Blurring the Lines Between Organic and Digital Faces. The large-scale oil paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Justin Bower present a series of unconventional portraits of the modern human head.
The painter's work features a visual clashing of figurative art and abstraction. Bower offers just enough of each technique to blur the line not only between the two but to also create a dialogue about the modern man's immersive connectivity to technology and obsession with altering their physical image. Using just a basic, anonymous human face, Bower transforms the image of "self" into something more inorganic to reflect society's shift into an obsessive, tech-reliant culture. The artist produces these glitchy, digitized, dissected, and fragmented portraits to echo the symbolic identity of a person who has undergone a contemporary makeover. The faces are digitized in an effort to reference the virtual identities people have created on social media networks like Facebook.
Justin Bower's profile on ACE Gallery via [My Amp Goes to 11] Stunning Portraits Mixed with Swirling Ink in Water. We are no stranger to the work of self-taught Italian artist Alberto Seveso.
We just love his Stunning Ink Portraits, Beibeees and his LEGO Ink Riders, he is so incredibly skilled at documenting colorful liquids as they slowly mix with water. Now, he wows us again with this captivating portrait of music artist Ayaka. The series of images serve as the packaging for her single, Beautiful. Using his trademark style, Seveso transforms the stunning portrait of Ayaka into a sea of wispy colors. He uses two color palettes, one is a cool collection of purples, blues, and pinks, while the second is a warmer palette of pinks, reds, and yellows. Alberto Seveso on Behance via [Faith Is Torment] Depicting Raw Emotion Through Powerful Faceless Figures. London-based artist Justin Harris utilizes a mix of media (oil, acrylic, pencil, and pastel on canvas) to create four powerful pieces for his series titled The Writer.
The illustrator uses faceless figurative forms to depict an assortment of raw emotion. Each fragmented subject is seen crossing over the blank, empty canvas onto a designated grid of color, though their figure remains black and white. Despite entering a small window of lively color splashes and scribbles, that artist's figures are confined to their monochromatic state. They present this duality of creativity that writers often face—being able to entertain others with their art, yet finding difficulty in crawling out of their own depression. The images offer a dramatic visual of the contrast between the writer's drained inner conflict versus the colorfully creative output. Justin Harris on Behance via [Devid Sketchbook] Remarkable Hyperrealistic Sculptures by Rob Mueck. London-based Australian artist Ron Mueck produces unbelievably realistic sculptures with expressive facial features that complement their equally detailed human figures.
The hyperrealist sculptor's work is world renowned for its extraordinarily lifelike quality coupled with his affinity for playing with scale. The artist alters the typical size ratio of his characters in relation to the rest of the world, allowing them to either fill an entire room with their hunched over bodies or comfortably slumber on a countertop. Whether Mueck's creations are giants or dwarfs, the artist allots time to each one to perfect the most minute details. Every wrinkle of the skin, twinkle in the eye, and placement of hair is meticulously crafted. They aren't smooth, hairless creatures without any physical fault either. Merry Christmas From 20 Terrific Creatives. As it's the day before Christmas, we thought, what better way is there to wish you all a very Merry Christmas than with the help of some very creative people?
So, just for you, we've put together this post of 20 different artworks or photos that each say "Happy Holidays! " or "Merry Christmas! " in their own unique way. Save for a few, they're all made by artists and photographers we all know and love. Enjoy...and stay warm (or better yet, have some fun in the rain/snow)! Above by Markus Reugels By Jason Lee By Heng Swee Lim (aka ILoveDoodle) By Alessandro Gottardo (aka SHOUT) The Gingershred Man by Brock Davis By Jjoo Design No time to explain, grab the deer! By Erin Vey Winter in Central Park by Vivienne Gucwa By Cade Martin Time Out by Dave Engledow By Alejandro Ferrer Ruiz By Gemma Correll By Stanley Chow By Ket124 UNICEF Snowflake chandelier by Ingo Maurer White Christmas By Miki Asai White Branches by Pascal Campion By Grant Snider Christmas Spirit by Magda Indigo. Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War.
Private Chris MacGregor, 24 Photographer Lalage Snow, who is currently based in Kabul, Afghanistan, embarked on an 8-month-long project titled We Are The Not Dead featuring portraits of British soldiers before, during, and after their deployment in Afghanistan.
Similar to Claire Felicie's series of monochromatic triptychs, Snow captures the innocent expressions of these men transformed into gaunt, sullen faces in less than a year. The three-panel juxtaposition allows the viewer to observe the physical changes a stationed soldier in a war zone goes through. Time is sped up for these men under the beating sun, amidst combat.
