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.
Suami is a family-run crocheting business that specializes in creating adorable, teeny, tiny animals. Some of their creations barely reach a centimeter in size. The idea was actually inspired by Suami (her nickname), the youngest member of the family who is extremely fond of animals and movie characters. Her nickname ended up as the name of this extraordinary, five-member company. Their miniscule creations are extremely detailed and brightly colored. Imagine holding a whole menagerie in the palm of your hand!
Who would have ever thought frogs had expressions? Wil Mijer, an avid macrophotographer, has given us a series of up-close-and personal looks at one of nature’s more elusive creatures. To describe herself, she said: “I’m very small and in my work everything is small too. I like to do macrophotography and will try to make a little dream from every picture.” Wil is currently based in the Netherlands but has to travel to Germany and Belgium to capture some of these shots since the natural habitats of these fascinating creatures are slowly dwindling.
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Joseph OLeary was born and raised in a small, blue-collar town in Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He currently lives and works on his farm outside of Minneapolis. He started his series on bearded men with an unfavorable bias towards men with beards. Facial hair, in pop culture, tend to be viewed as something to hide behind. Joseph’s work clearly shows the extent to which facial hair is not only an extension of a man’s outfit, but their identity as well. He admits that after doing the project, his opinion of men with beards took a 180-degree turn. He found all of them to be “incredibly open, honest, and real”. He said: “It’s a brotherhood. Guys with beards are amazingly comfortable complimenting another man on how his beard looks. I love that.”
Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught photographer from Finland. He started dabbling in photography five years ago and fell head-over-heels in love with the craft. According to him, his goal is to “pause the mysterious and atmospheric moments of everyday life”. He also added that: “In our lives, things can go so fast that we forgot to enjoy these moments – if I can make people stop and see it, I have succeeded.” Mikko has been featured in Pondly once before. His landscape photographs are simply awesome. He really knows how to capture the mood.
Cristy describes herself as a graphic designer by day who works to save the world from bad design, and a happy hooker by night who stitches to bring cuteness to the world. Her obsession with knitting started in her last year of design school. She decided to take up knitting before her head exploded with all the stress. Her first scarf was terrible. It was full of holes and dropped stitches, but she proudly displayed it and even got a few compliments from people who didn’t look at it too closely. From scarves to socks to mittens she proceeded to create amigurumis. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals. Unhappy with the lack of patterns available, Cristy started creating her own. Mengy is her very own brand of amigurumis available onat Etsy.