Worth1000.com is one of the top creative contest sites in the web today. They run photoshop contests, illustration contests, photography contests, writing contests and more on a daily basis. A glance at their homepage and you can see for yourself that the contests aren’t for amateurs. One of their more recent ones features Renaissance paintings and famous Hollywood icons.
Painting Title: RED MAX – Racing Monza -
Sir Stirling Moss made the point, that he wasn’t a natural driver, in his opinion, having to work very hard to be fast. On the other hand he believed drivers like Nuvolari, Fangio and Senna were naturals. What set these individuals apart was that they possessed a gift, an instinct for driving very fast. This is also true for artists in their painting. I think most people with training would achieve some skill in drawing but I agree with Moss, there are naturally gifted artists, instinctively able to achieve results that some would spend a lifetime trying.
My parents providing me with my first oil paints, brushes canvas etc. on my eighth birthday and I’ve been painting off and on for 50 plus years, being much more serious in the last 15 or so. I can even remember my first painting entitled the Lonely Tree. On completion I noticed that the tree had depth, visually 3D but I didn’t understand why? I soon realized that the balance, proportion, perspective and lighting are all equally of importance and giving the final elusion of depth and volume to the composition.
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Nick Brandt didn’t start out as a nature photographer, it was when he was filming Michael Jackson’s music video “Earth Song” in Africa that he first began his love affair with Africa. He swore he would treat his subjects as no other nature photographer ever did. This resulted in his very own style which could not possibly be mistaken for someone else’s. He incorporated high-end fine art values to his already inconsiderable photography skills and gave the world another point of view.
Frank Tjepkema a.k.a. Spent his youth in Geneva, Brussels and New-York. He finally settled in the Netherlands in 1989. After graduating as a Cum Laude from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 1996, he plunged into the creative world and created quite a stir with his graduation project based on artificial nature drew. His ‘Clockwork Love Paper’ is composed of intricately designed hearts composed of layers upon layers of fragile-looking media that also serve as jewelry.
Karel Kopic is the only Eastern European artist invited to the airbrush exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Prague his work has been published in the airbrush magazines around the world.Karel Kopic works for major advertising agencies and publishers: Milka, Danone, Berentzen, Eurotel, Lucky Strike, Schöller, Ferrero, Kinder Surprise, Coca-Cola Company, Polygram Universal.
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Erwin Olaf is a Dutch artist who loves to show you his art through a different perspective. He has an entire series of photographs where the subject is turned away from the camera. “The Keyhole” may not seem unusual but it is the dramatic visual and emotional impact of the shot as well as the perfect composition and the striking design that defines Olaf’s work. In his installation Olaf has the viewer actually sit down, don a pair of earphones and look through a keyhole. Click here for more »
- Bread and Cheese
Born in Liverpool England in 1963, Carl now lives in Kent and works from his London based studio near to London Bridge’s colourful food emporium of Borough Market. Having worked as a photographer in the advertising business for 25 years Carl stumbled on the idea of making landscapes out of food just over ten years ago and these ‘Foodscapes’ have now brought him world wide acclaim for his very own unique and individual art form.
This has led not only to many commissions for international clients such as Nestle, Unilever and General Mills, but also to a publishing deal with Abrams books which saw the launch of his first book ‘Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes’ in November 2010. His work has been used in children’s hospitals, childhood obesity clinics, by nutritionalists and many other good causes to promote better eating habits in both children and adults.
Final Art Work
Art is illusion
I have always been fascinated by the visual impact that comes from the works of the Masters; their paintings are magic, bringing you “elsewhere”, way past the simple surface of a canvas. I was trained very traditionally at “Les Beaux-Arts” in France, and spent my life studying and teaching art.
I understand that realism is not about the truth, but rather the illusion of the truth: paint strokes, along with a well thought palette will bring magic to the viewers, making them want to touch the illusion of a three dimensional object, wonder about the life-like vision of a portrait. It is the artist’s mission to make one look “again” at the marvels of our world, to make one stop and contemplate, think, dream and imagine.
I truly believe that art is not in the content, but rather in the delivery: an idea, a vision, just like a play for theatre, can be either boring or quite entertaining, revealing or even fascinating; it is all about how well ‘directed” the representation will be. I do not intend to shock, shake or upset anyone looking at my work, I do not seek stardom, I just share my visual interests and my passion for the arts.
Lego is a quite simply a child’s toy. In the course of its seventy-odd years, it has evolved into a world wide phenomenon with several Lego-themed amusement parks and competitions popping up. Recently they commissioned Jung von Matt, a Germany-based advertising company for one of their many minimalist ads. The results are indeed on the spare side but anyone who uses just a bit of imagination could easily see the Lego characters for who they really are. Have fun guessing!
Juan Francisco Casas is one of the most influential young Spanish painters of today. He work includes large oil on canvas paintings and blue ballpen drawings where he reproduces images he takes with his camera. It would take a casual observer a close second look to discern that what he’s looking at is actually a painting and not a photograph. Not content with being good at just painting, Juan also writes and has published a lot of books including one about poetry entitled “Thesummerhaikus“.
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