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Dose Of Creepy Digital Illustrations By Russian Artist Alexandr Kumpan.

Dose of creepy digital illustrations by Russia-based Alexandr Kumpan.

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

 Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

Creepy Art by Kumpan Alexandr

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Amok Island Paints Modern Minimalist Murals of Native Flora and Fauna

A native of The Netherlands and now based in Australia, Amok Island depicts flora and fauna that can be found in the locations of his colorful murals. The artist’s distinctive minimal style is reminiscent of recent trends in digital design. However, his analog use of flat fields of color and geometric shapes to interpret the nuanced forms of animals and plants is a fresh take in the current mural scene.

Amok writes on his website that if weren’t an artist, he would be a biologist. He takes many of his own reference photos (including underwater), and titles each mural with the name of the plant or animal. The artist describes his passion for the natural world:

The theme of natural exploration and conservation is a strong and constant undercurrent of Amok Island’s artistic practice. His lifelong fascination with nature and her relationships and history with mankind drive the artist’s obvious appreciation and obsession with his subjects and his urge to direct the attention of his audience to them.

Amok has finished murals in twenty five countries and counting, and also creates smaller paintings, which he sometimes editions as prints. You can see more work on his website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017. ‘Zeus faber’ for SOBER WALLS Festival

Ravensthorpe, Western Australia 2016. ‘Six Stages of Banksia Baxteri’ (side 2) Commissioned by FORM WA and CBH

Ravensthorpe, Western Australia 2016. ‘Six Stages of Banksia Baxteri’ (side 1) Commissioned by FORM WA and CBH

Ravensthorpe, Western Australia 2016. ‘Six Stages of Banksia Baxteri’ (in progress) Commissioned by FORM WA and CBH

Axolotl, Mexico

Fremantle, Western Australia 2015. ‘Praying Mantis’ for PUBLIC Festival

Port Hedland, Western Australia 2015. ‘Flatback Turtle Hatchling’ commissioned by FORM WA

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2016. ‘Horse Chestnut’ Commissioned by LTS / Spooker

Claremont, Western Australia 2017. ‘Mushrooms’ commissioned by FORM / Claremont Quarters

North Fremantle, Western Australia 2015. ‘Blue Swimmer Crab’ for UNDERLINE festival

Collaboration with Georgia Hill and Thomas Jackson in Erskineville, Sydney

Surry Hills, Sydney 2017 ‘Mushroom Study’ Commissiones by Canva

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You Can Construct Your Own Sculptures With Special Clay That Bakes in the Oven

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We often think of ceramics as being made with porcelain clay and, a lot of times, that is the case. But did you know there’s another way to create sculptures without a kiln? Oven bake clay is a popular way for crafters and professional artists alike to build ceramics. Using the same construction techniques as conventional clay, you can bring your artistic vision to life in a regular kitchen oven—that’s right, from the comfort of your own home.

What is oven bake clay?

Oven bake clay, commonly known as polymer clay or Sculpey, is made from synthetic materials that include PVC powder, plasticizers, binders, fillers, lubricant, and pigments. When placed in the oven, the powdered PVC softens into the plasticizers and forms a solid plastic mass.

Polymer clay is an accessible material to work with. It’s relatively inexpensive and can be manipulated to form figurines, beads for jewelry, decorative vases, and much more. Many artists like to combine Sculpey with other materials into mixed media creations. And unlike conventional clay, the oven bake version is sold as solid colors—so rather than glazing your sculpture after the fact, you can form your sculpture in your chosen hue and not have to paint it afterward. If you do choose surface adornments, however, that’s easy, too. You can use acrylic paint to add detail to your work and glaze it using special mediums.

Sculpey comes in a variety of colors.

This sampler is a great option for trying out many colors…

Sculpey Oven Bake Clay

Polyform | $20.03

… but if you prefer neutrals, these are available, too. 

Sculpey Oven Bake Clay

Polyform | $9.98

Sculpey Oven Bake Clay

Polyform | $6.49

How to Bake Sculpey

Polyform | $34.13

Starting a sculpture with oven bake clay is fun and easy.

One of the best things about oven bake clay is that you can practice the same techniques you’d use if you were molding clay from the earth. Before you begin building, you must “warm up” the Sculpey by kneading it with your hands or pinching it between your fingers.

Try some of these materials!

Sculpey Clay Tools

WINCAN | $16.98

Rolling pin. Use a rolling pin to flatten your Sculpey into a disc and to ensure that you get rid of any air bubbles in the clay.

Sculpting tools. If you’ve ever worked with conventional clay, great news—you can use the same pottery carving tools on Sculpey! This set by WINCAN includes a staggering 30 pieces in all shapes and sizes. They are well-regarded for being great tools for carving, modeling, cutting, and scraping.

Bamboo skewers. These work well if you’re trying to poke tiny holes in your clay, such as for beads and other jewelry.

Sculpey Oven Bake Clay

Polyform | $5.96

Wax paper to protect your work surface. Polymer clay can affect certain finishes. If you’re not working on marble or glass, you’ll want to tape a sheet of wax paper to your table to protect it.

Bake & Bond adhesive. Use this special glue to attach two raw pieces of clay together. Once they are baked in the oven, they form a strong bond.

The post You Can Construct Your Own Sculptures With Special Clay That Bakes in the Oven appeared first on My Modern Met.

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Artist Paints Imaginary Ecosystems Bursting With Colorful Flora and Fauna

Portland-based artist Yellena James creates kaleidoscopic, biomorphic artworks that resemble colorful ecosystems, filled with imaginary flora and fauna. With an aim to illustrate places that are “hypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic,” James’ most recent ethereal universes explore delicate organic forms and textural terrains.

Rendered in her distinct, vibrant color palette on large canvases and round panels, James uses a combination of pens, inks, acrylic, and gouache paint. Intrigued by microscopic worlds, James reveals that she tries to “create new living shapes based on what [she] imagines to exist within the unseen world around us.” She explains, “I trace the origins of these luminescent forms back to the depths from which they emerge and bring them vividly to life.” Her drawings, paintings, and murals are never planned in advance; instead, she allows the dazzling scenes to take a life of their own. James tells My Modern Met via email: “I simply start with one element and keep building on it and around it…Throughout the process I think about balance and composition and how to connect all the elements into one entity.”

If you’re in Portland, you can see James’ incredible works for yourself at the ARISE exhibition currently on view at the Stephanie Chefas Projects gallery until March 31st, 2018. Alternatively, find more of James’ work on her website, and check out her Etsy shop to buy her artwork as prints, cards, and even printed scarves.

Portland-based artist Yellena James creates kaleidoscopic, biomorphic artworks that resemble colorful ecosystems, filled with imaginary flora and fauna.

Biomorphic Art by Yellena James

James’ most recent ethereal universes explore delicate organic forms and textural terrains.

Biomorphic Art by Yellena JamesBiomorphic Art by Yellena James

Rendered in her distinct, vibrant color palette on large canvases and smaller, round panels, James uses a combination of pens, inks, acrylic, and gouache paint.

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h/t :  My Modern Met.

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