30 examples of beautiful black and white photos

30.04.2015, 10:58

A slice of poetry!

As Ted Grant said: “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”.

This is exactly what those photographers, from whom we collected 30 amazing photos, are showing through their art. Taking a black and white picture is sometimes more than catching a beautiful moment. It goes beyond that, emphasizing someone’s expression, showing some texture in a beautiful landscape no one would have noticed before.

Sometimes, you could even be mistaken as some of them do look like paintings.
Be inspired by those stunning examples that definitely proves that black and white photographs are far from being boring and lifeless!

Camargue

Source: Achim Lippoth

by Achim Lippoth via behance.net
© Achim Lippoth

Castles made of sand

Source: Andy Lee

by Andy Lee via Behance.net
© Andy Lee

Wisdom for my children, life lessons though…

Source: Brandon Kidwell

by Brandon Kidwell via behance.net
© Brandon Kidwell

Mystery Garden / Le Mile Magazine

Source: Elizaveta Porodina

by Elizaveta Porodina via behance.net
© Elizaveta Porodina

Lyubov Andreyeva and Denis Klimuk

Source: Vadim Stein

by Vadim Stein via behance.net
© Vadim Stein

Dark Hours

Source: Rupert Vandervell

by Rupert Vandervell via behance.net
© Rupert Vandervell

TOKYO

Source: Alexandre Mounayer

by Alexandre Mounayer via behance.net
© Alexandre Mounayer

Watched

Source: Marta Bevacqua

by Marta Bevacqua via behance.net
© Marta Bevacqua

Portraiture

Source: Gülnur Duruzoy

by Gülnur Duruzoy via behance.net
© Gülnur Duruzoy

Armenian Mountains

Source: Eliza Malkhasyan

by Eliza Malkhasyan via behance.net
© Eliza Malkhasyan

Dreamland

Source: Vassilis Tangoulis

by Vassilis Tangoulis via behance.net
© Vassilis Tangoulis

Like little dancers

Source: Dani Stites

by Dani Stites via behance.net
© Dani Stites

“Florence” / Polyptych

Source: Alex T

by Alex T via behance.net
© Alex T

Space & Beyond

Source: Nick Frank

by Nick Frank via behance.net
© Nick Frank

Trees

Source: Snow Robert Peek Fotographie

by Snow Robert Peek Fotographie via behance.net
© Snow Robert Peek Fotographie

Experimenting with some new fig leaves

Source: Emanuele Marzocca
by Emanuele Marzocca via behance.net
© Emanuele Marzocca

Lands of Nowhere

Source: Sten Schneider

by Sten Schneider via behance.net
© Sten Schneider

Mackelli Campaign 2015

Source: Henrik Adamsen
by Henrik Adamsen via behance.net
© Henrik Adamsen

Obscure Lights

Source: Ranko Blazina
by Ranko Blazina via behance.net
© Ranko Blazina

Near Light

Source: Nuno Andrade
by Nuno Andrade via behance.net
© Nuno Andrade

B&W shots in Rocca Sinibalda

Source: Emmanuelle Marzocca
by Emmanuelle Marzocca via behance.net
© Emmanuelle Marzocca

Relax

Source: Miki Takahashi
by Miki Takahashi via behance.net
© Miki Takahashi

D’Orsay watches / relojes d’Orsay

Source: Eduardo Perucha Esteban
by Eduardo Perucha Esteban via behance.net
© Eduardo Perucha Esteban

Ivory and Ebony

Source: Laurent Baheux
by Laurent Baheux
© Laurent Baheux

Portraits of animals

Source: Lukas Holas
by Lukas Holas via behance.net
© Lukas Holas

Colorado Landscapes CLG Folio

Source: Craig Getchius
by Craig Getchius via behance.net
© Craig Getchius

Beautrees

Source: Kashish Tandon
by Kashish Tandon via behance.net
© Kashish Tandon

We do not own any of these designs. This is just a collection for your inspiration. Our sources are as stated. If you feel like we used your design wrong, please contact us.

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Creations with a beautiful Steampunk touch

09.04.2015, 9:58

For the 19th-century passionate geek!

