Hyperrealistic Art Using Renaissance Techniques

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Jan 252017


You could be forgiven for thinking that these portraits are photographs, but believe it or not they’re actually drawings by Italian artist Emanuele Dascanio.

Some of them take up to 780 hours to complete, and it’s easy to see why when you look at the artist’s amazingly lifelike creations. He draws them using a combination of charcoal and graphite and the subjects are often illuminated with a single source of light that gives every piece a certain renaissance quality about it. This isn’t just a coincidence however, as Dascanio was taught the oil techniques of the old renaissance masters by Italian painter Gianluca Corona. He then combined this knowledge with his own unique style in order to create the beautiful portraits that perfectly blend the classic with the contemporary.

At first glance, the highly-technical drawings of Emanuele Dascanio look as though they’re photographs—it’s only until you see the Italian artist put pencil to paper that you realize and appreciate the true value of his artistic skill. The large, labor-intensive portraits—some that take up to 780 hours to complete—feature a combination of graphite and charcoal that are expertly rendered to form hyperrealistic compositions. Against a pitch-black backdrop, the illuminated figures’ incredible details are brought to life: every stray hair, wrinkle, and fold of fabric is visible.

Although Dascanio’s work is contemporary, it has a classic feel to it. The subjects are often lit with a dramatic single light source that recalls the paintings of Caravaggio, the renowned 16th century artist. This influence was fostered by Dascanio’s assistantship to Italian painter Gianluca Corona, who taught him the oil techniques of the old masters working during the Renaissance. Dascanio has since translated these skills into the monochromatic works that undoubtedly fool the eye with their extreme precision.




Artist Sings And Paints During The National Anthem

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Oct 252016

This guy didn’t kneel during The National Anthem, he painted.

The Toledo Walleye invited artist Joe Everson to perform The National Anthem before Saturday’s home game against the Brampton Beast. Watch what followed:

This is Bob Ross meets patriotism meets hockey. It is amazing!

No matter how many renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner you’ve seen as a sports fan, there’s a good chance you’ve never witnessed an anthem like the one before an ECHL game this weekend.

The Toledo Walleye invited artist Joe Everson to perform the national anthem before Saturday’s home game against the Brampton Beast, and he brought a unique twist to the duty that not many could pull off. Everson is more a visual artist than of the recording variety, so his singing was accompanied by a live canvas painting performance that left fans captivated.

While it wasn’t quite clear what exactly Everson was painting at the start, his grand finale was well worth the wait.


Here’s the final product:

Artist Sings And Paints During The National Anthem



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Oct 052016

Ferro is a stunning short film that uses iron filings to depict a deadly night in the snowy mountains.


A menacing storm on a mountainous wasteland. A lone boat sways slowly in the middle of a lake. A shot breaks the silence in a deep forest . Someone lies dead on the cold snow…

‘Ferro’ is the first personal project from Norte Estudio. A dream trip to an exotic landscape of Scandinavian reminiscences but it is also anomalous and threatening, a place made up of foreign matter in constant movement that challenges the laws of gravity.


Reflect – 9/11 Memorial

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Sep 202016

Photo Credit: @Heath Satow


Reflect – 9/11 Memorial – Rosemead, CA

This stainless steel 9/11 memorial sculpture incorporates a damaged I-beam salvaged from the World Trade Center. Heath Satow’s contemporary sculpture Reflect is composed of 2,976 individual pieces. Each stylized dove silhouette represents a victim lost in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. in 2001.

Satow’s intention of matching the number of doves to the official 9/11 victim count is to give the viewer a point of tangible reference as to what 2,976 actually looks like. It is an emotional experience to view and touch the pieces, realizing that each represents a loved one lost. Each dove is joined together, spiraling upwards to form hands cradling the World Trade Center I-beam. The hands are symbolic of our human connection to 9/11; it is our past, woven together – united to rise up from adversity.

Reflect was commissioned by the City of Rosemead to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, commemorating the ten year milestone since this national tragedy.

Technical specifications: 7 feet tall, 10 feet wide, and 3 feet deep. Made from polished stainless steel and a damaged, rusted I-beam from the collapsed World Trade Center buildings.



Now I Know Of The Day: The Blue Part Of The Eraser

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Jun 082016

No, the blue part of the eraser is not for erasing pen ink.

The Blue Part Of The Eraser

Image from The Awesome Daily

We’re used to thinking that the blue part of the red-blue eraser is used for erasing pen ink. We even tell our children that when they ask us.

But has it ever worked? Didn’t we all end up with torn pages after a vigorous attempt of trying to erase whatever we wrote down using a pen?

The blue part of the eraser is used for erasing pencil marks on grainy art paper, hence the rough and grainy texture of the eraser. It would require you to use more force to erase something written on these rough paper if you’re using a normal eraser (the pink part). The bue eraser makes the task easier.

Not sure where the logic of erasing pen ink came from, but at least now you can stop damaging the pages of your exercise books now.



Paper Mache Dragon Trophy

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Jul 232015

Fantasy artist Dan Reeder made a video on how to make an astonishingly cool paper mache dragon. The video is time-compressed so that you can watch the entire process in a little over three minutes. The results are amazing!



My latest paper and cloth mache dragon. If you like, please subscribe. Visit me at http://www.GourmetPaperMache.com or http://www.PaperMacheBlog.com. Thank you for watching!

Dan (the monster-man) Reeder

Paper Mache Dragon Trophy



How To Of The Day: How To Draw Stone Stairs

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Jul 092015

You can learn how to do anything on the Internet!

How To Draw Stone Stairs

This free drawing worksheet, How To Draw The Stone Stars, is a good project that may be part of a fantasy or historical art piece. The stars could be in a dungeon or a castle; a hero could be climbing them or monster descending them.

Our project starts with an arch big enough for all the details inside. Mark the vanishing point at eye-level, all the vertical lines will tilt toward it.

The steps are bigger at the bottom, they get narrower and shorter as they progress up. The right side of the steps are drawn against the right wall, and the left side is hidden by the hidden arch since we are not looking directly into the stairwell but at an angle. The top of the stair wraps around so we change direction and draw the left side of the steps with the right side being hidden behind the right turn of the wall. These sides are drawn with lines going up then back along the guideline to the vanishing point. The front of the steps are tall but the tops of the steps are narrow due to perspective. Divide the front of the steps into different stones,

Lightly mark a pattern on the wall by lines going toward the vanishing point then draw some lines vertical and arching at the top; this makes a checker grid that you can use to develop the stones or the bricks of the walls. Draw around the grid to make individual stones make some to have different shapes.

The stars are dark and shadowy so look for areas to shadow like the distant parts and the parts where walls come together or the bottom of the steps. Keep the top of the steps as white as you can.

Take your time and add detail to the stones with smudges and chips, Leave the spaces between the stones white for the mortar.

There will be more detail in the foreground, the front steps, and near walls than in the background.

(C) Adron