Really great (and helpful!) blog from concept artist and illustrator Hethe Srodawa, who has worked on games such as L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption. Not only does he post his own stylistic and expressive pieces, but he also posts to other influential artists and gives details of his working technique, which is always useful to me as a budding artist.
What I particularly like about his work is how he really focuses on the tones, values and overall atmosphere of the lighting and colouring as opposed to getting lost in all the intricate details, which really makes his paintings pleasing to look at. I also admire his style which exaggerates and emphasises facial features and expression, as is important in character design, to a degree that is almost cartoonish, yet his work still retains a highly believable and true-to-life feel.
He also creates many abstract landscapes and studies from life or film, which is a necessity for any artist in order to understand how light interacts with objects, expand one's understanding of colour and tone and generally become better at drawing. I really should do more of this myself...
a study from the film Atonement