These outlandish works by Polish photographer Dariusz Klimczak follow closely in surrealist master Salvador Dali’s footsteps. Klimczak’s work, which definitely blurs the line between photography and digital art, populates desolate landscapes with bizarre and surreal characters and objects. He says that the aim of his images is to use stories and universal symbols to move his viewers and force them to think or to simply crack a smile.
Rachel Baran is an extraordinarily talented photographer who creates amazing surreal and conceptual portraits that thousands of people have fallen in love with. And she’s only 20 years old. Some of her images are dark, introverted and full of suffering, while others encapsulate the young and artistic photographer’s youth and joy. What’s most important, however, is that all of them are creative and very well-done.
Senior citizens from nursing homes in Essen, Mülheim and other towns across Germany have proved that having fun has nothing to to with your age. The young-at-heart nursing home residents created a calendar of brilliant pictures for the Essenes Contillia Group called “Classics 2014” in which they replace famous movie stars in some of their favorite classic movie scenes. The only difference, of course, is that these “movie stars” are between 75 and 98 years of age.
There’s one man out there, whom we only know as Peeje T., who has a unique take on getting close to the stars and celebrities he worships. Instead of elbowing through crowds or entering packed arenas to catch a distant glimpse of larger-than-life personalities, he cozies up to them personally through the magic of Photoshop. Peeje uses the program to digitally manipulate himself into pictures with all kinds of Hollywood stars, pop sensation and famous athletes
Tatsuo Horiuchi is a 73-year-old artist, who found his passion in digital art 13 years ago, right before his retirement. However, as graphics software often can be quite expensive, Horiuchi chose to challenge his artistic capabilities by creating his beautiful and highly intricate pictures with Excel.
Believe it or not, that picture of Morgan Freeman is not a photo – it’s a finger painting. UK-based artist Kyle Lambert finger-paints (or finger-draws, if you’re a purist) extraordinarily photo-realistic portraits of famous Hollywood stars on his iPad. Although the brief time-lapse video makes it look like a breeze, it actually took Lambert more than 200 hours and 285,000 brush strokes to complete.
Caras Ionut is a Romanian photographer and digital artist who makes a great case for digital art and photography. He has created an extensive body of images that are beautiful, enchanting – and impossible. He does a pretty good job of creating a dream-like mood in his works – the combination of soft and hazy colors with often impossible subjects makes for beautiful compositions.
When a cultural phenomenon as big as Star Wars roots itself in people’s imaginations, it becomes bigger than itself – it can inspire all sorts of cool new creative projects beyond the original. One such awesome re-imagination is the “Star Wars on Kinkade” series of painting mash-ups by artist Jeff Bennett. Bennett’s premise is simple – how would it look if iconic American painter Thomas Kinkade painted his idyllic country scenes and landscapes with Star Wars characters in them?
In his time lapse series called ‘Time is a Dimension’, Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei doesn’t use a typical long exposure trick. He captures the passing time by layering different photos of the same spot with clear edge lines of each frame. Each collage is digitally cut and created from pictures Fong takes within 2 to to 4 hours.
Tashkent-based artist Eldar Zakirov presents a series of digitally painted cats, proudly posing in different royal attires for the Hermitage Magazine. The cats look so at home in their outfits and each piece is so realistic that one might even be tricked into thinking these are actual oil paintings! Every singly detail, starting with the fabrics of the outfits and ending with the background of the paintings is very carefully chosen to represent the era appropriately.
It’s never too late to learn. 97-year-old World War II veteran Hal Lasko, who is now legally blind, proves this by creating a series of stunningly detailed pixel paintings on his ’95 Microsoft Paint. Hal, also known as Grandpa, only discovered computer art only in his 80′s, and hasn’t let go of it since!
Switzerland-born Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso has a strange fetish for making everyday objects totally unusable. Each of the objects in Colarusso’s pictures are strange, and more than being useless, they would even cause you problems if applied in everyday life: from Egyptian hieroglyphs on a keyboard to a square rolling-pin, or an ordinary hammer with an electrical plug to a table tennis racket with a whole in the middle.