When I first this set on Greg Hayne's behance profile I was very impressed, the ever-present 12 year old in me went berserk. My first impression was that this was a digital 3D model, however after closer inspection I believe this is infact an actual model constructed and photographed by Greg! Again with the berserk! By referring to my inner 12 year old I do not want to imply that this is in anyway childish. Instead for me I get a sense of nostalgia from amazing cartoons I had seen as a kid (Astro, G-force, Voltron etc) intertwined with my current obsession/amazement at science fiction and modern technology. I think I will always get a little excited when technology and art collide. It is an area my imagination likes to wonder in and something that's always awesome when executed correctly (like this piece). The tag on the shoulder is a great touch too. Greg has a wonderfully diverse folio that I recommend checking, otherwise the whole series of pics for this piece can be found here and website here.
An awesome abstract piece by Edric Ureel. Part of a series of equally awesome abstract pieces that use 2 dimensional objects to create sense of depth. His sense of composition use of blending is excellent and gives the piece a nice feel. He has essentially taken simple polygonal objects and layered/blended them to create complex shapes and patterns. Edric's use of colour in highlights and shadows also emphasises the depth and gives the pieces life. Check out the whole series here and flickr page here.
Visit Adam Chrobak's behance folio and you will find an amazing selection of illustrations that depict a slightly darker and more aggressive world than what we're used to. His work is strikingly original and overtly raw. I think rawness is the essence of his work, in both form and content. These 2 are for me, stand out pieces but most of his work is ahead of the majority of the pretty, overly polished and filtered work floating around the internet today. Check out his folio here and there's loads of great work on his site here.
A couple of beautiful pics here by Kathleen Hirai. These are digital photos of cardboard cutouts, but look like something from a fairy tale, dream or memory. The colour range and soft tones giving the piece its dreamy feel. I'd love to see some more images in the same style and I think a moving piece would work well too – although technically it could be tricky. Nice work Kathleen! Check out her behance profile here.
I stumbled across Jascha Hoste's stock exchange profile the other day and was completely blown away! His work features some of the most amazing urban ruins/old forgotten buildings/unusual eastern euro factories you will find on the net. And it's all (if not mostly) in delicious – not over the top – HDR. I was fortunate enough to explore an abandoned mental asylum about a year ago. It's an incredible feeling walk through a forgotten building. At the time I couldn't help but think that at some point in the past it was much different, I even found myself trying to imagine what it was like. It was an amazing experience – which leaves me feeling a little jealous of Jascha, who has obviously had many more urban adventures than I. Check out his site here.
Alexander Mikhaylov has put together a series of impressive concept drawings on behance. This one in particular caught my attention as a possible salute to Star Wars and due to it's overall dark robotic goodness. The whole series is worth checking out, especially the pieces that have subtle animation. Check the series here and Alexander's website here (loads of great content).
I found this epic shot by Dustin Sohn on behance this morning and instantly thought I've got to share it with the world (or some of the world at least). The atmosphere and mood in this shot is fantastic, I can almost see Batman, or some winged beast lurking in the shadows toward the top. The fog gives it a really eerie feel, the colours almost give a hint of some kind of demonic manifestation and the lighting just brings it all together. This shot is part of a series worth checking out. His website is also worth a look.
I found this cool illustration by Jose Manuel Rios on Behance today. I can't quite tell if it's been painted or created digitally and imposed onto a background. Either way it's a very easy to look at piece with nice use of colour and an intriguing expression. I think something should be said about the hair too, I find myself struggling with hair, whether I'm drawing it, extracting it, vectoring it or just trying to brush it hair is hard to deal with, and Jose has down a nice job here. Check out more of Jose's work here and an interesting blog here.
Felix Blommestijn has setup a blog where he's adding a new uniquely illustrated playing card every week. The results so far are really dark and really impressive. Most alternate takes on playing cards seem to stick within a certain set of guidelines, and Felix has also to a certain extent but has also pushed the boundaries by reinterpreting/redefining the individual cards. I think some (if not all) of these are so good they should be elevated to poster/print status. Check the series thus far here.
EDIT: Apologies for the lower quality images, I love having big images on my blog and these were the largest images for the deck I could find (my 2 favourites cards) and these were too good to not post.
