Nature with creative sparkles

Inspired by nature, Martijn Schrijver creates surreal digital artworks.

He expresses his imagination with Photoshop, passionately and skillfully incorporating animals into landscapes and other surroundings. Despite their realistic appearance, Martijn's images are surreal, as he often adds supernatural and humorous features.

Peacock treeby Martijn Schrijver
Tortoise Rocksby Martijn Schrijver
Cold Feet Hippo Rocksby Martijn Schrijver
Fish Rocksby Martijn Schrijver
Cheetah 4by Martijn Schrijver
Droplets of ladybugsby Martijn Schrijver
Cheetah birdsby Martijn Schrijver
Balance 3 - Jungle Jiggleby Martijn Schrijver
Lion Insideby Martijn Schrijver
Lazy puppyby Martijn Schrijver
Dino egg rockby Martijn Schrijver
Bull rocksby Martijn Schrijver
Gotchaby Martijn Schrijver
Repeat after meby Martijn Schrijver
Mother natureby Martijn Schrijver
Toucanaby Martijn Schrijver
Shark Islandby Martijn Schrijver
Dragon Rocksby Martijn Schrijver
Snactusby Martijn Schrijver
Shark Rocksby Martijn Schrijver

Idea first, image second

In the example below, I began by imagining and sketching the concept. Next, I looked for useful images, like stock photos. I combined the rocky parts of multiple images to compose the chameleon, applying Photoshop cloning, transforming, and blending to make it look natural.

Idea follows image

Sometimes, it's the other way around: an image provides inspiration and helps generate ideas. I often use existing elements from one or more images to create something new. Shapes, textures, or specific details, for instance, may be edited to create a surreal effect.

Clients / Adobe Photoshop

I partnered up with Adobe for exclusive artworks for their campaigns. Also, I was honoured to showcase my work on the Instagram page of Adobe Photoshop for an entire week (day 1,  2 ,  3 ,  4 ,  5 ). During that time, I spoke about my style, motivation, and technical aspects of photo editing.

Adobe Photoshop

Unesco

I also partnered up with The Ocean Agency and Adobe for featuring my work at creative exhibitions to draw attention to nature conservation. These physical exhibitions were located in e.g. Paris at the Unesco headquarters.

About

I’m inspired by nature and create surreal digital photo manipulations, expressing my imagination with Photoshop. Passionately and minutely, I incorporate animals into landscapes, among other things. My work may look realistic, but the supernatural and humorous additions render my work positively unreal.

Tangible daydreams

I can get very excited about an idea. When the enthusiasm surges through my body, I have no choice but to give in to it and transform a concept into a tangible creation. No matter how difficult or time-consuming.

While in creation mode, I need to feel that passion. If I don't, I go back to the drawing board, devising improvements and determining the right balance. It's an exciting and highly creative process - not just in terms of Photoshop skills but especially regarding design decisions, aesthetics, willpower, and passion. A well-worked out concept is highly satisfactory and an absolute joy.

Step into my world

I've always had an intense desire to create, and I greatly enjoy the favourable responses of people from all regions and ages. In addition, I have noticed that people seem to copy my way of thinking: once they see animals in random shapes and objects, there is no turning back. I'd like to convey this positive energy to as many people as possible.

I was honoured to showcase my work on the Instagram page of Adobe Photoshop for an entire week. (day 1,  2 ,  3 ,  4 ,  5 ). During that time, I spoke about my style, motivation, and technical aspects of photo editing.

Also, several of my creations have been used for UNESCO exhibitions to draw attention to nature conservation. This has given me great satisfaction.

Martijn Schrijver

I was born in Winterswijk, the Netherlands, in 1979 and raised in Aalten. Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to express my imagination. I took every opportunity to draw and build - whichever way I had in mind.

I became a Photoshop adept but looked beyond photo editing to improve and broaden my artistic skills. Travelling the world, I marvelled at the beauty of nature and architecture. Consequently, I developed an interest in aesthetics, design, and art, studied graphic design, and worked in the design industry. Since 2010, I have offered my services as a freelancer.

~ Martijn

Contact

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