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The Background Art of Looney Tunes

The Background Art of Looney Tunes

Looney Tunes cartoons are known for iconic characters like Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, and Foghorn Leghorn. The animators who created these characters and their voices often are mentioned, but the artists who created the background images are rarely mentioned. The Gaze gives credit where credit is due with this video essay focused on artist Maurice Noble.

A Compilation of Cartoon Domino Displays

A Compilation of Cartoon Domino Displays

The Domino King has made numerous domino displays inspired by pop culture characters. This video compiles some of his many impressive displays, built from more than 800,000 dominoes in total. Along the way, you’ll visit Bikini Bottom, Gravity Falls, Rick and Morty’s multiverse, and much more.

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Phone Addiction Kinetic Sculpture

Phone Addiction Kinetic Sculpture

After realizing how much time he spends on his phone, JBV Creative was inspired to build an electro-mechanical artwork as a commentary on the distracted nature of today’s gadget-dependent society. The finished piece features a group of phone-holding figures that wobble along on a conveyor belt, smash into a wall, fall down, and do it all over again.

Reverse Coloring Book

Reverse Coloring Book

Artist Kendra Norton’s unique coloring book has no outlines for you to color in. Instead, it’s filled with abstract blobs of color, and you draw the lines. Whether you doodle dinosaurs, flowers, buildings, or goldfish, go where your imagination takes you. In addition to the original, there are also Through the Seasons and Mindful Journeys editions.

Curved Colored Pencil Organizer

Curved Colored Pencil Organizer
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Do you like to doodle with colored pencils? This pencil holder gets them out of their box and turns them into a desktop work of art. The curved organizers are made out of beech wood by Bond Art Studio, and can be ordered in 24, 36, 48, and 72 pencil sizes, and have a storage tray for accessories like pens, smudgers, and erasers.

Secret Whiteboard

Secret Whiteboard
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Working from home doesn’t mean your home needs to look like an office. The Secret Whiteboard conceals a whiteboard behind a picture frame, so it looks like any other piece of art on your wall when not in use. Strong magnets keep it closed securely, and it’s deep enough to hold pens inside. Available in three sizes.

LEGO Kinetic Sculptures

LEGO Kinetic Sculptures

Most off-the-shelf LEGO kits offer limited amounts of motion. The Brick Experiment Channel shows how LEGO and Technic parts can be used to create action-packed kinetic sculptures. While the first design is finger-powered, all of the others are motorized. That twisty Hoberman Linkage is our favorite.

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The Titanic Taxonomy of Wrestler Names

The Titanic Taxonomy of Wrestler Names
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From Andre the Giant to The Texas Tornado, Pop Chart’s print celebrates the many fanciful and flashy names assumed by wrestlers. It includes more than 500 names, organized and connected by the traits they each share. It measures 18″ x 24″ and comes unframed, framed, or mounted on a birch plywood panel.

Pop Chart Sneakers Collage

Pop Chart Sneakers Collage
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Decorate your walls with this collection of classic sneaker designs illustrated by the artists at Pop Chart. The boxed set comes with 70 4″ x 6″ postcards suitable for framing, mailing, or slapping up on your wall in a creative arrangement. Just be sure to buy some of those removable sticky dots, or your landlord will yell at you when you move out.

Tiny Glass Balloon Dogs

Tiny Glass Balloon Dogs
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Luke Adams Glass offers an extensive selection of miniature glass objects, from tiny cocktails to thumb-sized skulls. These teeny balloon animal dogs are some of our favorites. Not only do they fit in the palm of your hand, but they’re also way more affordable than Jeff Koons’ iconic balloon dog sculptures.

Highest Mountains Print

Highest Mountains Print
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Artist Isaac Dushku, aka the Lord of Maps created this print that illustrates the tallest point in each U.S. state. It’s the only place you can see the rolling hills of Virginia, the Colorado Rockies, and Alaska’s Denali in the same place. Available in 16″x20″ and 22″x28″ sizes. Global travelers, check out The Seven Summits.

