Ivan Kamargio is a graphic designer, photographer and illustrator from Mexico. The style of imagery in his art is defined by the macabre and the surreal. We’ve got an array of skulls and metamorphosis of women into exotic birds. When you look closely at the way he manipulates his pencil you can see a great level of skill, particularly, in his shading and his use of contrast between light and dark.
Artwork © Ivan Kamargio
For six straight days, street artist Leon Keer worked on a chalk drawing that included images of childhood attic objects (like old teddy bears and a baby doll) laying on the floor, and a big hole leading to an underground city. All of this was colored on the wood floor of an exhibition room in the Museum Arnhem in the Netherlands, which you can see in the sixth image within post. This was done this August, and he also created another anamorphic piece for LEGOLAND Amusement Park in Günzburg (Germany), and in July, did a few more such as a girl in a fish bowl and toy robot parts in Trondheim, Norway.
Photos © Leon Keer Via Likecool and Street Art Utopia
Australian graphic designer Gareth Chang has created a fascinating project entitled, “Sight For Sore Eyes.” It is a visually stimulating series that plays with optical illusions in deceptively simple ways. Stripped back so all we are left with is monochrome colours, basic shapes and one typeface phrase; these are witty pieces of graphic design that play with positive and negative space.
All images © Gareth Chang
Last February, Piranha Tattoo Studios won second place for “Best Color” at the 19th Milano Tattoo Convention. It is no wonder they did so well because they have a good group of artists in their shop like Robert Zyla, Sergey Gas… plus guest artist Pavel Krim. If you have something to cover-up or looking for a realistic skull, tiger or flower, make an appointment at this studio in Viseu, Portugal.
Top: 3D skull by Robert Zyla.
Tiger by Robert Zyla.
Body disintegration by Sergey Gas.
The pipe man by Pavel Krim.
Rainbow-colored portrait by Pavel Krim.
3D rose by Robert Zyla.
Cover-up tattoo by Robert Zyla.
All images © respective artists and Piranha Tattoo Studios
Januz Miralles is a fine artist and painter from the Philippines. In his most recent series of works, he has perfected a visual style which is immersed in intoxicating and mysterious imagery. The human figures in his art pieces are dwarfed by swirling masses of cloud and smoke, so as to create the impression that they are grappling with some immense trauma or neurosis. Lost to everyone, but themselves.
All images © Januz Miralles
Film theorist legend, André Bazin, described the creative urge and audience appetite for big screen carnage as the “Nero complex.”
An amusing reference to the Roman emperor’s supposed behaviour at news the eternal city was burning to the ground, so the story goes, he played a fiddle and seemed to enjoy the spectacle before him. I think Bazin had a good point: We definitely like movies in which the world is in mortal danger at the hands of aliens, comic-book villains, or our own self-destructive urges. Let’s face it, we just like to see threat of death, destruction and the crazy aftermath.
Tom Hardy as the new “Mad” Max Rockatansky in George Miller’s forthcoming action thriller.
Jupiter Jones is tasked with saving Earth from an apocalyptic alien invasion.
The Wachowskis got their post-apocalypse on in “The Matrix” trilogy and they’ve returned to the theme, thanks to some evil humanoid aliens with posh British accents, in “Jupiter Ascending.” It wouldn’t be a big budget sci-fi spectacle without the threat of the apocalypse! Mila Kunis stars as the saviour of the world and Channing Tatum—sporting pixie ears—is along for the ride.
Mad Max is in a very tight spot, tied to the front of a car.
Mad Max: Fury Road
The recent trailer impressed pretty much every single person alive. Aliens surveying Earth from the depths of the solar system tuned in and thought it was awesome, too. Maybe. Director George Miller has retooled/refitted/reshaped—just don’t call it a remake—his post-apocalyptic actioner for a new generation. In this one, the end of days has definitely happened. “Mad” Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) is caught up in an epic chase on Fury Road between Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Love those names!
The latest Terminator movie is another attempted relaunch of the franchise.
Social media was in collective hysterics when Arnie Schwarzenegger announced the title of next year’s “Terminator” movie. McG’s “Terminator: Salvation” didn’t exactly go to plan, so the studio decided to reset the franchise. “Terminator: Genesys”—stop laughing—stars “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Nothing else, at this time, is known about the film. Expect CGI, time travel and Arnie making witty remarks.