I spotted these by Neto Zamora on behance today, I had to post them – more than anything else for the fun factor. As I think I've mentioned before I'm a big sucker for zombies (probably not big enough to be caught wearing these though). Love your work Neto. Check out the full set of shots here and Neto's website here.
French artist/designer Dorian Gourg as put together some incredible illustrations. The use of geometric shapes with patterns gives these pieces a loof/feel that I've never seen before. The centre piece feels synthetic and devoid of life but is layered over landscape photography – giving some of the pieces a sublime feel. The complete absence of colour here works really well, emphasising the cold lifelessness of the illustration and perhaps even generating mystery/intrigue. Check the whole series here and Dorian's site here.
I thought I'd share another fine example of where the 3D world meets the graffiti world. This showreel piece by Brad Schwede takes the idea of converting graffiti into 3D a step further than what I've already seen by adding some motion. While I'd be surprised if no one else has done this already I also find it surprising that I'm not seeing a lot more of it – because it works so well. Most large pieces of graffiti are stylised in such a way that they already speak of movement and energy. It seems natural for this style of art to be converted into a motion piece.
I love surreal graffiti art becomes once it's made into a 3D object and placed into an environment. There's an odd duality going on where it feels quite alien disconnected from its surroundings, but at the same time it's something that is so familiar due to its presence as a 2D artform in the urban environment. Check out more of Brad's work here.
A few super-creep and mysterious shots by Hanka Sedlacek. Regular visitors of this blog will know that I love photography featuring heavy fog (possibly ever since watching the movie "The Mist"). I think this is yet another fine example of fog used in photography to create mystery and intrigue. The landscape is great too, the strong and angular sense of perspective from the power lines and train tracks contrasts nicely with the subtle tonal gradients of the fog. Check out more of Hanka's work here.
I found these awesome pics by Alexander Rentsch on behance today. He's perfectly captured the cold sterile atmosphere of this environment. The lifelessness puts it into the context of some dystopian government institution or some such – it could even be a bunker to take refuge in during a zombie holocaust. Either way it's a great example of minimal architectural photography. Check out more of Alexander's work here, and his website here.
Some more awesome digital/3D work from Fernando Ocampo. Some time ago I posted a short animation by Fernando – I have seen many times since and still love it. I thought it would be worth checking his folio again more recently – it was worth it. I've seen a few examples of graffiti styled art making its way into the digital 3D world but I think this is the best I've seen so far. The colour, abstract shapes and presentation really bring these pieces together. I love the depth of field too. Check out more of Fernando's work here and website here.
It's great to finally be back posting again. It's been a couple of weeks since the my last post which has been way too long. At some point since my last post I came across this incredible piece of animation by Stuart Sinclair. According to Stuart this animation
"[is] done using "Trapcode 3d stroke" a "mirror" and "Trapcode sound keys" to react to the audio. The camera movement is keyframed. Then differen't color maps on top. So to clarify it' s half Expressions in after effects and half keyframed."
In a similar way to other artistic music videos I've posted I think Stuart has visually expressed this track to a tee. In addition, when watching this I feel as though I've never seen anything like it before. Very inspirational. Check out some of Stuart's other work on his youtube page.
I've seen some of Tata Vislevskaya's work before on behance, some amazing urban captures (which I thought I'd posted but haven't – will have to do something about that). Today I spotted these shots which are part of a larger series titled Kleine Scheidegg. From what I can tell these are shots where taken in Switzerland, and confirm my continuing fascination with mountains and the sublime. The macro shot of the grass with the nicely blurred background hit me with a sense of nostalgia like it was taken from a carefree childhood memory of lying in the grass staring at the clouds on a warm spring day. I have no doubt that I'll be posting more of Tata's working in the future. Check out her amazing folio here.
Andreas Leonidou has posted an interesting series exploring the concept of death. Throughout the series there is a feeling of narrative as the skull becomes more abstracted, possibly symbolising different takes on death. As a fan of skulls in art I was instantly drawn in, but seeing the development throughout the series I found more depth and intrigue. I think Andreas has done a great job at using a single image in different ways to keep interest within the viewer. See more of Andreas's work here.
After another crazy-busy week I've unfortunately only been able to post today. I'm looking forward to posting more frequently in the near future. Thanks to everyone who's been dropping by anyway.
