Awesome Art & Design

Sumo Lake

Sumo Lake

A cartoon re-telling of Swan Lake made the old-fashioned way – with pen and paper. Also it stars sumo wrestlers. Greg Holfeld spent 5 weeks drawing a total of 1300 stills to make the cartoon.

A Love Story in Milk

A Love Story in Milk

A brilliant short film about two containers of milk, made by Catsnake for Friends of the Earth. The props and scenes are so effective, we constantly had to check if the containers were animated.

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I Am Your Grandma

I Am Your Grandma

Jillian Mayer has a message for her future grandchild: “That incomprehensible old hag is not me, that bedridden body is not me, that corpse is not me. This is me, child. Also, babies are scary.”

Videogame Book Covers

Videogame Book Covers

Illustrator A.J. Hateley’s ongoing series Thirty Days of Videogames features beautiful vintage-style fake book covers inspired by videogames. You can get some of them as prints here.

The Empire Strikes Bike

The Empire Strikes Bike

A Skywalker Ranch staff bike pimped with an Episode V theme. Accessories include a Hasbro AT-AT head, Master Replicas FX lightsabers, and a chrome Vader head from a PEZ dispenser.

Fujitsu Flexbook Concept

Fujitsu Flexbook Concept

Hao-Chun Huang‘s Flexbook concept has hinges at the center of its keyboard and display, so it has an e-reader, tablet and laptop mode. It also has a waterproof keyboard and swappable rubber skins.

New Reliquaries

New Reliquaries

Al Farrow uses ammunition and firearms to make amazing religious sculptures, such as miniature churches, mosques, synagogues. Pictures taken by Meighan O’Toole; more at her Flickr page.

Magnetic Geography Puzzles

Magnetic Geography Puzzles

Etsy seller Pipe Dreams 2010 makes beautiful puzzles of continents and countries using laser-cut wood. Each piece has a magnet on its back so you can display them separately or as one.

Portal 2 Fan Posters

Portal 2 Fan Posters

(Possible Spoilers) Flickr user wd.farmer loved the 50s style art and icons in Portal 2 so much and decided to make posters out of them, along with quotes from Aperture Science CEO Cave Johnson.

Everything is a Remix: Kill Bill

Everything is a Remix: Kill Bill

Some of the inspirations behind the scenes in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Made by Rob Wilson as a companion piece to part 2 of Kirby Ferguson’s excellent documentary Everything is a Remix.

Paper Musical Instruments

Paper Musical Instruments

Designed and produced by professional musicians, HANDSON’s PePaKuRa are detailed pre-cut miniature paper models of musical instruments. Watch a violin PePaKuRa being assembled here.

Ctrl+O Bottle Opener

Ctrl+O Bottle Opener

You don’t need to be a geek to know how to pop open a cold one with Art Lebedev’s Ctrl+O bottle opener, although Windows users would appreciate the reference more than Mac fans.

Casualties of War

Casualties of War

Inspired by an article by Dave Philipps published in the Colorado Springs Gazette, Dorothy used a medium that glamorizes war and violence to reveal the darker reality that soldiers live through.

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Subsonic Chair

Subsonic Chair

Designed by John Greg Ball, the Subsonic Chair’s two 16″ subwoofers and two 4″ midrange speakers will let you thoroughly rock out to your favorite music, video or video game while sitting.

Spomenik (Book)

Spomenik (Book)

These World War II monuments built throughout Yugoslavia now stand neglected and forgotten. Photographer Jan Kempenaers captured these hollow symbols in his book Spomenik.

Mike Joos Bike Art

Mike Joos Bike Art

Mike Joos has a series of prints featuring popular characters both real and fictional riding their very own custom bikes – with a couple of exceptions. You can also order the prints as T-shirts.

Papercraft Audi A7

Papercraft Audi A7

Taras Lesko was commissioned by Audi to create a scale model of the Audi A7. It took him 285 sheets of paper and 245 hours to finish the incredibly detailed model, which has a total of 750 parts.

Street Soccer Foosball Table

Street Soccer Foosball Table

Created by I Have Pop for Nike’s Air Max 90 campaign, the Panna is a street soccer-themed foosball table with an emphasis on flair – the first one to play a ball between an opponent’s legs wins.

Canal Street Cross Section

Canal Street Cross Section

It took Alan Wolfson 18 months to finish this 27 x 23.5 x 19.5 inch 5-piece cross-section model. It’s not an exact representation, but Wolfson’s attention to detail more than makes up for it.

Kiva Ford: Glassblower

Kiva Ford: Glassblower

A profile of Kiva Ford by online arts & crafts market Etsy. Ford is an expert glassblower who crafts both decorative and scientific glassware. Check out his shop and his website for more.

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Kix Berlin Concrete USB Drives

Kix Berlin Concrete USB Drives

Remember the Concrete USB Drive concept? Turns out you can actually buy one now, albeit from a different designer. Kix Berlin’s heavy duty Usbéton flash drives come in two capacities, 1GB and 4GB.

Lifelike Horse Puppet

Lifelike Horse Puppet

Joey the War Horse is a stunningly lifelike puppet made by the Handspring Puppet Company. We’d recommend you watch the whole video, but if you want you can skip to 9:00 to see Joey in action.

The Cyclotrope

The Cyclotrope

Tim Wheatley cobbled together a zoetrope using a bicycle wheel and a camera. Unlike a traditional zoetrope, the Cyclotrope can use not only images but actual objects to give the illusion of motion.

Pixelhead Mask

Pixelhead Mask

Martin Backes’ Pixelhead mask is a humorous attempt to take back anonymity in our increasingly invasive world. They’re more like improved burglar masks to us. Contact Martin if you want to buy one.

The Last Breakfast

The Last Breakfast

Brian Stuckey’s mixed media art gathers our most iconic breakfast mascots for one final meal. It took him 3 months to finish the whole thing. The actual table is 38 in long. Prints available on Etsy.

Black Marker Poster

Black Marker Poster

Allister Lee of Studio B.I.B wants to hold the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of black markers. This 34″ x 42″ hand-printed poster features the 500 markers he has collected so far.

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