Joss Whedon directs once more, with feeling as the Avengers battle Ultron.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
King of the nerds—that’s Joss Whedon—went from cult figure to biggest director on the planet, thanks to “The Avengers” (aka “Avengers Assemble”). In the eagerly anticipated follow-up, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the group of bickering superheroes fight against maniacal robot, Ultron (voiced by James Spader). The Big Bad wants to wipe humanity off the face of the planet. We all know the Avengers will stop the apocalypse, in the end, but the ride will be thrilling.
Dwayne Johnson is the first WWE wrestler who can really act.
Many have tried and many have failed. WWE wrestlers attempting to launch a career on the big screen, I mean. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has managed it. This is in large part due to the fact he can act and isn’t afraid of making fun of his persona. Mostly, he can genuinely act. Which helps. A lot. “San Andreas” is an action thriller set along the famous earthquake prone fault line running through California. The Rock smells what’s cooking and sets out to rescue folk in a helicopter.
Tom Hanks is back as Robert Langdon and trying to stop the end of the world!
The world’s number one art historian turned adventure-prone babe magnet is back! No, not Indiana Jones, I’m talking about Professor Robert Langdon. Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are set for “Inferno,” a new thriller based on the novel by Dan Brown. Langdon is up against a lunatic who wants to drop a new version of the bubonic plague on humankind and wipe us all out. Photogenic locations—Florence, Venice and Istanbul—provide the backdrop for the Hollywood blockbuster.
Zombies everywhere! Things get apocalyptic in [REC] 4.
[REC] 4: Apocalypse
Jaume Balagueró takes over directing duties from Paco Plaza to finish off the hugely entertaining “[REC]” series. From the first movie’s modest remit—to scare the bejesus out of the audience with a mixture of haunted house scares and found-footage style camera work—the [REC] movies have grown into one of the most popular horror cycles in recent times.
All images © respective film studios
David de Ramón is a freelance illustrator based in Madrid. He has developed a lovely, down to earth style that contrasts wonderfully with the fantastical subject matter of his art: Dragon riders soaring through a blue night sky and mythical forest nymphs blending in and hiding behind autumn trees. He has a strong sense of colour and composition in his work.
Artwork © David de Ramón
Maybe I’ve seen too many reruns of the 2013 MTV VMAs… Because the girl shown in the 3rd image below looks like Miley Cyrus. Bright red lips, pale face, piercing blue eyes. Or have I just glanced too many times at Christopher’s recent article about controversial photographers (which includes a famous snapshot of the pop star). This girl is not Miley but actually named Cassandra, someone Hubert de Lartigue has painted on canvas. This French artist (once a freelance illustrator working in the packaging sector) is known for his hyperrealistic portraits of pin-up models. His newest work includes close-ups of plump lips and whitened teeth biting into licorice and gummy candy.
Artwork © Hubert de Lartigue
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Taking pop culture icons like Mickey Mouse and Pluto and reconstructing them with a zany colour palette and a surreal twist, is what Warsaw-based illustrator Tomek Płonka does so well. The contrast he achieves in his art between colour and black and white is beautiful. His characters are nightmarish visions of traditional subject matters, as we see human portraits distorted with tree trunks and branches knotted into fantastical shapes.
All images © Tomek Płonka
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Inside the Gulbenkian museum you start off viewing a round meteorite hanging from the ceiling (titled “Teoria“/Theory by Eduardo T. Basualdo). You can almost touch it, but probably decide not to stay under the heavy rock in case it breaks loose over you. The artwork’s label states it is made from aluminum foil, so you might be grinning now, because you were fooled into thinking it was hefty.
Walking into the main show room of this exhibition, “Artistas Comprometidos? Talvez—Proximo Futuro” (Committed Artists? Maybe—The Near Future), there are modern paintings, sculptures, drawings, full-length and short movies. A diverse collection of work from 21 artists from Europe, Africa and South America. What stands out is Wim Botha’s art piece of fluorescent tubes forming a nest and large-winged birds flying around it. It is gorgeous. Another one is Conrad Botes’s “Saturn Odessey,” a dramatic scene of a naked man getting his intestines ripped out by little strange men. It looks like something you’d imagine as hell, yes the actual place. The painting has an urban-comic style to it which fills up a 16 feet+ long wall. The last one is Rugha’s “The Night of the Long Knives III” (clearly much to analyze in terms of the title), a visual with pop-art-colored balloons, sexy pink legs and a zebra. It looks like a festive postcard from Mexico.
