Portraits

Bubble Wrap Paintings

Bubble Wrap Paintings

Artist Darian Mederos creates incredible portraits that appear to have been painted behind a sheet of bubble wrap. In fact, every individual bubble – and the light, shadows, and distortion that come with them, is hand-painted. Check out some of his works and process on Instagram.

CMYK Generative Portraits

CMYK Generative Portraits

Artist Samer Dabra programmed Evil Mad Scientist’s AxiDraw v3 plotter to take photographic images and reinterpret them as twisty, turny, abstract line art. By overlaying CMYK inks, the images have an appearance of being in full color. More images on Instagram.

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Drawing Like a Printer

Drawing Like a Printer

Artist DP Truong is capable of drawing portraits with all kinds of interesting techniques. For this image of Will Smith inspired by Gemini Man, she used the line-by-line approach that a dot-matrix or inkjet printer would use to create an image from top to bottom.

Drawing Portraits with a Compass

Drawing Portraits with a Compass

Artist DP Truong shows off her mad compass skills as she creates a detailed portrait by drawing hundreds of concentric circles and varying the pressure of his pen to create shades of grey. Here’s another one of her images celebrating the collab between Son Tung, Snoop Dogg, and Madison Beer.

Drawing Pennywise

Drawing Pennywise

Watch in awe as illustrator drawholic starts with a blank sheet of paper, and proceeds to sketch out an impressively accurate Prismacolor pencil rendering of Pennywise the clown, as he appeared in the 2017 big screen version of Stephen King’s IT.

Verso

Verso

Filmmaker Jesse Brass introduces us to Cayce Zavaglia, who creates amazing embroidered portraits of family and friends using cotton and wool thread. While the photorealistic fronts of her images are simply stunning, the chaotic reverse sides reveal the true nature of life.

Painting with Seeds

Painting with Seeds

Red Hong Yi’s latest work is a giant portrait of revered artist Ai Weiwei, inspired by a quote about one of his own works. The piece was created using about 20,000 sunflower seeds carefully placed on a large canvas. As quickly as her creation comes together, it’s gone.

Sticker Self-portrait

Sticker Self-portrait

Artist Noah Scalin painstakingly collected hundreds of colorful stickers, from everything from kid’s play sets to Wacky Packages. He then carefully arranged each one based on hue, saturation, and brightness to create a bold and abstract portrait of himself.

Modern String Art

Modern String Art

Back in the ’70s you’d see kitschy string art pictures of horses, rainbows, and owls. Artist Petros Vrellis shows off an amazing modern take on the artform, which results in a greyscale portrait which emerges by following a pattern dictated by a computer algorithm.

1 Million Dots

1 Million Dots

Artist David Bayo demonstrates his painstaking process, as he creates a beautifully shaded portrait using his Rotring Rapidograph pen to place a seemingly endless flow of tiny dots. We’re not sure he actually counted to a million, but it’s amazing nonetheless.

Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Artist Heather Rooney shows off her incredible talent for drawing photorealistic portraits using Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencils. Her work is so good that some of her subjects look better than they do in real life. Check out her YouTube channel for more.

Yoo Hyun’s Paper Portraits

Yoo Hyun’s Paper Portraits

Yoo Hyun makes detailed portraits and illustrations on paper without using any kind of pigment. Instead, he makes alternating columns of diagonal cuts of varying widths on paper. More on his Instagram and Facebook page.

Matt Bilfield: Dowel Portraits

Matt Bilfield: Dowel Portraits

Matt Bilfield creates bold pop art portraits which combine the cartoon style of Lichtenstein with the pointillism of Chuck Close. Each image is made from a grid of thousands of painted dowels, bringing them into focus when viewed head on.

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Crayon Art

Crayon Art

Artist Christian Faur creates intricate portraits using hand-cast wax crayons to form pixelated pointilism. While his medium is playful, his subject matter explores everything from lost youth to economic and social crisis.

Peanut Portraits

Peanut Portraits

How cool would it be to own one of these tiny and exquisitely detailed celebrity peanut sculptures, handpainted by Midwestern artist Steve Casino? Pretty frickin’ cool, that’s what we think. You can see how he does it right here. (Thanks Ira!)

LEGO Masters

LEGO Masters

Ad agency Geometry Global’s Hong Kong branch put together this series of classic artworks recreated using LEGO blocks. We had no idea that you could get bricks in so many subtle shades. We suspect they fudged things a bit.

Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo

Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo

Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas teamed up with Marvel and Mike Mitchell to create a series of portraits of the House of Ideas’ heroes and villains. That Deadpool piece is going to sell out immediately. The exhibit runs til 5/17.

The Lincoln Penny Portrait

The Lincoln Penny Portrait

Got a piggy bank filled with pennies? While you convert them into paper money, why not turn them into some art for your wall? You’ll need about 850 pennies of varying shades to fill in the DIY template.

Jackie Chan Chopstick Portrait

Jackie Chan Chopstick Portrait

Artist Red Hong Yi not only got the privilege of meeting martial arts master Jackie Chan, she managed to create an incredible portrait of the man using nothing but 64,000 chopsticks, string and wire to bundle them together.

Bottle Cap Portrait

Bottle Cap Portrait

Inspired by the work of Chuck Close, Chicago artist Mary Ellen Croteau created a series of images using thousands of meticulously selected plastic bottle caps. Her masterpiece – a 56-square-foot self portrait called “CLOSE”.

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Mesh Wire Portraits 2

Mesh Wire Portraits 2

More stunning art by Korean sculptor Seung Mo Park and his ongoing series created by carefully layering metal wires and meshes. The portraits in particular are remarkable. We wonder if he’s ever considered colored wires?

Willie Nelson Roach Paper Art

Willie Nelson Roach Paper Art

Cliff Maynard created this image of renown pot smoker Willie Nelson entirely from the burnt roach papers from the butts of joints. He’s also made Bob Marley and Snoop Dogg among others. Prints limited to an edition of 420, natch.

Graphite Portraits of Friends

Graphite Portraits of Friends

Thomas Cian is a Milan-based artist with a lot of great sketches to show but it’s these incredibly life-like graphite portraits that he’s done in his Friendsbook, a moleskine dedicated to drawing friends, that really show the depth of his talent.

Keyboard Photomosaics

Keyboard Photomosaics

Digital artist Daniel Johns (aka “WorkByKnight“) takes images of computer keyboards, buttons, clocks, typographic blocks and other discarded junk and turns them into pixels for his celebrity and pop-culture portraits.

Willie Nelson Cutout Art

Willie Nelson Cutout Art

Artist Jeff Nichol pays tribute to the great Willie Nelson with an amazing paper cut portrait in honor of the Red Headed Stranger’s 80th birthday. The track is a chill remix of Willie’s Georgia on My Mind by Worldwide Groove Corp.

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