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Mini Paintings by Lorraine Loots

Mini Paintings by Lorraine Loots

Lorraine Loots is an artist from Cape Town, South Africa and since 2013 she has been doing a miniature painting every single day. These mini paintings are so amazing and so tiny at the same time, it's incredible how much detail she gets in there. Check them out! For more from Lorraine Loots follow her on instagram @lorraineloots/.

Final Prizes from the Pixelist Instagram Contest

Final Prizes from the Pixelist Instagram Contest

Hey, guys! This week I've received the feedback from the folks at Pixelist about the finished prizes! Yes! We're gonna take a nice look at the final paintings, and the winnning folks will see their prizes right now! If you don't know what we're talking about, it's good for you to check out the Pixelist Instagram Photography Contest post! It's all explained there, but just for you to know, Pixelist (http://www.pixeli.st) is an awesome service where actual artists will turn your Instagram pictures into actual handmade paintings. Pixelist came from a love of all things custom and creative. We spent years designing our own clothes, shoes, furniture, and art and hunting for the best craftspeople to bring them to life. So we were naturally attracted to the idea of using Instagram to revive commissioned painting. So here are the final paintings: 1st place - 20x20" oil painting A photo posted by ART IS THE WEAPON (@vampirehoney) on Nov 11, 2013 at 2:26pm PSTFinal painting 2nd place - 15x15" oil painting A photo posted by Carlos Martínez (@cmartinezes) on May 5, 2014 at 11:33pm PDTFinal painting 3rd place - 12x12" oil painting A photo posted by Mario Foresta (@averageblur) on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:49am PDTFinal painting So these are the final paintings, which will definitely look great hanging in each winner's wall! Soon enough I'll have one too. So remember to check out the Pixelist website for more of their great work! Cheers. ;)

Hyper Realistic Paintings by Rod Penner

Hyper Realistic Paintings by Rod Penner

Don't be mistaken: not every "photograph" was taken by a camera. Some were conceived in the minds of ultra talented people, like American artist Rod Penner. This guy comes up with astonishingly real images. He depicts some very mundane scenes... small cities, suburbs, things that you would not take a second glance at, but with these paintings you just feel the urge to keep looking and analyzing in awe for not being actual photographs. For more of Rod Penner's work, please visit his personal portfolio! I hope your minds are blown just like mine! Cheers. ;)

Watercolor Paintings by Maja Wronska

Watercolor Paintings by Maja Wronska

Maja Wronska is an artist from Poland and she has a very impressive style of painting. Using only watercolors and specializing in architectural structures, her paintings come to life with a mix of colors and shapes. Enjoy! For more from Maja Wronska visit takmaj.deviantart.com/gallery.

Awesome Digital Paintings by Rhads

Awesome Digital Paintings by Rhads

Artyom Chebokha aka Rhads is an artist from Omsk, Russian Federation who creates some awesome digital paintings. His love for the sea reflects on his paintings that are colorful and have a dreamy feel to them. Enjoy! For more from Rhads visit rhads.deviantart.com, and facebook.com/therhads.

Amazing Portrait Paintings by Denis Gonchar

Amazing Portrait Paintings by Denis Gonchar

Denis Gonchar is a very skilled Illustrator and Painter from Ukraine. I selected some of his amazing portrait paintings to share here and you will be impressed by his works. For more from Denis visit behance.net/denisgonchar.

Surreal Paintings by Jon Fox

I could describe the art of Jon Fox as a perfect mix between abstractionism and figurativism, although I think there's more behind its aesthetic. It's about a a personal journey inside the self, it's almost like we could almost make holograms of our feelings, emotions and thoughts. You can more of this outstanding madness at his Website. Investigating the ever-changing mindscapes and dream worlds that slide and shift beneath the surface. It’s a world populated by characters that represent thoughts and emotions, sometimes revealed in the heat of battle, sometimes caught up in seemingly endless cycles of mind games and thought puzzles or pondering over galactic connections, each scene taking place in a variety of lucid and illusionary levels and arenas of consciousness. On a voyage to the centre of the self, through scenes of fragmented apparitions..with the aim to try and discover the original source of these thoughts.. I guess to try and find the source of crea-tion (inside myself) where ideas are invented, decisions are weighed up, choices are made..where thought and emotion become the trigger for movement and put into action. I wanted to find out who gives the orders? Who’s in control?...who is really the master of this inner universe? (Jon's Website)

The Polygonal Nature of Laura Bifano

Everybody is quite used with classic nature paintings, but what happens when we try to remix this? Well, I guess Laura Bifano recent paintings are the answer, mixing some classic elements with some modern polygonal artwork that really reminds us video games. If you want to know more about Laura, please access her Website.