Top: Wim Botha’s “Solipsis VII” (2013) made with Polysterene, wood and fluorescent lamps.
Conrad Bote’s “Saturn’s Odessey” (2014) created with acrylic paint.
Athi Patra Rugha’s “The Night of the Long Knives III” (2013) is an archival inkjet print on photographic paper.
Photos © Scene 360
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There are many things that can make a photographer a figure of controversy in the media. Very often it is due to the erotic nature of their images and their liberal use of nudity. It can also be because they are shooting children in a way that people don’t approve of.
You’ll see examples of both of these here, in an attempt to portray an accurate representation of some of the world’s most provocative photographers, from fashion to fine art.
Top: Miley Cyrus shot by American snapper Terry Richardson.
The violent, sexualised imagery of Czech photographer Jan Saudek.
Working for years in the shadow of the Czech secret police and Communist authorities, Jan Saudek has courted controversy due to the explicit sexual and erotic nature of his images. His brutal upbringing, which included relatives sent to concentration camps by the Nazis, informed the visual style his eventually favoured. It is this combination of cruelty and eroticism that stands out when viewing his portfolio.
Drugs, youth and nudity captured through the lens of Larry Clark.
An eternal chronicler of disillusioned youth, American Snapper Larry Clark has influenced a generation of new photographers (Ryan McGinely for example) with his raw and fearless approach. Clark first attracted negative media attention in the 70s and 80s with his candid images of his naked, drug-fuelled teenage mates in his native Oklahoma and later New York. It was his unabashed and unashamed presentation of drug culture that made those photos such a target.
Richardson’s trademark glossy, flash style on display.
There has always been something seriously creepy about Terry Richardson, what with those mutton chops and bifocals that make him look like a 70s pornographer, and now all these sexual assault scandals from models and actors have added to this image. This off-camera activity has naturally made him a controversial character in today’s fashion and photography world.
The challenging subject matter on display in the work of Ohm Phanphiroj.
Thai-born, US-based photographer and fine artist Ohm Phanphiroj is respected for his bold approach to his provocative subject matter, often focusing on themes of subculture and sexuality. He certainly doesn’t shy away from anything. Whether he’s taking portraits of transexuals or documenting the underage sex trade in Bangkok, he is fearless.
A gorgeously lit, black and white glimpse into childhood by Mann.
It isn’t hard to understand the reason for Sally Mann being a questionable figure in the today’s media. In an age when we are consistently being warned of the threat of online predators and the over sexualised image of young people, Sally Mann’s natural, nude studies of her children may have nothing to do with any of this, but her images have nevertheless become a target for this kind of debate.
Does this count as child abuse? You decide with Jill Greenberg’s vilified portraits of screaming babies.
Another somewhat controversial figure because of her work with photographing children. Greenberg made headlines when her series “End Times” was exhibited, which features brightly lit portraits of babies and toddlers with tears in their eyes. The children were provoked by given candy and had that taken away to get the screaming look that Greenberg wanted. This as you can imagine rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, with some claiming her actions were testament to child abuse.
The controversial spread “Circus Humanus” by London photographer Aitken Jolly.
New kid on the fashion block Aitken Jolly has achieved some contentious press. Interestingly this is all from a one shoot he did for Danish fashion publication Dansk, as opposed to his work as a whole. In this 24 page spread, entitled “Circus Humanus” models with elongated limbs are posed with naked fat guys and Siamese cats to create a nightmarish vision of fantasy and humanity.
All images © respective photographers, galleries and publications.
This is a personal project by German studio FOREAL, who purposely wanted to combine different mediums (photography, drawing and CGI) to create fresh looking images. It is like the pineapple, banana and coconut are on an episode of The Road Runner or the 60s Batman TV series. Kaboom, Kapow… it all works well with these tropical fruits.
