Nicolien Beerens, aka Cataclysm-X on deviantART, is a 21 years old self-taught artist from Netherlands. She likes all sort of arts: traditional art, digital art, poetry and writing! I found Nicolien's work at deviantART (while searching for some House Md. artworks) and loved it. Her drawings are amazing... full of details, personality, beautiful lines and realism. I liked them so much that I got in touch with Nicolien to know more about her and her work. So here is a small bio and some images for you guys. My name is Nicolien, a self-taught artist who was born in 1987 and raised in the Netherlands. Ever since I was young I like to create things. Although I've tried several styles of art, portraits have always been my favorite subjects to draw. Lately I absolutely love to portray the human face and forms with pencils only and capture that person's spirit on paper. It's amazing how much you can learn about someone by drawing and observing their facial features. In 2004 I joined DeviantArt where I learned -and still learn- a lot of new techniques to improve my pencil skills. The more experienced I became, the more techniques I developed myself. People got really interested in how I drew certain features of the human face, and so I started to write tutorials about how to draw and help anyone out who likes to get some help with drawing. One thing I've learned through the years is that you can achieve anything if you truly believe in yourself and enjoy doing the things that you love to do without hurting anyone else. (: I am grateful for being able to make people smile by showing the things I create. I hope you enjoy her drawings as much as I did! And don't forget to check out her deviantART profile and her exto gallery for further images and details about each artwork! Enjoy. :)
House Md is for sure one of the greatest series out there, at least I think so! The series show some really nice and intelligent battles between great doctors trying to diagnostic difficult cases. The main character, Gregory House, is controversial, sarcastic, irreverent and polemic, he is actually just brilliant. He acts and talks like many of us would like to do but are not brave enough to do it. The awarded House Md is so well developed that gets our attention in a way that makes us addicted to it! We get anxious to see what will be House's next case and how he will diagnostic it. The whole deal is just very good... House's friendship with Wilson, his eternal unsolved love affair with Cuddy, his great 'who knows more' discussions with also egocentric Dr. Foreman and House's vicodin addiction can guarantee us really good episodes. With all that and lot more, House gained tons of fans out there, fans that like the series so much that they produced some really cool artworks about it. And it was browsing around deviantART that I found some of these fans artworks and decided to show here to you! And don't forget to click at the image to visit the artist's page! And also, in case you have an artwork about the House to share, the comments are open for you! I hope you like it as much as I did! And remember, it's never lupus! ;) jessie145 Cataclysm-X harmlessfangirl CrystallineColey SilentKW Petite-Madame euclase mishinsilo justspawn Melwasul conworth rambeltoy dongpeiyen1000 Avalantis Dorotty EatToast VivalaVida SilentPortrait on3n0x SaladBowl Azzurri107 SheldonSands GH-Graphics hannah-dora ChildOfPuck x-piracy Zenkashi andrewchandler80 MrsGraves ilojleen jarah Gp5
The Italian artist Guido Daniele developed one of the most impressive ways to express his art, using human hands and turning them into something else with a touch of paint. When skill meets creativity, we get an unbelievable result. In this case, the result in your hands. Check it out! I am sure you seem some of his hand painting before, it's been all over the web and that's provably the reason why Guido expended his work from being only personal artwork to big ad campaigns. For more you can visit guidodaniele.com WWF Campaign - Give a hand to wildlife AT&T Campaign What would you do with your hands?
