Tracy Lee Stum is one of the most well-known chalk artists out there – and for good reason. She specializes in creating large, interactive chalk drawings with adventurous themes. She has been commissioned by arts organizations, advertising agencies, educational institutes, corporations, and government agencies throughout the Europe, Asia, and North America. She is one of the rare artists whose name appears in the Guinness World Records for the Largest Chalk Painting by an Individual. Tracy specializes in anamorphic projection technique. She basically turns two dimensional chalk drawings into 3D images when viewed from the perfect angle. In case you were wondering, that’s Tracy up there, precariously balanced on a rope, enjoying one of her own works.
The white, faceless, vaguely human shape that you see trying to jump out of a window is one of the products of artist Daan Botlek’s imagination. While poking around in an abandoned building in Berlin, he dreamed up theidead of white silhouettes escaping from the building. The series is called “Escape from Wuhlheide” – a creatively concept where daring figures are depicted in the act of running away. Scroll down and I guarantee you that by the end of the series,you’ll be cheering for them.
Ben Sacks weapon of mass construction is a black 0.05 Staedtler liner pen. Detailed drawings are nothing new in the art world but imagine making one nearly four meters in circumference! One of his latest work, ‘A Single Note’ took dozens of pens and months to complete. He loves creating highly detailed urban landscapes based heavily on European cities, Gothic structures, and a big dash of science fiction. Of his work, he said: “Life in dreamy antiquity was often a heroic struggle. Though the societies of antiquity were bloody, dirty and corrupt the idea of antiquity has come to represent some resounding ideals in present society; democracy, justice, law and order, balance, symmetry. These ideals are now the foundation stones of our own civilization, a civilization that some distant future will perhaps honor as antiquity.”
Hotrods are souped up and pimped out versions of vintage cars, and photographer Neil Banich just can’t get enough of them. He was given his first camera by his grandfather when he was just seven years old, and he hasn’t stopped clicking ever since. Neil has also dabbled in ink sketches and oil paintings when he was younger. His other passion was cars. He was a grease monkey, a drag racer, and general automobile enthusiast. This series is all about combining his two main interests. He said: “Photography (is) a means to combine my two worlds. A way to create images of hotrods and exotic cars, and display them in a world of fine art. Images that are not just a document of a vehicle, but images that evoke emotion and passion, images that highlight the uniqueness and beauty of our beloved rolling sculptures.”
Hedi Slimaneis one of the most respected artists in the industry. Before becoming the creative director of Saint Laurent, he was a prolific photographer who had shot the covers of prestigious magazines like Vogue Russia, T, Dazed and Confused, and AnOther. He was also behind the one behind the lens of ad campaigns for Prada, Elle, and of course, Saint Laurent. The series of images below are just some of the portraits of A-list Hollywood celebrity, humanitarian, philanthropist, and super mom Angelina Jolie. More of Hedi’s amazing shots can be found in Elle’s June issue.
Vlad Marica is a digital artist and illustrator form Bucharest, Romania. His talent was noticed by none other than Applibot, the company behind the popular social gaming phenomenon Legend of the Cryptids, Chaos Drive, and Legend of Monsters. He is currently working for them as a concept artist, churning out outstanding image after image of unforgettable characters. Vlad’s creations are as meticulously detailed as they are wonderfully rendered.
Domenico Crolla is the owner of the famous Bella Napoli restaurant that serves one-of-a kind pizza portraits. Food portraits are nothing new, but Domenico’s creations are particularly impressive given the fact that he had only four things to work with, namely dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and his imagination. Some of the celebrities he’s featured include: Barack Obama, Manilyn Monroe, Jay-Z, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many more. His work is not only accurate and recognizable, they’re also perfectly delicious.
“Side Effect” is a photo book by renowned aerial photographer Kacper Kowalski. It documents the complex love/hate relationship that we humans have with nature. A trained and licensed pilot, Kacper’s prefers to paraglide over likely areas to capture some truly breath-taking images of the land down below. In this series, he has managed to get dramatic shots of fallow fields, lakes, landfills, and highways. Of his work, he said: “Sometimes the pictures resemble drawings, sometimes they are like maps with traces of human presence on the Earth. Even forests, meadows and lakes are modified by people. I think it is an atavism — a need to leave a trace, a visible sign, to immortalize oneself.”
Burning oil rigs, quarries, recycling yards, and open air mines are just some of the places that photographer Edward Burtynsky has captured on film. He’s drawn to these images because of their rich detail and open meaning. He said: “We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.”
Laurent Lavender is a French photographer who likes to play with the moon. He has transformed this unprotesting celestial body into a baloon, bull’s horns, ice cream, reading light, and exercise ball. He has also done quite a number of impressive things with it.Laurent has watered it, measured it, framed it, lassoed it, carried it in a wheelbarrow, even tried to climb it once, and as pictured above, nearly succeeded in erasing it. Truly, there are no boring subjects, just lack of imagination. The moon is something we’ve always taken for granted, but Laurent Lavender has turned it into an awesome prop.