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- Illustrator Tyler Feder reimagined iconic film scenes from the past century.
- She took famously white, able-bodied, heterosexual, slim, cis-gendered characters and made them more diverse.
- The aim was to help people see bodies that represent them.
- Feder tackled everything from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to "The Lizzie McGuire Movie."
- David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" is poised to shatter auctionrecords on November 15.
- It's expected to be sold at a starting point of $80 million.
- That would make it the most expensivepainting ever sold at auction by a living artist.
- 11/14/18--10:43: How an artist turns wood and resin into rainbow clocks for your home
- ArtistPJ Linden can turn everyday objects into beautiful works of art using a type of paint that you might have used as a kid: puff paint.
- She spends hours on her projects and her work has even been worn by Miley Cyrus.
- She paints a variety of objects, including bags, clothes, shoes, phone cases, cameras, and even taxidermy animal heads.
- Artist Hayati Evren Photoshops classic paintings onto modern-day images for hilarious new takes.
- His Instagram following is steadily growing, with 70,500 followers currently consuming his work.
- Popular characters throughout his work include Vincent van Gogh, the "Mona Lisa," and the "Girl with a Pearl Earring."
- A Chinese company which used to focus on recycling has spent $75 million buying a Michelangelo.
- Yulong Eco-Materials, which until recently was focused on recycling bricks and concrete, announced earlier this week that it had bought a depiction of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ by Michelangelo.
- The company now says it wants to focus on collecting art, abandoning its recycling business.
- It had previously bought a 61,500-carat gem known as the "Millennium Sapphire" in October for around $50 million.
- 11/27/18--05:41: This interactive museum in Japan is like living inside of a rainbow
- The MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless opened in June.
- The warehouse has over 70 interactive works of art projected on the walls, floors, and ceilings.
- Some of the exhibits include Crystal World and Weightless Forest of Resonating Life.
- 11/27/18--10:34: How an artist transforms Bubble Wrap into an impressionist painting
- Grafomap is a website that lets you design custom map posters of any place in the world.
- You can make one of your hometown, your college town, your favorite travel destination, or the place where you got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination.
- I made a poster of my favorite vacation spot, and the finished product is undeniably cool.
- The design process was super straightforward... and a lot of fun.
- Custom map posters start at just $49. Now through the end of 2018, you can save 50% on all canvas map posters with the code "canvas50off".
- Howard Lee is a popular artist known for his hyperrealistic depictions of everyday objects.
- Now he is creating simpler illusions using just pencil and paper.
- Although simple, there is a mystery to how he pulls off each illusion.
- 11/30/18--08:31: How an artist makes paint swirls look like microorganisms
- Pokémon fans are getting excited for the upcoming movie, "Detective Pikachu," and they can thank RJ Palmer for bringing the animated characters to life.
- Years ago, Palmer designed a series of realistic-looking Pokémon on DeviantArt, which were popular with fans of the series.
- The film's production designer discovered Palmer's work online and asked him if he wanted to work on the film. Watch the video above to see how he transformed the creatures you'll see on screen in 2019.
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In 1984, American artist Kurt Wenner found that when he mixed his love for classical street art with his understanding of geometrics, he produced an entirely new art form — 3D pavement art.
For the past 35 years, Wenner has led the 3D pavement art movement, creating incredible illusions on streets and sidewalks around the world that are making people question reality. Each piece seems to reach endlessly into the pits of the Earth when they are, in fact, only surface level.
INSIDER spoke with Wenner to learn more about 3D pavement art and what it takes to create one of these masterpieces.
Pavement art dates back to the 16th century in Europe, but Wenner put a modern twist on it by creating 3D illusions.
In 1984, Wenner combined his classical art training and his understanding of illusions to create 3D pavement art, which is also known as anamorphic or illusionistic art. This art form makes images appear to rise from or fall into the ground.
He's has created masterpieces in countries all over the world, from New York City to Dubai.
