Tag: Portraits

Art

African mask-inspired chrome paintings by Brooklyn-based artist

Drawing inspiration from historical African sculptures, Kip Omolade's latest series of oil paintings is all about chrome and solid backgrounds. Titled, "Diovadiova Chrome," the Brooklyn-based artist's new works discuss contemporary identity, luxury, and immortality. Each piece features a mold taken from a model which is then produced in resin. Then, layers of chrome-y goodness are applied coupled with artificial eyelashes. The process ends with tall, hyperrealistic oil renderings that serve "as a conduit between the spiritual and natural world," writes Omolade. Check out some of the works below and find more on Instagram. ...
Art

Massive otherworldly portraits comprised in the classic impasto style

Globs of oil paint can do the trick sometimes in portraiture and Salman Khoshroo's paintings showcase just that. The Tehran-based painter creates massive portraits that can be several feet tall at times. Each painting depicts a human form performing different gestures. With a palette knife, Khoshroo goes about spreads globs of thick oil paint, defining the shape of each form in the impasto style. The paintings below were created for a 2015 show at Azad Gallery. Check out some of the mysterious portraits below and find more on Facebook and Instagram. ...
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...
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

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. ...
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...
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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. ...
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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. /...
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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.  ...
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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...
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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...
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Vibrant portraits tell personal narratives through layers of yarn

Adding color into black and white portraits without digital aid is not an easy task. Couple that with embroidery and you've got an amazing series by Danielle Clough. The Cape Town-based artist creates embroidered portraits extracted from black and white photographs of friends and family. The works are part of Clough's upcoming book "Queer Africa II," which explores love in the African continent. Editors of the book, Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin, were amazed by Clough's works because of her use of layered yarn to tell personal narratives. This, Zaba explains, "adds meaning and speaks to the zigzagging nature of our lives." Check out some images of her works below and find more on her Instagram and blog. ...
Art

Layered papercut art creates a dynamic 3D effect

John Ed De Vera is an artist that with a steady hand, a refined technique and a lot of creativity. He creates art of layered papercut, giving you the feeling that these pictures were just taken as the figures in the sculpture were moving. He creates these little pieces using an X-ACTO knife, 260-300 gsm paper, and each piece takes around 4-5 hours. To see more of his delicate work, check his  website, or follow him in Instagram,     ...
Creativity

Colorful images of fruit and flower vendors captured from above in Hanoi, Vietnam

There's no set angle from which color can be viewed perfectly, but these top-down aerial views work very well. Netherlands-based photographer Loes Heerink climbs onto different bridges around Hanoi in Vietnam and waits for street vendors to pass by with colorful arrangements of fruit and flowers in their baskets. These pops of color are wonderfully captured by Heerink as part of a photography collection called, "Vendors from Above." Heerink is currently trying to raise funds through her new Kickstarter campaign to create a photo book out of the series. Check out some images of vendors below and find more on her website and Instagram. ...
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Vibrant three-dimensional paper sculptures depict beauty in old age

Beauty and old age are represented marvelously in Yulia Brodskaya's colorful portraits. The artist/illustrator uses heaps of color paper to create three-dimensional portraits that depict beauty in old age. Each portrait features a unique color palette that is used throughout. The portraits have taken on a rather painting-like aesthetic in recent years. "I mix strips of paper as I would mix paints on a palette. These artworks are all about color and the unique, tactile feel that paper strips add to it. The portraits resemble oil and acrylic painting (especially from a distance), but with a textured paper twist," said Brodskaya while describing her process. Find more on her blog and Facebook! ...
Design

Hyperrealistic, photo-like drawings

Charles Laveso is a Brazilian designer, and he specializes in drawing hyperrealistic graphite portraits. He has been teaching realistic drawing for over two decades, face to face, and in online courses. You can see more of his work on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. ...
Photography

Mosaic-like portraits combine multiple images to explore time and mutation

Traditional portraits are great and all but they need to move beyond, well, being traditional. This is where Jason Chen comes in. The Philadelphia-based photographer establishes movement by stitching multiple portraits into one creating unique mosaics in the process. The aim of this project is to explore the effect of time and human mutation while also peaking into the emotional side of a subject. When viewed from afar, the portraits appear as a single image, but standing up close yields a different story. Chen is exhibiting his latest at the Paradigm Gallery + Studio under the name, “Portrait” until June 18th. Check out some of his mosaic portraits below, and head on over to his website for more! ...
Photography

