Alisa

  • Title: Alisa
  • Artist: Monica Lee
  • Date: August 29th, 2014
  • Material: Graphite on paper
  • Size: 27 X 27cm
  • Malaysian artist Monica Lee draws amazingly photo-realistic images with graphite pencils. She states: “I like to challenge myself with complex portraits especially people with freckles or beard. And I’m addicted to details. I like drawing in as much details as I can into my work.” Surprisingly, Lee worked in the digital world for 12 years before making the jump to illustration. But it certainly doesn’t show. She now spends 3-4 weeks on a single drawing. The artist attributes her love for hyperrealism to her father, who worked in the field of photography.
  • This sketch, is a very derailed portrait of a young girl. The use of graphite and shading is incredible in this image
  • I have chosen this image because I love the details and a sketch is a very creative way to show that. The lack of color interests me as it still looks extremely realistic. A lot of her other work is very good as well, but If I had to chose one, it would be this one. to chose such a simple and accessible medium and than create such an amazing finished product is a true talent.
  • References:
  • http://instagram.com/zephyrxavier
  • http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/07/stunning-photo-realistic-graphite-drawings-by-monica-lee/

Blue Barns

  • Title: Blue Barns
  • Artist: Lawrie Dignan
  • Date: 2010
  • Material: Pen and Ink
  • Size: 6” X 9”
  • This work of art is a beautiful pen and ink image. The original pen and ink image is taken from a memory of a group of barns near Lavington, B.C. circa 1970’s. This entire image is comprised of tiny little dots  that come together to form an image of blue colored barns in a landscape.
  • Born in Victoria B.C., he is a self-taught artist using a pen and ink technique which has evolved from years working as a technical draftsman in British Columbia’s civil service. In 1990, he apprenticed with a stained glass artisan who would become his mentor. This relationship had a very positive influence on his artwork as it encouraged, supported and gave him the confidence to explore his own direction in drawing with pen & ink.
  • I chose this image because it is a very time consuming medium for art, pen and ink. The time put into this work of art deserves to be appreciated as each and every detail in the image is a singe dot, that eventualy all together created a beautiful image. The colors are very simple yet very effective and there is a very good 3D effect within the barns that make the image very intriguing.
  • References: 
  • http://changing-realities.com/images/blue-barns
  • http://changing-realities.com/pages/biography

Bow Lake

  • Title: Bow Lake
  • Artist: Justin Beckett
  • Date: Unknown
  • Material: Acrylic Paint
  • Size: 12” X 16”
  • This painting is an acrylic painting of a beautiful landscape. This painting is of The Canadian Rocky Mountains, surrounded by spectacular mountains at a epic scale. For approximately one week, the artist and a friend were adventuring the Rockies to find the perfect image to capture, and so they succeeded.
  • Justin Beckett is a professional Canadian Painter and was born in Vancouver, B.C.
    Canada in 1986. He is a self taught artist, having always drawn from a very young age and continuing to teach himself. Most importantly Justin Beckett has adapted his own style, and learned a great deal by learning to paint, by painting. Beckett is inspired by an array of different subjects, mostly inspired by life itself, and the way light can change the simplest of things, into the most magnificent. He has a keen eye and searches for beauty in everyday life, and has the deepest appreciation for nature
  • I chose this painting because i really liked the look and the texture of it. I adore a good landscape painting and when i seen the uniqueness of this particular one i could resist. The fact that he painted this right in front of the Rockies themselves and was able to capture every detail is magnificent.
  • References: 
  • http://www.conception-studio.com/
  • http://www.conception-studio.com/?page_id=28

