“Stagnation”: An Illustrative Exploration of Modern Surrealism by Anastasiya Kraynyuk

Anastasiya Kraynyuk is a 3D artist, based in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. She has an architectural education, and architecture really inspires her. She works with various areas of visual design – covers, illustrations for articles, product advertisements and much more. In her works she trye to convey the mood created by space and light.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/stagnation-an-illustrative-exploration-of-modern-surrealism-by-anastasiya-kraynyuk/

Russian Photographer Takes Portraits With Real Animals And People Say Her Works Look Like They’re Straight From A Fairy Tale

These pictures are what dreams and fairytales are made of—Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova (previously) creates beautiful portraits that balance between the real and surreal. While she nails lighting, composition, and other important aspects of the craft, arguably the most impressive feature of Plotnikova’s work is her feature of animals that we aren’t used to seeing in fine-art photography. Like a bear. Or a moose.

While seemingly dangerous, these ideas were made possible with the help of professional animal trainers.

And even if Plotnikova includes a more “conventional” animal, the bond these creatures create with her models on set looks so strong, it’s like she has cast a spell on them.

Every pixel of Katerina’s photos radiates such rich mysticism, her work is absolutely enchanting.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/russian-photographer-takes-portraits-with-real-animals-and-people-say-her-works-look-like-theyre-straight-from-a-fairy-tale/

Cozy Past in Romantic and Nostalgic Paintings by Philipp Kubarev

Philipp Kubarev is the artist who soulfully depicts familiar images of the Soviet past, bringing back its warmth and romantic appeal. Nothing special – drinks, food, interiors… but it seems you feel the taste of those painted dishes, bubbles of champagne in the glass…

Member of the Moscow Artists Union (1998). In 1987, he finished the Moscow secondary school of arts under the Moscow State Art Institute named after V. Surikov. In 1991- 1993, he was studying in the Krasnoyarsk State Art Institute, and then until 1998 was a student of the Moscow State Art Institute named after V. Surikov. Member of more than one hundred exhibitions held all over Russia and in Moscow. The artist’s works can be found in many private collections.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/cozy-past-in-romantic-and-nostalgic-paintings-by-philipp-kubarev/

Before & After Pics Of Clients By This Makeup Artist From St. Petersburg

Makeup has attracted Ulyana Starobinskaya since her childhood. So in 2008, she decided that enough was enough and made a conscious decision to turn her passion into a career.

After 12 years in the industry, Ulyana has become really confident in her ability. Now, the makeup wants all of her clients to look like Hollywood beauties, whether they’re preparing for a wedding or just a casual photoshoot.

To show off her work, Ulyana posts before-and-after pictures of her clients, revealing the effect her makeup has on them.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/before-after-pics-of-clients-by-this-makeup-artist-from-st-petersburg/

“About What Never Happened”: The Superb Artworks of Dmitry Listov

Dmitry Listov is a young and talented graphics designer and painter, based in Russia. His works reflect life in Russia, as well as protest events. He also sells his work at NFT auctions.

“I see beauty where others see abomination.”

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/about-what-never-happened-the-superb-artworks-of-dmitry-listov/

“Gospel of the Dog”: Russian Ophthalmologist Creates Dark Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pencil Illustrations

Alexey Klepnev was born in 1961 in Ordzhonikidze (Vladikavkaz, Russia). In 1985 graduated with honors from the North Ossetian Medical Institute.

Ophthalmologist of the highest category, 35 years worked in the ophthalmological Center of the Ministry of Health of North Ossetia – Alania.

“I fell in love with drawing as a child, although no one at home drew. Inspired by rock music, mainly art rock: Led
Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd. Then there was a big break due to the worries of everyday life. About 10 years ago I felt the need to paint again, began to actively master information technology. Developed logos, vinyl album design for electronic music, music bars in Europe and even a science magazine in Scotland.”