Art concept © FOREAL Banana photo by Asghar Mohammad Pour, and pineapple photo by Marco Piecuch
He started writing his graffiti name Bacon on walls in Toronto in the early 90s. Twenty years has past since then and his urban art has really evolved. His outlines are perfectly fluid, his color combinations and shading are beautiful, and there is dynamic movement in all of his works. A few murals (like the one shown below) even look like art from the Futurism period, a time when painters would focus on concepts of modernity, involving speed, technology, youth and violence.
From his studio in Montreal, Quebec, digital artist Patrick Seymour creates a stunning collection of individualistic art. The line work in his prints is mighty impressive, with streaks of electric blue and hot pink used to form familiar shapes in unfamiliar ways. This includes putting his own spin on Polaroid cameras and vintage Walkmans.
All images © Patrick Seymour Via Behance
Swedish photographer, artist and designer Peter From is an expert at seascape photography and Photoshop art, as you can see by the images published on this page. It is the marriage of these two elements that makes the explosions of colour and symmetry so beautiful. Magic Kingdom-style castles and palaces appear to float above the sky on a sea of light and imagination.
All images © Peter From Via 500px
Looking back at history, a beheading by a sword (or an axe) was an honorable way to die for an aristocrat or a valiant warrior. But if you did something bad, something considered a capital crime, you’d likely see the guillotine and that’s nothing to brag about. There are many paintings representing decapitating events like “The execution of the Duke at Tewkesbury in 1471,” “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist,” and “Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London Waiting for her Decapitation.” Times have changed, and well it is less violent nowadays, but there is still a fascination with shocking stuff, and slicing someone’s head can actually be visually interesting if illustrated by the right person. The tattoos included here may have nothing to do with actual beheadings in the serious sense, but there is slicing and dicing to create unique and strange compositions.
Top: Renaissance beauty sliced-up. Tattoo by Nick Broslavskiy.
Left: Ready for the first cut; tattoo by Martin Jahn. Right: Lady with a colorful interior by Mariusz Trubisz.
Cut in three by Pietro Sedda.
Colorful mammals by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec.
The accordion man by Axel Ejsmont.
Vertically-sliced animal heads by Valentin Hirsch.
Half of the brain sliced away, but dreams of a whale still emerge in mind. Tattoo by Pietro Sedda.
All images © respective artists
The sublime illustrations published here are the works of artist Alejandro García Restrepo. He manages to render surreal visions in nothing but simple pencil. These include caskets being whisked away by hundreds of balloons and flamingos tied up in knots like something from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” He achieves a great level of contrast and shading in his art.
Artwork © Alejandro García Restrepo
From a water slide structure forming the word “YOLO” (short for “You Only Live Once,” so might as well jump on it), to grilled burger meat shaped to spell “Relish,” there is a lot you can do with 3D typography… especially nowadays with current software. Of course, just imagining things in your head is easier to do than actually rendering the graphics on the computer. The illustrators selected here spend hours perfecting each letter—a bit more shading, texture, lighting—to make it right for the next advertising campaign.
Top: “You Only Live Once” by FOREAL.
“Electronica” by Neil Stevens.
“Typography 11—August MMXIII” by Peter Tarka.
“Kalahari—Resorts.” Creative direction by Tom Gorton, art direction and CGI by FOREAL.
“Clubbers Guide” by Luke Choice.
“Echo Bites” by Artern Sukhinin.
“The New Pornographers” by Steven Wilson.
“Branston’s Relish” by Sean Freeman.
“Land of the Free” by Chris LaBrooy.
“Winter Music at the Beach House” by Charles Williams.
Typography designs © respective illustrators and studios
The Anime genre is beloved the world over for its distinct style of animation and its magical stories, rooted in science fiction and fantasy. There is a wealth of raw material to explore, from Manga to TV series and what we’re looking at in this article, the film adaptations.
The titles selected here are all breathtaking works of art, that have either been recently released this year or will be coming out in 2015.
Top: A perfect vision of Japanese Anime in “Tamako Market.”
The arrival of soldiers disrupts the peaceful life for two brothers in “Giovanni’s Island.”
With beautiful visuals that are at once an homage to the classical Anime style and fresh and unique, “Giovanni’s Island” is one of the major finds this year from Japanese shores. Set on the disputed Shikotan Islands between Japan and Russia at the end of WWII, it follows the adventures of two young brothers as they enjoy their tranquil island existence. It isn’t long though before troops march into to destroy this ideal way of life.
