Tag Archive | portrait

Tadas Sidlauskas

Lithuanian oil-painter, Tadas Sidlauskas, uses colour, ornamentation, abstract shapes and human figures to bring strong emotion into his paintings. I especially like these three pieces from his portfolio, mainly the use of primary colours in these first two images and the Klimt influence in the final image. To see more visit his website.

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Merry Christmas

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Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and festive season! (It’s already Christmas here in New Zealand! The sun is shining and it is super quiet and peaceful)

This is my ‘Virgin of Guadalupe’ artwork which seemed more than appropriate for this time of year.

Thanks for all your support. Stay cool, artful and open.

Beth Hoeckel

I’m loving these fun, feminine collages by Beth Hoeckel. Each piece connects femininity and sexuality with everyday objects like waffles and plants to create super powerful imagery with an understated connection to the goddess. Oh yeah, what more could you want? Plus, you can grab them for under $20. Links below each image. Peace and love x

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Erik Jones

I love the vibrant artwork of Erik Jones. His work combines realism with abstraction and surrealism to create striking statement art that revolves around women. Here’s a few pieces I like, but check out a whole lot more here (it’s worth it, I swear).

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June Print Picks

June is here and I am loving the energy of the new month after a pretty sluggish May! To celebrate, I am sharing some uplifting print picks with the common theme of music. So, click on the link under each image to redirect to affordable prints that combine the joys of art and music. Go on, spoil yourself!

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Bjork – Anna McKay

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Courtney – Anna McKay

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Lana – Protski

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Lorde – Protski

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Sky – Will Costa

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Debbie – Electra Sinclair

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Amy – Zaneta Antosik

March – Lizzy Anderson

Visual Female of the Month for March is the lovely Lizzy Anderson of And Lizzy. Lizzy’s music and film inspired illustrations have a beautiful dreamy nature to them and each piece uses colour and line to create a strong mood relating to the artist involved. With soft hues and a general yumminess, Lizzy’s art is something you definitely must check out. Get to know more about her and her art at this months interview! xx

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Vitalik Dumyn

Vitalik Dumyn is an artist from Ukraine who works mostly in water-colour and pencil. While I can’t find too much information about the artist, I stumbled upon these red and blue pencil drawings which I find quite cool. The layering creates an anaglyph 3D effect – I wonder if you looked at them with 3D glasses if anything would change?  The energy each subject exudes is strong and feminine making the collective series quite powerful. It would appear that Vitalik is relatively new to the art word (online, anyway) so I look forward to seeing how his art develops. From my experience, the first few years can be quite varied and experimental as you are waiting to find your distinctive style and aesthetic. I’m two (serious) years into my art and, while always experimenting and trying new things myself, my style is definitely formed and recognisable. For any of you reading this who don’t know what my art looks like, you can take a look on my recently updated website to get acquainted! For those of you that know my work already you can just relax and enjoy these striking images below.

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Nadia Lee Cohen

London-based photographer, Nadia Lee Cohen, recently embarked on her ‘100 naked women’ project which has been met with mixed opinions. Her amazing photographic style is a little surreal and the opposite of natural – her subjects looking like Barbie dolls or mannequins after all – but I really love it! Cohen uses a bold colour palette, pop-culture iconography and striking composition to capture her subjects in a very ‘plastic’ state. The result is contemporary photography with a nostalgic energy that takes us back to the 50s, when pop culture and mass consumerism began to overwhelm our lives. Here are a few images from the series that I like but I would definitely recommend visiting her website to see a whole lot more goodness!

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Dusk / Dawn

Jen Mann is a portrait artist from Canada. Her large-scale paintings are visually stunning and always full of detail and personality. Colour plays an important role in her work with tones like pink or blue washing over faces and bodies. Other times animals connect with her subjects in a more dreamy style. Her recent work shows projected words cast across her subjects, all painted with perfection and resulting in realistic yet contemporary portraiture. These images (Dusk and Dawn) are some of her older work and were the first of her pieces that I came across. I still love them, especially Dawn (pictured second) – I guess I have never been much of a morning person.

