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Pencil vs. Camera Goes Huge: 3D Charcoal and Pencil Drawings by Ben Heine

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Belgian artist Ben Heine creates amazing 3D charcoal and pencil drawings. What looks like the backdrop to a regular photo shoot is really a large scale canvas Ben is using to create his next monumental art project. His drawings are so fascinating because they jump off the page at you! They mix drawing and photography, imagination and reality; and while many artists are confined to a small workspace, Ben looks like he gets a full-body workout creating his pieces. These works continue on Ben’s best known series, Pencil vs Camera, which he started in 2010. [Read more…]

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The Secret Life of Toys: Little Bruce Lee Shows Off His Culinary Skills

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Do you ever wonder what your action figures do when you’re not playing with them? One Russian photographer has turned his hypotheses into an entertaining Tumblr. Bruce Lee takes his street fighting skills to the kitchen, where he can karate chop a banana in half and make a really nice bowl of Cocoa Puffs. The Tumblr, VSE OK, features Iron Man, the Joker, Hulk, Spiderman, and others doing some things typical of their characters in a great big world. Be sure to check out his sit to see all of his images. Some are NSFW, some are violent, but they are all entertaining. [Read more…]

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Modern Technology Captures Baby Animals in the Womb

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not often we get to peer into the world inside the womb, and none of us remember what it was like, but producer Peter Chinn is helping us understand a little bit more about what goes on before birth. His images, produced for a National Geographic documentary called In the Womb: Extreme Animals used real-time 4-D ultrasound images and computer models to create an astoundingly lifelike vision of animal gestation that is beautiful and even a little unnerving. [Read more…]

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Heather Brown’s Chill Hawaiian Surf Art

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Heather Brown has been blowing up in Hawaii for the past few years with her surf and island inspired illustrations. Drawing with bold colors and heavy black lines, the local wahine has made quite the name for herself. Her work is featured in dozens of galleries, and in 2010 she won best artist in Hawaii. While her originals used to fetch $30-40 a piece, they now can sell for up to $15,000. [Read more…]

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Moleskine Releases Simpsons Special Edition Notebooks

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons, Moleskine has released a special collection of notebooks. [Read more…]

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Living, Growing Graffiti: Moss Typography & Mural Designs by Anna Garforth

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s a type of graffiti that environmentalists, store owners, artists, and passersby can all appreciate. UK based artist Anna Garforth has been making buildings more lively with her graffiti designs, but unlike the typical spray painted designs, hers actually make the air cleaner. Garforth “goes green” by using moss for her lettering, producing beautiful typographic designs that appear to grow out of the brick walls where she places them. Her designs have been popping up all over the UK and some in Hong Kong and it’s one tag nobody will be complaining about. Garforth ironically got the idea to work with living materials while she was at a cemetery. She noticed how beautiful it looked where moss was growing on the lettering of the tombstones. [Read more…]

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Metallic Stitching: Artist Embroiders Metal Objects

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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This ain’t your grandma’s embroidery. Lithuanian artist Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė decorates metal objects like buckets, lampshades, spoons and car doors, with floral and decorative patterns found in embroidery magazines. While the imagery is mostly traditional, the location is far from ordinary and creates a strange juxtaposition that is as surprising as it is refreshing. [Read more…]

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Chineasy: A Building Block Way to Learn Chinese

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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The Chinese language is filled with a vast number of complex characters, and is thus known for being one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. China is a growing country, both in population and commerce. It won’t be long before people around the world will find a need to speak Chinese, as tech innovation makes the distance between the East and West smaller. Understanding the difficult task of learning Chinese, London-based Chinese language teacher Shao Lan created Chineasy — a website and system that allows people to read and learn Chinese easier by recognizing characters through simple illustrations and videos.  [Read more…]

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Mexico’s Olympic Ski Uniform is the Tightest Mariachi Suit You’ve Ever Seen

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to olympic uniforms, it’s hard to get more political than Germany’s or as wacky as the Norwegian curling team – but when it comes to downright cool, look no further than Mexico’s Olympic ski uniform. You’ve never seen a mariachi suit this tight before! [Read more…]

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Seriously Saturated: Black Ink Tattoos by Kamil Czapiga

Wednesday 01.29.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by antique prints, wildlife, music, imaginary worlds, and Slavic mythology, Polish tattoo artist Kamil Czapiga has a brilliant talent for creating depth with just black ink. He uses pointillist techniques to give dimension to his designs and has a unique personal flair. Working in the city of Katowice, Poland, the richness of his black ink in some areas seems almost impossible. [Read more…]

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