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Tsitoghdyzan with his painting “Mirror”

Hey everyone! I recently found a really amazing painter that I wanted to write about and share with you guys. When it comes to painting I have gained a new found appreciation for painters so this guy kind of blew my mind. I had a painting class this past semester and it took me the majority of the semester to get my one Georgia O’Keeffe painting done.It was definitely a struggle for me but I’ll talk about that in another post. What I’m getting at is that painting can be really hard, especially if you are trying to paint something realistically. It really has made me realize and appreciate how hard they work to create these amazing paintings.

The paintings Tigran Tsitoghdzyan create look more like photographs rather than paintings. When I first saw them I thought ‘Wow, those photos are beautiful’. Imagine my shock when I found out they were paintings. My favorite by far is “Mirror”, something about it really appeals to me. Maybe its the soft expression of the face or the hair but something keeps me coming back to this one. The details and texture within this painting is amazing, its just so well done. I thought these were so beautiful and I wanted to share them! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I’ll include a link to more pictures down below!


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Tsitoghdzyan’s Saatchi page: http://www.saatchionline.com/profile/204141


Scratch That

Hey everyone! I found some really cool scratch board art that I think will really blow you way. At first I thought these wereEye On You paintings but I later found out that this artwork was a result of etching a scratch board and applying paint later. I always remember doing these scratch boards in elementary school and having a lot of fun with them so I’d really like to try this out this summer. It also reminds me a bit of printmaking without the process of it. I really like these but I think the owl is my favorite with the cheetah/jaguar being a very close second! I just love the feathers so much, even though the jaguar seems executed better.

The attention to detail in the cheetah/jaguar is really amazing though! I’m so jealous, I wish I could do something with that much detail but for now I just have to keep practicing! Unfortunately I dont’ know who created the owl but I do know who created the cheetah and his name is Chris Perry. He has some other photos and what not on his website so I’ll give you guys the link to check out! Until next time!

Chris Perry’s website: http://wildsidegalleries.com/index.htm

Splatter Art!

Hey everyone! I came across this really cool splatter art of Marvel superheros and villains. I thought these wear really great. I love how they really suggest movement and the splatters are very appropriate and give the pieces a more realistic effect. The characters are given such a great effect of movement, it really looks as if you caught a glimpse of them in action and fighting. There are also a details within this piece that you may or may not have noticed! The girl above the Hulk (sorry, I don’t her name! I was a Power Ranger kid, not a Marvel one! >_<) has a splatter of red coming from the corner of her mouth which adds to the realism.

Now I know these are obviously not realistic as in they look like real people but small details like these make these pieces serious. It really feels like there is a lot of force, pain, movement, and strain which are all something we humans know about. That’s what I mean by realistic. Anyway I thought it was a unique way of creating art and that they were really well done so I wanted to share! By the way these were created by photographer Melissa Smith! I’ll put a link to the images since they are all one image (if that makes sense).


See them here: http://slowrobot.com/i/46547

From Photo to Phenomenal

Hello everyone! I found these really cool images that I found and I wanted to share them with you because I like the concept and art. Unfortunately I cannot find the artist, believe me I’ve tried. If anyone knows who the artist is please leave me comment because I really like to know who created these. I really love how they were created from pretty simple photos and then transformed into something completely amazing! Recently I’ve been looking through my own photos and sorting through them, deleting the ones I don’t want or need. However I’ve been finding myself stopping before I hit that delete button and really considering if I want to get rid of the image or keep it use for something else.

Some will say I’m a virtual pack-rat but this artwork makes me feel a little bit better about keeping more photos than I should. I save the photos that I probably won’t use as a source of inspiration for other things like drawings or paintings. When I found these images it gave me a whole other idea on how to recycle my images and turn them into something else! So I wanted to share that idea with you guys and also the lovely artwork too! I hope this inspires you guys and gives you some new ideas! Also note that I won’t be putting any of the images here, I’ll have a link instead since they are all one image and I don’t have time to chop them up for you but nevertheless enjoy!


All Around the World…Again?!

Hey everyone! I found this really cool set of photographs with a great concept behind them! Basically it documents a photographer being lead around the world by his girlfriend. The photos were all taken with the girlfriend in the lead holding the photographers hand. I love everything besides the pose changes at each place they travel, they also have some local “props” that they use, such as a Frankenstein statue. I really love this concept because it such a simple and cool concept but he ended up with a ton of great photos from his travels.photographer-follows-girlfriend-around-the-world-holding-hand-photo-series-2

With a little investigating, which is sometimes necessary with stuff found on Pinterest, I found out that the photographer is  Murad Osmann. I took a look and these photos are on his Instagram not his website, that I saw, so I’ll put a link for both below! His website also has some great photos that I am very jealous of. I’m working on portraits for my photography III class and they are nothing compared to his. Then again it is something really new to me, I’ve never done them before, so maybe I’m been a bit harsh but when am I not hard on myself? Anyways I thought these were awesome and I wanted to share! As always, I hope you guys enjoy this post!

Osmann’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/muradosmann/

Osmann’s Website: http://muradosmann.com/



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In Your Dreams!

Hey everyone! I found this artist on the front page of Yahoo long time ago and never got around to making a post about him! Photographer Ronen Goldman has found a creative way to capture his dreams and bring them to life. He recreates a part of his dream that has the most significance to him and recreates it  in the real world. I thought that this was a really  unique and creative way of thinking.

Sometimes dreams can be great source of inspiration if you know how to tap into them. I think that some of my favorite photos are the ones that have some kind of object suspended in air. I thought this was an interesting way to use your dreams within your work.I know sometimes with my writing (I’m a writing major too, remember? :D) I use ideas that come from experiences within my dreams, so why not use them in art too?


