Colombia-based artist Diana Beltran Herrera (previously here and here) has been fascinated by birds since she was a child, however it wasn’t until four years ago that she started working with their forms. Her incredibly lifelike depictions are built entirely out of cut paper and imitate a variety of bird species from all over the world. Each iteration of her work we have followed with intrigue, including one of her latest projects which incorporates her sculptural pieces into oversized postage stamps from countries which she has always admired.
“I always felt inspired by postage stamps as they are little windows of the world,” said Herrera to Colossal, “specifically those that contain birds which are often traveling around the word. I have collected a few and I felt that I wanted to open those stamps to a much more realistic scale to learn more about that particular animal and its landscape.”
Interested in wildlife far beyond its aesthetics, Herrera is also concerned with the ethical treatment of animals, especially when it comes to the illegal wildlife trade of birds happening in her country and abroad. You can see more of her paper sculptures of birds, fruits, and flowers on her Instagram and Facebook.
Here’s an eye-popping glimpse inside sketchbooks belonging to illustrator Ivan Belikov (previously) who depicts everything from the fragile wings of birds to the momentous weight of prehistoric creatures as they smash through buildings with delicate pencil strokes. He shares additional process photos and competed illustrations on Tumblr and over on Behance.
Art student Holly Lucero renders wild depictions of doglike animals overgrown with foliage and colorful parasites that she shares on her aptly titled site Gross Dog Art. The fantastical storybook creatures are like something from a Dr. Seuss story gone terribly wrong, sometimes covered in entire forests that could be simply decorative but in other pieces appear to consume the beasts alive. The 20-year-old illustrator is currently studying at Riverside City College in California, and you can see much more of her work here.
Update: Prints are available via INPRNT.
Artist Lui Ferreyra draws colorful portraits of hands and faces, works that use discrete shapes of color as highlights and shadows. These geometric fragments are blended by the viewer’s eye rather than the artist’s hand, producing color fields that Ferreyra intends to call attention to the connection between seeing and language.
“There’s a double move at play here,” explains Ferreyra’s website about his work. “The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself. The second move is fulfilled by the cumulative effect of all the shapes functioning together as a color-field in which each shape contextualizes every other shape, thereby providing all the necessary visual cueing to manifest a kind of window one can look through. Surface and window, at and through, like language which points both at the world and back at itself.”
You can see more of Ferreyra’s colorful drawings, in addition to oil paintings, on Instagram, Facebook, or William Havu Gallery where he is represented. (via This Isn’t Happiness)
As part of his new series titled Ouroborus, Barcelona-based artist Vasco Mourao (aka Mister Mourao) drew intricate buildings that flow in a continuous loop on pieces of cut plywood. He refers to himself as “an architect turned into an illustrator with a tendency for obsessive drawing,” and such a description couldn’t be more accurate. Mourao’s dense structural designs have also been executed on walls, paper, and other canvases and just barely seem contained on these wooden circuits.
The Ouroborus series was recently on view at Espacio 88 in Barcelona, and a few of the original works are still available in his online shop. (via Hi-Fructose)
Here’s a fun series of murals from Spanish art and design studio Reskate Arts & Crafts, each containing a hidden second artwork that appears only at night. The glow-in-the-dark pieces utilize a photoluminescent paint that glows for up to 12 hours. You can see more of their work over on Behance. (via My Modern Met, Booooooom)