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November Print Picks

Here’s a selection of art prints I think are pretty cool. If you also think these are cool then click on the link (the talented artists name) to be taken to the magical place where you can purchase them. All are really reasonably priced, so why not spoil yourself or a loved one? With Christmas coming it’s pretty much the ideal time for shopping and supporting artists. They all really appreciate it, I guarantee you. xx

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Natalie Foss

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Helen Green

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Feline Zegers

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Alex Garant

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Sofia Bonati

Bec Winnel

Australian artist, Bec Winnel, is one talented lady! Her amazing, detailed illustrations are both precise and evocative with reference to flowers and nature. Winnel often portrays sensual women in an ethereal style that is both dreamy and a little haunting. She writes, “Through my portraits, I hope to contribute to society with beautiful and positive imagery of women, to hopefully remind us that women are beautiful, loving, mysterious creatures with an abundant amount of nurturing to offer. My art is a visual celebration of femininity and freedom of self expression, also an expression of my journey through womanhood.” Here is a selection of her work from a range of media. To see more visit her website.

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Milan Nenezic

Milan Nenezic is a fantastic, realistic painter. I love the colours in this image which is part of a series that captures moments often ignored in art. This one, called ‘The Moment After’, exudes a safe serenity and a heightened sensuality post intimacy. Evocative and emotional, Nenezic creates some truly fascinating paintings well worth exploring.

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Here are a few more images from this series that I particularly like.

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Out There

This recent Kemi Mai image is totally wonderful. I love the parallel created with the road on her jumper. I recently discovered that Mai uses portraits to tell a story and express concepts, rather than simply capturing a person’s likeness. I’m trying to learn digital painting at the moment, so Mai is a nice source of inspiration right now! I hope you enjoy this piece.

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Francesca Woodman

I love the connections between these photographs by Francesca Woodman. Both are feminist pieces (and obviously stunning!) in my opinion. The first positions Woodman’s girl-like face and ribbon with a more developed body through breasts and underarm hair. I really dig this part of the image because it is really quite subtle but entirely transforms the image from look at me to what are you looking at? So much strength and power as woman is conveyed.

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The second image is cropped in a similar way and while the subject matter is also similar it expresses another concept. The idea of submission and rape come to my mind. Woodman’s face and body language retreat, her arms up and blank face saying ‘take me’, ‘do what you want with me’. Her hands scream I am innocent, don’t shoot through a familiar gesture, but the painted hand on Woodman’s chest indicates violation, unacknowledged hands. We can tell it is her hand that she has painted around, but ideas of other hands touching her come to mind. Combined with her submissive position, and the police aspects (hands up, painted body outline from crime scenes) this adds a sinister aspect which really makes the image so amazing. Francesca Woodman, you were one talented photographer. Thank you for sharing yourself with us, we are lucky.

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Shaina Hedlund

I just love this image by photographer, Shaina Hedlund. I find it one of the best photo-layering images I have seen in a while. I think there is something about this style that is always powerful and evocative, as well as often being very clever and always worth sharing. Enjoy this stunning image and enjoy the weekend that is upon us (yay)!

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This vs. That: Round Eighteen

It’s time for another This vs. That. Today I look at the The Mouth as subject matter and compare some interesting images while trying to understand what they are saying while evaluating their aesthetic and technical quality. I really love both images and analysing them helped me gain a better understanding. But, with what I consider quite open, or complex pieces up for discussion, I’m sure there is always something I’m missing. Take a read and let me know your opinion of Round Eighteen: The Mouth.

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Jiwoon Pak

Educated in France, South Korean artist, Jiwoon Pak, creates some pretty dreamy art and illustrations. I love the muted tones and delicate approach as well as the innocence in each piece. Working digitally to mystically explore youthful innocence, Jiwoon is one to watch.

