Isabella Morawetz

Isabella Morawetz, Maelstrom, Digital, Painting, Dark, Photoshop, Wacom

Isabella Morawetz’s ‘Maelstrom’ was part of my inspiration board on Sunday, but I fell so hard in love with her work that I thought it really deserved its own post. Her work is primarily digital, using Photoshop & a Wacom tablet, but it has such a beautiful painterly quality about it, it’s almost hard to believe.

I came across her ‘Maelstrom’ piece whilst browsing Tumblr, I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad that the person who had posted it had included the source! Does anyone else get as annoyed as I do with Tumblr for that? I swear, there’s nothing worse than seeing something amazing & having no idea where it came from or who made it! The colour palette, textured look & purposely unfinished bottom half reminded me so much of Francis Bacon’s work, being one of my absolute favourite artists it’s no surprise I loved it as much as I do. Whilst her other work is nowhere near as dark as this, and I would say this is my favourite piece, it is all equally as stunning. The attention to detail just blows me away & the mixture of textures, especially the use of the canvas-esque one, create such depth that at first glance you’d assume they were oils.

I used to do a lot of digital painting, but it has been such a long time since I last did any, as over the past few years my work gradually became more illustrative & less realistic. This has really inspired me to have a little play around with a more realistic digital style though, especially now I have my new Wacom. I’ve been meaning to paint more for a while & this way is so much less messy!

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14 Comments

  1. Posted 27.06.2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    wow these pieces are stunning. i am really impressed by what some artists can accomplish through digital means and you are so right about isabella. really stunning work. i think the last one is possibly my favorite piece. thanks for bringing my attention to this lovely artist. in terms of tumblr, yes it is sometimes really disappointing especially with film stills as well when the film looks so intriguing but i have no idea what film it is! also one of my photos was once reflagged without credit and had over 2000 reblogs. that was really demoralizing but i tried not to have too much vanity attached to it. then again, sometimes you just do not know the source. there are plenty of times i save images which were not sourced and then re-blog them later because i re-find them on my computer and love them. tumblr is a great and terrible thing, isn’t it?

  2. Posted 27.06.2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    *reblogged not reflagged! silly auto correct!

  3. Posted 28.06.2012 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    so inspirational. thanks for sharing!! :)

  4. Posted 28.06.2012 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    wow i really like her work. the first thing that struck me is the amazing use and interpretation of light. painting/drawing with a wacom is so much fun, i actually had one mid/late 90s that i used to mess around with but compared to the ones you get now, technology has come suchhhhh a long way! can’t wait to see what you paint with yours! fave is the last one as well ;)

  5. Posted 28.06.2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I really dig the photo’s of the lips – absolutely incredible. And like you, I too get frustrated when people don’t post the source for pics on Tumblr – I discovered tineye (as I save pics and occasionally tumblr some time later) which is great for that :)

  6. Posted 28.06.2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Her work is amazing indeed. And its really hard to believe that it is all digital! I love the second illustration!
    And yes I agree with you that tumblr is annoying because it does not tell you the source. That is why I love Pinterest!

  7. Posted 28.06.2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    These are so brilliant! I was almost completely fooled into thinking these were actual paintings, brilliant use of digital. I would absolutely love to get into digital painting, but don’t really know where to start… Francis Bacon is one of my favourite artists too, absolutely love that kind of streaky almost-unfinished looking style he uses. So perfectly sinister. I saw this piece in your previous inspiration post and I’m so glad you featured some more of her stuff!

  8. Posted 28.06.2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Very inspiring post. Your choices are always so stylish and refined!!!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  9. Posted 28.06.2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    These are amazing, she is clearly so talented!

    Maria xxx

  10. Posted 28.06.2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Like you said. It looks like oil painting! The first and last images are stunning! I wish I had the skill to do it.

  11. Posted 28.06.2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    wow these are just gorgeous! The second one is my favorite, it’s stunning and I love the colors. She is truly talented.

    http://www.pinsneedlesfashion.blogspot.com

  12. Posted 29.06.2012 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    You have a gorgeous blog…

  13. Posted 29.06.2012 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    beautiful, i love the 2nd picture.
    Xo Megan

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    Posted 29.06.2012 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    God, her work really is stunning! I’m so happy that you posted this because I am a huge art fan and I had never heard of her! I will definitely be pinning some of her pieces to my pinterest board! :)
    :)
    Allison
    A’s Fashion Files

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