“Spirit”, By Jyri Straechav, 2014. 

Something a little less horror and a bit more “dark fantasy” or something. It was just an idea that I had, and here it is. I rather like how the surface turned out. I might (in other words: I will) use this technique again to work on my future pieces. Have to wonder what to do next, though… hmm…

“Archangel” By Jyri Straechav, 2013. Sculptris, C4D, Artrage, Photoshop

One of my best pieces, I think. It’s got all the right mythical and horrifying elements, with strong dose of surrealism. So I definitely really like this piece. It might be a good idea in future to spend a week thinking about my next piece as well. If this is an indication of the quality I get from just carefully approaching the idea - as opposed to laying it to paper as soon as I get it.

Anyway, I hope you all like it (at least) as much as I do. And thank you for patiently waiting for me to actually publish this. I’ll be back very soon. Next one is already in the plans.

“Hollow Wisdom”, By Jyri Straechav, 2014.

It’s done! I tried to move away from the square format a little bit, because I’ve been really stuck on that for ages now. Other than that, it was inspired by a picture I saw here on Tumblr of an art piece that had a woman with five eyes or so.

I looked at it and went “Hmmm”, and give me 16 working hours and here’s the result of that “Hmmm”. 

“Work In Progress”, Jyri Straechav, 2013.

Just a preview of the sculpture I am working on right now. It’s going to be a full-body shot and I am yet unsure of the title… We’ll see. Anyway, this is untextured and generally very rough version of the sculpture and only a part of it. 

I just figured the more easily bored people will be tired of waiting, so I rendered this shot for you so you can guess what’s going on in this one. Aside from the usual tentacles, of course.

Well, we’ll see on Saturday with the finished piece if all works out. 


I think it's fucking idiotic how quite possibly the best artist on this site gets so few notes on his work. Follow Straechav. Jyri is absofuckinglutely amazing. On top of his skill his latest pieces are done after his second stroke. Follow. Buy. Reblog. Whatever. This man deserves more recognition.

“Misery”, By Jyri Straechav, 2014.

So, I am more or less done with my brief “vacation”. But I am incredibly busy. I finished this piece on Saturday and I haven’t even looked at the possibility of starting a new piece of art - unlike usually. 

Like I said, I am incredibly busy. But I’ll do my best to push out some new art. I do have one VERY weird and unsettling piece that I started before this one, and I might start working on that one. I should freak some people out…

“Hands”, By Jyri Straechav, 2014. 

Yes, I know very unimaginative title but sue me. It’s late here. Also, I am thinking of doing a series of images about hands - so I am saving the better titles for those. If I get around to it.

These are the most detailed hands I’ve ever done. A lot of painting of small details and subtle color variations that are mostly invisible but do play a significant role in the overall effect.

Look at those details! Look at them, goddamnit. I spent hours on them… so pretty please? 

That said, yeah, more art coming. I can’t promise more this year, because it’s getting close to holiday season and I don’t know about my timeline. But I’ll do my best. 

Finally, yes, Dir En Grey’s new Arche album is awesome. Yeah. also, listen to The Atlas Moth, Old Man Gloom and Isis and you’ll hear 90% of my last month’s music.

“Disassembling Memories”, By Jyri Straechav, 2013. 3DCoat, Sculptris, C4D, Artrage, Photoshop.

There you go, my forays in to the abstract, surreal, and disturbing are starting to look a bit more what I want them to look like. It’s still a long way to my actualizing my real goal, but at least this 3D part is starting to work out.

I’ve been long trying to marry 3D art in to my digital painting techniques, and since I’ve wanted to go more towards surrealism, I figured that trying to make surreal art in 3D sounded like an interesting challenge…

Now, probably around when we hit September (or earlier, if we’re lucky) I’ll be starting to try to combine what you see here with my acrylics and watercolors. We’ll see what happens then. There’s still some technical hoops that I need to jump through before I can confidently try that.

Also, there might be an alternative view of this sculpture in the cards. If so, you can expect it early next week. Monday, Tuesday or something like that. I’ll keep you posted. 

I bet you won’t guess the angle, though.

“The Wretched”, By Jyri Straechav, 2013. 3Dcoat, Sculptris, MARI, Cinema4D, Photoshop

This is my best piece so far. That my opinion and I’m sticking with it. I really like it myself, and I hope everyone else enjoys it as much. I’m going to post an “alternative crop” of the piece tomorrow or Friday'ish. Saturday, I’ll probably post my next piece as well. I started working on it today.

I’m calling it “Possessed”. It’ll have some tentacles. Maybe more. Okay, probably a ginormous number of tentacles. Just wait.

The alternative crop of this piece will concentrate on the guy’s upper body so you can appreciate all the details I worked on for so long.

“The Malignant Growth”, By Jyri Straechav, 2013. Sculptris, C4D. Photoshop.

This represents a small step towards more surreal direction with much less emphasis on realism and anatomically correct human figures. That has been my real obsession for many years, but I am now trying to shake off my … need to be realistic. I want to go more surreal and disturbing, and a lot of that doesn’t necessarily work well with realism.

In the end I’d call this indirectly the most “Beksinski” esque painting I’ve ever done. Calling this piece a pure painting is a bit of a misnomer because it’s a sculpture that I then rendered and painted on top of in Photoshop. 

But it’s really the direction I want to go to, at least for a bit. So this is a start of a new series that I’ll call “The Forms of Madness” and it concentrates on me doing (digital) sculptures from scratch and then finishing them in Photoshop and posting them here. I’m also trying to go to (even) more surreal.