Friday, April 12, 2019

Nature Inspired Illustrations With Rich Textures by Steve Aparicio

Steve Aparicio is an illustrator and a visual artist from El Salvador. His work caught my attention for its rich texture and style. He has worked on several projects and his art can be found on mugs and t-shirts. He has also created packaging design for a frozen products brand for children in Spain.

The top four illustrations are from the series called "The Guardians of Your Dreams" made for a couple who had a baby and wanted the artist to create something unique to decorate the space with. To see more of his amazing work you can visit him on Instagram.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Giles Newman Transforms Fallen Wood Into Carved Masterpieces

Giles Newman was originally trained as a photographer and a graphic designer who carved into wind fallen wood in his spare time while staying in the woodland of North Wales. He carves one-of-kind spoons, jewelry and sculptures with incredible detail. It took him only 12 months before he turned his full focus to wood carving.

He does not make use of any powered tools to carve his pieces, he works with basic hand tools and centuries-old sculpting techniques. It takes him endless number of hours that vary based on the level of difficulty of the piece. For example, he spent over 550 hours to carve the Barn Owl  spoon (on the top) and in the process sacrificed 6 knives, oak is extraordinarily tough material to carve in. He conducts group workshops and one-to-one tuition, for more information please visit his website.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Paintings Rich In Colors By A Freelance Illustrator With Love For Birds

Saara Katariina Söderlund is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Finland. Her love for nature and birds can be seen in her artwork. She paints birds in gouache inspired by the nature she watches through her window or daydreams about. Her work capture scenes that are rich in colors and filled with beautiful patterns. 

You can find more of her work on her website and for updates you can join her on Instagram.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Avacado Pits Carved Into Wearable Natural Art Pieces

Craving anything is challenging but carving avacado pits is just another level. The material most people just throw away, Anna chose it as her medium of art. 

Anna Ark New York artist carves avacado pits (which is also called a stone) into animals and human faces using x-acto knife. The artist spends hours carving away the layers of the pit until a beautiful piece of art is revealed. The wearable natural pieces of art are one-of-a-kind pendants that are treated with linseed oil for durability and come with waxed cotton thread ready to wear! You can check out her online store, here.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Recycled and Discarded Materials Turned Into 3D Sculptures

Barbara Franc is a sculptor who studied Life Drawing at Morley College of Art in the late 70s and in the 80s attended Richmond College to study Sculpture. Her work is inspired by 19th century animal engravings, movement and shapes of the animals, and skeletal structures of animals both domestic and wild. 

She uses wire and other materials to make the three dimensional animals. She incorporates recycled and discarded materials in his work "as I enjoy the challenge of transforming something with a past history into something new and exciting." The sculptures would have all kind of odds things such as watch straps, typewriter keys, knitting needles, cutlery, bike spanners, zip fastenings, bicycle brakes, nutcrackers, coaster wheels, and jewelry pieces.

Barbara's work can be found in many galleries in U.K. including The Smithy Gallery, Glasgow, One Church Street Gallery, Bucks., The Albion Gallery, Chipping Norton and The Pinkfoot Gallery, Norfolk. 

You can visit her website to see more images of her work.