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Carlo Arellano

A fresh cowgirl zombie in a novelty top, missing half of an arm. A slender blond woman with minimal goth clothing and a big machete. A western gunslinger with a tall hat and  cybernetic arm. A pretty blond girl in a bikini, equipped with a huge cybernetic arm. A young viking warrior with long red hair and a big hammer. A troll woman with large hind legs and

Experienced concept artists often render their subjects with an efficiency usually reserved for draftsmen and architects, defining muscle and bone with determined strokes and sparse lines. Carlo Arellano exemplifies this minimalist philosophy, yet his figures are often richly detailed and vibrantly alive in spite of the seemingly sketchy textures and occasional hinted limbs.

Mr. Arellano’s portfolio is a ragtag band of rogues and warriors from history and unhistory, plus an unusual assemblage of ferocious alien monstrosities and the sassy pinup girls who love them. Clues to the lives led by these people can be found in their accessories and hardware, be they battle axes or bionic limbs. Each portrait tells a story not only of individual history, but strength of character and purity of purpose.

Written by in March of 2009. Last edited September 2015.

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