Jeffrey Thomas, aka jeftoon01 at deviantART, is a very talented and creative character designer/story artist. His Twisted Princess and also The Witch Files series are really awesome. His style and creativity are really worth to check out! One of our readers, Leonardo Guimaraes, suggested Jeffrey's work for a post and he was totally right, his pieces are beautiful and creative. Jeffrey showed us a total different side of the Disney's Princess and I just loved their 'twisted side'. We will show here a seletion from Jeffrey's work and we highly recommend you to check out his deviantART page or his portfolio for further images! Enjoy... :) Twisted Princess The Witch Files Trinity Mr. and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch Sith Lord Ventress Red: BLOOD For the Fallen
Alexia Sinclair is a very talented art photographer and digital artist based in Sydney - Australia. Her distinct style is easily recognized and highly original. Using a visual narrative to seduce her audience with each photographic feast, Sinclair’s art is dark and seductive, baroque and symbolic. Her multilayered photographs subtly present contemporary notions of fashion and beauty through innovative digital media, whilst restoring antique notions of classicism, elegance and luxury. Sinclair is an artist who skillfully walks the tightrope that divides the worlds of Fine Art and Commercial Art. Motivated by her love and devotion for all things intricate and unusual, this versatile creative uniquely approaches her creative production by filling all of the roles, from designing sets and props, to makeup and costumes. Sinclair travels the world photographing locations and models and works in post production constructing imagined worlds through the combination of her photographs and hand illustrations. I saw Alexia's work on my daily researches online and her images got my attention. I loved the colors, the atmosphere, post production and style. I'm pretty sure you will also like the images! Find more about Alexia and her work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page Make sure to visit Alexia Sinclair's portfolio and enjoy the images... :)
We are always receiving suggestions pointing some great artists and their portfolios, and that is really nice because it gives us the chance to check out some really nice stuff to show here to you. Today we will show the abstract and expressive work of David Platt. David is an artist/designer based in New York who has been creating visual art since 1990. After receiving a BFA in Film & Television from NYU, David concentrated on the creation of digital art, design and animation, eventually forming his own design firm in 2001. When not focusing on his paintings David works as a designer under the name Martian Design. "In my paintings I attempt to reconcile opposites. I depict a psychological landscape where inner and outer space converge, where creation and destruction are indistinguishable and where micro organisms fuse to become macro organisms ad infinitum. Out of the abstract soup emerges corporeality in all its incarnations, whose forms and contours are undifferentiated, existing for a timeless instant before reintegration and death. I paint straight from my subconscious onto the canvas, in an attempt to tap into collective imagery and precognitive stimuli. In 2006, I hurt my arms and had to undergo surgery. During that time I developed the staccato line technique that would eventually become my signature style. At first, the use of line represented the injured nerve that ran the length of my arm, then the bandages that soon followed, then appendages, then individuated organisms, and finally, all things." David Platt Enjoy the images and check out David's portfolio for further pieces! :)
So you don't have a FFFFOUND account? Me neither. But that really don't stop me from browsing their galleries looking for inspiration and great works. One of the things that FFFFOUND offers that can really help 'ordinary readers such as us' is their suggestions, the 'you may like these images' part. You can choose your start point and browse some awesome suggestions! This is exactly what I did here! Got a start point (a first image) and browsed around their suggestions. And by the way, the suggestions were pretty good. The result was really cool, check it out and enjoy the images. :)
Mark Ryden is a great painter and one of the most celebrated artists of the Pop Surrealism movement. His pieces are stunting, expressive and they transmit a good feeling. His work takes us to a kind of parallel world, almost a deja vu. Ryden studied illustration and graduated at the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, in 1987. Upon first glance Ryden’s work seems to mirror the Surrealists’ fascination with the subconscious and collective memories. However, Ryden transcends the initial Surrealists’ strategies by consciously choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation. His dewy vixens, cuddly plush pets, alchemical symbols, religious emblems, primordial landscapes and slabs of meat challenge his audience not necessarily with their own oddity but with the introduction of their soothing cultural familiarity into unsettling circumstances. Viewers are initially drawn in by the comforting beauty of Ryden’s pop-culture references, then challenged by their circumstances, and finally transported to the artist’s final intent – a world where creatures speak from a place of childlike honesty about the state of mankind and our relationships with ourselves, each other and our past. Find more about Mark Ryden and his work online at markryden.com. I really loved his pieces, specially Rose (the first one at this list), which I saw at a tv show once and tried to find it for a long period with no success. This image was in my head for months... but then this week I was browsing around and found it... so I decided to show this and other great pieces from this very talented artist! Enjoy the paintings...
