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Contemporary Islamic art as a means to connect the past, present, and future

Islamic art's parameters have gone beyond the traditional definitions over the past few years. Museums, private collectors, and gallery curators have paved the way towards a more contemporary age of works coming from the Middle East. Islamic artists have started to garner inspiration from a variety of sources: their own culture and traditions, as well as modern life. They use techniques, ideas, and imagery that date back to past centuries. In the images that you'll see below, you'll see these conventional methods almost "reinvented" by expressing more modern subjects and ideas. Doing this, in a way, "frees" the artists from Islamic patronage and functionality, as their predecessors were once constrained. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been active in acquiring and preserving these pieces of contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic art, believing that the art's relevance lies not simply as "art", but also as a means to explore the culture and...
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Chinese folk art created on Apple devices now available for free download

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple has posted (in select regions) digital artwork depicting Chinese New Year traditions. The folk art has a modern twist to it, and each piece boasts of bold and bright colors. Each one can be downloaded for free for iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers. The tech giant has commissioned five local artists to create the special project, including Victo Ngai who created Lucky Rooster with the Apple Pencil and Procreate on iPad Pro, editing her work on a MacBook pro for finishing touches. Eszter Chen created Joyful Reunions using Photoshop and Illustrator on iMac and MacBook Pro. The rest of the series were made using Photoshop and Illustrator: Zhou Fan's Rich Harvest, Ye Hongxing's Peaceful Home, and Jiang Shan's Fortune Flows. You can download the free Chinese New Year-themed wallpapers on your Apple device, or learn more about the art series on Apple's official post. ...
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Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
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American artist creates delicate flower and geometric sketches, the result is truly inventive

Flory Huang is an American artist who relocated to Vancouver recently, carrying some of her best art along. Her works include awe-inspiring sketches of flowers mixed up with various geometric shapes, where the canvas are different bodies. You can definitely see a flair of inventiveness right away. Huang admits that she thrives the most when she is looking for new, strong ways of expressing her ideas. In this process, she is able to inspire other people and help them with their needs. In fact, she is not just an artist. She is also a coach and consultant, and does work for corporate firms and companies requiring visual design. She works with visual art, branding, strategy, design, content creation, coaching, leadership, user experience, project management, and even sales! Talk about a one-woman machine! See more of her on social media (Tumblr and Instagram). ...
Architecture

Unique cover art by legend M.C. Escher for most beloved classic books

M.C. Escher is one of the rare left brain-inclined artists of all time. Even long after his passing, his works continue to grace the cover of books, magazines, nonfictions, and even albums. For this reason, many publishers use his art for books that they think can be marketed towards the more "logical" of the reading audience, since the artist spent half of his career in mathematics and the other half in art. His pieces depict possibly unseen worlds through his lithographs, mezzotints, and woodcuts - using concepts from math to reflect "infinity" in ways no other artist has been able to. He made the viewer think and ponder, not just appreciate aesthetic. This Dutch artist has been published in who knows how many nonfiction publications, fantasy and sci-fi magazines, and of course, has had his work used as cover art for the most renowned books of our time. These include one edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, and George Orwell’s 1984...
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Abrams releases ‘The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ after the film’s success

"The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is yet another addition to the roster of art books published by Abrams Books. It will chronicle the visual art of the film and story's creation. We will see how they conceptualized and developed these new worlds, vehicles, weaponry, and characters. Rogue One is the very first movie in the Star Wars series, timeline-wise. So fans will absolutely appreciate learning more about it behind the big screen. It will come in a similar format as the previous book, "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Fans will enjoy the same unlimited access to hundreds of sketches, initial storyboards, concept paintings, matte paintings, and designs for characters, vehicles, and costumes. This book shall become the ultimate guide for the ultimate fans to the imagination and art behind this latest chapter in the global franchise. It was created and developed by Josh Kushins (author), Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont (co-production designers),...
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Talented artist plays with pencils, creates realistic drawings of celebrities and animals

