Although Luca Qui’s parents are Chinese, he was born in Rome, Italy and considers himself an Italian boy at heart.
Luca was always attracted to the visual arts and has been drawing since he was a little boy. After high school he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, but unfortunately it was not what he expected and he left after two years.
However, during those years he worked for the first time with a computer which fascinated him so decided to attend a graphic designer’s academy.
After Luca graduated in 2012, he got plenty of work experience but wanted more. As his passion had always been illustration in January this year, he decided to throw himself into this world, finding more time for himself and what he loves doing.
This series of birds is one of his personal illustration projects.
Paul Calderwood who is based in Edinburgh created these gorgeous collages using public domain images from bird and natural history books from the late 1800s and early 1900s. He cut them up digitally and composited using Photoshop.
Paul is fascinated by birds and spends a lot of time taking photographs of them in and around Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. He is a member of the RSPB and regularly visits reserves and does what he can to contribute towards conservation.
As he’s learnt more about birds he was amazed to find out about the lengths some birds will go to to furnish their nests with coloured objects and for this series entitled Treasured thought it would be fun to mix colourful elements and species to create a fictional world of birds and ‘treasured’ objects that they might use for decoration. Each bird is depicted with an embellished perch and a hoard of interesting artefacts such as jewels, flowers, seashells and polished stones.
You can see more of Paul’s work here and check out his lovely photographs on Flickr.
Kristiaan der Nederlanden is a Dutch illustrator, living in Amsterdam. He graduated in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Amsterdam and has been working since 2002 as a freelance illustrator.
Some of his clients include Vodafone, IBM and Fiat. This set of three bird illustrations was a personal project dedicated to his love of birds.
The internet is fond of mash-ups. We’ve had Dirds, Birds With Arms and now Sarah DeRemer, a Los Angeles born artist now based in Seoul, South Korea, has created a series of digital artworks entitled Animal Food.
Sarah says, “We’re not sure if we could actually stomach eating a bananake. Either way, I love these strange new members of the food chain.”
Joseph Alexander Goode is an artist based in Hackney, UK with a flair for eccentricity and a mischievous outlook on life.
The Cygnus Papilio artwork is a collection of assemblage pieces created by foraging through thousands of vintage publications of long-forgotten etchings and paintings. Joseph captures the images digitally and then individually imports them as single layers into the master artwork, which comprises many hundreds of other such layers. Backgrounds, overlays & typographic elements are added to the piece, which is finally formatted for printing. The whole process can take several hundred hours.
One of his pieces has been described as a “Victorian acid trip” and Joseph says, “I’ve tried to focus on beauty in its purest form, and to explore the essence of what we find visually appealing. It’s an incredibly deep & complex science, which nobody fully understands, but it’s important to me to try to push the boundaries of how we define beauty.”
You can see more of what Joseph is up to over on his Facebook page.
The concept is a reference to where the festival is held, the beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the show’s purpose of bringing creators of the written word to talk with the audience.
Josh graduated from Maine College of Art with a degree in New Media Design and has since worked as a New Media Art Director, balancing work between corporate clients and fine art.
The featured birds are available to purchase on Josh’s website and 1% of profits are donated to Animal and Environmental charities.
Look closely. What may seem like hyper-realistic paintings are actually hundreds of photographs assembled one at a time to form a single composition.
The photographs were taken by Ysabel LeMay a Quebec born artist currently living and working in Austin, Texas. Using her experience in fine art painting with her technical expertise in photography she invented the unique process which she calls ‘Photo-Fusion’ as a way of exploring the power and divinity of nature.
Ysabel says, “Each branch, each flower, each leaf is photographed and positioned one by one. Every insect, every plant, every bird that I capture with my lens has an individuality that I want to enhance and share with the viewer. I believe it is often in the simple details wherein lies divinity.”
What could be more terrifying than a bear? Why a bear with a beak of course.
For 2 years contributors to a subreddit thread imaginatively titled Birds With Beaks have been photoshopping the bodies of bears with the beaks of different birds giving rise to a massive array of weird and wonderful creatures.
Some of the mash-ups include a Pelibear (Pelican Bear), Polar Bearrot (Polar Bear Parrot), and Eagola (Eagle Koala). Below are just a selection – if you have a few hours to kill then check out the subreddit thread to see the collection in its entirety.
In this series entitled Birds Of Metal album covers have been given the Photoshop treatment to give them an avian twist.
In the creators’ own words:
“We really don’t know what to say about this. We were sitting in our office, and we started changing the names of popular rock bands into bird band names. We thought that was pretty funny, so we decided to take it one step further and Photoshop the specific birds onto the new and improved bird bands’ album covers. The end result is simply art. Ridiculous art.”
Beauté Aviaire (Avian Beauty) is a series of conceptual fine art prints, exploring the connection between the aesthetic beauty that visually lies in the delicate luxurious opulence of avian plumage and the sexual femininity of the female form.
They were created by Lee Howell, an award winning photographer from Edinburgh, by digitally manipulating the imagery in post-production, to create a new single piece of artwork, a combination of both bird and beauty, each perfectly complementing the other.
He said, “Unlike 19th century aristocracy who chose to wear whole stuffed birds as hats at the height of the “plume boom” era, I’ve been able to produce this artwork without any birdlife being manhandled or harmed in the process”.
Artist Shaun Kardinal has created a beautiful series of images called “Flying Formation” which pays tribute to flying birds. He creates digital collages of images found on Instagram, Facebook or Google Images and builds different forms of flights
Denis Gonchar’s digitally-painted works capture the essence of birds in flight. The Ukrainian-based artist’s series Flying Birds depicts eagles, owls, and hawks that are set against geometric solid-colored backgrounds. This makes the dynamically-posed animals look as though they’re being commemorated for their great power and poise.
Gonchar’s richly-colored style is simultaneously realistic and abstract. He uses angled brushes to achieve the look of movement and to highlight sharp features. With just a few quick strokes, he’s able to convey a mass of feathers. Pairing this chiseled style with diffused edges and details gives us the feeling that these birds are really flapping their wings up and down in one graceful, fluid gesture.
Cecelia Webber takes photos of nude models and spends up to a year editing them to create extraordinary collages. After photographing a series of models in various poses, she digitally cuts, rotates and colours their bodies and limbs to create a finished image.
To get the perfect angle for the illusions, she may reshoot her initial photo over 100 times – otherwise the illusion will be broken. The final creations are made up of different models, each of whom was photographed in a single pose.