by Max Mitenkov
The unusual work introduces us to a futuristic atmosphere. The focal points in the graphic are the portal and the dog that comes out of it for a walk on a leash. In the background is a forest surrounded by fog, and the atmosphere seems slightly intimidating. However, the very idea of using portals to walk dogs in the future seems quite amusing. This contrast gives the work an original feel and definitely stops the viewer in their tracks. Thanks to the dynamic action, we are left to wonder who is standing on the other side of the portal, and will they also come out behind the dog?
Attention to detail and technical execution are also strengths of the work. The viewer can admire the many shades of grey, focus on the mist, the outlines of the trees, the portal and the dog. Finally, look at the sky which has the colour of pastel pink. Everything works together and satisfies the viewer’s eyes.
digital artist / illustrator
Max Mitenkov is a Minsk-based illustrator and artist. He studied advertising design at Minsk University. He became interested in illustration on his own and decided to educate himself in this direction. He started working as a freelance illustrator in 2005. His works have appeared in advertisements, publications, and on book covers, including those of HarperCollins Publishing House. In 2012, he received the Special Jury Award at the 6th SICAF’12 International Digital Cartoon Contest, Seoul, Korea. He has repeatedly participated in exhibitions, the most recent being the European art fair NFT Crypto Art Island.
In his artworks, he expresses his vision of the world through an atmosphere of surrealism. The post-apocalyptic motif recurs more than once in his works, emphasized by the gray color palette, which he also uses frequently. The artist strongly focuses on the mood that emanates from his works. Often it has a vanitative character.
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