The Best art of 2012

At the end of 2012,  a crazy year to be sure, we're doing something extra special for Urban-Muse. We have taken 150 of the VERY best, and MOST VIRAL pieces we've posted on our social Networks, and put them agains the pieces that had the most shares and likes all year (thanks to our loyal supporters...YOU!) and put together what we think gives a pretty good idea what was the BEST Art of 2012.

It should be noted, all these images were posted in 2012, some of the actual images may be older as old as even 2003, but we wanted to give credit to the pieces that have helped this site explode in popularity this year.

 

Urban-Muse.com has been going through a transition this year, we haven't posted as many features on the main website because most of our energy has been put towards making Urban-Muse's social media presence world class. This year we have over tripled our fanbase to nearly 11,000 likes on Facebook and we show no signs of stopping.

In the past we would usually make only one post a day, these days the average is around 8, so our posting frequency has gone way up, and so has our user interaction.


Nearly all of the pieces youre about to see have over 100 likes/shares (You can click each one if you would like to share it again)

 

We encourage other blogs who like our content to feel free to share the images or rehost them, but please kindly ALWAYS credit the artist first, and after that please give us a shout out as wher you found it, it will help our fanbase grow.

 

Without further ado...

THE BEST ART OF 2012!!!!


MAKE ART. PAINT THINGS. BE AWESOME.


One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Rather epic, Concept art for the new DMC (Devil May Cry) Game via Alessandro Talexi

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] A really fresh and unique look at the Joker from Alexandre Salles, he's got a smooth James Dean look to him.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Kickass piece by Alexandros Vasmoulakis - "Alex tries but misunderstands" -acrylic,rhinestone on wall -Aug 2008

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Muhammad Ali Takes out Ryu - By Combo Culture Kidnapper

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Awesome Ambigram Tattoo

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Anaheim PD  - Acrylic on Canvas by Robin Doyle

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link]  Angelina Benedetti Ballpoint Pen piece,Princess Leia Organa.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] "Breathless" by Astrid.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Incredible piece by Atsushi Suwa

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Avocado Skull via SkullaDay.com

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Even the Aztecs/Mayans need to have a little fun at the beach...

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] We posted this without commentary in the wake of the horrible Tragedy in Aurora colorado. Art by James Kei



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Incredible shot of all the Batmobiles in one place!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] "Beyond the Horizon" by Leonid Kozienko

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] by Billy Norby, shown at Last Rites NY!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Great Blue piece by Finbar Dac one of his most popular of the year

 


One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Amazing piece by our friend Chiara Bautista "Brass and Invisible Chains" this is just a sketch but received hundreds of likes, and a fan even did a colorized version. Her work is always incredible.

 

One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] The 44th President of the United States. Barrack Hussein Obama. We posted this on the eve of the win of his re-election. This classic piece was done by El Mac!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Brunette by Miles Johnson

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] This cat couch was incredible popular!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] extremely sexy Catwoman/Anne Hathaway piece by Drew Gardner!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Oh no! the Cecília Gimenez Jesus Fresco has hit the streets! Confirmed as Banksy.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Great Cosplay Celty Sturlson - Durarara!!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] "Cent" by FocusOnForms

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Cesar Santos - "Intimacy" Oil on Canvas - 31.5x26.5 in



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Another incredible piece by Cesar Santos

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Epic Chiara Buatista piece, witha heavy heart for a lost loved one...

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Slave Leia by Chris Stevens

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Street art Mural by Codex Inferno

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Colombian Student Protest, Viva La Revolucion!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] The Creation of Adam Meme floating around.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Incfredible Dan Quintana Work In Progress shot.