Have you heard of the Steampunk genre? According to wikipediaSteampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy—also in recent years a fashion and lifestyle movement—that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.“

If you’ve read some Jules Verne’s novels then you perfectly know what Steampunk is. Think about the Captain Nemo and the Nautilus and you will get this strange but somehow fascinating atmosphere!

Nowadays, the Steampunk genre is quite wide and many artists, from the illustrator to the fashion designer, created some great artworks and pieces as a tribute to this genre. But it isn’t always about putting a few gears on a hat as the people we will introduce you to today created true masterpieces.

If you are yourself a fan of this genre or would like to become one, we hope that you will feel inspired by what you’re going to see. And don’t forget that some good posters can always be a good start for people to see your Steampunk creations!

Steampunk Gameboy

Source: Elise Siegwald
by Elise Siegwald via behance.net
© Elise Siegwald

Steampunk Star Wars – Stromtrooper

Source: Bjorn Hurri

by Bjorn Hurri
© Bjorn Hurri

Ozone Battery

Source: Ivan Mavrovic

by Ivan Mavrovic
© Ivan Mavrovic

Wasp

Source: Edouard Martinet

by Edouard Martinet
© Edouard Martinet

Steampunk Icarus Wings MK5

Source: steampunk22

by steampunk22 via deviantart.com
© steampunk22

Steampunk Dragon

Source: kerembeyit

by kerembeyit via deviantart.com
© kerembeyit

Steampunk Mad Scientists Cosplay Ring

Source: CatherineRings

by CatherineRings via deviantart.com
© CatherineRings

Steampunk

Source: fiorinox

by fiorinox via deviantart.com
© fiorinox

Steampunk Batman

Source: R-Tan

by R-Tan via deviantart.com
© R-Tan

Powered Steampunk Gauntlet

Source: CraftedSteampunk

by CraftedSteampunk via deviantart.com
© CraftedSteampunk

Steampunk Computer

Source: steamworker

by steamworker via deviantart.com
© steamworker

Creepy Bottles

Source: Frater Orion

by Frater Orion via deviantart.com
© Frater Orion

SteamPunk

Source: DZIU09

by DZIU09 via deviantart.com
© DZIU09

Steampunk spider 2

Source: hardwidge

by hardwidge via deviantart.com
© hardwidge

Steampunk Notebook

Source: Diarment

by Diarment via deviantart.com
© Diarment

Steampunk madame

Source: martinacecilia

by martinacecilia via deviantart.com
© martinacecilia

Steampunk ship: Brassheart

Source: industrial-forest
by industrial-forest via deviantart.com
© industrial-forest

Steampunk Skipper

Source: ursulav

by ursulav via deviantart.com
© ursulav

Steampunk Gotham

Source: seangordonmurphy

© seangordonmurphy

Deus Ex Machina

Source: Alain Bellino
by Alain Bellino via behance.net
© Alain Bellino

Steampunk 2012 – 2013

Source: Mike
by Mike via behance.net
© Mike

Gladiator Story

Source: Aleksandr Kuskov
by Aleksandr Kuskov via behance.net
© Aleksandr Kuskov

Steampunk movie pt2

Source: Nikita Pilyukshin
by Nikita Pilyukshin via behance.net
© Nikita Pilyukshin

Fugitive cat

Source: Paula Duta
by Paula Duta via behance.net
© Paula Duta

We do not own any of these designs. This is just a collection for your inspiration. Our sources are as stated. If you feel like we used your design wrong, please contact us.

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Beautiful design for your Easter greeting cards

01.04.2015, 9:19

Happy Easter!

Ah, the beautiful season of spring! This is definitely an inspirational one and this thanks to Easter and the summertime getting closer and closer.

The only problem with such famous themes is that you quickly and certainly end up reproducing what others are doing or simply reproducing what you’ve already done before. This is so tricky and difficult to stand out of the crowd and be original when symbols such as the Easter bunny or the eggs are everywhere, inseparable from the concept of such a celebration.

