Logo Mashups: Two Brands Come Face to Face

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Some logos were just meant to have babies. Take the Crocs logo and set it up with the Lacoste crocodile and what do you get? Some majorly jarring fashion and a logo that fits together all too well. That’s the gist behind Ryan Loomis‘ intriguing project Logo Mashups. He’s taking some of the most iconic brands and matching them with their most appropriate brand buddy.

Richard Unglik Remakes Famous Scenes with Playmobil People

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Here at Visual News, we love to see artists playing with toys! With legos, we’ve seen iconic photographs remade by Mike Stimpson and hilarious famous movie scenes by Alex Eylar. Now we bring you a similar concept with a different toy- classic Playmobil people. Richard Unglik has published several books using these little plastic characters to re-create album covers, movie posters, famous paintings, magazine covers, and scenes from the Bible.

Chad Wys Creates Artistic Combinations That Push Things Forward

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These new artworks by Chad Wys are the type of project that make innovations happen. In their distinct elements they aren’t that unique – some multi-colored paint here, a porcelain statue there – but it’s how his contemporary and historical forms interact that make the difference. Wys has a knack for combining dissimilar elements in ways that create surprising and thought provoking new artistic directions.

Is it Copying, Remixing, or Just Chance? Website asks of similar artworks: Who Wore It Better?

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Call it a copy, call it a tribute… we might think we’re in the age of the remix, but we’re not: this has been going on for a long, long time. Just check out the mind blowing Everything is a Remix series by Kirby Ferguson or these creative comparisons from a fantastic site that asks: Who Wore It Better? Whether it’s Roy Lichtenstein directly appropriating comic book art from Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (and making a small fortune on the subsequent paintings), or van Gogh reworking Jean-François Millet’s painting in his own impressionistic style, there have been centuries of inspired ideas passed from one creative individual to the next… and even our most exalted heroes of creativity aren’t exempt from the practice. After all, as Picasso reportedly said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.”

Book Covers With One Letter Missing

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After a bit of a hiatus, #bookswithalettermissing started trending again on Twitter. Here, book lovers celebrated their favorite literary works by remixing/erasing part of the title and following the hashtags’ self-explanatory instructions: get rid of just one letter. Before long Twitter was awash with ‘new’ books to be enjoyed all ever again: The Da Vinci Cod and Jurassic Ark, were notable examples.

Discarded Paintings Remixed with Monsters

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Regardless of how many good vibes or “happy trees” got painted into that old mountain landscape at the thrift store, there are few of us who would consider giving the dusty old painting a new home. Artist Chris McMahon might be changing that sentiment however, giving those old paintings a new and unusual chance at life. McMahon is part of a growing number of people remixing discarded paintings by placing strange new creatures into the scene. His Mountain Monster, shown above, is a good example of the technique. Through the tops of the puffy white clouds comes a massive four-legged beast set on total destruction (or is that just a smile?).

Historical Figures Get a Modern Makeover

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To celebrate its new series, The Secret Life Of …, the UK’s history TV channel Yesterday commissioned artists to work with historians to provide a modern characterization of some of the most famous figures in history, as if they were alive today. The remixed paintings provide an educational account of what each figure was like which is stretched to assume how they would dress and carry themselves today. Modern day Queen Elizabeth I sports a Hilary Clinton hairstyle with a stylish, designer suit and keeps her notoriously hideous teeth concealed with a straight face, though it’s likely she would have veneers in today’s times. William Shakespeare would surely be a hipster and he is shown with piercings and hair plugs to keep up with the actors of today.

Cesar Santos’ Legendary Artist Remix

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What if Picasso and Rembrandt had met to have cocktails in 1953? You can imagine the talks they would have had: electric, inspired, and maybe even heated. The work that could have spawned from such a conversation might have looked a bit like that of Cesar Santos. His paintings seemingly bring the works of masters – from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century to Modernism – together, juxtaposing their styles one on top of the other. It’s a patchwork of inspired painting.

Superman Re-Skinned as Other Pop-Icons

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Perhaps the most famous of all Superman imagery comes, not surprisingly, from his very first comic features. The cover of Superman #6 featured a smiling hero, his radiant face looking out on a world he was happy and generous enough to save. It’s classic Americana to the max. When artist Mike Mitchell recently took on the iconic image, he gave it everything but a new face – “re-skinning” Superman with the clothing of pop-culture icons far and wide, old and new.

Animated El Bocho: Berlin Street Art Comes to Life

Web based artist ABVH made a splash earlier this year when he payed tribute to Banksy’s street art by creating 6 animated versions of the iconic artists pieces. In those works, sign inhabiting rats sprung to life, policemen got amorous, and a parking lot became much more playful. Now, taking his cues from ABVH’s project, Berlin based artist Nicolas Molès has created animated work based on local street artist El Bocho’s playful work.