Astounding Photorealistic Portraits Created with a Single Piece of Thread

We’re most familiar with Kumi Yamashita‘s mind-boggling shadow sculptures but the mathematically-inclined artist also uses her expertise in visual calculations in her ongoing series of thread and nail portraits called Constellation. The New York-based artist’s work astounds us in its meticulously executed construction and the fine details that are captured through her creative diligence. By using three basic items–a wooden block (painted white), nails, and a single piece of thread–Yamashita manages to present every minute intricacy within her subjects’ expressions.

The pieces in this series may be reminiscent of some other thread and nail portraits, like those of Pamela Campagna, but their similarities lie solely in their raw materials and basic construction. The resulting images in Yamashita’s works are quite different. There is a very photorealistic quality to her works that is translated through the balance of thread concentration in some areas, giving a darker appearance, and less populated sections, making it appear brighter and giving a sense of shade and tone. There are also geometric patterns present within the images that add visual texture without interrupting the hyperrealistic renditions.

Kumi Yamashita: Website | Facebook
via [Machine Factory, Colossal]



January 22, 2017

Dynamic Sculptures Capture Powerful Combination of Emotion and Movement

The dynamic work of sculptor Gaylord Ho is instantly recognizable. Emotion oozes from the figures, as they throw their energy into dancerly poses. His female figures twist and twirl, animated and vital. Born in Taiwan, the 66-year-old artist has a fascinating personal history. Growing up as the son of low income farmers, Ho was expected to balance his studies while helping on the rice farm.

Read Article


January 21, 2017

Countless Glittering Stars Illuminate a Dreamy World Below

For those of us who live in a bustling, crowded metropolis, a glittering sky filled with stars is a spectacular sight we rarely get to see. Finnish photographer Oscar Keserci offers us glimpses of these astounding views and tranquil starry nights. His breathtaking images showcase dark skies fully illuminated by millions of brilliant celestial points.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter