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Creativity and Innovation Day Takes a Whimsical Turn with Photoshop

The task: Each of the three artists had to create one part of an imaginary animal.

The head

For the head, Luisa Azevedo harnessed her magical style to come up with this adorable Tree Deer. A self-taught, digital artist from Portugal, Luisa is most known for the dream-like photo manipulations she creates and posts on her Instagram account. Luisa has been fascinated and curious about art since she was a child, but only discovered her passion for digital art at the age of 15, when she first started using Photoshop. Currently, she is majoring in Multimedia Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.

When she sat down to work on this design, all she knew was that she was going to be creating the head of a creature. With no other prompts, she set to work. Taking inspiration from flora and fauna (simply put, plants and animals) and evoking springtime vibes, Luisa says, “I wanted to create something that reflected my love for nature, as well as my own style, so I decided to give a new twist to an animal we all know.”

And voila: the head was complete! But Luisa had no idea what the final creature would look like.

The body

The body of the creature was up to Julien Tabet. This 21-year-old French student got his start in digital art a little over a year ago, stumbling upon it totally by chance. He began learning to use Photoshop to improve his general skills, but ended up getting hooked! It soon became part of his daily life.

With a lifelong love of wildlife, creating images of animals comes naturally to Julien. But, he admits, “imagining only the body of an animal without seeing the head or legs was a real challenge.”

Julien usually draws inspiration from an animal’s physical characteristics and behavior. For this collaboration, he chose to base his work around meerkats, who he finds very amusing. “For me,” he shares, “this represents a little bit of the madness of the animal kingdom.”

The legs

Andy Häggkvist was tasked with creating the legs of this creature. Growing up in a small town in northern Sweden, Andy was surrounded by rich forests and wildlife. Now, Andy draws much of his creative inspiration from his countryside beginnings. He dedicates his life to his passion for creating animal art with a message – or, ”art with heart” as he likes to call it. Andy shares, “Using the power that art contains, combined with the power of social media, I think there is an opportunity for me as an artist to make a movement for this important cause.”

In brainstorming his creature’s legs, Andy says, “My goal was to create something inspired by elements our dazzling world has to offer. I wanted to make an artistic visualization of how nature is connected – a circular flow of animals, plants, flowers, trees, sky, and ground, all in beautiful balance and harmony.”

Putting them all together

At the onset of this collaboration, none of the three artists imagined this creature would turn out the way it did. All they had to work with was their own imagination and creativity. Out of three entirely distinct styles, one surprisingly cohesive creature emerged.

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