Art

Sea rocks brought to life

Robert Rizzo is an Italian artist residing in Malaga, Spain. He uses acrylic paint to transform sea rocks softened by the waves, into works of art - embellishing them with the essence of live animals. Since he works in unaltered rocks, respecting shape and size, each painting is unique. He also makes pet lifelike portraits with an uncanny resemblance, giving pet-rocks a whole new meaning. To see more of his work visit his website, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, or his Etsy store.   ...
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Painting with ductape

We've all used duct tape at some point in our lives. I can't even make a straight cut sometimes - it sticks to itself and you have to throw it away because it becomes a useless, sticky mess . So I'm more than impressed with the set of skills of DuctTapeDesigns. Rianna manages to achieve art using it as a medium working with X-Acto knives. See more of her work following her on DeviantArt or Facebook.   ...
Creativity

Amazingly satisfying video of paint being mixed (more interesting than watching it dry)

This should go down as one of the most satisfying videos to watch ever! Exploring symmetry, Canadian artist Annette Labedzki, who specializes in abstract figurative painting, recently discovered the human attraction towards obscure but satisfying videos on Instagram. Following up with this discovery, she created a video of her own showing off paint as it's being mixed. Labedzki made symmetrical versions for some clips to achieve balance in both halves of the frame. Watch the magical video below and find more here.  ...
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Pictures show the decaying beauty of forgotten places

Matthias Haker is a German urban explorer and freelance photographer with a keen eye. He finds derelict corners of the world, with no restoration projects going on to preserve their former glory, and captures the nostalgic beauty that haunts them. Looking at his pictures with saturated colors and enriching details makes you feel you're looking at the memory of the place that once was, not the ruin that's left. The location of these abandoned places is kept in secret in order to prevent them from being vandalized. Enjoy more of his work on his website, Facebook, or DeviantArt ...
Creativity

Elaborately-dressed bagworms dresses female consumer culture in Japan

Aki Inomata is tackling female consumer culture in Japan as part of her elaborate series in an odd and creative way! The artist dressed female bagworms with pieces of extravagant attire, designed to be protective cases of sorts. She purposely chose to use female bagworms because, unlike their masculine partners, they retain their protective cases for the entirety of their lives. The work was exhibited in Japan and serves as Inomata's commentary on what women go through to be accepted by society in terms of their looks. Check out some of her creative bagworm dresses below and find more on her website. ...
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Discarded chunks of wood become colorful and dynamic assemblages

These hanging sculptures are so well-composed that one will never guess they were made out of discarded pieces of wood. New Zealand-based artist Louise McRae uses hand-split pieces of discarded wood in small fragments to create beautiful, contemporary assemblages. From afar they capture the appearance of what you'd typically see in aerial photographs of cities and foliage. Each sculpture is visually-enhanced with acrylic paints, foil, and even charred with fire in some cases. Check out some of McRae's works below and find more at Seed Gallery and Gallery 33. ...
Creativity

Awesome aquarium designs from the 2016 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest

Standby for an onslaught of amazing, eye-melting aquariums. Over 2,000 participants from 60+ countries took part in the annual International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) and there were a number of them that stood out. The contest yielded fantastic submissions from aquascape artists tasked to explore what's possible in terms of the design of traditional aquariums. Each piece is a culmination of years of work and they were impressive! Takayuki Fukada retained his title and won this year's competition. Check out some of the aquariums below and find more on Facebook.  ...
Architecture

Artist creates unique kinetic architecture from paper everyday for a year

We've seen 365-day long projects before where creatives challenge themselves to produce unique works every day for a year. Artist Charles Young did the same, but for him, it involved creating intricate paper sculptures to explore different architectural forms. Even after his self-imposed 365-days were up, he kept going and now he's made about 635 buildings. Each structure comprises of moving parts that Young animates and shares regularly on Tumblr. The entire city will be on display from November 10-26, 2016 at the NEoN Digital Arts Festival in Dundee, Scotland. Check it out below! ...
Creativity

Breathtaking satellite images showcase ways humans have transformed Earth

People have transformed the face of Planet Earth in various ways. This has never been more evident than through an ambitious project on Instagram. Launched in December 2013, an Instagram account called Daily Overview began collecting aerial photographs showcasing ways in which people have shaped the Earth. Benjamin Grant is the mastermind behind the project and uses images taken from DigitalGlobe. Grant has amassed nearly half a million followers and has collated 288 of the best photographs into a hardcover book called Overview, available on Amazon now! Check out some of the images below and follow Grant on Instagram for more! ...
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Beautiful flowing glass sculptures by Rick Eggert simulate fire and water

Rick Eggert's glass works are at once elegant and striking while being dynamic enough to give the effect of parts of them flowing with the wind. The Florida-based sculptor produces glass sculptures derived from natural elements that mimic the motion of fire and water. The static objects are sculpted individually but presented as groups and categorized as "Waves," "Flames," and "Dew Drops." The glass-blown works are solidly colored at the center and grade into white as you travel outward to the edges. Eggert serves as the Creative Director of the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts in Lake Worth, Florida. Check out some of his sculptures below and find more on his portfolio site. ...
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Self-taught artist imagines beautiful interiors and house plants with embroidery

