Creativity

Curious photographer reminds us about the world’s beauty

Unfortunately, many remote societies are going to disappear. Because of this, they often become often subject of photography. Mattia Passarini is one of the adventurers who want to see the diminishing cultures with his own eyes. His portraits are authentic and powerful. He is a well-skilled documentary photographer whose subjects let him inside of their private sphere. In the previous decade, Passarini traveled to China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Congo. This is the beauty he has found there. ...
Creativity

Company designs a stylish way to have more privacy when sleeping

You don’t have to go camping to sleep in a tent anymore. American company Privacy Pop has invented a privacy bed tent which you can install in your bedroom or anywhere you would love to sleep isolated and safe from the scary insects. That’s right. For this purpose, Privacy Pop has created a Bug Tent too. Privacy bed tent could be also a dream bed for those who want to isolate themselves in a shared room. Hiding from your roommates was never easier. Check this out. ...
Design

“25m2 of Syria” project from IKEA and Red Cross

There is another half of our population in this world that is not free to live happily and safely in their warm homes. The most urgent calls come from Syrian refugees that are forced to live in the improvised shelters. Currently, these are the homes for many thousands with no place to call home. What can we do about it? IKEA has recently partnered with Red Cross and decided to call its customers to take an active part in the story. They did this by featuring the room of a Syrian family as one of their showrooms. The project is called 25m2 of Syria and represents the recreation of a real Syrian house just outside of Damascus. The installation was created by advertising agency POL. IKEA customers are allowed to enter the room and taste the reality of this Syrian family life. Big companies such as IKEA are able to spend powerful messages to the society. The first step to every change is empathy. ...
Creativity

When art gets under your skin: photos show people who tattoo famous paintings on their bodies

Those who fall in love with the paintings of the great artists, sometimes decide to honor their art by tattooing it on the skin. By tattooing these famous paintings, art lovers are able to forever carry their favorite pieces with them. In the pictures bellow, you can see some of the famous paintings and the way they look on human skin. Picasso, Klimt, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Schiele, Matisse… Sometimes it is not enough to wear the art in your soul, but under your skin too. ...
Art

African mask-inspired chrome paintings by Brooklyn-based artist

Drawing inspiration from historical African sculptures, Kip Omolade's latest series of oil paintings is all about chrome and solid backgrounds. Titled, "Diovadiova Chrome," the Brooklyn-based artist's new works discuss contemporary identity, luxury, and immortality. Each piece features a mold taken from a model which is then produced in resin. Then, layers of chrome-y goodness are applied coupled with artificial eyelashes. The process ends with tall, hyperrealistic oil renderings that serve "as a conduit between the spiritual and natural world," writes Omolade. Check out some of the works below and find more on Instagram. ...
Inspiration

Rare disc of ice forms and spins in small river outside of Seattle

Naturally-occurring ice formations? 'Tis the season. Right outside of Seattle, word began to spread on Facebook about a massive circular sheet of ice in a small river. Photographer Kaylyn Messer was on scene to capture it. The disc of ice looks majestic spinning at the mercy of the current in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Messer comments, "You can hear the sound of the river flowing continuously. Sounds from the ice periodically interjected with very small sharp cracks and groans. Overall, it was a quiet experience to stand along the river watching the ice circle rotate." Check it out below and find more photos and videos on her blog. ...
Art

Artist creates commissioned paintings using watercolor and the final results are simply lovely

Renee Pulve is a graphic designer and artist from California who recently started commissioned painting services. In the photos below, we can see how her process works. Each of these paintings is for different clients or purposes, but we can appreciate the technique and color palette similarities for them. The first photo features a monstera leaf using watercolor, which was created for a tropical planner. The second photo shows a favorite of the artist herself. You can purchase this flamingo creation on Minted. Next, we see a simple pineapple subject. Pulve admits that there is some difficulty drawing and painting leaves while maintaining some dimension in the end. Finally, there is a pretty seahorse painting, where Pulve used masking fluid to create a degree of texture. Brighter paints were used to bring life to the creature's face, fin, and tail. Check out more of Pulve's work on Dribble or on her website. ...
Creativity

