“Monsterkompendium” by Celsius Pictor – perfect for your Halloween

If you stumble upon “Monsterkompendium” without knowing beforehand what it really is, you may just buy the story at first sight. These extraordinary mechanical animals are a complete wonder. It gives the same thrill that a cabinet of curiosities would do centuries ago.

But this time, this compilation of biological research by lord Philip Polkar I is actually a collage project by artist Celsius Pictor. By pairing existing animals and mechanical parts, Celsius worked out a series of wondrous beasts. Yes, this mechanical zoology sure looks weird, but at the same time, it makes you think “why not?” These imageries are a true eye opener of borderline manifestation between nature and artificiality.

What’s also remarkable about the project is that Celsius wrapped the whole thing within a story world. The surrounding fiction provides a safe environment for those mechanic beasts to unveil themselves to the world. I wouldn’t mind seeing one for real this Halloween. And you?

You can see more great work from Celsius Pictor on his website, Tumblr, Twitter, Dribbble.

Sparrows – Sparrow evolved in the first half of the 20th century in the north islands.

Poisonous chameleon – Belongs to the species of chameleons but this animal is crossed with the rattlesnake and he snaps his castanets(1) when he feels threatened.

Steamsnail – One of the main characteristics of the animals of the mysterious continent is that mechanic evolution has eliminated their weak spots. The steam snail proves this thesis and also provides an example of sense of humor that prevails in this land.

The bizarre giant bird – The sailors who accompanied Philip on its second voyage, fled in terror to hear the chanting of this terrible animal. The author was not able to describe that sound in his notes.

The Openbill – This species of stork is one of the most evolved animals and was discovered by Lord Philip on his 2nd travel. Although it feeds on fish, the place from whence he draws his fuel is unknown.

Reinforced toad

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“Monsterkompendium” by Celsius Pictor – perfect for your Halloween

Artist Gogi Eom collaborates with his nine-year-old self on an awesome series

Children’s drawings are sketchy. But if they’re nurtured, they’ll go far. Even the greatest artist started out as a child after all. In an earlier post about embracing children’s creative potential, we featured artwork done by children side by side with their renditions done by professional artists. Talented artist Gogi Eom from Korea made it even better. He took some characters from his drawing when he was nine, and re-illustrated the whole thing with his current signature style.

It’s genius, I’m telling you. The illustrations from his nine-year-old self still retains its childlike and innocent quality. While the illustrations from his current self exudes professionalism, mastery and maturity. The contrast emphasises the journey Gogi has taken to refine his skills as an illustrator. Isn’t that a priceless, heartfelt moment? When your current self teams up with the nine-year-old self to have fun and do what both like doing most. This series is indeed a genial gift to anybody who used to be a child.

Craving for more great work? Head over to Gogi Eom’s website, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, or Society6.

And the childhood drawings from Gogi Eom. Gorgeous, aren’t they? I could even guess that the first one is about “The Tortoise and the Hare”.

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Artist Gogi Eom collaborates with his nine-year-old self on an awesome series

“NeueFable” – Gorgeous Indonesian Fables illustrated in numbers

Taking up challenges is a good way to hone your skills as an illustrator. Indonesian artist Sefilianto Darmansyah did a really good one. Eyeka’s challenge last year said: “Turn the 10 Arabic numerals into more than just mathematic symbols! Help us to “make time together” by submitting creative and meaningful artworks of the Arabic numerals (from 0 to 9).”

Then Sefilianto made “NeueFable”, in which each number tells an Indonesian fable. Story wise, it’s pretty much like Aesop’s Fables where animals had their own problems and there were moral lessons by the end of the stories. Visual wise, every one of them is absolutely gorgeous. Sefilianto made use of the number’s typographic anatomy to tell the stories really well. You can already guess a few things about the fables before reading the captions. The colours are engaging and the shapes are narrative-rich. A delightful treat for all curious minds!

You can also get your own “NeueFable” art print here! And see even more nice work by Sefilianto on his website, Tumblr, Twitter.

The number 0 is titled “Si Gajah dan Si Kancil yang Terjebak”, a story about an elephant (gajah) and a mouse-deer (kancil). One day the mouse-deer was trapped in a hole in the ground. He tricked the elephant until he’s willing to go into the hole. Finally the mouse-deer was able to get out by stepping on the elephant and the elephant himself was trapped.

The number 1 is titled “Si Kelinci dan Si Kura-kura Balapan Lari”, a story about a proud rabbit (kelinci) who challenged a wise turtle (kura-kura) to a race to see who’s faster. The rabbit was beaten by the turtle at the end. Because the proud rabbit thought that he’s unbeatable and fell asleep.

The number 2 is titled “Si Ayam dan Si Monyet yang Rakus”, a story about a greedy monkey (monyet) who tried to eat his own friend, chicken (ayam). The chicken who got away asked his friend, the crab, to tricked the monkey to get into a boat and to make a leak so that the crab could escape easily. The monkey was drown at the end.