Adorable dog portraits reveal their personalities

Photographer Elke Vogelsang, AKA Wieslblitz, has captured a series of images that reveal the deep, goofy and skeptical  personalities of our favorite canine friends. To capture these images, Vogelsang used outtakes that were taken before or after other images — they weren't actually feeling this skeptical! “I usually prefer the pictures, which don’t look like that one portrait the owner would hang on his wall,” she writes. “I found that in some pictures the dog look like they think that the photographer lost her mind. I’m definitely crazy about dogs. But I think I’m mostly harmless, too.” To see more of her work, check out her website. ...
News

Climate change photographer wins the first Jackson Pollock Prize for Creativity

The series, Drowning World by South African photographer Gideon Mendel, is an art and advocacy project that looks at climate change from a personal lens. Creating intimate portraits of individuals around the world, the works share a narrative of what daily life might be like if we were living partially submerged. The photographer has been working on the series since 2007, and in his search for “the commonalities and differences” between cultures, he has visited flood zones in countries such as Haiti, Pakistan, Australia, Thailand, and Germany. Mandel has recently been awarded the inaugural Pollock Prize for Creativity which is specified for a mid-career artist who is working with social and cultural themes. Speaking about Jackson Pollack, Mendel says, “I’ve always loved for his freedom in breaking barriers. Because my own work increasingly straddles the border between art, documentation and activism, it’s all the more important to me that the prize...
Illustration

Intriguing portraits created without faces

Henrietta Harris is an artist and illustrator from New Zealand who has created a series of seemingly unfinished portraits. Each drawing is a portrait with the subjects face missing — instead, the crisp black and white images are focused on fine lines and clean shapes. The hair on the subjects is incredibly detailed but the facial area of the image is completely blank. For more of her work, check out Harris’ website. ...
Architecture

Chinese artist pays tribute to rockstars with megalithic monuments

Just as we immortalize influential figures in history with monuments, Chinese artist DU Kun pays tribute to icons of the Chinese music industry. With a passion for music and rockstars, Beijing-based painter DU Kun is fascinated by the idea of legacy creation and fame in the music industry. This reverence led him to create “Revels of the Rock Gods”, a series of portraits that fuse a temple-like aesthetic. The oil paintings depict each Chinese musician with a godlike status with windows carved into eyes and frozen waterfalls for hair. Currently the paintings are being exhibited in Japan at the Mizuma Art Gallery. To see more of DJ Kun’s work, head on over to his website. ...
Photography

Portraits of wildlife in human clothes explore self-perception

Miguel Vallinas continues his long-running series Second Skins with more astounding portraits of wildlife in human clothing. Using animals and plants as frameworks to create wardrobes for each character, Vallinas exercises his ability to perfectly composite a variety of colors and textures. Vallinas describes his motif as a means of examining self-perception and exploring “what we believe we are, what others think we are, what we really are, and what we would like to be.” Check out some of the portraits below, and visit his website for more! ...
Photography

Amazing images of elegant models underwater with sharks

In yet another amazing photo series created by Benjamin Von Wong, beautiful models dressed in elegant dresses are posed underwater among sharks. And no, there’s no Photoshop involved!  This project, titled “Shark Shepard”, was shot in Fiji. The crew had two hours a day to shoot, when the sharks would be active and the light would be visible. “Similar to squirrels at a park, the white tipped reef sharks would hover around us curiously only to scamper off if anyone got too close. Once one of them got deep enough into the cave and we thought there was a good chance of us capturing a shot, Amber would take a deep breath, rip off her mask and strike a couple of poses for as long as she could,” he said on his blog. ...
Photography

Modest, yet revealing photo series shines on peoples self perceptions

In her photo series “Twice Into the Stream”, Turkish photographer Meltem Işık explores the topic of self perception. Her series of images show people, seemingly naked, holding up large images that are zoomed in photos of different parts of their bodies. “The work started forming around the impossibility of seeing oneself as a complete figure without the help of external devices,” she writes on her website. “What we can see with our bare eyes is a headless body, a restricted view of what is below the neck, with the extended difficulty of seeing our back. Observing the bodies of other people offers me a possibility to reflect on the way I see and relate to my own body, which I can never see as a whole.” ...
Art

Detailed character portraits made using cotton and wool

Embroidered illustrations take skill and an increased level of creativity. The works of Lisa Smirnova prove that she’s got both of them. The Russian artist creates detailed hand-embroidered portraits that at first glance appear to be color pencil illustrations. Her recent series of portraits span from likenesses of Frida Kahlo and Charles Bukowski to a variety of subjects including men with tattoos, rabbits, and floral patterns. Each piece can take months to get just right with thread, cotton, and wool. Check out some of Smirnova’s work below, and follow her on  Facebook, Instagram, and Behance for more. ...
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