May 22, 2022

Hyperrealistic Pencil Drawings Explore Gender by Depicting Female Heads on Male Bodies

American artist Clio Newton explores gender and femininity in her series of hyperrealistic charcoal drawings called Venus. Inspired by the art of Renaissance masters like Michelangelo and Botticelli, she depicts an array of young subjects with female heads and male bodies. The seamless transition is intended to speak to the gender fluidity of this era. Originally from the East Coast in the United States, Newton currently lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland.

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May 13, 2022

Nigerian Artist “Draws” Hyperrealistic Portraits by Burning Wood

Nigerian artist Alex Peter Idoko creates exquisite drawings without the use of a pencil, pen, or paintbrush. Instead, the 30-year-old artist utilizes pyrography—or wood burning—to bring his subjects to life. With this unconventional technique, he masterfully renders the delicate textures of people's skin and hair with fire until they resemble hyperrealistic portraits. Originally, from Lagos, Nigeria, Idoko has been passionate about portrait art since he was a student.

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May 9, 2022

Charming Cat Comics Are Instantly Relatable to Any Feline Pawrent

There are some things that cat owners know as undeniable truths. Cats want to be petted until they don’t anymore, they will always stand in front of your screen on Zoom, and everything will have fur on it–no matter what. But to know this is to love felines, and it’s something that the illustrator Landysh of Lingvistov captures in her charming cat comics.

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April 19, 2022

Funny Artist Draws “Really Bad Portraits” of Strangers on the Street of NYC for $3

Ricky Brown sketches “the worst portraits” in New York City…and people can’t get enough! As the artist behind the aptly named Really Bad Portraits Instagram account, he has made a name for himself as an artist with a sense of humor. He brings smiles to people in person and online on a daily basis with his poorly hand-drawn portraits of pedestrians on the street.

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