Lots of bright colours and traditional Anime designs in “Tamako Market.”
Adapted from the dearly loved serialised Anime of the same name, an official film version was released earlier this year in Japan. It is a typically fantastical tale in the traditional Anime mold, with talking birds from far away kingdoms and wistful female heroines, all captured in colourful animation.
Two side of the same coin in Ghibli’s “When Marnie Was There.”
When Marnie Was There
No list on any aspect of contemporary Japanese animation would be complete without a mention of the God-like Studio Ghibli. After the successful release of Miyazaki’s swan song “The Wind Rises” earlier this year in the West, the studio is in a period of transition with few projects currently scheduled and whispers of closure. But there are still Ghibli films unseen to enjoy, namely “When Marnie Was There,” a ghost story adapted from the bestselling English children’s book.
Lovely hand drawn imagery in Isao Takahata’s latest.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
From the mind of that other animation genius at Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata, this is a sweet retelling of the famed folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.” The film’s visuals are much closer to his previous feature “My Neighbour the Yamadas” than any of Miyazaki’s classics.
High school kids: Japanese Anime-style!
Not much is yet known about the final movie in the Evangelion cycle which as it stands is tentatively called, “Final.” If the previous entries in the sequence are anything to go by, then expect plenty of apocalyptic drama delivered with state of the art and stunning images.
Iconic Naruto characters in typical battle mode.
The Last: Naruto the Movie
The long running “Naruto” series has existed in so many forms, from originally being a Manga comic through to countless seasons of the anime TV series and a number of successful movies as well. Directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi with contributions by original Manga artist Masashi Kishimoto, “The Last: Naruto the Movie” is sure to be an exciting work done in the beloved style familiar to all fans at this point.
Plenty of space and pirate based hijinks aboard “Bodacious Space Pirates.”
Bodacious Space Pirates
Originally conceived as a light novel series by Yūichi Sasamoto, the success of the story in print form has spawned a film adaptation which was launched earlier in 2014. The title pretty much sums it all up. It is a seductive mix of high thrills space adventure coated in a bright candy exterior.
Tetsuzo works arduously away at her art in “Miss Hokusai.”
From acclaimed director Keiichi Hara, “Miss Hokusai” is a very exciting new film on the horizon, set to be released in 2015. Based on the original Manga “Sarusuberi,” it is a historical piece set in Edo (present day Tokyo) in 1814 and tells of famed artist Tetsuzo as she works furiously from her rubbish strewed studio.
Pokemon-esque adventures with Doraemon and the gang.
Doraemon: Nobita’s Space Hero Record of Space Heroes
That sure is one wordy title. One feels a shortness of breath after finishing reciting it out loud. This will be the 36th entry in the “Doraemon” film cycle! Which is an impressive feat by any standards, considering it is more than the whole “Harry Potter” movies together four times over.
Stunning fight sequences galore in the latest “Persona” installment.
Persona 3 The Movie: No. 2, Midsummer Knight’s Dream
Directed by Tomohisa Taguchi, this is the second installment in the movie series adapted from the “Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3” video game. A rich fantasy story dealing with the shadowy “Dark Hour” society in Iwatodai City, and the efforts to discover its horrors and mysteries.
All film stills © respective movie studios
Street artist Vhils has finally gotten the credit he deserves. This is his first major solo show at the Electricity Museum (EDP Foundation) in Lisbon, located near the breathtaking Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower. From a cylindrical mural outside the entrance, to a giant Styrofoam anamorphic piece (inside the museum) with three faces emerging once you walk up 4 flights of a scaffold, his show is all about dissecting Lisbon. Taking parts of it, actual materials, and analyzing the changes of the city over time. He reviews how globalization has affected the Portuguese capital; how citizens are gradually altering their habits and possibly less interested in traditions. The exhibition also reflects Vhils’s journey as a graffiti artist, from his start in Seixal (Portugal) painting urban walls and subway trains, to his recently acclaimed work in China, Brazil, Spain and beyond. He has photographed people from his travels and depicted them in his artwork. Their facial expressions are illustrated on rusted metal plates, wood doors and concrete walls. His diverse use of materials and surfaces require using different techniques, and this is truly interesting to see up close.
Photos © Scene 360