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TRADITION? Many designers and artists of the so-called “Digital Age� face criticism from those who follow a set of archaic ideals called tradition. Not that those routes to producing creative work are less superior than digital avenues, but we do live in an era where hand-rendered artworks, as appealing as they may be, are not always necessarily the best that exist. Tradition exists for the sole purpose of confining current/upcoming generations in a set of particular ideologies made by people of the past. This, to me, proves tradition to be flawed concept as each new generation has different desires from the last and has different and new ways to facilitate these desires. In Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, he suggests that as artists we should hybridize tools and use as many different platforms, mediums, techniques, etc. as we can to achieve results. So, whether you use a computer, a pen or both, that should not matter. What should matter the most is that you achieve your targeted goal effectively, on time and to the best of your ability. What should matter is that you used the right tools to achieve the desired results, regardless of whether the tool is by Bic or Wacom. This issue features multiple extremely talented and mostly cross-disciplinary artists who have contributed phenomenal work within the realm of digital art and other fields. From almost all over the globe, this compilation of artworks and artists is a testament to the direction art is taking towards a more open-minded future. This issue offers a new perspective and proof of how far the envelope can be pushed once the idea of tradition is met by evolution and change with open arms. Many, many thanks to each of the artists who contributed to this issue. You continue to inspire and educate everyone viewing this with your astounding talents and willingness to share your work. The Curator


FEATURED aRTISTS


emi haze david belliveau shwedoff yura tony rodriguez rita kazakevica BĂĄrbara bezina guido iafigliola ÄŒrtomir Just


emi haze Monfalcone, Italy

emihaze.com


Graduated from the Institute Design Palladio in Verona with a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising Design, Emi Haze currently works in the north-east of Italy as a self-employed freelance digital artist and illustrator. Art and painting connected through technology have always been his strongest passions and his digital works are a mixture of graphic elements and hand-drawn ink marks, acrylic or watercolour stains. Piles of tree branches, clouds forming hair, faces that melt with air and sky, human silhouettes that arise from expanses of earth and roots; the “ethereal world” in which Emi resides, human body merges with nature or rather with the four elements of fire, air, water and earth, and even with a fifth esoteric element: the Aristotelian ether, that includes all the others, the essence of celestial bodies, eternal and unchangeable in comparison with the earth as a place of change.

© 2015 Emi Haze . All rights reserved.

The result is the vision of his imaginative world hanging between reality and fantasy, dream and utopia and in which colour and sensitivity have the predominant role. His works have been published on digital arts magazines, specialized websites all over the world and are on sale in many art galleries. Recently he collaborated with the agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco and Adobe to be part of the Photoshop 25th Anniversary special advertising campaign. His artwork “Cosmogony Reloaded” is in a short-film advertisement that was featured during the Academy Award Oscars 2015 ceremony and also used in other media as part of a bigger international campaign.


EMI HAZE MONFALCONE, ITALY


‘NATURAL HEART MOTHER’


EMI HAZE MONFALCONE, ITALY

‘ANOTHER EARTH RELOADED’


EMI HAZE MONFALCONE, ITALY

‘SOUL SYMPHONY’


EMI HAZE MONFALCONE, ITALY

‘COSMOGONY RELOADED’


EMI HAZE MONFALCONE, ITALY

‘MNEMOSINE’


EMI HAZE MONFALCONE, ITALY

‘CRYSTALLINE’


EMI HAZE MONFALCONE, ITALY

‘ZEPHIRUS’


david belliveau MontrĂŠal, Canada

davidbelliveau.com


David Belliveau is a French-Canadian illustrator from Montréal, Canada. After over 10 years working as a graphic designer, he has come to realize that his true passion was illustration. In 2011 he discovered and fell in love with digital drawing and been pushing his own limits since then. David’s work has a look that is uncommon; he uses hard edges and a grungy approach that reminds one of the most iconic comic book illustrations paired with soft pastel colours, creating a subtle textural juxtaposition that is

© 2015 David Belliveau. All rights reserved.

rarely seen in illustrations. The hand-drawn aspect of his style is evident in his art and it is what adds personality to his pieces and the subjects he portrays. David’s attention to the foreground and background, his arrangement of objects in the picture plane, his subject choices and the approach he uses for each of them are all of the things that make his work so attractive not just to me but the many others who purchase his prints online.