"My artistic motivation is to rediscover, transform, and share insights from the past," he wrote on his site. "I have been fortunate to be able to share my work with millions of people and hope that it will inspire artists and the public to delve into the patrimony of European Art so they can find the wealth of ideas that are so often hidden with the passage of time."
Wenner combines classical art techniques with 3D elements.
"I originally conceived of the art form as a way to demonstrate the process of classical drawing in front of an audience," Wenner told INSIDER. "I soon found that my new perspective geometry allowed me to revisit traditional classical themes in a fresh and original way. The geometry of the perspective space also informs the structure of classical drawing, so I achieve a special harmony by using classical themes and forms."
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Hollywood is historically not a particularly diverse place.
From the directors to the actors, key roles have always tended to be played by white, able-bodied, heterosexual, cis-gendered, slim people.
With this in mind, one illustrator decided some of the most iconic movie scenes of all time should be given a makeover.
Chicago-based illustrator Tyler Feder, 29, has just completed a project which saw her reimagine one classic movie still for every day of the month, but with a more diverse cast.
The project was part of a movement called Inktober, which sees artists create one ink drawing a day for the entire month.
"One of my goals as an artist is to make my work as intersectional as possible," Feder told INSIDER. "It feels good to draw people who don't often get to see themselves represented in art and (selfishly) it's way more fun to draw lots of different identities rather than the same ones we're used to seeing.
"In this vein, last Inktober , I updated famous paintings to make them less white, straight, cis, thin, able-bodied, etc. It was a great creative challenge, and it felt fulfilling to show my audience a different view of these familiar images.
"I wanted to do a different version of the project this year, so when my friend suggested reimagining classic movies, I was in."
Feder hopes that her illustrations might provide an idea of what films will look like in the future.
"I am hoping to show a small glimpse into a world where movies actually portray the wide spectrum of identities that exist in real life," she says.
From "Titanic" and "Dirty Dancing" to "Mean Girls" and "Harry Potter," Feder has put her spin on some of the most popular movies of the past decades.
"I tried to choose movie scenes that are visually iconic, with costumes or scenery that are recognizable even if the characters look different from the original actors," she explains.
And it's safe to say the vast majority of people have expressed their delight at her creations.
"I asked my Instagram followers to suggest their favorite movies or physical characteristics they wanted to see in my art, and I tried to include as many of their ideas as possible," she says. "It made me feel so good to see their excitement after I turned their suggestions into illustrations."
See Feder's most popular movie illustrations below, or check out the whole collection on her Instagram account.
"Back to the Future" before...
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A David Hockney painting is expected to shatter auction records by more than $30 million on Thursday.
The painting in question, "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" will be going on sale as part of Christie's Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale.
As Business Insider previously reported, the current record for most expensive work sold by a living artist was Jeff Koons' orange "Balloon Dog," which sold for $58.4 million in 2013. (Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce site, capitalized on the sale by selling knockoff replicas of the sculpture for $500.)
In an email to Business Insider, Alex Rotter, Co-Chairman Post-War and Contemporary Art for Christie’s, noted that the painting "stands as one of the great masterpieces of the modern era."
"David Hockney's brilliance as an artist is on full display with this monumental canvas, which encapsulates the essence of the idealized poolside landscape, and the tremendous complexity that exists within human relationship," he continued. "With this painting, Hockney cemented his placement within the real of history's most venerated artists," he continued.
Hockney moved to California from England in 1964 and it was then, as reported by Robb Report, that he started taking great interest in the theme of swimming pools. This painting is all the more recognizable in that, Robb Report notes, it "...combines two of his most recognizable motifs — the swimming pool... and the device of the double portrait."
The projected $80 million price tag still feels comparatively modest (keyword: comparatively) in the scheme of historic art sales worldwide. "Salvator Mundi," a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, sold for an eye-popping $450.3 million at a November 2017 Christie's auction, making it the most expensive piece of art ever sold.
