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37 Years Of The Brown Sisters. Four Sisters Photographed Annually From 1975 – 2012.

Nicholas Nixon, who teaches at Massachusetts College of Art, is one of the most celebrated American photographers of our generation. Among the most compelling of his series of photographs are the portraits he has made of his close-knit family which, taken over time, explore the nature of long-committed relationships. His Brown Sisters series features an ongoing sequence of celebrated portraits of his wife, Bebe, and her three sisters; Heather, Mimi and Laurie. (more…)

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New Bic Ballpoint Pen Portraits On Ephemera By Artist Mark Powell

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Sure I doodle on old envelopes, documents and newspapers, but my doodles consist of shaded cubes and poorly drawn body parts. Not those by artist Mark Powell, however. Like the work of Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas, Mark uses a Bic Biro pen to draw and shade realistic portraits. His canvases are various vintage envelopes, maps and newspapers dating back to 1819. (more…)

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Paintings Of Mom by 33 Famous Artists For Mother’s Day.

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite original posts. Famous Artists Paint Their Mothers are thirty-three portraits of the female forebears of various respected and well-known painters. The portraits range from the 15th century to the present* – excluding paintings of The Madonna, arguably the most famous of all mothers. (more…)

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Consider Your Mind Blown. The Phenomenally Realistic Graphite Drawings of Kelvin Okafor.

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above: graphite drawing in progress by Kelvin Okafor

Kelvin Okafor describes himself as a “Passionate penciled artist. Highly interested in detail and precision.” I’d say that’s an understatement once you see the phenomenally realistic graphite drawings created by this UK Illustrator. As astounding as the finished pieces are (it’s truly difficult to discern whether or not they are photographs until you look extremely closely), the evolution of the drawings shown on his blog, and as videos on his YouTube channel, will blow your mind. (more…)

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