The Art of Narcius

Corrado Vanelli, more known as Narcius in the digital art community, is one of my favourite contemporary digital painters. Since I’ve joined the cg illustration arts I have admired his works, and nonetheless, his charismatic person. 
What attracts me most in Corrado’s alluring paintings are the wonderful palettes he creates and the pleasant lighting he works with. I also like the smoothness of his brushes and the design around each concept.
I am suspiciously fan of his ethnic aesthetic choices. The particular facial features and skin tones of his characters are all exquisite choices, for my taste.
Corrado is Italian, and as you can see, he carries on the old traditions of classic painting to modern interpretations. Bravissimo!
 

Visit Corrado Vanelli’s Portfolio: www.landofsecretarts.com
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula screencaps

I first red Bram Stoker‘s Dracula when I was about 10 years old. At that time I lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, though I read a British edition. I don’t remember if I ever made it to the end of the book. Then when I was 13-14 I read a new edition, this time a Brazilian one, in Portuguese.
I have always been connected to dark themes/art/history and science, since I can remember and always drawn towards the archetype of vampires – classic ones, of course. Yeapp, I was a weird kid…
I have also watched Francis Ford Coppola‘s feature film THEN, and nonetheless, in the recent years. I just “adore” how all the scenes turned out so picturesque, as classic paintings, in color tones and composition. The costume design is one of the benchmarks of the film, all too exquisite, original, eccentric.

You can indulge in some stills I found on Fanpop.comI hate such websites, but this time it was indeed quite useful…

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is like if the scenes were painted by Caravaggio, John William Waterhouse and Rembrandt.

The Art of Pierangelo Boog

 
I came across the fine illustration art of the Swiss painter Pierangelo Boog a few years back, when I was leaving Graphic Design to work full time as digital illustrator. Back then I was a frequenter of the ImagineFX forum, which is now extinct, and also member of IT’S G Gallery (which has been on and off). The thing is, I used to appreciate his art through these two channels, and networking became artist friendship.
Angelo is one of the best contemporary illustrators I know. He masters human anatomy in a way that few do. He masters also the characteristics of different ethnicities from all over the globe. But that’s not all… Angelo masters also an array of traditional and media, all to – almost – perfection.
I say almost because doing art is a paradox: you work your whole life to achieve a certain level of mastery, which will NEVER come. The more you work to achieve that technical and artistic skill, the more you know you need to learn. However, I believe Angelo is almost ‘there’ at the end, compared
to the rest of us, scratching the beginning of the journey.
 
 
 
 
Visit Pierangelo Boog’s Portfolio: www.pierangeloboog.com
Visit also his Blog, where he always talks about great art: www.pierangelo-boog.com

The Art of Roberto Ferri – The classic, the beautiful and the grotesque

Roberto Ferri is an artist I discovered recently on a research and instantly fell in love with his work and arrived at the conclusion that he is one of the best artists I ever came across. For me it has the fine balance between realism and photo-realism. While I praise the first I despise the latest, especially modern photo-realism…
I’d describe him as being a contemporary Romanticist, as his paintings have every element we recognize in the art of classic Romantic painters, from the warm, dim lit palettes to elements of the Fantastic and Mythological and the grotesque… And sometimes, even profane. (Check his gallery for some profanity m/, I am not posting it here for the sake of some readers.)
I am very pleased with his aesthetical choices when it comes to human anatomy. Beautiful proportions and skin tones and undertones. Another peculiar aspect of his work is his use of asymmetry. The idea of beauty turning grotesque and dark because of it.

Enough with the blah. Indulge.

 
 
 

When I ‘grow up’ I hope to be as good as him and Pierangelo Boog.

Visit Roberto Ferri’s Portfolio: www.robertoferri.net

Coverama – The Art of Marc Simonetti

Image from IT’S ART MAG (I.A.M.)

I’ve bought this outstanding book earlier this year while in Paris for IT’S ARTMASTERCLASSES full event, in which MarcSimonetti was one of the speakers. (And I should also add here that I learned and reviewed a great deal of composition techniques during his charismatic and insightful presentation.)
I have also been lucky enough to have it signed… But Marc went beyond that and drew a Bob Sponge Batman with dedicatory on the first page of the book ^.^
I first came across his work a couple of years ago, through the CG Gallery held at IT’S ART MAG website. 
What I find remarkable about his paintings are the bold colors he makes use of. He creates many different moods through his amazing palettes, and they never cease to leave me in awe.

Another strong point in his work is the way he composes. I find his compositions so well balanced, so fitting for the motifs, that just like his palettes, his lines, shapes, balance never cease to catch my eyes.
Marc is a craftsman when it comes to scenes, environments and landscapes. He can bring you right into the worlds he depicts.
Coverama is a big, heavy, bold book, which I think covers everything from his career, from beginning to nowadays. The paper quality is soft to the tough and represents the colors just right. 
Below, you can see some thumbnails I copied from his website – these are a few which I love! Please, visit his portfolio for more artwork, info and bigger images 🙂 

 

These images are all included in the book.
Marc Simonetti’s Website: art.marcsimonetti.com

