Look again—that’s not a photograph. That’s a Facebook masterpiece created with the graffiti application. We can’t even draw that well on paper. That cat was done with a mouse!

We knew there were gems of pure artistry out there on the ‘book. Don’t you want to look at pretty pictures with us? Trust us, it’s worth a click.

Jay Tang, from UC Davis, is more than a pretty face. Again, he displays a knack for texture and precise color patterns with his tiger:

And hey! Depth of field!

That’s a mighty sweet frog, you might say. We would agree. Tang shares his skill with the graffiti application on his own site. He makes it look all too easy.

Continuing with the nature motif, there’s Chris Hamner. He’s still in high school, but this youngun can hang with the big boys:

We especially like the motion he’s captured with the water. Plus, what isn’t cool about white tigers jumping into water?

He also amazes us with his black and white (and sorta sepia) rendition:

The background leaves much to be desired, but his water droplets in the foreground make up for that. It feels like an old photograph, right?

Jeff Cattie, from Temple University, has the realism down, but a lot of his work also looks like someone Photoshopped a picture, blurred and blended:

He’s smooth in his black and white, letting his style support the subject of this graffiti. His strokes match up with the pattern of the wood, while the blurred effect indicates polish and shine.

Paul Yan, an alumnus of Cogswell Polytechnical College, is seriously talented in both realism and in duplicating other styles, like cartoon art, pastel work and computer-generated imaging.

Maybe we’re obsessed with the liquid effect, but whose mouth doesn’t water at the sight of this brew?

Oh god. We think we just creamed our jeans. The foam took us over the edge.

See? More bubbles!

Actually, it’s the negative space that strengthens this graffiti–it calls attention to the action and, consequently, the art of making that action look believable.

Let’s not forget our own talented golden bear alumnus, Ian Cheng. He gets points for his blue tones, his style and his humor. His pieces look as if they were hastily sketched and colored, with splotches of color that blend well without the actual blending.

Like so:

Just something about the watery animal eyes grabs ahold of our hearts. Repeat after us: aww!

Remember the humor we mentioned? The Clog is easily won, sodomy jokes included. Aww! Adorable!

Hats off to all the artists. We just wasted two hours looking hundreds of graffiti posts, and now you’ve ruined it for the rest of us. We can’t even make a box look realistic.

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Han L said:
Aug 6, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Hey, I stumbled upon this site while searching for facebook graffiti. interestingly, my former roommate at Cal and I set up a site for our facebook graffiti attempts. it’s at graffitigeeks.wordpress.com if you’d like to check it out.

anyways, how’d you find those graffiti pieces? they are pretty damn amazing. and this blog is such a cool addition to the (already cool) daily cal!

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