Vivi Mac is an astoundingly creative portrait artist who loves capturing her subjects with whatever foodstuff happens to be handy. She has done President Barack Obama in brown sugar, Martin Luther King in coffee, Michael Jackson in milk, and Yoda in green chewing gum. She has also used caramel sauce, barbecue sauce, crushed ice, salt and crème brûlée . Her technique is rather impressive, after spilling some of her medium on a flat surface, she manipulates it in what could only be described as “speed painting” – you can actually watch her work on the portraits. This amazing, self-taught artist is currently based in France.
Portraits are difficult, but Malaysian artist Vince Low has not only mastered the art of portraiture, he draws them using nothing but a bunch of squiggles. At a glance, they look like rough sketches but they’re actually perfect portraits just as they are. He has drawn, with great accuracy, the portraits of Rowan Atkinson, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Jack Nicholson. Vince is currently the head illustrator in an art studio in Malaysia.
Zhang Xiangxi has turned old TVs into an impressive work of art. His series “Chinese Perspective” gives us glimpses of the artist’s life. He creates extremely detailed dioramas of scenes from his life inside the old television sets. Zhang has replicated his parent’s sitting room, the workers’ dormitory he once lived in, his work space in Guangzhou, and the interior of a train. Everything was perfectly scaled down: chairs, tables, suitcases, and even bits of rubbish.His work is so realistic that a look at his work will make you think the TV was turned on. He said: “I like to closely observe daily life and work out how to make things.”
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.
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.
Balancing rocks is something we do as bored kids. Bill Dan has turned this child’s pastime into art. Seemingly impossible art. Bill is a rock balancing artist whose primary medium is stone riprap found in the coastlines of his hometown in San Fransisco. His sculptures consist of rocks balanced on top of each other. He does them all freehand and their seemingly impossible configurations are what makes them unique. The fact that he uses no adhesives makes it even more impressive. When asked about his work, he said: “Some people try to make things too complicated. This is the opposite.”
David Edwards describes himself as a full-time miniaturist. He has been pursuing his craft since 1983 and now has an impressive collection of teeny, tiny, everyday household objects. Among them are: hairbrushes have real bristles in tufts, combs with teeth accurately scaled, a Victorian breadboard with the word “BREAD” carved in relief, a “cut-throat” razor, and what is perhaps the world’s smallest violin with real catgut strings and a soundpost inside. What makes it even more remarkable is that there are no cast or moulded parts in any of David’s pieces, all are “scratch-built” using the finest materials available. He’s now in his med-seventies, and while he has slowed down production, he has no plans of putting aside his craft.
Dave Morrow is a photographer first, and a teacher second. He travels the world looking for that perfect shot. His impressive portfolio includes landscapes, cityscapes, and nightscapes. His shots of the night sky in particular, are quite impressive. He has even published a tutorial for the aspiring enthusiast. A hefty bit of the credit for the excellent quality of his star photos goes to Dave’s post processing technique, but it a great camera and the best digital editing software won’t get you anywhere if you simply don’t have the talent to recognize and take a great shot when you see it.
Songsforever describes herself as a journalist, creative writer, and fractal freak extraordinaire. She loves knitting, science fiction, steampunk. Anything weird, odd, strange, and random are right up her alley. Her gallery of colorful fractals is quite impressive. Fractals are basically detailed patterns that repeats itself. They’re psychedelic, to say the least and a breath of fresh air from the usual photos and paintings.