A Careful Burn

Steven Spazuk’s artwork is pretty remarkable considering it is a slow and steady process that takes a careful burn.

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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.

Steven Spazuk portraits featured on Art Is EverywereChuck Close uses non-traditional methods to create his artwork as well. Fanny Fingerpainting is one of my favorites, originally created with his fingerprints!

fannyfingerpainting by Chuck Close via National Gallery of Art on Art Is EverywhereSpazuk has done his own painting of Chuck Close (far left in this image below).

Steven Spazuk portraits featured on Art Is EverywereEven Spazuk’s single images have a smokey, ethereal, diaphanous quality.

Steven Spazuk artwork featured on Art Is EverywereHere’s a fabulous video on KSL.com that shows his process and technique called fumage.

Steven Spazuk fumage featured on Art Is EverywereWith November already here and the cold weather approaching, this makes me want to light a fire…;)

Step by Step Art

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.

 

Pet portrait and painting process from Allover Art.

 

Pet Portrait Process via Allover Art on Art Is Everywhere

Pet Portrait Process via Allover Art

 

Landscape painting and process by Donald Neff on the Art Instruction blog.

 

Landscape painting by Donald Neff on Art Is Everywhere

Landscape painting by Donald Neff

 

Finally, the creative process of Liu Bolin and how he paints people and into a landscape.

 

liu_bolin via arrested motion ib Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via arrested motion

 

Liu Bolin via arrested motion on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via arrested motion