ANDREAS LEONIDOU: WHAT IS DEATH?


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.

BEC BROWN: SILENT LANDSCAPES (ICELAND)


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: JETARTS


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.

LAURA A P: BLACKNESS


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.

ISAAC BIDWELL: BIJIN-GA





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.

PATRYCJA MAKOWSKA - ICELAND - WHERE THE NORTH WIND IS BORN





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.