Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

16-Year-Old Girl Wins National Art Competition With Stunning Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portrait

April 17th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

Amazing 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh just won the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition in Ireland with “Coleman,” her impressive hyperrealistic pencil drawing of an old man.

The girl drew the portrait from a photograph she found in the Vanishing Ireland book.  It took McDonagh around one month to create the portrait, which won her the top prize of $2,075 (€1,500). The young artist is the winner of the 16-18-year-old category and of the whole 2014 competition.

Prof. Declan McGonagle, the judging panel’s chairman and director of the National College of Art & Design, says that the girl’s work has positioned her “as one of the most talented artists of her generation, and one whose skill could see her become one of Ireland’s foremost portrait artists of the future.”

Source: texacochildrensart.com (via thisiscolossal)

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16-Year-Old Girl Wins National Art Competition With Stunning Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portrait originally appeared on Bored Panda on April 17, 2014.

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19-Year-Old Artist Draws Unbelievably Realistic Eyes Using Just Colored Pencils

March 28th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Jose Vergara (a.k.a. Redosking), a 19-year-old artist from Texas, is drawing close-ups of the human eye with the sort of hyper-realistic level of detail that one would ordinarily expect from experienced masters.

Vergara draws using only colored pencils, which makes his work all the more impressive. Most of us use or have used, at one point or another, colored pencils, which makes it easier to realize just how much more talented he is than most of us. And he’s only 19 years old!

The eyes are truly one of the best tests of an artist’s capability to mimic reality because we hold them to a higher standard. During our evolution, it has been critically important to be able to follow a pair of eyes’ gaze and to be able to see eyes that are observing us. This is part of the reason that some people say they need to look someone in the eyes to trust them and why getting the eyes wrong in a realistic drawing can ruin the rest of it for us. And all of this is, of course, why the eyes are often called the windows of the soul.

The best part is, Vergara doesn’t just draw eyes – there are a ton of portraits and other drawings on his various online accounts. Be sure to check out the rest of his work!

Source: Facebook | Deviantart | Instagram

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19-Year-Old Artist Draws Unbelievably Realistic Eyes Using Just Colored Pencils originally appeared on Bored Panda on March 28, 2014.

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Impressively Detailed Pen Doodles By Kerby Rosanes

February 21st, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Do you remember those imaginative doodles you used to make in your high school notebook? Maybe you still make them. But Phillipine-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes creates doodles (as he calls them) that are probably several orders of magnitude greater than any you or I have ever made.

His most recent work is called “Time Guardian.” This stunning portrait of an owl features an unexpected twist – the whole thing is drawn out of minutely detailed gears, cogs and other mechanical bits, giving the soaring owl an intricate steampunk look.

Overwhelmingly busy compositions and richly detailed worls are part of Rosanes’ signature style. But what’s most astounding is that the artist once considered his “doodles” to be just that – nothing more than a hobby. But now that his work and his talent has been recognized by international art blogs, magazines and online art communities, he has started working together with international artists and design agencies.

Rosanes’ work and success should serve as an inspiration to anyone who considers their drawings to be “just doodles” – get yourself out there and see what the world has to say about your work!

For more work like Rosanes’, check out these stunningly intricate insect drawings by Alex Konahin.

Source: kerbyrosanes.com | Behance | Facebook

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Impressively Detailed Pen Doodles By Kerby Rosanes originally appeared on Bored Panda on February 21, 2014.

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Everyday Objects Turned Into Playful Illustrations by Victor Nunes

January 27th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Artist Victor Nunes combines every-day objects with simple illustrations to turn them into pictures of faces, animals and other playful scenes. His images invite us to look at the world differently and find creative images in our surroundings.

Nunes’ art is a great example of pareidolia, which is our propensity to give meaning to random objects (like in this post about seeing faces in random objects). It’s the reason why we associate a smiley face with a human face and why some of Nunes’ pieces of popcorn or bread resemble faces to us.

It’s a very natural reaction to have, and it’s a fun creative spark to run with. Quite a few artists have created similar works where they explore the things that they see in everyday objects – Tineke Merink photographs random locations and adds illustrations to them, and Javier Perez does the same with smaller objects.

Source: Facebook (via: twentytwowords)

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Everyday Objects Turned Into Playful Illustrations by Victor Nunes originally appeared on Bored Panda on January 27, 2014.

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Artist Turns Dance Moves Into Beautiful Charcoal Drawings

January 21st, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Heather Hansen, a contemporary performance artist and dancer in New Orleans, has come up with an elegant and creative way to capture her dancing motions on paper – she gets up-close and personal with a big piece of paper and some charcoal.

For the performance aspect of her work, Hansen invites observers to watch her dance on a huge piece of paper. As she dances and prostates herself on the piece of paper, she marks it with charcoal, gradually building a beautiful diagram of her seemingly ritual dance. She has also created a video called “Emptied Gestures” that features studio recordings of her graceful and dramatic work for those that cannot see it live.

Hansen says of her work; Emptying Gestures is an experiment in kinetic drawing. In this series, I am searching for ways to download my movement directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another and creating something new in the process”

Hansen is a very prolific artist. In addition to numerous gallery performances and exhibitions of her dance drawings, she also spent all of 2013 creating an artistic sketch a day and plans to do so 2014 as well. By the way – forcing yourself to create one piece of artwork a day is a great way for people to stay creatively occupied and motivated!

Source: heatherhansen.net | Facebook | (via: mymodernmet)

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Artist Turns Dance Moves Into Beautiful Charcoal Drawings originally appeared on Bored Panda on January 21, 2014.

