Charles Leval is a French street artist whose art is starting to crop up in some of the most unexpected places. Levalet, as he is known in the artistic circles, likes to use props in some of his work. The props are usually the only spots of color to be found in his art. Unlike most street artists, his work is entirely in black and white. Charles’ work is unique in the way it is cleverly incorporated into the walls and objects that they are placed on. The placement of his work is definitely not random. It takes him quite a lot of wandering around to find the perfect spot which brims with artistic potential. Measurements are taken before he heads back to his shop to create the images. The finished product is then integrated into the location using wheat paste. One of his most recent work features a guy aiming a real cue stick at a hand grenade. he calls it “Demineur”, which is the French word for minesweeper.
Mandy Smith is an artist whose favorite medium is paper. Any and all kinds of paper. Even sandpaper. In one of her more recent series, she used just that. Mandy fashioned a pair of bikinis, a bicycle, a double bed, a slide, a pair of shoes, and toilet paper out of a material no one would want anywhere near their sensitive parts. Bruno Drummond thentook photographs of them after carefully arranging them in such a manner that makes them even more realistic. She also has a series of paper houses where she faithfully recreates the traditional architecture of canal houses in Amsterdam. Mandy also had a hand in making some of the models in Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”.
Pawel Rebisz is a web designer, illustrator, and digital artist who specializes in 3D rendering. What makes him stand out from the mainstream crowd is the amazing amount of detail he puts into each and everyone of his characters. Zoom in close and you’ll see the character’s wrinkles, freckles, and even individual pores. That’s a lot of detail for just one character. This artist is definitely not the slapdash sort when it comes to his art. Pawel currently lives and works in Rzeszow, Poland.
Jungshan is a freelance illustrator whose simple medium belie the complexity of her inky illustrations. By combining the ancient style of Asian ink illustration with digital art techniques, Junshan succeeded in creating stunningly beautiful images. Her strokes give the illusion of movement and action, something that is not easily achieved using a still medium. According to her, the poit of her drawings is their ‘emotional appeal’. Jungshan is currently based in Taiwan.
It’s no Seastone Chair but it will do. Jeffro Uitto, is the artist responsible for that elegant driftwood throne you see up there. He makes all kinds of driftwood furniture. Jeffro has been sculpting with wood since he was in high school. The wood he uses is authentic driftwood he has ‘rescued’ from the shores of creeks, rivers, and oceans. He takes them back to his shop near Willapa Bay for cleaning and curing before putting them together into artistic pieces of furniture. Jeffro has also made some beds, a burl-topped bar, and a rose bud made from cedar shavings. He has been commissioned to create driftwood installations in places as far as Hawaii and Alaska.
Michael Light is an aerial photographer currently based in San Francisco. He focuses on the relationship between contemporary American culture and the environment. Michael uses large format cameras to take breathtaking photos of landscapes as he flies over them. The bird’s-eye-view perspective of his shots highlight how urban expansion is forever changing the landscape. Once arid deserts are being converted into neatly landscaped suburbia. Michael’s work has been exhibited both on the national as well as the international level. His work is also displayed in The New York Public Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Getty Research Library,and the the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
“The Fallen” is the brainchild of two British artists to commemorate those who fell during the WWII in the beaches of Normandy. Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss traveled all the way to the historic beach and together with hundreds of volunteers, proceeded to scratch stencils of soldiers into the sand. The initial number of volunteers was around 60, but as word got around, their numbers swelled to more than 500. The images were washed away by the tide after nearly five hours but the effort was definitely worth it. According to Jamie, ‘The idea is to create a visual representation of what is otherwise unimaginable, the thousands of human lives lost during the hours of the tide during the Second World War Normandy landings.’ he added, ‘People understand that so many lives were lost that day but it’s incredibly difficult to picture that number. You could see the horrific casualty of war when you stood on the cliff looking down at the beach. Watching the tide come in and wash the bodies away was symbolic of all the lives lost in all wars, not just during the Normandy Landings.’
Natalia Rak is a street artist whose ‘territory’ covers most of her native Poland. Her work is mostly large-scare and covers entire walls of buildings. Natalia is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and has been a painter before she became a street artist. One of her most famous pieces is “The Legend of the Giants” where a gigantic young girl dressed in a colorful beribboned dress, waters what appears to be a small plant, or full-grown tree, depending on your perspective. It is the sheer scale of this project as well as Natalia’s signature soft-toned, feminist approach that makes it stand out.
Xavier Thomas is a Canadian artist whose impressive portfolio includes games such as Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell Conviction, Prince of Presia, and Driver. He was the Communication Art Director at Ubisoft and most of the images he was involved with were used as box art, game art, and featured in magazines. Xavier also co-founded the animation studio Two Dots. Two Dots is a creative studio which specializes in video games and the entertainment industry. They offer character design, concept art, high-resolution illustrations, and iconic image exploration.
Ania Mitura is a Polish freelance concept artist and illustrator who specializes in bringing to life some of our favorite characters from The Game Of Thrones series. Thus far, she has come up with Arya and Sansa Stark, Tywin, Jamie, and Tyrion Lannister, Ygritte, Jon Snow, Sandor Clegane, and may more. While each character is based on the actors that portray them, there are small but subtle differences that makes them disparate from the characters themselves. Ania’s illustrations are utterly recognizable as the characters they play on the series instead of just looking like Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, or Christopher Harington.