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Artist Adam Lister creates awesome watercolor paintings of iconic pop culture figures using rudimentary block shapes. The most meta of his images has to be the watercolor of Bob Ross – though I’m having a hard time making out any happy little trees.
Now here’s some awesome (and literal) hand art. Body painter Annie Ralli and photographer Ray Massey were commissioned by an insurance company to come up with images surrounding their tagline which went, “You’re in good hands.”
The art director of Tor Books, Irene Gallo, posted a collection of sci-fi/fantasy illustrations that reference famous paintings. Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase? I think not. Have a look at C-3PO Descending a Staircase from John Mattos.
This officially licensed portrait of Portal 2’s Aperture Science CEO isn’t just a bunch of ink on paper. It has been enhanced by science! It will blast one of 13 embedded quotes from Cave Johnson when it detects movement or when you touch the plaque at the bottom of the portrait.
Star Wars art is pretty hot right now (when has it not been?) and artist Tommervik has created some awesome Star Wars-inspired paintings, done in the Cubist style brought to the forefront by Pablo Picasso.
Artist Campbell Whyte has an ongoing series of watercolor paintings that he calls 8 Bit Dreams. Everyday he makes one painting based on one of the 799 games that came out for the NES, from classics like Super Mario Bros., Gradius and Double Dragon to lesser known ones like Winter Sports and Anticipation.
Jason Brockert’s American Icon is a series of still life paintings of his childhood toys. Brockert says he chose his subjects “with a twinge of nostalgia”, and that “these paintings indulge in a mix of whimsy and seriousness.” I can barely remember gaming on the Atari 2600, but looking at Brockert’s painting of the classic joystick still brings me back to my days as a kid.