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Iceberg Drawings by Zaria Forman Fulfill Late Mother’s Dream And Raise Awareness On Climate Change

December 30th, 2013 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Zaria Forman creates breathtaking pastel drawings of Greenland’s icebergs that are exceptional in three ways. First of all, the drawings look so realistic that you might feel the frost coming out of them. Secondly, the artist is raising awareness on climate change and is going to give a percent of all sales to the movement 350.org. But that’s not all. Her art is also a gift to her late mother who was diagnosed with brain cancer on Mother’s Day:

“My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but sadly did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. In Greenland, I scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. She is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. I am deeply grateful for the team of talented artists and scholars and the Wanderbird captains and crew for helping me carry out her wishes and realize her dream.

My hope is that these drawings bring awareness, and invite viewers to share the urgency in a hopeful and meaningful way. Art can facilitate a deeper understanding of any crisis, helping us find meaning and optimism in shifting landscapes. “

Good luck with your noble mission, Zaria!

Source: zariaforman.comFacebook

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Iceberg Drawings by Zaria Forman Fulfill Late Mother’s Dream And Raise Awareness On Climate Change originally appeared on Bored Panda on December 30, 2013.

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Our Problems and Flaws Turned Into Cartoons by Angel Boligan

December 18th, 2013 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Art can be used to express powerful ideas and messages, and Cuban cartoonist Angel Boligan’s political and social cartoons are a perfect example of just how expressive and critical art can be. His extensive collection of comics provide a scathing commentary on contemporary politics and society.

Each comic bears a deep and powerful meaning. Don’t just take our word for it – Boligan has received more than 130 international awards for his work. Perhaps the most impressive thing about his comics is that, no matter how diverse the subject matter, they always seem to hit hard. Although he often takes on on topics like consumerism, corruption and hypocrisy, he has no problem transcending the public political topics traditionally handled by artists and take on social and emotional issues like loneliness, vanity and despair, which are more often handled by the fine arts and literature.

We suggest spending some time with these comics, because they will definitely get you thinking.

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Our Problems and Flaws Turned Into Cartoons by Angel Boligan originally appeared on Bored Panda on December 18, 2013.

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Simpsons Animator Liz Climo Creates Incredibly Cute Animal Comics on Tumblr

December 16th, 2013 by Audra | No Comments | Filed in Design

Elizabeth Climo, or simply Liz Climo, is a talented young animator currently working with the everlasting The Simpsons TV-show. When her day job ends, however, she still has enough time, creative energy and inspiration to create adorable and witty comics that present various animals in amusing everyday interactions.

After finishing her work as a storyboard revisionist for The Simpsons, she returns to her nocturnal passion of drawing cute animals engaged in delightful dialogues. She has created a Tumblr dedicated specifically to these animal comics. The absurdity and humor that Liz meets in everyday interactions find their way into the simple and elegant illustrations that she shares with her fans.

The popularity of the animal comics came as a pleasant surprise to the artist. Her fan base grows bigger and bigger with every new piece, which was the greatest motivation for the artist. “I am pretty surprised by the response I have gotten on Tumblr so far, but am extremely thankful and appreciative,“ said the animator in an interview with Daily Dot. “These comics are dedicated to everyone. Hopefully they make you smile, because smiling is fun.”

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Simpsons Animator Liz Climo Creates Incredibly Cute Animal Comics on Tumblr originally appeared on Bored Panda on December 16, 2013.

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New 3D Pencil Drawings by Ramon Bruin

December 13th, 2013 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

Ramon Bruin, a self-taught artist from the Netherlands (previously written about here and here), is back once again with more of his realistic 3D pencil drawings.

In this highly talented man’s hands, a sheet of white paper and a regular pencil become powerful tools used to play tricks on our eyes. It’s amazing how various animals and insects come to life through Bruin’s optical illusions. Bruin makes use of anamorphic perspective, which creates the illusion that his images look life-like and 3D – from a certain angle. This approach gives them depth and realism when viewed from a certain angle, but when viewed from any other direction, they can look like ugly, amorphous blobs.

The 31-year-old freelancer, who graduated as a professional all-round airbrush artist from the Airbrush Academie, also runs an online art shop where his fans can buy the limited edition prints. Enjoy!

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New 3D Pencil Drawings by Ramon Bruin originally appeared on Bored Panda on December 13, 2013.

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Incredibly Intricate Renaissance-Style Insect Drawings by Alex Konahin

December 4th, 2013 by Audra | No Comments | Filed in Design

Alex Konahin, a brilliant young artist from Latvia, uses detailed Renaissance floral patterns in a new way to create incredibly beautiful and intricate pieces of art.  He is already well-known and highly respected by a vast audience of artists, art critics and independent art appreciators, and he achieves all of this solely through his talent and the internet.

Alex Konahin’s distinctive style of drawing involves much use of floral patterns, cultural symbols and traditional ornamentation. The objects he draws most often are insects, wild animals, human anatomy and intense visual abstractions. After creating the carcass of a drawing with an old-fashioned pencil, Alex switches to pen and india ink as his main tools.

Alex is a self-taught artist who never had an art education. However, he had lots of experience working independently as an illustrator in various projects and individual orders. This was before real fame struck. He started publishing his artwork on the Net and, soon enough, he was flooded with positive attention and orders.

The artist claims that he wants to revive the main Renaissance concept of a tight relationship between the beauty of an idea and its realization. As the wonder of the New Renaissance evidently dwells in all his artwork, we believe the magnificent illustrator is on just the right track!

Source: Behance | Facebook (via thisiscolossal, Don’t Post Me)

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Incredibly Intricate Renaissance-Style Insect Drawings by Alex Konahin originally appeared on Bored Panda on December 4, 2013.

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