Tag: Portrait

Art

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...
Animation

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),...
Art

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. ...
Art

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...
Art

An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
Art

Hobby between friends turns into promising magazine venture with eccentric prints

Introducing Buffalo Zine, the brainchild of Adrián González-Cohen (creative director) and David Uzquiza (graphic designer, art director). The two men were friends since 1999 when they met as students. Over the years, their friendship led to one of the most fascinating magazine ventures of today. Buffalo Zine is a totally hands-on process. Each issue is made from scratch and takes years to complete. In fact, the two artists did not think that they would be publishing at all. It simply was a humble hobby shared between the two of them. After producing thousands of copies, they decided to distribute... and the rest was history. Now on its fourth issue, copies of Buffalo Zine can be bought online. It follows a classic newspaper format - one that is almost extinct in our modern and digital age. What once was kept in the garage is now a real and flourishing venture between childhood friends. /...
Art

Catholic congregations ‘look good’ in new collaborative art project highlighting clothing of nuns

The Pink Sisters, formally referred to as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, are only one of more than 40 Catholic nun groups made as subjects in "Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit". The project is a collaborative effort between Veronica Bennett (theologian), Ryan Todd (illustrator), and GraphicDesign& (publisher). It is a book which showcases the evolution of religious clothing all over the world. GD& is a one-of-a-kind publishing house that envisions the exploration of the possible connections that graphic design can have with any other subject. Usually, their projects involve subjects that most other publishers won't dare touch - including those deemed too "risky" or "eccentric". Aside from Catholic nuns, GD& has also worked on projects about literature, mathematics, and social sciences. Still, it is undeniable that "Looking Good" appears to be their most personal and unique project to date.  ...
Art

LA County Museum of Art to host exhibit works from Picasso and apprentice Diego Rivera

Pablo Picasso had a friendly relationship with fellow painter Diego Rivera. The latter was a younger artist from Mexico at the time, and he had spent a lot of time discovering Europe. He even lived in Paris for many years. Picasso and Rivera were neighbors at one point. The two artists will be the painters of focus for the next exhibition hosted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This exhibit will highlight the two artists' lives, how Picasso acquired a still life painting by Rivera - and what he got in return; their experiments with various painting techniques and art materials; and how they both reenvisioned representational painting in their unique ways. The exhibit is called “Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time” and will be sponsored by Christie's auctions. Tickets and admission are free for members all year long. More details on the exhibit are posted on the official event page from the LACMA website. ...
Animation

David Beckham’s tattoos speak up against child abuse and violence in PSA Video

David Beckham has had a long-standing partnership with Unicef. Over the years, he has worked with them on various humanitarian campaigns. Recently, the soccer great signed on to promote the #ENDviolence campaign. It features a 60-second film, which - in spite of its short length - is very moving and powerful. The film conveys strong messages against violence directed towards children all over the world. This will be part of his Unicef 7 Fund. According to the organization, about one in every ten girls under 20 years old has been through some form of sexual abuse. Another one in every five children dies because of violence. During the film, Beckham is in the spotlight, shirtless. His tattoos come to life - but not his actual ink. Instead, we see tattoos telling dark, real stories of how children go through psychological and physical abuse. We hear them scream and cry. In the end, the message is clear: "Violence against children marks them forever. It's wrong. End it."...
Design

Studio creates print campaign featuring strong visualization of political personalities and current issues

Check out these unique and controversial prints from a new 3D print/CGI campaign project. Featuring President Obama and President-Elect Trump, these bring forth issues that are currently storming the news - but in a rare, design-centric manner. The aim is to captivate the essence of the news stories and these personalities, almost in an op-ed type of format. A new design studio was commissioned to head the first ever campaign for Upday. The studio, FOREAL, is the brainchild of Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. Their projects are directed towards creative and unique designs that give the audiences a popping "eye candy" every time. You can check out the prints on their website. Upday is the latest app from Samsung which focuses on bringing personalized news to its users. The content will be curated from a wide range of trusted sources, bloggers, and brands - streamlined into a very simple and easy format for everyone to understand. It combines technology and  journalistic...
Art

