Incredibly Surreal Illustrations by Tim O'Brien

Illustrator and painter Tim O'Brien is best known for his incredibly lifelike portraits that have been seen in publications including TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, National Geographic, Playboy, Penthouse, The New York Times, and many others.

He leads us in a different direction from his realistic portraits with this collection of intriguing conceptual artworks. Similar to surrealism, each piece has an immediate meaning as well as an unexpected and subtle element of surprise that requires a bit more investigation. For many of the works that he creates, he walks us through the artistic and collaborative process on his blog. It's really fascinating to read about how each illustration evolves into his final designs.

O'Brien has incredible talents in creating illustrations that almost come alive on the page. To achieve the high quality final results of each painting, he describes his process, "I do a detailed drawing on gessoed panel. I work on sepia or grey half tone and draw with pencil, charcoal pencil, colored pencil, gouache. When that is done I use an airbrush to even tones and set the key of the artwork and add light and dark to areas. I then apply an acrylic coat to the drawing and paint over it in thin layers of oil paint. There, all the details and no secrets."

Tim O'Brien's website

December 7, 2016

Beautiful Vintage Light Bulbs Feature Luminous Floral Filaments

LED light bulbs are all the rage nowadays, but you can’t beat the timeless beauty of vintage filaments. Between the late 1930s and into the 1970s, the Aerolux Light Corporation produced novelty bulbs with tiny sculptures inside. These decorative filaments take the shapes of flowers and birds which are electrically illuminated in a variety of vibrant colors. To construct these bulbs, Aerolux used low-pressure gas in their filaments—either neon, argon, or both.

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December 6, 2016

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Room Into Colorful Art Experience

More than 25,000 colorful paper flowers spiral around a 6-meter atrium at the shopping mall of Omotesando in Tokyo. The visually stimulating scene is part of Emmanuelle Moureaux‘s newest installation, Color Mixing. The French-born, Tokyo-based architect created the vibrant work as part of NSK’s 100th anniversary exhibition, Setting the Future in Motion. NSK is a leading manufacturer of bearings, and the artist made good use of their capabilities in her work.

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