I’m Elaine, illustrator of dark fantasy and doomed love. I’m known for working in a chiaroscuro style, and I’m drawn to highly emotive art in dramatic light and shadow.

I graduated with a degree in Psychology and nearly sent off my application to law school. The whole process filled me with unhappiness that I couldn’t explain at the time, and I took a year off to find out what I really wanted to do. I discovered art.

I worked as a concept artist for Universal Studios theme parks, Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi, Disney VR, and various other virtual reality experiences (Mission: ISS, Blade Runner 2049).

After a few years of working on other people’s stories, I wanted to tell my own.

My work has been featured in:
American Illustration 39
Spectrum 24
Infected by Art 7 & 8

Artist Choice Award (Dragoncon 2019)

Contact me at elaine@artofelaineho.com if you want to get in touch!

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  • Illustrating The Tempest and the Fire, a Beauty and the Beast retelling of my own.
  • Continuing Sketch Tuesdays, a no-pressure day where I let go and draw whatever. Currently creating a gemstone series!
  • Creating a bunch of extra art content for Patreon.
  • Zipping around the country doing Artist Alleys at comic/anime conventions. Here’s my schedule:

Nothing from August 11, 2020 to April 10, 2021.