Company designs elegant and funny soup ladles

OTOTO Design is famous for its humorous and witty creations. This Tel-Aviv based company decided to surprise kitchen lovers who want to bring humor and joy in everyday life with the Swanky unsinkable ladle. Made in three colors: black, white and red, Swankies are absolutely adorable. Even though they primarily function as a decorative element, they are designed as a perfect big ladle that will never sink. Swanky is the second ladle design from the OTOTO Design. A couple of years ago, they designed a Loch Ness Ladle that was no less adorable than Swanky. ...
Art

Artist ships glass with FedEx for exhibition featuring shattered boxes

Making sure fragile items don't get destroyed while on their way to destinations is tough. Walead Beshty captures the experience in shattered glass boxes. The LA-based artist packed up a number of glass boxes and shipped them to various exhibitions and galleries across the country. The works, created to fit said boxes as proportionately as possible, were expected to endure a few bumps while on their way. The almost-shattered pieces were then carefully removed by gallery curators and then titled using the shipping date, tracking number, and box size. Beshty writes, "I considered this volume as my starting point; the perversity of a corporation owning a shape—not just the design of the object—and also the fact that the volume is actually separate from the box." Check out some images of the works below and watching the video profiling the project below. ...
Architecture

Mesmerizing helicopter views of Los Angeles by Dylan Schwartz

Taken from high above the city, Dylan Schwartz's aerial photography is mesmerizing. The creative Director and photographer based out of Los Angeles frequently takes helicopter rides at dawn and dusk, capturing breathtaking views of towering skyscrapers, bridges, and sports complexes. The cinematic shots often feature LA landmarks such as the Hollywood sign and familiar locations like Chinatown. It's almost like the viewer is part of the experience of cruising above the horizon and taking in the sights. Check out some of the glorious shots below and find more on his Instagram and website. ...
Art

Amr Elshamy: The Art of Storytelling and Magical Sceneries

Amr Elshamy, otherwise called Hotamr, lives in Egypt where he makes wonderful blends of narration and otherworldly workmanship from science fiction, dreamlike universes to monsters generally past our creative ability. Hotamr loves to practice all styles of art, however, his genuine enthusiasm is in filmmaking. He is the first Egyptian to be included on an Adobe Splash screen when his work entitled "Falling… " was highlighted on the splash screen of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017. When talking about monsters, Hotamr said that they are dependably in his fantasies and recounting stories to him. He interprets them, therefore, as lovable creatures. His fantasy venture is to make a film about his monsters like in the Disney movies. In his website you can experience the kind of art that only exist beyond our imaginations. You can also check his Facebook if you want to know him more. ...
Culture

Amazing first color photographs stored in Musee Albert-Khan in Paris

Albert Kahn was a rich French banker and lover of culture and art. At the first glance, he had a crazy vision. Apparently, he wanted to create a photographic “archive of the planet”. After seeing the photos below, you cannot disagree that he succeeded in his mission. Kahn traveled the world and collected 72,000 photographs. He was a philanthropist and his interest in other peoples' lives is easily visible on the photos he collected. After visiting Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, Egypt, Japan and 50 other countries, his collection is exhibited in Musee Albert-Khan in Paris. These photos are some of the first colored pictures made using the Lumière brothers’ innovative Autochrome process. Since most of the photos are from the Balkans, BBC made a documentary about the importance of these photographs. They are testimonials about the diversity of ethnical communities, identities expressed through...
Architecture

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is back, and 2017’s sculptures are bigger than ever

We have previously covered a story about the very same festival, back in 2013. The annual festival is coming soon this year, and the sculptures are crazier and bigger than ever. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a tourist attraction for both local and foreign vacationers because it provides something completely new. Sure, we've all seen snow and ice one way or another, but what about ice sculptures that are bigger than life? Probably not. As you can see in the photos below, the festival takes a LOT of manpower, planning, and preparation to execute properly. And topping the previous years' already successful runs can be a humongous challenge to take. This festival isn't just about sculptures and lights towering among us, however. The very first ice lantern and sculpture dates back to ancient China, so this event is somehow giving us a glimpse of what life was back then. Today, people from all over the world come together to bask in the culture, art, and festivities...
Art

