Just Add Water

Hey everyone! I kind of have somewhat of an underwater theme going on since once again we’ll be diving in ūüėČ ¬†to some underwater art. These photos were taken by photographer Benjamin Von Wong who I may need to take a closer look at later since I love these photos so much! I don’t know what it is but I think the vastness and mystery of the ocean is something that has always intrigued me. I don’t know how to swim and I think that adds a certain aspect of spookiness to the big blue. Whatever the reason, these photos are hauntingly beautiful. I just love the way the clothing and hair of the models move. This is especially true for the first photo. It looks as if she is descending from some world up above and is floating down into another realm. It comes across as very angelic to me.

I also love the movement and flow in all of these, it makes these models seem like they actually belong in these setting and are not just people being placed in a scene to make a pretty picture. I’m going to put the link to the article and images down below but let me just tell you now that these photos took a lot of work. In order to pull this off Von Wong needed freedivers who would also be the models, stylists, makeup, etc. This is one of the qualities of a good artist that I really admire. He had a vision and did what he had to make it come to life and he did it right without cutting corners. No one’s perfect and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly diligent when it comes to my craft. However, when I do something I try to put my best in it and do the best I can with what I know I can do. Effort is everything and it certainly paid off for Von Wong! As always below are my favorites (which in this case is all of them)and the link to the article! Until next time!

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Link to article: http://blog.flickr.net/2014/08/08/surreal-underwater-photo-shoot/

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Let Me Take a Selfie

Hey everyone! I debated about whether or not to post this because I wasn’t sure if it was artsy enough but I figured this is my blog and I thought it was interesting, so here it is. I read an article recently about camera that were installed in a koala enclosure in Australia. What really captured my interest, besides the cute koalas, was the idea that these cameras were used to take selfies of the animals. Basically the animal would have to approach the camera and get within its frame and a sensor would go off to capture the image and viola! The cutest selfie!

What stood out about images is how interesting they came out and how they look like a photographer took them. I thought it was a nice way to have the koalas engage in the process and have a more natural photo. Apparently the koalas liked the idea too since there’s plenty of photos. We’ve been talking a lot about the presence of social media within our world and selfies are a large part of that too. They allow us to capture what we are doing in the exact moment we are doing it, regardless of how ridiculous we look. That concept can be seen with these photos too as we are able to see the koalas explore and capture their personalities in the moment without human interaction. As always I have my favorites below but I’ll link the rest incase you need more! Until next time!

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Link:http://gma.yahoo.com/photos/cute-koalas-get-in-on-selfie-craze-at-australia-zoo-1396579723-slideshow/koala-selfie-photo-1396569776841.html

Eye See You…

Hey everyone! I recently found some really cool photos of eyes that I wanted to share with you! If you’re new to this blog I have a strange obsession with drawing eyes. They are the first thing I start drawing when I’m bored or otherwise. I’m not sure why but it’s just something I do so this group of photos really caught my eye. I’m sorry, but I had to, eye just couldn’t resist. Okay, enough of that, but I seriously thought these were pretty cool.

The majority of these are animal eyes, which was interesting to look at since I really don’t pay attention something like that. Also, all of the these images are really saturated with color and are just beautiful to look at! I can definitely see myself using some of these as inspiration within my own sketches, since like I said I don’t really pay attention to the physical features of animals like I do humans. As soon as I get some free time I want to try drawing some these and maybe even merging them with human features…who knows ;). Unfortunately Flickr does not like people just grabbing photos so I can’t post any images here but there will be a link down below. My favorites are the horse fly (first image), cat, and blue-eyed dog. Until next time!

Link:https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrfamous/galleries/72157640513882494/

Trey Ratcliff!

Hey everyone! Its been awhile since I’ve done a post on a specific artist so I figured why not do one now! I recently discovered a photographer named Trey Ratcliff and I really love his photographs. He does something a little bit different when it comes to his photos, he¬†uses HDR photography. So what is HDR photography you ask? Well I’m not going to get into too much detail here since he does a great job of describing it himself but I’ll give you the basics. HDR stands for ¬†High Dynamic Range which means you take several photos of the same subject and combine them to create one beautiful image. Each image is taken with a different shutter speed so you end up with three photos. One bright, one medium and one dark (which means each has a different lighting). I’m going to put a couple of links to all of his info down below because he really does provide a lot of great tips and tutorials!

I came¬†across these and I love the depth to his photos and the mood they give off. I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely attracted to certain styles of art in different ways. There is art that I really admire and think is beautiful but I just have more of admiration for it and that’s as far as it goes. Then there are other works of art that I want to replicate and stylistically bring into my own artwork. This is one of the later, I’ve always really loved landscapes and enjoy photographing nature over other objects. That being said some of my best photos, in my opinion, are ones that I’ve taken in a studio so you can analyze that since it makes no sense to me. Anyway, below are some of my favorites but I will have many links to find out more about Trey below! Until next time!

Websites: Portfolio site http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/

Informational site: http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/treyratcliff

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TreyRatcliff

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They’re Snow Beautiful!

Hey everyone! I forgive the cheesy title, just me having a little fun! Anyway I found this article about a photographer who focuses on shutterstock_121159318 shutterstock_92057498
capturing the beauty of snowflakes up close. His name is Sergey Kichigin and in order to get these photos he has to work in a freezing studio, now that’s dedication!¬†I have to say that not only are these photos beautiful but they look so complex! I love how much detail you can see in these photos, it’s really amazing to see these up close.

I love how you’re able to clearly see the geometric shapes within the snowflakes and I find them really inspiring.Immediately when I saw these I thought about how I could incorporate these into some kind of design. I thought these were interesting and really appropriate (at least where I am) because of the weather around here. Hopefully these images will inspire you guys too! Posted here are my favorites but check out the link below to read the article and see more!See the full article¬†here:http://www.thephotoargus.com/photographers/mesmerizing-macro-images-of-snowflakes-by-sergey-kichigin/

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