Blow at Life

Contrary to its name, the blog Blow at Life is pretty awesome at life and is quickly becoming a huge source of artistic inspiration for me. I love every single post/piece or work I see, because each one is unique and intriguing due to the use of intense colors and line detail.

I know I just had a recent post about Irina Vinnik, but this post is slightly different. I love Vinnik’s works for being intricate, as if I were to analyze a complex puzzle, but artist Lawrence Yang of Blow at Life is able to inspire me with his watercolor and ink drawings like I’m watching a Pixar movie on a canvas.

Check out my favorites:

Big Doodle 2

051111 Experiment
Sleep with the Fishes

Sunset MeetingSun and MoonSnailPigsTwo BearsPlane Doodle


Heart of DarknessBaitMechanical HeartFish CatcherCosmosI love the little white cartoon characters Yang uses. They remind me of the cute forest creatures in Princess Mononoke. Especially in this piece:




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.


Photorealism: Inspiring Art

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

Chuck Close


Glenn Ray Tutor

Cat’s Eyes & Best of ‘Em

Charles Bell


Audrey Flack

South Ken

Clive Head

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.

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