15th century sculptures re-imagined with bits of modern life

Sculptor and artist Gerard Mas is very serious about his art. And he well should be, because they are beautiful. Still, one can't help to have a smile - perhaps even let out a giggle or two - with his latest artwork. Imagine a classic Florentine portrait of a woman, all dressed accordingly -  now, add a microphone headset to the picture, or a bubble of gum ready to pop, or a tattoo of a skull on her chest. The Spanish artist does bring out the most tasteful flavor of humor with his work. However, the artist does manage to amusingly create 15th century Florentine sculptures re-imagined with glimpses of various aspects that come from modern life. Mas uses alabaster, resin, wood, and marble with his contemporary busts. At first sight, they look like they were fished straight out from the Renaissance - until you get a closer look. Sucking on lollipops or picking noses while posing for a sculpture surely is no way for a 15th-century woman to behave. Gerard Mas is a Spanish sculptor from...
Painting

8 patterned portraits that face away from the viewer

Barcelona-based artist Alejandra Atarés has created an odd and intriguing set of paintings that pair the back of a female’s head with an intricately patterned background. The figure is centered on the canvas and looking away from the viewer, or perhaps both you and the figure are looking at the same thing. The reverse portraits from the series titles Retratos embody a sense of fantasy with a dreamlike quality of vivid colors and idyllic settings. Surprisingly, you can tell a great deal about the subjects of these portraits from just the back of their heads. ...
Illustration

Portraits made with calligraphy

Artist Bine Scris is a master hand-lettering and typography mind. By utilizing techniques from calligraphy, working with other artists, and using influences from portraiture, painting, and chalking, Bine Scris has created a diverse and enthralling and captivating portfolio. Check out more of Bine Scris’ work here. ...
Illustration

“Fight Like a Girl” is a new book for teens

From Malala to Sojourner Truth, and from Judy Blume to Margaret Cho, Brooklyn-based illustrator Summer Pierre has created a series of portraits for the newly released book Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World. Collaborating with author Laura Barcella, there are 25 of Pierre’s black and while portraits intermingled with moving stories about female activists. “Gender is a battlefield” says the book’s back cover with a tongue in cheek reference to the Pat Benatar song from the 80s. As demonstrated with the viral advertising video Like A Girl we are in a breaking new ground with what femininity means. This book for teens aims to provide a brief history of the important women who helped us along the journey. ...
Creativity

Precision printing with coffee droplets

Coffee has long been used by artists as a stain or a pigment. Sometimes it is purposeful so as to add a sepia brown to the work. And sometimes it is accidental as illustrated in this photo of coffee mugs that are marked “paint water” and “not paint water” in hopes that we drink from the tastier one. Using a method that combines the precision of technology with the pixilation of a Chuck Close portrait, RIT professor Ted Kinsman is using coffee in an innovative way. The Coffee Drip Printer uses tiny drips of coffee to create an image. ...
Art

Stunning hyperrealistic portrait tattoos

Dimitry Sammohin is a tattoo artist from Odessa. He is known for his hyperrealistic and detailed style. If you like tattoos, you know how hard it’s to find portraits that actually look the part, the skin is a challenging canvas to master. But this is not the only media he works on, if you’re not ready for the skin-deep, yet life-long commitment that a tattoo implies, there are also acrylic paintings that you could hang on your walls. To see more of his work check his Facebook. ...
Digital

Hilarious Tumblr account incorporates celebrities into Russian portraits

Is your life missing a little grandeur? Look no further than Tumblr account Replaceface. This clever project uses paintings from the Napoleonic Era as a base, then Photoshops current celebrities’ faces into them. The original paintings were all created by English artist George Dawe. He created these works as portraits of Russian generals who were active during Napoleon’s time. Replaceface artfully inserts the heads of stars like Nic Cage, Iggy Pop, and Robin Williams over the generals, creating final pieces worthy of both castles and frat houses. Check out some of Replaceface’s work below, and see the rest (and even get your own commissioned!) on the Replaceface Tumblr. ...
Illustration

Poignant paintings: 9 watercolor portraits of children

The watercolor and ink drawings by Netherlands artist Renate Groenewoud show a sweetness while also being subtly haunting. The exquisitely detailed and poignant paintings have a subdued color palette, often having an insight into the experience of childhood. Groenewoud works at a preschool and says one of her favorite things is talking with three year old children. At times, the captions to her paintings hint at a narrative, such as “I dream a lot...”, or “you only need the light when it’s burning low”, or “mom, we're bored”. The artist has gained quite a following by posting her paintings on Instagram, currently clocking in at more than 37 thousand followers. ...
Photography

Haunting self-portraits of animals replacing one eye

Clever photo manipulations are Flóra Borsi’s forté, and she’s back with a new series of self-portraits that will make you question the human-animal relationship. The Hungarian photographer’s new series, Animeyed, is comprised of self-portraits that show one eye replaced with profile views of animals with similar eyes. The effect is remarkable. as Borsi also changes her appearance and facial expressions to match that of the animal. Check out some of the intriguing self-portraits below, and head on over to her personal website for more! ...
Art

