Our heartstrings received a big tug when we came upon a collection of portrait photography shot by Turkish travel photographer Mehmet Genç. We're a bit late to pick up on the work but couldn't resist sharing such a moving project that will surely bring a smile to anyone's face. Have you ever been approached by a complete stranger and been paid a lovely compliment out of the blue? Well, in what seems to be a most simple concept, this was the basis of Mehmet's project, You Are So Beautiful. He traveled throughout South America photographing locals in Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala and Colombia. Just prior to snapping each subject he told them how beautiful they were. The end result is an instantaneous uplift and is a wonderful reminder to go ahead and pay that compliment to the next stranger you see. We can thank our friends over at Refinery29 for unearthing a truly heartwarming collection of portrait photography. Check out the adorable mix of some of our favorite reactions from the gallery below and be sure to continue following Mehmet as he plans to continue his journey of capturing subjects through October of 2017. Portrait Photography © Mehmet Genç Mehmet Genç is a Turkish photographer and this post was from his latest project visiting indigenous communities in Latin America. For more information check out http://www.rotasizseyyah.com/
Evgeny Parfenov is an illustrator from Moscow, Russia. His style is very different and his portraits are pretty much made out of shapes and colors that come together making an amazing composition. Check out some of the works we selected to show you. For more from Evgeny Parfenov visit behance.net/evgenyparfenov.
Russell Powell is an amazing artist who created a unique way to paint portraits by painting them in the palm of his hand and transfering the painting into paper. The result is absolutely amazing, check it out! For more from Russell Powell visit his instagram instagram.com/pangaeanstudios/.
Tiina Törmänen is a photographer from Finland who is not afraid to battle a little cold to get a great photo. In this project called Wanderer Tinna takes some self portraits in the beautiful Nothern Lights in the Arctic Lapland wilderness of Finland. Enjoy! For more from Tiina visit tiinatormanen.com.
We have an awesome collection of Monster Portraits done in Zbrush by Idrassi Soufiane, a digital artist from Marrocco. These Zbrush concepts look so amazing even know they're monsters. Enjoy! For more from Idrassi Soufiane visit streetx222.deviantart.com/.
The French artist Caroline Blanchet created some amazing portraits of some very well known athletes. All portraits follow the same cool style, with some amazing lighting and drawing details. Check out how cool these are and let us know what you think. For more from Caroline Blanchet visit ptitecao.com.
Tim Cavadini is a lifestyle photographer out of Stuttgart and studying in Vienna. His portraits are very beautiful and yet intriguing. The way he uses lighting really brings out the best out of every shot. Enjoy! For more from Tim Cavadini visit ceecore.deviantart.com and cavadini-photography.com.
Pietro Sedda is an Italian tattoo artist with a very different style. His work consist of portraits with a artistic flare to it, whether is some colorful 3d or a face inside a face, the work of Pietro is very cool and intriguing. Would you get a tattoo like these? For more from Pietro Sedda visit pietrosedda.com.
A collection of portrait paintings done by Canadian painter Jace Kim. Each portrait is mysterious and has and raw in such an awesome way, it's almost like faces are being born out of a mix of raw lines and colors. Enjoy! For more from Jace Kim visit behance.net/apologies.
Incredible work by the artist Alexa Meade who reinvented the way to paint portraits. Alexa paints directly on the surfaces of live models and found objects in three-dimensional space, collapsing real world depth into seemingly two-dimensional paintings. Enjoy! For more from Alexa Meade visit alexameade.com.
Another series by photographer Alexander Khokhlov and make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan. This time the key-idea of the project was to turn the models faces into the 2D images. Check it out! 2D or not 2D are the second series made by photographer Alexander Khokhlov and make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan. The team was increased with Veronica Ershova who had leaded the process of retouching and post-production. This time the authors were inspired by two-dimensional posters. The key-idea of the project was to turn the models faces into the 2D images. Valeriya used different techniques of face painting so you can see a lot of variations - from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. This is a combination of interesting make-ups, studio photography experiments and careful retouching. For more from Alexander Khokhlov visit behance.net/alexkhokhlov.
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.
This series is called "Weird Beauty" a project by the Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov in collaboration with great make-up artist Valerya Kutsan. It's a series of black & white portraits where all the models had their face painted in some way, very interesting and very beautiful. Enjoy! For more from Alexander Khokhlov visit 500px.com/Alhimeg
Ten Rupees is a project by the Irish photographer Keving Goss-Ross in which he created a collection of artificially lit portraits shot in India. These portraits are absolutly amazing, and the story behind it will bring you inside each photo. There's something about India that makes everything so mystical and colorful. Enjoy!For mor from Keving Goss-Ross visit kevingoss-ross.com and behance.net/kevingoss-ross Ten Rupees - A collection of portraits taken in IndiaThe cold bites at my skin. I didn’t pack for this. I was told that India would be a place of unbearable, choking heat, but here we are sitting around a smoky little fire. The man sitting next to me hands me a pipe. There is an entire crowd gathered around us but – militaristic and insufferable as they are in this country - the police aren’t going to try anything. I take a respectable lungful and pass it to the god to my left. He shifts his trunk-like growth to accommodate the pipe and reveals a slobbery, mucus encrusted hole of a mouth. Thank god I smoked before him. Feeling rather too toasty I thank the people gathered around the fire, get up and walk towards where I left my shoes. No one is allowed wearing shoes around this man. He is the supposed reincarnation of Ganesha, after all. When I get to the edge of the crowd who have all gathered to pay their god for a blessing I spot my shoes under a cow adorned with orange flowers’ hoof. This might be tricky... the cows know their place around here. An amused local laughs at my worried face and gently slaps the cow’s flanks to make it move off of my now thoroughly compacted footwear. “Joke’s on you, cow” I laugh to myself, “the shoes are leather”. I walk along the Ganges in the hope of finding anything which resembles food and come across a beggar dressed in orange. He mentions for me to sit next to him and with breath reeking of cheap wine and stoned slits for eyes he starts telling me that he is a baba: a holy man who depends on people to give him money to survive since he isn’t allowed working. He tells me that he isn’t allowed having a wife, a family or any property and that he’ll bestow on me priceless spiritual information for the small price of a hundred rupees. I ask him if I can take a photograph instead since I don’t care too much for the idea of paying for drunken babbling. I can get that for free in any pub. Almost as if on cue his face lights up and a hand is extended, palm up. I’ve been in India for a week now and by this stage I’m ready: I reach for my back pocket which is crammed full of Rs10 notes. He looks slightly offended but takes the lowest denomination of note anyway. I click the button, thank the professional bum and continue my quest for food. I know of a safe place further up river. Some of the folk from our hostel ate dodgy food at a restaurant (a place recommended by said hostel) and were hospitalised with dysentery so I’m not taking any chances. Walking along the riverbank I stop to look at the Hindus washing themselves in the holy river. I am enthralled by the vivid colours of meters and meters of sarees the local women are washing and drying on the ghats. Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the haphazard, chaotic yet natural way it has grown and expanded over thousands of years makes it hard to navigate. Stumbling along in a daze past beggars, goats in vests and all types of different faeces littering the concrete I accidentally and unfortunately find my way to Manikarnika, one of the two burning ghats. The smell of burning sandalwood fills my nose and I immediately feel ill. We’d been trying to avoid this area. There are four fires burning at the moment, and I can see a foot sticking out of one. A young man walks up to me and tells me in a stern and aggressive tone that there will be no photographs. I assure him that the last thing I want to do is take photographs. Before I can stop him, he starts telling me the story of Varanasi and the rituals of the burning ghat. Two hundred people are burned here every day, 24 hours a day, within 24 hours of their death. They do this in order to escape the endless torture of reincarnation, he tells me. First the uncovered, painted body is marched through the narrow streets of the old city with grieving