Alessandro Diddi is a 42-year-old Italian artist does freehand anamorphic paintings that are so real, they’ll send shivers up your spine. Not all his drawings are as creepy as the one above, but they’re all pretty convincing. He said: ““I want my drawings to put across the message that the eye can trick the mind and make you believe that there are dimensions that are not really there.” He also added that it’s important for people to realize that it isn’t necessary to consume a large amount of resources to achieve something interesting. All you need is a pencil and something to draw on, and you can create something really magical.
Elizabeth Patterson is an L.A. based artist who has figured out the knack in recreating the fascinatingly complicated formation of raindrops on a rain-streaked windshield. What’s more unusual still is that instead of acrylic or watercolor, she uses colored pencils with a bit of solvent to create her art. She uses a composite of several of her own photographs to get a feel for her drawings. In 1984, Elizabeth was involved in a car crash which resulted in the complete loss of use of her drawing hand. For a while, she put her artistic aspirations aside and traveled to Hawaii to explore the magnificent underwater vistas. It wasn’t until around 1999 that she picked up her pencils and, to her delight, found that her artistic talent was unaffected by her injury. She continues to explore her favorite subject matter, demonstrating an admirable mastery in graphite and color pencil drawing.
The humongous “Sky Whale” is actually a hot air balloon commissioned by Canberra for their centenary. Artist Patricia Piccinini was tasked to conceptualize the whole thing. She said: “’The skywhale may appear fantastic but think about the blue whale – an air breathing mammal that lives in the ocean – and it doesn’t seem so far-fetched”. Creating the gigantic Sky Whale started with some three-dimensional drawings. A prototype was then created and sent to Cameron Balloons in Bristol for the finer details like coloring and patinization. It took approximately 3.3 million stitches and around 3,535 meters of fabric to create the imaginary creature. Patricia also added: “I think that when we look up at the skywhale and wonder what it is ‘for’, it might remind us that nature is not necessarily ‘for us’. It just ‘is’ and we’re just lucky enough to be around to see it.”
David LaFerriere is a graphic designer and a Dad. For years now, he has been sending his kids off to school with a bit of lunch and a piece of art. He draws a fun, and sometimes food-related design on their sandwich bag everyday. To date, he has drawn well over a thousand designs in as many sandwich bags. At first he started with simple black ang white drawings of a slice of pie, a duck, or a fish. Since then, his illustrations have evolved into more colorful designs. According to him, he enjoys the challenge of coming up with a new design everyday. He said: “I’ve been doing it for my kids since they were little. They love it, and nothing makes me happier than hearing their reaction at the end of the day.”
Eajna belongs to the growing roster of talented, yet mysterious artists who populate the realm of deviantART. She is known only by her handle “Eajna”. The only other thing we know about her is that she hails from Hungary. Regardless of her lack of personal information, her talent clearly shows through her excellent graphite and color pencil portraits. Her subjects are somewhat eclectic, ranging from Hollywood movie stars (Keanu Reeves), to animals (a bluebird and a cat), to gaming (Super Mario).
David Olenick’s art combines clever wordplay with cute imagery to create entertaining illustrations a lot of people would want to wear. David finds the funny side of everything from lame excuses, bad decisions, to basic human behavior. You can almost forgive his nasty puns (An adorable hornet saying “Me So Hornet”) when he combines it with a quirky cast of characters. The drawings and lettering themselves are quite simple, but it is the combination of both that brings a genuine smile, or maybe even a laugh or two.
Fabien Merelle graduated from the Beaux-Arts. He is also a former resident of the prestigious Casa Vélasquez in Madrid. ‘Pentateuque’ is part of the 2013 Art Stage Singapore exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands. It’s a lighthearted attempt to translate the maxim ‘to have the weight on one’s shoulders’ into a sculpture. Fabien loves using whimsy, humor, and storytelling to direct the spirit of his pieces. The man in pajamas found in most of Fabien’s work is actually a sort of self-portrait. a man who lives in his dreams out to wear appropriate garb after all.
Olga Melamory Larionova, a.k.a. FairyARTos, is a Russian artist whose realistic drawings put photographs to shame. She does most of her work with pens but her pencils are just as impressive, if not more so. Her drawings create a certain emotional pull within the viewers, urging them to look at her work a little longer. Such expressiveness from a a drawing is rare, and yet Olga consistently manages to re-create it in every one of her pieces.
Job Van Der Molen has created his own private army complete with ground and air troops. Job is a taxidermist who has artfully weaponized his preserved insects. Bazooka-bees, dragon-copters, and a few missile-launching beetles are all part of his very own insect army. The detailed drawings for each of tiny, deadly critter is quite impressive. People with entomophobia should stay far, far away from Job’s collection of weaponized bugs.
Isaiah Stephens had a troubled childhood and used drawing and writing as a means of expressing himself. A traditional artist, his drawings have a sketchy, and at the same time, realistic feel to them. Most of his subjects are women and his portraits does them justice. He currently lives in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts where he divides his time between being a freelance artist and writer.