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Art

CAPTURED: Split seconds between dreaming and waking

Martin Stranka is an award-winning professional photographer from Prague, Czech Republic. Stranka's approach to photography never fails to capture his audience as he tries to etch a unique space located in balance and serenity resulting to images that seem to exist in that narrow window of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening. For a self-taught artist, Stranka has gone quite a long way. His solo and group exhibitions have been seen from South and North America, through Europe, all the way to Asia. His photographs have been exhibited in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Milan, London, Miami, Paris, Prague, Hong Kong, Kiev and many more. He has created book covers for the biggest New York publishers, such as Harper Collins Publishers and Sterling Publishing. In addition, he has collaborated with other book publishers, music publishers, and artists around the world. Visit his website, Facebook, and Instagram for more of his stunning...
Digital

Bea Nagy captures dreamy Amsterdam after a snowfall

There is a broad spectrum of attractions for recreational and cultural sightseeing in Amsterdam. The main tourist attractions are museums. The city has over fifty museums which attract millions of visitors every year. However, Hungarian photographer Bea Nagy, who is currently based in the city, didn't need to go far or visit a particular tourist spot to use as subject to her photography project. She takes photos of Amsterdam often but her favorite season is when it snows. For her, the white blanket makes the entire city look pure and innocent. Bea tries to tell stories in each photograph with the intention of evoking emotions to her viewers. She aims to capture events as they happen so as to leave amazing memories when the moment is gone. If you haven't been to Netherlands, let alone Amsterdam, these images will surely make you consider it. Visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see more of her works. ...
Art

Artists from all over the world converge in the Centre for Computing History to create Teletext art

Teletext seems like an ancient relic to most of us. But just recently, artists from all over the world came together in an event to create Teletext art. They met in Cambridge at the Centre for Computing History, reveling in the wonder of the artform. For these people, this is not all old news - instead, it is a current, exciting, and real way to express themselves. They spent an entire weekend celebrating this unique form of art in a congregation known as the "Block Party". Raquel Meyers, a Swedish artist who has been amazed in using Teletext as an art form since 2012, explained: “It isn’t something you can make a profit from, so you can actually play with it. The idea is to show to people that you can do really crazy things and be really creative with something that’s supposed to be limited.” See the celebration and learn more about Teletext from the museum's website. ...
Art

HoloLens will bring together artworks and buyers in mixed reality at The Armory Show 2017

Do you want to know how a painting looks on your wall before you even bring it home? Do you wish to pore over different artworks in a gallery without actually being there? The Armory Show can make that possible. Online art resource Artsy is teaming up with Microsoft this year to mount the fifth iteration of the annual art fair in order to bring a mixed-reality experience to art lovers and collectors. Happening at Piers 92/94 in New York from March 2 to 5, The Armory Show will bring works by different artists to buyers with the help of technological innovations, particularly Microsoft's HoloLens, touted to be world's first self-contained holographic computer. "By bringing art online and experimenting with the latest technology, including VR/AR, Artsy connects a global network of collectors and art enthusiasts to art from thousands of galleries, museums, auction houses and art fairs located around the world," said Elena Soboleva, Artsy's curator of special projects. ...
Architecture

SXSW 2017 to showcase enthralling installations under new art program

South by Southwest has indeed grown so much from its beginnings in 1987. Evidence of that is its upcoming exhibition of five art installations under the new SXSW Art Program, which launches in March, during the conglomerate's music and film festivals and conferences for this year. Both budding and known artists will take part in the program. Among them is Los Angeles-based artist Refik Anadol, whose work titled "Infinity Room" will be showcased. The work is made up of a space that transforms a beholder's view of reality into a "three-dimensional space of visualization." Speaking of the new program, SXSW chief programming officer Hugh Forrest said, "Art and Design [have] always been central to the SXSW ethos, and we have quickly become a recognized platform for visual artists to showcase art installations and connect with filmmakers, musicians, and technologists. The Art Program is the first time we have formalized the program and sought leading artists to design...
Art

Photoshop artist creates fascinating portraits of women grounded on reality

Krisztian Tejfel is a Hungary-based painter and photographer. He began digital painting a few years ago. He mainly paints realistic portraits of women. These women are often looking at the viewer which draws the audience more into his mesmerizing works. Before sticking to painting, Krisztian first explored different branches of art such as drawing, tattooing, and even some airbrush techniques. When he eventually got involved in photography, he learned a lot about the elements of lighting, composition, and conveying emotion which led him into making good digital portraits. His main tool is Photoshop where he just plays around with brushes which he has a lot in his digital toolbox. The interest in digital painting started in the 90s when he saw someone in an exhibit, drawing and painting using Paint and a mouse. He never stopped improving his craft since then. Visit his website and Instagram for more of Krisztian's works. ...
Art

