The Fantasy Coffins of Ghana

When you go, why not go out with style? In Ghana, you can take your pick of customized coffins for when your fateful day comes. The elaborately designed coffins, called Abebuu adekai, are made by specialized carpenters. There are a myriad of fantastical selections to choose from, including space shuttles, Nike shoes, cell phones, and handguns. These may seem a bit funny to Westerners, but in Ghana many of the selections for these coffins are symbolic of a form of wealth, power, comfort, or passage.

Fantasy Meets Folk Art: Afro-Caribbean Inspired Paintings by Paul Lewin

Although he only lived in Kingston, Jamaica for 4 years before moving to Miami, Florida with his family, the impact of the Afro-Caribbean art left a lasting imprint on Paul Lewin’s style as an artist. Surrounded by cultural artifacts and art from around the world, Lewin’s paintings celebrate folklore, indigenous cultures, world religion, and ancient societies. Intricately detailed with a surreal twist, his acrylic paintings blend his global experience into a fantasy world. Currently based in Oakland, Lewin has a unique style that includes traditional Caribbean and African motifs as well as science fiction.

Photographer Brings The Outside In (Or The Inside Out?)

What if walls had leaves and trees had windows? These are the kind of questions that artist Carolyn Lefley explores in her recent photo series Realm. Using Photoshop, she layers images of natural settings over humble interiors, creating beautiful and impossible images in which architecture and landscape become one.

Enchanting Photo Shoot In The World’s Largest Salt Flat Requires No Photoshop Magic

The largest salt flat in the world, measuring over 4,000 square miles across, is the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The evaporated prehistoric lakes have left a sparkly snow-like layer behind and the entire area looks like a scene from a fantasy movie. Dutch photographer Scarlett Hooft Graaflan, with the help of performance artist Gastón Ugalde found the flats to be the perfect setting for an artistic photo shoot. They work every day objects into each scene to give the land an even more enchanting appearance.

Clever Photoshop Master Stars In All of His Own Crazy Manipulations

While some people use Photoshop to make themselves look better, this Argentinian digital artist uses it to make himself look hilarious. Starring in the scenes of his wildest dreams or worst nightmares, Martin De Pasquale is a digital magician, creating surreal, situations for himself to be a part of. From trimming his facial hair with a lawnmower, to turning his tongue into a diving board for mini Martins to jump off, his ideas will certainly make you smile. And he shares some of his secrets in the PS Speed Art video below!

Is That a Dinosaur Over That Hill? A Photographer’s Son Stars in Fantastic Adventures

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See over that hill there? If you go far enough, there are Dinosaurs! That seems to be the message behind David Niles’ photo series called Nate’s Adventures. It’s a lot like Calvin and Hobbes photographed with a bellows camera and printed as a daguerreotype… the vintage look imagines a Land of the Lost style world full of UFOs, gigantic vegetables, trips to the moon and, yes, dinosaurs. It’s just the kind of thing to make our imaginations run wild with fantastic dreams we haven’t had since being children.

Towering Building Illustrations to Explore

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Toby Melville-Brown is in love with civilization and the towering illustrations he creates confirms that fact. Each of his works is a wealth of imaginative detail, often inspired by the human themes which shape our society. His recent Tower Series for example, hones in on what motivates us to build the way we do, creating fantastic buildings that focus on our needs for self-congratulation, utilization and high-density. Each takes its concept to the extreme, creating microcosms of civilization set on fulfilling one exacting goal. The resulting images are fascinating to explore and decipher.

LOTR & The Hobbit in Watercolors & Tea Stains

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Second only to A Tale of Two Cities, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is the second best selling novel ever written. The popularity of this amazing fairy tale and its predecessor The Hobbit, along with the screen adaptations and action figures has brought about some amazing fan art, like the paintings featured here by deviantARTist Kinko-White. Her watercolor and tea stain paintings capture some of the best characters, bringing the fantasy to life on the paper along side some memorable quotes.

Bizarre Animal Sculptures Blend Fantasy with Reality

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If you love animals and fantasy then you must see these surreal mixed media sculptures by Ellen Jewett. The Ontario-based artist became obsessed with sculpting three dimensional forms at a young age. “To Ellen, sculpting has always been about life; biological narratives, emotions, movement, balance and observations about life’s subtleties and overtures” (About). With each sculpture she achieves an exorbitant level of reality depicting each animal, then brings it into the surreal world with unique mixed media accents. Each creature seems like it was pulled out of a dream.

Cheers to That: Game of Thrones is Back. Pt. III

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To the delight of fans of epic fantasy fiction stories and grand blockbuster HBO productions (or people who’ve just grown to adore Peter Dinklage), Game of Thrones has returned to television for its third season. We and the good people at Double Neat have been chronicling the return with our special menu of cocktails inspired by iconic characters from the show – you can check out past posts here and here . For our third installment, we tackle the wily bunch beyond the walls of the Seven Kingdoms called the Wildings. More kindly known as the Free Folk, this band of outsiders have a heritage untied to any kings or queens. Some consider them savages or barbarians; we like to think of them as well-armed hippies.