Vitaly “Skywalker” Raskalov is a Moscow-based photographer who has taken his craft to new heights. Literally. He loves climbing the tallest structures he can find and taking awesome shots from the top. This guy must’ve been a bird in his former life. No harnesses, no tethers, no ropes, just balls. People with vertigo shouldn’t even be looking at his shots.
Shannon Maer is the founder and creative director of Balance GFX. Balance GFX is an animation and design studio in Manhattan specializing in visual development, concept, and theme for casino video slot games. They develop and create an exciting world of heroes and heroines for the ultimate casino slot gaming experience.
Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make is a series of cardboard sculptures made by Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag. Each peice is made entirely by hand without detailed plans. The whole thing is strictly improvised. Daniel says it’s like sketching with cardboard. A fine, sharp knife, some wood glue, cardboard, and his innate artistic sense are all that Daniel used in aking his sculptures.
Chris LaPorte is a caricature artist by day and works on his life-sized pencil drawings at night. City Band is his latest work. it’s inspired by an old, faded, and somewhat blurry photo he found in his mother’s basement.The photo to drawing ratio is 1:540 which means Chris had to make up a lot of details as he went along. The wrinkles and creases on their pants, their expressions, the curl of their fingers, even which way they were looking all came from Chris’s imagination.
If it’s not coffee, it’s tea. Regardless of your beverage preference, these fun creature cups by artist Yumi-Yumi will surely brighten your day. A finely detailed ceramic critter rests at the bottom of every mug and slowly surfaces as you sip your drink. Some of them, like the scorpion, spider, and shark are undoubtedly unpleasant surprises but the crane and sea otter are rather adorable.
I can’t help but wonder how they get the octopus and scorpion cups clean.
Isaac Joel Torres loves working with natural ambient light. Unlike most artists, Isaac has a no-frills approach to photography. Often, his subject, his camera, and ambient light are all he has to work with. He tries to stay away from the super high fashion or studio photography. Isaac wants to achieve a more relaxed natural feel in his shots.
This week, Designed Good is featuring DIY pillow, backgammon, and tote bag kits, the creations of the artist and craft-master behind Brooklyn Assembly Kits. All of the kits are handmade in the USA with ethically-sourced materials.
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Photography utilizes both the creative and technical parts of the brain, there’s always something new to learn just around the corner. It is this aspect of photography that so thrills and inspires Paula Cobleigh. None of her images are CGI. A variety of computer programs are used to process the raw image but the extent of her manipulation is limited to cropping distracting elements and adjusting the levels to give the image the best look possible. She said: “I believe that the world is full of beauty and I enjoy capturing images that are full of color.”
Tom Hoops is a self-taught British photographer who has been shooting professionally since 2008. He has worked with prestigious names such as Vogue Italia talents, Readers Digest, Vaseline, DT menswear, and many more. Tom’s photos are akin to psychological thrillers. Deep, dark, and compelling, he has an almost instinctive talent in using black and white photography.
image courtesy of Steve Hall © Heidrich Blessing
The Aqua building in Chicago is a stunning example of exquisite architecture. Since it was completed in 2010, Aqua has become a signature piece in the iconic Chicago skyline. Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects has received numerous awards and accolades for her work involved with the design of the building.