Believe it or not, that picture of Morgan Freeman is not a photo – it’s a finger painting. UK-based artist Kyle Lambert finger-paints (or finger-draws, if you’re a purist) extraordinarily photo-realistic portraits of famous Hollywood stars on his iPad. Although the brief time-lapse video makes it look like a breeze, it actually took Lambert more than 200 hours and 285,000 brush strokes to complete.
Singaporean artist Keng Lye has combined beauty and illusion in a masterful way in this amazing work depicting a small octopus in a bowl. The photos look incredibly life-like, as if it’s a real, squirming, writhing octopus. Keng Lye achieves this beautiful effect by painting delicate paintings onto layer upon layer of crystal-clear resin. As the layers, and the painting, grow, the octopus gains depth and appears to be partially submerged.
By injecting 21st century gadgets into famous historical artworks, the “Art x Smart” project by Korean illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu takes us to a utopian reality where ancient and modern times meet. Apart from being absurdly funny, these works also draw attention to our relationship with new technologies and their influence on modern society.
Art, and what we do and do not consider to be art, has changed a lot over the last century. It has become an increasingly difficult thing to define for the average person, and sometimes even art historians and experts can’t seem to keep up. Let’s see if you’re any better at recognizing purposeful artistic talent than the experts are!
Powerful political leaders, be they pragmatic, heroic statesmen or abominable villains, have left permanent marks on the history of mankind. But what happens when these leaders take a break from painting human history to paint on a canvas? Below are some of the most prominent politicians in the world who took the time out of everything going on around them to put paint to canvas. What do you see in their works?
Art history has never been so easy! A redditor DontTacoBoutIt posted this series of famous paintings and gave short but hilariously accurate explanations on how to recognize their authors. Commenters on Reddit and Imgur also started sharing their own ideas for artist identification. Check out the following examples, and don’t hesitate to add your own!
While most of us know that some of the greatest treasures can be found in books, turns out that sometimes they also appear on the fore-edges of the pages. Recently Colleen Theisen shared a gif she made, showing an amazing example of fore-edge painting on the side of the book from 1873. The painting was found on the edge of Robert Mudie’s book Autumn at the University of Iowa.
If you feel like you haven’t spent enough time in the museums in your life, Google gives you a chance to catch up on your art education. Google Art Project allows you to virtually explore over 40 000 images, gathered from more than 40 countries. What is more, some of the images are in the gigapixel format! Here‘s a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings, zoomed in to demonstrate one of the project‘s feature and show you some of the smallest details and strokes.
Tashkent-based artist Eldar Zakirov presents a series of digitally painted cats, proudly posing in different royal attires for the Hermitage Magazine. The cats look so at home in their outfits and each piece is so realistic that one might even be tricked into thinking these are actual oil paintings! Every singly detail, starting with the fabrics of the outfits and ending with the background of the paintings is very carefully chosen to represent the era appropriately.
We have already shown you some amazing examples of hyper realistic works, but here’s a selection of the most outstanding ones. We also included some photos of the creation process just to fully convince you these are not photographs. Which of these artists is your favorite?
Sometimes fingers, dipped in paint almost by accident, can completely change the course of an artist’s career. This is what happened to Seattle-based artist Iris Scott, who is now famous for her incredible finger-painting art. Iris paints with a pair of surgical gloves on, and her finger moves resembles those of a pianist as she touches multiple points on the canvas at the same time.
19-year-old Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi wonders where some of the greatest artists got their inspirations from, and imagines what their muses could’ve looked like if they were real people. In her Real Life Models photo manipulation series, Flora recreates the distorted features from classic paintings by such artists as Rudolf Hausner, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Kees van Dongen, and that way brings some very surreal-looking people to the real world.