The Art of Arnold Böcklin, A Romantic Symbolist who was pretty much a Goth…

Looking at the art of Arnold Böcklin, we can see its roots on Romanticism taking symbolist shapes. Speaking of shapes, his artworks are very ‘geometrical’ too. My particular opinion about his art is that it has much greatness, but sometimes… it lacks it. I am quite fond of some of his works while opposite to others. 
Here you can see some of the works I enjoy. Arnold makes use of more polished anatomical aesthetics in these pieces as well as more attention to detail. Overall, the lighting, color and atmosphere of his works are have that ‘unnatural’ look, similar to a collage, which was right for what he wanted to accomplish.  The technique of most of his works aren’t much attractive for me, as I prefer a more realistic approach to any subject in general, but his motifs… Ah… The motifs…
This self-portrait (1872) is perhaps his best piece (in my opinion). What is he saying to us, the viewers? For me, the most intriguing detail on this particular piece is not the death playing the violin behind the artist, but his gaze. What is he looking at? What is he thinking? That gaze has strength. I’m very fond of the palette and lighting here.
And, I think his second best work may be The Lamentations of Mary Magdalene. The composition is astonishing. The comfort of the horizontal lines (dead Christ and the environment) contrasting with the tension of the diagonal (Mary and her veil). The contrast of the environment and skin tones with the black of the veil. I see the veil as death and mourn.
  
The Isle of Death, one of his most iconic works. There are other versions of the same painting, perhaps 5 in total. Hence the beautiful contrasting colors and how the isle is a big geometrical block. A faint sunlight tints the cold atmosphere.

 
  
The Plage: a flatter piece with a strange lighting and proportions, with lots of negative spaces – used to emphasize Death and the chimera.

 

The War: Another flat piece, where we distinguish the elements through their shapes and contrasts. War pretty much brings Death, Fear and Destruction, the characters in the painting.


Lewis Carroll was the Mad Hatter – a Synchronicity insight

Yes, he was. 
Alice: “This is impossible!”
Hatter: “Only if you believe it is!”

I couple of days ago I was recapping on the Theory of Synchronicityof Carl Jung, (as my life seem to be clearly ruled by it) when I read the Wikipedia page article… In that article there was a photograph and quoting of Lewis Carroll. Immediately when I saw that image I had THE synapse. I just knew it! Carroll and the Mad Hatter are the same.

On Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter helps Alice to see things for herself, to question old concepts. He brings her enlightenment and curiosity at the same time the alluring character nurtures a fascination for the young girl. That’s what Carroll did on real life as well. 

He was fascinated, obsessed with youth, in particular for children and teen girls. He photographed them both dressed and nude. Now whether he was pedophile or not, that’s subject of study. (Though all indicates that he had a strange relation to his own sexuality.) Among the children he had close contact/friendship with (yeah, sounds weird for nowadays society standards, but that was during Victorian days…), one was the altar of his fascination, Alice Lidell. See the image to the left.

Way before I read and researched more about the close friendship between Alice and Lewis, I had seen her on a selection of his photographs. The expressions and mannerisms he captured immediately talked to me that ‘this is Alice from the book.’ Fact which I later verified. 

To the right (black & white) the image which gave origin to this insight… I just added the hat, of course 😉

Vincent Van Gogh: Self-portraits… Or self-obsession?

Most people with basic knowledge of art have heard of Vincent, the (in)famous Dutch impressionist – who chopped off his own ear. His most popular works are remembered for their strong, dynamic palettes and juxtaposed strokes. I have been ‘impressed’ by his paintings since I was a kid. Specially his self-portraits…
Whenever I’d look at Vincent’s paintings I would associate them to nightmare. For me they were nightmarish manifestations of his very soul. I’d felt enthralled whenever I stared at his portraits…
That’s because he looks like a different man, in each one of them. You have similarities (character), which is easy to recognize on them all – but with slight characteristic changes on his facial/anatomical features in general.
I see a somber, troubled  man in each of his portraits. In some of them I see these also a hint of anger, contentment, longing, wondering, pure sadness or a hint hope that seem too far away to be ever reached. In a few portraits, the strokes not only make his countenance deformed, but slightly monstrous…
Here’s a selection of Vincent’s self-portraits. See for yourself.


See more of his self-portraits @ Wikipedia. 

Visit also Van Gogh Gallery: www.vangoghgallery.com

Metropolis: ein film von Friz Lang

I can remember with gusto of the day I watched this timeless classic on a German movie festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was on my early-mid-teens and learning German at that time. The special thing about this session is that there was a pianist playing during the whole movie!!! I felt as I was in 1927…  

Metropolis has some of the best photography in the History of Cinema, in my opinion. I can see scenes that could have been composed by classical painters such as Rembrandt himself. Some are simple, but absolutely eloquent, while others are masterpieces of complexity.
When it comes to concepts, I can compare many of Metropolis’ takes to mythological passages related to the Bible, but in a universal context rather than religious. I can see creational and doomsday allusions and philosophical questioning, the best and the worse of mankind side by side.
Another thing I find really impressive, given the film’s zeitgeist, is that the screenplay is credited to have been written by Lang’s wife, Thea von Harbou. She had the ideas for a story that is seemingly ahead of their time, while there was so little support and respect for the intellectual authority of a woman back then. Lang on the other hand was also a visionary, by directing his wife’s visions as if his owns. They were married not only as man and woman, but also creative- and artistically speaking.

~ That was the time when cinema was art. ~

Learn more about this film @ Wikipedia.