Humorous mash-ups of classical painting subjects and modern day settings

We've seen mash-ups of classical works with contemporary settings before and they never cease to amaze. Ukranian artist and designer Alexey Kondakov is out with a series of staged classical paintings set in modern-day Naples, Italy. "Art History in Contemporary Life," perfectly merges the solemn expressions of each painting's subject with environments ranging from an old book store to a subway train. Each collage is digitally created and enhanced. Check out some of them below and find more on Kondakov's Instagram and Facebook. ...
Art

Jan Cieslikiewicz confronts our discomfort with the random and uncertain with new photo series

"Null Hypothesis," a new series by Polish photographer Jan Cieslikiewicz, bears the trappings of scientific thought. The series takes its title from the name of a hypothesis which posits that the connection between two phenomena is random, unless a scientist proves that it is not at all and is therefore calculable. Considering that Cieslikiewicz went to Harvard to study mathematics and subsequently worked as a Wall Street trader, the theme -- or, more to the point, the thrust --- of "Null Hypothesis" isn't surprising. The photos in the series each show what appear to be unrelated or contradictory components, and it is with this disjunction that Cieslikiewicz seeks to confront viewers regarding their thoughts on and reactions to life's random events and uncertainties. "I don’t think humanity as a whole can accept and genuinely come to terms with fundamental randomness and uncertainty," the photographer says in a statement accompanying the series. "Accepting...
Art

Adventurous egg-like creatures in surreal digital illustrations

If you were enamored by the Humpty Dumpty fairytale as a child, these surreal illustrations by Antanas Gudonis will serve as a dose of nostalgia. The Helsinki-based illustrator has a portfolio full of these wonderful illustrations part of a personal project. Each digital work features round, egg-like characters seemingly midway through an adventure. The works combine surrealism and a hint of nostalgia as you see the little Humpty Dumpty-inspired critters walking around like penguins. Check out some of the illustrations below and find more on Gudonis' Behance. ...
Art

Learn how to create anguished character faces in four surefire steps from this tutorial

Michelle Hoefener teaches us how to draw and create characters that have an anguished expression on their face. She tells us that in order to show believable emotions in characters' faces, there are certain elements that must be taken into consideration. These include posture, expression, setting, storytelling, color, mood, and composition. The first step is to find real human references (photos of anguished people), and you'll soon recognize that there are close similarities to physical pain (furrowed eyebrows and screwed-up eyes). In doing these faces, it's best to try your best in telling the story of why the anguish is there. The other steps are laying out the pose, adding line work, and blocking in color. Below you'll see these final three steps in photos. To read more of her tutorial, check out the original illustration post by Hoefener on Creative Bloq. Soon enough, you'll be creating realistic expressions on your characters' faces. ...
Creativity

Photographer creates alien plants made of light hidden inside forests and abandoned buildings

Light might have become the new medium of choice for installation artists. Finland-based artist Hannu Huhtamo uses a variety of light tools to create what appear to be unusual alien plants within dense forests and abandoned buildings. Imagine stumbling upon one of these while trekking through the woods! Each photo is created in-camera without the use of Photoshop. The folks over at Great Big Story were intrigued by Huhtamo's works and caught up with him to learn more about his process. The artist was profiled in a video that you can watch below! ...
Art

5 digital artists are reinventing what it means to paint, draw, and create art

Take a look at these five digital artists, who are constantly challenging the norms by coming up with new ways to draw, paint, and create - from using algorithms to drawing on the latest devices in the market. See the photos below, following the chronological order of the list of artists. 1. Petra Cortright From LA, she is a wizard of post-internet art. She loves creating chaotic and sensual jpegs, vibrant GIFs, viral YouTube videos, and mesmerizing webpages. 2. Harm van den Dorpel This artist seems to be working with A.I., looking at how he is able to produce intricate and multiple layers of digital paintings. And this easily could be the case, since he designed the software he's using himself. 3. Michael Manning Micheal's art exists in two different worlds: the physical and the digital realms. He is able to create both forms of art simultaneously, making him as impressive as can be. 4. Louisa Gagliardi Her work relies heavily on Photoshop. Hailing from Zurich, this artist...
Art

Fête du Graphisme 2017 showcases the rich, diverse, and dynamic culture of graphic design

