Tempus Fugit

Dark Surrealism Digital Art

Tempus fugit Dark Surrealism Digital Art by Mario Nevado Art about life and death with skulls and sunflowers.

Tempus Fugit – Digital Art Making Of Video

New piece using matte painting and photobashing techniques in Photoshop. I created several base pieces using artificial intelligence generative art network Midjourney and brought them together.Then I added some digital painting and photography to the mix.In the end, it is the same process I use with my matte paintings. I just substituted the photos for generative images.

Tempus fugit is latin for “time flies”. I am 37 years old and I see that my youth is just starting to fade away (but just starting!). Sunflowers are my favourite plant, and since they represent the Sun, I have always seen them as a symbol of youth. Despite the dark looks of the illustration, I rather see it as an encouragement to live the moment and stay in the present. It’s not the first time I work on this concept. One of my first digital art pieces,  “Memento Mori” was about the same idea. Just younger. Flashier. Brighter. The total opposite to this one, aesthetically speaking. I think this artwork could be a nice partner in crime for a possible dyptich.


And you? Do you live in the present, the past or the future?

Tempus Fugit T-Shirts

I couldn’t resist to adapt this design to T-shirts as I wanted to wear it myself. You can find it on my Redbubble store! 


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Mario is a digital artist and art director that explores the depths of dark surrealism to deliver shocking cover visuals for bands, writers and filmmakers around the world. He's also a passionate instructor of color theory and image composition. In his free time, he sings and makes noise on his musical project, Nevado.