Tal Giat is an artist, illustrator, and designer from Israel whose profile on Dribble.com says that he enjoys "playing with vectors". His earlier posts definitely show this, although his more recent pieces show him dabbling with pencils and realistic drawings. You can see his Rihanna piece, which took him 20 hours to complete; his Lana del Rey piece (on brown paper, using white pencil), which took about 15 hours to finish; a crying kid, which took about 12 hours; and an American Gothic Christian Bale (with and without blood); among many others. If you are a fan of portraits or sketches of celebrities (or actual persons, in general), then you would be amazed by his work. You can see more of him and his work on his website, which is quite a unique and interactive page filled with design aspects. He is also on social media - Instagram and Facebook. ...
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Lui Ferreyra’s colorful portraits defined by striking geometry

Putting a whole new shine on the art of portraiture, Lui Ferreyra uses polygonal and circular shapes to add depth to colorful works. Hands and faces are glamorously captured by Ferreyra in a series of portraits that aims to explore the connection between seeing and speaking. Every inch of the portraits is defined geometric edges and shapes that clearly differentiate the various parts of the subject. The artists writes, "The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself," and poetically adds, "Surface and window, at and through, like language which points both at the world and back at itself." Check out some of Ferreyra's works below and find more on Instagram and Facebook. ...
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Multimedia artist taps into the powerful effects of ‘Transformational Makeovers’

Erica Prince is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn. She is the genius behind Transformational Makeovers, the product of exploring her real-life experiences of making over her friends. It all began as an honest, simple hobby. In the end, she began considering herself as a creator of inanimate images and objects. After a long time, she realized that make-up can become a BIG part of her art, especially when she saw how her friends acted and felt differently after she made them up. This reaction made her understand that this was something powerful. So, she started experimenting with different colors and materials on human flesh. She found herself lost in the psyches of the subjects, letting her find a clearer perspective on that very person. Prince clarifies that the process is "not about beauty" but instead, it is a project that acknowledges the humanity of the participant by letting their guards down and letting an artist make them her blank canvass. See more of her...
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Popular artist draws Pokemon wearing costumes of other Pokemon

An artist who goes by the screen name It's Birdy has made drawings worth taking a second look at. These sketches go back to 2013, but since we are all pretty much in a huge Pokemon craze these days, it won't hurt to see these nice little pieces of art. The concept is simple - it's Pokemon dressed as other Pokemon. It's as if you're going to attend a cosplay event if you were a Pokemon going with other Pokemon. Is it too much Pokemon? That would be a judgment call. After all, most of us can't get enough Pokemon.  In the following images, you'll see baby (unevolved) Pokemon dressed up as their older (evolved) selves, i.e. Bulbasaur dressed as Venosaur, Squirtle dressed as Blastoise, and so on. It's a shame there aren't more of these pictures in the circulation these days. Fans would surely love to have them on apparel while playing Pokemon GO! See more of It's Birdy's works on Instagram or on this slideshow. ...
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Illustrative acrylic works created on wood cut pieces

Wood and paint seem to blend well together as seen in Meni Chatzipanagiotou's fabulous paintings. The Greek illustrator produces wood cut painted illustrations with acrylic, gouache, and pens as part on an ongoing series. Her work carries a particular aesthetic that can be likened to those elaborate ones found on old archived parchment paper, while also combining a little bit of expressionist style. The paintings span a variety of subjects from fantasy and surrealism to science fiction. Check out some of her paintings below and if you're interested in purchasing a few of her wonderful woodcut pieces, they available in her shop. ...
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Artist shares work on potential Harry Potter magazine cover

Abi Daniel, an artist based in Texas, is sharing some previews for her work that may end up in a "potential" and "future" Harry Potter magazine. Fans of the franchise will fall in love with these pieces - and not just because of the context (Expecto Patronum!) but also since they are just exquisite paintings. Daniel used watercolor on the pieces and was given the suggestion of adapting the particular scene (when Harry conjured a stag Patronus using the Time Turner). Incidentally, she had already been thinking of the same scene even before they suggested it to her - so she naturally got on board right away. She loves watercolor. However, she admits that she made a pre-paint composition prior to making sure there are no necessary paint-overs or take-backs during the process. You can see her works on Instagram. She also has her own website for her art. ...
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Cuban artist fills Havana with melancholic street art

