The world breeds artists everyday and the digital age we live in awards us the opportunity to showcase, share, and discover their artistic endeavors, daily. Additionally, new technologies mean new ways to produce art. With so many artists emerging with new, digital works, where does one go to find it? Behance is a fantastic site that welcomes artists to create an account and share their portfolio of work with the masses. The site has accumulated a large network of artists that is continually growing. Some of the best creative minds have their work on display and, today, we’re pleased to share with you some of the most artistically inspired digital artists on Behance.
1. Florian Nicolle
Florian Nicolle, aka neo, is a young graphic designer and illustrator based out of Caen, France with a captivating technique that involves several mediums of art. His mixed media creations often begin as simple drawings, sketches, or paintings and evolve into complex, digitally enhanced, and layered portraits that are anything but conventional. The realistic renditions are stylized with artistic elements that elevate the images beyond ordinary drawings. Neo uses varied stylings to translate the inspired portraits into unique works of art. There’s a spontaneity in the visual makeup of each image that reads through the minute splashes of color and raw aesthetic.
2. Alberto Seveso
Probably best known for his collection of masterfully captured underwater ink images in the series titled a due Colori, Italian photographer and digital artist Alberto Seveso incorporates the same billowing aesthetic to represent some of his deconstructed digital portraits. Other works by Seveso feature varied techniques that utilize several mediums including photography and illustration. His Behance portfolio is packed with over 60 creative projects and no matter what the subject or who the busy artist’s client is, each of his pieces reflect a richness in detail and an intricate understanding of its meticulously defined layers of complexity.
3. Raphael Vicenzi
Raphaël Vicenzi, aka mydeadpony, is a Brussels-based self-taught artist whose digital fashion illustrations go beyond the typical sketches of trendy attire and the fashionistas who pamper themselves with the latest couture collection. Vicenzi mixes collage techniques with urban aesthetics and, additionally, incorporates typography, turning his digital renderings into stand-alone graphics with a message. His work critiques the fashion world and our obsession with beauty all while serving us some truly stylish digital illustrations heavily inspired by street art and graffiti culture.
4. Tony Ariawan
Tony Ariawan offers a wide collection of commercial and personal works that run the gamut of digital art in his portfolio on Behance. The artist, who is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, features a large selection of projects that range from vector illustrations and three-dimensional concept designs to photo manipulations and typographical renderings. Most of his work features an eye-catching neon effect, boasting a broad spectrum of colors. It’s hard to believe but the skilled artist has never attended a traditional design school and even offers his own tutorials for his electrifying visual techniques.
5. Tatiana Plakhova
Russian art director, graphic designer, and illustrator Tatiana Plakhova takes a mathematical approach with a sense of musicality to compile her beautifully abstract, geometrical, and architectural digital works. She develops futuristic landscapes that boast otherworldly aesthetics. There is a heavy presence of galactic influences and shimmering celestial bodies in Plakhova’s pristine works that are translated through the systematic arrangements of lines, shapes, and patterns. Her digital renderings, which she refers to as Complexity Graphics, integrate nature and science with the accompaniment of music. Plakhova features a healthy portfolio on Behance of her signature works that combine organic, scientific, and artistic elements.
6. Archan Nair
Archan Nair is an artist based in New Delhi, India whose vibrant works explode with color. There’s something very positive, uplifting, and energizing about Nair’s work that is translated through his artistic choices. By using mixed media, the artist is able to depict his elaborate and often crowded visuals in unique and exciting ways that awaken the viewer and allow them to explore the layered entirety of the image. The loud pops of color enhance the high-spirited nature present in most of the artist’s work. Nair attributes the “beautiful essence of life” to his inspiration for all of his works, past, present, and future. It’s this positive outlook that truly shines through his vast portfolio of work.
7. Charis Tsevis
Charis Tsevis is an accomplished digital artist known for his geometric portraits, most notably of popular sports figures including the iconic Michael Jordan. Like Raphael Vicenzi, the Athens-based Greek artist incorporates typography, though it plays a more significant role in the visual construction of his subjects. Tsevis deconstructs and rebuilds known figures in pop culture using abstract shapes, letters, numbers, and even objects related to the people he chooses to memorialize. Amidst the sea of Steve Jobs portraits that surfaced at the visionary’s passing was a beacon of creativity and commemoration created by Tsevis that featured a number of Apple products reconfigured to depict the innovator’s visage.
Who’s your favorite digital artist on Behance?
[Top photo credit: Archan Nair]
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Pinar Noorata is a contributing writer at My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from Hunter College with a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Pinar worked in several creative fields ranging from film to publishing. Her immense appreciation for art and culture eventually led her to join the My Modern Met team in 2011. With over 3.2 million page views per month, My Modern Met is one of the leading art and culture destinations on the web.