Shusaku Takaoka merges art history icons with modern urban life

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Japanese graphic designer Shusaku Takaoka uses his keen photo manipulation skills to take some of the world’s most iconic paintings and fuse them with the gritty urban environment. Using famous faces like Van Gogh and Mona Lisa, Takaoka merges them onto bodies sporting the latest fashions. He doesn’t shy away from lengthening their hair, adding stylish hats, or even placing a cigarette to their lips. The playful project gives a whole new meaning to these painted characters, who now look ...  View More
May 28, 2017 Jason

Dark and futuristic worlds: The digital art of Jaroslaw Marcinek

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Born in 1980, Jaroslaw Marcinek is a freelance illustrator, comic and concept artist from Poland. He has an extensive experience in the fields of computer games, board games and card games, covers and illustrations for books and comics. He takes us into dark and futuristic worlds, populated by robots, massive machines and strange creatures. His inspiration comes from surrealism (Salvador Dali paintings) as well as science fiction movies: Blade Runner, Alien, The Thing, Space Odyssey 2001, Total ...  View More
May 25, 2017 Michael

Julio Cesar turns random pics into lifelike digital art portraits

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Brazilian illustrator Julio Cesar created a fun series of digital illustrations based on random pics of people he finds online. Photo reference is especially useful when drawing people, because as you can see in these portraits his subjects come complete with props and personality. The artist brilliant colors, flowing brushstrokes, and coquettish facial expressions definitely add to this effect and it looks like his characters are about to come to life! Essentially, they're as detailed, ...  View More
May 25, 2017 Michael

Luisa Azevedo dreamlike, surreal and poetic composite photographs

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Luisa Azevedo is a Portuguese young woman who was born in 1998. She lived most of her life in Covilha, but is currently living in Lisbon. As far as she remembers, she always liked arts and crafts to create her own imaginary world. Then she grew up, and got interested in photography, design and digital art. Luisa learned most of her Photoshop skills by herself, watching tutorials on Youtube. At the age of 17 she started doing commissioned projects. At the moment she is studying at the Faculty of ...  View More
May 20, 2017 Megan

Sally Nixon illustrates what girls do when no one is watching

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Women live in a world in which their appearance is constantly evaluated. Unless they are utterly alone, they rarely have the privilege of not having their physical presentation judged. In Sally Nixon’s illustrations, women don’t know that we can see them. They’re not posing, smiling, or doing anything all that interesting, and this is what makes Nixon’s works fascinating. 'The women I draw come from my imagination for the most part, however, each of them, in one way or another, is a ...  View More
March 27, 2017 Jessica

Grace Ciao’s love, life and fashion illustrations with flowers

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Grace Ciao is a fashion illustrator from Singapore who has worked with brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Elie Saab, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue among others. She is globally recognized for her alluring and sophisticated designs, many of which have been sought after by the world's leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands. Grace draws her inspiration from the beauty she finds in nature. She started using flower petals in her drawings by accident, when she just wanted to preserve ...  View More
March 3, 2017 Michael

CELEBRITY: Chunlong Sun explores the more tender side of dictators

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Displayed ominously on the covers of TIME and Newsweek, these faces elicit fear: Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro, and Mobutu Sesé Seko. But in his new series 'Celebrity', the Chinese retoucher and artist Chunlong Sun explores the more tender side of these infamous men, presenting them cradling plushy stuffed animals. Sun achieved the desired effect by shooting Chinese look-alike models styled and costumed in attire similar to that worn by the world leaders in famous ...  View More
February 13, 2017 Jessica

Ironic illustrations of people who want artists to work for free

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Ryan Estrada runs a hilarious and unfortunately accurate Twitter account dedicated to the topic of clients asking for free work. He calls it 'For Exposure'. Now if you've ever tried to work as a freelancer, you know exactly what he's talking about. After seeing the response to artist and writer Ryan Estrada's Twitter account asking for quotations from people who want artists to work for free, Format Magazine commissioned artist Emmie Tsumura to draw those people. There's something wonderfully ...  View More
February 11, 2017 Jason

Hipstory: Artist Amit Shimoni reimagines world leaders as hipsters

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Israeli artist Amit Shimoni created the series, depicting global political icons in the most improbable way possible, outfitted and styled in the latest hipster fashions. The illustrator said he hopes to 'encourage us to reflect upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves' with his new set of unlikely artworks. The illustrator mixes the modern hipster culture of today's youth with history's greatest, most iconic leaders for the Hipstory series. The subjects are seen against solid pastel ...  View More
February 7, 2017 Jason
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