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘MAD MAX’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘SENSE’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘GAME OF THRONES’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘HAND’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘ALICE’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘LIPS’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘AZURE’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘NIRVANA’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘FOREST’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, CANADA

‘SOFIA’


DAVID BELLIVEAU MONTRÉAL, FRANCE


‘MUMFORD AND SONS’


Rita Kazakevica England

ritakazakevica.com


Originally from Latvia, Rita moved to England at the age of thirteen. Recently graduated from Falmouth University, she now resides in Falmouth, Cornwall. As an artist, she urges to influence the viewer about the concerns of human impact on our planet. Art has always been a passion of Rita’s life, but photography began playing a key role in her life during her mid teens. After spending several years learning the art of photography, taking a photograph was no longer enough, she knew she could create more than a camera could capture. By viewing Rita’s artwork, you can see the world through her eyes. The work Rita submitted is from her Disposable series. This series shines a dim light on an already dark subject, the research and studies of genetically created/enhanced babies in the future. In Rita’s own words, “Given, the current high profile debate with regard to genetic human engineering it is quite alarming to identify that

© 2015 Rita Kazakevica. All rights reserved.

the laws are weakening whilst science futuristic vision is to design “…genetically enhanced babies to be more intelligent, athletic, musically talented” which stretches beyond the laws of nature (Darnovsky 2014). This very disturbing notion of our future children embodies in the series of Disposable. Each body takes the form of vulnerability in our society, and is violated by the ink process—mutilating and removing of our identity. To some extent you can distinguish the language of fashion within how the brush strokes decorate the subjects torso and beyond. Never the less, the nature of this work is not to persuade or advertise as fashion does, but identify the reasons why it is experiencing the damage. It is important to note however that the use of nudes embodies the ideology of being connected to nature, and to our historical roots.”


RITA KAZAKEVICA ENGLAND

‘DISPOSABLE 1’


RITA KAZAKEVICA ENGLAND

‘DISPOSABLE 2’


RITA KAZAKEVICA ENGLAND

‘DISPOSABLE 3’


RITA KAZAKEVICA ENGLAND

‘DISPOSABLE 4’


RITA KAZAKEVICA ENGLAND

‘DISPOSABLE 5’


RITA KAZAKEVICA ENGLAND

‘DISPOSABLE 6’


YURI SHWEDOFF Moscow, Russia

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As a child of the 90s, the age where computer gaming and computer graphics played a huge role in the lives of many children of the time, somehow the spirit and optimism of this era was carried through into Yuri’s work as a man. Yuri Shwedoff graduated from the painting department of the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts in 2008. The same year he graduated, Yuri was nominated for the Medal of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts for a series of works he did titled “Suzdal.” This nomination together with his membirship in the Moscow Union of Artists is only expected

© 2015 Yuri Shwedoff. All rights reserved.

of an artist who’s work is of the same esteem as Ralph McQuarrie’s original Star Wars illustrations, perhaps even better. His work is literally outer-worldly; scenes of a child extending his arm towards a levitating illuminated orb or a barn exploding from light are only a few examples of how far beyond normal Yuri’s imagination stretches. Yuri’s digital illustrations are so well executed that they blur the line between oil paintings, photographs and film footage.


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA


‘WHITE CASTLE’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

‘TRUE DETECTIVE’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

‘HORNS’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

‘SPUTNIK’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

‘I CAN HEAR YOU’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA


‘RETURN’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

BUFFALO RECOVERED INTERNET’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

‘STAR’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

‘AIR’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

‘VOLKANO’


YURI SHWEDOFF MOSCOW, RUSSIA


‘CARS’


Tony Rodriguez Florida, USA

tonyrodriguezillustration.com


The work of digital illustrator Tony Rodriguez infuses flat colour with bold line to convey a sense of spontaneity and simplicity. Although the art is created digitally, it has the look of traditional pen and ink gestural and expressionistic drawings. His approach to digital art is exemplary of how the techniques learnt through traditional artistic practise can be applied in digital art.

© 2015 Tony Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

In his “Cowboys” series, Rodriguez’ illustrations of old-school and famous on-screen cowboy’s like Clint Eastwood are paired with interestingly accurate descriptions of their roles. Another interesting aspect of these illustrations are the multiple mark-making techniques used to create them and if you’ve watched the films from which these characters were drawn, each technique used for the cowboy’s sort of match their attitude.


TONY RODRIGUEZ FLORIDA, USA

‘CHARLES BRONSON’


TONY RODRIGUEZ FLORIDA, USA

‘CLINT EASTWOOD’


TONY RODRIGUEZ FLORIDA, USA

‘DOC HOLIDAY’


TONY RODRIGUEZ FLORIDA, USA

‘JAMES COBURN’


BĂ rbara Bezina San Juan, Argentina

barbarabezina.wordpress.com


Bárbara Bezina is a visual artist based on Pocito, San Juan, Argentina. Her works evoke a sense of fantasy yet remain in tune with realism that it becomes difficult to tell the two apart. Going through her portfolio website, you will encounter a multitude of beautifully made paintings, digital artworks and photographs all sharing the same fantasist visual attributes Bárbara applies to her work.

© 2015 Bárbara Bezina. All rights reserved.

