I found these shots by Agelkos Photography on behance this morning. The bridge shot initially caught my attention. I always like it when photographers capture industrial infrastructure as a silhouette. The dark shapes against a light sky often emphasise the intricate detail in the various shapes, frame works, fences etc. I really like how in this image the bridge appears partly as a silhouette and partly reveals its texture and surface detail. In both of these shots the bleak, lifeless colour and atmosphere makes this scene feel slightly removed from reality. I think it's hard to imagine that once these were in a more colourful setting perhaps during more prosperous (or even sunny) times. Check out Agelkos Photography's full profile here.
David Merrique has put together this awesome illustration that looks like it could be the final shot in a creepy sci-fi film. When I first looked at this piece I was aware of the overwhelming sensational of complete hopelessness. It reminded me of scenes in sci-fi films where astronauts are flung into space with no control due to some disastrous mishap, which puts them on an unstoppable trajectory away from their ship knowing that they will die alone when they eventually run out of air. Horrible stuff, or beautiful horror? It seems the chap in this piece met his fate much faster, but dying alone in the cold, dark setting of space is uncomforting enough. I really like David's style here, the use of intricate hand drawn line work gives this piece a nice organic feel, that's quite pleasant to the eye. The blood floating in zero gravity is a nice touch, the red contrasting nicely with the cold blue surroundings. Check out David's folio and website for some more great illustrations.
I thought I'd post this piece by Carlos Patiño because of its awesome ferociousness and amazing detail. I really think the black eyes were a nice touch too. This is a deliciously dark piece of art, Nice one Carlos!
I spotted this beautiful piece by Kasiq Jungwoo on behance today. His use of pattern and texture with line drawing help to make this a really unique piece. Kasiq has tagged the piece with the words "mother" and "murder", which could help to explain the look of sorrow on the girl's face. Even though they're kept to a minimum I really like Kasiq's use and choice of colour. If it wasn't for the subtle warm hues here, the near absence of colour would give this piece a very bleak tone. This is yet another piece that I can easily see hanging on my wall. Check out Kasiq's behance profile, for similar themed/styled pieces. He's got a blog that's worth a looksy as well.
I found this piece by Gary McAllister on behance this morning. I just thought it was a great capture from a great film. The shot this piece was taken from is one of many classic Dark Knight moments. Gary's done a great job at recreating this shot, the colour, depth of field and detail all look great. It makes me want to watch the movie again. I think this would look great as a large scale print up on my wall. Check out Gary's behance profile here, there weren't many pieces when I last looked but hopefully he's got more on the way.
This piece by YLF Design reminded me of something from a Lovecraft story or a nightmare. It's an interesting mix of dark, threatening shapes and bright colours. typically the colours used here would infer warm and happy emotions, but in the context this piece they feel a lot more threatening – perhaps in a similar way that toxic organisms warn of their danger through brightly coloured shapes and patterns on their skin. YLF Design have a great website, check it here.
I spotted this awesome stationery by Moshik Nadav today after I went looking for some inspiration for a stationery project I'm working on myself. I'm always impressed by artists/designers that manage to push the boundaries on common objects/themes/subject matter into something completely fresh and unique – there are so many existing stationery designs out there – possibly hundreds of thousands, or even millions? The majority of which are clones of each other and completely lifeless (IMO). I also think it's awesome when something as mundane as stationery can be transformed into something kick-ass. The structure and colour are what really impressed me with this piece, there's a strong modernist vibe and no effects, gradients or trendy "design elements". According to his folio this set is for "the research center of the Hebrew Typography" which sounds pretty awesome itself. Moshik has an impressive behance folio with great diversity in his work. Check it.
Continuing on with my current vector obsession I thought I'd post these winners by David Seguin. In a similar way to another post a week or so ago these feel like they are part of a greater story (possibly the same one). Whether they are or not, I think this element brings a lot of life to these pieces. The characters feel like they have a purpose, and look determined. What makes these pieces feel like they're part of a narrative? I think essentially because these are the equivalent of action shots in the photographic world. They aren't posed characters, but engaged in some form of activity. I've always found action photos (featuring people) a lot more interesting than posed photos, and I think the same applies here. I think Davids execution here is excellent, his use of layering and depth of field bring these pieces to a new level and elevates them beyond the everyday vector art piece. Check out his behance profile here.
I spotted this piece by Zan Von Zed on behance this morning. I'm sure I've seen her work somewhere else before. She has such a specific style, and specifically her girls have such a unique look. As an artist whose work is all over the place with no particular style, I always appreciate artists whose work all feel like they're part of the same family. Perhaps one day there will be a Luke Morgan style, perhaps there already is. Anyway I thought I'd post Zan's work because it is awesome and feels like it's from a strange land that exists between dreams and childhood memories. I'm a sucker for pirates too. I'd love to see her do some darker themed work. A lot of her work is oil on wood which give the pieces a wonderfully organic and rustic feel. Zan has a great blog with lots of tasty treats here.
