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Swipe Filter: Joseph Bayer And… Everyone Else

This is the work of Joseph Bayer, at Wondercon.

CgQEbg9WEAA15q5Selling splattered portraits of a variety of pop culture figures. But how does he make them?

Was a lot of painting involved? Let's zoom in on a few… and where they may have found their inspiration.


Or, you know, what images were put through a Photoshop filter, printed out then photocopied.



And this is how it's done.

Thanks to Michele Altenkirch and @Lenoxartist. Feel free to find your own…

In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself? If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn't judge, it's interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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