Jee Young Lee is an up-and-coming Korean artist who manages to produce these fantastic surreal images without the aide of digital manipulation. Using nothing more than cardboard cutouts, paint, and oodles of creativity, she creates worlds based in old Korean fables in her tiny studio. With the advent of digital image manipulation, work like hers are getting harder to come by. What takes a digital artist hours or days to make takes Lee weeks, sometimes months to build. Of course, her point is, you don’t really need fancy software to create art. Lee will be having a solo exhibition at the Opiom Gallery in Opio, France. “Stage of Mind”, as the exhibition ill be called, is her first European exhibition.
Artem Cheboha is an uber talented illustrator and digital painter from Russia. This 26-year-old artist shows a lot of promise. His artwork showcases his active imagination. I love the fact that he chooses complimentary palettes of rich and warm colors for each digital painting. Rhads, as he is known in artistic circles, also dabbles in a bit of speed painting on the side. He is currently based in Saturn, Encelad.
Tomasz Zaczeniuk is a 35-year-old artist who’s on his way to being a full-time freelance artist. He specializes in digital photo-manipulation as well as photography. Most of his images have a foggy, misty, or cloudy atmosphere that gives it a vaguely haunting feel. Armor-clad knights, ghostly boats, lighthouses, and castles are just some of Tomasz’s subjects. For him, the two most powerful things that affect the senses are image and sound. Which is why each of his pieces have a musical soundtrack. He said: “It’s strange but I can not think about the image without music. Every vision has a music background, (a) song that I was listening to all the time I was creating image.”
Jaap Vliegenthar is an imaginative digital image manipulator who is known for his humorous, often satirical images featuring well-known celebrities. So far, he has managed to put the Pope, Vladimir Putin, and Queen Elizabeth II in some of the most unlikely scenarios. While his scenes are highly amusing, they’re not at all derogatory. They simply show these high-profile celebrities in ordinary, everyday situations. Jaap also has a series where he re-imagined foggy scenes with gigantic plugs for air-conditioning units. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
These days, vegetables and fruit aren’t just food – they’re also artistic medium. Dan Cretu, a professional photographer, created food-based imitations of real-life objects like radios, motorbikes, matches, soccer balls, bicycles, 8-track tapes, and old-school film cameras. Each piece was prepared and photographed in less than four hours and no digital alterations were made on the finished product. Dan describes himself as someone who specializes in eco art, blending food sculpture with photography. If you like his work, you can get prints in Etsy. Dan lives and works in Romania.
Whendell Souza L is a Brazilian digital artist whose work speaks volumes about his talent and imagination. He is currently active on deviantART where his posted works have gathered quite a following. His style combines fantasy, fiction, and myth with strong feminine characters. To date he does freelance work with photo retouching, photo manipulation, CD covers, and book covers.
Pawel Rebisz is a web designer, illustrator, and digital artist who specializes in 3D rendering. What makes him stand out from the mainstream crowd is the amazing amount of detail he puts into each and everyone of his characters. Zoom in close and you’ll see the character’s wrinkles, freckles, and even individual pores. That’s a lot of detail for just one character. This artist is definitely not the slapdash sort when it comes to his art. Pawel currently lives and works in Rzeszow, Poland.
Jungshan is a freelance illustrator whose simple medium belie the complexity of her inky illustrations. By combining the ancient style of Asian ink illustration with digital art techniques, Junshan succeeded in creating stunningly beautiful images. Her strokes give the illusion of movement and action, something that is not easily achieved using a still medium. According to her, the poit of her drawings is their ‘emotional appeal’. Jungshan is currently based in Taiwan.
Seth Taras is a veteran photographer with plenty of international awards under his belt as a testament to his skill and vision. He was recently commissioned by The History Channel to do a series entitled “Know Where You Stand”. The series aims to ‘act as a reminder of the past’s significance in our everyday lives, and the important role history plays in our future’. In the series, Taras expertly juxtaposed authentic World War II images over shots taken in modern times of the same places. This gives the viewer a thoughtful, if not chilling, reminder of the history behind common, everyday places most of us take for granted.