Viktor Antonov is a Bulgarian concept artist and art director, whose chief designs to date include video games such as Half-Life 2 and my personal favourite, Dishonored. His character design in particular has an incredible realism to it, whilst also maintaining playful exaggerated features to expose more of their personalities. Were it not for Viktor Antonov, I would not have explored the medium of digital art nearly as thoroughly, as I found his style in particular perfectly reflects the level at which I one day aspire to be working. I have previously used his work to inspire ideas for an animation I made for my final piece at college, since he himself stylised the game Dishonored on an ‘alternative Victorian London’. Antonov generally works on dark concepts, which often relate loosely to the steampunk genre.
(Antonov, 2012) Character Design (Dishonored) http://dishonored.wikia.com/wiki/File:Weepers_concept_art_by_Viktor_Antonov.jpg