Welcome to the latest Studio Spark, where the CWA design studio shares whatever has been sparking our creative imaginations over the past 7 days – whether that be Art or Design, Film or Theatre, Music or Dance, Technology or Nature…

Here’s this week’s roundup.

Kim Jung Genius

Written by Martin Lovegrove

I’ve been a fan of Chinese artist Kim Jung Gi for a while now. His work first caught my eye via YouTube that showed a time-lapse video of him doing a large-scale illustration at an event just with a black brush pen.

His ability to draw complex scenes straight off the top of his head without any reference material is astounding, reminding me of the artist Stephen Wiltshire’s ability to draw architecture.

Check out loads of his sketch work on his Instagram and you can buy copies of his HUGE sketchbooks over at his website.

3D street art

Written by Teresa Bembrick

Street Art is becoming more acceptable thanks to artists like Banksy whose work is so popular it can be found on an array of items from posters, mugs, t-shirts to tea towels. Advertisers are also using it to promote their brands including Hyundai and Nissan who both have included street art in their recent TV adverts.

I particularly like 3D street art and there are a couple of artists who are producing some stunning graphics. Creating one of these 3D scenes must be challenging and involve a lot of preparation. The 3D optical illusion only makes sense when they are viewed from the correct angle.

One of these artists is Edgar Mueller – known as ‘maestro madonnari’ (master street painter). The Crevasse, created in 2008, shows a dramatic ice age scene, whilst Lava Burst transforms a normal German street into a scene of violent destruction.

3D Joe and Max are artists who travel the globe creating 3D street art. The Dark Knight Rises was created for the third instalment of the Batman films. They also created, for Reebok, Guinness’ world record for the largest and longest 3D street art.

Reebok street art

Nights in shining ardour

Written by Chris Nobbs

Mikko Lagerstedt

Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt specialises in landscapes and seascapes shot at night. There’s a magical, otherworldly beauty to his photos, which are even more impressive considering he’s entirely self-taught. He clearly knows what he’s doing though, as evidenced not only by his pictures but also the list of equipment that he uses and his retouching techniques – all detailed on his website (where you can even access tutorials, lightroom presets and photoshop actions).

“I like to create … emotionally captivating pictures and my goal is to capture the feeling I had when I took the photograph” he says.

You can see more of his work on his website, on Instagram, and on Flickr.

Animal architecture

Written by David Neville

Photographer Ingo Arndt has travelled worldwide to produce these images of fantastic and often delicate constructions built by animals and insects. They were taken over a two year period for his book “Animal Architecture”.

See more on his website or find out more here.

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