Hockney's painting, if it sells at its projected value, won't be the only record-smashing auction sale 2018 has seen. It will join the likes of a bottle of Macallan 60-year-old, which sold at auction for $1.1 million in October and destroyed the record for the most expensive whiskey ever sold.
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PJ Linden: I'm PJ Linden, I'm an artist from New York.
I am a self-taught artist. So puff paint I've become obsessed with because it's just such an underrated acrylic paint.
My first piece was an old flip phone. It all started pre-smartphone era. I knew that this paint was for children and therefore non-toxic and probably wouldn't do any damage to the technology.
It just grew from there.
I felt the need to represent for puff paint and become a full-time puff paint artist.
When I'm about to start a piece, I first start thinking about the broad strokes, or in this case the broad puffs. And really look at the shape of the object and what it wants to be, more so than what I want it to be.
So with the boar's head I really started seeing a conical seashell.
My process is very much like layering a cake.
The paint looks exactly the same wet or dry, so there can be a lot of tragic accidents.
All of my work is full coverage.
This one took maybe 300 hours. And usually I'm building up to at least three layers, but it can get up to 10 layers. And so that's really where the timing comes in.
My partner is a director and an editor, and she shoots all the time, and so she would get these really expensive cameras. And I remember when she first asked me to cover one of her cameras, and I was really excited, because it just is such a sacrilegious idea. This was the very first camera, it was the Sprinkle 7D. I just wanted to see what would happen if you could make a camera look like an ice cream sundae.
I have covered everything from cameras, to shoes, to bras, to deer, boars, alligator heads. I've even covered cigarette packs, phone cases, book bags. I've done a lot, a lot of clothes.
I think my favorite piece would have to be this candy bear.
One of the most surprising collaborations I've done was with Miley Cyrus. I did a mini line of really outrageous wearable art for her, and a pair of Neapolitan ice cream coated pasties ended up on her breasts on the cover of Plastik Magazine.
I grew up with a family of game hunters. The Sundae Stag was a piece that my great-grandfather shot, and it ended up in a basement with its nose chewed off by a family dog. And I thought how sad it was that these animals are killed, stuffed, and then they're trophies, but at the same time, there's millions of trophies that all look exactly the same. There's a weird thing that I guess I feel, that their spirit should be eternalized and decorated for the after-after-afterlife.
The other art that I create is hand-painted wallpaper. It's coming from my interior design background. It's something that I always, always wanted to create for homes and hotels, and I hope to keep painting them for the rest of the year. That's sort of my goal is traveling by way of painting hand-painted wallpapers. There's definitely a kinship between the organized, rhythmic patterning of my puff-painted work and the wall paper styling.
The biggest puff paint piece that I've completed is an animatronic dinosaur. It's fully functional, and it stands about three-foot tall and four-foot long. I would like to work my way up to a Smart Car. That's sort of been my always goal.
Visual designer Hayati Evren (Hayati'nin Evreni on Instagram, which means "Hayati's Universe" in Turkish) has turned his passion for classic art into hilarious, contemporary marvels. The 27-year-old from Cyprus reinvents iconic paintings and photos by Photoshopping them onto modern-day images, and has amassed a following of 70,500 Instagram followers who love his refreshing takes.
From the "Mona Lisa" to "Girl with a Pearl Earring" to famous memes, anything is fair game.
Keep scrolling to see what famous artworks could look like if they'd been made today.
Evren began learning to use Photoshop as a teenager.
"The internet was not very common at that time," he told INSIDER about the beginnings of his hobby. "There was no tutorial videos."
"I'm still learning," he said.
He began by editing car photos, teaching himself as he went.
He kept at it, getting better and better at using the tool, and his work was eventually published in newspapers and magazines.
Eventually, he began working in advertising, though not for long.
It didn't take long before Evren decided to leave the profession, however, and start life anew. "I opened a new page for myself," he said.
