At first glance, the work of Sofia Crespo may resemble the 18th century renderings of Louis Renard or Albertus Seba but a closer look reveals disturbing alien glitches in the natural world: conjoined fish, featherlike blooms and malformed wingless insects.
Entitled ‘Artificial Natural History’, the project uses artificial neural networks to generate the illustrations, which Crespo describes as a form of ‘Renaissance humanism’:
Our visual cortex recognises the textures, but the brain is simultaneously aware that those elements don’t belong to any arrangement of reality that it has access to…
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‘Wonderfurryland’ by Malaysian illustrator and cat lover Kamwei Fong – not just a portrait of cats in various emotional and physical states but a gruelling exercise in rendering fur density, the detailing of which took the artist a month to complete.
Artworks by French chimérologist Camille Renversade: mythical and fantastical creatures depicted and directed in the style of vintage Deyrolle illustrations.
Available as prints here.
The mechanically operated flip books of artist Juan Fontanive, wherein 4-colour screen prints of 18th and 19th century natural history illustrations are extrapolated to contour the effect of birds hovering and in flight.
More of his work here.
The deep space visions of science fiction illustrator and ‘world builder’ Pascal Blanche.
MORE: An Interview with Pascal Blanche (Sci-Fi-O-Rama)