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Some digital matte paintings by Yanick Dusseault - I have obviously seen much of his work at the cinema without realising it!

There are currently some 80 images on his site, mostly used to create scenes that you will recognize from Star Wars, but others including mattes for Black Panther and Avatar. Click either image above to see the vast range of his work and how it has been applied.

If you're interested in movie technology (e.g. CGI, massive crowd simulation) you may be interested in the links that I provide here (in the right-hand column of my movies web page).

“Synevir” by the digital artist Danapra (Mykhailova Olesya)

The artist credits Dmitry Peretrutov for the photo, which was used in the film poster for the first Ukrainian 3D horror movie “Synevir” (you can watch the trailer, should you feel so inclined!). I am not sure how the work was split between Danapra and Dmitry - does anyone know?

I found this when revisiting Danapra's Veranda, an absolutely gorgeous picture to chase away those winter blues, which I posted here a long time ago. I see that “D. Peretrutov” is alo credited with the photo on that one, so maybe these two people are partners, or even alter egos?

Synevir (or Synevyr), BTW, I discovered is the largest lake in the Carpathian mountains of Ukraine.

Since 2010, the French photographer Thierry Cohen has been developing images that show us what major cities of the world would be like if there were no light pollution.

More images and details about his technique and philosophy will be found here.

"Aftertase" by the Taiwanese artist Jungshan (whose other work is well worth checking out)

Found on the always-beautiful pages of ensemble5

If you like this...

[The work of Hu Jundi]

"Winter Torn" by the Australian digital/fractal artist Isis44 (Catherine)

Thanks to Jerzee55sst (Jerry) for this one!

"In The Garden", a wonderful fractal image (author unknown) available as desktop wallpaper
(needs to be seen full size)

"Starry Night Picture" by Alex Ruiz

Alex writes:

I've often wondered about how the night sky looked to Van Gogh when he painted 'Starry Night.'

This is an homage to him, and to his painting, one of my all time favorites. We see him standing here, looking up at the night sky...probably in awe, as he wondered how he would capture the beauty he saw. As well, this was the view from the sanitarium he was staying at, as it's well known that the poor guy was quite mentally troubled.

I wanted this piece to be somewhat magical and fantastic, not just a normal night painting. Hence the large moon, large stars, transparent clouds etc., yet keeping a mostly realistic feel to it.

If you like this...

[All of my posts on Vincent Van Gogh]
[A great digital art site]

Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011) artist currently unknown

Not many people change the way we see the world, but Steve certainly did. He was a genius with an obsessive belief that people would pay extra for engineering quality, and had the ability to create and maintain a range of closely integrated products that had that quality.

Sadly, I still don't own one of his computers or mobile phones, but I am eternally grateful to him every time that I watch a Pixar animation, since without his belief and financial support many of my favourite movies would never have been made.

I loved the comment from a mother who was resignedly watching her toddler who, with sticky fingers, was trying to wipe pictures across the family's TV screen. In so many ways, Steve is still with us...

"Morning" by Nikolay Popov (tooDee)

I am one of those rare people who are almost immune to caffeine, but after a working life of early starts I recognize the feeling!

Found on the fine pages of batchbatcharak.

"Boltenharrers laboratory"

"Flying Rigmor"

"Rogerson and the Diving Bell"

A small sample of the wonderful work by Swedish illustrator Alexander Jansson

I found this artist on the pages of my friend Borderline, who has recently updated her really useful Categorian help information - don't miss it!

Untitled picture © by the British artist Mary Jane Ansell

"Sic Transit Gloria" by contraomnes

Image by Yana Moskaluk

Holyfingers (Nick) had some very fine StumbleUpon pages, and now he has an equally fine blog on Tumblr (from which these examples are taken). Nick posts relatively infrequently (he goes for quality not quantity), but has great art on his site - don't miss it!

[Click the 'holyfingers' tag at the top of this post for more posts about Nick]

"Earth Colossus", wonderful fantasy art by the illustrator Chase Stone

"Grandma", wonderful fantasy art by the illustrator Chase Stone

(Full size view recommended)

"Like Summer", a particularly fine example of animation art by the Portuguese CG artist and video game creator Luis Melo

"The White Rabbit"

"The March Hare"

Characters created by Michael Kutsche for Tim Burton's movie "Alice in Wonderland"

From Michael's home page:

"Michael Kutsche is an award-winning German artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a self taught artist who works both in traditional and digital media. His work is best described as an astoundingly lifelike depiction of parallel realities, populated by odd characters reminiscent of movies, comics but also Flemish Renaissance Painting.