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Shen Plum

I stumbled upon Shen Plum‘s work today and was rather happy to have done so. As an illustrator, Plum has a lovely, varied portfolio which you can see here. I have selected three pieces that I enjoyed that also fit within The Visual Female’s aesthetic. Overall, her work is quite playful and fresh, which is never a bad thing! This first piece was done for Bitch Magazine, which is pretty cool! (Check out the mag if you are unfamiliar – lots of great articles and feminist opinions to keep your brain ticking). Enjoy xx

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This vs. That: Round Seventeen

It’s time for this months This vs. That. Today I am looking at some interesting collages of my favourite flapper, Louise Brooks. With Move Monday still in my head, I thought if fitting to dedicate this week to lovely Louise. To see her dancing, check out Move Monday: Lulu vs. Gaga and to have a look at two collage attempts and hear my opinions, Round Seventeen: Louise Brooks will do the trick. Oh, and I’m back to my original This vs. That template – much nicer!

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Anya Brock

Anya Brock creates amazing art and has a huge portfolio of work to choose from! I really love her ‘Painted Girls’ so these are what I am showcasing today. The Australian artist not only paints beautiful women but fun birds and animals. Australia has a lot of natural wild life and some pretty crazy birds so I can see where Brock may have found some inspiration. What I love about her work is the amazingly vibrant colour combinations. Each piece strongly connects to one another, but in each work there is also a uniqueness. Sexy and creative, Brock’s work captivates the viewer and leaves them empowered and alive. Her work reminds me of a fellow Australian artist, Mike McClean. He works in a similar manner, creating fun colours and textures to add an edge to the women he paints. Brock’s work is certainly polished and she has a distinctive style. Maybe one day when I have a fancy house I can hang some of her art, or better yet get her to paint an entire wall. She does work on large-scale pieces from time to time (there’s a few snaps of her murals at the bottom of this post). Enjoy! x

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Hadassi Reuben

London-based photographer, Hadassi Reuben is something special. Her amazing work takes on a dreamy, ethereal nature through her use of forest-like environments and natural light (often shooting at sunrise). Drawing inspiration from Romanticism, you can certainly tell Reuben is re-imagining a time gone by. When her subjects aren’t dressed in vintage costume, the style of her photography works to transform the images to a different era. The combination of nature and femininity makes Reuben’s work perfect for The Visual Female, but also creates a very accessible, understated beauty that I imagine would appeal to a wide audience. I could easily see any of her photographs framed in large-scale looking amazing in a variety of homes. Her work reminds me a little bit of Nishe, who I shared not so long ago. One main difference would be that Nishe uses colour whereas all of Reuben’s work is in black and white. But as I mentioned in my The Black and White Image post, I am a huge fan of black and white. There is some sort of magic it creates. A pleasure to share such amazing, pure photography.

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Kemi Mai

I’m so in love with the stunning digital portraits Kemi Mai creates. At only 18 years of age, this British artist is sure to become a huge success. Each portrait has an intensity that really draws the viewer in. Mai places her female subjects in somewhat surreal settings to create a slightly off-beat images. The recurring turtle necks and plain jumpers create a carefree, yet slightly unsettling element that makes me think these girls are from a different time; certainly not your everyday, ordinary women. I love how captivating her work is and the realistic, digital style works really well will the subject matter. So excited to have found a new favourite! I look forward to seeing how this young artist progresses in her career. To get to know Kemi Mai a bit more, her Tumblr page features lost of Q+A and other insights, which you can check out here.

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Joseph Martinez – Miniatures

I found the work of Joseph Martinez and was blown away. I love how people can work in such small spaces to create breathtaking art. A while back I showcased, Elsa Isabella and her paper dolls (teeny, tiny pin ups in charcoal) and when I saw this work by Martinez I couldn’t help but compare the two. Not that I want to compare and contrast anything. Just I suppose they remind me of each other – wondrous small-scale beauty. I love the use of the matchbox. Clearly we can understand the scale of image by our knowledge of matchboxes, and there is something vintage and nostalgic about having the actual matches there. I reminder of our past, teamed up with contemporary women in art. The frailty of it all is quite outstanding.

