Colorful Balloons Were Flying High For Colombia’s 14th Annual Solar Balloon Festival

What better way to ring in the last day of 2014 and embark on a new year than with arts, culture, and gigantic balloons? In Envidago, Colombia they celebrated their 14th Solar Balloon Festival on December 31st, 2014. The organizers selected a theme of Mexican History and culture and the participants delivered impressive balloons to represent it. Some of the figures that could be seen flying high in the Colombian sky were novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, a massive Alebrije, a 60ft Quetzalcoatl, a gigantic sea turtle and lizard, and some skulls and La Catrina, and monarch butterflies.

Cartoonists Respond to the Shooting at Charlie Hebdo

By now you’ve heard about the tragic shooting at the office of cartoon-filled, satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, leaving 12 dead and 3 suspected gunmen on the loose in an apparent militant Islamist attack. As the world comes to grips with the violent event, people have rallied together in solidarity with the cry of Je suis Charlie (“I am Charlie”), and #JesuisCharlie on Twitter. Most appropriately, cartoonists around the world are picking up their pens and pencils to show support for their slain colleagues. Here is a selection of their heartfelt responses to the ongoing events.

Meet the Real-Life Peter Griffin

Rovert Franzese hit New York Comic Con last year with a cosplay that will have you in stitches. He’s the Real-life Peter Griffin, and you’ll believe it too.

Not only is Franzese absolutely perfect at imitating the Family Guy patriarch, but he can also do other voices and impressions perfectly. Somebody give this guy a better job!

This One Picture Will Make You Realize How Big The Universe Actually Is

We’ve all heard the universe is a very big place, but this image from Alex Grossman really drives that concept home.

The question: How far has humanity’s influence reached?

The very first thing created by humanity that left our tiny planet wasn’t a satellite or space ship, it was the broadcasts from a world obsession with radio. This image shows how far radio broadcasts will have reached in our galaxy, the Milky Way, by the time that technology is 200 years old. Considering we only started broadcasting in 1880, this map actually represents our reach in 2080.

Concealed: Images of Texas Women with Their Guns

Loaded handguns can go off accidentally. When in a bag, they can rub against other objects which may deactivate the safety and even fire a bullet. In Houston, Texas a few years back, that exact scenario occurred at a women’s hair salon when a patrons gun went off in her purse.

Red Ink Meets Pencil As Teacher Adds More Than Just Marks To Student’s Tests

While many teachers look down upon doodling on tests and quizzes, this eighth and ninth grade science teacher in Bangkok fully encourages it. Aside from grading his student’s test answers, he also added on to their illustrations, often taking them in a completely different direction. This brought the class doodling up to an all time high as it was a great way to connect with their teacher and test his creativity!

Hilarious Things Said To and By a 3- Year Old Illustrated By Her Father

From the mouths of babes come some of the most hilarious utterances. And this awesome dad not only writes them all down, but also immortalizes the best ones by turning them into clever illustrations. When Martin Bruckner and his wife became parents to little Harper Grace, they heard themselves saying some silly things that they would never have said pre-parenthood. Once at dinner his wife told Harper, “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes” and they both couldn’t believe that their lives had actually led them to utter those words in that order. Alas, Bruckner’s tumblr Spaghetti Toes was born. Here he turns Harper Grace’s sayings, as well as his own and his wife’s to Harper, into beautiful illustrations that are sure to make you smile.

“An Astronaut’s Guide To Optimism”: Chris Hadfield’s Inspiring Video for the New Year

You’ve heard of Colonel Chris Hadfield before. He’s the Canadian astronaut who captured the hearts and minds of the world, commanding the International Space Station as he beamed back pictures of our beautiful planet, jammed live with the Bare Naked Ladies, and performed David Bowie’s Space Oddity, from space.

Atsushi Koyama’s Oil Paintings Combine Mechanical Drawings With Human Anatomy

With oil paint on a black canvas, Japanese artist Atsushi Koyama grants us access into a parallel world. The human form interacts with the machine aspects in a beautiful duality. In some pieces it looks as if the colorful machine parts are a blueprint for the human reality. Koyama often creates his work while listening to electronic music and it’s almost as if his paintings are also deconstructing that music.

Watch The Kaleidoscopic Patterns In Motion As Bruce Riley Creates His Colorful Resin Paintings

As Chicago based artist, Bruce Riley creates his unique resin paintings, it seems more like the paintings create themselves. The way that he layers the paints causes them to move in shocking ways as if they have a mind of their own. Some parts look like psychedelic fractal patterns, while others are like watching cells dividing under a microscope. It’s interesting to see that the paint takes on patterns often found in nature. Some of them even look like complex diatoms or MRI scans.