More Paper Art?!

Hey Everyone! Usually I like to keep things different on this blog and try to avoid repeats or staying on one subject too long but I had to revisit paper art again. It more or less found me, in a way, and I once again I was drawn into the world of paper art. Seriously, I truly love all the designs you can come up with and with something as simple as paper. The work I’m going to be looking at today is by paper illustrator Yulia Brodskaya. I found the work that I’m going to be talking on theinspirationgrid.com, which I wrote an entire post about earlier this month.

To me her work brings paper quilling to a whole other level. She goes beyond design numbers and words and uses her craft to create actual scenes such as the surfer scene shown on this blog. I really enjoy the piece because it’s so fun to look at and you can’t help but admire the artist’s craftmanship. Another one of my favorites is the design for Cafe Rouge with the can-can dancer. I love the use of bright colors throughout her pieces but they especially catch my eye here.

I think that the design is very eye-catching and really draws the viewer in. The money piece also really grabbed my attention and I love the diversity of colors within all of these pieces. By the way I totally just noticed the head. Did you guys catch that right away? These are my favorites pieces out of the ones shown here: http://theinspirationgrid.com/?cat=3#paper-art-by-yulia-brodskaya but I do love them all.

This, once again, really inspires me to try this out. I think I know what I want for Christmas *hint, hint* ;). I thought these were really amazing and I wanted to share them with you guys incase you’ve fallen in love with this art form like I have. Yulia does a lot of other cool stuff besides this so if you want to see more you can visit her website at: http://www.artyulia.com/

Yes They CAN!

Hey Everyone! I found some artwork that I think is really creative and great way of recycling. I recently found a ton of artwork done with discarded spray paint cans on http://theinspirationgrid.com, which I mentioned  in my last post. These amazing pieces were created by different artists involved with the organization Canlove which is a non-profit graffiti can recycling program. Some of the pieces they’ve created are flower bouquets, individual flowers, a huge tree, and even using the cans as a base for paintings. The way the cans are used are so creative and it really made me realize how much you do with something as simple as a can of spray paint.

I have to say that my favorite is the tree or Graffitree as they call it on their website. Not only is it huge but it’s so beautiful. I love all the different colors on the tree and the way that the leaves were created. It just looks really amazing. Overall a lot of their work is really colorful and most of the time I forget that the pieces are made out of recycled cans.

I highly suggest checking out their website, listed below, because they have a lot of cool stuff on there. I posted pictures of some of my favorites but I think if I had the money I’d buy most or all of these pieces if I could. They’re very unique and the creativity really amazes me; the bright colors are also a huge plus!

Check out the inspiration grid profile the work here: http://theinspirationgrid.com/#canlove-recycled-graffiti-spray-can-art-by-chalk

Check out the Canlove website here: http://canlove.org/

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

Emma Hack

Hey Everyone! I saw an article about a week ago on Yahoo about a car created out of human bodies.

Got your attention, huh? Don’t worry Halloween is over so its nothing like that, they people are alive and well.The article was about artist Emma Hack and how she creates artwork that includes the human body in some way within her pieces.

On her website, the link will be down below, she is described as a skin illustrator, photographer, sculptor, and a diverse multimedia artist. For the Yahoo article a group of models were mashed together (this still sounds creepy doesn’t it?) to create the form of a crashed car.

The ways they were positioned alone is impressive but the way the bodies are painted really adds a sense of realism  to the piece. The wheels and the part where the hood has been pushed up a bit are really amazing. I liked this work so much that I had to look the artist up and her work is really creative. It’s amazing how easily she is able to blend the person into the background so that they are almost invisible.

I also find that her work is very design oriented.It’s not like she’s just creating a lot of objects with the bodies, she’s also using design to incorporate them in her pieces.

This can be seen throughout her work, her work seems more design oriented to me which is good because lately I feel I haven’t been covering much design in this blog. I have to say that my favorite pieces are the mandalas that she does. I love how the bodies really become a part of the design. I’ve posted some of my favorites here but if you want to check out more you can go to her website here: http://emmahackartist.com/.