The number 3 is titled “Si Katak Kecil dan Si Ular Kecil Bermain Bersama”, a story about a little frog (katak) and a little snake (ular) who used to be friends, but their parents told them to get away from each other because they’re natural enemies.

The number 4 is titled “Tipu Daya Si Bangau”, a story about a stork (bangau) who told the fish that he never ate fish. He also told them that a danger was coming to the lake and he’s willing to help every fish escape from the lake. But he actually just brought the fish to his nest and ate them.

The number 5 is titled “Si Buaya dan Si Burung yang Menyanyi”, a story about a crocodile (buaya) and a bird (burung) who were friends. The bird always sang on the crocodile’s head. One day the crocodile was yawning and the bird accidentally fell into his mouth. For a while, the crocodile thought that he finally could sing like his friend, until he realised that it was just the bird who was in his mouth. The crocodile was sad because he couldn’t sing, but the bird told him that he could sing too, by using bubbles that unexpectedly harmonised with the bird’s singing.

The number 6 is titled “Si Landak yang Kesepian”, a story about a porcupine (landak) who’s lonely because everyone’s afraid of his quills. Until one day, there’s a frog who was having a birthday party and suddenly a wolf came. The frog and the tortoise tried to run away. The wolf accidentally stepped onto the porcupine and run away in pain. Now everyone became friends with the porcupine.

The number 7 is titled “Si Tupai dan Si Ikan Gabus yang Sakit”, a story about a squirrel (tupai) who had a snakehead fish (ikan gabus) friend. The fish was sick and could only be healed by a Yu fish’s heart. So the squirrel went on a journey and finally found the dangerous Yu fish. The squirrel fought the Yu fish until he killed it and got the heart. The snakehead fish was then healed thanks to his friend.

The number 8 is titled “Si Rusa Sombong dan Si Kulomang”, a story about a deer (rusa) and a sea snail (kulomang). The sea snail challenged the deer to a race and whoever won could take territory of the beach. The sea snail, who had a lot of friends, tricked the deer into thinking that the sea snail always won, while it was just his friends waiting on the finish line.

The number 9 is titled “Si Hiu dan Si Lumba-lumba yang Tertangkap”, a story about a shark (hiu) who had a dolphin (lumba-lumba) friend. One day the dolphin got caught in a fisherman’s net, and the shark tried to break the net but failed. Then the fisherman, who saw the dolphin, pitied him and let him go. The dolphin was very thankful, but the shark was very angry because he thought the fisherman was taking his food too. Since then, the dolphins always help humans who drown in the sea, while the sharks always attack and try to eat them.

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

“NeueFable” – Gorgeous Indonesian Fables illustrated in numbers

Núria Madrid shares her neat & dazzling 3D illustrations

“I’m Núria Madrid, a freelance designer + art director born and raised in sunny Barcelona. After working for several years in advertising agencies as an art director, now I try to focus more on 3D illustration.”

Núria told us, and we’re sure happy that she did. It’s jaw-dropping to see Núria’s 3D creations. Anyone would’ve wondered: “Is that real?… Or 3D renders?” They just look so flawlessly fabulous and gorgeously convincing.

Each model is so carefully crafted with great attention to details. Núria’s ability to juggle with different materials and let them interact with each other through reflection, shadow and lighting is pure genius. It gives the viewers an tremendous satisfying feeling. Some makes you think “this is real”, while some is “too beautiful to be real” and you’re just happy that it’s there for you to see.

So we’re super excited to have Núria Madrid talk about the behind-the-scenes of her latest splendid 3D artwork. Enjoy, and don’t forget that you can see even more great work on her website, Behance, Instagram.

Project 1 – 3D Alphabet

“I decided to participate in this year’s “36 days of type”. I think it is a very interesting project (made by Nina Sans and Rafa Goicoechea) that challenges you to make a type every day and tag it on Instagram. It was great to follow other artists’ types and see how everyone gives their particular view on the different signs in our alphabet.”

“I decided to make it 100% with 3D softwares because it’s a way to practice and try lots of techniques and ideas. By that moment, I hadn’t used a lot of 3D illustrations in my work, so that project encouraged me to practice. Sometimes I thought of an idea and executed it within the same day. Other times I thought of an idea for a letter and began to sketch it out for a few days. I made the sketch directly on 3D softwares because I didn’t have much time.

Some days it was hard to participate and make something awesome, because at the same time we all have our regular job. But a lot of great artists made the effort to post lots of stunning types.”

Project 2 – “Kyoto”

“My project “Kyoto” is part of a workshop about Cinema4D. I made it because I liked the teacher’s work a lot. So I thought it could be fun and inspiring to try. I visited Japan years ago when I was 21. I loved Kyoto, it was my favorite city for its blend of traditional and modern Japan.”

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“I wanted to do some illustrations in isometric perspective and full of details and objects. I found a lot of reference images in that point of view, so I started to sketch the elements and the main geometric structure with easy geometric pieces. For the colors, I made a color scheme that I liked and decided to use only 3 or 4 simple glossy and sticky materials.”