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Nadiia Cherkasova

I’m loving this piece by Nadiia Cherkasova.  I always enjoy the ‘unfinished’ look where not all parts or painted or executed to the same degree. In this instance, it works perfectly. The essence created in the face combined with the detail of hair, and then empty space in the hair, the way the collar is filled in but the shirt is only gives a suggestion of pattern and colour. I could go on. Cherkasova’s work has a lovely ethereal nature to it, and this piece especially has a nice fragility to it. I wonder why she signs next to an apple? Can only make me (the feminist thinker) remember Eve and the Garden of Eden. Maybe it aids in the fragile nature of this piece. Before long all the easiness and beauty will be gone.

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This vs. That: Round Sixteen

Time for this months glorious This vs. That. Today I look at some of Ruben Ireland’s art in tattoo form. Quite  interesting and worth having a look if just for the tattoos. Get reading Round Sixteen: Tattooed and have a think about what piece of art you would have tattooed if you could. Would it reproduce well or would it be just too hard? I always thought something by Man Ray would be pretty cool. Enjoy

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Mandy Tsung

Mandy Tsung produces really wonderful work that focuses around women. I love her style and how intriguing her work is. There is something great about work on wood panels, and can’t help but connect this to the amazing Audrey Kawasaki. I do see similarities in their work, but Tsung certainly has her own, developed style.

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This vs. That: Round Fifteen

Time for this months This vs. That. My template decided not to open, so I made a new template for today’s post. Might mix it up each month from now on, or go back to normal next month. Will have to see what the world wants me to do.

Anyway, Round Fifteen: Additions is up now. The first for 2014 – I hope you like it!

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Nishe

I found the photography of Nishe and was quickly in love with the beauty of it. Soft, feminine focus and dreamy subject matter make for stunning images that I would happily display on my walls. Her website has a great selection of work, as well as deals on prints and links to other web presence. I selected some images I quite like, but as you can imagine it was hard to limit it to just a few.

Photography can be so amazing and capture the essence of a painting which is quite unreal. Nishe’s work certainly delivers on this while also evoking great wonder and beauty. I hope to find more photographers like her. So do let me know if you know any similar by leaving a comment. I would love to showcase more photography in this style.

For now, enjoy these delightful images and get carried away in the beauty.

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Simone Klimmeck

Berlin-based artist Simone Klimmeck creates stunning illustration and mixed-media works. Her aesthetic is feminine and fierce at the same time which gets The Visual Female’s seal of approval. Beauty, colour and texture bring these pieces to life. I love the combination of grayscale media with the vibrant prints and patterns Klimmeck chooses. To see more of her work visit her website.

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Tom Bagshaw

I found Tom Bagshaw on Facebook in the last couple of days and was blown away. Some of his work really connects to my aesthetic. While not every piece amazes me in such a way, the ones that do are absolutely fantastic. I have selected the pieces that I really enjoyed, but to see more visit his FB page or website where there is a wide selection to browse through.

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Illustrators (Kelly Thompson looks up to)

I read an interview with the delectable Kelly Thompson today featured on a new-found goody, Sly on the WallOne aspect of the interview (and interviews in general) I enjoyed was hearing what illustrators Kelly looks up to and finds inspiring. It always interests me to see if artists like other artists that are similar to them (hence they were probably inspired by them initially) or whether they love work that’s different to their own.

I guess with me I don’t emulate any artist that I really like. One reason would be that there are far too many I like (check how many amazing artists I have posted on this blog so far!) and another reason would be that I’m far to spontaneous to dedicate time to emulation. I can hardly do any repeat styles in my own work, so throwing in another artists style would be way too much. Unless you think I’ve been inspired by anyone? (Let me know). I’m sure we all are in some shape or form. But some artists really work to develop their own personal style, which is admirable. Others want to explore and develop others styles, always adding their own unique spin. This work is also pretty great.

