There’s a classic saying that “the eyes are the windows to the soul,” and Spanish artist Jone Bengoa conveys this sentiment perfectly in her alluring paintings. The 19-year-old creates realistic watercolor portraits where a set of pupils and eyebrows are the only things visible on a stark white page. Devoid of other facial features, Bengoa’s artworks are intense. Although minimal in composition, they express an incredible amount of emotion. It demonstrates just how much can be shown in a single look. Anger, sadness, confusion, and surprise are conveyed via the shape of the upper eyelid and a simple furrowing of the brow. Bengoa also editorializes and plays on emotions by adding decorative abstract shapes and unnaturally bright pinks and purples in with the peach-colored skin tones. In addition, long drips of paint fall from the eyes, but appear less as tears and more as a beautiful homage to the watercolor medium.
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In 2014, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant contacted conceptual design studio Lernert & Sander to create a piece for a special documentary photography issue about food. Lernert & Sander responded with this somewhat miraculous photo of 98 unprocessed foods cut into extremely precise 2.5cm cubes
Kiri-e (切り絵) is the Japanese art of hand-cutting paper into intricate designs. Kirigami (切り紙), on the other hand, involves cutting and folding paper to create a 3-D image that pops right off the page. But one talented Japanese artist has combined these two traditional art forms, creating folded paper cranes t ...
When she travels the world, Teresa Lim captures snapshots of her surroundings with needle and thread. In her series Sew Wanderlust, the artist embroiders surprisingly detailed canvases of places she visits on-site. This method of preserving memories lets her truly take in her surroundings. Lim must spend time sitting in one place, observing details and stitching as the scene unfolds. Unlike snapping quick photos, embroidering allows 24-year-old Lim to become a participant in the environment rather than a fleeting viewer. She says on her website that her designs “seek to blur the lines and boundaries between being an illustrator and a textile designer.” True to form, the Sew Wanderlust project is a delightful fusion of sketchpad and camera that commits travel scenes to fabric and eliminates the need for a vacation photo album.
At the beginning of this year, visual artist and graphic designer Ruby Silvious embarked on a quirky, personal experiment, set to last for 363 days. She decided to repurpose soggy and stained tea bags as unconventional, blank canvases, just waiting to be filled with her artistic expression. The project, entitled 363 Days of Tea, allows Silvious to challenge herself by transforming the recycled material with her intricate illustrations—the artist draws, paints, and forms collages on the salvaged tea bags. This project serves as Silvious’ daily journal, allowing her to record her thoughts and feelings by creating wonderful moody and whimsical designs on little teabag papers. Every day she creates a new piece that reflects her impressions in that moment. Currently based in New York, Silvious’ work has been exhibited internationally and she has received awards and recognition for her talents in paper work, print making and now her most recent endeavour of re-purposing recycled and found…
Think Norway, and the first thing that comes to mind are fjords, blonde people and Vikings - not fairy tale architecture. Inside, however, you’ll find photographs of architecture in the Norwegian countryside that looks like it’s been taken straight from a fairy tale.
Is your favorite place your bed? Do you hit the snooze button for as long as possible to squeeze in every last minute of slumber? If so, these whimsical doodles will certainly speak to you—the amusing scenes illustrate an eternal love of sleep. They’re illustrated by Lingvistov, a collaboration between two language teachers named Asia and Landysh. With a simple cartoon style, they depict clever ways to talk about sleep, like simple haikus and a physics lesson, all geared towards those who truly cherish a bit of shut-eye. On a Monday morning, we can all probably find ourselves relating to more than one of these drawings.
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Elicia Edijanto’s black-and-white watercolor paintings depict intimate scenes of children interacting with wild animals framed in striking silhouettes. The Indonesia-based artist juxtaposes small figures with large figures and dangerous characters with innocent characters in tranquil moments of reflection. Void of color and surrounding landscape, Edijanto’s work seems to emphasize the importance of interaction in the face of uncertainty or potential danger. As the child patiently crouches before the elephant, stands before the bear or gazes into the wolf’s eyes, he finds the creatures didn’t want to harm him all along.
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