These are some pretty impressive uses for heat sensitive paint used by Shi Yuan. The poster above reacts when you touch it. The wallpaper reacts to a rise in temperature, and the calendar fades away during the day. It's a wonder why people aren't currently marketing these kinds of things to every day users.
I am a huge fan of Michael Ostermann's digital art illustrations. Each one sucks you into a surreal alternate world. Here is how he describes his process:
"Every project is different; in both needs and approach, he usually likes to start with a good photograph, a good idea that sets the mood of the overall image. He then applies his self-made resources and uses several photo-manipulation techniques, seeing where it leads."
Denis Zilber creates some amazing caricature illustrations. His work has been widely seen around the internet as well as publications such as GQ. He makes great use of exaggeration, colors, textures and composition to create a unique and memorable style. Check out his blog to keep up to date on his work.
These are some incredibly interesting cut-out portraits by Lucas C. Simões. He takes a seemingly normal portrait and transforms it into something completely unique and interesting. These cut-outs are made from the same stacked image and have up to 13 layers. I love the abstract geometric figures and shapes he has created with these portraits.
This is a very interesting series by French design duo HELMO (Thomas Couderc and Clément Vauchez) called Bêtes de Mode. Each photo in the series combines a person in a bluish hue and an animal in a redish hue in synchronous poses.This combination gives the images the look of a 3D image without the glasses. I'm not sure if the animals were chosen for each person for a reason, but when they look this cool, I'm not sure that it matters.
Charles II – The Merrie Monarch (1630 -1685)
You might recognize the style from Alexia Sinclair's sister series, The Regal Twelve. This one features twelve nobles and monarchs.To create these amazing works, Alexia weaved together very specific elements from her own photos and illustrations. Here is how the series is described on her site:
"Legends of the lives of the nobles continue to captivate us today, from the pampered decadence of Louis XIV to the epic legend of Alexander the Great. Other rulers who also form this series are less renowned yet equally intriguing. An unusual blend of Royalty, their selection was based on their contrasts in leadership, their flamboyancies and their enduring influence upon society."
To read more about this series, check out her website post.
Vlad Drăculea – Son of the Dragon (1431 – 1476)
Alexander the Great – Son of Zeus (356–323 bc)
Genghis Khan – The Mongol Warrior (1162–1227)
Hannibal – Grace of Baal (247–182 bc)
Pope Alexander VI – The Borgia Pope (1431 –1503)
Shah Jahan – King of the World (1592 –1666)
Louis XIV – The Sun King (1638–1715)
Peter Romanov - The Great (1672–1725)
Marquis de Sade – The Sadist (1740–1814)
Napoleon Bonaparte – Emperor of the French (1769–1821)
Lorenzo de' Medici – The Magnificent (1449–92)
I am loving these 30 Rock portraits by Andrew Salomone. They feature characters Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), and the best part is, they are made of Nerds! I am absolutely certain that Liz would appreciate this fine tribute. If you haven't watched the show before, I highly suggest it.