Project 3 – “Economia” Mag September

“I was commissioned to make the September’s cover and interior feature about this year’s rich list on a British magazine called Economia. I was given complete freedom to compose the images. The only requirement was to show the areas where all these rich people made their business (aviation, football, industrials, hotel, technology). I wanted to do something fun and flashy to contrast with the seriousness of the magazine.”

“First I modeled all the elements that I had in mind and then built everything around the headline. I spent most of the time making the composition, then deciding the color palette. First I used lots of colors but it looked a bit muddy, so I narrowed down to only three colors. This project was a collaboration with Cristian Malagón.”

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Núria Madrid shares her neat & dazzling 3D illustrations

Meet MARTÍN AZAMBUJA and his cordial illustrations

We’re soo excited to feature the gorgeous set of wallpapers by Martín Azambuja on Kuvva! Check all of them here if you haven’t. The artwork are minimal with a compelling touch on the details. Maybe it’s the pattern, the texture, the composition, the colour, etc. It can go on and on, you can’t pinpoint why, and your eyes are still transfixed. That’s what great artwork does, that’s what a talented illustrator can make. Martín Azambuja is one as such. So we knocked on his door and had this opportunity to have him share the details of the love of his life.

Hi Martín! Please tell us something about who you are and what you are passionate about.

Hello! My name is Martín Azambuja, I am 27 years old and I work as a designer and illustrator based in Montevideo, Uruguay. 

From childhood I was attracted to drawing. I remember several times I drew without doing anything else for hours. I liked sketching things I saw and drew pencil portraits of people, always with pencil. I enjoyed playing with shadows and strokes to get different tones. I remember my parents were surprised at how I could spend hours just drawing a house, a tree, a landscape, etc… I really enjoyed it. 

When the first computer arrived at my house, I remember I illustrated many things in the classic program called “Paint”. At that time, I drew with the mouse anything close by like album covers, book covers, etc. I don´t have these files anymore : (

When I was growing up, I always thought about studying architecture. But then I was introduced to graphic design profession through a one-day workshop, and I chose this career. No doubt it should be a career in which illustration is important. Right now most of my work is illustration stuff.

I’m lucky that my parents have encouraged me to do what I want since my childhood. Their support to me is very important in order to go through 4 years of design college.

Could you share some insights into your current illustration style?

Since I’m interested in graphic design and illustration, what always catches my attention is Swiss design and the designers of that era. Many things resolved with few elements, but the composition was always excellent thanks to those invisible grids. Until today I still like many designs from that time, and I think that subconsciously I introduce them to my work in terms of simplicity in form, items and composition.

I do not think I have a very personal style or super identifiable as other illustrators, but I always work and think with the same parameters and try to make the same choices when it comes to work: grid, geometry, clear and orange, always orange! haha. I have flexibility for different types of work while keeping certain basis, which I believe to improve the final design or illustration.

Could you describe your illustrating process?

Anytime I am contacted for a job, I try to know well the situation and what the client is looking for to send an adequate and well-detailed budget. After that, I also have some questions (similar to a brief) that sometimes I send to the client to get more information. This is good because it forces the client to become more involved in the project and to provide information that sometimes is impossible to get since I’m not in the physical place or in his head. 

After the work is confirmed, I start researching a lot about the project, seeing things that the client has done before, similar things from other brands, who is the target audience of the illustration or design, which is to be used, etc. Without doubt, this is one of the most important parts because you’re filling your head with some information that consciously or unconsciously you’re going to use. It also serves to learn new things that in some cases you wouldn’t get the chance.
 
After obtaining this information, I move to the step-by-step sketch. My pencil sketches are pretty basic and even sometimes I’m embarrassed to show them. I think this also depends on the client. Sometimes the basic sketch can confuse people, so I prefer to send a little more advanced vectors showing the process I made to get that solution. Then if it is approved, I move to a final phase in which I work in details of the illustration and sometimes I even make small changes to get to the final version. Always I work with Adobe Illustrator and sometimes I make some final touches with Photoshop but honestly, I work 99% with Illustrator. I like the clean shapes and I feel comfortable with that program.

How do you think being featured on Kuvva platform will help you?

Since I saw Kuvva, I like the illustrators they have and also how the platform works. It’s great to be part of this list and I also want my work to reach a diverse audience and elsewhere. I think every platform can help your work if you use it the right way.

And last but not least: do you have any future project in mind?

Right now I’m doing a lot of things based on my city. I want to illustrate the place where I live and to give a different point of view. These things include maps, stamps and other local things. I am also working on a project with the friends from Lost Type, hope you can see something soon!

Thanks Martín!

Scroll down to see all the wonderful artwork Martín has for licensing on Kuvva! You can see more of Martín’s great artwork on his website, Dribbble, Behance, Twitter, Instagram.

“Deer”

“Plane I”

“Plane II”

“Music I”

“Music II”

“Dinner Is Ready”

“Kitchen Shapes”

“Cocina”

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Meet MARTÍN AZAMBUJA and his cordial illustrations