Aerial Photos of Icelandic Ice Flows and Waterways Look Like Abstract Paintings

Photographer Greg Whitton, from Solihull in the United Kingdom, travels around the world and takes amazing photographs on his journeys. Whitton's specialty is outdoor and adventure photography, specializing in mountain imagery. 

In July 2014, he traveled to the Southern Highlands of Iceland, where he took aerial images of the landscape below from a charter plane. He shared the resulting images on Behance – my favorite being "Collection IV (Abstracts & Details)." I love the textures, forms, and colors of the natural formations, which appear like abstract paintings, especially when shown in detail, apart from the larger context of their surroundings. 

In August 2015, Whitton's first photography book Mountainscape will be released. 

Famous Men and Their Cats by Sam Kalda

Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey

Brooklyn-by-way-of-South Dakota artist Sam Kalda is the creator behind a new project called "Men and Cats," in which Kalda depicts famous male literary, art, fashion, and culture icons with their felines and hand-letters quotes about how these men feel about cats. The project is part of a book called Men and Cats: An Illustrated History and is also being displayed at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where Kalda is getting his MFA in illustration.

Kalda, who owns a fluffy black-and-white cat named Sister, told kitty-themed blog I Have Cat that he is a self-proclaimed "cat man," and explained to Design Week that he created the project "to tell the stories of the strange and brilliant cat-loving men in the arts."

Here are a few of the beautiful illustrations from the series: 

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Karl Lagerfield

Karl Lagerfield

Joseph Spies

Joseph Spies

Take a Selfie and Be a Part of This Artist's Next Video Installation

Image of Ahree Lee via Asian Art Museum

Image of Ahree Lee via Asian Art Museum

LA-based video artist Ahree Lee is most famous for her project "Me," where she took a photograph of herself everyday for four years (from 2001-2004) and compiled the 1,460 images into one six-minute long video. The project, which received international critical acclaim, uses technology to examine how women are seen by others over time, and how that affects how they see themselves. Following "Me," she created "Right/Left," another video project where she used photos of herself to examine selfhood.

Now, Lee is focusing her next project on other people. For "Your Piece," an upcoming video installation at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Lee is looking for user submitted photographs of people who live in the Bay Area to examine the idea of self representation and memory. As explained on Asian Art Museum's site, "Your Piece" is "inspired by Korean wrapping cloths, or bojagi, which women pieced together out of scraps of spare material, creating an heirloom full of beauty and utility from what would otherwise be waste. Artist Ahree Lee will reimagine the bojagi a video installation that invites the public to participate in creating a collective wrapping cloth of memories."  

Like with "Me," Lee will compile all the portraits she receives and include them in a video installation. She's hoping to get a diverse group of people that represents the many different communities that live across the Bay Area – to "reimagine the bojagi in digital form." 

Bay Area people who are interested in being involved can still submit their portraits – the last day to submit is tomorrow, July 2. To submit your face for Lee's project, fill out the submission form (guidelines for photo submissions can be found on the form).

"Your Piece" will be shared on July 23, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Asian Art Museum.  

Via: Broke-Ass Stuart

Artist Interview: Mayliza Anjelica on "Painters & Assassins"

Mayliza Anjelica is an art director/illustrator/tattoo artist from Indonesia who released a series today on NeonMob called "Painters and Assassins." The series is made up of illustrated characters in a style Anjelica calls "dollface," which is reminiscent of Japanese pop art, a la Takashi Murakami or pop surrealist movement, a la Mark Ryden – that is strikingly cute, vibrant in color, intriguingly weird, and giving a heavy nod to popular culture. 


I talked to Mayliza Anjelica to ask her a few questions about her work and this very cool new series of work.

How old are you? 

I am 24 years old.

How long have you been an illustrator/art director? How did you get into it? 

I've always loved drawing since I was a little, as in like, I would draw on anything. I majored in fashion design when I was in high school and then I attended university in Malaysia, where I majored in Graphic and Multimedia Design. From there I became a freelancer for about a year, picked up oil paintings, and became a tattoo apprentice. Now I am working as an art director in a company in Indonesia.

Where do you live? Do you feel like your community supports you as an artist? Do you work locally, or are a lot of your followers, fans, and community outside of where you live?

I currently live in Pekanbaru, Indonesia. I can say that I get more support from outsiders rather than locals. The art scene is not as high here in my city, but there are many great Indonesian artists from other parts of Indonesia, where art is far more appreciated.

Can you tell us more about being a tattoo artist. How long have you been doing that and what kind of tattoo art do you specialize in? 

I did my apprenticeship about two years ago but I never made tattooing a full-time thing. I started taking my illustration skill more serious from doing it, though. I'd love to do more sacred geometry, botanical, and black dot work in the future.

It looks like you do a lot of advertising work. How did you get into that field and what are some aspects of that type of work that you enjoy? Are there any aspects of advertising that you don't like? 

When I first chose my major, I did not know much about what being a graphic designer is all about. During my study, I interned at an advertising agency and all I can say is it's hard work and a full-on commitment. You gotta love what you do and know what you are doing. You often need to be able to multitask and sacrifice your eight-hour beauty sleep. Teamwork is also important. But it is a great feeling to see your work being published and recognized. I think that's the best reward.

Can you tell us about the style that you used for your NeonMob series. It looks like it's a reoccurring theme/style that you've used in the past. How did you come up with this dollface theme? Some of the characters are based on recognizable celebrities or figures, but some aren't – are those characters based on real people that you know?

I first started my dollface series as my kick start as an illustrator. I was obsessing over Mark Ryden's artwork during that time, hence the dolly wonderland theme. From there I got the opportunity to work for NeonMob. I did get a lot of requests from people who follow me on social media to do a dollface of their favorite celebrity, Youtuber, relative or loved one, and even their own faces while I I was working on my 100 characters, so I can say that some of the characters are based on people I know and some that I have never met before in person.

Who or what are your biggest influences for your style? 

Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Gottfried Helnwein, Mark Ryden, and Charmaine Olivia have definitely inspired most of my artwork style. Some tattoo artists will be Maxime Buchi, Jimmy Memento, Abby Drielsma, Diana Severinenko, and Jessica Mach. They are just some of the many great artists I adore.

What are you working on next? 

Recently I've been learning some animation software. I want to see what I can create and let my imagination do the rest. I guess in art you can always find new things to experiment with. The creativity is endless.

"Sequential:" Beautiful CGI Motion Experiments by David McLeod

David McLeod, an Australian artist living in New York, is the creator of "Sequential," an ongoing series of experimental CGI videos that he posts on his Instagram account. McLeod's specialty is depicting form, texture, and movement – something that's not usually easily done in CGI. The above video, "Softbodies," for example, gorgeously recreates blobby globules that are fluid and seemingly squishy – like droplets of Elmer's glue trapped in oil. 

"Nest" experiments with rendering both hard and soft textures. 

"Up and Down" recreates water – or maybe green Jello water.

And "Bloom" depicts motion and growth.

Follow David McLeod on Instagram to see more images from the developing series.