The dark palettes, grain textures, blood-like liquids, cracks and scratches that Bezina applies to her work are juxtaposed by the inclusion of very soft, very beautiful women she uses as the key subjects of her work. Barbara submitted a bio of very few words (literally her name, craft and location), but when encountered with her work, you realize that there are very few words needed to express it as it does so for itself effortlessly.


BÁRBARA BEZINA SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA


‘VI DE LA SERIE TRANSMUTACION MANIFIESTA’


BÁRBARA BEZINA SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA

‘I DE LA SERIE ALMAS BLANCAS’


BÁRBARA BEZINA SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA

‘HECHIZADA’


BÁRBARA BEZINA SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA


‘VI DE LA SERIE TRANSMUTACION MANIFIESTA’


GuidO Iafigliola Montevideo, Uruguay

iafigliola.com


In Guido’s submitted bio, he says “I consider myself a multidisciplinary artist. Depending on the project, I can be a photographer, graphic designer, illustrator or programmer, most of the time more than one of this things at the same time. I think I am never static in thought long enough to do much thinking about what I do. It is rather a constant unconscious search that is based on following my own instincts/ imagination.” 


His constantly kinetic thought processing is evident in his dynamic displays of energized landscapes, portraits and architectural artworks. Guido’s intuitive approach to his artwork resembles that of Basquiat’s; he has a tendency to reveal the subject/object, giving the viewer just enough time to understand what they are looking at before he continues to display his distortion of it and these actions occur simultaneously, therein lies the unique beauty of Guido’s work.

© 2015 Guido Iafigliola. All rights reserved.

In his own words, Guido explains, “In recent years I have been heavily involved with generative art: meaning all the creative forms of partnerships between human and nonhuman agents, where nonhuman can be a program that is run by a code or a simple physical process. From the standpoint of Taoist philosophy natural forms are not made but grown, and there is a radical difference between the organic and the mechanical.” His involvement in generative art calls for his participation in mixing and merging many different processes and hybridizing tools ranging from paint, algorithms, photography to video and analog synthesized imagery. Guido is a prime example of someone pushing the envelope, breaking barriers, exploring and exhausting every single material or manner there is to reach a vision that is a beautiful weaving of all things digital and non-digital.


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

‘YO’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

‘A SALVO’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

‘ADAN YETI ALBUM COVER’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

‘ROAD 2’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

‘PIXELSORTED 1’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

‘PIXELSORTED 2’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY


‘GLITCHITECTURE 1’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY


‘GLITCHITECTURE 2’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

‘GLITCHED PANCHO PORTRAIT’


GUIDO IAFIGLIOLA MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

‘YO MUSHROOM’


ÄŒrtomir Just Murska Sobota, Slovenia

behance.net/crtomirjust9b11


Črtomir Just is a designer and 3D artist from Murska Sobota, Slovenia. Just’s bio goes as follows: “I started to discover the digital creative world with Photoshop 4 in high school and then decided to study landscape architecture, where I also learned a great deal about design in general. Afterwards I turned to 3D visualizations, graphic design and branding. Since I started my own studio in 2008, I have worked on a myriad of projects, ranging from book designs through corporate identities to photorealistic architectural and product renders.” Črtomir’s cross-disciplinary nature has led him through many doors, each allowing him to develop work he might not have been challenged to under one title. His handling of digital media is insanely gorgeous. I say so because one barely

© 2015 Črtomir Just. All rights reserved.

sits around imagining a golden cloud of smoke or Magnum ice-cream but when facing one of his GoldRush prints, this radical and irrational beauty will have you saying the exact words I uttered - his work is insanely gorgeous. In GoldRush, Črtomir puts another aspect of insanity into perspective; the mad obsession that humanity has over treasure, specifically gold. To put this madness into perspective, he makes the products that the general public is in love with or even addicted to and depicts, in 3D, how they would visually appear if they were made with or consisted of pure gold. GoldRush depicts objects such as coffee or a cigarette with a Midas touch to it and he pairs these gold-infused objects with light and bright backgrounds making the dynamic display of these modern-day treasures more exciting than finding gold itself would be.


ČRTOMIR JUST MURSKA SOBOTA, SLOVENIA

‘HARIBO GOLDBÄR’


ČRTOMIR JUST MURSKA SOBOTA, SLOVENIA

‘MAGNUM GOLD’


ČRTOMIR JUST MURSKA SOBOTA, SLOVENIA

‘MARLLBORO GOLD’


ČRTOMIR JUST MURSKA SOBOTA, SLOVENIA

‘JACOBS GOLD’


THIS IS NOT FOR SALE All the artworks in CURATE are the intellectual property of each stated creative. Any unauthorised reproduction, adaptation or modification thereof without the written permission of the creative shall constitute as copyright infringement. Each creative who’s work is featured in this magazine has agreed to have their work displayed in CURATE. www.curatemagazine.com



Curate Magazine - The Digital Issue