Borondo is a young and promising street artist from Spain. Unlike most artists of today, he doesn’t strive for realism in his work. As a matter of fact, his characters all seem oddly blurred around the edges. Their features seemingly melt together, and at times, even altogether missing. He also has also done some large-scale work in his trademarked blurry fashion which has probably caused many a passer-by to pause and squint to try and make it out.
Ramon Bruin is a mostly self-taught artist who works with oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints. He also dabbles with charcoal, pencils and graphite. He has recently dabbled with eerily realistic 3D drawings. His drawings usually feature a critter or two, some of which you wish were real, some you fervently pray don’t exist.
Derby blue, according to Merriam-Webster, is a dark violet that is bluer, lighter, and stronger than plum purple and bluer and stronger than average blue plum. The creator of the wince-inducing illustration above is also Derby Blue. He is an Italian illustrator who describes himself as “male and taken”. He hails from João Pessoa and currently works out of Firenze, Italy.
PSHoudini is the nom de guerre of Brazilian artist Miguel P. His career as a digital artist began in 2010 when he discovered the miracles of Photoshop. He hasn’t stopped manipulating images to his heart’s content ever since. His digitally manipulated images are as imaginative as they are meticulously made. This is one digital artist we should watch out for.
Veronika Kalacheva is a Moscow artist and illustrator whose specialty is watercolor. Her work appears in numerous magazines, editorials and books. Watercolor may be considered by some artists as a child’s medium, but in Veronica’s hands, the characters come alive. The illustration above is from a novel by E.L. Konigsburg: “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”. The Russian translation of which is beautifully illustrated by Veronika.
Samuel Silva is a self-taught artist whose ballpoint portraits are slowly gaining popularity. His began drawing at the age of two and hasn’t stopped since. Samuel is also proficient in pastels, pencil, chalk, color pencils,oils, and acrylics. It takes quite a while for him to finish a piece and his drawings are few and far in between. According to him, ballpoint pens are a powerful, if underestimated medium. He said: “It’s not about what you use, it’s about how you use it.”
Brian Boulton is a Vancouver-based artist who reverses the digital trend by turning digital images into drawings. He has a series of beautifully rendered drawings where the subjects all face away from the viewer. The original photos were taken without the subject’s knowledge, lending the drawing an element of spontaneity. Brian’s graphite renderings are finely detailed, giving it more character and dimension than the original photo.
To say that a drawing is in 3D may sound oxymoronic but thanks to a little optical illusion, it’s actually possible. Anamorphosis means distorted projection. It requires the viewer to look at the piece of art from a specific vantage point, otherwise it wouldn’t make sense. Taking advantage of this, 21-year-old Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki has created an entire series of 3D drawings that seam to leap out of the page to get you. He was inspired by Julian Beever’s street art.
Alessandro Della Pietra is an Italian digital artist. Ever since he was a kid, he had always liked to observe, understand, and absorb everything around him. Later, he realized that he could rework the images around him and make it his own. He has been dabbling in publishing graphics since 1992 particularly with digital manipulation and retouching of images. He loves painting, photography, acting, and music; in other words, anything that allows him to express himself.
Margarita Sheshukova art takes us to places we wish we could go. A place where fairies, nymphs, elves, and dragons abound. Her work catches not just the eye, but the child in us. It also helps that she uses a fantastically colored palette. Fanciful, dreamy, and imaginative, this young Russian artist is a rising star in the mainstream art world.