Adorable Anamorphic Chalk Creatures Make The Streets of Ann Arbor More Playful

For the past 13 years, street artist and illustrator David Zinn has been making his neighborhood a little bit brighter with temporary art. His whimsical chalk art uses the sidewalk, brick buildings, and cement walls as canvases for his little creatures to come to life. Although there is only one angle that reveals the 3D nature of his characters, the people of Ann Arbor are often rewarded for looking down at the ground. His characters include fish, mice, monsters, a flying pig named Philomena, and a green alien named Sluggo, who boasts 3,409 fans on Facebook.

Visual Bits #450 > Imaginatively Intricate Installations

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Stunning African Wildlife in Ink, Charcoal, & Oil

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Born and raised in Africa, Lucas Grant has always felt a magnetism toward animals. This is completely obvious in each one of his stunning photorealistic renditions of some of the most beautiful creatures walking the Earth. Understanding the way the animals exist in their natural habitat, he uses ink, charcoal, and oil to capture the true essence of each one. Aside from the gorgeous creatures themselves, he is inspired by Nick Brandt, whom Grant claims “is possibly the greatest wildlife photographer/artist of all time.”

Up In Smoke: Circus Scenes Painted With Smoke

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Much like a ring master or circus performer attempts to train a wild animal, artist Rob Tarbell applied similar principles to taming smoke into the form of old fashioned circus scenes. To achieve the images, Tarbell mounts paper to the ceiling (in a metal garage with fire extinguishers nearby), then burns credit cards and old 35mm film below it, directing the smoke into the desired shapes. He uses his wife and friends as models for the human portions of the pieces and pictures of horses and elephants for the animals. The ghostly images under the name Smoke Rings will be on display from March 11- April 12, 2013 in a circus themed group exhibition at Roanoke, Virginia’s Marginal Arts Festival.

Astonishing Charcoal Dust Fingertip Drawings

At a first glance, it might appear that the gray and white works of Judith ann Braun were shaped with the help of a paintbrush, but in actuality the artist uses nothing more than charcoal dust and her fingertips to create each stroke. Braun’s collections of finger drawings, which she calls “fingerings” follow bilateral symmetry at the center, which she often accomplishes by using both hands at once (until they stretch beyond her wingspan). The artist who began as a painter in the 80’s has been working on her ongoing “Symmetrical Procedures” project which includes the fingerings since 2004.

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Hyper-Realistic Illustrations by Yanni Floros

Yanni Floros is an Adelaide, Australia based artist who trained at the National Art School in Sydney where he graduated as a sculpture major… but that’s far from where his talent stops. His work moves seamlessly between painting, sculpting and drawing, while his focus remains steady on the pursuits of man and how those pursuits impact our development. While he is obviously on his way to mastering these skills, there is one important thing to point out about this series: these are charcoal illustrations, not photographs.

3.2 Million Dots and 210 Hours Later

At first glance you would think that this is just a photocopy of some guys face smashed against a scanner. Well, you are mistaken. Miguel Endara’s piece entitled “Hero” is a portrait of his father made up of 3.2 million dots from a ballpoint pen. A technique like this takes a steady hand and a lot of patience.