Clay brought to life by talented hands

Philippe Faraut is an artist who started out as a woodcarver and constructor of french fine furniture. He then traveled trough Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, learning to work other mediums, studying and specializing in portraiture sculpting. His mediums now include water-based clay, marble, bronze and even recycled tires. His work vary from six inches figurines to life-size portrait and monumental sculptures. See more of it on  his Facebook, his website, or on YouTube. ...
Illustration

English artist draws secret hidden portraits on road maps and charts

Putting your face on the map holds an entirely different meaning to artist and illustrator Ed Fairburn. The English creative unleashes his talents on vintage road maps and star charts, using them as canvases for expressive cross-hatched portraits. Roads, borders, and rivers are filled with shaded regions and patterns that make up each portrait and give the effect of something secretly hidden in the topography. Fairburn will be exhibiting his work as part of a new show at the Mike Wright Gallery in Denver. Check out some of his map portraits below, and click here for more. ...
Sculpture

Welder creates amazing, psychedelic pop culture portraits

Using welding as his art form, engineer Richard Lauth has created a series of psychedelic works showing insects, animals and pop culture characters. Lauth uses a TIG welding technique, which uses a tungsten electrode to deliver a current to the welding site. Then, the puddle that is formed is cooled with a gas, which requires the skill of an expert — the rainbow effect is hard to complete. Some of his works include Yoda, a minion, and the Cheshire Cat. To see more of his work, check out his Instagram or Etsy shop. ...
Digital

Videographer creates dream-like warping portrait of his father

When it comes to finding creative ways to make impressive videos, it doesn’t get any better "Architect" by Kevin McGloughlin. Created as an entry into the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015, “Architect” is based on a portrait of Kevin’s father, Páraic McGloughlin, Sr. and combines various techniques including time-lapse and long exposure photography with real footage. McGloughlin then used digital manipulation techniques and stacked the sequence of images into a 3D environment. The resulting video is a warping portrait of McGloughlin, Sr. that is surreal and, in more ways than one, mind-boggling. Check out the video below and visit his Vimeo page for more amazing films! ...
Digital

Hilarious portrait series imagines Star Wars characters on vacation

2015 should just be renamed, “The Year of Star Wars”, because it seems like every other week we’re getting some kind of epic Star Wars-related announcement. Artist Kyle Hagey is out with a brilliant portrait series featuring our favorite characters from the Star Wars universe on vacation. Hagey basically asked, “What would Darth Vader be doing if he was on vacation?” The answer is that he would obviously be having a cup of tea sitting in a field of flowers and voila! Yoda and a pair of Storm Troopers are also taking some time off in the portraits bike riding and contemplating. Check out the portraits below and if you’re a Star Wars superfan, be sure to visit his website to purchase a print or two! ...
Painting

Teacher uses hand as medium for fun portrait project

You're going to wish you had a teacher like this… First-grade teacher Russel Powell has taken to using a unique medium for his realistic portrait paintings: his hand. Painting them on quickly before they have time to dry, Powell then stamps the image onto a white piece of paper. They appear more detailed than it seems possible, and the outline of Powell's hand becomes part of the image, adding a unique twist to the portraits. Those portrayed include Kurt Cobain, Jack Sparrow, the Dalai Lama and John Lennon. He calls this "hand-stamping" and does similar projects with his students. ...
Street art

Larger than life street art seems to interact with its surroundings

Using portraits, bare walls, and an urban setting, a street artist has created murals that are larger than life and seem to interact with the world around them. Caiffa Cosimo, who also is known as Cheone, is an Italian street artist who has created massive paintings that fill the streets of Milan. These portraits seem to be interacting with the surrounding areas in different ways — from reaching out to draw on the road to spilling a bucket of paint on the nearby sidewalk. For more of Cheone's work, visit his website. ...
Creativity

Blood portraits painted from smashed mosquitoes

The mosquito repellant, Glorix, has released a new ad campaign for their product which is both disturbing and... fitting. In their project 'Blood Portraits,' they hired an artist to paint human faces using the blood inside smashed mosquitoes. Marketing company BBDO Russia is behind the idea with the goal of encouraging people to donate blood because, according to the video, “each drop of blood taken from a mosquito could be the last drop of blood to save a human being.” The paintings were displayed at an art gallery exhibition where they found great success in both increasing the visibility of Glorix and getting people to donate their blood. ...
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