This is where those talented artists make a difference! They cleverly inspired themselves from every Easter-related themes and symbols to make them their own, giving us a different and original approach to them.

These designs could be of great use for your inspiration if you would like to stand out of the crowd this year and make a good impression on your customer. Try this concept with our flyer or postcards!

Koko Black Chocolates

Source: Eirian Chapman

Eirian Chapman via behance.net
© Eirian Chapman

Happy Easter from the Rusted Pixel

Source: The Rusted Pixel

by The Rusted Pixel via behance.net
© The Rusted Pixel

Easter Type

Source: Zim & Zou

by Zim & Zou via behance.net
© Zim & Zou

Suzanna Victoria – Ovos de Pascoa

Source: Rodrigo COA

by Rodrigo COA via behance.net
© Rodrigo COA

Happy easter card

Source: Julia Zinchenko

by Julia Zinchenko  via behance.net
© Julia Zinchenko

Happy Easter 2011

Source: Izabela Kuzyszyn

by Izabela Kuzyszyn via behance.net
© Izabela Kuzyszyn

Easter Bicycle Cards

Source: Magda Nowacki

by Daniel Danger
© Magda Nowacki

Some Bunnies

Source: Q. Cassetti

by Q. Cassetti via behance.net
© Q. Cassetti

Vintage Easter Badges and Insignia

Source: Joshua Brian

by Joshua Brian via behance.net
© Joshua Brian

High Tea with Easter bunnies

Source: Kenny Lam

by Kenny Lam via Behance.net
© Kenny Lam

Easter card

Source: Alesya Derr

by Alesya Derr via Behance.net
© Alesya Derr

Happy Easter

Source: Marco Erre

by Marco Erre via behance.net
© Marco Erre

Frohe Ostern / Happy Easter

Source: Sengsavane Chounramany

by Sengsavane Chounramany via Behance.net
© Sengsavane Chounramany

Easter Egg

Source: Ja Baguioro

by Ja Baguioro via behance.net
© Ja Baguioro

Easter Egg Morning Task

Source: Cleonique Hilsaca

by Cleonique Hilsaca via Behance.net
© Cleonique Hilsaca

Typo Easter Egg

Source: Niteesh Yadav
by Niteesh Yadav via Behance.net
© Niteesh Yadav

Happy Easter

Source: Mike Greenwell

by Mike Greenwell via Behance.net
© Mike Greenwell

We do not own any of these designs. This is just a collection for your inspiration. Our sources are as stated. If you feel like we used your design wrong, please contact us.

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The most beautiful and original textures for your artworks

12.03.2015, 9:09

Unleash your creativity!

Have you ever wondered how some graphic designers or photographers achieve such nice, textured effects? Well it’s actually quite simple: by the use of layers and the way they treat them people can now add special effects and depth to their artworks, whether it’d be to create a cold, dark atmosphere or to add a little bit of light to an already quite sombre illustration or photo. You can do whatever you like! Textures allow you to be as creative as possible!

In this article, we gathered some very interesting textures that could produce a nice effect for your creations. So feel free to have a look and get as inspired as possible!

