Romanian artist, Octavian Mielu, has launched his unique 'Personalities Smoke Posters' crowdfunding campaign, depicting iconic public figures in eerie new light.
The famed personalities are: Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, Abraham Lincoln, Che Guevara, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Heath Ledger in his guise as The Joker.
The soft, misty edges of each design alludes to the haunting, impermanent, fragile nature of smoke, and the untimely deaths of many of those pictured only serves to add to the spooky, ghostlike aura.
Mielu comments: "Why smoke?  Because the lines are beautiful, the transparency forms different shades of black and grey and the lines of smoke make striking portraits".My posters give a whimsical look to well-known characters, casting an almost ghostly light on them. I use easily recognisable portraits, but take them to the next level with my distinctive smoky style."
The young artist is selling his work via crowdfunding platform, indiegogo. Each portrait is printed on high quality paper, and they can be ordered in four different sizes, ranging from small to extra large.
The posters are dispatched in protective cardboard tubes, with the exact dimensions and prices listed below:
- A3 - 11.7 x 16.5" (297 x 420 mm) $30
- A2 - 16.5 x 23.4" (420 x 594 mm) $40
- A1 - 23.4 x 33.1" (594 x 841 mm) $50
- A0 - 33.1 x 46.8" (841 x 1189 mm) $60
The complete range is also available at a discounted rate, dependent upon your preferred size.
Mielu says: "I love how these posters have turned out; they flow seamlessly, giving a deconstructed, abstract feel. This is a new, fun way of creating portraits and I would love to continue developing my work, but I need help with funding".
"If you're looking for something to hang on your wall - whether at home or in the office - these are guaranteed to spark conversation because they are rare pieces that really stand out."
Each portrait is carefully made with attention to details; it's a skillful process that requires equal measures of patience and creativity. The artist concludes: "These are beautiful and unique designs that I would love to share with you, so you can love them as much as I do."
For more information visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/personalities-smoke-posters.