Mike Harrison is a great digital artist and illustrator from Plymouth. He enjoys expanding his skills to inspire others. This piece, called Lost Continent was made for Depthcore’s 31st chapter ‘Freestyle III in 2007 and is a collaboration between Mike Harrison, his brother Pete Harrison and Niklas Lundberg. The I first time saw Lost Continent in 2008, I totally fell in love with it and quickly checked out more of his work. Mike Harrison’s work drew me into using a different aspect of Photoshop. I started to cut images out, play with them, move them around, and then paste them together. It was a really fun time for me, sitting there all day playing with Photoshop. It helped me develop a better understanding of blending, layer effects, masking, and of how to use the dodge and burn tools. Guess what, the result is fantastic and it really helped me develop a higher level of Photoshop skill.
Check out this interesting interview with Mike Harrison.
I find that layered illustration, or collage, is a very challenging yet interesting art form, where you can generate your ideas into a story and combine them using different pictures that are not necessarily in direct relation to each other, but which still end up being a coherent and remarkable piece of work.
This piece is one of many inspiring ones by Mark Weaver. His retro-modern looking work makes me curious about what he is trying to say each time. He mostly combines images, such as landscapes, spaces, portraits, architecture and basic shapes or grids. His work is just amazingly inspirational for me. I hope that it works for you too.
Enjoy and be inspired!
Steven Spazuk is a Quebec artist who draws with fire. He uses the flame of a candle or torch as a pencil to create his paintings using trails of soot, working with long canvases. He explains his work process as spontaneously creative. He does not make drafts. He just likes to keep the fluidity of his imagination, and that’s what I find so beautiful about his work.
Steven Spazuk’s recent work is formed as a mosaic pattern to represent the construction of our personalities and ideas.