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Photorealistic Finger Painting of Morgan Freeman

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… Read more »

Dreamy World of Joel Robinson’s Photography

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.

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99 Lifelike Animals by Cai Guo-Qiang

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.

Dad Coloring His Kids Drawings

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.

2D or Not 2D Face Painting Project by Alexander Khokhlov

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.

Amazing Mosaics with 10,000 Play-Doh Dots

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… Read more »

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella

Italian artist Federico Pietrella gave a different, contemporary meaning to a classic stamp. He recreates photographs of simple objects with it. Each artwork takes about 1-2 months till it’s totally complete, which is documented by the date of stamping. The artist picked this style 15 years ago and totally satisfied with it, as he sells each0f his artpiece for around 20,000 euros. 

East Meets West: Germany vs. China Infographic

Born in China and currently living in Germany artist Yang Liu illustrated a series of stereotypes under the title “Ost trifft West,” or “East Meets West”. “The fact is that each single illustration is my very personal experience in the past 13-17 years, and this work was made as a documentation of my own life. I am feeling myself more as a person, who belongs to all the places I have been”,- says Liu. Liu’s minimalistic infographic reflects elements of cultural differences between China and Germany in a very humorous and entertaining way. Posters were also publishes as a book.

Hammer and Nails Portraits by David Foster

Originally an architect David Foster developed his love of technical drawings into using just ink pen for his creations and then switched to hammer and nails. “I have always been fascinated with how little information the brain needs to interpret a picture and love the simplicity of a picture made up from just dots.” – says Foster. Foster’s smaller drawings count around 5,000 nails when bigger ones can reach up to 30,000. Each art piece is originally based on a photograph reproduced with ink dots first and then enlarged so the artist can use it as a guide. 

Insects Made of Junk by Edouard Martinet

French artist Edouard Martinet creates increadible insect sculptures out of found objects such as car, bicycle parts, clocks, old spoons and so on. Hard to believe that these tender detailed creatures used to be dwellers on the junk yard. Martinet does not solder or weld parts, he screws the sculptures together. Each piece takes him around one month and the artist usually works on few at the same time. If interested in this breathtaking masterpieces, Martinet has a new exhibition at Sladmore Contemporary in London, UK November 27 through January 31, 2014. Pay a visit if passing nearby.

Boy and His Puppy’s Adorable Naptime Story

Once Jessica Shyba (mommasgonecity on Instagram) adopted a boxer/shepherd/lab mix Theo from the Santa Cruz SPCA, she found him very attached to her family members and especially to her youngest 23-month-old son Beau. Right after few days of getting used to the new house, tiny 7-weeks-old puppy joined Beau’s naptime and kept it as a new habbit afterwards. “The following day, Theo met us up in my room for the nap time ritual, and so began what I can only describe as the most organic and beautiful friendship I have ever witnessed.” – Shyba shares the story of the new common nap time… Read more »

Real Goldfish or Painting?

This unbelievably realistic goldfish is actually not real, it was made by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori. Yes, you got it right, it’s not alive fish, it was created in real Japanese houshold objects. Fukahori was patiently pouring a layer of resin, letting it dry, then painting a little piece with acrylic paint, then pouring another layer, painting more and so on until a perfect 3D goldfish appears. “I didn’t invent resin and not the first to use resin. I am not a resin artist. I am a goldfish artist. I think it’s obvious which pieces are Riusuke Fukahori pieces because the imitators… Read more »

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