I thought I'd through this piece into the mix. This is another example of a great type treatment. Despite being almost completely abstract it's still quite legible and looks kick-ass. This was designed by Alex Di Giovanni, check out his behance folio.
From what I can gather Hendrik Gericke is typically a non-digital artist. A visit to his website reveals all sorts of oil and ink goodies. It seems here though that he's merged his talents with the digital world, with amazing results! The contrast of photographic image juxtaposed with ink drawing creates a wonderfully surreal piece. What initially caught my attention was the wonderful sense of depth – which is present throughout the whole series. Check out the whole series here.
A video artist on youtube by the name of TheFroschyankee has put this amazing video together for the Boards of Canada remix of Last Walk Around Mirror Lake. The union between moving footage and music here is near perfect. According to notes on the youtube page footage is from the movie Adrenaline Rush (The Science of Risk). Location: Eikesdalen (Norway). Check out TheFroschyankee's youtube site here, there are lots more tasty treats to be found there.
Matt Millette has come up with one of those classic "I wish I'd thought of it first" projects. As a kid I was always amazed and in awe of fighter planes/pilots, and in particular those from World War 2. I think once fighter planes were able to carry long range air-to-air missiles the idea of "dog fighting" ceased to exist, as did the classic/romanticised image of "the fighter pilot" (no dissing intended for today's fighter pilots *salutes*). I think my unquenchable thirst for commando comics as a kid helped to fuel my admiration for World War 2 heroes. Anyway, Matt has put together a great, nostalgic series that focuses on identification markings on World War 2 fighter planes. His execution of this series is excellent, he's carefully reproduced the texture and ware you would expect to find on a veteran plane. I find it really interesting that something quite unique and beautiful (although overtly masculine) can be taken from a machine designed purely for death and destruction. Check out the whole series here.
I found this piece by Rob Jacobs on behance this morning. It's a submission for a magazine with the theme "hustle" check out the whole project and rationale here. I think the use of colour here is outstanding, the feeling of motion is energising, and the texture and form are unique and fresh. Nice one Rob! Check out Rob's website.
Matthias Heiderich has put together a series of shots that explore colour in the urban landscape of Berlin. What I really like about this series is the simplicity of the work and the sense of nostalgia it induces. Most of the shots are quite minimal, with a strong focus on colour and composition. The simple solid colours exude a nice retro vibe, showing a few subtle signs of their age. Check out Matthias' website.
For those that don't know I am an avid video games fan. Sometimes I think this comes through in my art work. I thought this would slot nicely into friday afternoon (time of posting). So consider this some friday fun with smooth editing and some great tunes (mash up of pendulum and a track from requiem for a dream soundtrack). Youtube page here.
Nawer Nawoner has combined graffiti art with architecture/3D modeling to create something quite unique and inspiring. Please note that these pieces are not digital, they are wall paintings, completed using spray paint, masking tape and stencil. Check out the video above to see him working on another, similar project. I don't know about y'all but this makes me want to fire up C4D, print, spray and play.
I've posted QNQ/AUJIK's project Family Crysis because I really just wanted to write about them as a whole. I couldn't find much else to post, other than these images. From what I could gather they are a group that explores divine parallels between the environment and technology through art, and in particular 3D modeling and animation. I first found them via this video on behance. Unfortunately I couldn't post it here. What initially caught my attention here is the presence of future technology in a wilderness setting. I've always found this depiction quite surreal. Typically such technology is set in an equally futuristic urban setting. To me the wilderness is symbolic of a more primal or prehistoric landscape, where technology doesn't belong. QNQ/AUJIK however, has created a unique synergy between technology and nature, where both feel comfortable in each others presence. I think this is the basis of the philosophy for the group. I've found the whole topic intriguing and I recommend you check out their website here.
EDIT: I've since been pointed to the QNQ/AUJIK vimeo page. Which includes the video below. A lot of the videos don't appear to contain a narrative but instead are abstract pieces that weld a close relationship between nature and technology. I'm liking this stuff more and more each second. It's so damn fresh! Check out the vimeo page now.
This piece by Sunny Balliette, in my mind is the definition of awesomeness. It's a little dark, a little nostalgic, has some great layering and nice type work. The contrast between the back ground textures works really well – paint strokes and vector patterns. I think she's done well in composition too, the wolf's mouth sits really nicely underneath the logotype, with the "descenders" of the "T" and "K" hanging in a very fang-like way. The space image seems a little arbitrary, but I really don't know much about the project and even if the project isn't space related who cares, it works well and ads a lot of depth to the piece. Nice one Sunny! Check out Sunny's blog here.
Guillaume Fournier has put together this amazing piece, which to me sits in a world constructed from architecture, video games, and 80s. The level of detail and complexity here is amazing, every time I look at this piece I notice something new. Guillaume's website demonstrates that he's a talented artist across many different mediums.
