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Being in the graphic design field, I have always been intrigued to learn about various forms of artwork. Lately I came across a concept that left me spellbound…Shadow Art. Shadow Art has its root from the art of shadowgraphy, a skill of creating images using hand shadows. This technique was commonly used in Far East countries like China in shows to entertain people using hand shadows.

With the passage of time and the invention of electricity, shadow art has adopted several forms. Shadow art using a light source is one of the modern tricks these days. The contemporary shadow art technique relies on light source proceeding from the smallest possible point on an object. These objects can vary from human beings to artworks created from junk and scrap metal. The concept behind shadow art is careful placement of objects so that they reveal a meaningful message in the shadow when light filters through them.

Several illusionist and artist have mastered in the field of creating shadow sculptures. Many websites showcase shadow art that belong to various artists but fail to mention all of them. But after careful research, I have collected the masterpieces of four creative artists and have accredited each of them respectively. These include Fred Eerdekens, Kumi Yamashita, Tim Noble & Sue Webster and Shigeo Fukuda.

The following 20 shadow sculptures are hard to believe and captivating at the same time. So guys just have a look at these scintillating artworks and get amazed.

 

• Shadow Art by Tim Noble & Sue Webster:

 

Shadow Art 1

Shadow Art 2

Shadow Art 3

Shadow Art 4

Shadow Art 5

Shadow Art 6

Shadow Art 7

Shadow Art 8

 

• Shadow Art by Fred Eerdekens:

 

Shadow Art 9

Shadow Art 10

Shadow Art 11

Shadow Art 12

Shadow Art 13

 

• Shadow Art by Kumi Yamashita:

 

Shadow Art 14

Shadow Art 15

Shadow Art 16

Shadow Art 17

 

• Shadow Art by Shigeo Fukuda:

 

Shadow Art 18

Shadow Art 19

Shadow Art 20

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. Beth On December 13th, 2011 at 10:19 am
    1

    Wow, these are unbelievable. Some are so amazing they almost seem fake. Wow. What incredible work. Thanks for the post!

  1. Adam @ Pixelbot Creative On December 13th, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    2

    These just blow my mind. I love trying to deconstruct them mentally in order to determine which part of the sculpture creates which part of the shadow. These are all incredibly impressive.

  1. Image Masking On December 14th, 2011 at 11:59 pm
    3

    Great shadow art collection, i like your post very much. Thanks for sharing !!

  1. Sam for Life Insurance On December 15th, 2011 at 5:46 pm
    4

    Amazing use of shadows! I’ve seen some rather inspiring things here today. Its been a while since my jaw actually dropped. I do have a question however, do you know if any of these transposed the image of a shadow from a picture onto the background in photoshop? I just can’t believe these were all made with no photoshopping involved! :O

  1. Freelance Illustrator Stina Jones On December 18th, 2011 at 7:08 pm
    5

    Great showcase. These are incredible!

  1. Alec On December 19th, 2011 at 7:06 am
    6

    I think this article is outstanding as it includes beautiful piece of shadow art. It has been seen that shadow art is a unique form of sculptural art where the 2D shadows cast by a 3D sculpture are essential for the artistic effect. I personally believe the information you have provided in this article is innovative.

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    [...] is a ton of cool artwork (<– click it) to check out, as well as tips for graphic designers (and those of us trying [...]

  1. mercadeo internet On December 31st, 2011 at 5:53 pm
    8

    Light and shadows visually define objects. Before you can draw the light and shadows you see, you need to train your eyes to see like an artist.

  1. marwa On January 14th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    9

    Amazing..

  1. David On January 30th, 2012 at 6:26 am
    10

    I love these because they are paintings with light and shadow, instead of paints. So carefully composed and elegantly simply when you see the shadows that are cast, but jumbled and chaotic when you see the object creating them

  1. 99designs Reviews On January 31st, 2012 at 12:40 am
    11

    Outstanding creative skills. I am very inspired and couldn’t imagine how the trash junks are arranged or positioned so as to create such a beautiful shadows artwork. These are really amazing.

  1. New Web Templates On January 31st, 2012 at 4:14 am
    12

    What a mind-blowing idea to make something new with junk and useless material!! Kumi Yamashita’s shadow artwork is fantastic. Unique idea and beautiful presentation :)

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  1. China Design Hub On April 6th, 2012 at 12:02 am
    14

    Wow incredible piece of illusion art!


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