After being wowed by Yulia Brodskaya's quilled paper portraits, I was curious to learn more about other artists working with simple paper and found the work of Eiko Ojala's landscapes on Behance. Ojala's Vertical Landscape shows a mountain scene featuring birds, bears and deer in a winding river valley leading to a quaint cabin. I couldn't comprehend how he managed to get so much detail and perfect depth with paper, until I found this post on This is Colossal that explains that Ojala isn't using paper at all! Instead, he does all of his illustrations digitally by hand. His technique is so good I was convinced this was paper artwork. He draws the shadows, too, but sometimes incorporates real shadows which he has photographed.
Well, I had a big point I was going to make about how nice it is to find artists that can create so much depth and meaning with so little materials, as I did with Yulia Brodskaya work. Since that isn't exactly the case, my new reason for posting these is that with this crazy heat wave we're all suffering, hopefully Eiko Ojala's snowy landscape photos will cool you a bit. One can hope, right?
See the still remarkable detail below. And find more of Ojala's art here.