Saturday, August 18, 2012
In Artists Inspire Artists’s “Artists Series” we single out one amazing artist who’s work could stand alone. Today we have Steve Payne, who created the Replaceface series, where Steve took digital copies of George Dawe’s paintings of russian generals and added celebrities faces to the portrait using photoshop. So as always, enjoy & live inspired!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Alexandra Pacula paintings
It's almost as if Alexandra Pacula paints what she sees while driving drunk at 100 mph. "My work investigates a world of visual intoxication; it captures moments of enchantment, which are associated with urban nightlife," says the New York-based artist born in Poland.
"I am fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities. The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation. The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment."
Pacula paints with oil to recreate the feeling of dizziness and confusion. She then lets the paint blur, allowing shapes to dissolve.
"I suggest motion in order to slow down the scene and capture the fleeting moments, which tend to be forgotten," she says. "By interpreting lights in graphic or painterly ways, I create a sense of space, alluding to a hallucinogenic experience. I want the viewer’s eye to travel within my composition and experience a familiar exhilarating event of an actual nightly excursion."
Sunday, August 12, 2012
pencil vs. camera
'pencil vs. camera' by ben heine
'pencil vs. camera' by ivory coast-born brussels-based photographer ben heine is a series of images
that inject hand-drawn pictures within real-life settings to create a composite effect that is often surreal
and highly narrative. manipulating the backdrop to host added elements such as real-life tetris blocks,
floating speech bubbles, and an alcoholic panda, the photographs are an exercise in manual photoshop,
always including heine's hand which holds up the sketched piece of paper in the foreground.
alarmingly accurate and crisply focused, the series puts great care in the alignment and perspective
required to successfully pull off the optical illusion. heine creates seemingly effortless snapshots that
are highly imaginative and contextual.
Surprisingly, all these detailed, realistic pictures are made by ordinary ballpoint pen. The author – a young artist and photographer Sarah Esteje. It is difficult to imagine how you can draw so cleanly and professionally the first time – because, unlike the pencil drawings, there is nothing to fix fails.