Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

What would you choose between a sharp, beautiful photo portrait and an illustration? If you’re inclined to reach for the photo answer, you need to see these random portraits turned in illustrations. What happens when drop dead portraits get in the hands of a talented artist?¬†Julio Cesar experimented with transforming photos into fun illustrations that will make you feel jealous he didn’t pick your Facebook profile photo. Cesar follows¬†the lead of¬†Hector Janse van Rensburg who chose fifty random Facebook profile photos and turned them into sloth paintings, as a metaphor for his depression. The Brazilian artist, however, has a cuter approach and an obvious draw towards pretty girls.

Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

Also known as MZ09, the Brazilian artist is a freelance illustrator with a deep passion for cartoony style. He gave up publicity and advertising so he could dedicate all his time to what he really loves doing: art. He has an impressive collection of illustrations and you can check out his original artwork on Deviantart, Facebook or Tumblr.

Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

His main source of inspiration are cartoons from the 80s and 90s. This transpires in every illustration he makes. Whether he starts from scratch or works around a real photograph, he makes sure to leave his fingerprint on the style of the artwork. You can notice above the photo vs the illustration.¬†Cesar went ahead and enlarged the eyes of the girl for a real cartoonish feel. The elongated neck and fuller lips prove he pays attention to details and he’s not afraid to spend hours working on a project.

Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

Cesar has a knack for choosing the photos he decides to transform into illustrations. I doubt it’s a completely random process, since almost all of¬†them have a playful undertone in their composition. To make his illustrations, Julio uses¬†Easy Paint Tool SAI and also¬†Photoshop for post production.

Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

I warned you his favorite subjects are pretty girls. Cesar confesses that at the beginning his creative process was a bit chaotic. Well, no one’s born knowing it all, Cesar. As he learned how to master the technique, he shifted back and forth between approaches until he found what best worked for him. Instead of getting knee deep in layers, now he first tackles the draft, adding the base colors and then the lights and shadings.

Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

As a self taught illustrator, the Brazilian artist finds inspiration and tips everywhere on the internet. His favorites are superheroes, but this project took him out of his comfort zone and made him experiment with different portraits, colors and techniques.

Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

From the bunch, the above set probably best illustrates his fondness for cartoons. The photo on the right undergoes a complete transformation. The eyes are enlarged, the doll eyelashes applied. Even the drinks get the cartoonish treatment and benefit from a face lift.

Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

What’s in store for Cesar’s fans? An actual store. MZ09 is shooting high for the stars and plans to open an online shop and sell t-shirts for all nerds and geeks out there. Come to think of it, I know a few people who’d like to wear a tee with their cartoon self painted on it.

Random Portraits Turned In Illustrations

Cesar doesn’t exclude the possibility of¬†releasing an art book with his illustrations in the near future. He’s also flirting with the idea of a comic book, but that’s just brainstorming at the moment. Looking at his artwork, his attention to details and drive to create something unique, I think it’s safe to say he would succeed in anything he set out doing.

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WWI Romanian Photos Restored And Brought To Life

We’ve enjoyed the privilege of taking photographs for around two hundred years, and during a big chunk of this period, we could only immortalize black and white moments, black and white weddings, black and white portraits. Thankfully, Photoshop enthusiasts from all over the world took on the daunting job of colorizing photos that date back from World War II and even World War I. And it’s no easy job. It takes hours of patience, and mastering Photoshop is essential. You can recognize the colors in a black and white picture by the subtle grey hues and from there on it’s all about the artists’ dedication to build a new photo that will faithfully illustrate what colored life looked in the 20s. An Australian artist put her personal spin on colorizing.¬†When she saw a Romanian photographers’s collection of old glass plate pictures, she figured she could bring them back to life. With a twist. Check out this WWI¬†Romanian photos restored and brought to life by¬†Jane Long.

