This Guy Uses the Beach as His Canvas

Andre Amador | Playa Painting

San Francisco, CA

Ever been one of the lucky ones to view these beachscapes in person? Andre Amador creates these patterned designs in sand, on the beach, during low tide, using a good ol’ rake and a piece of rope. The challenge is how temporary the medium is – he’s got a couple hours until the tide comes in and washes it away, so there’s no time to lose.

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Oh yea, well ShinyBinary can show you how it’s done…

Nik Ainley, the artist of this amazing work has been producing these incredible works for various clients for ten (plus) years. The guy started out studying Physics, and what a WASTE that would have been to the art world if he had stuck with it. Instead, he discovered he was interested in the digital arts, and thankfully, decided to follow his passion.

Take a look at his work, and the detail that goes into it. When you get up close, you can notice all the finite textures in his playful compositions. The typography skills, his use of shapes, colors… very balanced and polished. The guy’s got talent, that’s for damn sure!

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Find out more about this talented artist here.

If you think this is cool, check out the complete portfolio here:

Buy the limited edition prints here:

This is how you can learn how it’s actually made:

Wanna see what those plug-ins can do in After Efx? Watch this…

I can tell you as an effects artist, he is definitely having some fun using Kaleidoscope, Fractals, Bulge, Mirror and a good many more to create these distortions. I’m sure with a couple more scans, I’ll be able to pick up a couple more filters. A lot of people use effects like they use the filters in Photoshop and it becomes pure abuse in torturing our eyes visually. Not with this guy though – Frank Beltran carefully chose the filters that would take the composition and visual interest to the next level, and to be frank, he nailed it!

Check out more of Frank Beltran’s work here: