Awesome Portraits

Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

Artist Amy Tannenbaum works in a variety of media to create her works. In addition to making portraits from twirled yarn and magazine clippings, she creates images out of tiny slivers of colored paper. Here she shows off a detailed image of a tiger that she made using the cut paper technique.

Dice Ideas Dice Portraits

Dice Ideas Dice Portraits

Ben Hoblyn and Ross Montgomery of Dice Ideas make art using D6 dice as their medium. They use the six pip configurations to create shades of light and dark, resulting in monochrome images which reveal themselves the further back you stand from them. Their biggest piece so far is a tiger made from 30,000 dice.

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Drawing Three Characters at the Same Time

Drawing Three Characters at the Same Time

Artist Eduwoes shows off his unique ability to draw multiple portraits at the same time. It appears that he uses the center pen to doodle tiny versions of the characters in the shadows of Harley Quinn while controlling the outer pens to draw Joker and Batman. It’s also possible the time-lapse is concealing some fakery.

Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits

Artist Justin Bateman creates unique portraits using rocks he finds on the ground. By collecting different shapes and colors of pebbles, he creates the light and shadow to bring his images to life around his current home of Chiang Mai, Thailand. See more of Justin’s works on his website.

7777 Days

7777 Days

We previously featured Noah Kalina’s photographic memoir, composed of a selfie a day since January 2000. His previous videos had a staccato look to them, but with AI tech and the help of data scientist Michael Notter, this new video smoothly transitions his aging process over the course of 20+ years.

Hunter S. Thompson Word Painting

Hunter S. Thompson Word Painting

Artist Phil Vance paints portraits of famous people using their own words to create their images. In this time-lapse video, he builds up an image of author Hunter S. Thompson, layer by layer. His image of Dave Chappelle made from the words of his 8:46 special is equally incredible.

Painting Portraits with Thread

Painting Portraits with Thread

Hong Kong-based artist Alfred Cheng creates incredible black and white portraits using sewing thread and a circle of nails. What makes them even more amazing is that he uses a single strand of thread to create each image. Art Insider explains his painstaking process.

Drawing Portraits Until the Pencil Is Gone

Drawing Portraits Until the Pencil Is Gone

As we’ve seen before, DP Truong has exceptional portrait drawing skills. In this video, the artist wanted to see how long they could draw and how many Marvel characters he could crank out with a single pencil before it wore down to an unusable nub of wood and graphite.

Torn Paper Portrait

Torn Paper Portrait

Artist DP Truong shows off another one of their unconventional portrait techniques, this time creating an image using torn-up scraps of paper. The portrait pays tribute to the late Vietnamese actor Hoang Dung. Blowing away the scraps at the end serves as a sort of cinematic goodbye.

Inside-out Lincoln Woodturning

Inside-out Lincoln Woodturning

Artist Woodboy shows off a clever technique in which he makes a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by creating a pair of turned walnut blocks which come together to form an inverted portrait of the 19th-century President. The method allows him to create four portrait halves from each turned block.

Fabric Portraits by Benjamin Shine

Fabric Portraits by Benjamin Shine

Textile artist Benjamin Shine creates amazing abstract portraits by folding and ironing pieces of tulle. The layering creates the illusion of light and shadow, bringing his imagery to life both in wall art and sculptural works. More recently, he built a large-scale piece by folding recycled HDPE netting.

Drawing The Mandalorian

Drawing The Mandalorian

South Korea-based artist Drawholic wows us with a colored-pencil portrait of Din Djarin and Grogu. The time-lapse video lets us observe the entire process from start to finish, as the rough outlines give way to color, shading, and a background that makes the image pop off of the page.

Painting a Girlfriend

Painting a Girlfriend

Artist ZXY698 is an expert at painting wall murals. In fact, he’s so good at it that he painted a 3-dimensional facsimile of his girlfriend sitting on a park bench so he can visit with her even when she’s not around. Hopefully, she won’t fade away any time soon.

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DeepFaceDrawing

DeepFaceDrawing

Machine learning technology continues to get more and more impressive – especially when it comes to working with images. A group of researchers from China are showing off DeepFaceDrawing, an amazing piece of software which can synthesize photorealistic human faces using nothing more than a rough pencil sketch.

Staple Dog

Staple Dog

Brooklyn artist James Haggerty creates images using staples as his medium. After wowing us with his Star Wars series, he made an incredible portrait of their family dog, Doxie. The finished piece is made from 75,738 staples in a variety of colors. We love how he arranged the staples to create the hair texture.

Woodburning with Sunlight

Woodburning with Sunlight

Woodburning isn’t a unique craft, but artist Hye Sea of Magnify the Sun executes it differently than others. Rather than electric tools, she uses a variety of magnifying lenses to focus bright sunlight onto a plywood canvas. If you’re interested in having a portrait commissioned, you can make an inquiry here.

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.

20 Years of Noah

20 Years of Noah

We last checked in with photographer Noah Kalina back in 2012, who started taking a picture of himself every day back in January 2000. He’s now surpassed 20 years and more than 7200 images along the way. See how his looks have continued to change in this fascinating study of how people age and change over the years.

Attenborough as Animals

Attenborough as Animals

To pay tribute to Sir David Attenborough’s 40 years in broadcasting, artist Quentin Devine decided to create a portrait of the famed nature show narrator. What makes the image extraordinary is that his face comprises 40 different animals he’s featured in his programs over the years.

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.

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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, he 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 his mad compass skills as he 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 his 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.

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