For some reason, I am extremely picky when it comes to desktop wallpaper images. The image has to convey a sense of serenity, intrigue, and beauty, in order to pass my test (sometimes a particularly funny or color image may work as well). Usually this means my wallpaper ends up being a beautiful nature scene or some abstract collage.
I’ve finally given in and decided I’m too tired to search for the right image, so I’ve been rotating these images on a 15-30 minutes interval basis (just look at your desktop settings), so I’m always satisfied!
(P.S. It turns out this is only a problem when I’m looking for the right picture. Later, I wonder to myself why I wasted so much time -_- Story of my life.)
All wallpapers found here.
…Irina Vinnik, a master at using ink to create incredibly detailed illustrations.
No, I don’t think I’d ever want to permanently mark my skin.
Yes, I’ve thought about it…but I don’t think I could ever really commit to one single thing to remain indelible on my own body. It just seems so extreme. Cool, but extreme.
Nonetheless, I appreciate the artistry of tattoos, and I’m obsessed with shows such as Miami Ink or LA ink. It amazes me, the level of detail and realism a tattoo can attain – isn’t it difficult handling that kind of medium, vibrating and injecting into the skin? Either way, tattoo art intrigues me, but never enough to really compel me to get one myself (Just for looks right?).
And then I came across Amanda Wachob‘s abstract watercolor-esque tattoos:
Amazing. Artistic. Awesome. Emphasis on Awe.
Stumbled upon…(pun intended, I was on stumbleupon.com)
Diego Fernandez. Artist. Drawings and Paintings speak for themselves.
-This last one is my favorite. See the rest of the pieces on Diego Fernandez’s website.
Ever since I laid my eyes on Chuck Close’s famous paintings, I’ve been entranced by photorealism. Although it seems uninspiring to just copy something perfectly, I appreciate realism because in order to capture such intense detail, the artist must understand their subject and medium at a level deeper than any other style of art. It’s similar to what people say about rock climbing–how it works muscles you never knew existed. Achieving realism requires looking at things more closely than you’ve ever looked, and reveals details you may have never known existed. That level of observation takes great finesse and great skill to achieve.
“Big Self Portrait“
Glenn Ray Tutor
“Cat’s Eyes & Best of ‘Em“
One of my favorite artists practicing photorealism is Yigal Ozeri, although his paintings are controversial since he often paints young girls half nude or nude. Either way, I find the paintings frighteningly good at capturing real beauty, a kind of beauty that is effortless.