"His unique approach of imaginative character creation has led him to become a character designer on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" in 2008, "John Carter of Mars", directed by Andrew Stanton and "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh..."

If you like this...

[My movies page]

Two delights in one here: a beautiful song by Enya, "China Roses", and an equally beautiful video to go with it by the Spanish environmental and peace activist angelsolcito (a lady well worth visiting)

Thanks to Pasatter for this one (I found it on her StumbleUpon pages, but she has now moved to Tumblr where she is Irish Fantasy).

"Feeling blue", digital art by ~microUgly (Charles Worm)

Desktop wallpaper is not a very well-recognized art category, but I found this one particularly tasteful and attractive
(it needs to be seen full-size) - thanks to my friend Ed for this one!

"Autumn in JongMyo (Mausoleum of the Fall)", beautiful digital art by 97bzo (Eun Hee Choi)

You will find this here in the Gallery, in the section "Personal works of 97bzo", 4th row of thumbnails...

More about Eun Hee Choi here

This is from the stunningly beautiful and interesting pages of ensemble5 (her old pages on SU, but she's here on Categorian now!)

If you like this...

["Healing", an absolutely beautiful work of digital art by Eun Hee Choi's husband Hyung Jun Kim]

Cynthia Decker Digital Art 3D



Cynthia Decker writes:

"...The images in this gallery are not photographs, nor did they begin as photographs. They are 2-dimensional still images that have been rendered from 3-dimensional digital environments that I created. The places and ideas depicted in my gallery exist only in my imagination, and hopefully now, in yours as well.

"The art of 3D rendering incorporates various traditional artistic techniques, but relies on pixels instead of paint, a computer mouse instead of a brush, and digital geometry instead of clay..."

Read the full description...

Thanks to ensemble5 for introducing me to this artist.

[More from Cynthia Decker]

"Empty Cage" by the excellent and prolific Zen photographer/artist H. Kopp-Delaney

"I find all colors in the Snow
I find all sins up in the Sky
I am flying now and don't know

Another item gratefully snaffled from my friend whom I am glad to see is now here as Beauregard.

"Imagination" by syncaidia, a great image of childhood and the joys of reading

Thanks to my friend Alison for tracking down the artist for me!

If you like this...

[My books page]

"Brainstorm" by Thomas Dodd

"Atlanta based photographer/Digital artist Thomas Dodd has been called everything from a Pre-Raphaelite with a camera to a modern day Rembrandt or Giuseppe Arcimboldo . His lavishly-textured creations have an ancient Old Masters look about them and yet are created in modern mediums such as Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop..."

Snaffled gratefully from the very nice pages of DaysEye (whose new home I will hopefully find after October 24th).

If you like this...

[J.W. Waterhouse, the Modern Pre-Raphaelite]

The essence of a hot eastern Mediterranean summer, captured by Doug Dourgarian, who writes:

The technique you see on my art today is the result of years of experimenting and I call it Brush Stroke Photography because of the resemblance to hand painted media. All my camera work is digital and my "darkroom" is my computer. Often I'm asked if I use Adobe's Photoshop and I don't, but I do use about four other software products not nearly as well known but specially geared for my purposes. I hope you like my artwork as much as I enjoy creating it.

I found this picture (which is of Santorini) some time ago on the always-beautiful pages of expressioniste.

Magnolia Moonrise by Phil Lewis

As you drive west from Boulder into the canyon, there are two turnoffs about halfway up. To the north is Sugarloaf Rd., where I lived for the past two years, and to the south is Magnolia Rd. Us Sugarloafians used to jokingly refer to Magnolia as "The Dark Side". The road is steeper, the turns are sharper, the cliffs are more vertical, and the ice in the winter is beyond treacherous. Overall, Magnolia is just burly, but always worth the voyage when you reached the top. Just as the road levels off, some friends of mine had a house overlooking the Twin Sisters and Forsythe Mountain. They used to host mini festivals with bands, beer, and all-around good times for all. I can remember several nights watching the moon rise from the east with the gentle glow of Boulder far below... always a soothing sight.

Phil Lewis also writes:

"Throughout my life I have felt a special connection with nature, and being outdoors inspires me to create. The amazing scenery in Colorado has certainly fueled this inspiration, and the surrounding landscapes appear frequently in my work. In addition to drawing the things I see around me, I also like to draw the things I come up with on my own. To imagine is the most fun.