Equipped with self-taught embroidery skills, Sarah K. Benning brings to life some amazing interiors and house plants. The fiber artist has a background in fine art and starts each piece with an illustration, drawing inspiration from Midcentury design and often referring to her own expansive houseplant collection. Benning steers clear of traditional embroidering methods on purpose, opting for improved techniques that will result in more contemporary aesthetics. Check out some of her stitched interiors and plants below and find more on her Instagram, Facebook, and her online shop. ...
Art

French artist uses projections to shed light on Amazon deforestation

Philippe Echaroux has been using his skills in transmedia art to shed light on the rapid deforestation of the Amazon forest. The French photographer and street artist projected the faces of Brazilians indigenous to the area onto foliage, establishing the deep connection that exists between the rainforest and its inhabitants. The tribe, Suruí of Brazil, led by Chief Almir Surui Narayamoga, invited Echaroux to help bring to light the issue amidst government efforts to replant sections of the forest wiped out by logging and animal agriculture. Photographed pieces of the works will be part of an exhibition called, “The Crying Forest” at Galerie Taglialatella in Paris from Nov 11 - Dec 15, 2016. Check out video featurette below and find more of Echaroux’s work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook.  ...
Creativity

Glorious letterpress-printed lunar calendar design by Alec Thibodeau

Letterpressed works are hard to come by in the world of graphic design these days, but artist Alec Thibodeau is keeping the tradition alive. The designer recently launched his latest letterpress-printed lunar calendar design for the 2017 year. Calibrated to the Eastern Timezone, the pink-hued works are accurate for any location in the Northern Hemisphere. The lunar calendar was designed and printed in Providence, Rhode Island in collaboration with DWRI Letterpress. Check the calendar out below and find limited edition prints on Thibodeau’s website. ...
Art

Tatiana Blass’ wooden furniture melts into the floor before your very eyes

Sculptures that appear to melt before your very eyes are a great way to grab an art lover's attention. In 2006, Tatiana Blass introduced an installation called "Tails," part of which she presented several wooden furniture-like chairs and other sculptural objects that appeared to melt. The Brazilian artist, represented by Galeria Millan in Sao Paulo, used precisely-cut lacquered wood or fiberglass for the works to give the appearance of bright woodgrain-patterned liquid. Check out some of her furniture below and find more on her website. ...
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Mutated rugs bridge ancient and moderns worlds with age-old weaving techniques

Ancient and modern worlds collide in Faig Ahmed's intricate carpet patterns. The artist's fascination with carpet patterns, particularly ones found on rugs originating in Turkey, Persia, India, and Caucasus, led him to produce unconventional designs. The carpets seem to drip, break apart, and pixelate over the walls they're suspended on. Utilizing age-old weaving techniques, Ahmed's rugs depict  the rare instances of finding symmetry in nature. The rugs have been featured in various places such as at the Museum of Fine Art Boston, and the Bellevue Art Museum. Check out some of his distorted rugs below and find more on his website. ...
Funny

This Japanese museum is dedicated to funny rocks with human faces

Located two hours northwest of Tokyo is Chichibu, Japan is the only place in the world you'll find a museum dedicated to funny-looking rocks. Yeah, you read that correctly. It’s officially called the Chinsekikan, or "Hall of Curious Rocks," and contains a ton of "jinmenseki," rocks with human faces. It's run by Yoshiko Hayama, widow of the original owner who passed away in 2010.  The late Shozo Hayama was an avid collector of rocks and spent 50 years collecting ones that reminded him of faces. Hayama believed that nature was the best and only artist. Check out some of the freaky rocks below and if you're looking to visit the museum, make sure to plan ahead because it often closes unexpectedly for personal reasons. ...
Creativity

Artist bakes delicious sculptures that are a feast for more than just the eyes

Cuisine requires a very special set of skills in order to present a dish that can captivate all your senses, that will become meaningful and memorable.  In these images, you cannot perceive the evocative scent or taste the delicate balance of flavours. But hopefully, you can enjoy and appreciate the playful and creative presentation of Matteo Stucchi, a 23-year-old Italian pastry chef that will make you feel like Gulliver among Lilliputians. To see more of his work, follow him on Instagram. ...
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Artist uses reclaimed materials to created oceanic art

Ross McDowell is a surfer and avid lover of nature, especially any and all things relating to the ocean. Most of his work is done on hand-scraped reclaimed Indonesian teak, inspired obviously from oceanic nature.  In all his work you can appreciate the worn out finish that gives you the feeling of an antique treasure that just drifted onto the wave-licked sands of some distant beach. To see more of his work visit his website, or Instagram,    ...
Creativity

