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Face Painting at the Maha Shivaratri Festival

June 10, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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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.

 

 



Art

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga

October 19, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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)

 

 



Illustration

Envelope Drawings by Mark Powell

January 7, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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.

 

 



Craft

Seed Faces

January 4, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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)

 

 



Illustration

Line Drawings by Vasilj Godzh

December 27, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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

 

 



Art

Figurative Sculptures by Manuel Martí Moreno

December 19, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Sculptor Manuel Martí Moreno lives and works in Valencia, Spain and forms these wonderful figurative pieces out of iron nuts. Via email Moreno says that he is most interested in showing the passage of time, the transience of life, and our collective awareness of our own mortality, seemingly evidenced by the spectre of decay at the edges of his works. You can see more images including installation shots on his blog, and also here. If you liked this, also check out the sculptures of Park Chan-Girl. Thanks Manuel for sharing your work with Colossal!

 

 



Illustration

Florian Nicolle Updates

December 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Illustrator Florian Nicolle (previously) has published a wonderful collection of his textured illustrations from 2011. Layering scans of newspaper, ink, paint, and a fair amount of digital retouching he arrives at these truly remarkable portraits. See more on Behance.

 

 

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