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Moritz Adam Schmitt, a German illustrator breaks through his creative block with a very fascinating approach. He closes his eyes and scribbles random lines. Then he looks for interesting shapes through the scribbles to weave a story. With Adobe Illustrator, he develops the sketch and finally adds texture and light with Adobe Photoshop. The result is a breathtaking composition of fantasy and drama. These compositions are a great inspiration to help think outside the box.

 

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Body form is a work of art in itself. Its design is like no other creation on Earth. Fascinated by this at a young age, Commercial Photographer Sanket Sanjay Khuntale decided to capture nude body forms depicting each zodiac sign in his final year photography project ‘Nudiacs’. He uses the concept of nudity that has been explored by painters and fashion designers since time immemorial, to capture it in a unique manner.

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Nude doesn’t have to mean Erotic

When working with nude subjects, it is very important to understand the purpose of the idea. Because the idea was to depict human nature through human body forms; the concept demanded nude body forms to be displayed elegantly rather than sexually. For those who understand fine art, they know it is primarily concerned with the aesthetic quality and creativity of the subject and where any erotic interest, although often present, is secondary in nude painting and photos.

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This distinguishes pornographic photography which has a primary purpose of sexually arousing the viewer and glamour photography which focuses the subject photographed in the most attractive way. In ‘Nudiacs’ it was always important to bear in mind that sexuality, although very subtle, was not dominant at any point.

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The biggest challenge of Nude Photography is being comfortable with it

It’s tough to shed off all inhibitions, stand in front of a group of people and pose. In order to make the model comfortable with the job, the person behind the camera needs to be most comfortable. ‘Nudiacs’ being the first attempt at shooting nude, this clearly was a big challenge. Working up to the shoot was also challenging enough. For one day of shoot, it took up to three month to prepare, wherein Sanket pose in front of the mirror, experimenting with body forms and sketching down the shapes and contours of each zodiac sign that best represented it.

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Execution breathes life into an Idea

The style of lighting and overall look of the images was important to highlight and convey the concept. Of course, the shape, contours and postures were important, but figuring out how to emphasize those features was necessary as well. Lighting the subject from behind helped in highlighting the edges, that in turn made the frame look like a low key picture. Lighting makes all the difference when it comes to creating drama and intensity in the final outcome.

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Published in Issue 22

This issue is dedicated to the talented design graduates who are not just looking to work but seeking experience in order to realise the greater goal of life. The issue features various designers from India and abroad. Kevin Roodhorst from The Netherlands realised his goal so early in life that propelled him to start his career as a designer as young as 13. To name a few talents we have Vivek Nag from Fine Arts from Rachna Sansad Mumbai, Simran Nanda from Pearl Academy New Delhi, Anisha Raj from MAEER MIT Institute of Design Pune, Giby Joseph from Animation and Art School Goa and many more. This issue gives a fresh perspective of talented graduates and their unique approach to design.

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Passionate about sculpting human forms, Japanese artist, Nagato Iwasaki uses driftwood to create life-size human sculptures that are slightly creepy, yet beautiful.

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Imagine yourself in a horror movie, face-to-face with a zombie. Scary, isn’t it?

 

This nightmarish experience is probably what the humanoid sculptures by Nagato Iwasaki’s ‘Torso’ evoke at a glance.

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Beauty of Human Sculptures

However, slowly, a sense of mystery sets in as you begin to look at each of these sculptures, standing tall with a distinct personality. It is then, that you start observing the details and begin to see the beauty in these life-like human figures made completely out of driftwood.

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Beauty of Human Sculptures

The warped wooden pieces are not bent, shaved or processed in any way. The talented artist uses wooden stakes to put the pieces together to create these stunning installations. Although faceless, these sculptures have indiscernible realism as individual pieces of wood, of varying shapes and sizes, fill the parts of the body naturally.

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Beauty of Human Sculptures

Every piece is built to stand on its own without support.

Placed in real-world environments, these sculptures appear to have a purpose of their own, silently still, yet being significant.

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“Much like our own bodies will all one day rot away and return to the earth, so too will my pieces likely suffer a similar fate. Wood has that sort of "organic" appeal to it, and I believe that is why I was drawn to the concept of using driftwood to begin with,” explains Nagato Iwasaki.

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Beauty of Human Sculptures

The journey and works of Jack Storms’s amidst his craft of glass sculptures.

The quote goes something like, ‘It’s never too late to follow your dreams, and there’s no time like the present to start’. Jack Storms’s beginning into fine art and his journey thereafter into glass sculpting is a fine testimony to this attitude and approach, for it wasn’t until the fairly “late” in life that Jack discovered his passion for contemporary art. At the time Jack graduated Plymouth State University with a BA in Art, focusing primarily on studio production, he was 30 years old. It was during his junior year at the University that he stumbled upon a nearby studio of a glass artist who had been producing a rare style of glass art, combining lead crystal and dichroic glass through the use of a cold glass process. This drew Jack, immensely, so much so that he delved deep into the detail of the intense and intricate process, further opening his own studio, StormWorks Studio, in 2004.

Jack’s work is a fine and apt display of class, elegance, glamour, finesse and craft, all neatly making way into and fittingly finding expression through his works. The perfection of geometry and form clearly strike out across all of his wide range of shining and shimmering pieces. The final output stands for not only being a glass art sculpture but withholding an entire symbol within or by itself. His glass sculptures represent, both literally and metaphorically, and even bear within themselves, his vision and attention to detail.

As an independent glass artist, one of Jack’s major breakthroughs and personal triumph was to have designed and created, himself, a cold-working lathe that empowered him. It provided him with the ability to transform glass into shapely forms that he would envision and desire to articulate, and thus sculpt with curves and details as has been done through generations ago through the use of a wooden medium.

This craftsmanship seems to run in his blood, as early memories of studying his father’s craftsmanship played out their role and found expression in Jack’s work. Remembering his father working for hours in his own studio with a wooden lathe, at the time, sparked Jack with the scheme of his vision. His deep longing along with a strong desire for glass art sparked him with the inspiration that leads him towards pioneering new trends and ways in the world of fine art. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” Pablo Picasso.