Posts by Philip Kennedy

Reality Meets The Surreal in Hugo Barros’ Trippy Collages

Hugo Barros

Portuguese artist Hugo Barros has a gift when it comes to the art of collage. His hand-crafted works create fantastic compositions that are filled with cosmic imagery and surreal sights. He shows skyscrapers that burst from desert dunes and waterfalls that cut away to reveal giant volcanic clouds below. A trip through his portfolio is a journey into a strange and magical place and it’s a journey that comes highly recommended.

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Beautiful Minimalist Sculptures by Hiroyuki Hamada

Hiroyuki Hamada

The work of Hiroyuki Hamada feels like a mystery. His large sculptural pieces are strange and surreal and yet there’s a familiar nature to them too. Above is a large white form which stands silently in an empty gallery. What could it be? A model for a futuristic housing complex perhaps? Maybe it’s a classic modernist drinks cabinet? Could it be a small part of a busted-up spaceship? The answer to these questions is an obvious no, and yet Hamada’s work seems to unavoidably prompts you to ask these types of questions. It draws you in, and despite their non-representational forms, it leaves you making endless associations and imagining wildly what they could be.

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The Urban Sketches and Drawings of Jess Douglas

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Jess Douglas is an illustrator currently living in a small coastal town off the coast of south-west England. Growing up in Ibiza, Jess moved to the city of Plymouth to study illustration and found that her work quickly began to rebel against her country upbringing.

“[It began] reflecting a growing interest in the grunge and grime of the urban environment” she says, and it’s clear to see this reflected in her work. Shop fronts, buses, signage and grungy old streets make up the focus of her work and the resulting images are terrific.

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Great Animated GIFs by Kurt McRobert

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Brooklyn-based illustrator Kurt McRobert has been making some GIFs recently and I really like them. The one above is a particular favourite. It shows the dangers and challenges of life as a cyclist in New York City and features suspense, drama, action and comedy! In all honesty, what more could you want from a four second loop? It really does have everything!

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Forkful Is A Website That Makes Food Look Amazing

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“Simple recipes deliciously shot” is the strapline for In those four words they perfectly sum up what the website is all about; making simple food look beautiful. While it may be a fairly straightforward premise, the selection of receipes and the quality of their videos is what really makes this website stand out.

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Exploring the Sea in Cian McKenna’s ‘Lovely Water’ Photo Series

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Irish graphic designer Cian McKenna has a bit soft spot for swimming. For the last few years he’s been heading down to ‘the 40ft’ for a swim. This secluded cove is located just south of Dublin city and has been a popular place for swimmers for more than 250 years. With camera in-hand he’s been documenting these excursions and the resulting work is really beautiful.

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Laurent Durieux’s Fantastic Retro-Futuristic Movie Posters


If you’re a fan of pop-culture, movies and retro-tinged illustrations then you’re bound to love the work of Laurent Durieux, a graphic artist and illustrator from Brussels. No matter what the genre, Laurent’s work is beautifully unique, often with a retro-futuristic vibe and plenty of sharp compositions with eye-catching details. His images have the ability to be filled with a wonderful sense of drama and story and his concepts pay great tribute to the films that he loves.

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Amazing Photos from Ethiopia by Steve McCurry

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Last year the acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry was invited to the remote Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia by a local charity called Omo Child. Set-up by Lale Lubuko and photographer John Rowe, the charity aims to provide a safe, nurturing home and quality education for children and infants who are considered by their tribe to be mingi.

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Beautiful Editorial illustration by Karolis Strautniekas

Karolis Strautniekas

I discovered the work of Karolis Strautniekas recently while reading an issue of Creative Review. His editorial illustrations are fantastic and I love the texture and colors that he uses. The images here are taken from a piece he worked on for the french magazine Usbek & Rica. I particularly love the image above which was used for a piece about education and technology in Estonia. I love the perspective he uses and – if you visit his Behance page – you can get a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the stages during the image’s construction. I don’t know about you, but I love when illustrators share that type of thing!

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30 Fantastic Websites To Lose Yourself In

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If you follow me on Twitter you might know that I moved to London last September. You might also know that since then I’ve had nothing but trouble trying to get an Internet connection set up in my home. Fortunately, last week I finally got everything up and running and to mark my triumphant return to the world of the Internet I went a little crazy and shared 30 of my favourite websites on Twitter.

The majority of them are single-serving sites. Some are very useful while others, others just plain entertaining. Bobby enjoyed the list so much that he suggested I share it with you. So, without much further ado, I present (in no particular order) 30 great links for your enjoyment.

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