Charles Leval is a French street artist whose art is starting to crop up in some of the most unexpected places. Levalet, as he is known in the artistic circles, likes to use props in some of his work. The props are usually the only spots of color to be found in his art. Unlike most street artists, his work is entirely in black and white. Charles’ work is unique in the way it is cleverly incorporated into the walls and objects that they are placed on. The placement of his work is definitely not random. It takes him quite a lot of wandering around to find the perfect spot which brims with artistic potential. Measurements are taken before he heads back to his shop to create the images. The finished product is then integrated into the location using wheat paste. One of his most recent work features a guy aiming a real cue stick at a hand grenade. he calls it “Demineur”, which is the French word for minesweeper.
Mandy Smith is an artist whose favorite medium is paper. Any and all kinds of paper. Even sandpaper. In one of her more recent series, she used just that. Mandy fashioned a pair of bikinis, a bicycle, a double bed, a slide, a pair of shoes, and toilet paper out of a material no one would want anywhere near their sensitive parts. Bruno Drummond thentook photographs of them after carefully arranging them in such a manner that makes them even more realistic. She also has a series of paper houses where she faithfully recreates the traditional architecture of canal houses in Amsterdam. Mandy also had a hand in making some of the models in Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”.
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.
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.”
INK is a UK-based, multi-award winning digital production studio that combines imagination and cutting edge digital technology to create beautifully crafted images for advertisements, production companies, and designers. They said: “Our idea is to deliver work that feels hand-crafted, made for a particular client, with the same attention to detail and sophistication expected of the leading brands we love to work with.” In their latest series, they integrated canine adorableness with WWII fighter planes. The result is a trio of planes that look vaguely like a beagle, a golden retriever, and a schnauzer. I sure hope they don’t spot a squirrel while in mid-air.
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“Death is not the worst thing that can happen. Everyone dies – but not everyone lives the way they want” – Mustang Wanted
Sounds like the famous last words of an adrenaline junkie, doesn’t it? Mustang Wanted has been hanging off the sides of skyscrapers and dizzying tall structures for years. He loves hanging of the edge with no ropes, no tethering gear, and usually, with just one hand. His real name is Pavel and he left his desk job as a legal adviser to pursue his dream of hanging off really tall man-made structures. While he does not recommend viewers to try his stunts, I bet they’d make awesome selfies.
Suzan Drummen is a Dutch artist who specializes in colorful, large-scale installations incorporating circular patterns vaguely resembling fractals.
All of the objects in her installations are carefully laid out by hand and are not in any way fixed to the floor. The slightest nudge has the potential to destroy the whole display. What’s even more amazing is that she doesn’t even enclose her intricately laid out installations in some sort of barrier. Suzan uses a variety of objects in her work, all of them shiny, sparkly, and colorful. The list of objects include, mirrors, chromed metal, crystals, rhinestones, optical glass, and even precious stones. Suzan currently lives and works in the Netherlands.
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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.
Allison Falconer, true to her name, is a bird trainer and rehabilitator. She works closely with birds of prey like falcons, hawks, and owls in a bird center in Florida. Due to the nature of her work, she gets a lot of opportunity to take up-close-and-personal pictures of birds. It’s not easy to take a good picture with one hand while holding a falcon in the other. A falcon that could, if it were so inclined, could tear your face apart. Danger notwithstanding, she has captured many a feathered friend in many amusing poses. The expression she has captured in the owl above is just perfect!
Michael Bosanko is a Cardiff-based artist who has made light painting his specialty. He stumbled upon light painting while taking a picture of the moon with a shaky camera. The long exposure he utilized left streaks in the final image. Curious, he disengaged the camera from the tripod and tried writing his partner’s name. It worked, and after experimenting with flashlights, Michael was hooked to light writing ever since. He has since progressed to using multicolored neon lights. His unique photos has been featured in commercials and several publications.