HelloVon is the studio established in 2006 by the 29 years old London based illustrator and artist Von. We will show here some great illustrations from his impressive portfolio. Von has already worked for clients like American Express, Nike, Penguin, Havana Club, Habitat, Playboy, Rolling Stone and many others. Utilizing a seamless blend of traditional and digital mark making techniques Von has accrued an international client list, been featured in numerous publications across the globe and has exhibited in such prestigious venues as The London Design Museum. Influenced by nature and popular culture and able to flawlessly walk the line between surrealism and documentary portraiture his artwork is both detailed and abstract, capturing a mood in what appears to be a fleeting moment in time. You can also check out other pieces from Von at his flickr page. His work is pretty unique and interesting, so I hope you enjoy the images we will show here!! Typography And a video
As our previous 85 Great Tattoos as Art and Inspiration post was a big hit and we received several comments about it from our readers, we decided to do a sequence of it! The difference is that for this one we pick some samples of the work from the artists and studios that the readers suggested at the last post. As we received a huge amount of suggestions we will have to brake them to be able to show all of it to you... so here goes the part 2 of the 85 Great Tattoos as Art and Inspiration. Hope you like it!! Click at the images or at the artists/studios name to visit their website! And thanks for all the comments and suggestions... Enjoy! :) Eddy Deutsche Tattoo getmooretattoos - Steve Moore Grimemonster HBomb.ca Tattoos Heidi Hay Tattoo Studio Heidi Hay Niki Hyperspace Studio Guy Aitchison Michele Wortman Ignition Tattoo Jamie Nikko Ronnie Jason Vaughn Tattoos and Artworks Kamil Tattoos King Carlos Tattoo Calle Maria Jolly Jonny Mordenti Tattoo Nick Baxter Paul Booth's Last Rites Tattoo Theatre VIMBY - Tattoo Artist Paul Booth Robert Hernandez Tattoos Sabine Gaffron Tattoo Saira Hunjan The Leu Family's Iron Filip Leu Uncle Allan Valerie Vargas Tattoo Yellow Blaze Tattoo Studio Shige
Wikipedia says that posters are any piece of printed paper designed to be attached to a wall or vertical surface. Very interesting concept! And what about vintage posters? I don't have the exact concept for it, but I would simply say that they are pure art. Vintage posters appeared around 1880 and developed it's style and fame during the following decade, until 1890, where vintage posters were already a hit. From 1906 on they were very appreciated and noted from every art lover. Since the 40's they are collections pieces and main subject of work for several galleries around the world. Vintage posters are just beautiful! Even considering that they were designed years ago, we still think they are full of style and beauty. As I really like this kind of art I decided to make this selection to share with you some really beautiful vintage posters. You will see here several types of vintage posters, some ads, film posters, traveling publicity and so on. Hope you like them!! Click at the images to visit the source where we found them!
Patrick Gunderson is a designer, programmer and artist living and working in Los Angeles. He creates complex projects involving a combination of aesthetic and technical elements, using both sides of the brain (as per Patrick's words). He specializes in digital interactive mediums, but his traditional analog work reflects the sentiment of his digital work, taking apparent chaos and adding a sense of order. Through his education in fine arts, to his experience scripting animation and logic, he is now a Senior Designer for NFL.com and has also some great pieces that we are very glad to show here for your. One of our readers, Demian Luis Villanueva, suggested a post about Patrick's work and when I started browsing around his pieces to compose the article, I felt in love right away. The colors, shades, creativity, softness and chaos surrounding his work gives us a very good impression. Patrick is specialized in pixels, but is also known for making pretty things in the analog world, so he can transit in both analog and digital world easily. Here we will show his great pieces done in adobe flash. They are all amazing... so for sure you will like it!! "There are two goals to the artwork that I am currently producing. First is the process. The challenge of composing images and code that create sprawling abstractions with multiple levels of detail excites and inspires me by itself. I am especially interested in the use of generative and emergent processes combined with traditional composition of color and line. Second is the emotional aspect of the work, which I liken to classical music. The thing that makes classical music great is its ability to invoke a subconscious feeling in the listener, even though they haven't been exposed any sort of back-story. There is a deep emotional reaction on a level beyond the surface of conscious thought, in a spiritual place where narrative is less important than raw feeling, where rhythm and harmony speak to the soul. This is the place I am most interested in touching with these works." Find more about Patrick Gunderson and his work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page "Sometimes I look at these and I can't believe they are made by mechanical means." Patrick Gunderson I really recommend you to check out more of his work! Enjoy! :) Self Portrait