WWI Romanian Photos Restored And Brought To Life

Jane Long’s colorizing process mainly involved guesswork. The rest of the imaginative process involved some kickass Photoshop skills, a fairy tale perspective and a whole lot of creativity. In this set, Long took a picture of a little boy and a girl, possibly brother and sister, and not only brought it to life with colors, but put her fingerprint on it in a fairy tale meets scary stories kind of way.

WWI Romanian Photos Restored And Brought To Life

This photo dating from the first World War was taken in someone’s garden and captured a very serious young man holding two pigeons. Long thought the picture didn’t have enough birds in it, so she added about a dozen more. The young man is brought to life¬†by the vivid coloring, though he’s still not smiling. While the picture on the left tells a nostalgic story of long gone times, the one on the right mixes historic photography with Daliesque surrealism.

WWI Romanian Photos Restored And Brought To Life

Classic WWI children portraits included dressed up kids often resembling cute chubby dolls. While the little girl on the left looks startled, and the little boy puts on a wise pose, the photo on the right tells a whole different story. The mirror is a unique touch and illustrates Long’s Photoshop skills at their best. Her attention to details is also amazing. Notice the little boy’s blue eyes, his tiny hand resting on the girl’s back and the perfect aged reflection in the mirror.

WWI Romanian Photos Restored And Brought To Life

While on the left we have the classic Romanian wedding at the beginning twentieth century, Jane took a different approach with her digital manipulation. The bride of the sea has other guests than her Romanian black and white equivalent. Her beautiful dress took a lot of careful work and the flower bouquet benefited from an augmentation. The fairy tale element in this one is brought by the floating veil and her almost unnoticeable aqua blue eyes.

WWI Romanian Photos Restored And Brought To Life

Probably a mother and her son showing off their acrobatic skills, the photo on the left captured a unique family moment during the years of the first World War. Continuing the theme, the Australian photographer took to her editing master skills and transformed the photo into an image saturated with color and fun. Notice the woman flipping a pancake and the little boy holding his teacup, while they’re both standing on a teapot resting on the laundry wire. Which is basically the definition of a fun Sunday in the family.

WWI Romanian Photos Restored And Brought To Life

Combining several soldiers’ portraits, Long added a touch of grace to her take on the photo by beautifying it with poppies. The portraits¬†on the left are harsh and cold not only because they are in black and white. The uniforms of the soldiers and officers are brought to life in a colorizing process that must have taken hours, if not days.

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Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

If you’re like me and 90% of the world’s population, then you couldn’t¬†draw if your life depended on it. Sure, I can scribble something on a piece of paper, but no one could tell if it’s an apple, a dinosaur, or Superman, when in fact, it’s¬†a house with two trees and a swing set. Anyway, us untalented people usually swoon over others’ imagination¬†and drive to create something that the world hasn’t seen before. Like Jasenko Dordevic, who is a sculptor. Oh, a sculptor, what new things can he possibly do, you’re thinking. Well, these amazing tiny sculptures on pencil tips will take you by surprise. Beware, you won’t be able to complain next time you try to sharpen your pencil and the mine keeps breaking.

Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

Jasenko Dordevic is a Bosnian sculptor who was inspired by Dalton Ghetti to create these unique sculptures. He carves in graphite, which is also known as black lead. His original artwork is extremely detailed and seems to have been carved out of wood, and not very fragile graphite.

Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

By using an an X-acto knife, Dordevic manages to carve beautifully detailed things into pencil tips. We should all remember his artwork next time we go mad trying to sharpen a pen and the graphite keesp breaking in the sharpener. He must have steadier hands than a surgeon operating on open heart.

Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

This picture best illustrates the Bosnian sculptor’s attention to detail. I admit, not knowing what we’re talking about, I would’ve been inclined to ask why someone bothered to stick a¬†screw in the crayon. Maybe just for the kicks? But this is, in fact,¬†Dordevic at its best. I can only imagine it took him hours to complete this piece, and a lot of effort must have went in perfecting the sculpture.

Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

If you were wondering how¬†Dordevic’s working desk looks like, here’s a sneak peek. He doesn’t just guesstimate how he should carve the graphite, he uses a magnifying glass to get accurate details and stunning carvings. He clips the pencil stub on his working device and lets inspiration take over. Even with the magnifying glass, his job isn’t that easy. The graphite is extremely fragile and must be handled with care. I can only imagine it can be very frustrating to spend half a day polishing up a sculpture only for it to break at the first gust of wind.

Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

Just when you thought¬†Dordevic can’t get any more creative, he puts a spin on his already unique artwork. He went further than sculpting on pencil tips, and exposed the crayon’s mine in which he carved a moving train passing through a tunnel. Hats down to Doredevic. He proves imagination has no limits, but he never sacrifices minute attention to details or¬†his patience to polish up every piece of art.

Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

Probably my favorite piece from the Bosnian sculptor’s collection, this tiny elephant is truly a work of art. From the arched trumpet, to the slightly shinier back, the raised hind leg and the alert ears, this graphite sculpture speaks volumes about¬†Doredevic’s passion and his ability to stay focused on his work.

Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

The detail level on this graphite photo camera is once again stunning. You got the tripod, the attached lens and the flash ready to capture the best moments in Ant Man’s life.

Amazing Tiny Sculptures On Pencil Tips

Inspired by matrioshka dolls, Doredevic took on the daunting task of carving out two tiny figurines. The hollowed graphite mine snugly fits the smaller matrioshka, while the bigger one seals everything off. Probably not suitable for children, these amazing sculptures would delight any art enthusiast on the look out for the latest unique art works.

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17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

To illustrate exactly that what goes around comes around, ‚ÄúStar Wars‚ÄĚ, which originally was inspired by the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, is now inspiring a Japanese artist in creating a very special kind of art:¬†ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The 17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars. The combination of the futuristic feel¬†with¬†the traditional technique of the craft yielded a special final product.

17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

Masumi Ishikawa, the brains and steady hands behind the project seems to have hit the jackpot. Makuake, the crowd funding site, hosts the beautiful prints that are up for sale. The Japanese artist has already exceeded his goal by far, quickly reaching figures as high as 12 million yen (the equivalent of 96,000$).

What does the ukiyo technique entitle exactly? The e-prints start up as paintings that are hand carved by wood sculptors into wood blocks. The sculptor has to create various blocks in order to suit every color chosen by the painter. These act like huge stampers: the artist applies ink on the surface of the wood block and presses a piece of paper on it. The different layers of color are built up by using the specific wood blocks. This is a long, minute process that requires care for detail and a lot of patience. As a result, the final image is a one of a kind piece of art that will surely double or triple in value as the time goes by.

17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

So what can avid Star Wars fans choose from? Prints of Darth Vade surrounded by flames and holding his lightsaber, scenes of Imperial snow walkers marching during the Battle of Hoth, and Queen Amidala accompanied by R2-D2. Each of these three compositions has been made in 200 copies, but taking in account their success, we can assume more of them will follow.

The dexterity and time that went into making these compositions managed to successfully reunite an old craft and a contemporary brand. Let’s take a closer look at the three prints that have taken the Star Wars fans by surprise making them dig deep in their pockets and pay¬†$434 for each piece of art. You can rest assured each of the prints¬†has been¬†licensed by Lucas Films.17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

Darth Vader and his lightsaber are staples in the Star Wars cult,¬†so a print entirely dedicated to him was in order. The composition is kept simple in this piece, with Darth Vader surrounded by flames, wielding his sword against a simple background. Of course, a picture doesn’t do justice to the original work of art, nonetheless it’s still impressive.¬†The Darth Vader print was the first one to get sold out, but the following two prints are still available‚Ķ at least for a few more hours.17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

In this one, Queen Amidala is accompanied by R2-D2¬†in the bottom left corner and Anakin Skywalker above.¬†Her garment is rich and lush, which means it took painstakingly long hours to carve and paint the smallest details. Queen Amidala was created in the¬†‚Äúbeautiful person picture‚ÄĚ style (Bijin-ga). This is again a simple yet powerful composition that any Star Wars fan would be glad to¬†add to his collection.17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

Probably the most complicated piece of art of the three, this print illustrates the Battle of Hoth. In the thick of the battle you can notice the fuming wrecks against the plain white background of the snow.

