The usual suspects

October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Are you familiar with law enforcement composite sketch software? You know, the software the police uses to create portraits of suspects based on eye-witness descriptions? Well, Brian Joseph Davis had the brilliant idea of using such software with literary descriptions of book characters. Some of the most iconic protagonists are there, from Jesus to Humbert Humbert, and from Jane Eyre to Holly Golightly.

Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby

A casting director’s dream, right?

Captain Ahab

Captain Ahab, Moby Dick

Unfortunately The Composites tumblr is closing down (but a book is coming out). Just my luck to discover something fun once it is about to end…

via freeweird

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Dot by dot

December 7, 2011 § 1 Comment

A portrait made entirely of dots. Following the great tradition of pointillism of Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and other notable painters, Miguel Endara created Hero, a portrait of his father, using 3.2 million dots.

Watch the amazing making-of video.

via Laughing Squid

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Etsy finds: retrowhale’s indie portraits (and more)

May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Who’s your favorite writer? Your favorite movie director? Your favorite band? Animal? Chances are that retrowhale has already created a quirky drawing of them in a wood panel. The discovery that lead me to this shop was this portrait series of writers: Hunter S Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Silvia Plath and Jack Kerouac. Amazing, huh?

american writers

Or you can go all nouvelle vague and get a set of french directors:

french directors

And if this sounds a tad pretentious to you, there is lots of pop culture to choose from, too. For example this series of (mainly John Hughes) 80’s teen movies:

John Hughes movies

Or choose your favorite music band out of these almost infographic illustrations:

music bands

The rest you have to discover by yourselves!

In their own words

April 19, 2011 § 3 Comments

If you were a writer and you were about to make your self-portrait, how would you draw yourself? Would you choose to depict an extract from your literary work perhaps? Artist and author John Sokol creates drawings of literary figures, whose outline of the face is crafted from the very words of their own works.

borges

Jorge-Luis Borges and the Secret Miracle

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10 + 1 ways to visualize lyrics

April 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

Really good songs have usually really good lyrics. And good lyrics stay with you. When we were at school we doodled them on our books and carved them into the desks. What do the digital natives do? Here are the best ideas (and, incidentally, really good songs for the most part) we found around the web:

1. Pick a photo, apply a vintage effect and write the lyrics in helvetica

paris by the friendly fires

Paris by the Friendly Fires (the Aeroplane version featuring Au Revoir Simone  kicks major ass, too)
(visual first seen at letlooselove, our title inspired by this)

2. Make a flowchart*

should I stay or should I go by the clash

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
(visual first seen at Urlesque)
*but be careful not to be trapped on an infinite loop

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Read it elsewhere

March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

A bitter-sweet mix of links:

  • Too close for comfort? Portraits by Martin Schoeller – live journal
  • Love is like an app store – diesel sweeties
  • The facebook you vs the real you – comical concept
  • Civilization has something similar: a video of all the major historical events (according to Wikipedia) in 100 seconds – ragtag
  • In the same vein, an infograph of every person who has ever lived – la femme belletrist
  • Nuclear boy suffers from gas (video) – youtube
  • David Lynch’s hair compared to art masterpieces – world of wonder
  • The answer to the burning question: “what is better, a facebook like or a tweet?” – mashable
  • Meet the world’s busiest extra who’s credits include tv shows like , glee, curb your enthousiasm, arrested development, and movies like the social network, catch me if you can and spiderman (video) – vulture
  • Despite recent criticism, more designers have created art inspired but the recent disaster in Japan – design for japan tumblr
  • But none as strong as these radioactive cherry blossoms on the cover of New Yorker – kottke

Japan New Yorker cover

Hiding in front of the camera

February 17, 2011 § 7 Comments

What you’re looking for is often right in front of your eyes. And the best way to hide is to become one with the background.

Liu Bolin’s case is like that, but also totally different. He started painting himself as an act of resistance after the Chinese government shut down his business. Having lost his job, income and social status, he uses these magnificent camouflage portraits as a means to restore his strength and protect himself.

Liu Bolin paints himself and his clothes according to the chosen backdrop and then spends even 10 hours with his two assistants positioning himself in the right stance, until he becomes (virtually) invisible.

See more camouflage art after the jump

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