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Intelligent Illustrations of Renowned Architects Through Their Design Style

Italian artist Federico Babina accomplished a powerful project called “ARCHI-PORTRAIT” dedicated to coryphaei of architecture and their outstanding work. Each illustration has a portrait of an architect created out of his most significant buildings and other design components incorporated as face parts. Simplicity of lines and brightness of colors emphasizes the character of each architect and spotlights their unique styles.

Photo-Realistic Portraits by Ruben Belloso

Ruben Belloso Adorna, 27 year-old artist from Seville, Spain creates amazing photorealistic drawings. The large-scale portraits are extremely detailed, perfectly express different emotions and surprisingly done using only pastel over the wooden canvas. Looking over and over again through these colorful paintings makes it really hard to believe they are not photographs and were made with the simplest tool – pastels. Hats off to the genius Ruben Belloso.

Mark Khaisman’s Tape Art

Mark Khaisman is an artist who was born  in 1958 in Kyiv, Ukraine, studied Art and Architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute in Russia and now living in Philadelphia, USA. His medium consists of three elements: translucent packing tape, clear acrylic or film panels, and light. Banality of the tape in Khaisman’s hands transforms into incredible illusions formed by light and shadow. “The tape is the message. A parody on Marshall McLuhan’s famous quote could explain the superficial motives, which make up the work. Subjects are categorized into different groups: fragmented stills from classic cinema, iconic objects from art history, portraits. The works are exploring the familiar… Read more »

Architectural Portraits by Francesco Paleari

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.

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 »

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.

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. 

Nails and Thread – Portraits by Kumi Yamashita

Kumi Yamashita, previously featured on Urban Peek with her amazing shadow portraits, has new mind-blowing art done with one unbroken thread wrapped through thousands of nails. This series of portraits is called Constellation, each piece took the artist few month until completely finished. 1. Mana, 2011 – 40h x 30w cm Recently this portrait was chosen as one of 50 finalists from over 3,000 participants for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition by Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The artwork is displayed in National Portrait Gallery until February 23, 2014.

Large-Scale Photorealistic Family Portraits

Dino Tomic (aka AtomiccircuS) is 24-year-old tattoo artist from Norway. Besides drawing on skin, his passion is large-scale portraits. Recently Tomic completed five out of six members of his family. Unbelievably realistic drawings are finished with mixed media such as pencils, charcoal and acrylic. Each portrait took around 50-70 hours of work. All pieces are displayed in Tomic’s tattoo shop in his home town – Notodden, Norway.

Bear Portraits by Jill Greensberg

Photograph Jill Greensberg is known for her ability to bring human qualities into animal photography. Her “Bear Portraits” project carries all the spectrum of emotions and personalities along with the depths of characters captured in different members of the Ursidae family.  “I wanted to create images of these majestic beasts unlike anything we had seen before. I set up a studio outside to show the intensity and allow an intimate view of these powerful beasts.” – Greensberg says. The Ursine series was exhibited in different galleries and collected by various museums around the world, some pieces were bought by celebrities ( Tom Ford,… Read more »

Recycled Art by Jane Perkins

UK-based artist Jane Perkins obtains her inspiration in found objects. She uses anything from toys, shells, buttons, beads, jewelry etc. as media for her re-interpreted contemporary art. Perkins states that she doesn’t add any color, her work comes out of spontaneously placed small pieces of right size and shape. Inspired by impressionism, artist achieved a mesmerizing effect in her creations. Her work keeps your eyes attached from a distance view and a close-up as well. So many interesting small pieces perfectly stand into masterpieces, breathtaking!

Elegant Mystery in Portraits by Antonio Mora

Spanish photographer Antonio Mora creates very mysterious art series called Dream Portraits in which he blends portraits together with intriguing landscapes. Two not matching themes perfectly results into one hypnotizing image “that open a crack in our collective memory allowing us to watch, though only it is an instant the hybrid beings who populate our deepest dreams”. Mora also invites anyone to get his very own Dream portrait. If you are interested, send your picture to the artist along with few words about yourself and within a couple of days you’ll become a lucky owner of an elegant and unique creation.

