I was in Calcutta earlier this year, making street portraits of middle-aged, middle-income, office-going Bengali men, locally called ‘babus’. I was fascinated by these near-fictional characters that roamed the streets of Calcutta, and particularly by their sense of fashion, which hadn’t moved on from the ‘50s. But they seemed to prefer it that way.
A creative artist based in England, Iain Macarthur produces lovely surrealist works and unique portraits displayed in unusual ways. Using mostly pencil, watercolors, and pigment pens as his medium, his detailed designs are both brilliant and inspiring.
Luke Watson is a super-talented Australian digital artist and the amount of detail and realism he gets into his portraits is ridiculous. But Watson doesn’t just do any old boring portraits: he does crazy, awesome caricature paintings reminiscent of the legendary Sebastian Kruger. Check out his blog for a look behind his process and some hilarious art.
The photography of Lily Nance engages the arresting vulnerability of youth in a way that only the perverse and loving reaction of the subject to its inquisitive observer really can.
The street art of Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils’, is so refreshing. He carves, sculpts, drills, scratches and paints his images onto the wall. And he captures emotion in great detail. Check out this awesome video to watch him in action.
Ann Marshall creates her captivating portraits using a unique blend of traditional techniques and paper collage. She is currently exhibiting at the New Masters show at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles, CA.
I found this young photographer from Melbourne on Flickr. Michelle Dylan Huynh is only 19 but takes amazing portraits. There is always a softness to them, but also a raw quality. She choses her models wisely: there are certain characteristics in the person’s face that are so intriguing and she captures them well.
Sexy is over-rated. Simplicity and elegance is what this portrait photographer is all about. Frederic Melotte’s portraits of people and animals have a feel-good, unpretentious quality, and they stay true to the subjects’ personality. Born in Mauritius, and based in Malaysia, he has been producing beautiful photography across these two countries for the last few years.
New York city-based illustrator Mike Marsicano depicts his New York in its gritty, unsavory, captivating glory in a recent series of illustrations, integrating timeless quotes, poignant cityscapes and sharp portraits of some of the characters that overrun the city.
Dame Edna Everage looking anything but average, Michael Jackson small and sensitive? It all seems rather fitting, really. As does the rest of this brilliant series of photos featuring pets tussled, styled and pampered like the hungry celebrities that they are.
It’s often assumed that great artists were born that way, which really isn’t true usually. Buddy Nestor, for instance, didn’t really start painting until the birth of his son in 1997. Now he’s a prolific painter, creating really demented portraits of women. I hope that’s not an indication of how he feels about his son.
Lucy Fahey has put together some amazing mixed media portraits, combining colour pencil drawing and photography digitally assembled. Using a hyper real style, she has accentuated facial features usually associated as traditional markers of beauty. The portraits blur the boundary between the real and an absurd distortion of the truth.