Category: digital art

Eleanor Cunningham

“Untitled (Somerset House)” (2011): A photograph manipulated with mixed media features this somber setting, the perfect backdrop for an ethereal horror film, no? United Kingdom photographer and student Eleanor Cunningham usurps the medium’s so-called verisimilitude (truthlikeness) by employing digital manipulation to her images, developing a dialogue between the analog and digital forms. See more here:


Georges Bousquet

“Etrange Famille” (2010): The dreamscapes of digital artist Georges Bousquet (from Perpignan, France) achieve a dizzying depth – one feels they could peel back infinite levels of the image and find more childlike figures and surreal subjects returning the gaze. In fact, Bousquet uses about 300 layers in Photoshop and spends approximately 15 hours building each image. Recently he re-envisioned the twelve signs of the Zodiac with his unique spin. His work deserves close-up inspection; see the details on his Flickr:

Ray Caesar

The mind of London-born digital artist Ray Caesar was warped at an early age, perhaps when he began sleeping with a book of Dali’s paintings under his pillow. Caesar combines traditional portraiture with surrealism, resulting in a bizarre juxtaposition of beautiful and repugnant subjects: most often precocious little girls with half-hidden disfigurements, time-traveling teens with hinted smiles at the corner of their red-painted mouths. Caesar refutes that his pictures are of children, but rather that they are “of the human soul, that alluring image of the hidden part of ourselves”. Take a moment to get lost within his website, where an animated gramophone will play a dreamy and liturgical soundtrack for your exploration of this incredibly alluring artist:

“Day Break” (2008)

“Madre” (2006)

“Sleeping By Day” (2004)

Eoin Ryan

“Pattern 2”: Eoin Ryan is a London-based illustrator and animator hailing from Ireland. His work is is imbued with a muted color palette and a distinctive texture that he conjures with pencil, charcoal and ink. Ryan draws inspiration from woodblock art, old Chinese maps and infographics. The artist describes his work as “folk, wave and geometry”. Browse more succinct and subtle images at his website:

Koren Shadmi

“Ebb & Flow” (2010): Koren Shadmi is a prolific Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based illustrator who I have been interested in for a few years. His work – playful and whimsical drawings with a touch of biting irony – has been published in dozens of magazines, and in addition to graphic novels he updates a web-comic biweekly ( Shadmi’s talent for editorial illustration is uncannily innate – from the first rough-drafts in pencil to the digitally-colored final piece, his unique outlook on sometimes-overdone subjects (i.e. college applications, national healthcare) are poignant and fresh. This piece (the Gold medal winner at the Society of Illustrators annual show) draws upon Japanese woodcutting for inspiration. Enjoy more of this artist’s work here:

Evgeny Kiselev

“Futurecity” (2011): The abstract designs of Russian illustrator Evgeny Kiselev are the stuff of acid-soaked pipe dreams, cellular cross-sections of psychedelic alien life forms, newborn starburst robots gaining self-awareness… Pardon the gibberish, but one look through his prolific portfolio suggests that Kiselev has a colorful vision and is inspired intergalactically and globally – like his “Spicy” collection drawn while traveling in Indian & Nepal. He has also collaborated on a website called Endless Mural (, an interactive art project. Drop a half-tab and enjoy the colors at his website: