March 1, 2021

Ethereal Illustrations Fuse Traditional Vietnamese Culture With Surreal Dreamscapes

Artist Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn creates surreal digital illustrations inspired by Vietnamese culture. In his newest series Season of Life, ethereal female figures wearing traditional áo dài gowns are placed in lush environments filled with foliage, cranes, and stylized motifs. Born and raised in the countryside of Vietnam, Nguyễn finds inspiration for his surrealist dreamscapes in the natural beauty of his surroundings.

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January 30, 2021

Pretty Plant Paintings Capture the Leafy Beauty of Everyday Houseplants

Lovers of houseplants know that each kind has its own unique character. From pretty pink caladiums to magnificent monsteras, Toronto-based artist Rosa F captures her own indoor jungle in her sketchbooks. Each plant illustration showcases the delicate forms, patterns, and textures of leafage that are meticulously rendered one paint stroke at a time.

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January 9, 2021

Artist Creates a Portrait of Beth Harmon From ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Out of Chess Symbols

People all over the world have fallen in love with The Queen's Gambit‘s fascinating and brilliant lead, Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy). As a fan himself, Greek graphic designer Charis Tsevis dedicated a series of striking mosaic portraits to the Netflix star. “The Queens' Gambit is without a doubt the hit TV series of 2020,” Tsevis tells My Modern Met.

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December 13, 2020

Hyperrealistic Pencil Portraits Offer a Surreal Look Into Being Black in Today’s World

Artist Arinze Stanley achieves his incredible hyperrealistic artwork by exercising what he refers to as the “three P’s.” The principles that Stanley works by are patience, practice, and persistence. His dedication—and his continual strive towards perfection—has helped the self-taught artist to develop portraits of Black people that appear in often surrealistic ways.

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