Take My Breathe Away

Hey everyone! I re-discovered some photos that were floating around in my email and I wanted to finally talk about them. These photos are actually self-portraits created by photographer Rachel Baran and they are amazing! I really love the mood and lighting in all of these. Although I don’t know her personally I think you can get a sense of her personality within these photos, which is what should happen in a self-portrait. Exploring the art of the self-portrait is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now but I never seem to nail down a concept.

My design concepts don’t come easy by any means but once I get them that’s it. Usually when I take photos I usually just take them, keeping in mind of course the angle, lighting, etc. Photography isn’t something that I’ve really focused on as much as I do my design work but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to me. On the contrary I have a real love and appreciation for photography and when I do go out to shoot some photos I always have fun. I still have a series that I’d like to continue, maybe over break, but the thing is how do I add to it so it still fits and makes sense as a series?

I think these photos address that  problem in the way that the focus remains the same but the setting and depiction change. The subject or focus is Baran herself and she does a great job of tying these pictures together so they stand alone or as one collection. Needless to say I found these very inspiring and unique because they are not the standard idea of a self-portrait. It also gives me a lot to think about when approaching my own work.  Baran just does a great job of setting the mood and feeling of each photo, which is what I really admire about these! As always I’ll have my favorites posted below and a link to the original article! Until next time!

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Link to article: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1GFssk#


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/

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

Sabeena Karnik

Hey Everyone! I came across this amazing artist while looking for inspiration on Pinterest! Her name is Sabeena Karnik and she is a graphic designer who uses paper quilling to create her designs. I’ve always been interested in paper quilling because I love the way it looks and how versatile this technique is. After seeing Sabeena’s artwork it makes me want to give paper quilling a go and maybe try it out for myself! The first piece that caught my eye was the alphabet that she created.

I loved how she used a simple typeface for her alphabet and used the paper within and around the form. It makes the letter tight and readable while at the same time giving it a creative flare. Another aspect that I really liked was that she used different colors and different shades of the same color. I feel like it really makes the letter pop and it adds some dimension. From what I can tell this artist is as well-known as some of the other artists I’ve talked about so far but I think her work is really good and very creative.

She doesn’t have a website that I could find but I’m going to put the link to her online portfolio at Behance.net. She has a lot of other pieces there and I highly recommend you check them out.

I posted some of my favorites on this blog so you can get a taste of what she does. Take a close look at the Z. Do you Z what I Z? (Look closely 😉 )

Check out her portfolio here: http://www.behance.net/sabeenu

3D Drawings!

Hey everyone! The past week was a good one for art being spotlighted around the web! I found some really interesting stuff including this slide show of art that pops out of the page. Okay, it doesn’t really pop out and it’s not really 3D but it looks 3D. Take a look for yourself. These drawings are amazing, they really inspire me to keep drawing.

They actually look like they’re coming out of the page, it’s really incredible. One of the things I really like about this artist’s work in particular is that they often use multiple pieces of paper for the drawings. I think it’s a really interesting twist and it seems to add a little more depth to the pieces themselves. I also like how the artist uses color as well. Don’t get me wrong, I like the traditional grey pencils against a white background but the colors come out really beautifully.

The artist also includes themself in the piece which I think is what really adds to the 3D effect. It’s so much easier to believe that thing drawings are popping out when you have a hand suggesting it. The artist behind this magic is Ramon Bruin and he has a lot of cool stuff on his website so I highly recommend you go check that out. The photos I included here are a few of my favorites, but it was really how to narrow it down! I really love the use of shadow in these, especially in the second and third one. If you want to see the yahoo slide show you can click here: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/amazing-3d-art-tricks-the-eye-slideshow/3d-art-photo-1351004295.html or if you want to check out the artist’s website click on any of the photos or here: http://www.jjkairbrush.nl/home/ Until next time!

Sylvia Ji

Hey Everyone! I have to say I really love social media sites, especially when you have friends who like to post artwork! One of my friends on Facebook posted a picture of a painting by Sylvia Ji and I knew I had to check out her work asap. One thing I really love, especially around this time of year is sugar skull art. I dont’ know there’s just something about them that really attract me to them. I love the bright colors and all the different design variations people create around these.

I actually made a sugar skull myself once, I think it was in high school, and it was one of my favorite projects ever. I was really happy with the way it came out but since it didn’t dry all the way through, I used some sort of paper mache I think, it got moldy and I had to toss it. I checked out her website and I have to say I love her use of color! These paintings are very vivid and would stop you in your tracks if you were passing by. I also like how she sticks to one color within her paintings besides black and white.

For some of her paintings she uses variations of a color like red throughout the majority of the painting. Its an interesting aspect that I like to maybe try in my own art because I feel like it works so well.  The details and shading are also really beautiful. Some of these paintings include lace and the attention to detail is really amazing. As I mentioned in a previous post I’m taking a painting class so I’m totally blown away by all of the artists I’ve been talkingabout on this blog. She also does some beautiful victorian inspired paintings that I really like as well. I’m so glad my friend posted that one photo because I really love these paintings. I love art that includes a lot of bright and vivid colors so this was up my alley! I hope you guys liked this, till next time!

Pssttt! Click on the photos to visit her website! Or Click here: http://www.sylviaji.com/paintings-2012

Let’s Be Realistic

Hi Everyone,I wanted to share something I saw on the front page of yahoo today that I think is really amazing. A slideshow was featured showing the drawings of artist Dirk Dzimirsky. The thing is these drawings don’t look like drawings at all, in fact I thought I was looking at a photograph. It always amazes me to see artwork like this, it’s just so realistic and doesn’t resemble a drawing at all. I’ll admit it, I’m not that great at drawing, in my opinion.

I especially have a hard time with portraits and faces, or really anything that involves a human being. Its something that I would really like to work on and get better at, so to see work like this really inspires me to practice more. After looking at the yahoo slide show I headed over to his website to check out some of his stuff. I found out not only does he do these drawings but he also teaches classes! How cool would it be to take one of those? Anyway his art is amazing, I especially like piece called Breath.

The hair is really beautifully done and I just love how the water looks against the skin. I think Black Sun really shows off the artist’s skills as well. The wrinkles and texture of the skin are really well done here. Hopefully you guys find this as inspiring as I do. You can check out the links below to see more if you want, see you next time!

Yahoo link:http://news.yahoo.com/photos/stunning-art-mimics-reality-slideshow/#crsl=%252Fphotos%252Fstunning-art-mimics-reality-slideshow%252Fdirk-dzimirsky-photo-1348783489.html

Artist Website: http://www.dzimirsky.com/index.html