I’ve been following Elena’s blog since I started Make Something Mondays so I am honored to be featuring her work. She creates such beautiful paintings that seem to captivate you in that moment. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!
About Elena Caravela
Elena attended The School of Visual Arts, where she earned her BFA. She has worked as an illustrator, instructor and fine artist.
Elena has received numerous corporate and private portrait commissions and has exhibited work in a variety of genre and media. Most recently, two of her paintings were exhibited at the Principal Gallery’s “Women Painting Women show. Her illustration work has been published in 3×3 Magazine for Contemporary Illustration and a collaborative illustration with a young artist was published in BIG Kids Magazine. Elena has illustrated two award winning children’s picture books, The Birds of the Harbor, and A Night of Tamales and Roses. She is the author of a non-fiction picture book about young female artists titled Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.
Love of art
The drive to make things;drawing, painting, and doodling in the beet juice on my plate, has always been an innate and consuming preoccupation for me. Shapes, values, color and composition run like a screensaver behind most everything I do, every day. Although distracting at times, I am never bored. And because I’ve not been able to satisfy the yearning to perfectly realize what I see, I am driven to make more things. With every new effort, I hope to someday realize what I see in my mind’s eye.
Who didn’t play in the dirt as a child? I know I did, a little too much. But Sarah Rosado, an illustrator and photographer from New York, was inspired by the activity. She decided to make a series of images from dirt that creates the illusion of a 3D object while also allowing the viewer to determine what they really are. She calls the series Dirty Little Secrets because of that. People see all art differently, and Sarah has embraced that with her work.
Gabriel Moreno is an Illustrator in Madrid. He graduated from the University of Sevilla with a Fine Arts degree. Since his graduation in ’98 he has worked in several different types of work environments like design studios and ad agencies. In 2007 he began a successful career as an illustrator with the reputable magazine Computer Arts.
Gabriel’s art is unique and exciting. Each piece of work begins with a black and white base. As Gabriel works, he layers on color, people and places.
Johan Thörnqvist is a Swedish illustrator. He created the work by drawing on photography taken only with a cell phone. On the right is the original photograph and his manipulation on the left.
I love these illustrations because this is what I see when I look at an object or landscape. There is this part of me that spaces out and someone has to pull me back to reality. I love that Johan capture what his mind was visualizing. Very intriguing. And all with a cell phone image. What a brilliant idea.
So, I encourage you to check out his site and possibly his social networks.
Pinterest– interesting stuff on here. However, I can’t read a lot of it. Just go back to your childhood and be amused by the pictures. Facebook– this is in English. Tumblr– English as well.
Nicolas Delort is an illustrator based in Paris, France. His website is http://www.nicolasdelort.com/ but it seems to be under construction, so I am going to send you to his blog and Tumblr instead. Delort’s work consists of pen and ink illustrations on scratchboard that were inspired by works like American Gods and Harry Potter.
Keng Lye is a Singapore-based artist who makes realistic looking three-dimensional painted sculptures of animals.
The artist’s technique is very similar to the painting technique used by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori. The sculptures are made of acrylic paint layered on epoxy resin. Lye paints his sculptures in buckets, boxes, and bowls with an amazing sense of perspective. The artist then photographs each sculpture like you would capture a still life.
If you like these, check Keng Lye out on DeviantArt. There are a more pictures to look at!
The 3Doodler is the world’s first 3D pen. Yes, seriously! This pen was designed by a company called WobbleWorks based out of Boston. The company recenty launched a Kickstarter campaign to sell the new device. As you draw, the 3Doodler releases a special plastic that is heated but cools and solidifies instantly to form solid structures. What a great idea! The 3Doodler sounds like it is so much better than the available 3D printers. (Those printers take forever and are quite expensive.) Check out the video below to see how it works!
I must be on an illustration kick this week because that is what seems to be amusing me. Hopefully you enjoy these because I think Mathew Woodson is a fantastic artist!
Matthew Woodson studied at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago with a focus in natural history illustration. He graduated in 2006 and began working as a freelance illustrator. Matthew has worked with clients like Dazed & Confused, ESPN, New York Magazine, and Puma. Because his first attempts as a freelance artist were so successful, Woodson decided to stick with it. He still lives and works in the wonderful city of Chicago.
This twisted Disney Princess art was created by Jeffrey Thomas. Jeffrey is a character designer, concept artist, and story artist residing in Burbank, CA.
This artwork is pretty amazing, mostly because I have an attachment to the characters. What little girl wouldn’t have? I know I spent hours and hours watching a rewatching disney movies. My parents can attest to this. I’m sure they would be perfectly happy if they never saw a disney princess again…
I really love the twisted disney princess concept but these may have ruin my childhood. I think I’m okay with it!