male family members chanting “Ram nam satya hai”. The holy fire Shiva is said to have bought down to earth thousands of year ago then has to be purchased along with holy wood: sandal, mango or other types of wood which mask the smell of burning flesh. When the fire has burnt out what is left of the corpse then gets thrown in the holy Ganges by the oldest son. The family then has to pay the owner of the ghat, who also has the right to fish out corpses and keep any jewellery or gold teeth the dead might have been burned with. Children under two years old don’t get burnt as they don’t need purification. The same applies to pregnant mothers, anyone killed by the bite of a cobra, holy men and lepers. Instead they get chucked straight into the river, weighted down with ‘holy’ stones which also cost a pretty penny. As my self imposed guide tells me this, I see the foot sticking out of the fire swell and turn around 180 degrees. In the pile of ashes next to it, a cow munches on a wreath of marigolds that escaped the fire. My guide explains that he is collecting money for people too poor to afford enough wood for their funeral and that the standard donation is Rs500. The taste of the smoke starts to make me nauseous, so I stuff my last Rs100 note into his hand and start walking. The chances of him giving it to a family who needs it are slim, but I just need to get away. As I head into the narrow alleys of the old city a young man comes up to me with rare exotic birds in a tiny cage and informs me that he’ll set them free for a nominal fee. It’ll be good for my karma, he tells me. I ignore him and for an instant I hope that karma really does exist, and that he’s on a fire behind me in the not too distant future. In a society where Karma is supposed to be king the people are shameless in trying to screw over foreigners as well as each other. For some it’s like a hobby or a sport. In my ignorance and a rare bout of positivity I had hoped that Hinduism at its origins would be the one religion still untainted by the greedy paws of Mammon. I’d hoped that I’d finally find a religion free from TV evangelist bullies. The holy men will jabber about their life of abstinence from anything worldly: no wife, no family, and no property but will try to lighten your wallet at every opportunity with promises of enlightenment or yoga lessons. They are masters of sidestepping worthy questions with unrelated, pre planned answers which might sound vaguely intelligent to anyone who is less jaded. The religious leaders milk their already impoverished people for every fucking rupee they’ve got and it would seem that the general populace see that as a go ahead to do the same to each other. Karma is law, except when it comes to money. As the sun sets I’m perched on the roof of the hostel. The smoke from the burning ghat tints the sky. Varanasi is an incredible place frozen stubbornly in the past. Despite my anger I have fallen in love with this magical city. If I do nothing else with my life, I will make it back here one day and probably never leave again. For more photos and info visit kevingoss-ross.com/ten-rupees
An awesome series of portrait illustrations called FANTASMAGORIK® COSMIK FACES by the french designer Nicolas Obery. Each portrait is super rad and full of details that together make a great composition. Check it out! For more from Nicolas Obery visit custom-shoot.com
I'm a big fan of Salvador Dali and his works and when I saw this tribute I knew I had to share this with you guys. This Tribute was done by Martin Grohs, a 24 year old artist and designer based in Germany. Enjoy the Surrealism! Dali is one of his biggest influences. His surrealism inspired me since my childhood. This is a Selfportrait in "Tribute to Salvador Dali" Details Process Tools - Different pencils, watercolor, photoshop
Bao Pham is a Vietnamese digital painter and illustrator currently living in Iowa, US. Featured in art magazines such as ImagineFX, he is considered a master in his field. His domain of expertise is the one of portraits, more specifically fantasy-inspired characters, both male and female, often surrounded by matching natural settings bathed in light and shadow. Pham’s brushwork is soft, precise and colourful. You can see more of his work at his DeviantART gallery or on his Sketch Blog. Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery Bao Pham DeviantART Gallery About the Author My name is Tina Mailhot-Roberge. I'm an illustrator, graphic designer and web designer located in Montreal, Canada. If you're interested in knowing more about me, I invite you to follow me on Twitter or to take a look at my website and blog on Veodesign.