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National Archaeological Museum of Athens in 1900 by dimitriskoskinas
National Archaeological Museum of Athens in 1900
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece, in 1900.

Inspired by daguerreotypes and early photographs depicting the city I live in, Athens, I decided to create a series of illustrations of my city as it used to be in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Before modern technology and the architectural monstrosities of the 1960's destroyed the architectural jewels of the city, and ignorant politicians covered the beautiful river that used to run through the city. In order to recreate that period I use photos, but also visit the buildings in person in order to add the extra detail I need.
My medium of preference is Indian Ink on Langton Hot-Pressed paper.

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Thor The Goddess of Thunder (For Sale) by dimitriskoskinas
Thor The Goddess of Thunder (For Sale)
Inspired by the last page of Thor Goddess of Thunder #1

Size:29.7cm X 42cm
200 euros + Shipping
Medium: Black Indian Ink on Daler Rowney 135lbs HeavyWeight paper.

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And since I got a few minutes to spare, here are a couple of facts about artists and the art of illustration.

Many artists use reference
Yes, I know we all dream of becoming an amazing artist who can draw realistically and in great detail any character in any pose, but besides a handful of people I know, the rest need good reference images. Sadly, when creating an illustration, we need to see the clothes folding and the light casting shadows. Hands are especially tricky, and I am always looking for interesting faces as I love painting portraits. That is if you are after a very realistic look of course.
I remember watching Simone Bianchi (on of my favorite artists ever) a few years back painting a piece in Lucca, and he had next to the art photographs. So, using reference is a very common thing even for the best of us. I usually take photos of myself, my wife, my friends, my pets...when these fail, the Internet is an excellent source of images !
In the end of the day, it's not what reference you use, but what you do with it. Personally, I always go for a very realistic look, and I can paint what I see in extreme likeness due to my many many years of studies in the fine arts. The tough part is having to paint with no pencils at all, as my inks are extremely translucent and I can not have pencil showing under my perfect smooth tones.

I find it very faltering that people try to figure out how I make my art look so photo-realistic. (I am not talking about the art in this page of course - this is not one of my most realistic work). The answer is years of practice, long hours and a lot of patience. Good reference is always great too...
Magik (Sold) by dimitriskoskinas
Magik (Sold)
SOLD 200 euros (+ shipping)

My eighth Marvel character portrait: Magik aka Illyana Nikolaevna Alexandria Rasputina

Size:29.7cm X 42cm
Medium: Black Indian Ink on Daler Rowney 135lbs HeavyWeight paper.
Marvel's Spider Woman (Sold) by dimitriskoskinas
Marvel's Spider Woman (Sold)
My seventh Marvel character portrait: Spider Woman

300 € + shipping

Size:29.7cm X 42cm

Medium: Black Indian Ink on Daler Rowney 135lbs HeavyWeight paper.


Dimitris Koskinas
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
I am interested in fantasy themes, and my favorite subject is Conan as originally visualized by John Buscema. I have many favorite artists besides JB, like Manara, Grindberg, Nebres, Alcala, Giorello, and more...

At the moment I have a permanent exhibition of my work at the Arnon Art Gallery in Bologna, Italy.
Just created my first Newsletter ever ! If you'd like to start receiving a newsletter with my art updates, you can subscribe on my website here: (the link is on the top right)
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GeorgeRottkamp Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for watching! You've got some pretty cool stuff yourself :-)
dimitriskoskinas Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Το αξίζεις καλε μου άνθρωπε :D
LefterisMavrogiannis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
thanks for the fav man!!!
phydeau Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great gallery!
ulltraz Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
happy birthday!!!Love Huggle! Airborne 
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