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.
Emanuele Ronco is a graphic artist who also goes by the name Rems 182. His work, which mimics numeric photography, shows the face of the subject through the hand which supposedly hides them. For him, the creative act is a ‘necessary and profound form of auto-analysis’ which he cannot do without. His subjects include, among others: a pope, a couple of dictators, a Russian president, several prominent politicians, and a celebrity or two.
Dan Elijah G. Fajardo is a full-time, Filipino graphic artist currently based in Manila. He has a child-like attitude towards art that spurs him to create simple, yet moving pieces centered around fantasy and science fiction. Dreams, childhood memories, space, stars, and fantasy fascinate him. Dan pencils a sketch before making his ideas come alive on Adobe Photoshop. Juan Luna, a Philippine National artist, is an inspiration of his. Andy Warhol and Banksy are also a major influence in his art.
Anna-Maria is an elusive Swiss artist whose pencil portraits of Hollywood personalities are as stunning as they are sexy. It also helps that she features Hollywood hotties like Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Anyone can make a portrait but hers capture the raw sensuality of the actors, without descending into nudity. Anna captures their pose, expression, and faraway like no other artist can.
Armin Mersmann immigrated to the United States in 1965 with his parents. His father, a famous oil painter, was responsible for raising him in an artistic environment. He feels as if his career as an artist was simply inevitable. According to him, he never made a conscious choice to be an artist, it’s just what he does. His medium of choice is graphite but he also does a few oil portrais on the side. Critics call his style of drawing graphite realism.
Emma Uber’s pastel portraits give an impression of contained passion. The nearly expressionless faces of her subjects clash wonderfully with the bold smears and drips of bright colors. Her portraits draw the viewer’s eye and makes it linger. Emma comes from a graphic design and photographic background but she has always found the time to indulge in painting on canvas.
Christina Empedocles uses wax pencils to create these captivating drawings. Not that you’d take them to be drawings at first glance. Christina renders her subjects so flawlessly most people will take one look, declare it a photograph and scream “Faaake!” when told they’re actually drawings. Aside from being incredibly detailed, the play of light and shadow are perfectly reproduced in every wrinkle of the paper.
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