Saturday, August 30, 2008

My choice for the Artist Who Rocks this month is soo UNIQUE!!

"The Bride"

So, this artist I found about 2 years ago on good 'ole Myspace. Say what you will about Myspace but if you want to find awesome raw talent-HOLY CROW, that site is chock full of goodies. Shame I can no longer remember any of my login information to get into my Myspace c'est Le vie!
*do you see momma's lil babies crawling out of her clutch?

Ok, So, it was not until RAY CAESAR that I found true value in the digital arts. His pieces are so layered and detailed it boggles my mind on how you can do this with a serious Photoshop program! Once I realized he spent MANY more hours on his pieces than even a traditional oil artist, I knew then it was a true art form. His working method is a very interesting read with pics that show the process...very cool!


Ray Caesar is an artist from Toronto, with gallery representation in Philadelphia. He creates his images in the program Maya. Here's a little note about his method


My work is entirely digital, from its creation to its method of printing. I create models in a three dimensional modeling software and cover these models with painted and manipulated photographic textures that wrap around them like a map on a globe. Each model is then set up with a invisible skeleton that allows me to pose and position the figure in its three dimensional environment. Digital lights and cameras are added with shadows and reflections simulating that of a real world.

For 17 years I worked in the Art and Photography Department of The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto. I worked in a department that documented such things as child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology and animal research. They were years that I will never forget, years of witnessing great sadness but also great miracles.

I often awake in the middle of the night and realize I have been wondering the hallways and corridors of that giant hospital. As I lay there in the dark, I struggle to remember the fading words of those that still haunt my memories of so many years ago. It is so clear to me that this is the birthplace of all my imagery.

It is appropriate that I now live my dreams for those that didn't get a chance to live theirs.... to do otherwise would be a sin.

Ray Caesar

"Sleeping By Day"

Not only so uber gifted but clearly a good hearted soul too.... Ray Caesar is the EPITOME of the Art Rocks award!

Also, wanted to mention while visiting Ray's pictures be sure to REALLY look. Each and everyone has some slightly hidden details that you miss unless you really look for it.


Fantastic Figments said...

WOW great pick! Really Really gifted. My favorite is Madre. Unique the detail and precision is amazing!


Kristen Beason Designs said...

Cool art!


Sandra said...

Very nice art...Dani ! Thanks for the peek.... Oh by the WON my contest...drop by to leave your addy.

LuLu said...

Bonjour Dani! We are missing a chicken this morning and are all sad about it. She did not look right yesterday and now she is missing... Has it ever happened to your flock? Love Ray Ceasar's art! I have known him for a couple of years through Juxtapoz magazine and since then have admired his work. Have a great week! LuLu

LuLu said...

Bonjour again Dani! I think your new banner rocks! Great one! LuLu

Krissysart said...

Wow wee. That's some pretty fantastic and interesting artwork. Thanks for introducing such an amazing artists to us!

Designs by CK said...

I have been a BIG fan of Ray's & Mark Ryden's art for many years now.

Spooky Cheers!

Chris :)

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