Starbucks opened a new store in New Orleans, USA. New location on Canal Street was inspired by city’s history and was designed to imagine how would the place look like as if it belonged to a Louisianan merchant in the early 1900s resembling the old apothecary store. The front room is a room where the merchant would have worked, and the back one – his living space – has more relaxed atmosphere. Lots of interior pieces were made by local artists. The new coffeeshop is an example of Starbucks approach of honoring the neighborhood’s culture through the store’s design.
Belgian street artist Roa is trying to drag attention of the world to how many species become victims of hunting and polution nowadays. This year he traveled around the globe leaving his monocromatic depictions of animals all around Austria, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the US. All the murals are spray-painted. Roa’s street art might look disgusting, weird and grotesque, but after all it’s true – we try to ignore our furry neighbours while they have to deal with us and our dominance.
Morten Nordstrøm, 25-year-old photographer from Copenhagen, Denmark, captures the beauty of his hometown and Paris through puddle reflections. Perfectly mirrored collection of images called World Seen Through My Eyes keep the viewers staring at them for a while, noticing all the small details of doubled reality. All of the photos are taken with Nokia Lumia 925 and go straight on Morten’s Instagram account. Related Images:
Francesco Paleari, communication designer and photographer from Milan, Italy, created an extraordinary set of black and white portraits under the title Profili di Milano (Profiles of Milan). The series of manipulated images is a compilation of historical buildings and ordinary faces from Milan. Paleari’s great photo editing skills perfectly blend face features into architectural elements. The main idea of the project is to show the importance of both – people and architecture in the city life.
Make-up seems pretty easy as it’s a part of daily routine for most women. For most of average women. For professionals like Tal Peleg (aka Scarlet Moon) it’s a limitless space for creativity. Peleg utilizes the eyelid, eyebrow and the eye itself as she creates her artistic illustrations inspired by fairy tales, novels etc. Not the most acceptable everyday make-up ideas, though could work for parties and photo sessions. For more images check out artist’s profile on Facebook and Instagram.
Space enthusiast Ron Miller wondered what if other planet’s replaced moon? He turned his curiousity into a surreal series of retouched images where the moon is replaced by one of the other seven planets. Miller left the real distance from the Earth to the moon (around 240,000 miles) and kept the chemical makeup and lustrous color of each planet. “We’re pretending, of course, that Venus would still have the same atmospheric conditions if it were in essentially the same orbit as the Earth.” – says Miller about gaseous planet Venus Great perspective on imagening how large other planets are compared to the moon. Moon…
This artpiece will leave you speechlees. UK-based visual artist Kyle Lambert created an amazing finger painting of Morgan Freeman using the Procreate app on an iPad Air. It took him around 285,000 brush strokes and over 200 hours to come with this hyperrealistic (really want to say photo) drawing. Originally an oil painter/illustrator, Lambert became a pro in digital art as he makes illustrations for tv, advertising, film industry. “One of the big reasons I decided to do this painting was to inspire other budding artists to embrace digital art. A friend of mine who is a school teacher explained to me recently that whenever he…
Joel Robison, photographer from Cranbrook, British Columbia in Canada, creates whimsical photos, turning the reality into dreamy and unique fairytale. His work is full of optimism and inspiration. With just a slight touch of Photoshop another surreal world is born. Each image has its own story, making you want to grab a cup of tea and enjoy it slowly.
Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang recently presented his first exhibition called Falling Back to Earth, at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in South Brisbane, Australia. The exhibition consists of two massive installations – Heritage (bears, zebras, giraffes, pandas, lions, tigers, and kangaroos drinking from a pool filled with 170 tons of water) and Head on (racing wolves sculptures crashing into the glass wall). Both dramatic scenes count 99 life-size replicas of wild animals. The exhebition is on untill May 11, 2014.
Reddit user Tatsputin recently posted a sweet collaboration with his kids. Every month he takes a 3-hour flight for work, so his son and daughter give him their drawings to color in on board. Every time the come back home is even more exciting for both sides as children can’t wait to see their art retouched. Great idea of getting closer with your little ones and having some common fun. Mica Angela Hendricks posted on Urban Peek before here and Wendy Tsao here, have similar parenting aproach as well.
Photographer Alexander Khokhlov and make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan, whose collaboration was previously featured on Urban Peek here and here, came up with the new project called 2D or not 2D. Inspired by two-dimensional posters this time the team was increased with Veronica Ershova who had leaded the process of retouching and post-production. The main idea of the project was to transform models faces into 2D images. Using different techniques of face painting Kutsan presented wide diversity of styles – from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. Enjoy perfect result of great combination of photography, increadible make-up and carefull retouching.
Mother of three and artist Lacy Knudson recently figured out her new inspiration and media – Play-Doh. “One day, while the kids and I played with Play-Doh at the kitchen table I mixed some colors together and punched out my very first “dot”. It dawned on me that this could be a way to make real art and be with my children at the same time. I called it Dozayix: Play Doh + Mosaics + Fun = Dozayix” – says Knudson. In her first artwork, while pariently placing one dot after another, Lacy used about 23 lbs of play-doh and around 10,000 dots of 0,5 inch each. She completed two more…