*grass bokeh texture*

Source: ewazielinska

by ewazielinska via deviantart.com
© ewazielinska

Bokeh

Source: magikalfolk

by magikalfolk via deviantart.com
© magikalfolk

Tiny

Source: carlyartdaily

by carlyartdaily via deviantart.com
© carlyartdaily

Digital Texture Artwork 275

Source: mercurycode

by mercurycode via deviantart.com
© mercurycode

Texture 671

Source: Sirius-sdz

by Sirius-sdz via deviantart.com
© Sirius-sdz

Victorian Grunge: VI

Source: ArtOfDecay-stock

by ArtOfDecay-stock via deviantart.com
© ArtOfDecay-stock

Victorian Grunge II

Source: Myruso

by Myruso via deviantart.com
© Myruso

Vintage Sunset

Source: Aurora WienholdSTOCK

by Aurora WienholdSTOCK via deviantart.com
© Aurora WienholdSTOCK

Burst Galaxy: Watercolor Texture

Source: touzaiko

by touzaiko via deviantart.com
© touzaiko

texture : marble

Source: MehreenFreed

by MehreenFreed via deviantart.com
© MehreenFreed

Texture Stock Asian Clouds

Source: Enchantedgal-Stock

by Enchantedgal-Stock via deviantart.com
© Enchantedgal-Stock

cloud texture 5

Source: whookatri

by  whookatri via deviantart.com
© whookatri

Floral Intoxication II

Source: AboveVintage

by AboveVintage via deviantart.com
© AboveVintage

Misc 2

Source: AsunderStock

by AsunderStock via deviantart.com
© AsunderStock

Unrestricted Design Vintage Texture

Source: DivsM-stock

by DivsM-stock via deviantart.com
© DivsM-stock

Clock Parts on Old Paper

Source: John

by John via deviantart.com
© John

Summer background texture

Source: fotojenny

by fotojenny via deviantart.com
© fotojenny

Texture 01

Source: NinStock

by NinStock via deviantart.com
© NinStock

Texture 2

Source: Fall-Out-M

by Fall-Out-M via deviantart.com
© Fall-Out-M

Grunge Texture.

Source: JRMB-Stock

by JRMB-Stock via deviantart.com
© JRMB-Stock

We do not own any of these designs. This is just a collection for your inspiration. Our sources are as stated. If you feel like we used your design wrong, please contact us.

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20+ movie posters as seen by talented artists

05.03.2015, 10:03

Alternative movie posters!

The movie industry is one of the biggest industry in the world! It might also be one of the most inspiring ones as every year big, new, interesting and amazing films are released. It’s also a way for graphic artists or photographers to fully express themselves as a good movie always starts with a good poster!

Who never had a poster of his or her favorite movie pinned onto a wall? Like every pieces of art, those posters were often the symbol of our personality and what inspired us in our daily life. Maybe did they contribute in making us the person we now are?

Today, we wanted to introduce you to some talented artists that decided to take all these inspirations from their favorite movies and make them their owns in brand new posters. Maybe this is something that will inspire you to create your OWN posters?

BANG BANG Exhibition

Source: Vincent Roché

Vincent Roché via behance.net
© Vincent Roché

70s

Source: HANs.

by HANs. via behance.net
© HANs.

Birdman

Source: Patrick Seymour

by Patrick Seymour via behance.net
© Patrick Seymour

Indiana Jones

Source: Cesar Octavio Celaya

by Cesar Octavio Celaya via behance.net
© Cesar Octavio Celaya

Star Wars Poster

Source: Juan Esteban Rodriguez

by Juan Esteban Rodriguez via behance.net
© Juan Esteban Rodriguez

Batman 75th Anniversary

Source: Patrick Connan

by Patrick Connan
© Patrick Connan

Psycho

Source: Daniel Danger

by Daniel Danger
© Daniel Danger

Spirited away

Source: Olly Moss

by Olly Moss
© Olly Moss

Once Upon a Time in the West

Source: Mainger Germain

by Mainger Germain
© Mainger Germain

The Wolf of Wall Street

Source: Daniel Devoy

by Daniel Devoy
© Daniel Devoy

The Shawshank Redemption poster

Source: Daniel Keane

by Daniel Keane
© Daniel Keane

“Man is the warmest place to hide”

Source: Vlad Rodriguez

by Vlad Rodriguez via behance.net
© Vlad Rodriguez

Fight Club

Source: Ali Heraize

by Ali Heraize
© Ali Heraize

American Beauty Poster

Source: Stephanie Toole

by Stephanie Toole via behance.net
© Stephanie Toole

88MPH – part 2

Source: Andy Fairhurst

by Andy Fairhurst
© Andy Fairhurst

Guardians of the Galaxy

Source: Marie Bergeron
by Marie Bergeron
© Marie Bergeron

Grand Budapest Hotel

Source: Peter Strain

by Peter Strain
© Peter Strain

Memento

Source: Benny Hennessy
by Benny Hennessy
© Benny Hennessy

The Theory of Everything

Source: Malika Favre
by Malika Favre
© Malika Favre

Se7en poster

Source: drMIERZIAK
by drMIERZIAK via deviantart.net
© drMIERZIAK

The Shining I

Source: Matthew J Griffin
by drMIERZIAK via Matthew J Griffin
© Matthew J Griffin

Jaws

Source: Laurent Durieux
by Laurent Durieux
© Laurent Durieux

Man of Steel

Source: Oliver Riches
by Oliver Riches
© Oliver Riches

We do not own any of these designs. This is just a collection for your inspiration. Our sources are as stated. If you feel like we used your design wrong, please contact us.