If you want to see some haunting street art, then you better take a look at the old buildings of Havana, Cuba. An artist is filling the country's capital with amazing art. Yulier Rodriguez is a craftsman with his subject of choice being alien creatures. But these aren't your typical sci-fi baddies - they give out a certain air of melancholy. It's almost terrifying to a point. Because the city has a lot of abandoned buildings, Rodriguez took them as a blank canvas of sorts. This sort of derelict graffiti is common in nearby cities, but this is more novel to Havana. Rodriguez signs his artwork with "Yulier P." You'll find several alien-like work featuring gigantic heads and beamy eyes. The artist claims they are fables, or "souls" - suffering and wandering and wondering. Are they in pain? Are they contemplating over their life? Who's to say? It's up to the audience to create his own interpretation. One thing is for certain - they are definitely not too happy. See his work on Instagram...
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R.L. Stine to write five issues of Man-Thing comic books for Marvel

R.L. Stine is best known for his hit series, Goosebumps. For a while now, he has been teasing his fans that he will soon delve into comic book writing. With his impressive science fiction portfolio, it's surprising to learn that this will be his first comics project. It is now confirmed that he will be working with Marvel Comics. Apparently, the comic book giant has offered him a plethora of titles to work on, but the author had his eyes set on one particular character: Man-Thing. And this is not hard to understand why, given the genre of his previous works. The 73-year-old veteran author will work on a five-issue series. He says that his inspiration for the title will come from classic horror comics, such as Weird Terror and Tales from the Crypt. The 5-issue Man-Thing series will feature cover art by Tyler Crook and interior illustrations by Daniel Johnson and German Peralta. ...
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Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
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Illustrator combines birds and demonic things to create quirky works

Birds can be funny, right? That much is clear from artist Vorja Sánchez's latest illustrations. The Barcelona-based illustrator creates surreal paintings with all kinds of birds at the center of each piece. What sets his work apart are the subtle hints of hilarity peppered across the canvas.  The fact that the birds aren't normal at all adds to the humor - they're a cross somewhere between dinosaur and demons. Each piece is made using a variety of mediums from pen to watercolor. Check out some of his work below and find more of his artwork on Facebook and Instagram. ...
Architecture

Architect sketches iconic cities onto moon-sized spheres

Is it me or is this trend of making planet-shaped photos going viral? Amer TendToTravel is a London-based architect with an amusing ongoing series called, "Globes," in which the architect sketches iconic landmarks of popular cities into moon-sized spheres. It's like you're looking at them through a fish-eye lens. The skyscrapers range from cities like Paris, Hong Kong, and Melbourne. The use of focal points is wonderful here as your eyes travel from one building to the next, admiring the exquisite details put into each piece. Check out some of the globes below and find more his website and Instagram. ...
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Hilarious drawings from a 6-year-old turned into Photoshop art by dad

Kids can teach us loads about being imaginative and creative. They can also inspire a collection of hilarious digital manipulations. Six-year-old Dom's dad happens to be an artist and is now turning Dom's adorable doodles into Photoshop'd art. As part of the collaborative project called, "Things I Have Drawn," the father and son duo draw misshapen dolphins, wobbly vehicles, laughing lions and other wacky stuff. Dom's father also makes up hilarious rhymes to go with the drawings, giving them an almost storybook quality. Check out some of the drawings below and follow the pair on Instagram for regular updates.  ...
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Dina Brodsky’s stunning sketchbook combines watercolor and pencil art

These watercolor and pencil drawings by Dina Brodsky are a match made in heaven. The artist's sketchbook is filled with glorious renderings of architecture, wildlife, and people. The drawings are detailed and done in pencil amidst a plethora of gorgeous cursive handwriting. Each scene is further brought to the foreground by multicolored layers of watercolor, gouache, gold leaves, and objects Brodsky has discovered during her travels. Her recent exhibition "The Secret Life of Trees" was held at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in NYC. Check out some pages from Brodsky's sketchbook below and find on her Instagram and on Etsy. ...
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The detail in Taylor Mazer’s dark illustrations is eye-melting!

How on Earth does Taylor Mazer make these extremely detailed sketches with just a micron pen? The Michigan-based freelance illustrator is a master of making dark alleyways and facades look so photogenic, you'd think they were photographs. Detailed brick by brick, Mazer's micron pen illustrations set in the Midwest, when viewed up close reveal a truly time-consuming process. Mazer is currently attending Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. Check out some of his illustrations below and find more of his work on Behance or Instagram. If you're interested in prints, head on over to his shop.  ...
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These strange animal clusters by Marco Mazzoni will freak you out!

