Buddy Jiang Combines High-Brow Methods with Popular Themes

Illustrator and photographer Buddy Jiang recently unvieled a slew of beautifully composed oil paintings on his Behance page, titled simply 'Personal Stuff,' which draws the viewer into rich, textured worlds of the artist's imagination.

The Japan-based artist employs a decidedly anime-inspired aesthetic, although the renderings are much more detailed and realistic than most anime. Indeed, they are oil paintings rather than drawings and invoke all the careful precision usually associated with the medium.

In each frame, Jiang realistically captures elements like lighting and shading while maintaining imaginative and stylistic licenses. For instance, the characters in the series tend to have large eyes that are endemic to anime figures and the female characters wear typically listless expressions while monsters are adorned with dopey, brutish ones.