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Artist Uses Google Street View to Create Postcards from Around the World in Eighty Days

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Even with the advent of airplanes and automobiles, the adventure outlined in Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days is still an impressive feat by today’s standards. In the book Phileas Fogg and his valet Passeportout travel across three continents in less than three months, making stops in some of the world’s greatest metropolises, including Hong Kong, New York, Calcutta, and Bombay. It has been a lifelong dream of Budapest-based illustrator Lehel Kovacs to recreate the fictional journey and draw postcards along the way, and now modern technology is allowing him to do so without leaving home. 

Using Google Street View, Kovacs “visited” every location mentioned in Around the World in Eighty Days and illustrated what he saw. He makes his postcards by drawing the outlines in pencil and scanning them onto his computer, then adds color and texture on Photoshop. He says the illustrations aren't meant to look finished but should instead present an initial impression of each location. 

The destinations have obviously undergone significant changes since they were written about in 1873—Bombay is now Mumbai and San Francisco is now crowded with hybrid cars and high-rises—but Kovacs’ distinct style lends an appropriate vintage feel.

With his Kickstarter campaign, Kovacs hopes to make his 40 unique postcards available to a wider audience. As of the time of writing, he’s raised nearly $5,000, shattering his initial $1,520 goal. Fellow Jules Verne fans can still make a pledge and receive postcards of their own. Thanks to Kovacs' collection, if you don’t have the resources to recreate the storied trip in real life, you might still convince gullible friends otherwise. 

LehelKovacs via Kolehel.com

LehelKovacs via Kolehel.com

LehelKovacs via Kolehel.com

LehelKovacs via Kolehel.com

LehelKovacs via Kickstarter

LehelKovacs via Kickstarter


[h/t: WIRED]

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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