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Extraordinary Ideas

By JoFriday 03rd March 2017

We pride ourselves on being the masterminds behind creating truly memorable moments. Fancy snorkelling and exploring sea caves on a canoe in Thailand? We have an infinite list of things to do in incredible places, that are ideal for creating those treasurable holiday memories.

We’ve been lucky enough to work with six extremely talented artists who each had unique artistic skills that captured the real ‘essence of extraordinary’. Let’s take a closer look at the work that they did and just how they did it…

Carolyn Roper

  • Twitter: @BodyPaintGirl
  • Instagram: bodypaintgirl
Carolyn Roper is a make-up artist and two-time World Bodypainting Champion. She has worked as a make-up supervisor on the X-Factor, and even has experience behind the scenes of films like ‘Dumb and Dumber To’! We thought Carolyn was the perfect candidate to help us create a visual masterpiece that would illustrate ‘extraordinary’ perfectly.
Though Carolyn usually works from photographs, studying tiny details in order to camouflage her models perfectly, she used the power of her own perspective when creating this beautiful image of a replica of ‘Palau de la Musica Catalana’, a concert hall in Barcelona.
“I really enjoyed working on the project with Royal Caribbean. The team were really great. From the pre-shoot organisation, to the actual day, everyone was incredibly friendly and lovely to work with, which always makes my job so much easier and more enjoyable! I popped back and forth to look at the model from a distance and check that the image was lining up correctly.
I’m a people person, and I love the interaction that you get working with a human canvas. Each project brings its own challenge. No two days are the same when working as a freelance body artist!”
You can find more of Carolyn’s extraordinary work here.

Patrick Cabral

Instagram: @darkgravity
Patrick Cabral is a freelance Art-Director based in the Philippines. He uses a number of different mediums, but specialises in 3D visual art, paper-cutting and type. He created this 3D masterpiece for us, which demonstrates perfectly that extraordinary moments are always waiting to be captured when you’re exploring with us!
Visit Patrick’s website to find out more about this extraordinary artist.

Ross Symons

Instagram: white_onrice
Ross Symons is an origami artist who used his handy skills to create this amazing stop motion video. Check out this tiny paper paddle boarder, out exploring Royal Caribbean style! This is what Ross had to say on his handy skills, as well as this extraordinary paper creation:

“I folded my first origami piece in 2002. It was the traditional origami crane or ‘tsuru’, in Japanese. My brother needed help with a project he was busy with, and he asked me to learn how to fold one. I just never stopped!


I get inspired really easily, and get a lot of my inspiration from the day to day things around me, as well as films. Particularly animations.


To create a stop-motion video with origami can take time, especially for the concept. For this particular piece, I had to design the character and elements in the video, which took about a week. To shoot, edit and put the music and sound with the video took another week and a half!”


We certainly think it was worth it! Find out more about Ross’ work here.


Sena Runa

Instagram: @senaruna
Sena Runa is a Quilled Paper Art genius! Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Sena enjoys bringing the colours of the world to light through her magical quilled creations. We think the intricate details in Sena Runa’s work perfectly demonstrate how sometimes, you have to look closely to discover life’s extraordinary moments. Sena’s work is vibrant, refreshing and exciting, and reminds us just how wonderful exploring and going out of your comfort zone can be.
Take a look at some more of Sena Runa’s work here.

Howard Lee

Howard Lee is a multidisciplinary artist based in Newcastle, who’s talented hands can create drawings so life-like, it’s hard to know where the reality begins and ends! Check out this astounding parasailing video and watch his beautiful illustration transform into a moving image before your very eyes. We spoke to Howard Lee about what it’s like being an extraordinary optical illusionist:
“I began working on drawing videos in early 2015 - a few months later, I'd developed this into a range of optical illusions. My first video to go viral was the ‘Hot Dog Drawing Challenge’, which aired on TV in a number of countries!
I've always been fascinated by realism and the illusion of photo realist painting. The video illusions I create have evolved out of the way we all interact online. It seemed like a natural progression to create a game or interaction where the viewer could engage with artwork. People who follow and comment on the work shape the way it goes forward; I always carefully consider feedback or suggestions.
Pieces like this one require a lot of accurate detail, and colour work can take 10 - 20 hours in the drawing phase. If you were to draw it onto a wall, for example, then it wouldn't take so long, but for the illusion and transition into video, you've really got to nail those colours and tones!”
Visit Howard Lee’s website to discover more of his work.

Ben Charman

Instagram: @Bencharmanart
Ben Charman certainly knows how to turn our ordinary lives upside down with his animation skills. Based in London, U.K, Ben is a short-form animator and artist. We love his stylistic approach to enhancing everyday life with visuals. What do you think? Do you fancy swapping the ordinary for something a little bit more rewarding? Watch as normal every day scenes are transformed into extraordinary moments that you can discover onboard with us.
Find out more about Ben Charman’s work on Instagram.
With over 260 holiday destinations, you too can make some extraordinary moments. We’ll help you to discover a world full of exciting opportunities and memories, that you’ll treasure for years to come.

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