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- the regal twelve
- the royal dozen
so i had a go at 3d max modelling again! then took the photo into photoshop to mess about… quite chuffed i could even model this tbh!! I dont know if ill ever be into the animation side of 3d but its so good to have for use on digital art :)…
good software needed: Poser, Maya, 3DS MAX, DAZ, Ps CS5. more to come!!!
Here she comes, you better watch your step
She’s going to break your heart in two, it’s true
Heart by DOU, Russia
Another photographer who made my heart flutter was DOU The Russian artist presented a series of portraits that were quite repetitious in their theme and subject and yet were so beautiful that they continued to entice me to walk up close to the work to marvel at each new image.
The haunting porcelain skinned subjects were void of detail other than the intense eyes, textured lips and precious objects contained within each desaturated piece. The contrast between the flawless airbrushed skin and the highly detailed features is what makes these works so powerful.
Both series appealed to me for similar reasons. Both were intense staged portrait series that captured emotion and were also technically delicious but what separates their approach is that one photographer shoots like a purest and the other, like a postproduction junky. This is the kind of diversity one can find in the strange and unique festival in Pingyao.
What’s really lovely about the show in Pingyao is that it’s filed to the brim with photographers and artists from the show. The result of this is that you meet a staggering number of exhibitors, curators and directors; in fact, you all just hang out for the week under the strangest circumstances. You sit around drinking beer together and chatting about bodily functions and laugh about the fish and cat-ear noodle breakfasts and finally, you get to discuss each other’s work and what inspires us all.
How did we construct or capture our work? What’s hot right now? Where are we all headed? Where do we stand in the world?
Ray Caesar is an English born 3D artist working in a digital program called Maya producing dreamlike imagery that may look like traditional paintings but in fact use pixels as paint.
Caesar spent 17 years working in the art department hospital documenting sick children through their medical and psychological treatments. Caesar sites this background as being the foundation for the subjects of his art explaining “I often awake in the middle of the night and realise I have been wondering the hallways and corridors of the giant hospital. It is clear to me that this is the birthplace of all of my imagery”.
Caesar’s surreal and haunting portraits of children and animals are emotional and disturbing whilst alluring and beautiful and continue to push the envelope of what is considered art in the contemporary world.
Anna Platten is an Australian painter working in oils and charcoals in the traditional sense. I discovered Platten in Adelaide earlier this year as we both gave artist talks together at Samstag Museum for our shows ‘Phantasia’ and ‘Colliding Worlds’.
Platten considers the themes and motivation of her work to be the same in her adult life to her childhood. The artist explains, “As I imagine for most children, drawing was for me a means of tangibly exploring, possessing and controlling the world around me…”
Producing artworks rich with symbols and narrative, Platten’s staged fantasy works are typically themed as self-portraits. Her attention to detail is reminiscent of a painting style almost lost in contemporary times that transports audiences back in time to painting movements that focused on producing work with such details that they appear almost photo real.
Linda Bergkvist is a Swedish illustrator and digital fantasy artist. Working in Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter, Bergkvist focuses on producing fairytale artworks with believable figures.
A highlight in Bergkvist’s career was working as a conceptual artist on the film Golden Compass. The artist also produces books and merchandise of her digital paintings and is at the forefront of online tutorials and forums. Bergkvist described her style and tastes “I love the visual element of fairytales. Things that are fantastic and unnatural and not quite real fascinate me to no end. I suppose I am in love with old, cruel tales and the wickedness that comes wrapped up in lovely forms.”
Maggie Taylor is an American artist who produces digital imagery by scanning photographs in a flatbed scanner and layering them in Adobe Photoshop to produce narrative based fantasy works of art.
Taylor’s work has featured in Adobe Photoshop’s Master Class and she has produced a series of fantasy books including my favourite, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Taylor’s work is described as surrealistic montage and is void of many of the constraints of reality and photorealism, the artist opting instead, for a painterly and textured quality. Taylor’s charm lies in her approach… her awkward compositions and mythical characters transport our imaginations back to our childhood where scribbling outside the lines was part of our magic.
I love this stuff!! -Alexia Sinclair-
From a strong educational background and heavily influenced by her childhood passion in ballerina, Alexia Sinclair produces these outstanding photography combined with digital art. Her talent is recognized by numerous awards, frequent exhibitions, and commissioned work. These rich, colorful, multi-layered art display a collective mixture of neoclassical, baroque, and renaissance art to name a few.
Alexia is currently producing a new series “The Royal Dozen” of twelve male monarch. She continues to work full time as an artist, managed by 2c management in Australia to promote her art with exhibitions and commission work.