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Digital Paintings Using Google Maps as Reference

Monday 09.01.2014 , Posted by
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Christian Lonsdale has a different way of painting the world – he does it from his home, traveling the globe using Google Maps and digitally painting the fantastic places he finds. After locating a suitable place captured in panoramic form (it could be anywhere from Iceland to Tasmania), he selects a good perspective, sits down with Photoshop and a pen tablet, and paints what he sees. It’s a far cry from painting in situ, but it does demonstrate a creative way to get a custom view of the world, regardless of your location or frequent flyer status. [Read more...]

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Ark-like Whales Carry Worlds on Their Backs

Sunday 08.31.2014 , Posted by
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Tiny worlds grow from the back of gigantic whales in Beijing-based artist Ruilin Wang’s imaginative series Dreams-Ark. The large scale ceramic works play with our sense of scale while inspiring questions about their meaning and the nature of dreams. [Read more...]

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These Close-Up Bug Eyes Will Trip You Out

Friday 08.29.2014 , Posted by
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Get close to a bug… then get closer. Indonesian photographer Yudy Sauw is capturing some of the most incredible macro shots we’ve seen, giving us an eye-to-compound-eye view of lots of insects and revealing the often beautiful details of their viewing apparatus. In some images the insects are covered in tiny water droplets, magnifying and mirroring the shape of their eyes, in others the iridescent eyes stare back at us with striking symmetry. [Read more...]

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Ricardo Solis Shows How the Zebra Got Its Stripes (& Other Animals Too)

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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Like a bizarre scene out of Gulliver’s Travels, Mexican artist Ricardo Solis illustrates animals being climbed over – and created – by Lilliputian figures. Gigantic zebras have their stripes airlifted onto their back by airship, flamingos have their color applied by paintball cannons, and pangolins have scales applied to number-assigned locations. In each image, the workers bring colorful reality to an incomplete chinese ink illustration. [Read more...]

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This Street Art is Obviously Trying to Escape the Wall: Anamorphic Paint from Odeith

Wednesday 08.27.2014 , Posted by
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Lots of street artists create 3D writing, but Portuguese street artist Odeith creates work which seems to literally jump from the walls. His form of anamorphic painting is often tucked into the corner of a room, playfully interacting with the 90 degree walls as if it were hung between them. To bolster the effect, he paints reflections and shadows onto the floor and wall. It’s highly convincing. [Read more...]

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Time Sliced: Famous World Locations Captured Through The Day

Monday 08.25.2014 , Posted by
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Photographer Richard Silver’s ongoing series Time Sliced captures famous monuments from around the world in 36 different ‘slices’ of the day as it transitions into night. Like his contemporaries Fong Qi Wei and Stephen Wilkes, Silver must spend hours on location to create the final image which sees time arrayed across the scene. [Read more...]

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Modern Magazine Covers Superimposed on Classic Paintings

Monday 08.25.2014 , Posted by
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This is a mashup of layered iconography if we’ve ever seen one. Multimedia producer and writer Eisen Bernard Bernardo has been superimposing modern magazine covers on classical paintings. Here the figures in paintings from the likes of Boticelli, Picasso and Waterhouse are mashed up with modern covers featuring current stars like Miranda Kerr, Penelope Cruz and Pharrell. [Read more...]

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Jane Long Collaborates with a Photographer from a Century Ago

Monday 08.25.2014 , Posted by
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Separated by nearly a century of time and half a world apart, Australian artist Jane Long has re-imagined the vintage portraits of Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte in a highly fantastic fashion. A war photographer and pilot during the First World War, Acsinte opened a studio in Slobozia where he created thousands of glass plate photographs. Those images are now being digitized and added to the Flickr Commons, where Long found them and gave them new life. [Read more...]

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Maskull Lasserre Reveals Skeletons Inside Old Wooden Statues and Decoys

Thursday 08.21.2014 , Posted by
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From one side they look just as they were intended, but turn them around and a macabre scene awaits. Artist and carver Maskull Lasserre (featured previously) started with a series of old souvenirs and a duck decoy, then in a process he calls “re-carving”, he uses his deft skill to reveal intricate skeletons inside the objects – as if they were always there. [Read more...]

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Michael Wolf Photographs the Rooftops of Paris

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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Forget your normal, street-level view of Paris. Photographer Michael Wolf is heading to the roof, capturing the top of the ‘city of lights’ in a way most people never see. In a place so photographed that it has become a massive cliché (sold in gift shops the world over) it’s refreshing to see a lofty new perspective on the beautiful place. [Read more...]

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