Regardless of age, the boys that went in came back as men with experiences beyond their years. Additionally, Snow's series accompanies each triptych with quotes from each of the servicemen that gives a great deal of insight into their mental and emotional state at each given time. Lance Corporal Sean Tennant, 29 Private Ben Frater, 21 Corporal Steven Gibson, 29. Bike Helmets Have Never Been More FUN! (7 pieces) Meticulous Pencil Drawing of David's Face. Anyone who has visited Florence will tell you that the highlight of the city is Michelangelo's immaculate sculpture David at Galleria dell'Accademia.
The amount of detail and dedication Michelangelo put into the sculpture is truly breathtaking. Amazingly, artist Linda Huber used a pencil to repilcate David's side facial profile. As you can see, David appears to be a bit nervous at the intense moment he confronts Goliath. "Since the David statue is made out of solid marble I needed to visualize the smoothness, the slight imperfections, the veins, and most of all the depth of the carvings," says Huber. "It is the carvings along with the cast of light that make up the shapes I needed to draw.
"I used a 4b mechanical pencil for the lid of the eye and the pupil, I kept the pencil strokes very tight and used medium to hard pressure (not hard enough to indent the paper). Linda Huber's website imaginee on deviantART. Lora Zombie's Sweet New Grunge Art Comes to NY. Get ready!
For one night only, on November 8th from 7p to 10pm, self-taught painter Lora Zombie will be debuting over 50 brand new pieces at Broome Street gallery in Soho, New York. The Russian grunge artist captured our hearts along with millions of others with her colorful and unique style. She's previously exhibited in numerous group exhibitions but this will be the very first time she puts on her own solo show in New York. To see the talented and quirky artist hard at work, make sure to check out this video. Also, enjoy this special preview courtesy of Eyes on Walls.
Eyes on Walls website. Creative Illustrator Draws Himself into the Frame. UK-based digital artist Dan Lester combines photography and illustration into clever and intriguing images that really make you question what you're looking at.
Is it a photograph or a drawing? In actuality, it's both. The digital illustrator manages to bewilder his audience by merging the roles of model and artist into one entity in an innovative fashion. Unlike a typical set of self-portraits, the 21-year-old's Drawn On series depicts the multifaceted artist as the ultimate creator, drawing himself into the frame. His skilled hand is an extension of his drawing and vice versa. Dan Lester websiteDan Lester on deviantART. Fascinating Underground Worlds by Steve Duncan. Nottingham, England Urban historian, explorer, and photographer Steve Duncan has been investigating the underground world of sewers, tunnels, and subways for years.
Traveling beneath international cities including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris, he has great knowledge of many subterranean worlds. He has hosted the Discovery Channel show Urban Explorers and has also appeared on the History Channel as a dedicated expert on the subject of New York City's underground. With that knowledge and expertise, Duncan brings these thorough examinations to the above ground world through his photographs.
He transforms normally dark and murky hidden infrastructures, so rarely visited, into intriguing and approachable landscapes. He says, "I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what's underneath. Stockholm, Sweden West Side Tunnel, NYC Fleet River Sewer, London Paris Catacombs Bradford Beck River, Bradford, England Subway Tracks, NYC Neglinnaya River, Moscow Knickerbocker Sewer, NYC. Ghost Trains Roar Back to Life in Modern England. Though we've seen the present merged with the past in everything from Sergey Larenkov's WW II series to Shawn Clover's San Francisco earthquake blend, we're still incredibly intrigued when we get to see history presented in this incredibly creative way. We came upon Stuart McPherson's interesting series called M&GN Ghosts just yesterday and felt compelled to share it with you.
M&GN stands for Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, a railway that ran in the eastern county of Norfolk in the UK from 1893 to 1959. Interestingly, it was frequently referred to as the "Muddle and Go Nowhere" because it served a mostly rural region, but after its closure this phrase was commonly replaced with the phrase "Missed and Greatly Needed.
" With smoke billowing high into the air, these old trains seem to be roaring back to life, looking to take present day visitors on an unforgettable journey back into the past. "They then disappeared just as quickly. Stuart McPherson on Flickr. - StumbleUpon. Pop Culture Characters Built With Beer and Soda Cans. Every day, artists are getting more and more creative with ideas for recycling, ranging anywhere from flattened-can mosaics to sculptures formed out of pages from old books. Japanese artist Makaon uses old cans to build fictional characters, superheroes, and robots that give fun new life to these used and empty containers. Using an origami-like process, the artist bends, twists, and flattens layers of aluminum to create the complex forms, featuring a range of characters from Super Mario, Luigi, Hello Kitty, and Pikachu, to Batman, Darth Vader, and Buzz Lightyear. It's not only interesting to explore the range of characters that Makaon conjures up, but it's also fun to identify which liquids had to be consumed in order to obtain all of the necessary materials.