As I promised at The Stunning Work of Chris McVeigh post, here I'm featuring an interview and also a photography showcase to show you a bit more about Chris and his art. As I mentioned before, I really liked his work and creativity, so I'm pretty sure you will also like to know more about this artist. As at the first post we focused on Chris's "toy photos", at this one we will focus on his beautiful and colorful photography. I really liked his perspective, his way of picturing scenes... He captures regular things with a whole different vision that you will be able to check out with the selection we've put together here, along with the interview!! Find more about Chris McVeigh and his work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page So, enjoy the images and the interview! :) When did you discover your artistic vein? I think I've always been creative. This is probably a result of my grandmother's careful nurturing; she encouraged me to draw and paint at a very early age. As I grew up I took on more complicated projects that included sprawling Lego cities and elaborate dioramas for my Star Wars figures. And in my senior year of high school I produced a weekly newsletter using a very, very early page layout application on my Apple IIgs. How did you start working with design e photography? As I mentioned above, I started using page layout applications relatively early (i.e., 1989) and my interest in design flowed from that experience. My first contracted job came in 1990, when I produced a calendar for the local School Board. This led to the creation of posters, signage and price lists for my campus computer store when I was at university (I was *NEVER* satisfied with Times Roman or Helvetica!) The story of how I went from creating signs for a computer store to contributing artwork for Microsoft ad campaigns is long and complicated, so I'll be succinct: In 1991 I created another paper newsletter, this time about Apple. I gave it away at the store I worked at, and a number of people suggested I put the newsletter into a digital format and distribute it online. This garnered the attention of a number of key people and segued into many different jobs: web designer, contributing editor, illustrator, and even animator. At some point, a close contact started working at the ad agency MRM Gould (now part of McCann Erickson). He brought me on board for several small projects, and I apparently did a good enough job that they would come back to me again and again. You can see some of the projects I worked on at http://www.powerpig.ca. I got a very, very late start with photography—just two years ago! I never thought I had any capacity to be a photographer and so never pursued it. However, at the encouraging of a friend (the same friend who got me started with the ad agency), I bought a digital SLR on March of 2007. It didn't take long before I realized that I could apply the same principles of design to photography, and moreover, photography was also a much faster and more forgiving process. How did you improve your work and technique? Trial and error, persistence and just a dash of obsessive-compulsiveness. I'm never satisfied with anything, so I keep pushing myself to do better. I'm entirely self-taught when it comes to both design, photography and even applications like Photoshop; I've found this the best way to wrap your head about technologies. I know that you are also a technical writer, tell us more about that. I've always had a capacity to write as well as illustrate, stemming as far back as grade school. My first independent effort was the newsletter I produced for my high school, called BHS This Week. My next major project was an Apple-focused e-zine (this is in the days before the Internet) called MacSense. Eventually I moved to macHOME (now defunct), which I contributed to in some capacity for almost eight years. I've not done much technical writing since that time, aside from writing iPhone app reviews for MacLife.com. What do you like most on your job? And what would you say you don't like about it? I love that I get to work from home, and that I can work as much or as little as I like. I also love that I can work without someone looking over my shoulder all the time. That said, I'm very goal driven and I feel an incredible sense of satisfaction when I've completed a major project or produced a well-received photo. What are the softwares and hardwares you use to produce your art? What would you like to have in the perfect equipment or software to produce your work? At the moment, I use a new 24" iMac with 4GB RAM/640HD. As far as photography goes, my workflow includes iPhoto for photo management and Adobe Photoshop CS4 for editing. (I have avoided Aperture/Lightroom simply because I almost always end up processing my pictures in Photoshop.) On the design side of things, I still use and love Freehand MX. (I will move to Illustrator CS4 at some point, kicking and screaming no doubt!) Other applications in my workflow include Fireworks, Flash, and of course, Photoshop. I think I pretty much have everything I need