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A Chinese company previously focused on recycling has taken a novel approach to the diversification of its investment portfolio, spending $75 million to buy a painting by Italian master Michelangelo Buonarotti.
Yulong Eco-Materials, which until recently was focused on recycling bricks and concrete, announced earlier this week that it had bought a depiction of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ painted by Michelangelo.
Michelangelo Buonarotti is most famous for painting Rome's Sistine Chapel, and for his sculpture, David.
The company says it wants to "open the opportunity of shared ownership of its acquired masterpieces to anyone with a brokerage account," and said that it would pay for the acquisition by offering 7.5 million shares for sale at $10 per share.
In an abrupt volte face, Yulong now says it wants to focus on this business model, rather than recycling.
The Michelangelo is its second serious acquisition, following the purchase of a 61,500-carat gem known as the "Millenium Sapphire" in October for around $50 million. It also offered shares for sale in the gemstone, and has plans to take the jewel on a world tour, according to a Bloomberg report.
"Yulong has today pioneered this new disruptive business model by the acquisition and securitization of fine art through a Nasdaq-listed security," Yulong’s executive chairman Daniel McKinney said in a statement after the Michelangelo purchase was announced.
Shares in Yulong jumped as much 47% on November 19, the day the purchase was announced, while in October, after the acquisition of the Millennium Sapphire, shares increased almost 1000%.
The MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless opened earlier this year and since its opening, it's become a popular digital art museum and Instagram spot in Tokyo, Japan.
As the name suggests, there are no borders in this dark maze of an exhibit. This permanent art installation seeks to remove boundaries and allow museum-goers to explore this fictional and beautiful world on their own terms.
The 10,000 square-meter warehouse has five different zones and over 70 interactive works of art projected on the walls, floors, and ceilings using 520 computer and 470 projectors.
Once you walk through the doors, you're immersed in darkness, except for dim lights placed through the hallways. Roam through random open entryways to find incredible works including a life-size flowing waterfall. Stand still on the floor and notice flowers growing around you. Move your hand over the wall and you'll see the water move as if it were real.
Many of the rooms have become popular Instagram spots
Prepare to wait in line for The Forest of Lamps. A breathtaking installation where visitors are surrounded by floating, glowing lamps in a mirrored room. Stand still and watch as the light gets brighter and spreads its color to surrounding lamps.
The Crystal World is another area popular for Instagram photo shoots. A mirrored floor and thousands of hanging LED lights makes for one wild optical illusion. An app on your phone determines the color of the lights and the QR code is displayed on the wall before you enter.
The Weightless Forest of Resonating Life is full of huge colored orbs that look like hot-air balloons. These bouncy balls create an amazing silhouette but are hard to keep in the air long enough to snap the perfect shot.
Throughout the hallways, you'll see a band of ancient samurai dancing or different animals like a walking rhino projected on the wall. Touch them, and you'll get a surprising reaction. There are several areas with paper and crayons to draw your own creation. Write your name somewhere on it, so you know it's yours. Hand it to a nearby employee, and soon you'll see it moving around on the floor or wall. It may explode if you step on it, but don't worry, your design will eventually appear somewhere else in the room.
Popular among kids, there is a trampoline and slide area. The museum's notoriety means some of the rooms can get crowded, but the more people there are, the more images are projected around you, making for an even better photo. This is particularly true in the Flower Forest. Colorful flowers shoot up around you, but if you touch them they'll die, as with life, more will grow in their place.
It's easy to spend three to four hours exploring the rooms, so take a break at EN TEA HOUSE. Choose between hot or cold yuzu or green tea and watch as flowers bloom inside your tea bowl. Savor it because bright blooms will sprout as long as there is liquid to drink. There is no food inside the museum, so be sure to eat before you visit.
An immersive way for the entire family to spend the day, admission costs around $28 for adults and $9 for children. Be sure to book your tickets well in advance.
