Natalia Rak is a street artist whose ‘territory’ covers most of her native Poland. Her work is mostly large-scare and covers entire walls of buildings. Natalia is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and has been a painter before she became a street artist. One of her most famous pieces is “The Legend of the Giants” where a gigantic young girl dressed in a colorful beribboned dress, waters what appears to be a small plant, or full-grown tree, depending on your perspective. It is the sheer scale of this project as well as Natalia’s signature soft-toned, feminist approach that makes it stand out.
Xavier Thomas is a Canadian artist whose impressive portfolio includes games such as Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell Conviction, Prince of Presia, and Driver. He was the Communication Art Director at Ubisoft and most of the images he was involved with were used as box art, game art, and featured in magazines. Xavier also co-founded the animation studio Two Dots. Two Dots is a creative studio which specializes in video games and the entertainment industry. They offer character design, concept art, high-resolution illustrations, and iconic image exploration.
Si Scott is a talented artist who creates unique, hand-drawn designs. A lot of his work is in minimalistic black and white which only serves to heighten the flowing lines and calculated precision of his work. His studio, Si Scott Studio, has a solid reputaion for creating one-of-a-kind concepts and imagery. Because of this, his list of prestigious clients are growing. His work has been featured in ads, brands, published media, interior design, and even album covers. He has recently delved into the world of tattooing and paper cutting. Si Scott currently lives and works in the United Kingdom.
Nikita Veprikov is a young and gifted freelance illustrator from Ukraine. He didn’t really set out to become a 3D artist and only dabbled in it out of curiosity. A friend of his had recommended using 3D Studio Max, touting it as a program used by film makers. After a while, what started out of idle curiosity led to a thirst for excellence. Nikita started learning more about composition, drawing, color theory, and other forms of media to improve his craft. Not much else is known about him, but from what I can see of his work, he’s well worth watching out for.
Dinner just doesn’t taste the same when it isn’t a piece of art too. Samantha Lee’s kids knows this to be true. Samantha began making pop culture-inspired meals for her eldest daughter to encourage her to eat independently. The experiment was a smashing success, and not just on the dinner table. The devoted mother of two now has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram. She has never taken any formal classes in cooking or art, instead she relies on cooking shows and her own imagination. This is what she said of her creative proces during an interview: “I sketch my designs before I make them into food to stay organized and prevent food wastage. Scissors, knives and toothpicks are my tools. I like to make something practical, something for everyone to be able to follow.”
With both of his parents professional artists, it’s no wonder Denis Zilber turned out to be one too. He was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to Israel when he was fifteen years old. One of the more amazing thing about Denis (apart from the fact that he makes great digital illustrations), is the fact that he’s an autodidact. It’s just a fancier way of saying he’s self-taught. To describe his artistic process in an interview, he said: “Basically creating a character is not just creating an image of some living creature but creating a complex idea, a graphical symbol containing very particular concept, almost hieroglyph. I am using some kind of visual language to reach my viewer.” He also added: “Visual language should be be very clear, precise and easily understandable for people of different cultures and of different languages. After I am done with all details in black and white sketch I move on to color. That is all.”
While some artists might use paint, or ink, or pencils, Marta Grossi breaks the mold by making her breakfast banana her medium. Marta currently lives and works as an art director and illustrator in Hong kong. She describes herself as an Italian with a dimple in her right cheek who is allergic to dust. She also does a fair bit of blogging and storytelling on the side. When asked about her creative process, Marta responded: “I customize my banana during the night. I have my banana for breakfast the day after. this is a temporary space and love to prove that inspiration is everywhere.”
According to Wikipedia (and who doesn’t trust Wikipedia?), Bansky is “a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.” The fact that he merits a Wikipedia article is an indication of how famous Bansky has become. His worked has inspired many an artist to take their work to the streets. Nick Stern, a photographer, has even made a series of photographs mimicking his work. Fame hasn’t made him any easier to track down as his real identity remains a mystery. Bansky’s work is plastered all across Great Britain, many of them since painted over. In a recent interview, he was asked if he would like to donate a picture to charity to which he replied: “What are you? Blind? In which case maybe. I mostly support projects working to restore sight and prevent eye disease. Or ‘expanding the market’ as you might call it.”
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.
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.”