Estonia-based artist Heikki Leis is well-known for his super realistic graphite drawings. The ones you see here are from his Everyday Reflections series that depict seemingly random individuals as they peer into mirrors performing mundane grooming activities, all rendered in painstaking detail with nothing but a pencil. So good! If you like Heikki Leis’s work, you might also check out the works by Sarah Esteje and Mark Powell.
Month: April 2012
Michigan-based designer, illustrator and collage artist Thomas Allen brings books to life with his amazing book cut illustrations, his paper figures literally springing from the text. Allen constructs three-dimensional illustrations, filled with subtle visual humor, using figures cut and folded from old books. He gently cuts around the shape of his characters, physically releasing them from their two dimensional surface. Wonderful!
What do you get when you combine one of the most popular exercises and the most popular pet in the world? Yes, that’s right: Yoga Cats! This adorable collection of photographs by Daniel Borris captures a broad cross-section of cats and kittens practicing yoga that’s sure to claw its way into the affections of animal lovers worldwide. Oh, and by the way, dogs do Yoga too!
Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work examines performance in relation to the construction, portrayal and boundaries of sexual and asexual identities. Knight paints disenchanted characters that are lost between youth and adulthood. His mythical and ambiguous portraits are a synthesis of fantasy and real-world memory. They tiptoe between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, hunter and hunted, innocence and the erotic.
Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
British Graphic Designer David Marsh created a series of iconic album art from the 1960’s to the present day revealed through 1369 small color blocks set in a square shape. He created these Pantone-constructed album covers using the Pantone swatch graphics in Adobe Illustrator. Marsh created this effect by using as few colours and shades as possible so that the images still easily reveal the famous image.
Korea-based sculptor Seung Mo Park creates giant portraits by cutting layer after layer of mesh wire. Each piece is several inches thick as each plane that forms the final image is spaced a few finger widths apart, giving the portraits them a unique, almost 3D effect. The work is called MAYA, which means “illusion” in Sanskrit.
Ukranian-born artist Marc Khaisman uses an unusual medium to create his art: packaging tape. His large images, are made from layer upon layer of translucent packaging tape, and are applied to clear Plexiglas and placed in front of a light box to give the image shadow and depth. By layering the tape, Khaisman is even able to portray detailed facial features.
Israeli sculptor Shay Aaron makes the most adorable and delicate miniature sculptures I have ever seen. He makes amazing models of everything edible, from pizza to glazed donuts to grilled chicken. I think there is literally nothing he could not make a model of! So mouthwatering! Don’t you just wanna eat them up?
The Miazbrothers alias Roberto and Renato Miaz are inspired by the modern technology of inkjet printers. Using a spray gun charged with acrylics, they create nebulous shadows and subtle nuances on canvas. The Miazbrothers aim to produce paintings that “interact with viewers for an indefinite period of time”, as there are no lines whatsoever in their work, it is up to the viewer to perceive their subjects and make images out of them.
Silent World by the German-French photographer duo Lucie & Simon is a series of photographs capturing crowded cities with no one in it. From New York and Paris to Beijing, these photographs are an eerie depiction of some of the world’s most recognizable and busiest public outdoor spaces vacated and devoid of crowds. In Silent World bustling urban environments become apocalyptic ghost towns.