More: Alexey Klepnev, Instagram, Behance

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/gospel-of-the-dog-russian-ophthalmologist-creates-dark-sci-fi-fantasy-pencil-illustrations/

“The Morning Is Not Good”: Artist Klim Novoseltsev Welcomes You Into His Surreal World of Strange Places and Horror Creatures

Klim Novoseltsev is an artist and musician originally from Kirovsk in the Murmansk region of Russia. He lives and works in St. Petersburg. His works are filled with the power of nature, sometimes animate or personified. There are references to biblical motifs, including eschatological ones, and, according to him, he does not like excessive esoterism in his work.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/the-morning-is-not-good-artist-klim-novoseltsev-welcomes-you-into-his-surreal-world-of-strange-places-and-horror-creatures/

The Spirit of Post-Apocalyptic Russia Through the Incredible Atmospheric Photographs of Alexander Sukharev

Russian photographer and urban explorer Alexander Sukharev likes to take pictures not only with his camera, but also mostly from the air with his drone: abandoned churches and military bases, monuments of socialist realism, crumbling houses in the lush blossom of the apple trees surrounding them, showing all the beauty and charm of the combination of death and life.

Apocalyptic philosophy is felt in almost all of Alexander’s works, and there is always time to reflect on the fact that human creations are often more beautiful than nature, but for the same reason they are incommensurable with a healthy existence on Earth.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/the-spirit-of-post-apocalyptic-russia-through-the-incredible-atmospheric-photographs-of-alexander-sukharev/

Russia’s only Woman Cosmonaut, Anna Kikina, Inspires One-Of-A-Kind Barbie Doll

Russia’s only active female cosmonaut has inspired the latest astronaut Barbie doll from Mattel’s campaign to inspire women.

Anna Kikina, 36, is set to become the fourth Russian woman to go into space with a fall 2022 mission to the International Space Station a decade after her admission to the cosmonaut corps.

h/t: themoscowtimes

Russia’s state space agency Roscosmos said Mattel has released a not-for-sale astronaut Barbie inspired by Kikina’s “talents, successes and personal qualities.”

The iconic doll, who got the makeover for Mattel’s “You Can Be Anything” role models campaign, is shown wearing blue training coveralls with Kikina’s name tag and a white Orlan space suit with Roscosmos patches.

“I didn’t dream of becoming a cosmonaut as a child. But if I had an astronaut Barbie doll, then the idea of becoming one would have for sure been born in my head back then,” Kikina said.

“Not every girl playing with this Barbie has to want to become an astronaut. The most important thing is that they all know that they have a choice,” she added.

Mattel first released a Miss Astronaut Barbie in 1965, two years after cosmonaut and current Russian lawmaker Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.

Astronaut barbie dolls have since been released every decade between 1985 and 2019, according to the space history website collectspace.com.

The doll inspired by Kikina will be given out in a contest dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Soviet launch of the first crewed space flight, the outlet quoted cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev as saying.


SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/russias-only-woman-cosmonaut-anna-kikina-inspires-one-of-a-kind-barbie-doll/

Customized “Pioneers” and the Road of Life

Narrow-gauge line is the relic of the industrialization century, and such vehicles of simple construction randomly appeared in the remotest corners of the world. They carried people and loads in deep taiga or ore mines. With no exaggeration, they were moving for life.

h/t: englishrussia

This narrow-gauge line in Ural was built in late XIX century to become the longest one in the world. It connecred some dozens of settlements with civilization, that is why people called it “the road of life”.

And such motorcars became the most convenient method of transportation. TD-5U “Pioneer” also known as “mad stools” were produced in the 50s, the maximum speed of the vehicles reached 37 mph (60 km/h). It has always caused many accidents. People used to make their own customized “pioneers”, added different features thereto – for example an engine of a motorcycle “Minsk”. Wealthier families could have several “pioneers”. Sons inherited them from fathers but also made their own to prove their maturity.






SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/customized-pioneers-and-the-road-of-life/