Amazing Organic & Geometry Paintings

These amazing Organic and Geometry Paintings were done by Tran Nguyen, a Georgia-based artist. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States. She is fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psycho-therapeutic support vehicle, treading the mind’s surreal dreamscape. Her paintings are created with a delicate quality using color pencil and thin glazes of acrylic on paper. “ I find interest in illustrating the universal emotions we come across in everyday living -- emo- tions that are tucked away, deep inside our psyches.” For more from Tran Nguyen visit behance.net/trannguyen Work Process The goal of my imagery is to visually interpret a story in a way that dramatizes and conveys its vital essence. When starting an assignment, I thoroughly research every aspect of the subject to determine what the image needs to say to the viewer. Several concerns are raised here such as its mood, focal points, and overall message. From the research proceeds the visual development. Several thumbnails are sketched out to explore the possible compositions, ideas, and symbolisms, to cultivate the best solution to the problem. I keep my thumbnails loose and gestural to maintain focus on the story that is being told. Once a thumbnail harmonizes, in concept and aesthetics, a final sketch is derived from it -- forms are resolved, lines are tightened, and values are laid where needed. While working on the final sketch, reference photos are collected to accompany the painting phase. With the final sketch and reference photos as a guide, diluted glazes of acrylics and color pencil are applied to solidify the forms. In this particular painting, creating a dream-like undertone is critical. Care- ful attention is made on the figure’s facial expression and pose to capture its surreal moment within a tangible environment. An appropriate color palette is chosen and details are rendered to yield the end product – a refined visual that complements the particular story.

Beautiful Paintings by Audrey Kawasaki

Most artist are like wine: the more they keep doing their art, the better they get. Audrey Kawasaki it's not an exception, working almost 10 years on fine arts, her artworks are extremely feminine, sexy, mysterious and sometimes even a bit naughty. I huge fan of her and so I decided to make this big collection of her pieces, from the oldest to the newest, so you can see her progress during these years. You can see some more artworks from Audrey at herWebsite. The themes in Audrey Kawasaki's work are contradictions within themselves. Her work is both innocent and erotic. Each subject is attractive yet disturbing. Audrey's precise technical style is at once influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. Her sharp graphic imagery is combined with the natural grain of the wood panels she paints on, bringing an unexpected warmth to enigmatic subject matter (Audrey's Website). The figures she paints are seductive and contain an air of melancholy. They exist in their own sensually esoteric realm, yet at the same time present a sense of accessibility that draws the observer to them. These mysterious young women captivate with the direct stare of their bedroom eyes (Audrey's Website).

The Surreal and Beautiful World of Felipe Bedoya

Some may like and some may dislike the universe created by Felipe Bedoya, as it's apparently looks all cute and beautiful, but beneath each illustration there's a lot of dark secrets hidden. This Colombian mate is one of the top notch artist from the lowbrow movement in latin america, check some of his extraordinary works: If you want to know more about Felipe, you should access his Website.

Beautiful Illustrations by Mike Dutton

Mike Dutton has been a writer/illustrator most of his life. He completed his first book when he was seven, a stapled mass of dot-matrix printer paper filled with leaping dinosaurs. He once drew the entire Sunday Funnies during class, but none of the jokes were funny. In fact, his teacher found them to be quite rude and his parents were asked to pay a visit. Since then, Mike has gone on to make children's storybook illustrations, comics, coloring books, magazine articles, landscape paintings, video game art, and quite possibly a portrait of your dog. He is still learning to be funny, but thinks you might enjoy his increasingly popular online comic, One Swoop Fell (www.OneSwoopFell.com). For more information about Mike visit http://duttonart.net/. Mike is also one of the designers behind the Google Doodles (http://www.google.com/logos/) Childrens Book Illustrations for Ages 2 to 202 Comics and Coloring Books Tiny Works Landscapes, Industrialscapes, and Other Escapes