Amazing Finger Paintings on the iPad by Seikou Yamaoka

Morning commute to work is usually a waste of time with a cup of coffee or other beverage, newspaper, book or music on the way. Not for Seikou Yamaoka. Japanese artist is using the transportation time to his office wisely. Having just an iPad or an iPhone in his hands, Yamaoka creates an amazing art. You would never be able to say that the only tools he uses are ArtStudio app and his finger. His complex paintings look like there were done with oil or acrylic, not just Apple device. Zooming in and out, working on each tiny detail Yamaoka even made… Read more »

An Artist in Collaboration with her 4-year-old Daughter

One day Mica Angela Hendricks, illustrator and graphic designer, handled her new sketchbook with unfinished drawings to her 4-year-old daughter. The collaboration brought out something unexpected – the heads from old black and white movies drawn by Hendricks got new bodies by her daughter – they become beavers, dragons, bugs – girl’s imagination has no limits. Two contrasting styles emerged intoa unique one of kind drawing. And mother-daughter special idea quality time is just precious! Sometimes I would give her suggestions, like “maybe she could have a dragon body!” but usually she would ignore theses suggestions if it didn’t fit in… Read more »

20 Outstanding Houses with Face Features

Previously featured article 21 Epic Faces in Everyday Objects has inspired Urban Peek to compile this new collection. Here are 20 examples of houses with face features we liked the most. Shapes of their windows and doors create an amusing picture of various emotions – from shock to surprise, joy and happiness.  Enjoy!

Self-Headstands Photos Across the World by Alex Wein

Bored of taking same pictures of smiling yourself next to places of interest? Seeking for selfies inspiration? Alex Wein took this kind of search on the new level. During his cross-country road trip around states in 2011 he started his creative Headstands project. Since then posing while standing on his head became an ongoing case for Wein. He takes the pictures around famous places such as The Grand Canyon in Arizona as well as photos of himself balancing on top of piano. The wicked images are created with the help of Wein’s photographer friends.

Adorable Faces of Babies Trying a Lemon for the Very First Time

Lemons can be a great source of entertainment. Especially when you give babies the opportunity to taste it for the first time! – fun is the main idea of the new project called pucker. by photographers April Maciborka and David Wile. The project is incredibly simple yet the result is purely adorable and exciting. Each baby’s reaction is unique, expressing surprising emotion in each case – from shock to happiness of the new experience. Blue background, naked tummies and cute bibs only emphasize the outcome. SEE ALSO: What Would Happen if the Intimate Inner-Child Inside Us is Completely Revealed?  [Source: My Modern Met]

21 Epic Faces in Everyday Objects

Faces exist around us within all objects, all you have to do is just look closely. Observing an object’s shape or looks and feeling it has a face is  actually a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia, which involves a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant; it’s a form of apophenia (seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data). For the kicks of having a fun and different type of post, here are some everyday objects looking at you with their epic faces. Enjoy! 1. OMG Wall Image credits: eworm 2. Pleased Pots Image credits: knowyourmeme.com 3. Sad… Read more »

4 Sisters Photographed Every Year For 36 Years

For 36 years, since 1975, the Brown sisters (Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie) have been taking an annual photo together, standing in the same order, dressing almost similarly, and maintaining the black and white effect. It all commenced when Nicolas Nixon, a world-renowned photography professor at the Massachusetts College of Art originally photographed his wife and her 3 sisters, who at the time ranged in age from 15 to 25. They were so impressed with the result, they decided to make it a yearly event, the annual family photo. 36 years later, the sisters and Nicolas had all kept their promise, resulting in… Read more »

Believe It or Not, These Hyper-Realistic Portraits Were Drawn Using Only A Pencil

When a talent is spotted, it speaks out loud for itself. In our featured post today, we present to you the mind-bending artwork of Italian artist Diego Fazio aka DiegoKoi. Born in 1989, the self-taught illustrator, first started as a tattoo artist and turned to drawing portraits only in 2007. At only 23-years of age, his hyper-realistic pencil drawings on paper and wood have garnered him international acclaim. Each portrait can take up to 200 hours but the results are just magnificent. [Via Twisted Sifter]

What Would Happen if the Intimate Inner-Child Inside Us is Completely Revealed?