I'm really starting to realise that I've got to get over to Iceland at some point in the near future. I think over the past month or so I've already posted some amazing pics taken of Icelandic landscapes but I had to add this pic by Bec Brown to the mix. This pic is part of a series titled Silent Landscapes. I think the title is very appropriate, and I can see the concept behind the title being applied to other Iceland photography I've seen. Typically what I've seen (including this piece) feels quite isolating and sublime, but always quite beautiful. I love how Bec has taken advantage of the heavy mist, contrasting it with the vibrant green field and the abrupt streak of reflected sunlight. A wonderfully atmospheric shot! Check out the whole series here and some of Bec's other projects here.
Dmitry Popov has posted an awesome series of manga styled concept art on his Behance profile. The series has been very well received and has recently been listed on the "featured" page (deservedly). I tend to go through phases with manga art. Sometimes I love it and sometimes not so much. I've always preferred the more gritty stuff, and this is a great example. I think the style is very suited to depicting future environments and works extremely well here. Dmitry has amazing talent and is obviously a master of this art. I look forward to seeing more. Check out the Behance link above or his deviantArt page.
I've been really busy lately and haven't been working on my blog anywhere near as much as I'd like to. I'm hoping to at least keep it updated once a week until things quiet down. I had to post this pic by Laura A. P., the mystery and intrigue were too much! I think it's quite daring to pull off work like this, so much of the image is black, so much is hidden. Throughout the whole series (do check it out!) I find that I'm more curious about what I can't see than what I can. It feels a bit like an elaborate scene for some un-named horror (as HP Lovecraft would say) to be lurking. Fantastic atmosphere. Regarding what you can see, the lighting/shadow colour bring this all together very nicely (and darkly). Check out Laura's website here.
I came across these pieces by Isaac Bidwell on behance. He's got a lot of work on his behance profile but these pieces I liked the most. They are part of a series which I recommend checking out. I think what I really like like about Isaac's style is that he is able to produce by hand what many artists fail to achieve using computers. His artwork is distinctly comic book styled but from what I could gather it's all done by hand (at least the work of his that I've seen anyway). I see a lot of artists try to replicate this style of art (sometimes, admittedly myself included) with the aide of computers and they fail – there are those that create beautiful digital artwork in this style too, but to see an artist reach these heights with his/her hands is awesome. The unique and organic appearance of hand-drawn art is nearly impossible to replicate digitally and Isaac's style and choice of subject matter project his work further into awesomeness. Nice one Isaac! Check out his website here.
Some more amazing landscape photos, this time Patrycja Makowska captures some magic images of Iceland. Check out the whole series on Patrycja's behance page. She mentions that all the shots were taken from the same location, a place (translated into English) is "Where the north wind is born". It's amazing how these shots feel bitterly cold and quite warm simultaneously.
A couple of epic shots here by Sebastien Mamy. The first image is of "Canyonland National Park, Utah, United States. Canyonland view from Mesa Arch viewpoint, at daybreak" and the second image "Chacaltaya, La Paz district, Bolivia" although both could easily be alien landscapes). Check out Sebastien's site here.
I've been mega busy lately – hence the absence of posts. I thought I'd make some time this morning before too much more time slips away. I spotted this piece by Roberto Gamito on behance. I think it sits nicely between texture and illustration, with its mix of abstract shapes and recognisable imagery. I think this piece would look great printed on a massive canvas. Nice work Roberto! Check out more of Roberto's work here.
I came across these shots by Martin Johansson on Behance yesterday and was instantly drawn in by them. I instantly got a creepy fairytale vibe from some of the shots, while others ignited feelings of nostalgia. As a series these shots (not all shown here) felt like fragments taken from a dream or distant memory. Their visual appearance, Martin's photographic style – which seems to make use of warm hues and not overly saturated colour – helped to develop this emotional accent. I find his choice of subject matter both diverse, intriguing and in some shots a little sombre. I recommend checking out the whole series, and take a look at his website.
Nook's SOS Sakura was part of an exhibtion titled "Send Help", where artists were asked to interpret the phrase "send help". I thought I'd post this piece because I instantly fell in love with it and it brought about similar emotions to a slightly similar piece I posted a couple of weeks back (although as it turns out this piece appears to be the OG). As I mentioned in the last post I don't think there is a more terrifying or lonely setting for a person's demise than the cold black void of space. But in SOS Sakura there is possibly hope for the unfortunate spaceman as he throws a small communication device in the hope that it will bring him help, or perhaps it only contains the final thoughts of man destined to float through space for eternity. Check Nook's behance profile for photos from the exhibition. I'd be quite happy to hang this piece in my studio. Check out his website for stacks of other tasty treats.
