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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Beautiful Classic Nudes (Paintings and Sculptures)

The artistic depiction of nude people is a popular form of art now, but it has been a favorite theme for thousands of years. It could arguably be the one topic of artistic efforts that hasn’t faded since, well, the very beginning of art. Sure, it changed over time, but only in form and not in the intensity of the interest for the topic itself. The human body is a fascinating subject, and we don’t get to see it in its naked version as often as not. Therefore, its specific beauty is not only perceived as mysterious and fantasized about, but it is also the inspiration and main focus of many classical art pieces. Today we will be presenting you our favorite classic nudes of a timeless elegance and beauty.

Messalina, sculpture by Eugene Cyrille Brunet (1884)


This beautiful piece depicts the rumored-to-be ruthless seductress in a love bed, seemingly in rapture or attempting to entice someone into joining her. The majestic beauty of that pure white body arched in erotic tension is disarmingly captivating. Most classic nudes aren’t by far as sexually charged as this one; the vast majority just depict naked people or naked beautiful people but without this show of emotion. Messalina manages to send off a really moving vibe of eroticism, and while her skin seems so perfectly white and smooth, the overall look of her body doesn’t look artificial at all. Kudos to the artist for a really wonderful and mesmerizing piece.

Venus of Milo


Another sculpture is the famous Venus of Milo, found in Melos in 1820, but created around 130-100 BC. That means the beauty of this woman managed to somehow survive for over two thousand years and make it to this day to continue stirring the hearts of people who look upon it. All this admiration, furthermore, comes in spite of its regrettable but unavoidable damage. It’s particularly interesting (and a bit moving, also) to notice how little the beauty ideals and standards have changed. Seeing what ancient Greeks considered breath-taking somehow just closes the gap between “us” and “them”.

Maja Desnuda, painting by Goya (1795-1800)


The famous Spanish painter usually was drawn to ugliness and the grotesque (at least as much as the times and the current trends allowed him), but it surely wasn’t the case here. A collection of classic nudes wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful Maja Desnuda (Naked Maja). The painting has a counterpart usually hung next to it in whatever museum they’re taken to, called Maja Vestida (Clothed Maya), for which Goya painted a portrait of the same model, but with clothes on. Her body seems to display perfect proportions, while her face is refreshingly lively and a bit cheeky, just the right amount.

The Kiss, sculpture by Auguste Rodin (1889)


A wonderfully natural and also nicely intimate pose of a couple kissing. The faces of the people portrayed don’t even matter in this setting, precisely because the sculpture in trying to convey some sort of anonymity and greater intimacy of the depicted couple. The idea the viewer gets after admiring this is, furthermore, that in the face of love, we become closer to archetypes perhaps, as in the idea of a man and the idea of a woman, but not in a creepy and de-personalizing way. This is one of the most beautiful sculpted classic nudes ever made, probably because it’s not a single nude meaning to entice, but a double nude that only expresses tenderness and intimacy.

The Birth of Venus, painting by Sandro Botticelli (1486)


This is just as well-known in the mainstream media as the other Venus depiction presented above, but it was worth mentioning nonetheless for more than one reason. First of all, the painting’s quality is really impressive considering that it’s about 300 years older than most of the other pieces of art featured here. Second of all, that all-encompassing tender and contemplative gaze of the main character, while her beautiful fiery hair gently floats around here in a truly miraculous grace, well, that kind of self-abandon is simply contagious. No list of the world’s most moving classic nudes should close without her.

Nail-Bitingly Brilliant Fingernail Art

Like so many nervous nellies, 24-year-old Media student Kayleigh O’Connor would routinely chew her fingernails almost to the bone. “I bit [them] so badly that they looked like something out of a horror film,” she says on her DeviantArt page. To compensate, the Birmingham-born nail-biter glues on false nails, but not the kind you can buy at your local pharmacy for $4.50 – they’re ones which Miss O’Connor skillfully sculpts and paints to create ingenious designs. These fingernails, you wouldn’t wanna gnaw at them.

Her designs, which are painstakingly detailed, are inspired by several different sources, from movies to television, music to arcade games, and nature to food. For some time, she would proudly display them in front of only friends and family, but now she photographs them and posts them on her blog for our viewing pleasure. Check out some of O’Connor’s weird and wonderful designs below, where, if you’re cultured enough, you may recognise a few familiar faces. [Read more…]

Self Taught Artist Makes Incredible Portraits

A real estate agent from Chicago, Illinois picked up his pencils and began to draw masterpieces with them, something he hadn’t done since he was a teenager 30 years ago. The results are so incredible that it’s hard to believe that he has had no formal art education.

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