With three successful Fête du graphisme events behind us, a new festival is coming in hot this year. It will be a free festival event for everyone. Co-produced by D’Days and Artevia, the celebration will put graphic designers and their work on the spotlight. They will showcase how dynamic, multi-faceted, rich, and diverse this form of art is. To many people, graphic design is simply the fine print and colors on books, posters, and advertisements. But beyond these, graphic design has become part of all of our lives. You can see it on the Internet, on magazines, academic books, marketing and advertising, signages, packaging of virtually all products and services, and even in industries like textile and fashion. Without a doubt, graphic designers play a huge, vital role in how society and culture is shaped every day. It has crept not just into public spaces, but across private and intimate requirements as well. The Graphic Design Festival will run until February...
Design

Kodak Elektra smartphone camera – a new move from a historic company

Her name is Kodak Elektra. She is a Smartphone camera built both for enthusiasts and experts in photography. Kodak has a history 128 years in the photography industry. This famous company once made a historic turn in photography, and maybe they will do it for a second time with their new device. Kodak Elektra is something super practical for the new generation of photographers. Thus, the new Kodak Smartphone camera has its own easy-to-use photo editor. Once the photo is ready, it can easily be shared on the social media networks. Get familiar with her elegance and remember her name, Kodak Electra. ...
Art

Chinese folk art created on Apple devices now available for free download

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple has posted (in select regions) digital artwork depicting Chinese New Year traditions. The folk art has a modern twist to it, and each piece boasts of bold and bright colors. Each one can be downloaded for free for iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers. The tech giant has commissioned five local artists to create the special project, including Victo Ngai who created Lucky Rooster with the Apple Pencil and Procreate on iPad Pro, editing her work on a MacBook pro for finishing touches. Eszter Chen created Joyful Reunions using Photoshop and Illustrator on iMac and MacBook Pro. The rest of the series were made using Photoshop and Illustrator: Zhou Fan's Rich Harvest, Ye Hongxing's Peaceful Home, and Jiang Shan's Fortune Flows. You can download the free Chinese New Year-themed wallpapers on your Apple device, or learn more about the art series on Apple's official post. ...
Animation

Young artist earns millions of YouTube hits because of exemplary character art

American Artist Ross Tran is the embodiment of how sheer talent and imagination can create massive success, even at a young age. The 23-year old has amassed almost two million hits on his YouTube channel, and it's not surprising why. His videos are laced with amazingly quick cuts, hyperactive presentation, playful tones, and quirky stops at his own apartment and school, as well as various locations. There are many elements to his witty work, but the main foundation lies in his bright and stylized tutorials showing how his art comes to life - from conception to implementation. When asked about his "secret to success" at such a young age, he tells his audiences that his portfolio is extremely personalized. He says that an artist must have a portfolio that screams out what you really want to do. In his case, he loves character designs. So he makes his work based on this particular passion. He advises fellow artists to avoid making "disposable" designs and show the whole world...
Art

Photography series known as #Combophotos feature hilarious mashups of things, animals, and places

Stephen McMennamy has been at the photography game for a while and there seems to be no end in sight for his hilarious digital manipulations. The Atlanta-based photographer and art director has released a series of split-image juxtapositions that he likes to call "#combophotos." McMennamy uses his own photographs and sifts through them to find ones that'd make for funny mashups. Creating humorous scenes by overlapping objects, animals and more, McMennamy delivers some unexpected compositions such as the guitar bridge one seen below. Check out some of the mashups below and find more on his Instagram. ...
Art

Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
Art

Christmas-themed ads from all over the world exemplify clever and effective graphic design

During the Yuletide season, ad campaigns often customize their marketing strategies to cater to the spirit of the occasion. There are some pretty great ads over the past Christmas season which showed great graphic design and were able to send their message across effectively. This is a great example telling us that print ad isn't dead, after all. While TV commercials can be really fancy and even include a celebrity or two, these traditional advertisements still prove that with just the sheer power of graphic design (and a good, basic idea), an artist can grab the attention of his audiences - given that he executes it properly and effectively. These ads below are just some of these print campaigns from all over the world, effectively spreading their point and engaging in the audiences' emotions as well. From top to bottom, these ads were created by: JWT, Verdant Zeal, Terremoto Propaganda, Make It Simple, and Provid. ...
Art