Marco Mazzoni delivers perfectly bizarre illustrations to his audience. Making them at first believe they're looking at concentrated nests of flora and fauna. Upon closer inspection, the viewer discovers fish and amphibian creatures protruding from within. The Italian artist uses cool pastels of purple, blue and pink throughout his drawings. His most recent collection, titled "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mental Diseases," recently became part of a group exhibition at at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. Check out some of drawings below and find more of his weird animal clusters on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. ...
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Chinese artist recycles cardboard to create whimsical drawings

One man's trash can be another's canvas. For one Chinese artist, discarded cardboard pieces become a medium for beautiful still-life drawings. The artist wanders the streets of Dali, in the Yunnan Province of China, looking for bits of cardboard that have been thrown away. The artist then takes the discarded pieces and draws the environments in which the piece was found. The works span black and white sketches to full-fledged color drawings featuring homes and cityscapes. The finished artworks are then left in their original locations. Wenyi said, “I want people to see art in our everyday life." Check out some of his illustrations below! ...
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Children’s scribble and doodles converted into premium-quality jewelry

Those childish doodles are more artistic and fashionable than you ever thought thanks to Turkish jewelry company, Tasarım Takarım. The project was founded two years ago by artists Yasemin Erdin Tavukçu and Özgür Karavit, and converts children’s doodles into wearable jewelry. Turning a simple, often overlooked, doodle into a timepiece fascinated the two, sparking a venture that has lead to a number of premium necklaces and showpieces inspired by children’s works. Each piece is unique and handcrafted in order to replicate the scribbles. Check out some of the pieces below, and head on over to Instagram and Etsy to see more and pick a few up for yourself! ...
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Tiny graphite illustrations explore surreal, terrifying dreamscapes

Size doesn't matter to Mateo Pizarro. His graphite illustrations are hardly larger than a match. The Colombian artist's latest series, called “Micro-Barroque”, is all about telling stories through tiny graphite scenes that are sometimes surreal and other times, terrifying. Each drawing packs incredible detail. In another series, “Bestiary of Improbable Animals”, Pizarro tackles the more macabre and unsettling nature of mythical creatures. Check out some of his illustrations below, and find more on Instagram and Behance. ...
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From magazines to murals: 7 lettering projects

Illustrator, designer, and mural artist Tobias Hall has been focusing on lettering and typography. In an interview, he said, “My aim is to become very much a one-stop shop for all styles of lettering, rather than focusing on one particular style.” Having graduated from university in 2010, Hall is currently based in London, and his clients have included clients like Netflix, Vodafone, Toyota, Time Magazine, and KFC. Like most freelancers, he finds pricing to be one of the most difficult parts of his job, but now that he has gained some success, he has hired an agent to save himself from that part of the process. Check out the video timelapse below that reveals the work that goes into an end product that appears so simple. ...
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From math to murals

The artist, Katy Ann Gilmore, has a unique background. Having studied both art and mathematics in college, the influence of geometry is evident in her precision linework. Using a grid of finely textured patterns, the varied spacing and shapes evoke a three-dimensional image where mountains curve or fabric drapes and folds. The line drawings and murals by Los Angeles-based artist reference landscapes and topography. But in addition to topography, she says she is currently interested in the “relationship between 2D, perpendicular planes and their distortions into 3D space.” ...
Fashion

9 classic sneakers, each drawn using a single continuous line

Is there a classic sneaker design that you have a fondness for? Maybe it’s a beloved pair of Adidas, or maybe it’s some rocking converse high-tops? Or maybe you even call your favorite pair by a different name such as tennis shoes or gym shoes? Paris based design studio Differantly has created a set of “Memorable Sneaker” illustrations using a single continuous line. Set off by a single swash of watercolor, these loose sketches are minimalist interpretations of footwear. “We are very attached to this drawing technique as it obliges to make strong choices and seek for efficiency with as less as possible,” said the designers. “Even though our creations are sleek and minimalist, our creative process comprises several phases, some of them being visually rich and complex.” ...
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