Pencil Drawings by Stuart Whitton

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 05, 2012
All you need is a pencil, and you can go far. British illustrator Stuart Whitton does fantastic works with just a pencil, using wonderful shading techniques and detailed layering to create portraits, both for personal work and commercial endeavors. We like this piece in particular, a commission by German publication Zeit Magazine to create a portrait of fashion designer, Marc Jacobs.

The Works of Joshua Bronaugh

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 01, 2012
'Joshua Bronaugh is an artist that is originally from many places – he spent some years in Germany, before skipping through American mountains, forests, and salt flats, landing eventually in the south. His paintings, often large in scale, focus the obsessions of memory and emotion, almost always pushing the human figure to the edges of representation and, in some instances, far into abstraction.'

Manuel Birnbacher's Civil War Portraits

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 30, 2012
In David Lynch's famed and well-loved television series Twin Peaks, Benjamin Horne re-enacts and reverses the outcome of the Civil War as a means of coping with a mental breakdown; by reversing the outcome of the war in the role of General Robert E. Lee, Horne is reverting the crisis that has troubled his own life. We're not sure if Manuel Birnbacher's reason for remixing and reworking these Civil War-era portraits has any similar connection to a personal crisis . . .

Thread and Nail portraits by Pamela Campagna

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 24, 2012
It should never be easy with portrait art. Italian artist Pamela Campagna creates portraits by putting nails into a wooden board and then using thread to create the figurative elements of the face and body. Geometric patterns make expressions, and we wish there was a video to go with these to see how she plots each piece from start to finish.

Pin Art Portraits by Philip Karlberg

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 15, 2012
We don't think we have seen anything quite like these Pin Art portraits by Philip Karlberg (so close to Carlsberg, we can almost taste it), and we are very surprised that we knew this was Jackie O immediately (thanks middle school Rage Against the Machine!). Karlberg takes hundreds of painted pins and arranges them to portray famous icons, and uses the eyewear to seal the deal. This takes a bit of time...

Cross-Stitched Portrait Project by Evelin Kasikov

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 07, 2012
We love a good handmade, DIY project, especially because we have a fondest for our Juxtapoz Handmade Art book. We just came across Evelin Kasikov's Portrait Project, where the artist is creating 10 stitched portraits, all based on the same grid with different methods and thread thickness. The results are quite cool...

Memories of Summer: Photoreal Paintings by Laura Sanders

Juxtapoz // Saturday, May 05, 2012
We are enjoying these photorealistic paintings by Laura Sanders this morning, as they remind us of looking through an old family picture album of an old summer vacation. The series, Pools, Lakes, and Rivers, was completed from 2009—10.

Lucian Freud "Portraits" @ National Portrait Gallery, London

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 13, 2012
One of the best exhibitions we have seen in quite some time is the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition being held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Freud was one of the most famed and talented painters of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His portraiture is unprecedented in its intensely psychological attention to detail. 

Portraits by Timothy Pakron

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 02, 2012
We came across these haunting, eerie portraits by Mississippi-based artist  Timothy Pakron, where he takes a photo of his subject and then created a portrait that is based on random painting in the darkroom. As Pakron notes, " I am comfortable with the viewer ultimately feeling uncomfortable."

Coffee Stain Portrait by RED

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Some people drink coffee and despise a coffee stain, but for artist RED, she has taken the concept of a coffee stain to a whole new level. She has taken hundreds of individual coffee stain rings, "many of them broken and imperfect like fallen autumn leaves," to form a whole portrait. The results, and video, are quite amazing.
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