I came across these posters by James O'Briant on behance this morning. They are part of a series that I recommend you check out. Each poster exhibits its own unique direction but collectively they feel like they're part of the same family – due to James' great style. What I like about these posters is that they look great and James hasn't relied on lots of cliché photoshop effects to make them look good. Instead they feel refined and well thought out. I've always been a believer in the value of minimalism. I think that minimal, well designed content produces a louder/stronger voice from the design. James' work is a perfect example of this. Zero clutter combined with strong imagery and type work has resulted in a beautiful series of posters. I also thought I'd mention that I particularly like how James has played with combining 2D and 3D spaces in the first piece (as well as all of that beautiful white space). Check out James' website here.
Neko Zhang has got a great illustration style going on here. It slots in somewhere between realistic art and more comic styled art. I think the soft skin tones contrast really nicely with the heavy line work and give these pieces a really unique feel. I like how these have an almost unfinished feel to them, giving them a lighter/more fun tone. Awesome work by Neko Zhang, and a perfect addition to my current illustration/vector binge.
Pino Lamanna has posted a series of awesome/experimental logos on his behance page. As far as logos go this is the sort of work I'd be happy doing all the time. He points out that some of the work is just experimental stuff that he's done in his own time and others are for actual clients. I recommend checking out the whole set. NOW.
I posted some work by Meriol Lehmann a few weeks back, a couple of great industrial shots. I found this piece today which is part of a series called Blue, which features several photos linked only by their colour – blue. This one was by far my favourite. I love the subtle change in rich and vibrant hues, with the strong contrast of the chemtrail, while the sky's infinite presence give it a somewhat sublime feel.
Konstantin Novosadov's series works 01 and works 02 grabbed my attention as part of my current vector binge, this work isn't strictly vector but it's close enough, or at least looks good enough for me to post during this phase of mine. I really like the style here. The angles and bold colours really give Konstantin's work a bold and masculine feel. The first piece has what appears to be zombies (please be zombies) in the second frame which I think is enough to justify a zombie label (I'm a massive zombie nerd and can't believe I haven't posted anything else zombie related yet). I love the Russian zombie theme running through this piece. I don't think I've ever seen a zombie flick set in Russia yet, although I've heard rumours that Danny Boyle wants to set 28 months later over there. The second piece fits nicely into the dark fairy tale genre. In my opinion fairy tales should be dark, or there should at least be plenty of dark fairy tales to balance out all the kid friendly ones. Nice work all around Konstantin.
I've got vector art on the brain at the moment. I've been getting a few ideas for some upcoming projects, either as prints or t-shirt designs, but have a whole lotta other work to clear through first. Being in this state of mind I'm more attuned to other artist's vector work, and in particular different and kick-ass vector art (as mentioned in previous vector posts). Maja Petric's series Vector Portraits caught my attention on behance this morning I think due to the unique style. Maja's work definitely has a more comic feel to a lot of other work out there, due to the simplicity of the pieces and the slightly stylised execution – differing stroke thicknesses and fantastic use of colour and light (just to name a few). It's a great style that she's tapped into here and I really hope to see more. Check out Maja's DeviantArt page for some more of her work.
I thought I'd post these shots by Jérôme Lautré because I think they are amazing depictions of the urban world at night, and I found them reminiscent of images of what the future (now) would be like in 80s film. I was always amazed as a kid at what the future would hold and I've always been a little disappointed that today we don't have hover boards, robots and flying cars. The future was always romanticised with glowing lights, strange clothes and incredible flying technology. The reality is that we have conquered social/communication technologies instead, which seems a little less exciting but without it not even this blog would exist. I think the vision that these 80s artists gave us was merely what the 80s would have look like in the distant future, or perhaps an 80s revival in the distant future. Anyway to me these images are
closer to 80s futuristic references than anything else I've seen, and for that I think they are pretty cool. Check out Jérôme's website for more photographic gems.
I spotted this beautiful little animation by Boca Ceravolo on Behance this morning. What really grabbed me here is how so much atmosphere and depth has been given to such a simple animation. Also ever since my trip to Japan last year I've become a big fan of all things Japanese. I'll have to note that this is an introduction to a video game and is really going to leave you wanting more. Check out Boca's website for more inspirational treats.
Henrik Wold has designed an awesome LP cover for Norwegian metal band Altaar. Typically, in my limited experience of metal, cover art for metal albums is fairly cliché, white overly gothic looking (and I don't mean sans-serif gothic) text on a black background with an array of biblical references and a goats head somewhere. Henrik has managed to recreate a similar sense of dark and aggressive underworld forces through his clever use of photography, with no inverted crosses or pentagrams. As a piece of art the viewer is presented with a scene of a forest and a window into a darker co-existing world. I've assumed that the smaller photo is of the same scene but at night, which if I'm right, is a nice touch. Henrik credits Arild Danielsen for the photography, check out his website, there are some very tasty treats to be found. Also check out Altaar on myspace. I used to be into metal in some of my earlier days, these days I crack open Master of Puppets occasionally, but that's about it. Altaar have some great ambient metal (if such a thing can even exist), which I genuinely enjoyed listening to.