So Jay-Z has 99 problems? We’ve been hearing about ‘em for years, but we’ve never been exactly sure what they were. Thanks to Ali Graham, we’re now getting a look inside the life of Shawn Carter, and the scoop on his plethora of problems. This growing Tumblr sensation 99 Problems, has been featuring illustrations of the world-famous rapper and his many grievances, from his issues with popsicles and US presidents, to tailoring and hair. It’s a hard-knock life, but somebody’s got to live it! [Read more…]
With a lot of talent and even more patience, UK based illustrator Jacob Everett has a unique style for creating large scale portraits. The 22 year old artist overlaps thousands of ballpoint ink ellipses, building up more or less to re-produce the contours of each subject’s face. Up close, the pictures look pixelated, but from afar they look like a photograph. He explains:
I am interested in the contrast between the minute, repetitive mark-making and the highly personal image that is created. The process is similar to mass production. I work from photographs, concentrating on one section of the face at a time. Over several shifts spent in this way, the work culminates in a finished product which is, paradoxically, an authentic and personal portrait.