Emma Uber’s pastel portraits give an impression of contained passion. The nearly expressionless faces of her subjects clash wonderfully with the bold smears and drips of bright colors. Her portraits draw the viewer’s eye and makes it linger. Emma comes from a graphic design and photographic background but she has always found the time to indulge in painting on canvas.
Christina Empedocles uses wax pencils to create these captivating drawings. Not that you’d take them to be drawings at first glance. Christina renders her subjects so flawlessly most people will take one look, declare it a photograph and scream “Faaake!” when told they’re actually drawings. Aside from being incredibly detailed, the play of light and shadow are perfectly reproduced in every wrinkle of the paper.
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After being barraged by a slew of digitally manipulated images, it’s rather refreshing to have a look at art made entirely by hand. Ken Lee is a budding portrait artist from the UK. His pencil portraits perfectly captures the essence of his subjects, be it sensuality, passion, or innocence. This is one new artist we definitely need to watch out for.
Alex Konahin is a Latvian artist who uses nothing more than ink, pen, and paper to make great art. His drawings are meticulously detailed. The images may not have color but they do possess depth and symmetry. One of his works, a beautifully rendered skull, is commissioned by a clothing company called Heretics.
Paul Lung is a business design consultant who spends most of his free time making pencil portraits that would put a DSLR camera to shame. He uses a 0.5mm technical pencil to draw stuff that catches his fancy. Mostly it’s realistic renderings of his family and friends, even himself; but there’s simply something about wildlife that brings out the best of his abilities. See for yourself.
Liam Brazier is a young and extremely talented freelance illustrator and animator who is currently based in the UK. He is most well known for his colorful and geometrically illustrated comic book heroes. He also does a bit of humorous cartoonish drawings on the side. His work has been displayed at the Museum of London, London tube platforms, and international film festivals. Big names like Samsung, Apple, and even the Battersea Power Station have also taken advantage of his skills.
Robert Longo is a New York based painter, sculptor, and musician. Needless to say, he’s no mediocre artist with middling talent who uses controversial subjects as a claim to fame. It doesn’t take an art critic to see that his work is extraordinary, both in detail and in execution. Most of his recent works are done with charcoal on mounted paper. He also uses ink and graphite in some of his pieces. His work are displayed in museums and galleries all over the world. One of his pieces from his famous “Men in the Cities” series is even prominently displayed in the apartment of fictional character Patrick Bateman in the film American Psycho.
No one wants to be caught in an awkward moment but Heikki Leis has so vividly captured the inconsequential moments of our everyday lives in his series “Everyday Reflections“. In this revealing series, people are caught making themselves presentable for the day. The whole gamut of early morning hygienic practices run from the awkward (head shaving), to the painful (eyebrow plucking), to the downright embarrassing (zit popping). It takes a great deal of artistic talent to make drawings so realistic that at first glance, you would think they were merely digitally altered photos. I guess it helps that Heikki also does a bit of sculpture and photography at the side. He has been a freelance artist since 2000 and a lot of his drawings are for sale as originals or digital prints.
Cuteness is a prerequisite to being a cartoon character, ergo, they look nothing like real people. The eyes are always disproportionately big. Several other features may be exaggerated as well. Jirka Väätäinen, a Finnish artist, got tired of them looking too…well, cartoonish. So he went out and did what any self-respecting artist should do. He made his own version of them. He took digital images of the characters (mostly princesses) and digitally manipulated them to look more like actual people without actually resorting to racial stereotypes. The beloved Disney characters are utterly human, yet perfectly recognizable.
Bill Taylor is a Data Manager by profession, artist at heart. Each day he devotes at least 2-5 minutes sketching on his whiteboard with his personal supply of dry erase markers. Each of his pieces take around six weeks to finish. He keeps them around for a few more days before starting on a new one. He says it doesn’t pain him to erase all that hard work since he’s always excited to start a new one. Most of Bill’s work are faithful reproductions of classic pieces by artists like Picasso, Ansel Adams, and Lichtenstein, although he’s not above sketching pop icons like Iron Man.