Pictures at an Exhibition Steinway Concert Grand Piano

Pictures at an Exhibition Steinway Concert Grand Piano

One of the most elaborate custom pianos in history, Pictures at an Exhibition, was created by noted painter/pianist Paul Wyse. The one-of-a-kind Steinway & Sons Model D concert grand piano features 24-carat gold, cast bronze, and classically painted scenes to pay tribute to Modest Mussorgsky’s most profound composition for solo piano.

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Rumpl Backbone Puffy Blanket

Rumpl Backbone Puffy Blanket
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Rumpl teamed up with textile artist Maggie Thompson to create this eye-catching Original Puffy Blanket. The interleaved blocks of color were inspired by the artist’s Ojibwe heritage. Like other Rumpl’s, the blanket repels water, has corner loops for staking, and a clip so you can wear it as a cape. Also available as a beach towel.

Making a Giant 3D-Printed Caterpillar

Making a Giant 3D-Printed Caterpillar

After artist Kayakasaurus saw a photo of a colorful slug caterpillar, he wanted to make a larger-than-life version. He started by sculpting a digital model of the blue and yellow creature’s body, then output it on a Elegoo Jupiter resin 3D printer. His application of transparent paint and fuzzy flocking really bring it to life.

Recycled Soda Can Costumes

Recycled Soda Can Costumes

Aluminum cans are highly recyclable, with their metal finding its way into everything from cars to appliances to more cans. But after watching this short video, we realize they can also be recycled into costumes. These two were spotted wearing outfits fabricated from recycled cans. Not only do they look cool, they sound fantastic too.

LEGO Ideas Tales of the Space Age

LEGO Ideas Tales of the Space Age
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This LEGO Ideas creation consists of four mini artworks inspired by 1980s science fiction. Fan designer Jan Woźnica’s scenes feature colorful gradients contrasted with dark skies, rocket ships, stars, and moons. The four panels can be displayed individually or joined together and stand or hang on the wall. Available 5.8.23.

Flame-painting Metal

Flame-painting Metal

Watch as a talented craftsperson turns a metal disc into a beautiful work of art by applying heat from a torch. The control it must take to create such a precise pattern is extraordinary. We’re not sure who created this piece, but it looks a lot like the work of Skip and Racheal​ Mathews, who use the technique on copper.

Creating Vintage Machine-made Marbles

Creating Vintage Machine-made Marbles

We’ve seen how cheap mass-produced marbles are made. Now let’s take a look at a small West Virginia factory that combines machinery with glass art to create its unique marbles. Stephen Bahr captured this delightful behind-the-scenes look at Dave’s Appalachian Swirls as it creates a batch of its prized custom marbles.

FLOW

FLOW

Motion designer Hideki Inaba’s soothing and hypnotic short film FLOW is a tribute to the ever-changing nature of things. Every frame of the animation could be viewed as an individual painting, as colorful organic forms evolve, disintegrate, and coalesce into new patterns.

Pendulum Painted Ping Pong Table

Pendulum Painted Ping Pong Table

An ordinary ping pong table has a simple green or black finish. After getting his hands on a beat up old ping pong table, builder John Malecki and his co-workers reinforced and refinished it, then gave it a sweet surface design – bright geometric patterns created by swinging paint cans from a paracord rope.

Patterns That Become Faces

Patterns That Become Faces

Petros Vrellis created an amazing kind of portrait inspired by philosopher Heraclitus, whose doctrine was that everything is both connected and not connected. Each image in the artist’s Out of all things one, and out of one all things is an individual abstract pattern but reveals a face when layered. Matthew 21:31 combines multiple faces.

3D Character Trophy Heads by MOKA

3D Character Trophy Heads by MOKA

French artist MOKA pays tribute to the characters of their childhood by creating virtual trophies of their heads. Among his digital creations are taxidermied versions of Pikachu, Mario, Luigi, Toad, the dog from Duck Hunt, and the ghosts from Pac-Man. MOKA hopes to make real-life versions of these trophies using a 3D printer.

Warped Grid Drawing Wednesday Addams

Warped Grid Drawing Wednesday Addams

Creating a grid over a source image can make it easier to copy or change its scale. Artist DP Truong shows us how modifying the shape of the destination grid allows him to distort an existing image, using none other than Jenna Ortega’s warped Wednesday Addams as his subject.

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