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…
James Friedman is an American photographer who was curious about what the inside of golf balls might look like. He used 20 different types, and I’m astonished at the diversity he found. Also, with the black backgrounds, the images could pass for planets in outer space.
From the artist:
“Curiosity led me to cut my collection of golf balls in half to see what the cores looked like. To my surprise, what I found inside inspired me to consider that I could discover, in the unlikeliest of places, elegant formal qualities, unpredictable color schemes and metaphor. Interior Design has moved me to be enthusiastic about abstraction, an exciting corollary to my work as a documentary photographer.Incidentally, I do not play golf.”
Kilian Eng is a prolific illustrator from Stockholm, Sweden who gained widespread attention recently for his poster designs of Jodorowsky’s Dune documentary and the album cover for the Oblivion soundtrack by M83 (seen above).
Kilian draws inspiration from science fiction of old to create these surreal figures and landscapes. From the artist:
“I like to tell stories in my work and invite people to make up their own stories in response. Even if an image is shown as a single piece and not part of a series, the viewer and I need to be able to fantasize about what might happen before and after the exact moment frozen in the picture. This creative engagement helps me give substance to the worlds my pictures depict, and lets me create new scenarios.”
He has a huge portfolio, so if these works sparked your interest, head over to his page for many many more.
Joe Van Wetering is a prominent Chicago-based illustrator who’s worked for Threadless and Armada Ski Company. I recently stumbled across his eye-catching portfolio, and it’s really great. You can find it here.
Here’s a description of his work:
“Inspired by the contrasting visions of pop culture and nature, Joe explores the continuously developing relationship between color and space, creating abstract visions of everyday life through his artwork.”
Many of his illustrations appear to be inspired by space or technology, so if you like RobotSpaceBrain, you’ll probably like his creations.
I recently had an idea to create some illustrations of Super Soaker guns, so I did a little internet search and discovered that a graphic designer from London, Joe Oliver, had the same idea. Maybe I’ll add one to the collection in the near future, but until then, enjoy his terrific “on-going mission to illustrate the all-time greatest Super Soakers.” I swear I don’t work for Larami or any affiliated distributor of Super Soakers, I just think it’s one of the coolest toys ever created.
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.