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I've lived in my current apartment for six months, and I still have yet to find wall art my partner and I both like enough to hang in it.
We're picky about what we should hang on our walls. Neither of us wants to decorate our space with Van Gogh reproductions and movie posters. Like a lot of people, we want to decorate it with wall art and photos that mean something to us.
Recently, I stumbled across an answer to our problem in the form of a website called Grafomap that lets you design map posters of any place in the world.
You can make one of your hometown, your college town, your favorite travel destination, or the place where you got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination.
Once you enter your desired location, Grafomap takes you to its poster editor where you can further customize your location down the exact address or coordinates. After that, you can continue personalizing your map by adjusting, panning, and zooming the map exactly to your liking, adding or removing text, and selecting the finish (paper, framed, or canvas), orientation, and size. Additionally, Grafomap has nine unique color themes to choose from (including Noir, Bourbon, Minimal, and Modern) that transform your map from just an ordinary map into a work of art you'll love displaying in your home.
My custom map poster of Sint Maarten took all of five minutes to create, and the finished product is undeniably cool. It's also very affordable. An 18"x24" print sets you back $49. If you want to get something a little bigger and that's ready to hang right out of the box it's shipped in, you can get a 24"x36" framed print for $168. (Full disclosure: I got to try the service for free.)
Learn more about how Grafomap's custom poster editor works below. And try it out for yourself here.
Start by selecting a location for your map poster. I chose Sint Maarten since my partner and I have been vacationing there together for years.
Once you enter your desired location, Grafomap takes you to its poster editor where you can continue personalizing your map by adjusting, panning, and zooming the map to your liking, adding or removing text, and selecting the size, frame, and orientation.
Grafomap's uses OpenStreetMap (OSM) open source geodata database to generate maps and Mapbox design filters to add a design on top of OSM data. This Mapbox service was developed for companies like AirBnB and Uber, but Grafomap is the first company to repurpose this tool for art.
I most enjoyed toggling between color themes. My favorites were Wheatpaste, Modern, and Carbon.
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The British artist has taken a more minimalist approach to his latest works, using just a pencil and paper to make two-dimensional illusions come to life. These brainteasers seem to leap off the page, proving once again that you can't always believe what you see.
INSIDER spoke to Lee about his latest project to learn a bit more about how it works.
He said the purpose of these new illusions is to "provoke questioning and discussion." And that's just what he did when he turned a piece of paper into a descending staircase. Take a look.
In the video, Lee purposefully shows how he made the paper into a staircase but does not explain how the ball disappears into the paper.
"Some people are sure they know exactly how it's done and they just enjoy it, some people can't really decide what's going on," he said. "Just as a magician I'd like to leave it for people to make their own minds up."
He doesn't explain how the ball disappears into this paper's black hole, either.
He does explain, though, that his illusions are a combination of two principles.
"Some artists draw anamorphic perspective tricks and others conjure up a sort of video magic," he said. "I guess I just decided to combine the two."
The floating ball illusion is a great example of how he uses perspective to trick audiences.
While it may be confusing for the internet, Lee said the illusions actually quite simple to make — especially compared to his "which is real" drawings.
"The beauty of these is that the drawing is so simple," he said. "Sometimes that element only takes 15 minutes or so. However, developing the concept, filming, and putting it all together does take longer."
The concept for the hand illusion, for example, took a great deal of time to conceptualize.
Although he's fairly new to this type of artistry, it doesn't stop him from defying dimensions — like this matchbox car drawing.
"I'd been looking to vary my online content for some time, and this seemed to make sense published alongside the work that my audience has come to expect," he told INSIDER.
While he is doing what is expected of him, each new piece still has an element of surprise for the audience.
"You shouldn't trust your eyes, nor can you really believe what you see online," Lee said. "Very little is really as it seems."
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Narrator: The Pokémon in "Detective Pikachu" have a new look, and they've never seemed more real or terrifying. That's in large part thanks to this guy.