His dreams seem particularly interesting, they really look like a scene from a story or movie and it makes me want to know what exactly is going on here.These photos are really attention grabbing and I love them because of how abstract they are and how they represent a small part of a story.Included below is the link to where I originally found the photos and also a link to Goldman’s blog where you can find more photos when you click on the Surreal Project tab! I hope you guys found this interesting, see you next time!


Yahoo Slideshow: http://news.yahoo.com/lightbox/photographer-turns-dreams-into-surreal-photos-slideshow/ronen-goldman-photo-911873380.html

Ronen Goldman’s Blog: http://www.ronengoldman.com/?p=975

iLove It!

Hey everyone!

For this  week’s post I found some photos that were taken via iphone that I really love! Unfortunately I don’t have an iphone butf92ea85f04a5ef74c7f2aad59e2ab70a 2ffca8bd94d8b53466f5834fff812998 b893c8b48ff42c8c61b5a84e3e74e90c 5b11c7e6ee89e7455f4922c4764203d9  I think this just shows you how you can make great photos with what you have. Any camera can make a good photo, you just have to know how to use it to your advantage! I thought that these were some cool photos and I wanted to share my favorites with you guys.

The photographer is Brock Davis and he has come up with some very interesting and playful ideas for his photos! I was also able to find some common ground with this photographer which a little bonus for me. One of the things I do with my own photographer is try to not manipulate my subjects very much. I feel like my photographs are too set up and unnatural. I like to photograph objects in my environment in their natural state which has really helped me I think.

I makes me take the time to look at things from a different viewpoint. Davis seems to do something similar and he also uses everyday objects to create his pieces. I know I’ve said this before but there are possibilities for creativity everywhere you just need to look around you.

Link to Brock Davis’ site and more photos:http://www.itistheworldthatmadeyousmall.com/46345/973711/new/2012-iphone-photos

All Around the World

Hey everyone! I have to admit I almost forgot to make a post this week!  >_< Which is kind of weird because I’ve been doing this for awhile now but anyway I have some amazing photos to share with you this week! I came across these photos and they really inspired me to keep working with my photography skills, and maybe travel sometime soon! I came across a photographer that has taken some amazing photos while in his native Berlin, Germany and on his travels to various other places. His name is Lukas Kozmus and I am very envious of him for several reasons. His photographs are really beautiful and very rich in color.lukas-1

Also I love silhouette photography (I made that term up, I think) so these photos are right up my alley in that respect. Although I love me some silhouettes I have to admit my favorite photo is not one with a silhouette. I really love the photo that was taken with the children play in the rain in the street. I like the golden warmth to the picture and how the rain drops look like gold. My second favorite is the shot of the biker on the road, once again I love the warm lighting, it just seems to add some kind of a mystical feeling to the photos.

I thought all of his photos are really beautiful and they really inspired me to keep at my own photography. Sometimes I get discouraged but I can tell that my photos are getting better and its really a matter of just getting out there and shooting some photos. I’d love travel and take these kinds of photos but I think the more I practice I’ll get there, in the mean time I’ll keep sharing things that inspire me with you guys! Thanks for reading! I’ll put some links down below in case you want to check out more!


article site: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/11/the-travel-photography-of-lukas-kozmus/

Lukas’ flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56047188@N06/

Under the Sea

Hey everyone! I’m back with a very cool article that I found about underwater photography. Andreas Franke, the photographer, created ghost-like images by combining studio shots and underwater scenes he had captured while on a diving exhibition. 

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Franke took photographs of a sunken ship off the coast of Florida and later used the same ship as a gallery for his work. I thought that this was a really cool idea because its something that anyone can do. I was thinking about this concept and I could really see this concept working in other spaces, no diving necessary. I think that an old factory would also work as a great space to recreate images similar to Franke’s. Of course that’s only one idea, I think this concept could be recreated almost anywhere which is one of the reasons it really appeals to me!

I feel the site Franke used added a lot to his work, especially because he used the ship as his gallery. Not only did it create a unique experience for divers but it also physically added to the photos. Although the photos were protected after a while algae and other growth ended up on the photo. It really gave the photos an extra effect. If you want to read the article or see more photos check out the link below!


Heavenly Photos

Hey Everyone! I found some photos that are just heavenly and I had to share them! These photos were created by photographer 201a-photography 201b-photography 201e-photographyDavid Stephenson and I love how intricate they are. Stephenson photographed the ceilings of various cathedrals, basilicas, and churches. What attracted me to his photos was the idea that although they were photos of ceilings they seem to present themselves as something else.

A lot of these shots make me feel like I’m looking through a kaleidoscope. I love how the patterns and repetition of the designs are caught very nicely by the camera. One thing that I think  I have trouble with when taking photos is lining up the shot to capture the necessary  elements. Most often I find myself capturing a photo and find that I have unnecessary elements to it that I didn’t need to include in my shot. Another problem I have is my lack of simplicity in my work.

It might not seem like a big issue but when you have too many things within a piece it often takes away from it rather than add anything. I tend to go a little nuts sometimes but I’m working on it! I also really like the depth of field within some of these photos, and the angles too! Stephenson also has a lot of other cool photos that I think are worth checking out so I’ll post the link to his website down below incase anyone is interested! I hope you guys enjoyed this! 😀

The Inspiration Grid Link: http://theinspirationgrid.com/?cat=4#heavenly-vaults-photo-series-by-david-stephenson

David Stephenson’s Website: http://www.davidstephensonart.com/index.cfm