Artist gives tutorial on how to make landscape paintings using watercolor

Jem Bowden teaches us how to create landscape watercolor paintings by showing one of her own pieces. We see the actual photo of the artist's subject. In this case, it's a scenic image of a beach shore with boats and other elements. If you look closely, the watercolor painting looks more artistic and creative than the reference photo. Bowden advises that even with reference photos, it's nice to get "creative" and feel free to paint with some freedom. Bowden also says that in impressionistic painting, detail is not as important as a good composition. A nice atmosphere with verve and directness will go a long way. The artist aims to captivate the entire sense of a specific setting or scene while allowing the chosen subject to stand out. In this particular project, the painting was done outdoors. They may be subtle, but working around the actual weather, smells, and sounds of nature can create important influences on the painting itself. ...
Art

Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
Art

Designer duo makes gender-fluidity a reality in fashion week debut

Over the past few years, we've seen Hollywood and big clothing brands try to capitalize on the current cultural relevance of being "gender neutral". While the sentiment may be good-hearted, it is a long way towards being genuinely authentic. Then, enter Art School - the brainchild of Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt, the design duo that's creating all the fuss in the fashion community. For these partners, queer identity is beyond just another trend. It is a reality. Their reality. It's not just about jumping aboard the bandwagon, but rather, about living their life in the real world. The duo made their debut for fashion week at Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East showcase. Art School was presented with a non-model cast, directed by Theo Adams (who also happens to be a performance artist). ART SCHOOL is an official presentation at this year's Fashion East Men’s Presentations AW17. ...
Art

Sparks Gallery hosts National Sculpture Society exhibit in San Diego

The National Sculpture Society celebrates its inaugural this month. Its Southern California division will host the society's first group show, which will run from January 7 to March 5 at Sparks Gallery. The National Sculpture Society is the oldest association of sculpting artists in America. It was founded more than 120 years ago and is still active to this day. This year, it has chosen the 23 best artists from Southern California to include in the exhibit. These artists come from the San Diego county and city, including Encinitas, Oceanside, Del Mar, Carlsbad, and even Temecula. The exhibition will be a colorful display of different mediums, such as bronze sculptures, wood and ceramic creations, and marble statues. The exhibit can be visited while enjoying wine. It will be open from 6 to 9 PM. RSVP is required, but admission and registration are free. One free drink is included in the ticket. All wine sales and proceeds will benefit the San Diego Rotary Club. For more...
Art

Chinese folk art created on Apple devices now available for free download

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple has posted (in select regions) digital artwork depicting Chinese New Year traditions. The folk art has a modern twist to it, and each piece boasts of bold and bright colors. Each one can be downloaded for free for iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers. The tech giant has commissioned five local artists to create the special project, including Victo Ngai who created Lucky Rooster with the Apple Pencil and Procreate on iPad Pro, editing her work on a MacBook pro for finishing touches. Eszter Chen created Joyful Reunions using Photoshop and Illustrator on iMac and MacBook Pro. The rest of the series were made using Photoshop and Illustrator: Zhou Fan's Rich Harvest, Ye Hongxing's Peaceful Home, and Jiang Shan's Fortune Flows. You can download the free Chinese New Year-themed wallpapers on your Apple device, or learn more about the art series on Apple's official post. ...
Animation

Young artist earns millions of YouTube hits because of exemplary character art

American Artist Ross Tran is the embodiment of how sheer talent and imagination can create massive success, even at a young age. The 23-year old has amassed almost two million hits on his YouTube channel, and it's not surprising why. His videos are laced with amazingly quick cuts, hyperactive presentation, playful tones, and quirky stops at his own apartment and school, as well as various locations. There are many elements to his witty work, but the main foundation lies in his bright and stylized tutorials showing how his art comes to life - from conception to implementation. When asked about his "secret to success" at such a young age, he tells his audiences that his portfolio is extremely personalized. He says that an artist must have a portfolio that screams out what you really want to do. In his case, he loves character designs. So he makes his work based on this particular passion. He advises fellow artists to avoid making "disposable" designs and show the whole world...
Art

Sir Anthony Hopkins’ colorful paintings on display in Las Vegas and San Diego

The veteran actor, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in the movie franchise, is also a world-renowned painter and artist. His latest collection is now on display as part of permanent exhibitions. These can be viewed at the Jeff Mitchum Galleries, at the Bellagio and MGM Grand (Las Vegas) and in La Jolla (San Diego). His pieces are acrylic paintings on canvas, selling between $4000 to $80,000. The 79-year old started painting 12 years ago, thanks to the encouragement of his wife. He admits there is "no meaning" in his paintings. He just creates them and discovers the art along the way - he does not like thinking or analyzing them. He uses paints, acrylics, oils, pens, markers, canvasses, brushes, and tempera bottles. He loves making super colorful art since he was a child, which started from his fascination for church stained glass windows when his father took him to hear mass. See more of Sir Anthony's work on display at Jeff Mitchum Galleries. ...
Art