The Crevasse

  • Title: The Crevasse
  • Artist: Edgar Müller
  • Date: August 2008
  • Material: Chalk
  • Size: Unknown
  • This work of art is done completely in chalk and it is located in Ireland. This may appear as an ice age to the common eye, but however it is a 3D side walk work of art.
  • Edgar Müller was born in Mülheim, Ruhr on 10th of July, 1968. He grew up in the rural city of Straelen on the western edge of Germany. His fascination with painting began in his childhood, with paintings of rural scenes of Straelen. Edgar went to high school in the neighboring town of Geldern, where an international competition of street painters took place. Inspired by the transitory works of art which met him on his way to school, Edgar Müller decided to enter the competition; He took part for the first time at the age of 16.
  • I chose this work of art because it looks as though it is fake but it is not and that was extremely surprising to me. This piece must have been very time consuming but the time put in was well worth it because the finished product is very beautiful and realistic.
  • References: http://www.metanamorph.com/index.php?site=about

Double Dutch

Double Dutch: This painting shows two portraits of post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, one of which is used to create the nose of the main image

  • Title: Double Dutch
  • Artist: Oleg Shuplyak
  • Date: unknown
  • Material: Oil paint
  • This painting is an optical illusion that shows two portraits of post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, one of which is used to create the nose of the main image. There is both the portrait, a figure of him, and young women, houses and the landscape all hidden within the work of art.
  • Born on Sep 23, 1967, in the Ternopol region of the Ukraine, Shuplyak. His passion was always painting, however, and he has used the technical precision of an architect to create these intriguing optical illusions. Often his paintings depict famous historical figures like Charles Darwin, Vincent van Gogh and William Shakespeare.
  • I chose this image because i could resist the creativity. The painting is not just a portrait or a landscape, it is both combined together in a very eye catching manner. The colors used within the peice are very beautiful and really contrast the face and the landscape. The piece is incredible and took a lot of work and concentration to complete.
  • References: 
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078106/Look-theres-initially-meets-eye-The-intricate-oil-paintings-hide-remarkable-double-images.html
  • http://webneel.com/oleg-shuplyak-illusion-painting

Junk Elf

  • Title: Junk Elf
  • Artist: Tom Samui
  • Date: Unknown
  • Material: Scrap metal
  • Size: Approximately 4 feet
  • This elf is created using old car parts, Samui reportedly goes to the junkyard once a month and picks up a truck load of recycled metal and old car parts. This and other took about 400 hours to create. These artistic creations are both beautiful works of art and a reminder to us that we should be mindful of what we throw to waste and how we do it. The challenge: make an effort to recycle a higher percentage of your waste.
  • Samui, an artist from Switzerland, is a master craftsman in the world of turning scrap metal into gorgeous figures of art. For more than ten years, Samui and his team have been creating hundreds of sculptures from old and used car and motorcycle parts and other metal pieces one would find in a junk yard.
  • The Reason I chose this sculpture is because it is made from such unique material and for an artist to be able to turn what some people consider garbage into a work of art is a true talent. The final product is very pretty and well done, there is a lot of detail and although there is a lack of color, the sculpture still has a sense of emotion.
  • References: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahwhittenly/10-famous-sculptures-made-of-recycled-metals-mdwq

Hand of Peace

Kusadasi  -  The  Hand  of  Peace  Monument  (28.06.12.)
  • Title: Hand of Peace
  • Artist: Unknown
  • Date: Unknown
  • Material: White stone
  • The meaning full sculpture is located in Turkey, Kusadasi.
  • The hand of peace sculpture with doves on the waterfront . Kusadasi is a coastal resort town in the Aydin province of Aegean west coast Turkey. The town’s name, meaning ‘Bird Island’ is taken from the island was a much-frequented resting place of birds during seasonal migrations. The city’s popularity is due to its excellent shopping opportunities and to its close proximity to the famous ancient Greco-Roman sights of Ephesus, Priene, Didyma and Miletus.
  • I chose this work of art because I believe that there is a lot of meaning and thought behind its creation. The sculpture represents peace, simplicity, and caring for the environment and it is presented in such a beautiful way. The contrast between the black and white is very simple yet eye catching, and I believe that it portrays meaning that even though we are different from birds and other wildlife, that we need to support each other, just like the birds are supported by the hand.
  • Reference: http://steven-sklifas.photoshelter.com/gallery/Turkey-Kusadasi-images/G00005S7W76jlIA8/C0000MblPdE2xQpg