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New ‘8-Bit’ Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

Artist Adam Lister continues his examination of pop culture and art history through these unusual watercolor paintings inspired by his love for 8-bit graphics found in old Nintendo and Atari video games. These are some of his more recent paintings, and you can see plenty more on his website where he has quite a few prints available.

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Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration is a new series of watercolor paintings by Vienna-based artist and illustrator Karina Eibatova. The juxtaposition of using a water-based medium to create images of stone is in line with Eibatova’s desire to only create images from nature, an exploration that has lead to dozens of publications in magazines, newspapers, and journals around the world. These new paintings are available as prints in her online shop.

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271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor color books

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.

Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide. The irony being there was only a single copy that was probably seen by very few eyes.

It’s hard not to compare the hundreds of pages of color to its contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, which wouldn’t be published for the first time until 1963.

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here, and you can read a description of it here (it appears E-Corpus might have crashed for the moment). The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France. (via Erik Kwakkel)

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‘8-Bit Watercolors’ Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
The Kiss

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
Bob Ross

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
Mona Lisa at the Louvre

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
Mona Lisa

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
The Selling of “The Scream”

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
Wonder Woman

‘8 Bit Watercolors Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics watercolor pop culture painting
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Inspired in part by the 8-bit graphics of old Atari and Nintendo video games from his youth, artist Adam Lister paints quirky watercolor interpretations of pop culture icons, art world happenings, and famous paintings. Trying to describe his style can be difficult as it’s not quite digital and it’s not quite Cubism (though maybe it’s a tad Etch A Sketch?). While all of Lister’s works are distinctly humorous, many are also strangely nostalgic, recalling moments from the recent past including comic book characters, Star Wars references, and even numerous interpretations of iconic TV painter Bob Ross.

Lister has several limited edition prints available on his website, and his work most recently appeared as part of a group show at Catalyst Gallery. He’s also turned several pieces into 3D printed objects. (via Yatzer, Huffington Post)

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Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle watercolor portraits illustration

Digital artist and illustrator Florian Nicolle (previously here and here) blends layers of newsprint, watercolor, pencil, and digital painting to create rich, frenetic portraits that seem to fly off the canvas. Over the past few years, Nicolle has been tapped by some of the world’s largest brands including Nike, Adobe, Warner Brothers, and ESPN, but still finds time for personal work. You can explore more on Behance and on his website.

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New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

Architect and freelance illustrator Maja Wrońska (previously) continues to amaze with her beautifully executed watercolor paintings of iconic cityscapes from around the world. From London and Paris to Prague and even Disney Land, the Polish artist brings a colorful, dreamlike perspective to everything she paints. Wrońska has been extremely active since we first covered her work here back in 2012, see much more on Behance, and pickup prints and other things on Society6.

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Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Using self-portrait photographs and watercolors, artist Aliza Razell has been exploring several abstract narratives by merging the two mediums in Photoshop. Her first series, Anesidora , involves the story of Pandora’s Jar (Pandora’s box was actually a jar, a detail misinterpreted in the 1400s), while the second is inspired by the Finnish word ikävä, meaning the feeling of missing someone or something. You can see much more of her work over on Flickr, and you might interested to know Razell is the older sister of young photographer Fiddle Oak, featured here last year.

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