via Daily Mail

I was a member of the marching band in high school (hooray for clarinets!), so I know first hand how getting people to work in any sort of coordinated fashion is as difficult as herding cats. These aerial portraits of people organized in the likeness of pop culture icons from Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn seem like it’d be a doozy to put together, and artist Craig Alan apparently agreed! Instead of wrangling crowds into formation, he painted each figure in trompe l’oeil fashion – amazing, right? The inspiration behind the artwork came when Alan took photos from a building balcony and was intrigued by patterns created by the teeny tiny people walking about below.

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18 Responses to human portraits

  1. Victoria says:

    ABSOLUTELY. LOVE. THIS.

  2. Johanna says:

    Now that is awesome. Good find!

  3. Tang says:

    Amazing works. Yes! The clarinet! I was in the band too in middle school! :)

  4. Pink Ronnie says:

    Wow, I have no words. Those truly look like photographs.
    What amazing talent…
    Ronnie xo

  5. April Louise says:

    Wow these portraits look incredible!

  6. Meagan says:

    These are so gorgeous!

  7. alli says:

    This is truly amazing. (And yay for clarinets – I was a band geek too!)

  8. Samantha says:

    These are freakin’ amazing!

  9. Laicie says:

    Love these!! What a beautiful concept!

  10. Marie says:

    This is pretty amazing. :)

  11. ok that is freakin’ genius!

  12. Kyla says:

    These are amazing – I definitely thought they were real people! The fact that these are paintings make me love them even more.

  13. Lena says:

    WOW–you never fail to find the most incredible things!

  14. haha, I was a clarinet player too in the marching band :D :D :D Love these portraits

  15. whitney says:

    WOW what a lot of work that must be! It makes me think of the Olympics opening/closing ceremonies…how did they ever choreograph so many people?

  16. Erica says:

    These are amazing. People portraits where the medium is people. Brilliant!

    They kind of remind me of a gathered army of ants marching around.

  17. Alyssa says:

    Wow–these are incredible, they absolutely look like a photograph, I can’t believe they’re not! Thanks for sharing!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

  18. homestilo says:

    I saw one of these recently and had no idea it wasn’t a photograph- thanks for this post and the “fyi”. These are truly amazing.