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Leng Jun’s paintings look like photos

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The precision is such that the hyper-realistic paintings by the Chinese artist Leng Jun look like photographs. Not only the look and the structure of the faces but also the hair, the skin texture, even the fibres of the fabrics look perfect.

Leng Jun paints in oil on canvas, without preparatory drawings, without shortcuts. Freehand, with the models  standing in front of him. All improvised but absolutely perfect.

It’s not just the perfection of the painting but it’s interesting to see how he has been influenced by masters from the past. The models (mostly women) wear contemporary clothes, but their poses and demeanour reminds us of famous classic paintings.

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What the Simpsons would look like in real life

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There is an Instagram artist called Hossein Diba who creates characters that look almost real. He recreated the entire Simpson family and other characters of the show to look like they would be in real life. The results are quite astounding. 

There are also other characters from other series in his Instagram account. You can have a look at them here. If you want to know more you can also have a look at his YouTube channel

I would have loved to have thought of this before, and above all to have the talent to accomplish it, but I can’t even draw the Simpsons characters in 2D, let alone in 3D. 

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Humorous caricatures by Thomas Rowlandson and G.M. Woodward

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Thomas Rowlandson was a well known caricaturist of the Georgian era.  He specialised in caricatures of famous people and satires of the society at the time.  His friend and drinking companion was George Moutard Woodward who was also a well known satirist and caricaturist. They often worked together like in this case with Rowlandson doing the etching. 

Rowlandson was the most famous of the two, he studied at the Royal Academy and although he experienced periods of poverty, he was fairly well known in his lifetime. He died in 1827 and was buried in St Paul’s, the actors church in Covent Garden.

These caricatures are from a series called Country characters which Rowlandson created in 1799. There are 12 works in this series which now is in the Boston Public Library. Given the age of the prints, they are in the public domain.  Click on any image to enlarge it. 

 

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The best quotes by Albert Einstein

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“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

“Everyone must become their own person, however frightful that may be.”

“Conviction is a good motive, but a bad judge.”

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

“A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.”

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

“Any society which does not insist upon respect for all life must necessarily decay.”

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth”

“Don’t do anything that goes against your conscience, even if your country says so.”

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”

“Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.”

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”

“We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.”

“Once a day allow yourself the freedom to dream…”

“Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolised.”

“To dwell on the things that depress or anger us does not help in overcoming them. One must knock them down alone.”

“The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.”

“Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

“Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean it isn’t true.”

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