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30 artistic animated GIFs

19.02.2015, 8:24

When images are alive!

Since the beginning of the Internet, we’ve been able to see, popping up every once in a while and then more and more often, a new type of medium. This medium called GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), slowly developed itself to the point where it’s now considered as a solid form of art, alongside artworks, videos or photographs.

There can be all sorts of GIFs! Those taken from videos, those being cinemagraphs where only on or a few elements will be animated, and those requiring artistic skills.
These are the ones we’re proposing you today as we gathered 30 artistic animated GIFs for your inspiration!

Happy 2015 animated gif

Source: Tom Haugomat

by Tom Haugomat via behance.net
© Tom Haugomat

7 Days Loop

Source: Radio

by Radio via behance.net
© Radio

Gif Animation Collection

Source: Duong Tran

by Duong Tran via behance.net
© Duong Tran

E-X-P-L-O-R-E

Source: STUDIOJQ

by STUDIOJQ Photography via behance.net
© STUDIOJQ

Winter Story

Source: Oamul Lu

by Oamul Lu via behance.net
© Oamul Lu

Selected Gifs

Source: Nancy Liang

by Nancy Liang via behance.net
© Nancy Liang

Self Promotional Work

Source: Rafael Varona

by Rafael Varona by behance.net
© Rafael Varona

“Back in the Days “ Lettering + Gif

Source: Aleksandr / Tuf / Bykov

by Aleksandr / Tuf / Bykov via behance.net
© Aleksandr / Tuf / Bykov

Untitled

Source: Eran Hilleli

by Eran Hilleli via behance.net
© Eran Hilleli

LOGO Technologic Inventions

Source: Ercan Nailoglu

by Ercan Nailoglu via behance.net
© Ercan Nailoglu

The X Files

Source: Lucile Patron

by Lucile Patron via behance.net
© Lucile Patron

Veilig Internetten

Source: Jing Zhang

by Jing Zhang  via behance.net
© Jing Zhang

Woolly and Shaggy – Gifs

Source: Lynn Chen

by Lynn Chen via behance.net
© Lynn Chen

CARETOZ

Source: Patricia Mafra

by Patricia Mafra via behance.net
© Patricia Mafra

Your Favorite Day of the Fall

Source: Tania Yakunova

by Tania Yakunova via behance.net
© Tania Yakunova

Tiresia of the Eye

Source: Xulia Vicente
by Xulia Vicente via behance.net
© Xulia Vicente

Animated map – HAST

Source: Guillaume Kurdjian

by Guillaume Kurdjian via behance.net
© Guillaume Kurdjian

Das Kreative Haus

Source: Burkhard Müller
by Burkhard Müller via behance.net
© Burkhard Müller

One cat’s animated adventure in Paris /

Source: Charlotte Smith
by Charlotte Smith via behance.net
© Charlotte Smith

Octo animated gifs

Source: Fede Cook
by Fede Cook via behance.net
© Fede Cook

Waiting Time

Source: Maria Chiara Banchini
by Maria Chiara Banchini via behance.net
© Maria Chiara Banchini

Character’s animation

Source: Andrew Nesterov
by Andrew Nesterov via behance.net
© Andrew Nesterov

Miscellaneous pictures

Source: Alexander Zavrin
by Alexander Zavrin via behance.net
© Alexander Zavrin

The people of Jerusalem (animated gif)

Source: Pierre Kleinhouse
by Pierre Kleinhouse via behance.net
© Pierre Kleinhouse

