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Sometimes the simplest, most masterfully executed works are the most touching. In this case, the winsome short film by Dallas-based husband and wife, filmmaking and painting duo, Sai and Amanda Selvarajan called Sugarless Tea. Simple, not in a lack effort or depth of creativity, but in purity of concept and implementation. By way of exquisite watercolor paintings captured in stop motion technique, Sugarless Tea tells a story of man’s quest from “the biggest thing God made” (India) to “ the biggest thing man made” (New York City) to reunite with his identical twin brother after fifty four years. The film has garnered multiple accolades since its release 13 months ago, and we can certainly see why. Brilliant.

Via Vimeo

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It’s said that what’s old becomes new again… trends are cyclical to some degree. Our recent past (the 1980s) featured a rise in technology, and 8-bit graphics found in Atari and Nintendo gaming systems. These now rather primitive looking graphics have influenced fashion, music and entertainment, and in this case, art. New York-based artist Adam Lister has been exploring digitalized representations of famous works of art and pop culture figures through watercolor painting, and even 3D printing. Lister’s subjects have included everything from the Mona Lisa, to Monet, to Iron Man. All novelty aside, Lister’s work is an interesting examination in visual familiarity. Most of his works are extremely recognizable, yet they are simply made up of a series of large squares and rectangles, and most details are not apparent. Our visual cognition is quite powerful, and Lister capitalizes on just that, with great success.

Via adamlistergallery.com

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French illustrator/designer Florian Nicolle employs mixed media to create wonderfully complex portraits that are so bold, yet nuanced, that they almost seem to move. With newsprint, watercolor, pencil, ink and Photoshop in his arsenal, Nicolle’s meticulously crafted chaos has been sought after by some pretty high profile clients, including Nike, Puma, Los Angeles Times and ESPN, among others. We love his style, and look forward to keeping an eye on his growing portfolio.

Via Behance

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Spanish illustrator David Despau has a very particular style, incorporating ink sketch and watercolor. His execution is flawless, and his impressive body of work is a testament to that. We particularly love his depiction of the latest Superman, Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill. We also admired his work a few months back in ESPN The Magazine’s Analytics Issue, within which some of our work (Barbour) is featured.

Via despau.com

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In keeping with the watercolor theme (sort of), we bring to your attention some fantastic work by Barcelona-based artist/designer Borja Martínez of studio Lo Siento. In this series, Crushed Watercolor Portraits, Martínez crushes pieces of watercolor pigments and organizes them in such a way to reveal these excellent portraits. Wow!

Via losiento.net

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The tongue-in-cheek nature of Karen Kurycki’s masterfully created work is terrific. This Jacksonville, Fl-based art director/illustrator combines her expert watercolor technique with an unexpected touch of her offbeat sense of humor. This is just a sampling of Kurycki’s impressive body of work.

Via Behance and cmykaren.com

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