This intriguing set of retouched photos entitled L’ Enfant Extérieur (The Outer Child) by Paris-based photo editor  Cristian Girotto with photography by Quentin Curtat attempts to impersonate the inner, young, instinctive, naïve child inside everyone of us. The artist describes: Without bothering Jung and its “Puer aeternus” or Pascoli with its “Little Boy”, we can certainly agree that, somewhere inside each of us, there’s a young core, instinctive, creative but also innocent and naïve. What would happen if this intimate essence would be completely revealed? L’ Enfant Extérieur (The Outer Child) takes into analysis this possibility, showing us a world of men in the shape of children, as… Read more »

Picture of the Day: Unsafe Journey

A spectacular catch by photographer Amy Helene Johansson of a woman riding between the railway carriages of a local train heading north from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Her luggage is tucked under the carriage in front of her. Trains are packed and many who fail to get tickets before they sell out or can’t afford buying them at the black market ride on the roof of the train or, like this woman, finds a quiet spot between the carriages. Quite the risky ride! [Via: Boston.com]

The Kaleidoscopic Art of Deenesh Ghyczy

Deenesh Ghyczy, the artist from Diepholz, Germany, has an exceptional technique of expressing himself through his paintings. His art looks as if Ghyczy was drawing while looking over the patterned glass resulting into amazing fragmented portraits. It’s not only the kaleidoscopic feeling you get from these bizarre work, it also determines an emotional component. As Ghyczy says: “For a long time now, we ceased having a core identity, as such. We are many people, with different identities and different personalities”.

Humorous Fingerprints Portraits You Will Recognize

This set of fingerprints portrait entitled “Ditology” – as unique as it sounds, proves that simplicity is gold. The artist, whose identity is anonymous under the name “Dito Von Tease”, “Dito” meaning “finger” in Italian, manages to illustrate portraits of well known characters from around the world on his fingertip with just a few pen strokes. Looking closely at the images reveal that he mostly depend on the eyes and eyebrows to define facial features, in addition to the proper color of clothing and hair, and the resemblance become remarkable. Only on the tip of his finger! [Ditology]

Lee Jeffries’ Faces of the Forgotten

England-based photographer Lee Jeffries has transformed himself from an accountant and sports photographer into a fine arts photographer. His set of images of homeless and elderly people redefines the concept of black and white images. Jeffries travels around capturing the homeless of east and west coast America including Los Angeles and New York, as well as Rome and Manchester. The photographs are then enhanced with software, primarily through dodge and burn, to develop the mood of the eyes. “It’s the eyes that attracted me to take the photograph in the first place and this is always the starting point for the emotional… Read more »

Novartis “Reflections” Campaign

Advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis’ Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia. The highly conceptual photographs depicted an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror. This is where the set acquired its title; Reflections. The photo compositions went viral once revealed and pulled at heartstrings all over the world. They are a sincere peek into the lives of strangers that truly tell a lifetime of stories in single images.

Realistically Stunning Ballpoint Pen Portrait by Samuel Silva

Take a brief moment to look thoroughly at this image, no, it’s not a photograph. Once you come to realize that this is a painting, you might also like to know that it was drawn using a bic ballpoint pen only, and involved high sketching and detailing skills. This amazing portrait was drawn by 29-year-old Portugal-based attorney Samuel Silva -he practices art as just a “hobby”- based on a photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Tararina. Silva’s medium of choice is standard Bic ballpoint pens on paper and this particular portrait uses eight different colors, taking just around 30 hours to complete. You can see more… Read more »

Blurry Summer Oil on Canvas Paintings of the City by Philip Barlow

A cool and soothing vibe I got this morning after stumbling upon these sweet photo-realistic Oil Paintings. The City at a bright moment during a sunny warm day with the blur of people and cars moving through the streets. By Philip Barlow, a South African painter from Cape Town, who believes in exploring illuminated moments within our seemingly ordinary lives. Barlow captures the soft focus effect perfectly in these paintings adding to it the glare of light that fascinating to the artist, and its effect on different surfaces, especially the abstraction of forms often generated by both natural and artificial lighting.

