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These Dioramas Look Real… Until the Artist Puts His Hand in the Shot

Monday 09.29.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ll humor me, I’d like to call these tiny dioramasminiature miniatures.” Japanese artist Satoshi Araki’s teeny tiny models are rich in detail, so much in fact, that they look like reality when captured under his careful lighting. But then he puts his finger in the shot and their true scale is revealed. Impressive. [Read more…]

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These Tiny, Adorable, Embroidered Animals Are Done Freehand

Sunday 08.17.2014 , Posted by
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Imagine spending 2-3 weeks to create something not much larger than a sewing thimble. That’s often how long it takes Oxford-based artist Chloe Giordano to design, plan, and embroider each of her tiny animals. With multiple shades of each thread color as well as using 2 different types of thread- embroidery and sewing- she achieves a depth and texture that give a realistic feel to each creature. The already adorable and peaceful forest animals look even cuter in this teeny tiny size. [Read more…]

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On the Rocks: Miniature Ice Sculptures Make Drinking Whiskey Even Cooler

Friday 04.25.2014 , Posted by
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Whiskey on the rocks is a classy gentleman’s drink, but Japanese liquor company has upped the classiness to a whole new level with these new fancy ice sculptures. With astronauts, space ships, architecture, and a miniature sculpture of Michelangelo’s David for your ice cube, drinking whiskey just got cooler. To create the miniature 3d Rocks sculptures, Suntory Whisky used computer modeling to design each cube then let a precision drill handle the carving of the ice. While this project was for an ad campaign this time, I look forward to the day that ice carving machines are found in local bars. [Read more…]

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The Tiniest Sandcastles In the World: Etched On A Single Grain of Sand

Friday 03.28.2014 , Posted by
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Most sand castles require millions of grains of sand, but these microscopic masterpieces require only one. Artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho have found a way to etch awe-inspiring castles measuring less than half a millimeter in length onto a single grain of sand. A complete 180 from Muniz’ previous works that were massive drawings that required a birds eye view from a helicopter to realize, he wanted to make something that was “miniature and monumental.” [Read more…]

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Eyelids Become a Canvas for Miniature Masterpieces

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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With an abundance of makeup art tutorials on YouTube anyone with an interest can learn how to glam it up, but it takes more than just the perfect blending brush to accomplish this level of make-up art. Israeli Tal Peleg, who also goes by the name Scarlet Moon, takes the term “makeup artist” to the next level as she transforms the eyelid into a miniature canvas for her creative paintings. From a bundle of sushi resting atop a thick lined blue eye to a curved eyelid that is the perfect wave for a family of ducks to ride, to Breaking Bad’s Heisenberg on the lid with eyelashes for a mustache and a hat among the brow, Peleg utilizes the eye’s natural shape and features to complete each work. [Read more…]

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Broccoli Lawns and Cupcake Sledding: Photographer Christopher Boffoli Plays With His Food

Friday 10.18.2013 , Posted by

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Seattle photographer, Christopher Boffoli, is widely known for his series of work called Big Appetites. Using food as a prop in his photographic storytelling, the images show an affection for the miniature and the playful. The work is significantly more evolved than the airplane spoon of dinner that is “coming in for a landing” in a baby’s mouth, but perhaps both share the concept of bridging food and play. The photos create imaginary worlds and alternate realities. It’s a world where broccoli can becomes a lawn and spaghetti can become a car wash. [Read more…]

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Realistic Street Scenes Created Using Model Cars, Forced-Perspective and a $250 Point & Shoot Camera

Wednesday 10.16.2013 , Posted by

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Some guys never grow up. For example, I can’t walk by a Hot Wheels toy car display without coveting those tiny 4-wheeled machines – something about my youthful car lust comes back to me. Michael Paul Smith is doing something about it though. This model maker, collector and photographer has been creating inspired forced perspective shots using his small-scale vintage cars, making them look as real as a movie set – or reality for those who remember. [Read more…]

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It’s a Small World After All- Miniature Toy Figures Posed in the Real World

Saturday 09.07.2013 , Posted by

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Husband and wife duo Kurt and Edwidge Moses photograph miniature figurines in a the real world in this clever series called Un Petit Monde (French for “A Small World”). It started in Kurt’s childhood as a creative fascination with the tiny characters that came with his train sets. He says “I dreamed up scenarios out in my backyard. As an adult, my inspiration comes from current and past experiences, how I see the world and my sense of humor.” His wife Edwidge is responsible for thinking of the scenes, researching locations and creating the props and Kurt gets down and dirty with his camera to capture the perfect shot. Blurring the real life backgrounds and focusing in on the little people, they have created a photo series that is as fun as it is realistic looking. [Read more…]

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Hermit Crabs Upgrade to Metropolis Shells

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Did you ever have hermit crabs for pets as a kid? It would be so fun picking out new shells and hoping they’d upgrade to the one you Bedazzled or painted. Japanese artist Aki Inomata is also fascinated with hermit crab shell promotion, but her offerings are not the typical heart and star painted ones- she creates famous translucent cityscapes atop the shells that she also sculpts. She titled the project, “Why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?” To ensure inhabitation of her creations, Inomata imaged the insides of typical hermit shells with a CT scanner and modeled the base of her sculptures after the results. With Inomata’s mobile homes the hermit crabs can choose which city to inhabit- and they don’t even have to worry about rent or cost of living! [Read more…]

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Adorable Miniature Clay Hoodlum Sculptures

Tuesday 07.02.2013 , Posted by

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Remember those little Precious Moments figurines that all the hippest moms in the 80’s had in their knickknack display cases? Well these miniature sculptures by Minnesota-based Redditor KaSplosion are way cooler. The sculptor creates tiny little edgy characters out of oven baked clay with air dry clay for touch-ups and calls them Hoodlums. He uses acrylic paint to paint everything and covers it in some laquer or spreads some super glue on it to give each one a nice shine. As you can see how small they are in relation to the pennies, Hoodlums are the perfect little knickknack and KaSplosion has plans of creating an Etsy page for all those interested in having a Hoodlum of their own. [Read more…]

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