Masumi Ishikawa’s initiative¬†brought together three skilled artists:¬†the “eshi” (painter), “horishi” (carver) and “surishi” (printer). In an effort to bring forth a forgotten craft by mixing it with a contemporary cult, he managed to make quite a stir among the Star Wars fans.

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Top 10 Strange Statues Around the World

Strange statues come in many shapes and size, but below we have compiled a short list of the most impressive sculptures found around the world, some of them being a few centuries old.

10. Denver’s Blucifer

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Blucifer is scary, and it has created an even more intense feeling by its placing just outside Denver’s airport terminal. Blucifer is not the statue’s name; but one of the nicknames received over time from the not-so-happy residents of the city. Other suggestive labels from its numerous nicknames are Blue Stallion of Death or Satan’s Steed.

9. Quetzalcoatl from San Jose, CA

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In 1992, artist John Graham had to make a sculpture which was going to be not just a main attraction for the tourists in the city, but also a piece of art that could symbolize the Hispanic heritage, intensely promoted by the authorities. This way, the strange head named Quetzalcoatl was born and eventually, even if the intentions were to make the art piece out of bronze, over time the whole project turned into the weird sculpture that is today.

8. Frogner Park Baby Fighter

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The Frogner recreation area in Oslo is a wonderful park. It is loaded with numerous sculptures that catch the elegance of the human body in a way that has to be seen. Also, this sculpture seems to be of a naked man beating several children. This confusing statues actually represents four child-shaped “genii” fighting a man.

7. The Child-Eater Fountain – Bern, Switzerland

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From there you can hardly see that the top represents a man eating furiously a bag of children. Probably why the specialists named it the “Child Eater,” in order to be sure that everyone understand what it is all about. Nobody seems to remember the actual tale – whatever huge event the sculpture was expected to be celebrating has been forgot over time.

6. Man and Skull – Prague

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For some purpose or another, they realized that the best way to respect Kafka was by setting up a sculpture presenting a massive skull getting romantic with a subservient man at the sight of an important attraction for tourists (Daliborka Tower at Prague Castle).

5. Fountain of Virtues – Nuremberg

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There is one place where even the most religious persons can take pictures of any building in the city, and this is Nuremberg, the German place where some of the first editions of the Bible were created and numerous really bad individuals were lastly taken to court. Also, what better attraction could be visited than the popular Fountain of Virtues?

4. Boll Weevil Monument ‚Äď Enterprise, Alabama

Boll Weevil Monument

Enterprise is your regular, flourishing, courteous Southeast town that has obtained a reputation for its apparently rather unusual main sculpture. However, many do not really see why it so unique, though. For them is just a regular neoclassical sculpture of a young woman having above her head a strange object.

3. Point Pleasant’s Mothman

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That is the weird Mothman, a legendary animal said to reside in the abandoned TNT location near the American town and submitted to his centuries-old curse, since the townspeople will gladly describe it to you. And, can be a better way to enjoy the town’s exclusive legend than this strange statue?

2. Awakening – California, USA.

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A variety of famous pictures are found in California, D.C., one of the top cities in American, and not only. The Lincoln Memorial or Capitol Hill are known to even the most uninformed moviegoers. But, another attraction there is a far more suitable example to the dogfight state policies that are intense behind the politics and business doors.

1. Giant Eyeball – Chicago

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The actual scary part of EYE is that you cannot get out of its sight – it is not completely aimed to look in just one direction. It is a moving attraction that is transferred from place to place all over the state. Next time, it could be a lot closer than you think and looking right into your soul.