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

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.

Body-Painted Models Blend into Famous NYC Landmarks

Over the past weeks body painter Trina Merry has been filling the streets of New York with body painted models – but good luck finding them. Using her brush to seamlessly camouflage their body into the world behind, she’s been painting her mostly nude subjects in front of famous landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, Guggenheim Museum, Empire State Building, Central Park and the New York City skyline.

The World Bodypainting Festival is Quickly Approaching

This summer in Pörtschach, Austria, the top body painters from 45 countries around the world will come together to compete in an awe-inspiring contest: The World Bodypainting Festival. From June 29 through July 6th, artists and audience members will create and witness a dream-like world as models, covered head to toe with intricate body paint, props, and costumes, walk the stage. Using the human body as their canvas, these talented artists use high level creativity and serious skill to transform models into works of art.

Back to the Future: Behind the Scenes Shots Just Before the Age of CGI

Watching today’s movies, you’re never quite sure if it’s real or if it’s computer generated. But that wasn’t the case a few years back, and these pictures from the three installments of Back to the Future really drive it home. Where would Marty McFly and Doc Brown be without a flying DeLorean, hoverboards and a souped up steam locomotive? Probably back in boring old 1985.

Strike A Pose: Cats Who Think They Are Pin Up Girls

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We’ve seen cats doing their best Derek Zoolander, posing like hunky male models, and now it’s time for the female homologue. Hurly-Burly Clothing based in Perth Australia, an alternative/pinup/rockabilly/goth/punk clothing and accessory line, has compiled this hilarious collection pairing adorable cats with their pin-up girl twins. Back before the days of the internet, pin up girl posters were all the rage, kind of like cats are now, so why not combine them and have the best of both worlds? That’s what makes these pairs so perfect.

Cats are Male Models, and Here’s Proof

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Did you ever think there was more to life than being really, really, really, ridiculously good looking? Yeah, neither did we. If there’s one segment of our society that knows it best, it’s muscle ripped male models. I mean, look at those poses! Giving a little lip bite; doing a little stretch; standing in the pouring rain… there isn’t a single place these dudes can’t look good. But, it’s come to our attention that they’ve got competition – and it wouldn’t be the internet if it wasn’t from cats!

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

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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.

Amazingly Realistic 3D Paper Craft Birds

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At first glance, and maybe even second, the birds in these images look real enough you don’t want to frighten them away. It’s a surprise then, when you find out that they are made entirely of flat pieces of paper, carefully folded and glued together to form precise replicas of real-life birds. Perhaps even more surprising, they aren’t even reproduced from photographs, but are hand-drawn on sheets of paper using tools as simple as colored pencil.

That’s Not a Chair, It’s a Paper Sculpture

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You might be surprised if you plop down on the comfortable looking classic armchair pictured above; that’s because it’s made entirely out of thin sheets of paper. These exquisitely crafted sculptures from Los Angeles based artist Vincent Tomczyk seem to break all the rules of possibility, representing objects from a soft white dress shirt, to an iconic Eames chair with almost perfect accuracy. His gossamer creations are beautiful to behold.

Those Aren’t Mountains, It’s an Aquarium!

What look like foggy landscapes from alien planets, or maybe even the moody landscapes in some Rococo era painting, are actually carefully planned images of aquariums. Artist Kim Keever takes fishtanks and using plaster and other materials crafts landscapes within. He then fills the tanks with water, sets up lighting and photographs his aquatic set while adding in powders which form clouds and fog. The results are stunningly surreal… and sometimes even very realistic.