Fictional Neon Lights

Source: Alejandro Smal
by Alejandro Smal via behance.net
© Alejandro Smal

Hidden Typography

Source: mounstar
by mounstar via behance.net
© mounstar

Pixelwood

Source: Dusan Cesek
by Dusan Cesek via behance.net
© Dusan Cesek

Solo gif animations #1

Source: Solo Studio
by Solo Studio via behance.net
© Solo Studio

Way Out II (full version)

Source: Yukai Du
by Yukai Du via behance.net
© Yukai Du

Alphabet Town

Source: Omar Shammah
by Omar Shammah via behance.net
© Omar Shammah


We do not own any of these designs. This is just a collection for your inspiration. Our sources are as stated. If you feel like we used your design wrong, please contact us.

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How to make a T-shirt design in Adobe Photoshop

03.12.2014, 8:42

A useful tutorial!

Jumper-MockUp-PSD

In this tutorial we will show you how to make a design in a simple way, in Adobe Photoshop. Follow these steps and you will be able to make your own T-shirt designs.



open-a3-format-file

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Open a file of the size of an A3 paper.


duplicate-it-and-flip-it

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Open a photo and duplicate it once by holding Alt key (to duplicate) and Shift key (to move it on the same line as the original) and then drag it to the right. Right click on it and click Flip Horizontal. Then duplicate both pictures and drag them down. After that, right click again and Flip Vertical.


merge-layers-and-greyscale

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After the photo is fit to the artboard merge all 4 layers.
Then go to Image>Mode>Grayscale


make-shapes

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On one new layer, play with some shapes and set the blend mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 80%.


align-the-shapes

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Now, to center your shapes, select the whole image with the Rectangular Marquee Tool, then click on Move Tool and center vertical and horizontal.


restarize-type

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Add your text and then right click on the text layer and click on Rasterize Type. Now you can erase things you don’t like inside the font and make it exactly the way you want.


adjust-everything

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Take your time to adjust the text and make it look the way you want. Play with it and let your imagination do the work.


make-a-selection

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Make a selection with the Rectangular Marquee Tool on the border of the artboard, right click on it, then click on Transform Selection. After that, make the selection smaller.


stroke

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Right click on the selection and go to Stroke and set the Width to 20px.


texture

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The last thing you should do is adding a texture. Open your texture and set the Blend Mode to Multiply and Opacity to 75%.

That’s all! Save the file and set the color mode to CMYK.
This design is for Heat Printing.

Your T-shirt is now ready to be printed! So go ahead and go to our website by clicking this button:

Create your T-shirt


When futuristic mechs meet 1920s Poland | interview with Jakub Rozalski

12.11.2014, 8:54

A mixing-eras artist


1920 - on the road by Jakub Rozalski

1920 – on the road by Jakub Rozalski

„I just paint the way I feel and I like.“

When it comes to mixing classic and traditional paintings with robots and mechs imagery, Jakub Rozalski is the specialist. This talented Polish artist, with a love for his country and its history, wanted us to have a taste of it! And we’re definitely having it! Who could be indifferent to these peaceful landscapes and people while a few gigantic robots are passing by? Who couldn’t be amazed by this desolated yet enchanting depiction of a harsh winter emphasized by a few mechs in the background?

Today, we decided to ask Jakub a few questions about his artworks, his life as an artist, his love for Poland and so much more! Join us in this new mixing era adventures:

print24:
Where is your passion for painting coming from? Did you study or are you self-taught?

Jakub:
I paint and draw since I can remember. Choosing artistic studies was the natural order of things. I have a fine art background and education. However, I learned most of it as a self-taught by studying my favorite artists and paintings. My first steps as an artist was on canvas and paper, long time before discovering computer graphic designs. Through my work, I try to combine classical painting style, modern design and interesting concepts. For me the most important thing in my work is to always create a unique atmosphere via telling some kind of story, showing everyday situations in an unusual environment.

print24:
What type of medias do you prefer to use? Are you more comfortable with a graphic tablet and photoshop or are you more into traditional paintings?

