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Photorealistic Portraits Hand-Embroidered by Cayce Zavaglia

October 31, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Stitch by stitch and color by color St. Louis based figurative artist Cayce Zavaglia (previously) utilizes her background as a painter to embroider excruciatingly detailed portraits that look almost like photographs. The process, which she refers to as a “renegade approach to embroidery”, begins with a photo-shoot consisting of 100-150 portraits from which she selects the best image and then moves to the canvas where she works with one ply embroidery thread on Belgian linen to create each piece which is often not larger than 8″ x 10″. Her four most recent works, some of which are included above, will be shown at Art Miami through Lyons Wier Gallery in December. I highly encourage you to watch the video above by Garrett Zavaglia to see quite a bit more detail about how she works.

 

 



Art Illustration

Portraits Drawn with Tea, Vodka, Whiskey and Ink by Carne Griffiths

October 1, 2012

Christopher Jobson

UK-based illustrator Carne Griffiths creates these striking portraits with uncommon mediums such as tea brandy, vodka, whiskey, graphite and calligraphy ink. His drawings most frequently explore human and floral forms, as says he’s “fascinated by the flow of line and the ‘invisible lines’ that connect us to the natural world.” The four pieces above are part of a limited edition postcard set just released by Griffiths, each of which comes in a fancy custom-illustrated, wax-sealed envelope. He also has a solo show at Ink-d Gallery in Brighton that closes this Saturday. (via behance)

 

 



Art

Stunning Oil Portraits by Harding Meyer

September 5, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Brazilian-born artist Harding Meyer lives and works in Berlin and Karlsruhe where he paints these stunning, large-scale oil portraits. I imagine nothing short of standing in front of these giant canvases truly does them justice, but you can see them in extremely high resolution over on Meyer’s blog. His work will appear in a number of group shows later this year at Würth and the Arts and Museum Dr. Guislain in Gent, and you can see much more of his work at Galerie Voss.

 

 



Photography

Noah Kalina Updates Self-Portrait Video to Include 12.5 Years of Daily Portraits (4,514 Photos!)

September 4, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Noah Kalina has been taking a self-portrait each day for the last 12.5 years as part of his aptly titled Everyday project. Six years ago a video chronicling six years of portraits set to music by Carly Commando took the internet by storm spawning legions of people to embark on similar self-portrait projects. This morning Kalina released an updated video containing some 4,500 photographs shot from January 11, 2000 through June 30, 2012. Here they are all at once.

 

 



Photography

Remarkable Tintype Portraits by Michael Shindler

August 10, 2012

Christopher Jobson

In August of 2011 photographer Michael Shindler did something that to some might sound a little ludicrous. He had spent the last six years learning a cumbersome photographic process invented in the 1850s called Wet-Plate Collodion process that relies on metal plates to print photographs, and decided to use his unique skills to open the world’s only tintype portrait studio called Photobooth on Valencia street in San Francisco. In an age when even the use of regular film has taken the backseat to an exponential explosion of megapixels, Shindler was going to go seriously old school, opening a kind of commercial portrait studio that hadn’t been seen since the 1930s. To get some perspective this is like a musician announcing that their next album was coming out exclusively on phonograph. Here’s some more information on the process:

The Wet-Plate Collodion process, first introduced in 1851, involves coating an enameled metal or glass plate with a collodion mixture, which is then sensitized, exposed and processed all within a few minutes and while the plate is still wet. The resulting image (while technically a negative) is made up of extremely fine silver particles that are creamy-white in color, which allows the image to be viewed as a positive when seen against a black background.

So what happened in the 12 months since? Nearly 3,500 people have stepped into Shindler’s studio to sit for one of his truly wonderful portraits. Shindler recently posted some of his favorites online over on Behance and shared some more exclusively with Colossal for this post. Photobooth will be celebrating its one year anniversary on the 24th and you can stay tuned to their website for updates.

Update: As it turns out Shindler had a run-in with a famous dog last week. Photographer Theron Humphrey stopped in with his dog Maddie and she was quickly immortalized in the tintype portrait seen above. So awesome.

 

 



Photography

Bizarre Underwater Portraits by Tim Tadder

July 30, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Fish Heads is a new series of fun portraits by L.A.-based photographer Tim Tadder. Though I’ve seen a number of different underwater portraiture projects, Tadder utilizes light and surface tension in an interesting way, making it seem as if the subjects are peering in from (or be swallowed by) a kind of spooky portal. You can see many more from the series over on Behance. All photos courtesy the artist.