David Chong is a Singapore-based artist whose pencil and ink illustrations are fast gaining a following on the internet. Davis is self taught and what started as an idle hobby soon grew to be an abiding passion in illustration. He started off with realistic pencil and pen portraits and has recently ventured into making digital finger paintings.
Lee Cross, otherwise known as Wood Splitter Lee, is a talented sculptor from Alaska who has elevated the craft of creating stuffed animals into fine art. Her creations are not only adorable, they’re also incredibly realistic. Lee starts with a skeleton (nope, the plastic kind, not bone) which she then wraps in stuffing and covers with cloth. The final stage involves painstakingly hand-decorating it with synthetic fur and paint. Lee guarantees that no animal was ever harmed in the making of every piece. Each critter sells for up to $910 on ebay.
J Henry Fair has made it his life’s mission to document the atrocities that mankind has inflicted on mother nature. He has even published a book called The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis. It’s filled with picture after picture of shocking yet beautiful images of pollution. Some may doubt the authenticity of Fair’s color palette but he has repeatedly confirmed that “what one sees in the photos is what was there.” He started taking photographs at the age of fourteen when he nicked his father’s camera. He admits during an interview: “I always had a big mouth, and pretty much always tried to use photography to express myself.”
Internationally renowned graffiti duo Pichi & Avo were invited over to Werchter, Belgium to create a a massive, site-specific installation for the North West Walls Street Art Festival. The installation consisted of stacked up container crates upon which the artistsweregiven free reign to exercise their creativity. The result featured their trademark signature of Greek gods superimposed over a mishmash of loud and vibrant colors. According to event curator Arne Quinze; “When they work together they create breathtaking figurative detail and quality. Their work is very striking and always commands the spectator’s full attention.” The festivalmay be over, but theGreek godsin all their glory still stand.
Those aren’t magnified mineral samples you’re looking at up there. Sarah Schoenfeld, a German photographer and artist, had the bright idea to produce shoot drugs. She put a drop of different drugs (both legal and illegal) onto some pre-exposed negative film before subjecting the said film to the normal photographic processes. The chemical reaction of the drugs to the film has resulted in surprisingly pretty images. Sarah has blown-up the images and compiled them into a 96-page photobook. She said: “Each drop altered the coating of the film and the outcomes are surprisingly amazing.”
William T. Hornaday was a celebrated American zoologist, taxidermist, conservationist, and author. After deacades of dedicating his life to science and nature, he died in 1937. There has been a recent slew of pictures from an anonymous Flickr user who is definitely NOT William T. Hornaday. Nevertheless, the awesomeness of his/her animal portraits pays homage to the real William T. Hornaday. Whether he/she is a professional photographer or a an avid hobbyist one can’t really say, but one can surely tell that NOT William T. Hornaday is definitely a talented photographer.
Yumi Okita is the artist responsible for these exquisitely crafted members of the Lepidoptera family. She uses a wide variety of textiles and embroidery techniques to achieve a realistic feel. Most of her work is on a large scale with some specimens measuring almost a foot from wingtip to wingtip. She also crafts a variety of other insects but nowhere is her talent more evident than with these fragile, winged creatures. Yumi is currently based in North Carolina.
Robin Wight is the artist behind FantasyWire. FantasyWire is an England-based studio that specializes in creating custom-made wire fairies. Their sculptures are primarily made with stainless steel wires and can be placed outdoors, but they also make galvanized steel versions. Eachfairy is carefully handmade and crafted according to the customer’s design and installation requirements. FantasyWire have their offices in Staffordshire, England near Alton Towers. It is said that Robin was inspired to make these sculptures because of an inexplicable real life encounter.
Julie Fletcher left everything behind to take stunning photographs of the untamed Australian outback. Twelve years ago, Julie packed up and left Sydney behind to embrace her dream of capturing the heart-stopping images of the Australian outback. Her images range from barren deserts to beautiful beaches to endemic wildlife. Her work has received accolades from the National Geographic andother prestigious organizations. In an interview with the Daily Mail, she said: “There is nothing out there but at the same time there is so much if you just see and not just look. This area has made me a better photographer by challenging me all the time. I am constantly looking for a different approach on the same subject.”
Japanese artist Makoto Azuma collaborated with JP Aerospace to capture these no-longer-earth-bound bonsai and bouquet. JP Aerospace is a Sacramento-based volunteer organization that makes and sends vessels into orbit. Makoto and the JP Aerospace team captured these amazing shots of a white pine bonsai and a flora bouquet using helium balloons, styrofoam, a light metal frame, still cameras, six Go Pro video cameras, and a helluva lot of creativity. In an interview, Makoto said: “I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space. I always wanted to travel to space. This is a dream come true.”