Valeriya Kutsan is a Russian make-up artist who has taken the craft to a whole new dimension. Rarely do I literally have my jaw drop when perusing images on the internet. This was one of those times. Unbelievably cool and intricate and creative, these works (and their models) will forever change the way I look at the potential of painting a face. Via FastCo Design:
The Slo-Mo Guys do this type of stuff all the time, but seeing paint move at 2500 FPS is pretty neat.
Jane Perkins has a knack for recreating famous paintings using mostly buttons, LEGOs, and other found objects. Her series, Plastic Classics, includes images like Vermeer’s Girl With the Pearl Earring and many others.
There’s something magical about the nostalgia that lives in Anton Van Hertbruggen’s paintings. The color palette seems somehow vintage, while giving a lovely feeling of summers spent relaxing and exploring the woods. With giant wild creatures. Love them.
Spinning paint, by Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner. Using a modified power drill, Oefner captures flinging paint at just the right moment.
The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on. To capture the moment, where the paint forms that distinctive shape, I connected a sensor to the drill, which sends an impulse to the flashes. These specialized units are capable of creating flashes as short as a 1/40000 of a second, freezing the motion of the paint.
A unique charity and beautiful art project, Drift Relief finds driftwood left behind from Hurricane Sandy, and paints the wood in lovely patterns and colors. The unique pieces are sold, and the proceeds go to benefit those who “lost it all” in the storm.
I’ve always loved painted driftwood, and even grew up with driftwood ‘snakes’ scattered throughout my home. But these pieces tell a story, and their cause is worth your dollars.
Via Drift Relief: Each piece of driftwood or broken boardwalk was collected in the aftermath of Sandy and is hand painted and labeled with the name of the beach where it was found.
Sometimes art just brings a grin to your face. Simply fantastic.
When first viewing the artwork of Shintaro Ohata up close it appears the scenes are made from simple oil paints, but take a step back and you’re in for a surprise. Each piece is actually a hybrid of painted canvas and sculpture that blend almost flawlessly in color and texture to create a single image. The cinematic figures are sculpted from polystyrene while the backgrounds are made from traditional painting techniques. Via his artist statement:
Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he wondered “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”. Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture.
More of Ohata’s work can be seen here.