Not wanting to be constrained by his tools or techniques, Bucharest based illustrator Matei Apstolescu uses everything from pencils, markers and spray paint to a Wacom tablet, Photoshop and Illustrator to create his intricately detailed works. Many of his line rich pieces feature a rainbow of intense color, harkening back to a bygone era of psychedelic poster art, while relying on modern techniques and themes. The graffiti artist turned illustrators work has been used by such notable companies as Coca-Cola, Olympus Europe, Bacardi Japan, Computer Arts UK & China, BMW Romania. [Read more...]
Ben Heine, dynamic creator of the Pencil vs. Camera technique, has started another project that is equally captivating. His Digital Circlism series captures famous pop stars in what he describes as a cross between pointillism and pop-art. Each highly recognizable portrait takes a sizable 100-180 hours to complete as each circle of color is hand placed. Check out the last image for a peek at his labor intensive technique. [Read more...]
French photographer and digital artist Jean Francois Rauzier creates fantastically huge images that only reveal their true detail when viewers dive in, explore and linger. Dubbed “Hyperphoto’s“, a term he coined, each image is composed of hundreds, if not thousands of individual photographs. Rauzier collects images using a telephoto lens, sometimes from a single vantage point, then spends countless hours methodically stitching them together until it is impossible to tell one image from another. His patient work sometimes captures reality, but more often he imagines surreal worlds, creating landscapes that seem to repeat into a dreamlike infinity.
French illustrator Ëlodie specializes in fashion illustration and portraiture. These softly colored works are quickly setting themselves apart with their tasteful young exuberance and fine balance of detail to carefully chosen space, . Each piece is hand drawn by the Paris based artist, and afterward as she puts it, “digitally enriched.” She has worked for La Marelle, Cosmopolitan France, So’Chic magazine and Paulette magazine as well as producing her own line of stationary based on her illustrations. Find all her work at: elodie-illustrations.net
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and not quite recognized the face looking back, Alex Kisilevich’s meloncolic series “On the Surface” will really strike a chord. Each portrait features a main character seeming to contemplate some deeper meaning of existence, while reflected in the photograph we find their double has transformed into a different, yet surprisingly familiar person. Based in Toronto, Canada, you can find more of Kisilevich’s work at alexkisilevich.com.
“The end of the 1950s and the beginning of 1960s was a time of significant achievements in the sphere of scientific experiments worldwide and in the USSR. During those years, Soviet scientist started bold experiments on animals. A whole series of pioneering experiments was carried out at the University of Moscow and the Academy of Science. And as early as 1950 a Russian scientist Vladimir Demihov surprised the whole world when he transplanted the head of one dog onto another one. The two headed dog lived for a whole month.”
Rainbow vomiting pandas? The sky taken over by flying sharks? This is the colorful and trippy world of Derek Chatwood. He has a talent for making bold illustrations that hold both humor and often an undercurrent of poniency that only adds to the full stories they tell. He produces his works with pencil and ink, drawing the outline freehand, then ‘paints’ the images using Photoshop. When he’s not at his day job as a video game designer and illustrator he says “whatever collects in the mental filter over the week of media saturation, I spend my weekend trying to squeeze back out onto paper.” It would seem his weeks are saturated with pure Technicolor brilliance. [Read more...]
Recently discovered vintage photographs prove once and for all that Star Wars is REAL! Ok, maybe not true, but what if it was? These great photo manipulations by If Star Wars Was Real make it seem as if R2D2, AT-AT’s and even Boba Fett were actually walking the streets as recent as the 60s. For more re-imagined history from not so long ago, check out IfStarWarsWasReal.com.