This collaboration between New York City-based art director Ben Willett, and co-directed and designed in collaboration with Barcelona-based Ezequiel Pini of Six N. Five, and Seattle-based photographer Cody Cobb explores digital vs natural materials and their immediate environments.
As someone who’s deeply in love with the analog arts and the dying skill of hand sketching, I never thought I’d be confessing that an emerging new cult of digital illustration and architectural
What I’m talking about is a new breed of digital artists who are adopting a less conventional, more painterly approach, evoking feelings of tactility and beautifully crafted atmospheres in the abstract scenes they create.
Perhaps the real reason we see the rise of these fantastic and surreal digital realities is our collective desire for visual escape through a new kind of immersive imagery, coupled with an insatiable appetite for what’s new and what’s next.
What all of these fictitious spaces have in common is their ability to cross multiple creative fields like conceptual thinking, art direction, illustration, interior design and even architecture. Much like any other form of analog art, today’s digital artists are legitimising CGI as a new medium for creative self-expression. Through imagination and impeccable design sensibilities, they are rendering a world that’s even more beautiful than our reality.
A selection of digital renderings by Alexis Christodoulou.
One such digital artist is
Having generated a cult following on
A Lucid Dream in Pink, Sleep Cycle No 1-7 by Anders Brasch-Willumsen.
Over in Sweden, creative director
True to its name, Brasch-Willumsen’s evocative series captures the idea of a lucid dream – a particular state in which one is aware they’re dreaming, and can, therefore, control the narrative. His crisp and emotive images are some of my personal favourites created in the digital medium – they somehow manage to delicately bend the visions or reality, manifesting as utterly sublime fantasies.
A selection of digital renderings by Wang & Söderström.
Arguably one of the most established artists in this area are Copenhagen and Malmö based studio
The pair’s ongoing Treasures series amalgamates imaginary materials and ambiguous shapes created onscreen that, through the use of cunning analogue perspectives, appear as highly stylised still life images. Their
Creative agency Six N. Five’s dreamlike conceptual renderings showcase The Wait, Atelier Aveus’s furniture collection inspired by the philosophical themes of waiting.
[Image credits as noted.]