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Digital art & Photo-illustration

Colombian artist Marcela Bolívar is an illustrator and digital artist based in Cali, Colombia. Marcela has focused in digital art and photo manipulation since 2004. Her artworks all based on photographs go through a heavy process of transformation, assemblage and detail that puts them closer to a pictorial expression.

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Abiogenesis – © Marcela Bolívar

Marcela explain about her artwork “Buho”

“Buho” definitely makes part of that “dreamy” streak. Is no secret the immense fear I have for butterflies and my strong liking for masks (or the need to cover my face). Sooner or later I had to combine those two. “Buho” butterflies are pretty common in Colombia and I’ve always found them equally intriguing and scary. The evil eye meets its goal!

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Buho – © Marcela Bolívar

I wasn’t in the mood to spend days and days on a single image (call it “post-thesis trauma”) so these ones underwent a very similar and spontaneous process; first, color and lighting adjustments, then addition of new elements and finally a texture overlay from scans and brushes. Now after at least 5 months I can see how these experiments belong to the same world. I’ll keep doing photo-composites like these for sure, but for now I have more complex and juicy stuff in progress .

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Dissolution 2 – © Marcela Bolívar

Marcela explain about her Process in photoshop of “Sulfur II”

“Sulfur II” had a very chaotic, experimental and somewhat uncertain development that made me doubt about even recording this, but I’m glad I did because it shows exactly how part of my work can be too when I don’t have any sketch or concept in mind, just a vague atmosphere. What I wanted to picture was the moment before or after Sulfur III (I did that one first, haven’t shown it yet) where molecules attract each other to gather inside of her torso rising the temperature. So it was an ambiguous atmosphere what I had in mind, cold and warm but overall shimmering and tremulous. I used almost the same picture as in Sulfur IV and sometimes I regret this but as it was a close up more than a background display I think it works fine. – see the video below

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Sulfur II – © Marcela Bolívar

About – Marcela Bolívar

With a career in graphic design and a passion for photography and illustration, Marcela has focused in digital art since 2004. Her artworks all based on photographs go through a heavy process of transformation, assemblage and detail that puts them closer to a pictorial expression.

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Ash III – © Marcela Bolívar

Her images full of personal symbols and careful details are reflections of a human life that wanders between ordinary events and a subconscious world where nature and bodies talk through complex disguises.

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Mercury III – © Marcela Bolívar

Marcela has worked as an illustrator for musical projects and magazines and has been featured in various publications around the world.

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Mercury V – © Marcela Bolívar

Her bachelor’s degree project as a graphic designer Mercurio, Azufre y Ceniza was honored with cum laude recognition, and some of the artworks belonging to this series have also been honored in photography contests and magazines.

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The lake – © Marcela Bolívar

  • To see more images Digital art & Photo-illustration by Marcela Bolívar on Behance Network
  • If you wish to hire her for your personal or commercial project send her an e-mail at m4rcelab@gmail.com
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Written in waters – © Marcela Bolívar

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Name: Digital art & Photo-illustration
Type: DIGITAL ART, PHOTOGRAPHY
Year: varies
Technique: based on photographs go through a heavy process of transformation

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Artist: Marcela Bolívar, Cali, Colombia
Text Description: © Courtesy of  Marcela Bolívar
Images: © Marcela Bolívar

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