When I ran across Elke Vogelsang’s dog portraits recently, I couldn’t get over how perfectly each one captured the close bond we can have with these canine friends – and the incredibly goofy moments they share too. Using mostly a wide angle lens to capture close ups, she has created an impressive collection that includes her own dogs; Noodles, Scout, and Loli – and now many from clients eager to have her reveal their dogs inner personality. [Read more...]
We’ve seen some pretty impressive examples of classic pointillism, with Miguel Endara using 3.2 million dots for one portrait. Federico Pietrella amazed us again using date stamps in a pointillist fashion to re-create photographs. And now we are pleased to bring you these hammer & nail stippling works by David Foster. Using thousands of nails hammered to a canvas, he varies the solidity and shading to create stunning portraits of celebrities, animals, and of course, a hammer and nail! [Read more...]
Think you’ve got facial hair? Nope. I thought I had a mustache until I saw these absolutely ridiculous portraits from the 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans. There are up-do’s, out-do’s, loop-d-loops… well, I don’t know what to call them. It’s basically face-based sculpture, it’s bizarre and wacky. We’re thankful Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson was there to capture the majesty of these growing works of art. [Read more...]
These bizarre melting portraits from Portland, Maine-based artist Ben DeHaan are created with a surprisingly clever technique using just a conventional inkjet printer and gravity. His project, called Uncured, features two side-by-side images of the portrait before and after it has melted away leaving drips of watercolor-like paths down the page. [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.
With vibrant color splashes, drips, and splotches, Rowan Newton creates paintings as gorgeous as they are colorful. The UK-based artist has been drawn to street art since he was a young boy growing up in the city of Brixton. Much like graffiti artists transform unlikely spaces into art, he likes to use wood or cardboard as the canvas for his paintings, and stylizes them in a similar fashion.
Sergey Balovin is a Russian artist who discovered a calling when living in Shanghai, China. His neighbor at his apartment complex was moving out and giving away some things she didn’t need anymore. Sergey noticed an easel and asked if he could have it. She said it was a gift from a friend and she wasn’t planning on giving it away. They agreed that Sergey could have it if he gave her some art lessons in exchange – that was when Sergey realized the prospects of what could happen with bartering. He thought about what he could create using his own skills and talents, and he came up with the idea of doing portraits. [Read more...]
Inspired by the honorable Aung San Suu Kyi who fought for a democratic Burma (Myanmar) and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, creative artist Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname “Red” created an ephemeral portrait. Aung San Suu Kyi is often pictured with flowers in her hair because on the day he was assassinated, her father put fresh flowers behind her ear before walking out the door. Using 1,000 carnations in carefully placed plastic cups with varying amounts of water and red food dye to create different shades of color, nearly 20 hours of set-up time, and 40 hours for the saturation to fully develop, Red’s creation allowed Aung San Suu Kyi’s beautiful smile to shine through. The portrait measured 11.5 by 14.75 feet and took a month of flower dye experiments to get the plan ready. Although the piece only lasted about 5 days before the flowers started to wilt, Red brought awareness to a strong, compassionate, well-respected woman that many are unaware of. [Read more...]
If Picasso had made his name using the camera, his work might have looked a lot like this. Like the famous painters iconic perspective bending works, these images seem to show us two sides to the same face at once. In each case, we see a person looking directly at us and a quarter turn away… the center two eyes merging into one. This impossible perspective creates the strange effect of having one person looking at us with not two, but three eyes. [Read more...]
The Japanese are big fans of the photo booth, producing some of the most original examples of the stand-alone photo devices you can imagine: from machines which add cute frames around your pictures to examples which morph you into a big eyed manga character. Now a company called Omote 3D is taking the concept to the next level and will soon be offering people their likeness in miniature printed 3D form! [Read more...]