Origami Shadow Portraits by Kumi Yamashita

American Express teamed up with artist Kumi Yamashita to create a unique art for their Tribeca, New York office lobby. 22 employees were picked to participate and Yamashita then took pictures of them and formed these origami dents on construction paper pieces. Using a perfect light source and direction, the paper will eventually reveal shadows that looks like the actual faces. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to see this artwork in person, because of building security, you can only view the artwork if you are an Amex employee or doing business with Amex. In other words, it’s not available to the general public. More… Read more »

Shelving the Body by Darragh Casey

Art and furniture student Darragh Casey exhibited a series of photographs of an installation he created called Shelving the Body, at Central Saint Martins 2012 Degree Show. Focusing on the shelves in our daily lives and how our personalities interact with our belongings. The simple and well designed idea is inspired by his father, who used each moment of boredom as a chance to build and put up another shelf on the wall. Do not even try to understand the practicability of this project, but instead try to appreciate its oddity and playfulness. The resulting photos are not so bad either.

Pin Art by Philip Karlberg

Photographer Philip Karlberg completed a photo shoot of famous faces for Plaza Magazine just using lighting carefully arranged wooden pegs. Playing with sunglasses and 1200 pieces of wood, the rendering is very successful.

Project Blow Job by Tadao Cern – Remember the Photos? Now Watch the Video

A few weeks back we featured the photo gallery entitled Blow Job by Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern, where he exposed people’s faces to enormous forces of winds and snapped shots of their disfigured features. The post went viral when published. If you’ve enjoyed the photos, you’ll like the video.

Project “Blow Job” by Lithuanian Photographer Tadao Cern

Have you ever stuck your head out of the car window as a kid to get the roller-coaster-like feel of winds blowing through your teeth and gums?! I’m sure you’ve enjoyed it at least once. Lithuanian photographer and artist Tadao Cern decided to recreate the look of peoples faces enduring gale-force winds through this hilarious photo-shoot entitled, Blow Job.

Behind Photographs by Tim Mantoani

Tim Mantoani, the 1991 graduate of Brooks Institute, is not only a great photographer whose input consists of work for the likes of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, ESPN Magazine, ad campaigns for Coca-Cola, EA Sports and Coors Brewing, but also he is the author of an outstanding book called “Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends“. Tim decided to spend around 5 years on capturing pictures of famous photographers holding up their most known works; the efforts added up to 158 memorable portraits taken by rare mammoth 20×24 Polaroid camera.

Fading Thoughts by Andrew Myers

Not so long ago we featured the 3D screw portraits of American artist Andrew Myers, as a unique and fresh type of art. Well, this is the newest of his work just unveiled under the name “Fading Thoughts” portrait. The 3D painting made completely out of screws shows the magnificent talent of Myers and how realistic his pieces can get. “I don’t want that dead portrait look anymore,” he says. “So I want to actually make a scene, something that appears to be happening that isn’t really happening. So it’s kind of a test to see how far I can push this material.”… Read more »

3-Dimensional Screw Portraits By Andrew Myers

Sculptor and artist Andrew Myers, from Laguna Beach, Californa, has come out with a new type of art we haven’t seen much of before. He creates 3 dimensional portraits by drilling 8,000 to 10,000 individual screws into a plywood panel, then paints over the head of each screw to enhance the 3D effect. “I liked the ideas of using screws because of the industrial aspect and the harshness that comes with using it as a material,” Myers told AOL News. Each portrait took Myers around 6 months to complete and although he sells his work for as much as $35,000 a piece,… Read more »

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