Felix Blommestijn has setup a blog where he's adding a new uniquely illustrated playing card every week. The results so far are really dark and really impressive. Most alternate takes on playing cards seem to stick within a certain set of guidelines, and Felix has also to a certain extent but has also pushed the boundaries by reinterpreting/redefining the individual cards. I think some (if not all) of these are so good they should be elevated to poster/print status. Check the series thus far here.
EDIT: Apologies for the lower quality images, I love having big images on my blog and these were the largest images for the deck I could find (my 2 favourites cards) and these were too good to not post.
I spotted these by Neto Zamora on behance today, I had to post them – more than anything else for the fun factor. As I think I've mentioned before I'm a big sucker for zombies (probably not big enough to be caught wearing these though). Love your work Neto. Check out the full set of shots here and Neto's website here.
French artist/designer Dorian Gourg as put together some incredible illustrations. The use of geometric shapes with patterns gives these pieces a loof/feel that I've never seen before. The centre piece feels synthetic and devoid of life but is layered over landscape photography – giving some of the pieces a sublime feel. The complete absence of colour here works really well, emphasising the cold lifelessness of the illustration and perhaps even generating mystery/intrigue. Check the whole series here and Dorian's site here.
I thought I'd share another fine example of where the 3D world meets the graffiti world. This showreel piece by Brad Schwede takes the idea of converting graffiti into 3D a step further than what I've already seen by adding some motion. While I'd be surprised if no one else has done this already I also find it surprising that I'm not seeing a lot more of it – because it works so well. Most large pieces of graffiti are stylised in such a way that they already speak of movement and energy. It seems natural for this style of art to be converted into a motion piece.
I love surreal graffiti art becomes once it's made into a 3D object and placed into an environment. There's an odd duality going on where it feels quite alien disconnected from its surroundings, but at the same time it's something that is so familiar due to its presence as a 2D artform in the urban environment. Check out more of Brad's work here.
A few super-creep and mysterious shots by Hanka Sedlacek. Regular visitors of this blog will know that I love photography featuring heavy fog (possibly ever since watching the movie "The Mist"). I think this is yet another fine example of fog used in photography to create mystery and intrigue. The landscape is great too, the strong and angular sense of perspective from the power lines and train tracks contrasts nicely with the subtle tonal gradients of the fog. Check out more of Hanka's work here.
I found these awesome pics by Alexander Rentsch on behance today. He's perfectly captured the cold sterile atmosphere of this environment. The lifelessness puts it into the context of some dystopian government institution or some such – it could even be a bunker to take refuge in during a zombie holocaust. Either way it's a great example of minimal architectural photography. Check out more of Alexander's work here, and his website here.
Some more awesome digital/3D work from Fernando Ocampo. Some time ago I posted a short animation by Fernando – I have seen many times since and still love it. I thought it would be worth checking his folio again more recently – it was worth it. I've seen a few examples of graffiti styled art making its way into the digital 3D world but I think this is the best I've seen so far. The colour, abstract shapes and presentation really bring these pieces together. I love the depth of field too. Check out more of Fernando's work here and website here.
It's great to finally be back posting again. It's been a couple of weeks since the my last post which has been way too long. At some point since my last post I came across this incredible piece of animation by Stuart Sinclair. According to Stuart this animation
"[is] done using "Trapcode 3d stroke" a "mirror" and "Trapcode sound keys" to react to the audio. The camera movement is keyframed. Then differen't color maps on top. So to clarify it' s half Expressions in after effects and half keyframed."
In a similar way to other artistic music videos I've posted I think Stuart has visually expressed this track to a tee. In addition, when watching this I feel as though I've never seen anything like it before. Very inspirational. Check out some of Stuart's other work on his youtube page.