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Art

Theory of Time

Theory of Time

Street artist DAKU’s overhead installation in Goa, India casts shadows of words onto the ground as the sun shines through its semi-transparent panels. When viewed in time-lapse, the design is particularly effective. (Thanks Richard!)

Faking Neon with Paint

Faking Neon with Paint

Art Insider introduces us to Perth, Australia-based graffiti artist Straker – known for his ability to replicate the glowing look of neon lights using spray paints. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think his canvases were connected to a high-voltage transformer.

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Super Saiyan Blue Spray Paint Art

Super Saiyan Blue Spray Paint Art

You don’t have to speak a word of Spanish to get the fire and enthusiasm of artist Porfirio Jimenez, who creates wonderful pop art paintings using spray paint and stencils. He may have talent, but his real super power is not getting any paint on his white t-shirt.

Painting a Hyper-realistic Fish

Painting a Hyper-realistic Fish

Artist Young-Sung Kim captured time-lapse footage over the course of ten months, as he painstakingly created a hyper-real oil painting of a fish. Everything looks so incredibly shiny, we just want to reach out and touch it. The painting is currently for sale from Saatchi Art.

Zoetrope Pottery

Zoetrope Pottery

Artist Kenny Sing of Turn Studio first mapped out a series of geometric patterns on his computer, then carefully cut them out from a ceramic bowl before firing it. Once completed, spinning the piece on a potter’s wheel creates the illusion of movement.

Graphic Design Certification School

Graphic Design Certification School
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Ready to learn some new skills? Add to your bag of tricks with this series of three graphic design courses. You’ll learn to leverage Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create professional looking photos, drawings, and layouts in no time.

WriterDuet Pro

WriterDuet Pro
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If you write scripts for video, film, or the stage, you need this software. WriterDuet is a script writer’s savior, helping you outline and format content perfectly, and offering seamless online collaboration. Save 58% on a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

Statue Size Comparison

Statue Size Comparison

Alvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudios likes to demonstrate the relative sizes of various objects. In their latest video, they start out with a 1.4″ tall paleolithic statue all the way up to India’s colossal 787 foot-tall Statue of Unity. And here we thought Mount Rushmore was huge.

Nix Mini Color Sensor

Nix Mini Color Sensor
$69  Buy Comment

Locate and know the exact color you desire with this high tech optical sensor. Scan objects, surfaces, dyes, fabrics and match it with a brand name paint color in a library with more than 31,000 hues, shades, and colors. Get it for 30% off the regular price in The Awesomer Shop.

Magnetips Magnetic Coloring Pens

Magnetips Magnetic Coloring Pens
$49/set  Buy Link Comment

Designers and other creative folks will go crazy for these colorful pens with magnets built in. They attach with metal bearings, allowing you to create fun shapes to liven up your workspace in between drawing sessions.  Save 37% on a 20-pen set in The Awesomer Shop.

Heartwood Editions Wood Posters

Heartwood Editions Wood Posters
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Looking for a unique geeky gift? Heartwood Editions makes intricate, limited-edition, laser-engraved wood wall art based on franchises like Overwatch, Street Fighter, and Starcraft. Each measures 11.5″ x 17.5″ x 1″ thick. Also sold as a discounted 3-piece bundle.

Pie Geometry

Pie Geometry

When we call Seattle Lauren Ko a “pastry artist,” we really mean it. Not only does she make delicious pies and tarts, she creates them with fastidiously-arranged geometric patterns that look so good that we wouldn’t want to dare slice them up.

Vintage Camper Birdhouses

Vintage Camper Birdhouses
$25-$35  Buy Comment

These small wooden birdhouses from OneManOne Garage are inspired by the look of classic Scotty campers. Each one comes flat-packed and ready to assemble without glue. Available fully-painted or unpainted if you want to do your own decodrating.

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Wood Kraken Bookends

Wood Kraken Bookends
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A pirate ship meets its ultimate nemesis with these wooden bookends from MokuShop. They’re perfect for housing books about adventures on the open seas. Each one is laser-engraved with intricate details engraved on its surface, and has a non-slip cork bottom.

Animatron Studio Pro

Animatron Studio Pro
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Quickly and easily create animations for fun or business with Animatron Studio Pro Plan. Animate graphics and create artwork directly in your browser, access a huge library of pre-made assets, and export your creations. Use code CMSAVE40 for an extra 40% off (thru 11/30/18).

