Mitsuo2 is a Japanese artist who creates incredibly detailed celebrity portraits using only colored pencils. He has drawn lifelike likenesses of celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Jeremy Renner, Pink, Rhianna, and Scarlet Johannson. According to his dA account, he loves listening to music while painting. Not much else is known about this elusive artist but I do hope he keeps up the good work.
INK is a UK-based, multi-award winning digital production studio that combines imagination and cutting edge digital technology to create beautifully crafted images for advertisements, production companies, and designers. They said: “Our idea is to deliver work that feels hand-crafted, made for a particular client, with the same attention to detail and sophistication expected of the leading brands we love to work with.” In their latest series, they integrated canine adorableness with WWII fighter planes. The result is a trio of planes that look vaguely like a beagle, a golden retriever, and a schnauzer. I sure hope they don’t spot a squirrel while in mid-air.
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Looking at the artwork of Alex Andreyev will take you to places that may or may not exist in the far future. Most of his work incorporates a bit of dystopian undercurrent but they are all undeniably full of imagination. Alex hails from the Russian Federation and has more than twenty years of experience in graphic design under his belt. He said: “It sounds paradoxical but digital art attracts me because it is free of technological influence. While in traditional arts technologies dramatically limit the artist — his ability to stylize works in graphics or extremely time consuming process of paint drying, in digital painting I sit in front of a screen, grab the stylus and see the result immediately. And I am really glad people find in my work emotions similar to those I used to experience while creating my works.”
Alex Stoddard grew up in Florida and started taking portraits of himself in his backyard when he was sixteen. At seventeen, Alex joined the 365-day Project where his talent at capturing striking images was immediately noticed. The project involved taking one picture a day, everyday, for one year. According to him: “I wanted more than anything to improve and to improve quickly, and I had seen several others embark upon their own 365 projects and witnessed the growth from their first photo in the set to their last. I wanted that growth for myself, and so I started taking a photo each day. Another part of it was this almost subconscious need for completion. I’d never finished anything in my life up to that point. I’d always given up when things became too difficult. I wanted to be able to prove to myself that I was capable of finishing something I started.”. Alex currently lives in California.
Chris Ozer is a former jazz pianist who decided to dabble in a bit of a photography. His pastime became a hobby which turned into a profession. Chris is always on the lookout for that one, perfect shot. He has a careful eye for lighting which helps set the mood in his shots. A lot of his portraits feature subjects with their backs to the camera, and while this may be a fatal flaw to some, Chris makes it look good. A lot of big names are apparently impressed with Chris’s work. His list of clients include industry giants like Nike, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, PayPal, and Johnnie Walker. Chris is currently based in New York where he also lives with his wife and two sons.
Théo Gosselin is a young, up-and-coming French photographer who has a knack for capturing the raw emotions of youth. He carefully takes lighting into account which helps set the mood for his photos. The result is an uncomplicated, earnest, and candid look at his subjects which often evokes an emotional response from the viewer. Théo’s motto “Live fast, love hard” is often evident in his photography.
Jean-Yves Lemoigne is the go-to guy if you want fun and clever ads that will stick in your consumer’s minds for a long time. His list of clients include some of the biggest industry names. Lemoigne’s clients include: Axe, Volkswagen, Saatchi&Saatchi, Oldspice, Hewlett-Packard, Audi, Citroen, Visa, and many more. He worked as an art director for six years before successfully transitioning into photography and advertising. Lemoigne is currently based in Paris, France.
Alex Seton is a Sydney-based sculptor who creates life-like sculptures of clothing out of marble. To add to the realism, Seton’s sculptures are often “hung” on display. A couple are even left as puddles of clothes on the floor. My personal favorite is a jogging outfit sitting upright by itself, with no one wearing it. Alex prefers using Carrara marble for his sculptures and it’s just amazing how he can turn a cold and hard medium into a comfy-looking outfit. According to his biography, Alex uses the framework of marble carving to interrogate and displace our expectations by challenging our optical perception and subverting the tradition of the material.
With contrasting patterns and loud colors, Madame Peripetie’s work doesn’t just grab your attention, it takes it by the shoulders and gives it a good shake. In her series ‘Patchwork’, she experimented with fabrics, patterns, and blond models to produce a fashion statement that some might accurately call eccentric. Her real name is Sylwana Zyburay and she has a masters degree in applied linguistics and a B.A. in photography. She is of Polish ancestry and is currently based in Germany where she worked with high-profile clients such as H, LAB, Neo2, + ing Japan, Beijing Art, and Photo Masterskaja Russia. To explain her attention-grabbing style, she said: “I was never interested in depicting reality as it is – the escapism and interdisciplinary hybrid-thinking has always been fascinating me.”
Gavin Worth was born in Zimbabwe, Africa but grew up in Cruces, New Mexico. He is a self-taught artist who discovered his lifelong passion when he saw Michelangelo’s “Head of Leda” in a library book. His sculptures, made of metal wires, look like line paintings. Gavin worked as a musician and actor for various theaters in California. To date, he has built a life-sized skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex for the American Southwest Theater Company, worked as a set designer and painter for the Santa Fe Opera. He was also an illustrator for George Ronald Publishing. Gavin currently lives and works in Cairo, Egypt, where he teaches at the American International School.