Julian Germain is an internationally published photographer who is currently based in Northumberland, UK. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He is now one of the editors of the magazine “Useful Photography” as well as a trustee of the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. His series, Classroom Portraits started in his own native England and quickly grew to include classrooms from all over the globe. Julian raveled to over 20 countries and took pictures of more than 450 classrooms. He admits that in each photo, he actually has two subjects: the students and the classroom itself. He said: “In no case was this ever a gathering of kids getting together especially to have their photograph taken. In every case this is a real math lesson, a real science lesson, a real religious instruction lesson, and the lesson happens as normal.”
Chris LaBrooy is the artist behind these amazing automobile-inspired installations. The series, called Auto Aerobics is set in an unused basketball court. It features a classic cars gracefully interlocked with each other. Some of them seem to float in midair or are firmly planted with all four wheels on the ground. Chris is currently based in the UK where he specializes in 3D design.
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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Doaly is a designer and illustrator from the United Kingdom. He describes himself as a designer, doodler, photographer, day dreamer, and part time superhero. His most work is a series of alternative movie posters which many on the internet (me included) think is way cooler than the actual movie posters. He uses no fancy 3D software or graphics but he gets the message of the story across anyway. I sure hope he gets a break and starts designing actual movie posters for Hollywood. It would be a nice change to see minimalistic movie posters for a change.
John Holcroft is a prolific illustrator from the UK. His work has a vintage look and feel but with modern undertones. John studied Graphic Design at Sheffield, England. He started working with illustrations in the early 1990s. Unlike most artists who stick with one style, John has reinvented his more than half a dozen times since he started painting with acrylic on canvas. His list of clients include prestigious names like Reader’s Digest, BBC, The Guardian, Financial Times, and The Economist.
David Paget is a Concept artist who delights in giving the viewer a small and not-so-fleeting glimpse of post-apocalyptic horrors. he is currently working as an artist Double Eleven Limited in England. Prior to this, he taught digital art at Teesside University in the UK. He also freelanced within the Games and Film Industry. David graduated with First Class BA Honors in Digital Character Animation.
Dran is one of the most exciting emerging street artists in the UK this century. He sculpts, draws, paints, and has six published art books under his belt. He insists that he he not a street artist but art critics are already dubbing him as “the French Banksy”. His art delivers hard-hitting messages presented in a rather childish way. Deforestation, vandalism, marriage, and freedom of speech are some of the topics he presents in a very effective way.
Ken Lee is KLSADAKO. Ken is an artist from the UK. He describes himself as a self taught graphite artist who never paid attention to what the teachers told him and went ahead and did things his own way. Most of his subjects are of women of Asian descent. He depicts them in various poses of vulnerability, seduction, and fierceness.
Annie Ralli started her career at BBS as a scenic artist. She painted backdrops in styles ranging from photorealistic to abstract, all this under time pressure too! She is now based in Bristol, UK where her ability to switch back and forth between styles to suit her client has served her well. She now freelances for advertising companies, filmmakers, and private clients. One of her more recent work features “hand art”.
It takes more than just bits of wood and old watch parts to make a statement with your accessories. Rob Smith took these easy-to-find materials and by dint of sheer talent and creativity, hand-made these rare items. Each one is unique and is made with recycled wood and parts of old pocket watches. Rob doesn’t necessarily restrict his considerable woodworking talents to memory sticks, he also fashions pendants, rings, cufflinks, and toys. He is entirely self-trained and absolutely loves his work.