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Meticulous digital work layers petals, leaves, and natural textures into fantastic creatures

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illustration
photography

#Animals
# birds
#Collage
#Digital
#Flowers
#Leaves
# Plants

March 9, 2021

Grace Ebert

Detail from “Kulu”. All images © Josh Dykgaaf, shared with permission

Melbourne artist Josh Dykgraaf has a critical eye for the correspondence of two seemingly different elements. In its ongoing Terraforms Series, autumn leaves turn into feathers, magnolia leaves twist into scales, and feathers form fins that buzz through water. Each illustration brings together flora and fauna into an entirely new fantastic creature, and it can take days to complete a single piece. The pair of Tawny Frogmouths, for example, achieve 55 hours and more than 3,000 shifts.

“My process of combining natural textures with animals is usually a bit like looking at clouds. As a kid, did you ever stare out of the clouds and see different shapes and forms between them?” Dykgraaf notes that he takes all of his own photos of the source materials on hikes or walks in his neighborhood. As soon as he returns to his studio, he carefully collages the extraordinary creatures and covers a closed beak with bark or an echidna with a regrown brush after the fires in East Gippsland.

In the coming months, Dykgraaf will switch to a series of portraits that will focus on indigenous people around the world. His digital works are included in The other art fair in Sydney from March 18th to 21st and the virtual editionUntil then, a larger collection of the elaborately constructed creatures can be seen Behance and Instagramand get a printout of his shop. (over Design boom)

Detail of “Tawu Tawu”

Detail from “Burooli”

“Bunyjul”

Detail of “Kulu”

Left: “Burooli”. Right: “Thaumus”

“Kulu”

“Tawu Tawu”

“Tjirilya”

#Animals
# birds
#Collage
#Digital
#Flowers
#Leaves
# Plants

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