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Mr. Bean As The Mona Lisa, Rembrandt And Other Iconic Paintings

Mr. Bean as Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Mr. Bean as Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Rodney Pike - digitally altered image

Mr. Bean as Vanity by Frank Cadogan Cowper.

Mr. Bean as Vanity by Frank Cadogan Cowper.

Rodney Pike - digitally altered image

If you are a fan of Mr Bean, beautiful paintings, internet memes, stupid expressions, or laughing out loud, you will love what caricature artist Rodney Pike has been up to lately. Basing this series on the skit from the TV show when Mr Bean sneezes on a painting (Whistler’s Mother), and ends up replacing her face with a cartoon one, Pike decided to take the joke one step further.

Who knew that Mr Bean’s dark eyebrows, large eyes, swollen nostrils and chin full of stubble would fit so well under a fair maiden’s headscarf? Or that he could so effortlessly turn Mona Lisa into a nosy neighbor peering over the fence, or into someone who is so smug with themselves it is repugnant? Not only are these Photoshopped images a display of Rowan Atkinson’s theatrical talent, but also of Pike’s vision to imagine what would fit together. Combining two very different styles and eras, Pike is able to re contextualize many historical paintings that no longer have relevance to our contemporary lives.

Adding Mr Bean’s face into these Renaissance and Medieval paintings, Pike has re awakened the art lover in all of us cultural-meme-obsessed fans. He tells the Daily Mail

“I think it just adds to the absurdity when working with such serious source material and Rowan Atkinson can make any situation funny no matter how absurd. He’s always lots of fun and it is good therapy and a welcome break to the stresses of work sometime.”

You can see more of his hilarious faces on his website here.
(Via Demilked)

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Lori Field’s Forest Stories

Lori Field’s paintings depict a world where animals and humans live together in enchanted forests filled with two headed skeleton kittens, Tiger gooe head cows, and baby ram angels.

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Debit De Beau’s Whimsical Photo Collages Capture Emotion

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French artist Debit de Beau creates gorgeous photo collages that seem to inhabit their own world. With wide skies dwarfing tiny inhabitants, Beau’s artwork seems both expansive and a little lonely. 

Beau uses both illustration and textures, such cloth with raw edges, to liven up his collages. His landscapes meet at the intersection of the manmade and the natural world. A boy meets a whale just off a lighthouse’s shore, while a man walks his pet snail and considers a crossroads marked with all of life’s milestones: hope, loss, guilt, and success.

The emotional palette that Beau works with seems quite varied, his subjects by turn leaping joyfully off of a ferris wheel and pause, questioning a ladder that hangs from a lone window. The surreality of his collages aims to capture not a perfectly realistic scene but to cause emotional resonance, placing us in that person’s frame of mind. To climb or not to climb? Should I follow the snail? Or contemplate a quiet fall of rain? (via Optically Addicted)

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Patrick Hruby’s Technicolor Rainbow

I’m really digging these poppy, transparent illustrations by Patrick Hruby!

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Illustrated Robin Williams Tributes Celebrate His Love Of Comics

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Robin Williams illustration

Alex Fine

Robin Williams illustration

Michael Hambouz

Serena Dominguez

Serena Dominguez

The internet is currently swarming with stories, tributes, and memorials to the late, great Robin Williams who passed 3 days ago. Some people may not know that in addition to being an actor, comedian, activist, and improv performer, Williams was also an unabashed lover of video games, comic books, and graphic novels, and that this loss resonates throughout these communities as well. Yesterday, Nick Gazin over at Vice posted crowd-sourced illustrations that pay tribute to the performer, his characters, and his life. (via vice)

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Nick Brandt’s Photos Of The Tanzanian Lake That Turns Animals Into Stone

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In his new book, Across the Ravaged Land, photographer Nick Brandt features petrified animal remains found along a lake in Northern Tanzania that contains lethal levels of alkaline.

Brandt explains, “I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No-one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry.

I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.” (via gizmondo)

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Sponsored Post: Republic Wireless Gives You Filet Mignon At Bacon Prices

Everyone is on a smart phone these days and most of use are probably paying a small fortune. Republic Wireless proposes we stop paying “filet mignon prices” for bacon. Republic Wireless offers unlimited Data, talk and text for $19- that’s about a quarter of what we here at the B/D offices pay a month for our smart phones. Depending on who you’re with your “unlimited data” can mean your data gets slowed down at the end of the month when you’ve used too much, which can be really annoying. Republic Wireless offers a straightforward solution to your cell phone needs- no contracts, no overages, no hidden agendas.

Republic Wireless pioneered a thing called Hybrid Calling technology. That means your phone works on both Wi-Fi networks AND cell—so it’s double the coverage of other networks.

But that’s not the only advantage. Calls, texts, and data over Wi-Fi cost very little. They have kicked off their service with the Motorola DEFY XT that works with their Wi-Fi Hybrid calling technology, so iPhone users will have to wait to save bundles of money. But we’re really excited to see Republic Wireless offer an alternative in the smart phone world that’s actually affordable for everyone!

 

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