Blind Painter Uses Texture of Paint and His Sense of Touch to Create Vivid Paintings

Before going blind at age 30 due to epilepsy, John Bramblitt had never even painted before. Now he has published 2 books on painting, gives speeches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and makes a living off of his colorful paintings. He claims to see more color now that he is blind than he did in his 29 years with vision.

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The Top 50 Art Blogs to Follow

To continually cure your eyeball boredom, we are constantly keeping tabs on the internet’s finest content. As a Column Five project, we love uniting data with design, but we also like to highlight incredible artists, new technologies and amazing people. We have compiled a list of the 50 Top Art Blogs that we love to follow and think you will too. Since we’re crazy about data, we ranked our favorite blogs by the number of Facebook likes.

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A Teeny Tiny Book of ‘Life’s Lil Pleasures’

Sometimes the smallest things in life are actually the most meaningful. For illustrator and animator Evan Lorenzen, that includes creating very very tiny books. The Denver, Colorado resident has created a exceptionally small read called ‘Life’s lil Pleasures’. It’s filled with just a few pages, but takes us on a meaningful journey from those small but inspiring events, to some which would make you laugh, to some which are utterly bizarre. I love it.

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Coffee Cups You Can Eat After Drinking

Did you know that KFC is known for its coffee? Yeah, I didn’t either. That is until I went to Indonesia and saw a three story tall KFC and the separate “KFC Coffee” stand next door (yes, they are gigantic there). While in America, a cup of coffee from KFC is just another item on the menu, in other countries it is a big way to increase sales beyond the chicken.

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Geometric Sculptures Made From Thousands of Coins

Artist Robert Wechsler creates fascinatingly complex sculptures made from pocket change – a lot of it. We featured his piece Mendicant 26,982 previously, and his new works are equally interesting. Each groups coins together as if they were joined by molecular bonds, forming surprising geometry in their connections and the gaps they leave in between.

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Physicist Jonty Hurwitz Creates Tiniest Sculpture of The Human Form Ever Made

There is a fine line between art and science and Jonty Hurwitz likes to dance upon it. With an engineering degree under his belt, Hurwitz crunches numbers like a pro and has found a way to create the tiniest sculpture of the human form this world has ever seen. His prototype has been 3D printed in nanoscale and is so itsy bitsy that it can fit into the eye of a needle- and you’d still need a microscope to make out what it is.

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Incredibly Detailed Illustrations from PEZ’s 2014 Sketchbook

French illustrator PEZ (aka Pierre-Yves Riveau) has shared pages from his 2014 sketchbook, and it’s stunning work. The Nantes-based artist fills the pages of his 17×25 cm spiral bound book with impeccably detailed fantasy, each with his signature street-art aesthetic. Working in graphite and colored pencil, his wide-range of subjects journey all the way from the humorous and beautiful, to the political and grotesque.

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Men and Cats: A Photographers Journey to Show That Men Love Cats Too

Men love cats too. Yes it’s true, even though cat owners are often stereotyped as “crazy cat ladies”, couples and single women, there are a good amount of single men who enjoy being cat owners. Photographer David Williams of Brooklyn, NY sought to bring attention to these cat loving men. He told the Daily Mail, “I found the way society genderizes animal ownership very compelling.”

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Tiny Worlds Float on Gallery Walls. Sculptures by Cuban Artist Jorge Mayet

Cuban artist Jorge Mayet is creating his own miniature worlds. Attached to white walls, many of his sculptures seem to float in the sky, their bottom sides revealing raw soil and roots as if they have ripped free from all that is below. Other sculptures seem to explode in mid-air, their small wooden houses becoming a cloud of floating splinters. This is no destructive event, however, but one that makes things move and spread.

Like his floating islands, Jorge left Cuba 22 years ago to explore the world. He landed on another island, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. His work today draws inspiration from his homeland, creating a conversation about belonging and nostalgia for place.

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Old Bolts Transform into Profound Sculptures on the Human Experience

Oslo-based blacksmith Tobbe Malm found a bunch of discarded bolts laying in an old barn. He could have simply let them rust away, but instead he transformed them into these small, but hugely emotive sculptures. Unless you’re a mechanic, you probably haven’t had simple hardware stir emotions this profound.

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