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May 20, 2013

Incredible Cut Paper Portraits by Nerhol

Yoshihisa Tanaka and Ryuta Liada - better known as are the creators as Nerhol - are the creators of this series of cut paper… read more

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Dec 19, 2012

Stunning Family Portraits of Unrelated Look-Alikes

In his travels around the world, Canadian photographer François Brunelle meets all kinds of interesting people, including some who he thinks he's met before in a totally different context. So, for his latest series, he gathers two individuals who are completely unrelated to each other, and photographs the pair as a family portrait.

In I'm not a look-alike!, Brunelle dresses his subjects in similar, complementary clothing, and poses them in typical, slightly awkward family portrait positions...a hand on the the shoulder here, a head tilt there. The most fascinating aspect to me is that unlike actual family members, who tend to share… read more

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May 17, 2012

Incredible Photos of Gale-Force Winds Directly to the Face

Fun fact of the day: the term "gale-force" refers to winds scoring betwen 8 and 10 on the Beaufort windspeed scale, or about 40-65 miles an hour. That's tree-uprooting strength.

Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern has gathered more than one hundred individuals, blown these gale-force winds in their faces, and snapped a still photo of their visages going all wacky.

And it's… read more

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Mar 23, 2012

Paper Faces by Héctor Sos

created at: 03/23/2012

This whimsical series of paper faces created by Héctor Sos for Torras Papel made me laugh. It's Friday after all, and I think we could all use a bit of random designy humor in our lives.… read more

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Mar 19, 2012

Red Hong's Coffee Cup Ring Drawings

Shanghai artist "Red" Hong Yi, enjoys finding all sorts of interesting ways to draw...without any traditional drawing utensils. She previously created a portrait of NBA icon Yao Ming by bouncing a basketball dipped in paint, and recently perfected a means of using the rings left by a coffee mug.

The results are incredibly detailed, and her ability to find contrast in the color values and intensity is… read more

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Feb 13, 2012

Portrait Collages Made from Tiny Strips of Colored Paper

created at: 02/13/2012

Self-taught French artist Nathalie Boutté has perfected a technique for creating portraits that, in itself, is nothing out of the oridinary: long strips of paper are cut and then laid on top of other strips of paper, over and over. But when it all comes together? It's… read more

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Feb 07, 2012

Age Maps: Split Portraits of People as Children and Adults

Age Maps is a series by photographer Bobby Neel Adams in which he juxtaposes two photos of the same individual at two different times in their lives. And he does it all in analog, no Photoshopping involved. "For each subject, Adams takes a childhood photo and a current photo, prints them at the same proportions, tears them in half, and glues the halves together. He says that this is to 'telescope the slow process of aging into a single picture,' and that 'a jump of time is established at the tear.' "

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Jan 17, 2012

Nailing It: Portraits in Hardware by Marcus Levine

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While a design student at Cornwall College of Art and Design, Marcus Levine began to play with the idea of creating human forms with nails. He explains, "the interplay between the rigid, angular nails and the soft curves of the human torso, would be more striking".

Years later, Marcus has perfected the technique, and he's nailing… read more

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Dec 30, 2011

Incredible City Square Collage Photographs

created at: 12/30/2011

Photographer Adam Magyar captures bustling city squares teeming with crowds of people on the move....that don't actually exist. Instead, each work is a composite of photos of individual people, shot from only a few feet about their heads.

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Oct 17, 2011

Steve Jobs Portrait Made Entirely out of MacBook Parts

created at: 10/16/2011

 

Since Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, there has been an incredible array of artistic tributes to the man that gave so many creative folks the tools to express themselves. I, for one, have been an Apple fanatic since September 15, 1994, the day my family got our first computer: a Power Macintosh 7100. That day also happened to be my 11th birthday. But I… read more

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Oct 11, 2011

Super Cool Family Portraits: Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Slayers

The Martin family recently sat for an updated round of family photos. And by "sat for," I mean built custom sets of post-apocalyptic, zombie-fighting armor, and headed to a gritty locale for hours of family fun.

The shoot was conceived by the mother, Jen, and all armor and props were built by the family, using hubcaps, a railroad crossing sign, soda tabs, stainless steel, sports equipment, jump rings and aluminum duct parts. I especially love the bike helmet plus floor vent… read more

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Aug 18, 2011

Pixelated Push Pin Portraits

created at: 12/01/2010

Artist Eric Daigh uses red, black, yellow, and blue push pins to create photo-realistic art portraits. His work really takes advantage of the "realistic far away/geometric up close" phenonomenon that happens with "pixelated" art. I love the variations in distortion that are visible in the above photo.

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Aug 01, 2011

Before and After Photos of...Joggers

When you're the editor of a DIY decor website, you come across a lot of "before and afters" Like, a lot. Like, so many, if I see another shoddy, worn brown piece of furniture with the phrase "before" brandished across it in some curlicue typeface, I very well may just...well, really appreciate this photo series by French photographer Sacha Goldberg. 

In it, he asked random joggers at the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris if he could take a quick post-run photo. A week later, the same folks were invited to come to Goldberg's professional photo studio in their best for an "after" protrait. The results are strangely intimate and understandably… read more

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Jun 23, 2011

Hyper-Realistic Embroidered Portraits

created at: 12/01/2010

Me: Wait...those are embroidered?

Other Me: Yeah.

Me: Like, with a needle and floss?

Other Me: Yep.

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May 26, 2011

A Portrait Made from 13,138 Dice

Subversive artist and designer Tobias Wong died last summer, at the young age of 35. Or, 13,138 days. To celebrate his friend, artist Fredrick Swain created Die, a portrait of Wong using 13,138 dice. He says, "The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life. It felt like [a medium] he would use. Because [Tobias] was a very street-level force, I thought it was appropriate [to install] the portrait on the floor. Its not something I wanted to suspend on the wall; I wanted it to be right there on the floor where you almost interact with it.The idea of every decision you make and everything you've done in your life, defines who you are. All of those days symbolically makes up the image of Tobi."

Wow. Just...wow.

Please, please watch this video in… read more

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Nov 09, 2010

How the Wall Street Journal's Famous "Stipple Portraits" Are Created (How-to Included)

Since their debut in 1979, the Wall Street Journal has featured more than 11,000 of their half-column Stipple headcuts. The signature portraits are created today by eight artists, and feature everyone from Hollywood celebrities to world government officials to Santa Claus.

To learn how to create the… read more

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