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Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly-Eyed Faces

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Toon Bombing: A Toronto Artist Turns Outdoor Objects into Googly Eyed Faces Toronto street art humor faces

Animator and artist Aiden Glenn of Pizza and Pixels takes his love for character design to the streets of Liberty Village, Toronto where he turns outdoor objects into weird, googly-eyed faces. Glenn refers to the act as “toon bombing” and you can see plenty more of it over on his Tumblr. If you liked this, also check out the work of Tom Schneider. (via Laughing Squid)

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

About two years we featured a great selection of skull nickels, a numismatic curiosity where miniature bas relief sculptures are carved into coins, an artform that’s broadly referred to as hobo nickel art. While researching a follow-up article on Hobonickelart.com I stumbled onto the work of Paolo Curcio (aka “mrthe”) who appears to have taken the process of carving coins to an entirely new level. Using a variety of different coins the Barcelona-based artist creates etched homages to pop culture, illustrations of figures from literature, and most commonly: macabre portraits of skulls and death, probably the most prevalent theme in hobo nickel art.

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

Remarkable Hobo Nickels Carved from Clad Coins by Paolo Curcio sculpture money faces currency bas relief anatomy

One aspect of Curcio’s process that’s really amazing is his ability to use coins made from multiple layers of metal (referred to as clad coins) which he then strategically reveals to create colored flourishes and background patterns. You can see much more of his work over on his website, and keep an eye on his Ebay page for occasional coin listings.

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Cleopatras Feast, after Jordeans, Detail Eyes Open Detail

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Cleopatras Feast Detail

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Cleopatras Feast Detail

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Cleopatras Feast after Jordeans Assembled

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Water after Archimboldo

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Leda and the Swan, after Correggio

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Madeline de France Queen of Scotland, after Corneille de Leon

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Salome after Solaria

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Judith with head of Holofernes, after Cranach

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Wishbone, after Gysis / Lanna Woman (Wat Umong)

Artists Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector of Chadwick & Spector create detailed reproductions of historic artworks by painting them on the human body. While both artists collaborate on each artwork, Chadwick is generally the canvas while Spector does the painting. The resulting body of documentary photographs form their ongoing body of work titled Museum Anatomy. Via their artist statement:

Museum Anatomy is a collection of documentary photographs of works from museums around the world that have been recreated onto the human body. The artwork goes through a significant process until reaching the final outcome, a photograph of Chadwick, sometimes unrecognizable as a human form, with an elaborate, detailed painting covering a portion of his body. The recreated paintings of these historic portraits recapture the subjects in their own moment in history. The resulting photographs reveal a unification of art combining antiquity, history and technology in a contemporary context.

What initially starts as a bizarre attempt to visually untangle the artwork from Chadwick’s body becomes a strangely rewarding exercise as you look from piece to piece. It’s an uncanny feeling when you think an area of the artwork is a human body part but you eventually realize the opposite is true.

If you want to see some of the pieces up close you can stop by The Big Show at the Lawndale Arts Center in Houston, Texas starting July 12th, or see their first solo show in the U.S. since 1999 at the Georgetown Art Center opening October 4th. All imagery above courtesy the artists. (via juxtapoz)

Face Painting at the Maha Shivaratri Festival

Face Painting at the Maha Shivaratri Festival  portraits India history faces

Photographer Rakesh JV captured this phenomenal portrait of a girl having her face painted prior to the Maha Shivaratri festival in India, an annual Hindu celebration in reverence of Lord Shiva. During the festival people offer sacrifices through various means, kids are dressed up as gods, and older individuals are known to inflict pain on themselves through a variety of self torture. Rakesh has traveled all around the country the last few years and has captured a wealth of incredible portraits and scenes that are well worth a look.

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

Since 1997 Brazilian artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga has been turning haphazard, porous, or cracked surfaces into bizarre, misshapen faces in his unique style of street art portraiture. His site-specific paintings have appeared around the world this year in places like Senegal, Portugal, Berlin, Amsterdam and of course his native Brazil, and he’s also known for much more elaborate and polished graffiti murals. You can see much more of his work over on Flickr, and if you liked this also check out the work of Nomerz. (via hi-fructose)

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell illustration faces envelopes

London-based artist Mark Powell has chosen the backs of old envelopes as a canvas for these delicately rendered portraits of the elderly, using nothing more than a standard Bic Biro pen to create the delicate folds and wrinkles of their skin. I love everything about these. See much more of his work here and he sells a number of art prints over on Society6. If you liked this also check out the photography of Lee Jeffries.

Seed Faces

Seed Faces recycling plants paper organic home gardening faces

Seed Faces recycling plants paper organic home gardening faces

Seed Faces are little heads made from recycled paper pulp. You put the suckers in some dirt and in a few days heirloom sprouts grow out of their friggen’ faces. If you want, you can then eat them. The whole endeavor is a little quirky and weird but, purchased! Made by Kelsey Pike at the Sustainable Papercraft Studio, available in packs of 25 for $7 or 10 for $3. See also Comic Book Farming. (via the rhumboogie)

Line Drawings by Vasilj Godzh

Line Drawings by Vasilj Godzh people lines illustration faces

Line Drawings by Vasilj Godzh people lines illustration faces

Line Drawings by Vasilj Godzh people lines illustration faces

Line Drawings by Vasilj Godzh people lines illustration faces

Line Drawings by Vasilj Godzh people lines illustration faces

A number of exquisite line drawings by Russian illustrator Vasilj Godzh. See much more over on Behance.

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