Paolo Čeric is a renowned GIF artist from Croatia. He uses a range of software (Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, and a computer programming language called Processing) to deliver ethereal orbs, blobs, discs, strings and whatever else his mind dreams up.
He runs a fantastic tumblr with literally hundreds more, so if you enjoyed these, check it out.
Photographer Tim Flach puts the viewer up close and personal with animals in his series titled, “More Than Human.” The viewpoint is intimate to say the least.
Here’s a quote from the artist:
“The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, is certainly one of degree and not of kind. We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention, curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes in a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.”
We live in an unbalanced relationship with our animal friends on this planet, relying on them for food, labor, entertainment, and companionship. I often hear vegetarians say that “animals are my friends, and I do not eat my friends!” Of course, the carnivore trait is ingrained in our history and culture. I wouldn’t expect lions to stop eating gazelles, but I do think it’s a good idea to at least question our relationship with animals. The more we learn about the brains of animals, the more we realize how similar they are to us. As Tim pointed out, they have consciousness, fear, curiosity, and a host of other emotions we identify as prototypically human.
Seeing the animals photographed in this intimate way destroys the artificial boundary placed between us.
Abominable creatures, mutilated children, and spooky forests are all part of the nightmarish surrealism created by Korean artist, Eunjung Shin. I really love the dark style of pen & ink. It works to conceive an appropriately gloomy atmosphere in each of the illustrations.
Ali Gulec is an Istanbul-based artist with a predilection for skulls. He also runs a design studio called ikiko and his work is all over the Society6 site. I especially like the black-and-white 3D-printed looking “Lace Skull”. Maybe I’ll put it on a pillow…
Fernan Federici is a molecular geneticist at the University of Cambridge working in the Haseloff Lab of Synthetic Biology. Using confocal microscopy, he captured these award-winning photographs of bacteria in their natural habitat. The organic growths are selectively dyed to create the stunning patterns.
You can find a large collection of science photography at Fernan’s Flickr site, and if you’re curious about his scientific background, head to his bio.
Danny Quirk is a rising star in the field of anatomical art. He created these beautiful and educational body paintings, which take roughly 6 hours and are composed of latex, sharpie pen, and acrylic paint. Apparently, he stumbled upon the concept while trying to make his girlfriend a Halloween costume…
I am really impressed with the accuracy of the drawings. These could (and should) be used in medical schools to learn anatomy.
And now for something a bit more risque… Do you want to know where babies come from? Just click here. (WARNING: Absolutely NSFW!)
If you would like to purchase prints, head on over to Danny’s Etsy page. And, find many more works of anatomical art at his Facebook page.