detailed, painfully inked pieces are so beautifully drawn yet at the same time he is daring and contempary with his risque themes:
You know when you see an artist who's work you just really admire straight away? He definintely had this effect on me! I tried to look up some of the books and such he's illustrated but I couldn't find much and what I did find seemed to be erotica, haha. There is this compilation of this work in a book called Vania but it's hard to find and really expensive! T_T I just wish there was more information to find out about the concepts and meanings behind his work.
You can check out Zouravliov's portfolio here. :)