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Photography

New Feathery Portraits That Peek Inside the Personalities of Cockatoos and Doves

New Feathery Portraits That Peek Inside the Personalities of Cockatoos and Doves

October 4, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

Photographer Leila Jeffreys (previously) captures birds outside of their traditional context, taking various breeds into her studio to photograph without distraction. The simple portraits capture the elegance of each bird, bringing a new perspective to the brilliant colors and textures that belong to each cockatoo, dove, or other domestic or exotic species. The works appear as both an unbiased attempts at documenting a set of animals, and a warm depiction of the feathery subjects. More



Art Illustration

New Bic Ballpoint Pen Portraits on Vintage Maps and Stationery by Mark Powell

New Bic Ballpoint Pen Portraits on Vintage Maps and Stationery by Mark Powell

Sep.25.17

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Christopher

Working atop faded street maps, vintage National Geographic magazine covers, and decades-old stationery, London-based artist Mark Powell (previously) draws the wrinkled contours of his subject’s faces with a standard black Bic ballpoint pen. The weathered portraits of both famous and anonymous people reflect his antiquated canvases both in texture and tone as he traces the topographies of their faces across literal street maps or paper materials that have traversed the world. More



Art

Towering Charcoal Portraits of Women by Clio Newton

Towering Charcoal Portraits of Women by Clio Newton

Aug.28.17

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Christopher

Swiss artist Clio Newton has been hard at work on a series of larger-than-life portraits of women portrayed entirely with compressed charcoal. The towering drawings can reach nearly 8 feet tall and capture near photographic detail of her subject’s faces, hair, and bodies. More



Art

Towering New Mixed Media Portraits by Andrew Salgado

Towering New Mixed Media Portraits by Andrew Salgado

Jul.10.17

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Kate

Canadian-born artist Andrew Salgado (previously here and here) presents a new body of work composed of towering portraits that span over eight-feet-tall. The mixed media works incorporate materials as diverse as paperback books and miniature cacti—objects that bring even more texture to the cross-hatched oil and pastel faces portrayed on each canvas. More



Art

New Sketchbook-Based Ballpoint Pen Drawings by Nicolas V. Sanchez

New Sketchbook-Based Ballpoint Pen Drawings by Nicolas V. Sanchez

Jun.30.17

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Kate

New York City-based artist Nicolas V. Sanchez (previously) creates masterful drawings with only the aid of a few ballpoint pens, rendering unbelievably realistic portraits and still lifes in his many sketchbooks. Due to his precise application of highlights and shadows several of his works seem three-dimensional, such as the fruit bowl seen below which looks placed on the page and not drawn. More



Art History

Portraits of Women Painted on the Handles of Old Paint Brushes by Rebecca Szeto

Portraits of Women Painted on the Handles of Old Paint Brushes by Rebecca Szeto

Jun.23.17

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Christopher

Drawing inspiration from across centuries, mediums, and cultures, artist Rebecca Szeto (previously) identifies both anonymous and historically significant women to depict atop the carved handles of old used paint brushes. From the first woman to graduate with a degree in architecture from MIT to a Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, or an anonymous face lifted from a 17th century Baroque painting, each portrait presents the face of a woman who has come in and out of focus throughout history. More



Art Illustration

Segmented and Compartmentalized Graphite Portraits by Miles Johnston

Segmented and Compartmentalized Graphite Portraits by Miles Johnston

Jun.7.17

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Christopher

The female characters inhabiting the world of London-based illustrator Miles Johnston appear to be undergoing near perpetual transformation, their faces or bodies split in half, or their entire form morphing into globby organic forms. Over the past few years he’s examined four specific transformations organized into series titled Deform, Divide, Attract, and Recur. More



Photography

Giants: A Black and White Series Captures the Complexity of the Humpback Whale

Giants: A Black and White Series Captures the Complexity of the Humpback Whale

May.30.17

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Kate

Over the last three years photographer Jem Cresswell has photographed humpback whales during their annual migration to Vava’u, Tonga, swimming with the great creatures in the vast waters of the southern Pacific Ocean. Cresswell’s series Giants captures the individual personality of the great whales, each of which seem to pose specifically for his underwater camera. More



Crafts Illustration

New Colorful Paper Portraits Comprised of Densely Quilled Paper by Yulia Brodskaya

New Colorful Paper Portraits Comprised of Densely Quilled Paper by Yulia Brodskaya

May.9.17

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Christopher

Paper artist Yulia Brodskaya (previously) continues to produce elegant paper portraits, mixing geometric and organic forms through paper quilling to establish the details of each face. Over the last few years Brodskaya has been commissioned to create pieces for dozens of corporate clients from Starbucks to the New York Times, but still pauses to work on this portrait series that has slowly evolved over time. More



Photography

Affinity: Compelling Studio Portraits of Animals Photographed Against a Stark Black Backdrop by Brad Wilson

Affinity: Compelling Studio Portraits of Animals Photographed Against a Stark Black Backdrop by Brad Wilson

May.2.17

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Christopher

From lumbering African elephants to diminutive cockatoos, fine art photographer Brad Wilson appears to look into the soul of unusual animals from the far reaches of the planet, isolating each bird, mammal, or reptile against a deep black backdrop. The images are part of the Santa Fe-based photographer’s ongoing Affinity series that explores human’s relationship with animals, both positive and negative, while highlighting the fragility of each subject with the aid of soft studio lighting. More



Art Illustration

Portraits of People with Beards and Hairstyles Brimming with Life by Olaf Hajek

Portraits of People with Beards and Hairstyles Brimming with Life by Olaf Hajek

Apr.25.17

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Christopher

Incorporating aspects of South American folklore, mythology, and religion, Berlin-based artist Olaf Hajek depicts thoughtful portraits of women and men infused with elements of life—often in their hairdos. Over the last few years Hajek’s illustration work has appeared in major publications from the New York Times to the Guardian, but he also exhibits his acrylic paintings on wood and cardboard in galleries around the world. More