Lois Van Baarle demonstrates her beautiful illustration style in this series I came across on behance this morning. A quick trip to her website provides many more pieces of inspiration. In her bio she states that she's been drawing "since the day I could hold a pencil" but only within the last few years has she made the switch to digital art. I really like the sense of depth and the richness in colour in this series and how her characters sit nicely between comical and real-life. Check out the whole series here and Lois's website here.
Jon Maximilian Våga Sandbu has some outstanding photography in his portfolio. A lot of his work features portraits with a strong and sometimes subtle use of colour. I find his choice of subject matter here, an overly feminine model with plenty of body modifications quite intriguing. The mood throughout this series feels both warm and cold. The colour, pink, gives the series a warm, innocent feel, but then the model's pale skin and piercings give it a colder feel. Her unnaturally vivid green eyes develop the mood further, giving it a hint of surrealism. As body modification becomes more common and more acceptable in "general western society" would it be fair to say that the coldness I feel when viewing this image would not be present if I viewed it in 50 years time? Check out the whole series here, and Jon's website here.
I found this beautiful piece of motion on behance this morning. The visuals are stunning and the music is perfectly complimentary. The artist is Vladimir Shelest, check out his awesome website. Enjoy.
I don't really know what you'd call these pieces by Andriano 5nak, they look like some sort of grotesque form of graffiti art. The skin tone colours used imply some sort of organic significance and actually remind me a little of the creepy pale man from Pans Labyrinth. I think Andriano has done an amazing job at creating something unique in an art world that is becoming suffocated with alternate takes on graffiti art (which sometimes isn't necessarily a bad thing). Check out more delicious examples on Andriano's behance folio and website.
I posted on an awesome series of bridge shots by Jochen Pach a few days ago and today found these amazing shots also taken by him. I was initially fooled into thinking they weren't even photos. He has managed to capture the beauty of the urban world in a unique way. See the the whole series here and his website here. I look forward to seeing more work from Jochen!
I really like this piece by Cristian Blanxer, which is part of a series that features female subjects in various poses, some being erotic, while others like this one are more subtle. Most of the pieces in this series verge slightly into abstract and surreal art with Cristian's great use of abstract colour and texture, which gives them an almost dreamy feel. I really like the detail in this piece and how the reference to adidas creates a connection from the real world to an abstract world – is this a memory? A dream? Or just imagination? Check out the whole series here and Cristian's blog here.
Jovan Milovic has posted a series of truly epic tech/sc-fi illustrations. The detail and sense of energy is outstanding. I really like how the forms are quite abstract yet hint at familiar urban forms such as buildings, cities or trains. I can't help but think of my recent trip to Tokyo when looking at Jovan's work here. On his behance page Jovan states that he draws some of his inspiration from futuristic films such as Blade Runner and Aliens. I can see plenty from both films here plus many others in the same genre. He used Illustrator to construct the pieces, creating the specific objects within each individually before assembling them into their final composition (sounds uber fun) with each piece taking between 6–10 hours. Check out the whole series here and his tumblr page here.
I thought I'd post this epic shot by Jacob Bours because it's very relevant to where I'm living right now. In fact I'm wearing more layers than the average human being would be wearing on the earth right now, I have the heater on, hood on, cat nearby, and snow topped mountain in view from my window. If you can't quite get the vibe I'm trying to express take a long hard look at the image above, it's pretty much how I feel right now. Jacob has done a great job at capturing this winter wonderland (Switzerland). The detail and depth are incredible. I think this would look great large scale (I think I say that about a lot of things though). Check out the whole series here, they're all great shots – it took me ages to decide which one to post. Check out Jacob's website too, there's loads of great shots there too.
My love of bridges continues with this incredible set by Jonchen Pach of Germany, titled Autobahn. The autobahn was constructed in Germany to unify the country, create employment and help to improve economy. It has been been used in a propaganda as a symbol of strength and solidarity, and today is the second largest freeway system in the world. Jochen's capture of the heavy geometric shapes and strong contrasting light and shadow in this series almost feels like a piece of propaganda itself! I think he's perfectly captured this bridge and in doing so has maintained the notion of the autobahn as a symbol of strength and development. Check out Jochen's website here.