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LOTR & The Hobbit in Watercolors & Tea Stains

Friday 05.31.2013 , Posted by

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Second only to A Tale of Two Cities, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is the second best selling novel ever written. The popularity of this amazing fairy tale and its predecessor The Hobbit, along with the screen adaptations and action figures has brought about some amazing fan art, like the paintings featured here by deviantARTist Kinko-White. Her watercolor and tea stain paintings capture some of the best characters, bringing the fantasy to life on the paper along side some memorable quotes. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Friday 05.31.2013 , Posted by

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Kites speak a universal language of awesomeness! All around the world there are kite festivals for all to enjoy and the first kite is thought to have been flown over 3,000 years ago! Kites have saved the day for many fisherman who have lost their way by helping rescuers locate them, entertained people of all ages, and helped Benjamin Franklin discover that lightning was, in fact, electricity. As the warm weather moves through this Spring, the wind is perfect for flying kites. Here is a collection of some of Instagram’s finest kites. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #447 > Life Is A Balance: Photography

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Discarded Paintings Remixed with Monsters

Friday 05.31.2013 , Posted by

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Regardless of how many good vibes or “happy trees” got painted into that old mountain landscape at the thrift store, there are few of us who would consider giving the dusty old painting a new home. Artist Chris McMahon might be changing that sentiment however, giving those old paintings a new and unusual chance at life. McMahon is part of a growing number of people remixing discarded paintings by placing strange new creatures into the scene. His Mountain Monster, shown above, is a good example of the technique. Through the tops of the puffy white clouds comes a massive four-legged beast set on total destruction (or is that just a smile?). [Read more...]

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Bizarre and Hilarious Animal Mashups

Friday 05.31.2013 , Posted by

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Is it a Killer Penguin? A Pengorca? Whatever you want to call it, the hybrid animal above is convincing enough to elicit more than one close look. The work of Reddit user Arne Olav, each of these hilarious animal combinations harkens back to legends like the centaur, the hippocamp or the Chimera (an imaginative Greek animal combining a lion, snake, and goat). With “Chimera” being such an excellent example of animal combining, the word is now used to describing these imaginative mashups. [Read more...]

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Quote a Bluth: An Arrested Development Interactive

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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The long-awaited premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season graced our senses this Sunday more than six years after the show was cancelled because of dwindling ratings. Fans of the show have rabidly declared their love in the form of memes, gifs, and random quotes – across every social network conceivable. This spur of online support inspired the creator of the series, Mitchell Hurwitz, to create another season of our favorite dysfunctional family; exclusively for Netflix. This Quote a Bluth interactive created by Column Five – whose headquarters are in Newport Beach, California, home of the Bluth family and their world-famous banana stand – takes a look back across the first three seasons of Arrested Development, and some of the funniest moments provided by each character. [Read more...]

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Pixelated GIFs Are Out of This World

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re feeling nostalgic for the good old days of the first Nintendo and computer games back in the 80′s when graphics required a little more imagination, then you will love these pixelated GIFs from a Tumblr user named Waneella. From skinny legged aliens to a cat lady and her clan, pixel perfect unicorns, and teleporting figures, this little collection is sure to bring a smile to your face and have you wondering why we ever went HD. Fun Fact: “The term pixel art was first published by Adele Goldberg and Robert Flegal of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in 1982.” [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #446 > Minimal Art, Maximum Blog

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Massive Handmade Cloud Leopard Paper Cut Sculpture

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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Using one single- rather large- piece of black paper, Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima of Solo Kojima hand cut an unbelievably intricate cloud leopard sculpture. The cutting process took five months and it was assembled by securing it in the air by fishing wire hung from the ceiling. The Crafts Council chose Kojima among just nine other international artists to display work in the Project Space at the Saatchi Gallery in the UK earlier this month. Before that, in February, the piece was assembled at Le Beffroi in Paris.
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Real VW Beetles Transformed into a Sphere and Cube

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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The Volkswagen Beetle has one of the most iconic shapes in the automotive world. Its distinct bulbous form has been both admired and mocked since its introduction in the late 1930s… but few would deny the massive success of the little car. Recently Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor arrived at Art Basel Hong Kong with a sculpture that emphasizes the Beetles form to the extreme – a real 1953 Beetle transformed into a perfect sphere. [Read more...]

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