There is something to be said for the delicate simplicity of well placed line and colour and knowing when to stop. These are the qualities I love about the gorgeous watercolour work of self-taught South-Korean designer and illustrator Sunga Park. Her images seem to bleed into the page, without restraint of finite definition, evoking a dream-like stasis. Image and substrate blend into one and the same, as lines and colours wash across the page in a sheer fragment of reality.
Her architectural studies involve buildings from around the world, in such landmark cities as London, Paris, Istanbul, Busan, Venice, and Oxford. Having a firm grasp of both positive and negative space to create her imagery is essential to the structure of her illustrations, blurring the lines between the two in soft washes of colour and sharp contrast of detailed lines. It forces the viewer to almost envision the rest of the piece in their own interpretation, creating a real synergy between man and piece.
Her metro sketches are also a treat – she captures the emotions of her subjects caught in a moment of banal reflection, in a voyeuristic way that isn’t intrusive. Keeping with the dream-like quality of her architectural works, they profess to have a rich background that only you can imagine, without being blatantly shown.
Check out more of her work on her Behance or flickr pages.
These three dimensional hyperrealistic sculptures of sea creatures by Keng Lye are mind-blowing. The Singapore-based artist uses acrylics and epoxy resin to render these incredible works of art by first pouring resin into a receptacle, then meticulously painting a layer of acrylic over it, and adding another layer of resin, building up layer after layer until the forms emerge. Much like the process of how a 3-D printer functions, each slice reveals more about the animals he creates, creating this amazing illusion of structural depth.
So are they paintings or are they sculptures, one asks. I guess they could be classified as both. The technique was originally used by a Japanese artist named Riusuke Fukahori, who focuses his creative energies on three dimensional goldfish. In his series “Alive Without Breath”, Lye takes the process an extra step by having the creatures emerge from the surface, creating a greater sense of dynamic perspective. To achieve this, he adds physical pieces that he paints to match the layers below.
“I started my first series in 2012 where all the illustrations were “flat” and depth was created using the layering of resin and acrylic over the different parts of the illustration. This year, I started on the octopus and it was purely an experiment; I just wanted to see whether I could push this technique to a higher level. After applying acrylic paint straight onto the resin, I incorporated a 3-D element in this instance, it was a small pebble for the ranchu and octopus. For the turtle, I used an egg shell for the turtle shell and acrylic paint for the rest of the finishing. The whole idea here was to give the art work an even more 3D effect therefore you can have a better view from any angle. I think there are still many other techniques to explore.”
To check out more of his work, visit his gallery.
Italian multimedia artist Alice Pasquini brings a distinctive poetical and feminine feel to everything she touches. Based in Rome, she has also lived and worked in the France, Spain, and the U.K. and focuses primarily on painting, illustration, creating installations, and animation, showcasing the idea of people and relationships amongst one another and strong, independent women in a modern world. She has spread her talent through her travels around the world, in various formats – on walls in the streets, in galleries, and even in graphic novels – usually in spray paint and acrylics, or illustration inks on paper and Photoshop.
What I love about her work is the immediate perception of human emotions in her characters – the vibrant strokes are dynamic and full of hope and passion. They truly evoke a real sense of both strength and the softness of femininity.
Check out her Flickr gallery and her website for more amazing work.
Self-taught South Korean up-and-comer Minjae Lee is certainly someone worth looking out for in the near future – at only 19 years of age this artistic prodigy will soon find himself engulfed in enormous commercial success. His portraits are dramatically explosive and frought with tension and dramatic expression.
Working with basic art tools (such as markers, acrylics, pens, crayons, etc), he manages to juxtapose the beautiful, sensual and sublime with an aggressive dose of loud colour and detailed surrealism. Constantly evolving in his work, he evokes a visceral sense of eclectic darkness compounded with innocence and light. The way he portrays the female form is at once dreamlike and visually arresting. They draw us into their dangerous and exquisite beauty.
No doubt the commercial world will be clamoring at his doorstep soon enough!
Check out more on his website.