Meet the innovative social media artists who broke the mould in 2018
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With many of the world’s most innovative artists using social media to showcase their work, the likes of Instagram, Twitter and Reddit were awash with creativity in 2018. Here are some of the creators who took the internet by storm over the last 12 months. 1. The Vinyl Virtuoso Melissa Cotton using coloured pencils to create vibrant and unusual portraits on secondhand vinyl records, which have earned her some high-profile followers – including David Bowie’s film director son Duncan Jones. She told the Press Association: “I just work at a supermarket and draw in my free time, so it’s completely surreal to me that my drawings are seen by anyone else at all let alone people from all over the world – and sometimes the actual musicians that I’ve drawn. David Bowie’s son was definitely unexpected and a huge compliment. I was so happy with how that one turned out.” 2. The Living Cartoon Annie Thomas, a 28-year-old make-up artist from Pennsylvania, creates incredibly accurate paintings of famous cartoon characters on her face. She said: “I just have so much passion for breathing life into these characters and fully embodying them, to me, is the highest form of tribute.” 3. The Coffee Creator Giulia Bernardelli, an artist from Italy, uses spilt coffee to create detailed paintings of animals, faces, and landscapes. The artist, who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, incorporates coffee cups and spoons into the pieces, and uses toothpicks, fingers, and small spoons to create the work. 4. The Lego Master Teun de Wijs works at a science museum by day, and by night constructs incredible Lego automata. Many of them feature some sort of trick or illusion, and all of them are incredibly cool – no wonder, then, that he’s developing quite a following online. “The positive response has been overwhelming,” he told the Press Association. “Lego people are sweethearts.” 5. The Penny Painter Bryanna Marie creates tiny artwork with pennies as her canvas, painting landscapes, animals, and animated film characters on to coins. She said: “I started painting on pennies back in 2015. It was the challenge of such a small painting surface that intrigued me. I honestly wanted to see if I had a steady enough hand to accomplish all the fine details.” 6. The Picasso Of Pebbles Self-taught artist Akie Nakata from Japan paints adorable and intricate animals on to pebbles. something she’s done since 2011. She said: “When I find a stone, I feel that stone, too, has found me. Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me it’s okay to go ahead and paint what I see on them.”
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