RJ Palmer: I'm RJ Palmer, I'm a concept artist at Ubisoft, I draw creatures and monsters, and I worked on "Detective Pikachu."
Narrator: He started drawing when he was just three years old. He continued to hone his craft at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Then in 2012, his drawings for an amateur fan art project gained so much attention on the internet, it ultimately landed him a job on the new Pokémon film.
RJ: So I started drawing a shark dinosaur, and that turned into the Pokémon Garchomp, and people really, really responded to it, so I kept drawing more.
Narrator: RJ used real animals as inspiration.
RJ: The natural world is so inspiring, and I think pulling from that, as much as possible, is really cool.
Narrator: For example, Mewtwo was a combination of several creatures.
RJ: Kangaroo, and a little bit of rhino, and hairless cat, and some barn owl.
Narrator: For Charizard, he focused on different lizards.
RJ: So I looked at a lot of monitor lizards and brought qualities of crocodilians in there that I liked, as well.
Narrator: Surprisingly enough, RJ's main tools for designing his realistic Pokémon were simply a Wacom tablet and Photoshop.
RJ: And I've got a second monitor up, so I can have all my references.
Narrator: Ultimately, it was the amount of time and effort RJ poured into the project that made his Pokémon come to life. RJ researched every animal he used for inspiration, and in the end, each Pokémon he created took 30 or more hours to complete.
RJ: The one that took the longest to make is Tyrantrum. Tyrantrum is my favorite Pokémon.
Narrator: He posted them on the popular fan art community site, DeviantArt, and his work won over fans on the internet. It also got the attention of the production designer of "Detective Pikachu."
RJ: He gives me a call, and he's like, "Would you like to work on the Pokémon movie?" And I'm in shock, it was amazing. I've always been really into Pokémon as just a franchise, because I think it's really fun and creative.
Narrator: He moved to LA and worked on the film for seven months, doing concept art for characters and the environments. He helped come up with the initial designs for the Pokémon.
RJ: And then it gets given to all sorts of crazy effects houses.
Narrator: While his Pokémon on DeviantArt are more realistic, the ones he designed for the film had to be a bit more traditional.
RJ: So working on the movie, they had to get more in line with the cartoon aesthetic, I think. You do a design, and the people have opinions, and then you do another design, and they also still have opinions, and so it's a constant back and forth, trying to make one person happy, which is going to make somebody else unhappy, and you have to try and find a middle ground that's going to work for people.
Narrator: Pikachu, as the star of the film and franchise, took a while to nail down and get right.
Pikachu: Pika pika!
Woman: Yeah, pika pika pika, he's adorable!
RJ: Pikachu's one of the most well known cartoon characters ever, right?
Narrator: Despite speaking English and being a bit more furry than the cartoon, the Pikachu in the film is different from his realistic design.
RJ: I based him on rodents and lagomorphs. Lagomorphs are like rabbits, just like small, woodland critters.
Narrator: But it was Mr. Mime that really grabbed the internet's attention. Since his debut in the trailer, he's become a meme.
RJ: Mr. Mime was always going to be weird, right? 'Cause what do you make that thing? When I did my realistic version of it, I made it a frog, because it can be so many weird things. I think a detail that I didn't know they were going to go for, but the little shoulder pauldrons actually look like kickballs. I thought that was a pretty fun idea. And the Jigglypuff I like. In the Pokédex entry, they talk about it having a balloon-like skin texture, which would probably be pretty creepy in real life.
Narrator: So they made it more furry with a curly wisp of hair. In the end though, it's the fans who have the final say.
RJ: Everybody has their own idea of what Pokémon is, and I've certainly encountered that working on my own stuff. I've had some very divisive takes on certain Pokémon. So I knew that was going to be a problem going into the movie, and so far, at least, the response to the trailer, at least from the circles that I've seen, seem pretty positive.