to produce my work, though I am waiting for a perfect display technology to come along. My eyes are sensitive enough that I can easily see minor variations in luminosity, contrast and color temperature across most modern displays. Hopefully, OLED (when it is finally mass-produced in reasonable sizes) will be able to overcome these flaws. What is your main inspiration source? I am not sure I can single out one central source of inspiration. I just find great satisfaction in being creative, especially if my creativity can also entertain a crowd. I think it helps that I don't take myself too seriously. Which are your goals and future plans for your career? I'm hoping I can capitalize on the momentum I have with my toy and chipmunk pics and become more involved with commercial photography. Overall, I just want to enjoy myself, and if I can do that and get paid for it, all the better! Once again, thanks for the interview Chris. And to finalize, do you have any advises to the upcoming artists? Thank you Gisele. My advise would be: do what you love and the money will follow. Old cliché, I know, but it's absolutely true. :D
Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates very nice pieces using some unlikely things, mostly LEGO bricks. Sawaya has some portraits, logos, large and small sculptures ... all made of bricks. As you will see here, his work is very amazing since he puts together lots of bricks to form very nice and unique work. He is currently touring North American museums in a show titled The Art of the Brick, an exhibition focused exclusively on LEGO as a way of art. "Sawaya is a surrealist mash-up of forms and artists. Imagine Frank Lloyd Wright crossed with Ray Harryhausen, or Auguste Rodin crossed with Shigeru Miyamoto, and you start to get a sense of where Sawaya is coming from". Scott Jones I bumped into his work when I was reading a local newspaper and they mentioned his work and the touring. As I really liked the one piece I saw I decided to search more about the artist and his pieces. I really think that this kind of art is impressive not only because of it's looks but also because of the whole process of putting together a huge amount of bricks to form a great final piece. The artist must be not only creative but also very patience to do that. Who as a kid didn't try do create cool stuff out of LEGO? For sure our tries were not this good, maybe only for our moms. ;) Find more about Nathan Sawaya and his work online at: The Art of the Brick Behance Click at the images to visit Sawaya's page and check out more about each piece. Enjoy!! :)
Christian Petersen, aka mone, is a 33 years old web designer from Hamburg, Germany which has a degree in Communication, Media Design specifically. Christian has been practicing graffiti since he was 18 and he likes to create characters at walls, canvas or with clay. He got in touch with Abduzeedo to present us the M1-Design website, his portfolio. As we really like to feature our reader's work here and his pieces are really cool, we asked him for a selection of his work to present here. So Christian sent us some images, since his website is all flash based, and here we are showing them to you. Make sure you visit his portfolio to check out the complete work from this artist because it's really worth it, the website is pretty beautiful and it was also designed by Chris. I really liked all his color combinations, humor and style! Hope you enjoy! :)
Today I received an email with some pretty funny food arts and decided to search for some samples of it to share here with you so we can relax for a while after a long day!! It's always pretty nice to check out the creativity and ability that some artist have to turn some fruits and vegetables into comic art. I know that some images are not that great (quality of images) but even tough they are pretty interesting, creative and funny, so I hope you like them! :) To visit the source of the images just click on them! ;) Enjoy!
I think we have already mentioned this but the best thing on blogging about design is that you are always discovering new things and of course, new incredible designers and digital artits. Jason Thielke is one of them, with amazing style mixing very different techniques such as painting, Laser etch, acrylic transfer and and others, Jason creates a very original and of course inspiring pieces. Jason Thielke's art focuses on urban landscapes and their inhabitants. A strong emotional connection to the built environment and its inevitable rise and fall provide the foundation for his work. Thielke's aesthetic encompasses both contemporary and traditional techniques much like modern architecture; his process of drawing, composing, and transferring images mirrors the planning, deconstruction and reconstruction phases of urban gentrification. The architectural style in his work is applied to his interpretation of the human form, which comfortably contrasts hard lines with soft features and mixed emotions. Thielke often parallels this theme with the resurgence of American figurative painting. Thielke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Northern Illinois University School of Art and has held solo exhibitions in Denver, Portland and Seattle. For more information visit Jason's website at: http://www.jasonthielke.com/