René Gruau (1909-2004), born Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate (what a name!) was a fashion illustrator in the world of haute couture during the 1940s and 50s. His sophisticated style with the use of calligraphic elements, vivid colors, and bold strokes evoke a sense of theater and the influence of his timeless and often extravagant illustrations of fashion design can still be felt today.
Mexican photographer, digital artist, and graphic designer Felix Hernandez Rodriguez is still in touch with his inner-child. He is a master at creating magical photographs using miniature toys, but you have to look very closely to see what he is actually doing. Thanks to his behind-the-scenes photos we get to see some of the tricks he uses to create his pictures.
Artist Jessica Wohl has created a series of manipulated portraits that is equally funny and disturbing. Some remind me of Chewbacca , others seem more sinister. Who are these people with their faces stitched into anonymity, what are they hiding behind their masks?
Erté (pseudonym for Roman Petrovich Tyrtov, 1892-1990) was a Russian Art Deco illustrator, graphic artist, costume & set designer. His distinctive, elegant drawings helped to form what we think of as typical Art Deco style.
Ascending and Descending (1960) is a lithograph by Dutch artist M. C. Escher (1898-1972) that shows an impossible object; a type of optical illusion that suggests three-dimensionality. It is a visual paradox. © M.C. Escher / Fair Use
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol Andy Warhol working on ‘Self-Portrait’ and ‘Holly Solomon’ (1967) (left) and working on ‘Elvis I and II’ (right). Images from the book Andy Warhol “Giant” Size.
In 1883 American portrait painter John Singer Sargent painted socialite Virginie Gautreau who was known for her beauty. A year later at the Paris Salon, the work caused a scandal because of Gautreau’s provocative dress and her suggestive pose. Originally one of the straps fell off her shoulder, but due to the public’s reaction Sargent repainted the strap. The painting can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Song for today: […]
Surrealist Salvador Dalí and photographer Philippe Halsman created this photograph in 1951. Seven models were used to compose the shape of a skull based on a sketch done by Dalí. A lot of work went into creating this iconic image as these making of photos show. © Philippe Halsman / Magnum Photos Images found on una-lady-italiana Bewaren
Canadian artist Jennifer Angus creates installations using thousands of often vibrantly colored bugs and insects. For her site-specific works, she arranges them in intricate patterns and kaleidoscopic mandalas on walls. Over the years, she has collected more than 30.000 different insects, mostly from Malaysia, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea that she reuses for her different projects. “Part of my work is the rehabilitation of the image of insects — that insects are so vitally important. […]
With ‘Somewhere Small’ artist and propmaker Jedediah Corwyn Voltz has created a series of whimsical miniature tree houses that are furnished in incredible detail. (via: lostateminor.com)