Steven Spazuk’s artwork is pretty remarkable considering it is a slow and steady process that takes a careful burn.
Photos via Spazuk.com
He creates incredible images through the process of burning paper and the smoke it creates. His portraits are collages assembled with many different burned smokey-square pieces of paper. They give the illusion of a photo-realistic, “Chuck Close-like” painting but with an alternative flare that you just “can’t put your finger on” — at first — until you know it actually is smoke that creates the effect.
Chuck Close uses non-traditional methods to create his artwork as well. Fanny Fingerpainting is one of my favorites, originally created with his fingerprints!
Spazuk has done his own painting of Chuck Close (far left in this image below).
Even Spazuk’s single images have a smokey, ethereal, diaphanous quality.
Here’s a fabulous video on KSL.com that shows his process and technique called fumage.
With November already here and the cold weather approaching, this makes me want to light a fire…;)
A few collected sites that I’ve come across that show you the step by step process for how their art is created: a realistic eye illustration, pet portrait, landscape and painting people into them — the creative process of Liu Bolin.
A photorealistic drawing of an eye by Mark Crilley. I use his approach and even hold my pencil this way but don’t have his excuse, however. I like his self-deprecating style and sense of humor and his reference to Chuck Close, one of my favorite contemporary artists.