But back to my point, Kelly listed a few illustrators she finds inspiring, so I checked them out and found a few pieces that I thought were pretty cool too. Surprisingly, I hadn’t heard of any of them! (But I did recognise the piece by Vania Zouravliov, which I’m sharing here). Had you? Do you see any similarities in Kelly’s work that could have resulted from these illustrators as a source of inspiration? I can in a couple.

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This vs. That: Round Fourteen

Time for this months This vs. That. For the month of November I look at some simple black, white and red pieces (from Mariam Tronchoni and Sofia Bonati) that use eyes in rather different ways. Check out Round Fourteen: Red to see these images in full, and hear my thoughts on who delivers the best piece. Today was an easy choice for me, but will it be for you?

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Young Chun

I’m loving these wonderful women by Young Chun. Born in Seoul, Young Chun brings in some magical elements, creating pieces that connect to his view on life. And obviously it is a pretty fun view. Fantasy, mystery, magic, music, drinks and excitement – all wrapped up with a touch of darkness. I especially love his piece ‘Under the Celestial Lights’ (seen first) which is being shown in a Zodiac show as a representation of Cancer – check the detail on her rings for those Zodiac touches. Love his take on the Cancerian woman, who, as we know, really comes to life under the magic of the moon. Enjoy these pieces and enjoy the weekend – perhaps hit up a cocktail or few like some of Young Chun’s little ladies.

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November

Visual Female of the Month for November is up. This month I share the art of the lovely Candace McKay (no relation!). Candace is a 19-year-old self-taught artist, whose work is feminine and fun – think vibrant colours and fantasy settings with beautiful, intriguing women. I really lover her style and find it quite distinctive and unique. I hope you all enjoy it too. To check out her work and read her interview click here. 

On another note, there is only one more Visual Female of the Month left for this year. I know, can you believe it?! How time flies. I’ll be keeping an eye out and hoping to showcase someone special for December. If you know anyone whose work just blows your mind, let me know! I love to discover new art and artists.

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XOOOOX is a street artist from Berlin. His work is pretty wonderful – not only in aesthetics, but also because of what he is trying to communicate. Beautiful women stenciled onto grubby walls and surfaces. They are life-sized – I can only imagine their impact in real life. He takes photographs of models, styles and directs them how he wants, and uses them for his stencils. The message he wants to share: the beautiful illusion of the fashion industry with the alternate, commercialised reality.  The women vs. the wood.

I find this quote explains him a little better than I can (my impressions are only recent).

“Beguilingly beautiful, XOOOOX’s women convey a sense of melancholy and introversion and allude to the growing displeasure with the uniform, consumption-driven hype of the fashion industry. Using transitory media such as exposed building facades, worm-eaten wood, rotting fabric and rusty metal, XOOOOX grounds this apparently glamorous theme in the street, but the artist’s aim is not to deconstruct fashion culture. XOOOOX pays homage to traditional haute couture while levelling criticism at the over-industrialization of fashion as a cultural artefact of our time.”*

I like the visual impact and style of the work, and coupled with the message, find his work fresh and interesting. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for what is next for the man with no name, XOOOOX.

*See the rest of the feature on XOOOOX here

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This is one of my recent pieces I have been playing around with. It’s a pen drawing that I scanned and edited in Photoshop, adding the coloured aspects. Although it is quite simple, I quite like it. I am a bit like a Gemini when it comes to art. I am constantly changing, and struggle to commit to anything long-term. I suppose it’s because I haven’t settled on a particular style yet. I love digital, drawing, mixed media and painting (which I am aiming to get back into soon). Like this blog, the main subject that connects my work would be the female subject matter. Although I have a few pieces that don’t have women in them. In such a subjective industry it can be hard to predict what people will like, which is why I just have to trust my gut and own aesthetic and hope that others will relate to or enjoy some of my work.

