Tag: Portrait

Books

“Reunions” – where we are going to be in 30 years?

Street photographer Chris Porsz was actively photographing ordinary people during the 70s and 80s in his hometown Peterborough in England. During the ten previous years, Porsz tried to find the characters from his pictures and invite them for a nostalgic reunion. Guess what, his project was very successful and resulted in the 135 reunions and a book. For this kind of project, one has to plan, research and invest energy. However, the pictures evoke empathic and wonderful emotions in every viewer and surely it was an unforgettable experience for the participants in this project. Below you will find a handful of photos from the book. To order the book and find out a bit more about the characters on the photos click here. ...
Art

Various groups pushing effort to redress long-standing gender inequality in art through powerful initiative

The Uffizi Galleries in Florence will open an exhibition on March 8 until April 30 to coincide with International Women's Day. Aptly so, it will feature more relevant works from female artists in an effort to address the gender imbalance in the art world which has been around for quite a while. The initiative will be a long-term effort together with other galleries and organizations. In fact, just two weeks after their exhibition, the Pitti Palace (a sister museum of Uffizi) will showcase self-portraits by Maria Lassnig, a late Austrian feminist and artist. The two museums will be the primary headers for an "open-ended" series of female-centric exhibitions which will focus on artworks from the past and present. This series is projected to become an annual celebration. The initiative has been in part an answer to the conversation the museums' director had with the US group Guerrilla Girls, an activist collective who have been fighting for the past three decades...
Art

Artist known as Golden Sister makes adorable floral portraits using real flowers

"The actual act of creating each piece, for me, is therapeutic, spending lots of time outside walking and foraging, truly in the moment, my eyes scanning every square inch of my surroundings," says artist Golden Sister in her artist’s statement. The artist makes absolutely amazing floral portraits of imaginary female characters, all dreamy, beautiful and mesmerizing. Her art is not only beautiful but also ecological and absolutely organic. Everything that she uses to make a portrait came from the Mother Nature and will be returned to her once the process is finished. To buy your own blossoming flower art portrait, you can sift through Sister Golden’s collection of flower prints. ...
Art

Iconic portraits by legendary artists re-imagined as LEGO paintings

Many artists have showcased their artwork using Legos in the past, but Stefano Bolcato has found yet another new way to express his creativity using the famous children's toys. He was able to re-imagine some of the most iconic paintings in history by interpreting them as Lego people. The Italian painter admits, “LEGO were always my favorite toy as a child. The fascination is a holdover from my childhood that I brought into adulthood. One day I thought about how the figures could become characters, and that they would have the ideal features to take on a story and tell it effectively.” Below, you'll see some of his interpretations, which were inspired by the following masterpieces, in chronological order: (1) Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940; (2) Andy Warhol’s Four Marilyns, 1964; (3) Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La Belle Ferroniere), 1490; (4) Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of Dante, c....
Creativity

Voices of Gatlinburg – Photographer captures portraits of people who lost everything

After one of the worst fires in America, photographer Jeremy Cowart made a project in order to honor, help, and gave a voice to those who lost their homes in Gatlinburg. More than 2.000 houses and businesses were destroyed in the fire. Jeremy made powerful portraits by setting a simple white mattress in the middle of the rubble of their homes. Cowart beautifully captures these families as they sit in what was one a bedroom, but today is nothing but a burned ground and ashes. For more photos and more about the project click here. ...
Art

See Bouchardon’s works in the ‘Royal Artist of the Enlightenment’ on exhibit in the Getty Museum

Very few people know the name Edmé Bouchardon. This isn't surprising, given the artist's history. Just as he was getting his name known, the bloody revolution took place, followed by the guillotine deaths of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI. So it's rather reasonable for people to pay less attention to sculptors. Bouchardon was the royal sculptor to Louis XV and his successor, the then-beheaded royal. His works will be featured in the Getty Museum, and the show is entitled “Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment”. The biggest show-stealer has to be his carving, “Cupid Carving a Bow From Hercules’s Club" - which he was able to finish just 12 years before his own death. His works have revolutionized how sculptures were seen and has garnered a lot of criticism - even from Voltaire himself. You can catch the show now until April 2, at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. For more information, contact (310) 440-7300 or visit the Getty...
Art

Fire department chief moonlights as exceptional portrait artist, paints famous icons as a hobby

So much can be said about Scott Ferguson, the chief of Murrieta's Fire Department. For over 34 years, he has served in fire protection for seven different departments. Although he isn't retiring anytime soon, we might have a good idea what he'll be doing when he has all the time to spare. Ferguson was recently named Artist of the Month last December 2016 by the Murrieta Arts Council. This honor is aptly given because his talent, although only very little people know about it, is unprecedented. Ferguson has painted icons such as Tom Selleck, Johnny Depp, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali, Morgan Freeman, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Wayne, Jay Leno, Demi Moore, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Robin Williams. However, his all time favorite, according to him, is that of his wife Maria in a pirate costume one Halloween. He says his next portrait is going to be of Johnny Cash. ...
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. ...
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