Mohammed is a background painter for Titmouse, a renowned game & animation studio.
He posts gorgeous landscapes that look like you could walk right into them.
His designs run the gamut from scenes you could find in your own backyard (you know, if you have a pretty backyard) to something you’d see on another planet.
He also posts a lot of studies both hand-drawn and in different digital mediums such as pastel and oil brushes.
Laura is an LA-based artist for Disney TV Animation.
Her whimsical portfolio boasts lots of cartoon character illustrations, but she’s also amazing at creating colorful Disney-esque environments. Well, I mean she works at Disney so I’d imagine she’s pretty darn good at it!
If you’re more into cartooning than drawing hyper-realistic environments make sure to give her a follow.
We also published a really fun interview with Laura which covers her journey into social media and landing her job at Disney.
Nick paints backgrounds for Marvel, Warner Brothers, and even worked on Rick and Morty for a while. No big deal or anything.
As you’d expect, Nick has an amazing range and a very flexible style. He’s painting everything from illustrative storybook scenes to highly detailed nature settings.
He even gives you a peek into his sketchbook with simple brush pen doodles.
NIK, an environment artist based in Singapore, creates highly detailed, colorful, almost Thomas Kinkade-style environment paintings. These mostly focus on peaceful villages, modern city scenes, and scenes inspired by traditional Asian architecture along with the occasional watercolor sketch.
He’s especially amazing at rendering flowers and foliage.
His backgrounds make you want to take a vacation inside them.
Bonnie is an LA artist who paints stunning digital landscapes in a traditional oil or acrylic style as well as backgrounds for animated films.
She uses color and lighting beautifully in every single piece.
Click over to her Instagram and get a load of those clouds and sunsets!
Her style ranges from bold brushstrokes to soft easy-going environments. If you want to get better at lighting your environments, check out her work!
His small yet highly detailed paintings are absolutely stunning and may inspire you to pick up a paintbrush again if you’ve been working digitally for a while.
Douglas creates otherworldly fantasy landscape paintings that melt off the screen.
Most of them look like you could find them on Earth…almost, if it weren’t for a little sci-fi detailing.
A lot of his pieces depict gravity-defying features like floating mountains and crazy rock formations.
He’s especially good at rendering clouds and it’s incredible to dive into his use of color with each piece.
Roman digitally paints landscapes and exteriors in a traditional, oil paint-ish style.
He also shares a lot of quick digital painting studies that break down colors, lighting, and planes into their most simple components.
Which is excellent practice for learning how to build up a piece.
If you want more ideas on breaking up forms into planes or drawing unique buildings he’s a great one to follow.
Amber Blade Jones
As an artist for Warner Brothers, Amber’s account is a smattering of everything. But it’s all awesome!
This IG page really showcases her skill and range with so many styles and subjects.
You’ll find interiors and outdoor environments made in Procreate, digital character designs, and charcoal portraits and some figure studies.
Amber has worked for Cartoon Network, Titmouse, and Nickelodeon, so you’ll see a lot of that broad influence in her work.
Andy’s artwork is fun and unexpected because he paints exteriors of everyday buildings, castles, ruins… and then throws in a starship every so often.
You can also find some black and white inked studies on his page to see how he develops his concepts.
While structures are definitely his focus and his sweet spot, he has incredible range so make sure to give him a follow to see more.
Check out all the artists on this list and see who inspires you the most.
By studying other artists you learn to develop your own style and build up a natural library of ideas. This is definitely true of environment work where every little detail makes a huge difference.
Author: McKella Sawyer
McKella is an artist and freelance writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. When she isn't painting or writing for clients she loves to write fiction, travel, and explore the mountains near her home either on foot, horseback, or a mountain bike. You can view her art on Etsy and her writing services at TheCafeWordsmith.com.