I love sharing work by other artists because I know how valued you feel when people acknowledge and recognise your talent and hard work. And it is hard work. But of course it is worth it. I sincerely believe that all artists have a market out there – people who will buy and adore their work – but the most challenging part is connecting the art and the audience. With the internet it seems easy, but honestly how hard is it to find stuff on the internet? Unless you know specifically what you are looking for it can be pretty hard to discover anything new. That’s another reason why I started this blog, as a way to accumulate art and visuals for my followers. Online magazines and other blogs are great ways to keep discovering, as is Facebook. I found that since I created a Facebook page for The Visual Female I was discovering more and more artists through liking pages and what others were sharing on my News Feed.

I have finally taken the plunge and made a Facebook for my own personal art, and hope to build an audience over time. To see my work, visit my Facebook pageand please give it a like if it appeals. Obviously in this subjective world I am not expecting everyone to love it, I am just trying to see what people think.

Stay tuned for a cool new Visual Female of the Month coming up shortly! And thanks again to all the readers and fans of The Visual Female – you rock xx

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Saidov Aydemir

Saidov Aydemir is a Russian artist who creates some truly dreamy, wonderful pieces. I love his paintings of women, but he also does a pretty awesome job with landscapes and still life. His work is realistic and romantic. It takes me back to an older time. In some ways I would connect his work to Charmaine Olivia – both use realism and focus on the faces and get more gestural around the edges and backgrounds of the images. His first piece shown here is the most like Charmaine in style – but isn’t solely his style, as you will see as you scroll down. Charmaine is more modern than Saidov, but both artists are really refreshing in their quest for true beauty and romanticism. Here is a collection of pieces by Saidov Aydemir that I thought were worth sharing.

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This vs. That: Round Thirteen

Time for this months This vs. That. For the month of October I look at some fun, fantasy pieces (from Olga Noes and Zan Von Zed) that both integrate their women into their fantasy environments to perfection!  Check out Round Thirteen: Kingdoms to see these images in full, and hear my thoughts on who delivers the best piece. I loved both these pieces, and had an unusual outcome today. To find out what, and to enjoy the read, click here.

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Frida

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter and rather interesting woman. Through her life she suffered greatly as the result from a vehicle accident, where the bus she was on collided with a trolley car. Frida was 18. One result of this was an iron handrail piercing her abdomen and uterus, which meant reproductive trouble. While she conceived three times, she couldn’t carry to term, and had to terminate her pregnancies. She was born on July 6, which makes her the most maternal sign of the zodiac, Cancer. But her accident turned her towards art and painting. She commonly painted self-portraits, as a way to deal with her trauma, but also because she knew herself so well. She has stated “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Her work is quite captivating, and honest and raw. Her work often had a lot of nature in it, which makes sense to me with Frida being a Cancer whom often love animals. It would make sense that she could be drawn to animals and nature as a way to express her emotions. I like these three pieces by her.

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I recently remembered Frida because I noticed that a few artists I follow were doing their own portraits of her. So, I want to share these also. Cate Rangel’s piece connects more to the pain and life of Frida, whereas Liz Clements is very obviously Liz Clements style (which is a great style, but speaks less about Frida as a person). They both have hummingbirds in them, which is interesting.

Cate Rangel - Frida

Cate Rangel – Frida

Liz Clements - Frida

Liz Clements – Frida

A wonderful woman worth sharing.

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October

Visual Female of the Month for October is up. This month I share the art and thoughts of Romanian graphic designer, artist and fashion illustrator, Anca Pora. Ancas work is feminine, organic and really quite beautiful. I especially love her Alison Harvard inspired piece – such a stunner. I agreed with some of Ancas answers, especially when it comes to comparing graphic design with art and illustration. It seems we are a bit similar. Make sure to check out the full interview here. Enjoy the read, and get inspired.

Be happy, be great.

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my opinon of you

Silvia Pelissero aka agnes-cecile, makes wonderful art. A lot of her process is shown through video clips which are worth checking out. I follow her on Facebook and today she posted this piece titled “My Opinion About You’. I love it. I’m sure we all feel a little bit like this about some people, or ideas or concepts. Visit her website for links to places she shares her work. Or simply like her on Facebook. If you aren’t familiar with her, you must do some research. Her work is amazing. So talented. Enjoy.

