About Face: Giant Street Portraits By RONE

Street artist RONE’s newest work makes us do a double take. Painted on a five-story building at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin, the piece looks perfect from a distance, yet proves rough and dripping upon closer inspection. One example of the Melbourne-based artists’ extensive street portraits, the mural embodies RONE’s efforts to “locate the friction point between beauty and decay, the lavish and despoiled, creating an iconic form of urban art with a strongly emotional bent.”

The Face-O-Mat Spits Out A Minimalist Illustration of Your Face in 3 Minutes

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At the laundromat dirty clothes go through the machines and come out clean, and that’s not much different from what happens to a face in the Face-O-Mat. Swiss artist Tobias Gutmann created this portrait machine which he sits inside and waits for a coin donation in the slot. Then he looks through the square at the customer’s face and begins painting a minimalist portrait of them in 3 minutes. With special sound effects, that sound like a printer, Gutmann feeds the painting through the slot so it looks like the machine is spitting it out and the people get to bring home an awesome, squeaky clean self-portrait.

Uncanny Animated GIFs Go In Circles


rrrrrrrroll puts photos in heavy rotation. A project based out of Japan, rrrrrrrroll creates animated GIFs featuring an anonymous individual in unassuming, everyday environments. Each still image, however, is animated by one element moving in a trippy endless cycle – ranging from a forkful of spaghetti suspended over a spinning plate, to a woman frantically swinging herself around a lamppost.

Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers Who Have Found Their Match

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Fascinated with the idea that two totally unrelated people can look like twins, photographer Francois Brunelle set out to take portraits of 200 doppelgangers. This beautiful black and white series began when he photographed a pair of friends who looked as though they were identical twins that had been separated at birth. Although most of his photos so far have been taken in North America, Brunelle is now taking his I’m Not a Look-Alike! project around the globe to create a book and international exhibit. He has already been looking for look-alikes in Australia!

Now and Then: Aged Faces of Centenarians Are Restored to Youth

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Both expectations and memory are funny things. For the youth of the world, they never expect to get old… but it slowly sneaks up on everyone. For the old, it’s often hard to remember just what it was to be youthful. This captivating series puts the effect of aging front and center, showing captivating images of elderly people and then a quick sweep back to their youth in the same pose.

LEGO Brick “Sketches” of Your Favorite Pop Culture Icons

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A self-declared “professional geek”, Chris McVeigh never stopped playing with toys. He uses LEGOS in conjunction with his creative eye and photography skills to make fun, colorful “sketches” of some of the best pop culture characters of all time. In this series of LEGO Brick Sketches, McVeigh challenges himself to stick to a 12″x16″ brick canvas, which is a similar size to some of his friends’ miniature marker sketches. His first one was Wolverine and after receiving a very positive response from his Instagram and Facebook fans, he decided to keep going. While the LEGO creations are obviously not real sketches, McVeigh plays up this theme perfectly with little LEGO markers in the correct colors next to each portrait.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Personal Portraits of Parents-to-Be Sleeping As they Wait for Baby

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While scrolling the feed on Facebook, trends among your friends become very clear. For many of us, after the red solo cup phase came the wedding phase, and naturally the heart hands around the pregnant belly button were the next big feed filler. Russian photographer Jana Romanova reached the point where many of her friends were entering this new chapter of life and she tells Slate, “It was a challenge for me to get used to it. I always try to solve my problems with photography, so I decided to make a project about it.” She asked her closest friends if she could sleep over their houses to capture their intimate pre-baby sleeping styles while they were actually asleep, so the results were natural and un-embellished, and called the project Waiting. As you can see the results were beautiful.

Old Toys Get Remixed Into Classic Paintings & Famous Faces

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With plastic toys in every fast food kids meal and birthdays and holidays galore, little plastic figurines and accessories are quite abundant in our landfills. Jane Perkins has an artful way of repurposing these little trinkets in her textile pieces, combining them with buttons, beads, and other small pieces that are often thrown in the trash. The British artist collects many of her found materials from Car Boot sales, which is the UK’s version of a yard or garage sale and insists that she never alters the colors of any materials. Once she takes her treasures home, she sorts them out by color and uses a hot glue gun to attach them in the perfect positions to re-create famous pieces, like The Girl with the Pearl Earring and the Mona Lisa, or stunning portraits of famous figures.

Tales You Lose: Classic Coin Faces Get Colorful New Identities

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With so much individuality in the world, who wants to look at the same presidents, prime ministers, and famous faces on their pocket change every day? Certainly not Frankfurt, Germany-based designer Andre Levy. Known as @zhion on Instagram this Brazil-born artist transforms dull coin sculptures into colorful familiar faces from pop culture, taking them from drab and lifeless to vibrant and one-in-a-million. His coin painting began as a project on Instagram, but he soon realized it makes the perfect Tumblr, which he calls Tales You Lose.

These Are NOT Photographs: Freakishly Realistic Portrait Paintings

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Who needs a camera when your painting skills are better than photography? Korean artist Kang-hoon Kang creates large-scaled oil on canvas portraits that look way too real to be paintings- but they are. He doesn’t play it safe with flat, simple pictures, rather he shows glare and depth with a range of accessories on his subjects. With dynamic characters, each of his paintings invite the viewer to understand the person. Whether each person is being true to themselves or posing for his desired sentiment, each painting has a persona that begs the question, who am I?