Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins has an amazing way of making his imagination come to life in a way that when you see it, makes you believe that it might be something you could actually see in real life. You could look at one of his paintings for a long time just taking in the details he puts into it. It’s like falling into Alice’s rabbit hole and landing in some fantastic place.
His work is also the inspiration for a short film, “I’m Scared” that will hopefully be out soon – I’m guessing it will be great!
Cindee Moyer is an artist who makes dolls. Her dolls are soulful, detailed and if the story behind them isn’t readily apparent, you can imagine what it might be from the personalities that she imbues them with.
When I first looked at Sonya Fu’s work, I immediately thought that this was painted or drawn on paper. I was surprised when I found out that this was digital. Her use of color, light and shading is beautiful and mesmerizing.
I love color and when an artist knows how to use color, it really is a feast for the eye. Daniel Merriam has a good eye for color combinations and his paintings are intricate and detailed in design and how he puts colors together.
The significant other thinks I’m slightly crazy. I collect toys.
There is a growing movement of people who make incredible “toys” for adults. Designer toys are just like any other artwork in that there may be only one, or maybe a few produced and they are usually expensive. What is more available to those with more modest means are what they call urban toys and while these can also be limited runs, they are generally affordable. They are often made of vinyl, so the term urban vinyl also comes up.
Coarse is a good example of the designer toy movement. Coarse is two men, Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk, who do these incredibly soulful pieces. Some of their art makes it into production, but even when it does, the number of pieces are usually limited and sell out relatively quickly.
The photos below are from a recent exhibition of their work at Rotofugi Gallery:
Here is an example of one of their pieces that made it into a limited production run:
The Coarse Omen Owls (as they are called) are extremely popular and collected by many.
There are many other great artists out there that are translating their work into toys, I think it is awesome to see their work in three dimensions and will definitely post more about them.
Tyson Grumm is a painter who creates amazing paintings of what he sees in his head. I think that is a true talent, when you can successfully translate your imagination into something that people can look at and appreciate.
His work evokes fabulous fairy and folk tales, I wish I could live in his world – and by way of his paintings, I can.
The subject line of this post is actually in reference to myself…it took me a long time to come around to the idea that you could actually create art in a computer, but with the changing technology and the brilliant and creative minds of some artists, some amazing things are happening.
I love the artwork of Bobby Chiu, it’s whimsical and also beautiful. His choice of colors and the way he works with light and brush strokes brings his works to life. He also often has great back stories for his work, which makes them even better.
Once every ten years, before the red flowers of the Rutilus Tree fully bloom, the Blossoming Dissimulic will come out of its nest inside the tree to feed. The bright red hairs on its antlers resemble Rutilus flowers and attract a huge array of little critters from the forest. This one week of feeding will sustain the Dissimulic as it hibernates until the next Rutilus blossom. -from Bobby Chiu’s page on CGSociety