A Japanese illustrator and his trip to London

Ryo Takemasa is a young freelance illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan. I came across his colourful graphics a few weeks ago and I think it’s time to share them with you 🙂
His works are quite diverse and he seems to be inspired by everything he sees (even by an ordinary tomato, a bruised apple or a tram). However, today I would like to focus on his illustrations of London… which are pretty amazing if you ask me!

If you found this post interesting and want to see more Takemasa’s illustrations, visit his official website: ryotakemasa.com


Yeah, New York! Yeah, Big Apple!

Have you ever tried typing “New York City” in Google Images? There are millions of photos, graphics, posters and drawings showing the Big Apple… a lifetime wouldn’t be enough to have a look at all of them! I think it’s a good thing, though, because whenever I google it I find something new and interesting. And I love looking at pictures from or about New York… and hoping that one day I will visit it myself  🙂
But for now I would like to present a little sequel to my post “Inspired by London” (if you missed it, you can find it here: https://acatastrophewaitress.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/inspired-by-london/) and show you how some artists and graphic designers see the biggest city in the USA:

Game of Thrones’ ugly girls

After having watched almost 3 seasons of Game of Thrones in less than a week, I can’t help posting something about the HBO’s TV series. So today I will show you some photos of two female characters who caught my attention – Osha and Brienne of Tarth.
They represent very different types of women. The first one is quite frumpy and savage while the second one is a female knight – tall and masculine. But they do have one thing in common – they definitely stand out from all the beautiful women and girls in the series.
Of course, I was curious how the actresses who play their roles look in real life and I googled them. That’s how I found some really nice photos of Natalia Tena and Gwendoline Christie:


‘City Silhouettes’ by Jasper James

There’s not much to say about this project, really. It is better to just look and admire this fantastic example of so-called double-exposure photography by a British artist, Jasper James. He combined two different layers – Asian city landscapes and onlookers’ silhouettes – to create very atmospheric and coherent images.
Here are my favourites:

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Living in the sky with Laurent Chehere

I’ve been posting a lot of paintings lately, so today I’m going to show you a few photographs for a change. And believe me, these are not just some ordinary photos but true pieces of art in every sense of the word! The Flying Houses series was created in Paris by a French photographer Laurent Chehere and it depicts mostly detached houses and blocks of flats but we can also see a trailer and a circus. The photographs have this unique almost fairy-tale atmosphere even though they’re all very realistic. But the reason why they are really remarkable is the impressive and very believable photo manipulation which makes them float in the air! No wonder that the project won several prizes and was showcased in both Europe and the US.
f you liked them and want to see more, visit Chehere’s website: http://www.laurentchehere.com/laurentchehere.com/PORTFOLIO.html
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Elena Romanova’s colourful world

I’ve always had a weakness for watercolours. It’s just amazing how much a good artist can do in just a few brush movements… and so can Elena Romanova. She studied painting at the University of Arts London and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. Currently, she lives in Barcelona. She’s famous for a series of paintings depicting black silhouettes of a couple under a red umbrella. However, I’d like to show you her other series, namely the cityscapes. With just a few lines and colourful spots (and her great imagination, of course), she managed to illustrate some of the biggest and the most famous cities the world. Magical.

So… can you name all the cities? 🙂


Paris in paintings: Antoine Blanchard

So here’s the third and probably the last post about Paris and a painter who decided to immortalise its beauty on his canvases.
Antoine Blanchard is actually a pseudonym of a French painter Marcel Masson. His famous Parisian street scenes present the city and its inhabitants in bygone days. Like many French impressionists, Blanchard liked painting the same landmark several times but in different weather conditions. However, if you have a closer look at his works, you can easily guess which weather condition was his favourite 😉