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Annita Maslov’s Brooding Illustrations Done With Pen On Paper- Skulls, Roses, and Pupil-less Ladies

 

Tasty illustration work from Melbourne artist Annita Maslov. You gotta love the pen and paper approach. It’s so direct- you can almost feel the labor involved in every calculated line and stippled shadow. And Maslov’s subject matter fits well with her inky media of choice. Dark and brooding, the images sort of require drawing’s organic touch to stave off a cold, disconnected vibe. I’m pretty sure things would turn out okay if I never saw a vector skull presented as “art” again. If you’re doing stuff like this, then, well, do it like this. Please.

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▲L N Y▲’s Hatched World

I’ve said it a million times but  I’m always blown away by the talented artists we have in the Beautiful/Decay community. I discovered Alnya’s work while going through the B/D Creative Pic Pool on Flickr and fell in love with the rich textures and shadow Alnya creates with hatching and stippling. This work is serious!!!

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Michael Caine’s Political Fairytales

Michael Caine’s current work situates American political figures, both past and present, in altered 18th century paintings and Christian religious kitsch, referencing scenes from Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, and the Wizard of Oz. Drawing on the lineage of political cartooning in these pictures, Caines treats Richard Nixon, JFK, and Carl Rove, among others, with surprising tenderness and humor.

 

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Don Porcella Gets Waxy

Don Porcella is best known for his awesome figurative sculptures made using pipe cleaners.  He also makes very tactile and colorful paintings.  I love how the flatness of a messy drip painting can transform into the immensity of a sky which is back-dropping a space opera on an alien planet.   Check out Don’s blog for updates and shows, he’s been in a bunch of cool shows over the last couple of months.

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Aaron Vinton

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Illustrative print work by current (or past?) Cal Arts design student Aaron Vinton. I really like his style and color use! Special reflection!

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Enter To Win A Free Craftsy Portrait Painting Class With Micah Ganske

"Sleeping Dragon" by Micah Ganske, instructor of Narrative Portraiture

“Sleeping Dragon” by Micah Ganske, instructor of Narrative Portraiture

"Sleeping Dragon" detail, by Micah Ganske, instructor of Narrative Portraiture

“Sleeping Dragon” detail, by Micah Ganske, instructor of Narrative Portraiture

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Craftsy is an online art class company and community that offers hundreds of different arts and crafts eguides, online classes and other tools for sparking your inner creativity and honing new skills.  With progressive video components, a personalized accessible platform and incredibly affordable prices and free resources, Craftsy makes art education available to all.  Take advantage of Craftsy’s exclusive offer for Beautiful/Decay readers to enter in a giveaway to win Micah’s class valued at 34.99 by following this link! Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic is an engaging class in both technical and conceptual arenas, and we are proud to say it’s taught by a friend and colleague of Beautiful/Decay: Micah Ganske.

Micah Ganske received his MFA at Yale and has exhibited widely, including in Art Basel Miami.  His gorgeous, thought provoking painted works are featured here, along with images of class demos.  As an accomplished professional artist whose goal is “to make work which inspires and engages the viewer in what I truly believe is important and what drives me,” Ganske passes his insights and technical skill onto his students in an interactive online class that students can take at their own pace, anytime, anywhere.

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Jonathan Latiano’s Scientifically Inspired Installations

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As a child, Jonathan Latiano found his artistic inspiration in the displays and dioramas at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. Latiano uses his understanding of biology, astronomy, physics and geology as starting points for the creation of his work and the way he contextualizes his physical world. Created with a variety of materials, his work evokes tensions of temporality and permanence, physicality and ephemerality, destruction and creation, stasis and kinesis, and fragility and strength. “I find the poeticism and concepts of the physics of our universe simultaneously fascinating, beautiful and horrifying. The pieces that I create contrast abstracted human intuition with the reality of our natural environment. I strive to emphasize the areas that exist in-between the boundaries of defined regions. My work, in many ways, is my own personal attempt to understand my place in the physical universe.”

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Bad Things That Could Happen

Amazingly clever short from London collective This Is It. It’s easy to forget that the only props being used are cardboard, people, and a lot of ingenuity.

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