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Dave MacDowell's complimentary piece "van gogh gogh yubari"

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] XXX0 - Portrait of the Artist Samar Yassine. By Decimus
Mechanical Pencil, Charcoal, and White on Rough Toned Paper - 18x24 - 5/3 2012

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Street art by Deih

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Dia de los Muertos Marilyn Monroe study. by Robert Hendrickson

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Hyper-realist Diego Fazio is INSANE! (Finished piece linked in the facebook comments)

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] DISOBEY by GOIN

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Dorothee Golz' take on a modern day Vermeer Girl With a Pearl earring.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] One of our most popular Day of the Dead Posts (we posted Day of the dead all day) - Makeup by Pauline Darley

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Dwayne Dubelyoo Wright's - BBOY Yoda

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Eddies Huge Hawaii piece. - The little guy with the red shirt is full size and is not Eddie Colla.

 

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Emma Uber is one of our favorite new artists we discovered this year

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Great red piece "Pyro" via Emma Uber

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Our favorite Emma Uber, it was our profile pic for awhile, very Josh Petker esque but with her own flair. This one is called October.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Fabian Ciraolo - Salvador Dali

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Futuristic city Render via Giles Chan. This piece was made in 2003, but this year it was one of our heaviest shared and liked images!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Vermeer's "Girl With a Pearl Earring" 2012 edition.

 



 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] A tag on the top of the Golden Gate Bridge! This photo caused alot of controversy when we posted it. Was it real? Was it photoshopped. Later someone posted the original image without the tag proving it was photoshopped. We actually deleted that comment because the endless comments arguing about it made it one of our most highly shared and talked about piece all year! Gotcha!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Incredible Work in Progress shot from one of our favoriite new artists Kevin Peterson! The model is Hattie Wilson

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] ♥ by Esra Roise!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Jimmi Hendrix by Melissa Leslie, this one has an intersting story. We were going to have Lunch with Melissa in LA earlier ths year and the night before thought it would be cool to post one of her best works and see how well it did so we could talk about it over lunch. While we were having lunch Urban-Muse was eating it up, making it one of our top posts of the year! Way to go Melissa!

 

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] awesome Ballpoint Pen piece "Icarus" in progress by KleinMeli - This was one of our absolute biggest pieces all year

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] If you can draw you can get laid. This classic ad was likely photoshopped (well) but it holds a great layer of truth, and humour. Making this one of our most shared images.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Incredible modern day medusa piece by Ignasi Monreal

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Indian US Currency...Think about it.

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Isabel Rivera, Diane Contreras, and Sofia Rose, in Miami

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Japanese popstar きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)'s "Legendary God Hand Hair"

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Sexy Slave Leia pinup by J Scott Campbell

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] "ID Level 5" by janaschi (ya-na-shi)

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Great instagram pic from Jean Le Roux that burned up the likes all year!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Jeremy Mann - Artist "Times Square Lights" Oil on Panel 36 x 60 in. 2012

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] JESUS of Nazareth by shimoda7

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Lucifer by CrowGod

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Johannes Voß (algenpfleger)- "SparkJohannes Voß (algenpfleger)- "Spark""

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Amazing piece in Melbourne Australia by Joshua Smith!

 



One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] Amazing back tattoo (Unknown Artist)

 

 

 

 

And Finally what we feel is the best piece of art we've posted all year This piece by Lin Ran. This is a digital painting using a fashion reference from Errikos Andreou. This caused a bit of controversy because we earlier erroneously though this was Lin Ran's model, it is not, and the source photography was used by another artist (without crediting him) in a situation similar to the recent Art Basel Jason Levesque debacle. However Lin Ran Credits this photographer who was happy to collaborate with Lin Ran.

 

One of the Best Images Urban-Muse.com posted all year via Facebook, twitter, or tumblr.

 

[Facebook-Original-SHARE-Link] "3-20-2012" Digital Painting by Lin Ran. Using reference photography from Errikos Andreou.

 

 

PART 2 COMING BEFORE THE END OF THE WORLD (12/21/2012)

 

And finally if you think we missed something. Please feel free to post any pieces you feel deserve extra attention this year, and if we get enough awesome contributions we may make another blog post called "Users Choice" and give you credit for the reccomendation.

 

(CLICK the below image to comment on the facebook post for your choice)

 

 

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Want to submit your work? Want to possibly be the best of 2013? GREAT! PLEASE feel free to post your BEST work to our facebook wall, and if we really like it we'll post<&