Jakub:
I feel comfortable with both techniques. Currently I prefer to work on a computer and a tablet, as it allows me to save a lot of time and money. I can then have more time for my family and my daily life.

print24:
We can see your paintings are quite cold-toned which is giving a great atmosphere to your artworks! Why such a choice?

Jakub:
Yes it’s true, I like the more subdued, discreet colors, as well as the more static not so dynamic compositions. I do not know why, I have never thought about it. I just paint the way I feel and I like. It is probably a reflection of my own nature, what I like and what interests me. I like wild environments, open spaces, discreet and natural colors, winter, animals… I think you can see all of these in my pictures.


1920 warlord by Jakub Rozalski

1920 warlord by Jakub Rozalski

print24:
Your paintings are inspired by early 20th century Polish paintings and yet you’re introducing mechs and robots. What inspired you for such an interesting project?

Jakub:
The whole „1920+ project“ is based on historical events: the Battle of Warsaw in 1920 and the Polish–Soviet War (February 1919 – March 1921). This battle is considered by many historians as one of the most important in the world’s history, since it changed the fate of Europe and stopped the Red Revolution. After the first world war, the atmosphere in Europe was filled with revolutionary thoughts. Bolsheviks decided to take advantage of this situation and started to move forward to the west with a huge army.

Poland was the first country to really be able to show them resistance. Our independence had only been restored for two years. Anyone hardly knows about this and it is a very interesting historical period. This is also the last time cavalry was so significantly used. I love giant robots and mechs from my childhood. I think this started when I saw Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back for the first time. Those are very interesting and inspiring painting themes for me. They also give a good idea of well built scales and offer an interesting contrast of the classical landscapes and situations. My desire is to show the history and culture of my motherland in the most original and interesting way for a modern audience; so mechs work perfectly.


1920 before the storm by Jakub Rozalski

1920 before the storm by Jakub Rozalski

print24:
“1920 – before the storm” is one of the best examples of this paradox between peaceful pastoral early 20th century paintings and a futuristic, quite threatening robotic world. What’s the message behind it?

Jakub:
I think this is showing a certain longing for the world of wildlife which has been aggressively taken by technology and civilization. I also want to show war from the perspective of regular, normal people, maybe in a not so epic and brutal way. I grew up in a small polish village. I live and work in big cities for so many years now but I really miss this peaceful countryside life and atmosphere. Looks like I’m some kind of „Hobbit“ (laughing).


1920 into the wild by Jakub Rozalski

1920 into the wild by Jakub Rozalski

print24:
Wojtek, the bear seems to be an important part in many of your paintings. Can you tell us more about it? What does Wojtek represent to you?

Jakub:
I’m a big fan of Wojtek. I think it’s a great story and these paintings are my tribute to him. A lot of people through these artworks became interested in Wojtek’s story, and thus in our soldiers and the battle of Monte Cassino. This is making me very happy and proud.

Print24:
In your opinion, how is art represented in your country?

Jakub:
Very strongly, especially painting and graphic design. Many polish graphic designers are amongst the world’s top-class and work with the biggest productions. The game industry has grown rapidly in my country for a few years. In Poland, there is a lot of talented and hard-working young people.

print24:
Do you have any other projects at this time? What are you working on?

Jakub:
I have many ideas, but at the moment I would like to focus on the „1920+ project“. I currently have a lot of interesting offers, exhibitions, games, books, maybe a movie. We’ll see what comes up. I would like to also continue the story of two brothers in arms, a viking and a samurai, in some dark medieval-fantasy world. You can find several works of this series in my gallery.


brothers in arms by Jakub Rozalski

brothers in arms by Jakub Rozalski

print24:
What would you like to say to young graphic designers from Poland and all around the world who want to start an artistic career?

Jakub:
They should listen to their heart and do what they love. Do not pay attention to what other people are saying. If what you are doing is honest and true, success will arrive sooner or later.

I would like to say hello to all your readers and thank you for the interview. I am very glad that you liked my work.



Your thirst for Jakub’s cool art hasn’t been quenched? Find out more about Poland, his „1920+ project“ and, of course, Wojtek by clicking on those two links:


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