Through its educational and creative art campaign TEN (opens in new tab), stock library Fotolia (opens in new tab) continues to make digital art accessible to everyone, and to promote digital artists from around the world.
Every second month, Fotolia brings together two internationally acclaimed artists – one photographer and one graphic artist – to collaborate on a joint piece of art. The art piece reflects their different cultures and artistic backgrounds, and reveals their unique vision of the future.
TEN’s latest artist duo is made up of two artists from the Far East: South Korean photographer Mi-Kyung Kim and Japanese concept artist Kenichiro Tomiyasu from Tokyo's INEI Studio (opens in new tab). And their piece, 'The Future Shangri-LA', reveals an intriguing vision of things to come.
In creating this dream of utopia from a Far-Eastern perspective, which mirrors western representations of the Garden of Eden, the pair aimed to blend together their cultures, techniques, styles and tastes.
The 'nature' element came from Mi-Kyung Kim, who had grown up on the green and luscious island of Jeju, while the 'supernatural' was INEI Studio's contribution, stemming from his interest in sci-fi and video games, a key part of Japanese culture.
These two opposing worlds are perfectly integrated in 'The Future Shangri-LA', where springs glowing with supernatural light are pictured alongside the tranquillity of nature beneath a starry sky.
Free PSD - limited time only!
On Monday 10 November the PSD file, including all the layers, filters, settings and resources the artists used, Mi-Kyung Kim’s photos and Fotolia’s images, can be downloaded for free at www.tenbyfotolia.com (opens in new tab). The photograph used to create the work, as well as 10 other pictures from the shoot, will be on sale on Fotolia's website (opens in new tab).
You can also follow these two artists on their creative journey – from their first meeting to the finished work – via a making-of video, which will be available on 10 November at www.tenbyfotolia.com (opens in new tab) and on TEN's official YouTube channel (opens in new tab). Meanwhile, you can view the teaser video below: