French photographer and artist Thomas Lamadieu AKA Roots Art has come up with a creative way to make the most of his photography. He first takes a picture of the space in between buildings, which he then uses as a canvas for his playfully creative illustrations.
In an interview, Lamadieu said: “The sky drawings series really started with as a way of playing with my imagination to show how these seemingly empty spaces in the urban environment could be reinterpreted in different and creative ways.” The French artist also adds: “The bearded man in my images stands for the sky itself, the big man in the sky, but it’s not meant to be religious in any way.”
in his quest to find the perfect sky canvas for his illustrations, Lamadieu has visited Canada, Belgium, South Korea, the United States and Germany. He first captures the vertical shot using his fish-eye lens camera. He then uses MS Paint to illustrate these humorous characters in surreal scenes. The results are these amazing doodles in the sky. Check them out for yourself below!
1. Lamadieu’s original shot (left) and after it is transformed into ‘sky art’ (right).
2. A bearded figure rides a cat in between the buildings.
3. A black and white illustration of an owl looks down upon this oval shaped void.
4. A drawing of a couple embracing behind a grinning cat fills the gap where the sky would have originally been.
5. A man spray painting clouds on a canvas fills the skyscape in this photograph taken in a courtyard.
6. The fifth wall.
7. An illustration of a man playing an electric guitar fills the sky space in this photograph.
8. A masked man holding a Jack in the box toy overlooks this snap between two brick buildings and a washing line.
9. An image of a man holding a Polaroid of a smiling cloud is superimposed onto a shot of town houses.
10. Beautiful Sky Art in Berlin, Germany.
11. Chat Perché dans le ciel de Gérone.
12. Dans le ciel de Gérone.
13. Dans le ciel de Hong Kong.
14. Dans le ciel de Londres 2015 — in London, United Kingdom.
15. Dans Le Ciel De Marbourg.
16. Trippy Sky Art in Marbourg.
17. Dans le Ciel de New York.
18. Dans le ciel de Seoul.
19. Design á Hong Kong 2015.
20. Gyeongju ll.
21. It’s difficult to tell which way is up thanks to this clever and confusing illustration.
22. Joyeux Noël.
23. Painting the moon at New York.
24. Sky Design 2014 New York.
25. Lovely Sky Art.
26. A beautiful face in the sky.
27. SkyFace á Paris 2015.
28. The distorted angle of this photo combined with sea illustration make it a mind-bending photo to look at.
29. This sky shot has been transformed into a clever optical illusion thanks to Lamadieu’s illustration.
30. Three characters draw their own illustrations in an inverted sky shot.