Photolemur 3

Photolemur 3
$19  Buy Link Comment

Tired of spending hours editing your images? Photolemur 3 is a fully-automated photo enhancement solution for Mac and Windows that uses machine learning to dramatically improve your photos with the click of a button. Save now in The Awesomer Shop.

Disappearing Ink Art

Disappearing Ink Art

Artist Dino Tomic shows off a cool effect he achieved using a two pens – drawing one layer with permanent ink, and another with ink that disappears when heated. The result is a secondary image that reveals itself as the lighter passes over it.

Learn To Design Bundle

Learn To Design Bundle
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This 8-course bundle includes training in Adobe programs like Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC, web design tools like Sketch and Bootstrap, as well as an intro to coding HTML and CSS. Save big on the whole collection in the The Awesomer Shop.

CMYK Pen

CMYK Pen
$8  Buy Comment

SuckUK’s four-color pen comes loaded with cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks, so you can draw images in full color with a single pen by crosshatching. While it doesn’t let you adjust saturation levels, it’s still a nifty tool for sketching and belongs in every artist’s toolbox.

Mechanical Hobo Nickels

Mechanical Hobo Nickels

Artist Roman Booteen carves on coins and lighters. But some of his hobo nickels are not only incredibly detailed, they have a mechanical aspect as well. Some even work like a mini puzzle that you have to solve before you can activate the moving part.

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Carving Wooden Wings

Carving Wooden Wings

Maker of woo-den things Bobby Duke Arts shows us how to make a real work of art using something as mundane as the pine 2x4s that are used as wall studs in construction. The result of his creative efforts is a pair of wings that make a sweet wall hanging.

Navy Yard Sea Monster

Navy Yard Sea Monster

Artists FilthyLuker and Pedro Estrellas of Designs In Air bring old buildings to life by filling them with monsters. Their latest installation features an inflatable sea creature with 20 tentacles sticking out of Building 611 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. See it in person through 11/16/18.

TheCrafsMan: Space Chicken

TheCrafsMan: Space Chicken

“After probably about 200 sketches, I decided on the free-range chicken… and that makes sense to me.” TheCrafsMan shows us how he designs then sculpts a figure for resin casting, while wooing us with the most soothing voice in an art lesson since the mighty Bob Ross.

Smartphone Photography Guide

Smartphone Photography Guide
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While today’s smartphone cameras already take great photos, you could probably be getting even more out of yours. This bargain-priced online course covers tips and tricks to maximize your smartphone’s potential so you don’t ever have to splurge on a DSLR.

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Change You Can Wear takes a momentary break from from crafting cool rings out of coins to transform a pair of U.S. half dollar coins into a tiny bell. It’s not exactly a useful thing, but it is a pretty nifty conversation piece.

HappyThemes WordPress Themes

HappyThemes WordPress Themes
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These premium WordPress themes are designed to be easily navigable and to improve user engagement. With this deal, you’ll get lifetime access to 23 themes immediately, plus 10 to 12 new themes each year. Save 69% in The Awesomer Shop.

Visualmodo WordPress Themes

Visualmodo WordPress Themes
$39  Buy Comment

If you want to launch a website, you’re probably going to want to use off-the-shelf themes unless you’re very proficient in design and development. Visualmodo makes any web design project easy with an extensive library of professional, responsive WordPress themes.

Anna Dream Brush: VR Painter

Anna Dream Brush: VR Painter

Artist Anna Zhilyaeva has perfected the use of Google’s Tilt Brush VR application. Watch as she creates a 3D interpretation of Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People while performing live at The Louvre in Paris. See more amazing VR art on her YouTube channel

Travel Scratch-Off Maps

Travel Scratch-Off Maps
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Summer’s almost over but that doesn’t mean you have to stop traveling. World Travel Tracker Scratch Off Maps are a fun way to track your travels. After you’ve visited somewhere, just scratch it off for a colorful piece of decor and a great conversation starter.

Sparrow Mart Felt Supermarket

Sparrow Mart Felt Supermarket

Artist Lucy Sparrow specializes in crafting felt sculptures. Her largest installation is Sparrow Mart, a “supermarket” in The Standard, Los Angeles that features 31,000 hand-sewn and hand-painted felt replicas of grocery items. It took her and her team a year to make.

One Stroke Dragon

One Stroke Dragon

Artist Keisuke Teshima demonstrates his technique for painting beautiful and dramatic images of dragons using sumi-e brushes. What really makes them special is how he uses a large brush loaded with multiple shades to create their bodies with a single stroke.

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