250 mirrors reflect changes in California’s Laguna Beach

Reflecting the beautiful sunset on California’s Laguna Beach coast is Phillip K Smith III's latest installation - and it is absolutely stunning. Dubbed "1/4 Mile Arc," the series of 250 mirrored posts measuring 10-feet each, stood reflecting four days of subtle changes in the Pacific Ocean in November 2016. The Los Angeles-based artist was commissioned by the Laguna Art Museum for the fourth annual Art & Nature program. Check out some images of the installation below and watch the video profiling the work by photographer Lance Gerber. Find more wonderful installations over at the artist's website.  ...
Design

The Nomad Key is an incredibly-designed minimalist charging cable

Nomad Goods has got a very impressive portfolio of top-notch smartphone accessories featuring everything from leather wallets to iPhone cases. And their philosophy of "owning fewer things, being resourceful and working hard together," really shines through with the Nomad Key for iPhone & Android. Crafted out of ultra-rugged polycarbonate and rubber, this space-saving little thing replaces that tangle-prone charging cable you've got lugging around. Thread in your keys into the provided keychain and you're good! Now, I was skeptical about the Key's durability at first - considering some awful past experiences - but this has held up surprisingly well in the last month. The rubberized USB to smartphone connection lets the Key bend at 180-degrees without issue and thanks to some clever design choices, the smartphone end points away from the keys. This is my go-to charging cable now! In the future, I'd like Nomad to create an extendable...
Animation

New York-based designer creates new letters and numbers series for over a month

A month of interactive graphic design? Jesseca Dollano was up for the challenge. The designer was born and raised in Hong Kong but now lives and works out of New York City as a digital designer for DesignIt. She took part in an online project called "36 Days of Type" where creatives were tasked to design letters and numbers every day for over a month. Dollano's submissions feature a fantastic blend of retro and contemporary aesthetics with some being animated. Dollano has worked for prestigious clients the likes of Microsoft and Samsung and continues to deliver top-notch projects. Find more of her amazing works on her website. ...
Creativity

This young artist draws 3D optical illusions on his own hand

Jordan Molina is a gifted young artist. And his talent is almost magical, his paintbrush might as well be a magic wand. With just a few effortless paintbrush strokes he turns his hand into impossible illusion from his fluid imagination. But of course, this is only a glimpse of what he can do. To see more of his impressive work, visit his website, follow him on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, or G+. ...
Art

Floral beards and crowns liven up statues in Brussels

Flower crowns make everything come alive - even otherwise lifeless busts and statues. Florist Geoffroy Mottart has created a variety of elaborate arrangements of flowers in forms of crowns and beards. The pieces can be found installed on public monuments throughout Brussels. The artist interventions, called "Fleurissements," are eventually removed after a couple of days with photos surfacing on Instagram. Some busts keep bringing Mottart back for new designs, such as the one depicting Leopold II of Belgium. Check out some of the floral beards below! ...
Art

These terrifying doglike creatures are pure nightmare fuel

Kiss all your favorite dog art goodbye because it's about to be replaced by these terrifying illustrations by Holly Lucero. The 20-year-old art student from Riverside City College, California, has rendered a series of wild dog-like creatures featuring abnormal foliage growths. The series is called Gross Dog Art and it's living up to its name. Some of the creatures have entire forests growing on their bodies whereas, in other pieces, nature acts as a villainous parasite, consuming the otherworldly dogs alive. Check out some of her illustrations below and if you're interested in prints, head on over to INPRNT. ...
Art

Photography series known as #Combophotos feature hilarious mashups of things, animals, and places

Stephen McMennamy has been at the photography game for a while and there seems to be no end in sight for his hilarious digital manipulations. The Atlanta-based photographer and art director has released a series of split-image juxtapositions that he likes to call "#combophotos." McMennamy uses his own photographs and sifts through them to find ones that'd make for funny mashups. Creating humorous scenes by overlapping objects, animals and more, McMennamy delivers some unexpected compositions such as the guitar bridge one seen below. Check out some of the mashups below and find more on his Instagram. ...
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