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Darkened Ink: An Interview with Placide Avantia

Welcome to the mysterious world of Placide Avantia—an illustrator, tattoo artist, and self-professed alien. Working from Fuscare—her dimly lit studio located in the south of France—Placide Avantia uses black vegan ink and her dark imagination to spawn creatures that otherwise dwell only in nightmares, alternate worlds, and untold myths. From razor-beaked crows to the jagged […]

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An Analysis of Art & Design in the Films of Tim Burton

Tim Burton is one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers. He started out as an animator at Disney and directed well-received short films such as “Vincent” (1982) and “Frankenweenie” (1984), before making the leap into feature-length movies. He made his big screen debut in 1985 with “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.” From that, Burton has built a remarkable […]

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Visions of a Gothic Future

Using Fractal software Mandelbulb 3D, East Londoner Graham Symmons creates epic buildings that resemble Gothic masterpieces such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims and the Monastery of Batalha. It is also clear his admiration for Swiss surrealist H. R. Giger, shown in the last image of post. Images © Graham Symmons

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Digital Gothic Sculptures

Cologne based designer Hannes Hummel has created a series of exciting digital creations, where he has re-worked Classical art with a Gothic, modern twist. Genius little flourishes include placing a menacing skull between an elegant porcelain head and adding some harpooned birds to an Ancient Greek-like statue. His prints are just as interesting with dignified, historical figures re-shaped […]