Octavian Mielu is a Romanian artist from Bucharest who Photoshops images of smoke into the forms of superheroes like Superman, Batman, and the Incredible Hulk.
His Superheroes collection uses colored smoke, in hues corresponding to the colors of the various personalities. When I asked him about what inspired him to create these smokey portraits, he explained, "I wanted to make something that never been before, something special and I hope I made it." In terms of his process, he says, "I use some smoke brushes. The brushes are made from real smoke photos. After that I take them and see which of the smoke shape fits perfectly with my designs . I use even hundreds of smoke images in one design/ portrait. After each smoke image is in its own place I take care of the edges to look like they have connection between them." Sounds tedious, but the results are well worth it.
Mielu also created a collection of iconic cultural icons, celebrities, and Personalities like Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse, Steve Jobs, and Abraham Lincoln that are made from black smoke against a white backdrop.