Using hand-drawn paper cut-outs and his imagination, Japanese artist Kouichi Chiba has managed to create fragile worlds teeming with adventure. His tiny paper people are doing all sorts of daring stunts, from hanging out in hammocks to nearly being blown away by the wind, to hanging off a skyscraper. Kouichi’s whimsical photo series is fast becoming a sensation on the internet after being featured on 500px. He currently lives and works in Shizuoka, Japan.
At first glance, Eloy Morales’s self-portraits are nothing to be excited about. It’s when you take a closer look at his paintings that you realize that this guy has oodles of talent. Talented Spanish artist Eloy Morales has created an eye-catching series of self portraits with an interesting catch – they’re not photographs, they’re paintings. He’s one of the next-generation of artists who’s taking realism to the next level: photorealism. As a matter of fact, Eloy’s paintings are even better than shots captured by some low-end digital cameras. According to him, his work is a conceptual self-portrait, the paint on his face is a reflection of his complex relationship with paint. It takes Eloy more than a month to paint each extremely detailed self-portrait. He said: “I’m very disciplined, but I need to be alone to develop my work. I’ve got my studio separate from my home so I can concentrate, I need to be alone while painting.”
Jodi Harvey-Brown is the talented artist behind these awesome pop-up paper sculptures. It all started when she bought a box of used books at a second-hand shop, after experimentally folding a page to create one of the characters in the stories, she was hooked. She said: “The books that we love to read should be made to come to life. Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories. What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see.”. To make her pieces last longer, a layer of protective coating is applied to her creations for waterproofing and to prevent yellowing.
Wires are also incorporated into some of the structures for strength and stability.
Joe Mangrum has spent the last eight years scattering sand around the streets of New York. No, he’s not a litterbug, he’s a sand artist. He draws intricate geometric shapes by hand using brightly colored sand. Sand being sand, his works last a day at most, less if it’s windy or if it rains. His installations strongly resemble Buddhist mandalas but the unexpected mix of geometry and biological elements give it a unique look. Joe said that his ‘paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, and cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world’.
Steve Rosenfield is the daring photographer behind the “What I Be Project”. He asked volunteers to write their insecurities on skin using a marker. Often, what they wrote are the unkind labels that society had given them such as ‘homo’, ‘trans’, and ‘fat’. My favorite one is the granny with ‘Hitler’ written in the raised middle finger of her right hand. In an interview Steve revealed that he was touched by the participant’s willingness to share their story and how their labels and insecurities affected their lives and relationships. He said: “The ‘What I Be Project’ is all about honesty. n today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these ‘standards,’ we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them. I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind & heart.”
Evelyn Bracklow is the artist responsible for the army of ants crawling all over this delicate porcelain tea set. She hand-painted them herself. She calls it “Chitins Gloss”. Evelyn summed it up pretty well when she said: “Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail.”
Kevin Corrado is a promising young artist who hails from Connectict, USA. He is currently obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at the Shintaro Akatasu School of Design. He was primarily into typography and only picked up a camera to document his work. He said: “The photos I took never seemed to be as good as the original drawing, so I kept trying until my fascination with the camera caught on.”. When asked about his inspiration, he replied: ” I am inspired by the youth of today who constantly raise bar by simply adventuring out and using their creativity.” Kevin is currently on a 52-week challenge he set for himself where he aims to upload a new conceptual photograph each week.
Erik Johansson is a young and talented photographer and retouch artist from Sweden. He is a self-taught artist who transitioned from a noob into a master image manipulator in just a few years. Erik’s creative process starts with an idea, usually a weird or wacky one. He loves putting his subjects into an alternate universe where the laws of physics are defied at every turn. Here’s a rundown of some of the concepts he dreamed up and managed to execute perfectly: hand-stitched winters, boating on grassy plain, Mobius bridges, and dreams that somehow creep into your reality. I have to agree with one website when they described Erik’s work as ‘Echoing the mathematical preciseness of M.C. Escher and the jocularity of Salvador Dalí.’ Erik is now based in Berlin, Germany.
Charles Clary is a Tennessee-based artist who expresses his creative abilities through meticulously hand-cut paper sculptures. The sculptures resemble detailed topographical graphs or close-ups of microscopic organisms.The centerpiece of one of his exhibits is a 30-foot long sculpture dedicated to his mother, Kirsten Clary who recently passed away from cancer. Charles spends up to 12 hours everyday, cutting each layer of his sculptures by hand. He said: “I use paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into my fabricated reality. Towers of paper and color jut into the viewer’s space inviting playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world. ”
Daryna Kossar is an outstanding photographer and designer from Ukraine. Now, we’ve featured a lot of food art before but Daryna stands out with her creative use of everything that happens to be at hand. the list of things she’s used include: lipstick, mascara, blueberries, cookies, coffee, bread, and sugar cubes. According to her, her inspiration comes from the little things she saw everyday. It’s not so much a matter of creative arrangement as it is seeing the artistic potential of the most ordinary, everyday objects. I’ll definitely be watching out for her work from now on.