"Lately I have been developing a style of artwork that combines pen drawings and digital design. I have always appreciated the raw nature of pens on paper, but I am also intrigued with the endless possibilities that the digital canvas provides. By combining the two I feel it is possible to create images that feel both organic, and state-of-the-art at the same time."

"Always Half Full", a beautiful Photoshop composition by Anji Johnston

If this optimistic outlook appeals to you...

["The Bright Side"]

"Queen for a Day" by the Estonian artist Kadri Umbleja

Gratefully swiped from the lovely pages of chaotiqual

If you like this...

["Elixir" by Melanie Delon]
["Healing" by Hyung Jun Kim]

I love this wonderful fantasy by the Turkish artist Yusuf Artun.

When I saw it I was strongly reminded of a production of Rimsky Korsakov's little-known opera Chrismas Eve that I once saw in London. It had a wonderful Russian fairy-tale atmosphere to it. The proscenium arching over the stage had old houses set at odd angles - almost like a rainbow of houses - their windows glowing with light or opening to show villagers leaning out to watch the proceedings below.

Many children came to watch it, and for them it must have been a truly magical experience, the kind that stays with you for your whole life, especially as the cast (in full costume and character) mingled with the audience before and after the show and in the intervals, particularly to meet the children.

Even for an adult it had a very magical quality. I keep hoping that one day it will reappear somewhere that I can see it again.

With WALL-E, Pixar Animation Studios excelled themselves in several ways.

The creation of the desolate earth environment, and the space-going cruise ship, are incredible artistic achievements (as well as superb technical achievements) in their own right. I can imagine some people being put off going to see the movie because its first part is set in a planet-sized garbage tip, and who would want to see that? In fact, the earth environment is a work of strange, desolate beauty, lit by a coppery light and given wonderful aerial perspective by the haze in the polluted air. This picture (one of several concept background paintings for WALL-E at the Pixar - 20 Years of Animation exhibit in Finland) gives some idea, but the environment realised in the movie is so imaginative, so detailed and so highly textured that you really have to see it on the big screen. I shall certainly buy the DVD but it won't be the same!

The visual environment is only part of it, of course. The inventiveness of the story is quite exceptional, and it has some of the magic and pathos of the silent movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. When WALL-E plays his treasured tapes of old musicals, the contrast of Earth's past with the current desolation is highlighted, but the musicals also provide an uplifting background to the unlikely romance between the two main characters, which is conducted entirely without normal speech.

The movie also has a serious side, very unusual in popular animated films. The space-going vessel (awesomely realised) is a combination of mega Caribbean cruise ship and aseptic Disney theme park. It is a pristine, gleaming vision of hell in which nothing has changed for 700 years, except that the passengers have become helpless and obese, doing nothing and creating nothing for themselves, seeing the world only through computer screens and having their every need attended to by an army of robots. Don't worry though, WALL-E is about to change all that... and the movie becomes (in addition to everything else) a really exciting adventure story.

In spite of the sombreness of the underlying themes, this is a joyous movie that sparkles throughout (and which has numerous Easter-egg references to other great movies). My favourite scene is probably the one where WALL-E and EVE are outside the space-ship, performing a kind of aerial (or vacuum) ballet as WALL-E uses a fire extinguisher to try to get back on board, which turns into a weightless dance worthy of "Singing in the rain".

It's magical stuff.

[Other WALL-E links]
[Pixar's previous masterpiece: "Ratatouille"]
[Japanese animation at its finest: the master-works of Hayao Miyazaki]
[My movies page]

"Bonded", one of many beautiful works by the digital/fantasy artist Ivy Izzard

Found at RedBubble, one of my favourite sites

"Umbrella Sky" by the Polish digital artist Marta Dahlig (`blackeri)

I notice that in the previous copies that I have seen circulated, her signature has been edited out, presumably by someone with no respect for the hard work and talent that it takes to produce a picture like this. I am very pleased to have found the original version.

An unusually beautiful example of this kind of fantasy art. The artist isn't credited on the site where this was originally found - but I have finally tracked her down, she is the French digital artist Melanie Delon, and this picture is titled "Elixir".

According to Melanie, it takes her about two weeks to create a painting like this. For more information, do visit her site.

"Healing (2006)"

An absolutely beautiful work of digital art, one of many by the Korean artist Hyung Jun Kim. Thanks to my friend cloud-weaver (Marina) for leading me to this one.

Some digital matte paintings by Yanic Dusseault - I have obviously seen much of his work at the cinema without realising it!

There is lots of other interesting work at this site.