Dreamlike surrealistic pictures made using only apps

Annegien is a 17-year-old from the Netherlands. She combines her talent for photography and out-of-the-box  imagination to create wonderful images that you could swear were Photoshopped by pros - however, she only uses apps!  Her work is simple and yet captivating, you can tell she pours her dreams in these images. If you like what you see, enjoy the rest of her work by following her Instagram or YouTube. ...
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Artist’s hands become the ultimate canvas

Isaar Tahir is a New York painter that loves cookies and animated movies. She can also hold the hold universe in her hands.  In an interesting paradox, she creates art with her hands, on her hands in a true case of Inceptcionart. There is not much information on her, but there is not  doubt she is a Disney fan. No doubt, you can recognize more than one movie in her art. To see more of her work follow her on Instagram. ...
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Pokemon drawings inspired by El Dia de los Muertos

Día de Muertos is a beautiful Mexican tradition that clashes with every other holiday that celebrates ghost or zombie horror movies. On Día de Muertos, our beloved ones that have already passed away come back from the other side for a friendly visit. We pay homage to their memory and hold a celebration to honor their lives. For all those of you who love Pokemon, the team at Popmuertos are here to offer you a  "calaverita" version of them - all dressed up in marigolds and celosia flowers. These Pokemon drawings are a fun pop culture tribute to this traditional holiday/ Find your favorite Pokemon on the Popmuertos website, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  ...
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Incredibly detailed sculptures based on perfect understanding of human anatomy

Juliana Lepine is a Brazilian sculpture residing in Canada, and her sculptures are incredibly realistic! She has experimented in order to create her own technique. Her talent is undeniable just from looking at the finished product, but it is what you see during the whole procedure that truly displays her skill. She has more than a basic understanding of the human body and its proportions. These sculptures don't have just a resemblance to the model, they are pretty much a correctly proportioned miniature based on human anatomy. For a wedding cake topper, this is overkill. To see more of her work, visit her website, Facebook,  YouTube, or Twitter. ...
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Nourish yourself with ash-infused dinnerware by Chronicle Cremation Designs

Turning the almost mindless process of drinking coffee everyday into moments of introspection, Nourish is a collection of dinnerware that literally combines ash and clay. Founder and designer at Chronicle Cremation Designs, Justin Crowe, aims to provide a new perspective on mortality for 'Nourish' users. Each piece is glazed with a special formula combining the ashes of over 200 people with other natural materials like clay, feldspar, and silica. Crowe describes the project, “The Nourish series intends to recreate this experience of confronting mortality in everyday life.” Upon firing, the ash-infused pieces become physical symbols of death, reminding users of the preciousness of life and inevitable death. Check out some images of the dinnerware below and watch the video profiling the thought-provoking collection. Head on over here to learn more! ...
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Artist creates adorable chibi Disney princesses

Lighane's Clay Art, involves no clay at all. A graphic artist from Nuremer, Germany, she draws fan art in manga style, but infused with her very unique twist that makes each character her own. If you want to see more of her overflowing cuteness art, visit her DeviantArt, Facebook, Etsy. And no, it's not all Disney -  Lighane includes the many other fandoms out there. If you like what you see, check the Kickstarter campaign she launched, in order to publish her second book. ...
Design

‘Forest’ wants you to focus on work and plant trees with gorgeous app

Forest is one of the most beautifully-designed apps of 2016. And above all, there's a noble goal at its core. Available on every major operating system, smartphone or desktop, Forest is not only gorgeous to look at but a joy to use. Fire up the app and you can immediately gauge the amount of attention that's been paid to its interaction and graphic design. Set a timer, sit back, and focus on the task at hand. The app will nudge you to get back to work if it finds you procrastinating. When you're done, Forest rewards you with in-app coins that you can donate to plant real trees! It also gives you a lush 3D view of the trees you've planted by focusing and keeps you coming back to the app to prevent your trees from dying. Forest is a really well-thought-out app and these guys deserve the DesignFaves round of applause. Get it here!    ...
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These otherworldly sculptures made from pencil shavings will freak you out!

Halloween is long gone but these sculptures made out of pencils will always give you the chills. Artist Jennifer Maestre was inspired by the pointy forms of sea urchins to create unusual organic forms out of sharpened pencils and pencil shavings. The sculptures take the form of alien flowers and unearthly octopi to other otherworldly marine biology. Maestre describes the collection, "The tension unveiled, we feel push and pull, desire and repulsion. The sections of pencils present aspects of sharp and smooth for two very different textural and aesthetic experiences. Paradox and surprise are integral in my choice of materials." Check out some of the sculptures below and find work-in-progress images on Facebook. ...
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Grass grows through dense fabric in Martin Roth’s poetic rug installations

Nature finds a way to take over - even through the thick fabric of rugs and carpets. New York-based Austrian artist Martin Roth waters his carpets daily to ensure that grass he's planted within the fiber grows fast and lush. Over time, the rug will deteriorate and the grass will die in a cleverly poetic and political act by Roth. The artist's latest rug installation can be found at the Korean Cultural Centre in London under the title, "Riptide." Check out some of his rug interventions below and find more on his website. ...
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