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.

Speedy Graphito: A French Street and Pop Art Legend

A pioneer of the street art movement in France, Speedy Graphito brought the avant-garde to the streets and inspired a generation of future artists. Expressed in many mediums, his work is bold, vibrant and controversial – and while a good amount of his creativity is paint-based, he also works with sculpture, installations, video and photography.

An Hypnotic Film About Deep Water Free Diving (and Hallucinating with Narcosis)

Deep water free diver Guillaume Néry takes us on a hypnotic dive into the depths of the ocean in this short French film called Narcos (Narcosis). The apnea world champion swims to depths far outside the reach of most conventional divers, doing it on just one breath while subjecting himself to the hallucinatory effects of narcosis. It’s a freaky, fascinating adventure.

In France (Among the Most Depressed Countries in the World) Anti-Stress Adult Coloring Books Now Outsell Cookbooks

France is now the world leader in coloring book sales, thanks to a genius marketing move that sees words like “anti-stress” and “art therapy” in large letters on their covers. Really, this affect is no secret: like meditation or exercise, making art quiets the mind and breaks our stressful focus on worries we often have no control over. Now people in France, especially women, have taken up coloring as a method of stress reduction… and coloring books have now surpassed cookbooks in sales.

Tired of Boring Selfies? This App Lets You Create a Pixelated 3D Printed Avatar of Yourself

It used to be good enough to take a selfie and pop it up on Instagram, but no longer: two French creative whizzes have created LEBLOX, a soon to be released app that will let you create a 3D printed, pixelated version of yourself. Let the 8-bit frenzy begin.

Convincing Animal Sculptures Made from Old Junk

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Taking discarded junk and turning it into sculptures isn’t exactly new, but these fantastic sculptures from Edouard Martinet have something that most don’t: a striking resemblance to the animals they represent and a level of detail that only years of experience could create. Using vintage metal from old bicycles, electric fans, spatulas, and other discarded bits, he has created a surprisingly convincing body of work.

Bob: A Dreamy New Music Video from LSD ABC Animator Laura Sicouri

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This music video is so seriously cool it hurts. The latest installment from Laura Sicouri, it’s the tale of a young boy on the road of introspective adventure and exploration… or so it seems with all the stylish car driving and distant places he’s headed. It’s the video for french band Saint Michel and the track Bob off their recently released album, Making Love & Climbing.

BMD Design Serves Up Tasty Retro Typography

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With an aged patina of motor oil and the healthy scent of flaming exhaust wafting through the air, BMD Design out of Bordeaux France has some vintage influenced designs that will get any motorhead or rummage sale enthusiasts mouth drooling. Forget about digital perfection, this is the hand-made, home-spun article and the rubbed off paint is there to prove it. BMD has made a name for itself with old-school iconography and well organized flourishes of typography… it’s a style often attempted but rarely executed with such deft skill.

Travellers: Bronze Statues in Search of Themselves

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Life can often leave you feeling a bit lost for purpose, perhaps even empty inside, but there’s a great way to regain your clarity on what matters in this world: go traveling. Bronze sculptor Bruno Catalano has created an fascinating series of sculptures called “Travellers” which depict people setting out on their journey with suitcase in hand and the center of their bodies missing. It’s as if that hole is their lost self, and they’ve set out to rediscover it.

Fold Your Own: 3D Lampshade Animals in Paper

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For anyone who’s a fan of a little DIY, these lampshades will both warm your heart and brighten your home. Created by the duo Maik Parfahl and Wolfgang List of the interdisciplinary design/sound/architecture collective mostlikely, the collection features a managery of faceted animal heads you fold into 3D form yourself.