Expressive Paintings of Raffaele Catania

Raffaele Catania is a craftsman and designer living in Chiaramonte Gulfi, Sicily. He likes to create, drawings, sketches and paintings, literally getting his hands dirty. He as done work for a variety of products, from small illustration of a book to an extensive mural painting, a detailed wine label to the preparation of a large stand. We were really impressed with Raffaele work, especially the paintings, very expressive, so nothing better than share that with you too. For more information about Raffaele's work visit his Web site at http://www.raffaelecatania.it/ I work very carefully to the different phases of the project, the initial study to completion, through production. I have great attention to detail, I prefer the simplicity, clean lines and a palette full of colors ... many colors. I love the art of cinema and I enjoy writing and directing short films and documentaries, are an unusual filmmaker and jovial, but that's another story ... Ah ... I really love pizza and some spare time I play tennis, losing almost always :)

Beautiful & Inspiring Artworks by Ben Heine

Ben Heine is a Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer. His galleries are filled with great stuff and he can walk beautifully between several art directions, creating amazing pieces in any way he goes. Ben studied graphic arts - and worked as a graphic creator for 8 years - and sculpture and also has a degree in journalism. Besides all that he also speaks French, English and Dutch fluently, and some bits of Polish, Spanish and Russian. So don't worry about language issues when you decide to get in touch with him. ;) I really liked his work! The illustrations, digital paintings, photographs... everything is really inspiring. Some photos look like desktop wallpapers landscapes, the paintings are extremely creative and colorful...he simply has several kinds of work, to please multiple tastes. As I made only a brief selection from his work, I really recommend you to check out his flickr gallery or his DA page. Ben has tons of great artworks to show, so take your time and check them out. I hope you like the selection. Enjoy. :)

Surrealist Drawings by Reality-must-die

I have been working on a few designs heavily inspired by the Surrealism, because of that I was looking for some references and visual artists that are influenced by this style as well. Then I stumbled upon Reality-must-die at DeviantArt. I couldn't get much information about him, I know he is from Germany, but I was totally mesmerized by his surrealistic drawings that I had to feature him here on Abduzeedo. For more information about Reality-must-die, visit his DeviantArt Profile or his website at http://www.realitymustdie.npage.de (it's in German). but now, check out some of his amazing works. Never - ending Search with Bernard Dumaine melancholy leave me alone Hope... with Marcel Bakker silent escape scribbles... Relativity with Bernard Dumaine Near Death Experience with Bernard Dumaine Phobia Watershed with Bernard Dumaine Premonition of Apocalypse with Janelle Mckain Forsaken Paintings & Airbrushing

Amazing Paintings from Leonid Afremov

I found the work from Leonid Afremov while I was navigating on deviantART and I have to say that his paintings really got my attention. Leonid Afremov is a Belarusian painter who was born in Vitebsk, in 1955. Coincidentally or not, he was born in the same town as Marc Chagall, the famous artist who also founded the Vitebsk Art School along with Malevich & Kandinsky. Leonid Afremov graduated from Vitebsk Art School in 1978 and is one of the elite members. His painting are often colorful landscapes, cityscapes and figures, and are typically painted using a palette knife and oil paint. "I tried different techniques during my career, but I especially fell in love with painting with oil and palette knife. Every artwork is the result of long painting process; every canvas is born during the creative search; every painting is full of my inner world. Each of my paintings brings different mood, colors and emotions. I love to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in my paintings. My heart is completely open to art. Each of my artworks reflects my feelings, sensitivity, passion, and the music from my soul. True art is alive and inspired by humanity. I believe that art helps us to be free from aggression and depression." Leonid Afremov I made this brief selection to show you some of Leonid's paintings and I'm sure you will like it. In my opinion his work is AMAZING... his technique, colors and compositions gave me a really good sensation, a feeling of stillness, admiration and piece. Not sure how to explain... but I could admire this images for hours! To check out further of Leonid's work go to his deviantART profile (which is managed by his son David Afremov). And you can also buy his original paintings on canvas at afremov.com. Enjoy... the images are beautiful!

Berlin Wall Orignal Paintings Restoration

It has been 20 years now since the fall of the Berlin Wall and therefore the city of Berlin decided to restore the paintings of the wall asking the original artists. I went out there and got really inspired by those amazing abstract paintings and to took some photos to share with you. The East Side Gallery is a special place, where art has become the expression for a unique point in time of the history of a separated Germany. It is a meeting point that talks about an old Berlin and a new Berlin, a separated and a unified Germany. Original Paintings: 1990 Restoration: 2009 | If you have the chance to visit it you should definitely do that, not just because of these images I've selected, but there are awesome things you could check out in Berlin as well. Enjoy. By the way you can make a search on Google to see the old paintings..a huge difference.