Biological simulations add chaos artist’s electrifying music video

Digital art is slowly making its way into mainstream music and this artsy music video might be why. London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest track, "Order from Chaos," from his album Emergence, combines his interests in science, music, and visual arts. Combining the talent of French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret, the video features biological simulations depicting molecular forms colliding, merging, and morphing into colored, brain-like structures. Cooper writes, "Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form. His video shows the raindrops initially, then going into simple cellular forms and then showing the important idea of cooperation between simple cells to form more robust colonies of life." Check out the music video below and listen to the full album here.    ...
Digital

The saddest places in the world as shown on Google Maps

Yes, there are some truly sad places around the world and some of them have been identified thanks to Google Maps. Australian artist Damien Rudd’s Instagram is filled with screenshots taken from Google Maps. Doing quite the opposite of showing striking travel photos, Rudd highlights the most depressing places. The hilarious series has brought to light some great (and morbid) examples such as "Nasty Pond" and "Devastation Island." His 64,000 followers can't seem to get enough of Rudd's quirky finds. They make you wonder how exactly these places were named. Check out some of the LOL-worthy locations below and find more on Instagram. ...
Art

Wild animals dress up in fancy costumes in hilarious illustrations

If dogs in sweaters look cute, wild animals in exquisite clothes should look majestic as ever! And they do! At least in India-based artist Rohan Sharad Dahotre's digital works. The photo edits are part of a funny illustration series which dons wild animals in photographs with fancy costumes. My favorite one is perhaps the raven below. His expression is just awesome. Check out some of his hilarious works below and find more over on his Behance page. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Hobby between friends turns into promising magazine venture with eccentric prints

Introducing Buffalo Zine, the brainchild of Adrián González-Cohen (creative director) and David Uzquiza (graphic designer, art director). The two men were friends since 1999 when they met as students. Over the years, their friendship led to one of the most fascinating magazine ventures of today. Buffalo Zine is a totally hands-on process. Each issue is made from scratch and takes years to complete. In fact, the two artists did not think that they would be publishing at all. It simply was a humble hobby shared between the two of them. After producing thousands of copies, they decided to distribute... and the rest was history. Now on its fourth issue, copies of Buffalo Zine can be bought online. It follows a classic newspaper format - one that is almost extinct in our modern and digital age. What once was kept in the garage is now a real and flourishing venture between childhood friends. /...
Art

Catholic congregations ‘look good’ in new collaborative art project highlighting clothing of nuns

The Pink Sisters, formally referred to as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, are only one of more than 40 Catholic nun groups made as subjects in "Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit". The project is a collaborative effort between Veronica Bennett (theologian), Ryan Todd (illustrator), and GraphicDesign& (publisher). It is a book which showcases the evolution of religious clothing all over the world. GD& is a one-of-a-kind publishing house that envisions the exploration of the possible connections that graphic design can have with any other subject. Usually, their projects involve subjects that most other publishers won't dare touch - including those deemed too "risky" or "eccentric". Aside from Catholic nuns, GD& has also worked on projects about literature, mathematics, and social sciences. Still, it is undeniable that "Looking Good" appears to be their most personal and unique project to date.  ...
Art

Planetarium show becomes art exhibit as it shines light on ‘sun’light

In The Sun Placed in the Abyss, an art exhibit currently underway in the Columbus Museum of Art, the main star (pun intended) is the Sun. Through various films and photographs, the sun is depicted in both direct and indirect ways. But this is more than just an artsy move - the collection aims to go deeper into the social, historical, and even technological implications of the sun in terms of photography conditions and human interest. The museum also partnered with COSI to provide the programming of the exhibition. Over 50 artists participated in the project, all focusing on very powerful images of the sun. The collection explores the "science behind the sun" - how it influences all life on earth, as well as its influence in our art and culture. The exhibit is in the form of a planetarium show, now available to be seen at COSI. It will run until January 2, 2017. ...
Animation

David Beckham’s tattoos speak up against child abuse and violence in PSA Video

David Beckham has had a long-standing partnership with Unicef. Over the years, he has worked with them on various humanitarian campaigns. Recently, the soccer great signed on to promote the #ENDviolence campaign. It features a 60-second film, which - in spite of its short length - is very moving and powerful. The film conveys strong messages against violence directed towards children all over the world. This will be part of his Unicef 7 Fund. According to the organization, about one in every ten girls under 20 years old has been through some form of sexual abuse. Another one in every five children dies because of violence. During the film, Beckham is in the spotlight, shirtless. His tattoos come to life - but not his actual ink. Instead, we see tattoos telling dark, real stories of how children go through psychological and physical abuse. We hear them scream and cry. In the end, the message is clear: "Violence against children marks them forever. It's wrong. End it."...
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