Mad Skills Monday 009: Ricardo Bessa and Eric Chow

Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. Today we feature an explosion of colours from the illustrations of Ricardo Bessa and Eric Chow.

Ricardo Bessa

Power tool: My 8-year old Wacom, it’s never failed me.
Power song: Bad Girls - M.I.A.
Power snack: Rich teas. Apples. Crackers with hummus. Crackers without hummus. Tangerines. I’m actually the king of snacks.

Ricardo’s amazing portfolio is filled with detailed fantasy artwork reminiscent of anime/manga styles and often based on major movies and TV shows. Every piece is filled with action and demonstrates beautiful contrasts of light and darkness.


Illustration for Jaegercon, an event organized by the fans of Pacific Rim


Menu cover chosen for use by Zizzi restaurants


Entry for the Dragon Ball Zine


Artwork for the Geek-Art Game of Thrones Art Show


Illustration for Popshot Magazine for short story “The Light Eater” by Kirsty Logan


Character design for Light Grey Art Lab’s Rolemodels exhibition/playing card game

Ricardo studied in the Faculty of Fine-Arts of the University of Lisbon and Kingston University. He now works with the illustration agency Rocket Sloth in Canada and is represented by the illustration agency Folio in the UK. You can see more of his work at his official site, Tumblr and Facebook page.

Eric Chow

Power tool: 2b Pencil and Wacom Tablet.
Power song: Freedom – Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton
Power snack: Crisps (sea salt)

Eric creates surreal vector artworks illustrating verbal and visual metaphors in a witty, light-hearted way. Many of these draw inspiration from daily life and are then reproduced in a wildly imaginative way.


Catching Clouds






Girl in a Good Mood


Gym Fantasy


Ice Cream Booster

Originally based in Hong Kong, Eric graduated from BA Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication. Since then he has worked in graphic design and illustration. You can check out more of his work at his official site, blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to and we’ll check you out!