Check out the Yahoo article here: http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/unplugged/amazing-body-art-car-crashing-success-164205367.html

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!

Frida Kahlo

Hi Everyone! I know Frida is a well known artist but I wanted to talk about her a little bit for several reasons. One of them was my goal to highlight some hispanic artists for this month since it is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Another reason I want to talk about her is because she ended up inspiring one of my recent projects for my painting class. For one of our assignments we had to create a self-portrait based of ourselves on the self-portrait of a famous artist. I looked through a lot of artists, and by that I mean it took me hours to decide. Then again thats nothing new for me but still.

I finally took a look at some of Frida’s work and something just sparked. Don’t get me wrong I had seen her work before but this time I just felt a deeper connection and I really wanted to create something based off of her work.I really love the symbolism she uses within her paintings, I feel like they are very telling of how she felt at the time. A lot of the time I really wish I could get inside the artist’s head when I see a piece I really like. Sometimes its not that simple but I felt that the majority of her paintings give us some insight about her as a person.

This aspect really attracted me to her paintings because she painted what she felt. I’m almostdone with my painting and I like how it’s turning out so far so I’m really glad I chose her! I just wanted to make this post to share what’s been inspiring me lately. The couple paintings I’m posting in this blog are the main ones that inspired my painting. I haven’t decided whether or not to post a picture of the painting or not when I finish it but I guess we’ll cross that bridge once we get to it. See you guys 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

Is that Blood?

I have to admit that I never saw this coming. I never would have thought an artist could be so passionate to use their own

blood as paint. Yep, that’s right, blood. Vincent Castiglia is a really amazing artist who has a real personal connection with his art. Not only was the article I found about him interesting but I think it fits in with my Halloween/Fall theme goal pretty darn well!

This method of painting does seem kind of strange at first but I feel like the more I thought about it I kind of get why he does this. I think that this is one of the ultimate ways creating a unique bond between the artist and the art. The use of his blood makes these paintings such a larger part of him and who he is. I know that a lot of people might be on the fence about this but I see it as more of an artistic decision than this being something creepy or weird. That being said in no way would I EVER do this. Needles and I do not mix, it just doesn’t work and I don’t think it ever will. No way would I do that multiple times willingly!

Anyways enough about me and my fear of needles. His artwork is still amazing and the blood just gives it a little extra umph! I feel like it extends his feelings about his art and adds an interesting aspect to it. In a way the use of blood is appropriate because of the subject of his art. He paints a lot of decaying and bloody bodies so it relates to his work. It’s not like he’s drawing a happy clown in blood, the blood relates to the art.

I’ve found that his art is just very interesting to look at regardless about how you feel about the blood. His work is very intriguing and draws you in. Another thing I found really amazing was the details in his work. Blood usually dries pretty fast so I think it’s really incredible how much detail you can get out of it. You can check out the article below and I’ll also include a link to his website so you can check out his work there. As always I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you guys again soon!

Yahoo article: http://news.yahoo.com/using-own-blood-york-artist-paints-resurrection-exhibit-063504135.html

Artist’s website: http://vincentcastigliaart.com/

 

I Can’t Put My Finger On it…

I recently saw something very interesting photographs on Yahoo and I have to say they’re really

creative. The artist, Dito Von Tease, uses his fingers as inspiration for portraits. From Ronald McDonald to Frida Kahlo he’s done it all and has really succeeded in capturing the likeness of his subjects. As I young kid I remember doing the little fingerprint doodles in art class so when I saw this it really blew me away. I found these really fun to look at and figure out who these people were, even though he does a such a great job there isn’t much need for guessing. I don’t know about you guys but I don’t really look for ways to involve my body within my art. I feel like this is a really unique idea and I haven’t seen anything quite like this before.

Anyways I thought these were really cute and creative so I wanted to share them with you. Some of my favorites are Steve Jobs, Frida Kahlo, and Self Portrait 010(the Sherlock Holmes looking one). I know this post was kind of short but take it as a break from my longer posts! If you want to see the rest of the pictures you can check out the Yahoo slideshow here: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/dito-von-tease-artist-makes-slideshow/-photo-2520155-170800294.html

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