INTRICATE PORTRAITS OF DOGS BY ALEX KONAHIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Graphic artist and illustrator Alex Konahin just finished a new illustration-based project centered around the subject of seriously detailed dogs. The Latvia-based artist is known for his highly decorative style which he illustrates in each of his drawn subjects.

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Konahin’s series was inspired from a time when he was going through an intense creative block after a long break from his personal creative work. Alex’s first portrait in the series was of an English Bulldog, and after liking the result, followed that piece up with a German Shepherd and Pit Bull Terrier.

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THE NATURAL WORLD OF SU-JEONG NAM

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korean artist Su-Jeong Nam’s work mirrors the biological processes of her subjects. She begins with the base of color, applied with dry pigments. And then, line by line, vivid portraits of the natural world are grown.

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From a young age, Nam’s weak eyesight forced her to train herself to view objects in a different way. Now, instead of looking at a flower and seeing a flower, she sees the lines that make up the flower — not just the outline or the lines that might be visible on the surface, but lines down to the cellular level.

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She says her detailed images are grounded in the familiar, yet highlight “an aspect invisible to most people, through the language of my own artistic process.” The result is metaphysical, a study of the harmony between the natural world and a broader understanding of the universe.

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EARTH PAINTINGS BY YUSUKE ASAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist Yusuke Asai uses nothing but natural pigments and water to create his intricate large-scale murals that he calls “earth painting”.

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The materials of his works are almost always collected on-site, or site-specific, made using a variety of different textures and types of local mud, dirt and dust. Each piece begins with applying masking tape to walls, then drawing shapes of plants and animals over it to create infinitely swirling images. Asai rejects commonly used art supplies that are manufactured in favor of mud, a sediment where microscopic organisms make their home, for its special connection to nature.

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THE METICULOUS AERIAL CITYSCAPES OF DAISUKE TAJIMA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japan-based artist Daisuke Tajima paints, draws, creates manga and sculpts, but most notable are his paintings, which employ his visual understanding of architecture to create meticulous renderings of imaginary cityscapes. The detailed characters and interactions of his drawings, though, are quite compelling and cut closer to his manga-influenced style.

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