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Alexandra Levassuer

In my recent This vs. That, I crowned Alexandra Levasseur winner for Round Twelve: PatternHer work is really wonderful, and she has to be my favourite latest find. So, in saying all that, I thought I would share some more of her work, because it really must be seen. I hope you like these pieces. Have a great weekend. It’s my birthday on Sunday, so I say the celebrations start tonight and go all weekend. Wine, here I come. xx

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This vs. That: Round Twelve

Time for the next This vs. That. For the month of September I look at some beautiful pieces (from Alexandra Levasseur and Joshua Burbank) that create a raw, informal use of pattern. Be sure to check out Round Twelve: Pattern to see these images in full, and hear my thoughts on who delivers the best piece. I loved both these pieces, and hope you will too. Enjoy the read here.

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Emanuele Cassina

Italian photographer Emanuele Cassina creates very sensual and evocative photographs. I love the softness and peacefulness in the images. Another positive is how they are erotic without being overly sexual or low brow. In fact, they are quite the opposite. Always a pleasure to share such beautiful photography. Enjoy x

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Yong Sung Heo

I’m loving these paintings by Yon Sung Heo, especially the top piece. It’s so wonderfully creepy. The pale skin combined with the Asian features is quite delicious. The clothing and the environment make it extra creepy and it is an overall cool piece of art. It reminds me of a scene from a book I have been reading lately. While the subject matter isn’t entirely the same, the idea of a strange (slightly demonic) adolescent half-dressed surrounded by nature rings true. All she needs is to be covered in leeches. Enjoy these delightfully unusual pieces.

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Mucha

I am, and always will be, in love with Alphonse Mucha. His work is stunning, and not only works as art but as design, with much of his work being used as posters to advertise products and events. Like Klimt, he fits into my old-time favourites group. And, as I have noted before, sometimes we can forget the good oldies. So today I wanted to share a few pieces by Mucha that I enjoy. I even have the ‘Cycles Perfecta’ image on a dark red mug which I frequently drink from. Speaking of mugs, I may go and make myself a green tea. xx

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Inspiration

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Above: Inspiration collage.  Below: Pieces used to make the collage

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sketch    stripes    lips    pink

The Visual Female recently set up a Pinterest page which acts as another outlet to showcase images from this blog. Each image that is posted here, will later be pinned to an appropriate board on Pinterest. But, sometimes there are pieces that haven’t made it onto this blog quite yet. For those, I put them onto my ‘Inspiration’ Board. It is also a way for me to repin the amazing visuals I come across from the boards I follow. I wanted to share some pieces from my Inspiration Board, so I decided to make a small collage of a few pieces as seen at the top of the page. And, just so each image gets its own little bit of fame, they are all there as thumbnails. Hopefully either my inspiration collage, or the individual images can get you all a little inspired. If you are on Pinterest, make sure to follow The Visual Female.

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This vs. That: Round Eleven

We are halfway thought August (I know, can you believe it?) which means it’s time for This vs. That. This month I look at some art that is pretty realistic, but also has some interesting compositional elements. Round Eleven: Realism  is worth a read, as I discuss some fresh ideas I haven’t really touched on before. I know there are a few of you out there that really love This vs. That, which makes me oh so happy. I hope you enjoy this months edition and my composition analysis. Stay cool (you know who you are).

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Round Ten: Splashes, Round Nine: Visibility, Round Eight: Skulls, 

Closer

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This is a newish piece of mine that I wanted to share. I think it’s been a wee while since I shared an original so it seemed about time for a new one! Plus, I have also added a bunch of new pieces to my Society6 page, so I thought I would do a little shameless self-promotion. If you like this piece, it is available for purchase as a print and other items at my Society6 pageAnd if this doesn’t float your boat, some of my other latest pieces might!

I hope everyone is having a good Monday – mine isn’t going too well as I’ve been feeling rather nauseous for the last few hours. Very strange! Let’s hope you are all doing better than me!

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