Awesome Paintings

Mike Mitchell’s Movie Portraits

Mike Mitchell’s Movie Portraits

Mike Mitchell shows his love of the movies by creating his digitally produced collection of favorite film characters; if you’re in Austin 4/26-5/25/13, check them out in person at Mondo.

French Fry Package Art

French Fry Package Art

(Some images NSFW) Artist Ben Frost has chosen an unusual canvas for his art – he uses McDonald’s iconic french fry packaging as the backdrop for some of his pop art paintings. Only one question: Where’s Frylock?

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Bubble Wrap Paintings

Bubble Wrap Paintings

Bradley Hart’s imaginative pixel portraits are created using ordinary syringes and bubble wrap; he injects each individual bubble with acrylic paint in an elaborate and time consuming process.

Marbled Paper Paintings

Marbled Paper Paintings

Ebru or paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design. Oguz Eygur shares some captivating footage of a truely professional ebru artist, his father Seyit, practicing the ancient and beautiful art.

Urbanscapes

Urbanscapes

Using long, linear brushstrokes and muted, contrasted tones, Italian oil painter Emilio Valerio D’ Ospina creates a tremendous sense of movement, depth and height in his urban images.

Iconic Finger Portraits

Iconic Finger Portraits

Artist Dito Von Tease creates amusing portraits of famous pop culture icons by dressing up and manipulating close-up images of fingertips. The collection includes Steve Jobs, Mr. T and Pikachu.

Face Painting Time-Lapse

Face Painting Time-Lapse

It’s quite a sight to watch the beauty spill out of Agnes Cecile’s brushes in this sped up video of her painting a captivating face. There’s more clips of her great work on her Youtube page.

Giant Spider Invasion

Giant Spider Invasion

Marlin Peterson was asked to paint a huge mural on the roof of the Seattle Center Armory and decided to paint giant 3-dimensional spiders on it – perfect for freaking out visitors to the Space Needle.

The Art of Shin-Young An

The Art of Shin-Young An

Artist Shin-Young An paints mundane tasks over collages of newspaper articles about serious issues, evoking either one’s powerlessness to affect or indifference to the effect of the world at large.

Chen Chun-Hao: Nail Art

Chen Chun-Hao: Nail Art

Like Marcus Levine, artist Chen Chun-Hao uses nails in his art. But instead of using large nails to create portraits, Chen uses fine “mosquito nails” to emulate traditional Chinese ink paintings.

In Praise of Rust

In Praise of Rust

Paintings of old vans and trucks in New York by Kevin Cyr. The vehicles are peppered with graffiti, dents and other signs of wear and tear, tangible metaphors of obsolescence.

A Perfect Vacuum

A Perfect Vacuum

Australian painter Jeremy Geddes often uses space travelers in urban environments as a motif in his hyperreal/surreal work. The results are amazing dreamlike images like these.

Coffee Cup Stain Painting

Coffee Cup Stain Painting

We’ve seen OhiseeRED use a basketball to paint. This time she uses a coffee cup, making ring-shaped stains to paint a portrait of Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou. It took her 12 hours to finish it.

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Basketball Painting

Basketball Painting

Using only a basketball and bucket of red paint, artist OhiseeRED paints a rather impressive likeness of Yao Ming – though she doesn’t have enough paper to render all 7 foot 6 inches of him.

Tape Art by Max Zorn

Tape Art by Max Zorn

Using a similar technique to Mark Khaisman, Zorn creates scenes of light and shadow using strips and cut pieces of brown packing tape. If you travel, here’s where you can find his work.

Goldfish Salvation

Goldfish Salvation

Riusuke Fukahori creates incredible depth in his artworks by painting a layer at a time onto acrylic resin, until a 3-dimensional image is formed, sort of like how 3D printers work. More photos here.

Anthropomorphic Animals

Anthropomorphic Animals
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Berkley Illustration is the same team that gave us Strelka the Space Dog’s portrait. Their other portraits are not based on real animals, but they’re awesome nonetheless. Badass cheetah is badass.

Red Vines Portraits

Red Vines Portraits

It’s not the only edible medium ever used, but we’d rather eat Jason Mecier’s paintings made from licorice ropes. Though we’re only eating the Red Vines, and leaving the black licorice behind.

Light Paintings

Light Paintings

We dig the squiggly lines in these light paintings, made with photographic techniques by Brian Matthew Hart; this series was conceived, arranged and drawn in collaboration with Dena Pickering.

Ballpoint Pen Paintings

Ballpoint Pen Paintings

We’ve seen how awesome a drawing made using a ballpoint pen can be. Artist Shane McAdams shows that it’s also possible to use the simple writing instrument to make stunning paintings.

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Mutt Shots

Mutt Shots
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Send Amanda Wolfe a picture of your pet and she’ll make a charming and funny mugshot, using gouache – an opaque watercolor – on cardstock. Available in different sizes – 3×3, 5×5 and 9×9.

BMW Art Car Collection

BMW Art Car Collection

Now you can view and learn more about each of the 17 “works of art on wheels” of the legendary BMW Art Car collection online, from Andy Warhol’s BMW M1 to Olafur Eliasson’s H2R prototype.

Art with Salt

Art with Salt

Toronto artist Bashir Sultani creates unique artwork using a salt shaker, a sharp-edged piece of paper and an iPhone to record the moment. You can see a lot more salt portraiture on his YouTube channel.

Royal Enfield Tank Painting

Royal Enfield Tank Painting

Brands are quick to point out if their wares are hand-made or hand-painted, but sometimes we take that boast for granted. This craftsman helps us appreciate that premium touch.

Team Fortress 2 Pin-ups

Team Fortress 2 Pin-ups

(Slightly NSFW) Pin-up paintings of female Team Fortress 2 characters made by UK-based illustrator Assim Heetun aka Agent Melon. Screw the hats Valve, we’d rather pay for these.

80s Ghana Movie Posters

80s Ghana Movie Posters

Crude, grotesque and surreal, these hand-painted posters were made in the late 80s by mobile cinema operators in Ghana, whose offerings were mostly horror, action, kung-fu or Bollywood flicks.

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