Beer and soda cans, as well as energy drinks, allow for the accurate color range, and the artist mixes drink containers depending on the required palette. Makaon's website via [Don't Hate, Curate] Astonishing Painted Bodies Form a Mangled Car. Adelaide-based artist Emma Hack uses her expertise skill at body painting for this jarring anti-speeding campaign for Motor Accident Commission, as conceived by advertising agency Clemenger BBDO Adelaide. The campaign depicts a mangled car that is actually made of carefully positioned human bodies. There are seventeen men and women within the anamorphic image of a car that has clearly been in an accident with up to five layers of paint coating their bodies. Hack, who is probably best known as the body painter for Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" music video, took eighteen painstaking hours to complete the ambitious visual and says, "Technically, it's probably the most difficult job I have ever done.
It's quite magical how it's turned out. " It is not only an expertly executed optical illusion, but one with a hard-hitting message to add awareness to the Crash Puzzle campaign. Emma Hack website via [Bhakta's Weblog, adelaidenow] Breathtaking Landscape Photos by Antony Spencer. Stunning Photos of Burning Man Art by Trey Ratcliff. Who better to show us the incredible art at Burning Man than Met friend and professional HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff? This was the third year he attended the week-long annual event held in the scorching hot Nevada desert, which he simply describes as "always different. " "It's the only place in the world you can go where things are always different but always awesome," he says. Though you may already know Ratcliff's through his incredible photos, you may not be aware of his "bromance" with the former President of MySpace Tom Anderson.
After learning about it on PetaPixel's recent interview with Anderson we asked Ratcliff to tell us how the friendship started. "We both met on Google+ since we were somehow in the Top 10 most followed together," he says. Throughout this three years at Burning Man, Ratcliff has taken some spectacular shots of the artwork there. While you can see all of Ratcliff's Burning Man photos here, we've put together some of our favorites in this post. The Cutest Little Kitten in the World. 12 Unbelievably Magnificent Surreal Sculptures. In the dictionary, the word surreal is defined as something unreal and fantastic or "having a oddly dreamlike quality. " If surreal art can do anything, it can make us feel like we haven't woken up from a nightmare or a dream. More than that, however, it has the power of making the impossible suddenly seem possible. Though the cultural movement started back in the 1920s by a small group of writers and artists who wanted to unlock the power of the imagination, the art form still exists today and is seen in a wide variety of different forms from beautiful photo manipulations to unbelievable sculptures.
Today, we take a look at 12 sculptures we've spotted over the years that have that distinct dreamlike quality. While some seem sweet and subtle, still others are quite shocking, no doubt created to knock you right off your feet. By Myeongbeom Kim By Vladislav Novikov-Barkovsky By Nancy Fouts By The Glue Society By Pablo Curutchet By Julien Vallee By Richard J. By Kate MccGwire By Alex Chinneck. Spectacular Hyper-Realistic Venom Body Art. Top 6 Tumblr Blogs for Photography Lovers. Juxtaposing Vietnam's Incredible Past and Present. Dried Tea Leaves Form Gorgeous Landscapes. A Satirical Look at the Controversial Art of Painting Cats. Visually Blending a Century of San Francisco History. Breathtakingly Enchanted Landscapes Radiate with Color.
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Remarkable Pixelated Portraits Made of Computer Keys. Simply Beautiful Self-Portraits from a 17-Year-Old. Hauntingly Beautiful Skeleton Makeup Girl. Mysterious Ghosts Move About New York City. Extraordinary Hyperrealistic Ballpoint Pen Portrait. Awesome Breaking Bad Art Exhibition. An Incredible Matrix of Red Beads. Majestic Driftwood Elephant Sculptures. Brick Train is Magnificent Time Capsule for English School. Artist's Mother Inspires Beautiful Butterfly Installation. Gigantic Colored Pencils Suspended in Rural Japan. Maddie the Coonhound Standing On Things (Part 2)
The Thinking Man's Book Sculptures. Illuminating Garbage to Raise Awareness About Plastic Bags. Colorful Geometric Illustrations of London 2012 Olympics. Intricate Lacy Patterns Along the Baltic Sea. Portrait Paintings Across Rows of Floppy Disks. Color Pencil Portraits of Classic Pop Culture Families. Thousands of Threads Form Vibrant Rainbows. Colorful Umbrellas Magically Float in Mid-Air. Glowing Planets Float Along the Surface of Earth. - StumbleUpon.
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