James Doran-Webb is the artist behind these amazingly life-like horse sculptures. Each horse is made up of roughly four hundred separate pieces of painstakingly collected driftwood, weighs around five hundred kilos, and has a stainless steel frame which enables it to support up to five persons on its back. They also have a moveable neck and limbs which allows the artist to position them in life-like poses. The sculptures were commissioned to herald the coming of the Year of the Wooden Horse in Singapore. Originally from Birmingham, James is currently based in Cebu City, Philippines where he has set up a company which makes and designs export-quality wooden objects. James is also an environmentalist and for each kilo of driftwood that he buys from the locals, he plants a seedling in the denuded hills of Cebu.
Edwin Kats loves to shoot small, furry animals – with his Nikon D4 DSLR camera. He lives the deep in the middle of a wooded area in the Netherlands where all he needs to do to take a wildlife photo is lean out of his kitchen window. To take the amzing shots featured here, Edwin did more than just lean out of a window. He learned that the best way to get great results is by sticking to just one subject for a long time. He said: “Try to get to know your subject and follow it through the seasons. Try to get them in the snow, against autumn colors and with a nice back-light on a sunny summer morning. Another advantage is that the animals, even the very shy ones, will get to know and trust you. The best possible feeling I can get is to be accepted and trusted by a wild animal.”. Edwin has been a wildlife photographer since 1992 and his work has been featured in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
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.
Lee Bothma describes himself as an adventurous person who love to travel and explore the remote areas of South Africa. He hopes to find the few remaining untouched places in South Africa. Known for its sweeping vistas and wildlife, there’s no better place for a promising landscape and wildlife photographer. Lee said: “I have a great love for the African bush and all its small curiosities that most overlook, from the little guys crossing the roads to the towering elephants that sculpt our landscape, and this love for the wild has transformed an interest in photography into a love and deep passion for me.”
Animal Earth is a book which explores the diverse life forms that can be found all over Earth. This coffee table treat makes it clear that each species is an essential part of the ecosystem and protecting animal diversity is protecting the delicate cycle of life that supports us all. Alexander Semenov is the man behind the glorious underwater shots in Animal Earth. He is the Head of the Scientific Divers team stationed at the White Sea Biological Station in Russia. As such, he has free reign to take as many shots as he wants of these shy underwater creatures. I’m glad he did, as I personally don’t want to get close to something with that many legs, no matter how rare or colorful it is.
Adonna Khare was raised in a small town in Iowa. Her talent for drawing showed at the age of three when started drawing animals and her family. Her favorite tools then were: a sock, an eraser, and a pencil. Her drawings are entirely unplanned and they evolve as she draws. Adonna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art as well as her Masters in Fine Arts at the California State University Long Beach. Of her work, she said: ” Through the work I hope to inspire adults and children to allow their imaginations to envelop them into a world other than their own. Within the work are hundreds of vignette’s, featuring creatures juxtaposed with ordinary events. Viewers are encouraged to spend time discovering the work as it unfolds foot by foot story by story.”
Natalia Rak is a street artist whose ‘territory’ covers most of her native Poland. Her work is mostly large-scare and covers entire walls of buildings. Natalia is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and has been a painter before she became a street artist. One of her most famous pieces is “The Legend of the Giants” where a gigantic young girl dressed in a colorful beribboned dress, waters what appears to be a small plant, or full-grown tree, depending on your perspective. It is the sheer scale of this project as well as Natalia’s signature soft-toned, feminist approach that makes it stand out.
Ania Mitura is a Polish freelance concept artist and illustrator who specializes in bringing to life some of our favorite characters from The Game Of Thrones series. Thus far, she has come up with Arya and Sansa Stark, Tywin, Jamie, and Tyrion Lannister, Ygritte, Jon Snow, Sandor Clegane, and may more. While each character is based on the actors that portray them, there are small but subtle differences that makes them disparate from the characters themselves. Ania’s illustrations are utterly recognizable as the characters they play on the series instead of just looking like Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, or Christopher Harington.
Macrophotography has always been a challenge for both professional and amateur photographers alike. You have to reconcile the blurry background with zoomed-in subject. To capture the images for his Dewdrops series, Amit Vakil used a tripod, a Canon 550d DSLR camera in conjunction with a Canon 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens. He also tweaked his aperture settings a bit, preferring a large one for a more out-of focus background. He said: “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” Amit Vakil is currently lives and works in India.
Anastassia Ellias is a Paris-based illustrator and sculptor who unleashed her creativity on helpless toilet paper rolls. Recently, she assembles 67 pf her finest works and turned the whole collection into a book entitled “Rouleaux”. Anastassia created the earth-friendly dioramas by carefully cutting-out the scenes from brown paper and sticking them inside the used toilet paper rolls. A task which is similar to building a ship inside a bottle. Unlike ship-building, it only takes Anastassia a few hours to complete a roll.