German artist Justin Peters (previously) uses the wide world of photography to create unique composite images. Peters’ dreamy creations play with scale and proportion, mixing human-sized objects like jellyfish and surfboards with the monumental: moons take the place of beach-side campfires and whales breach above foggy mountain ranges. The prolific 23-year-old artist has been sharing his fantastical digital collages since 2016 on Instagram, and the world took notice of his work this past summer, with his creations ricocheting around the internet.
Thematically, Peters frequently combines disparate elements from the natural world, with a particular focus on celestial imagery. He shares with Colossal that he incorporates these outer-space elements to help visualize the vastness of human imagination. Peters describes his creative process as working on multiple pieces simultaneously, as he looks for similarities between objects and how components could realistically work together. Whereas many collage artists use strong juxtapositions to create metaphorical contrasts, Peters creates a subtle sense of magical realism by seamlessly integrating the various elements in his images. Professionally, Peters works exclusively in digital media, describing it as the way of the future, though he also experiments with drawing and photography in his free time.
With his focus on digital media and particularly Adobe Photoshop, we asked Peters to take the new HP ZBook x2 for a test drive. The artist shares, I have always used a Wacom graphics tablet, but what I love about the ZBook is that it combines the best features of a powerful laptop and a graphics tablet into one device. You can use it in so many different ways!I also really appreciate the flexibility it provides me to work wherever I want away from my desk, or to stand up and continue working after many hours of sitting down.”
The ZBook x2’s versatility allows Peters to work quickly and efficiently, without switching between different devices. “My editing process requires a great deal of control over objects, and using the Wacom pen directly on the ZBook’s matte display rather than a separate tablet feels great and makes my edits even more accurate. I use many shortcuts in Photoshop, so being able to access these using the buttons on both sides of the detached tablet makes my workflow even faster. The ZBook x2 really is a complete package for creative artists.”
You can see more of Justin Peters’ recent work on Instagram.
This post was sponsored by HP.