Willem Dafoe has played lots of baddies, but he’s never portrayed the Clown Prince of Crime, Joker. Crafty Art imagines what the sharp-featured actor might look like in the role with this impressive sculpture that took over 300 hours to create. After creating the clay bust, they cast a resin version for painting and detailing.
The creators of PIXIO magnetic building blocks have invented another fun toy for building 3D art. VOXART uses lightweight panels which click together to create life-size voxel art. They fold flat, so you can store thousands without taking up much space. Sign up for a pre-launch discount, or get notified on Kickstarter.
Located in Playas de Rosarito Centro, Mexico, the Straw Art Gallery specializes in portraits created by placing thousands of tiny pieces of naturally dyed broom grass into beeswax. We won’t spoil the subject of this particular work, so you’ll have to hit play to see the finished product.
The late Bob Ross had a distinctive style to his serene landscape paintings. After training an AI image generator on Bob’s paintings, Miha Mastnak created this wild video that makes it look like the artist painted an animated river, lazily winding through a valley. Watch the 60-second view of the canvas here.
Artist Thalasso hobbyer makes amazing dioramas, often with undersea creatures as their subject. This gnarly sea monster was inspired by a fellow artist’s illustration of a nightmarish vision. They sculpted the beast from wire and clay, surrounded it with tiny sharks, fish, and a diver, then submerged them in ocean blue resin.
Artist Deniz Sağdıç creates amazing works of art out of recycled junk. She has used everything from wire to bottle caps to integrated circuit chips to buttons to create her works. Every single one of her portraits is incredible, but the one of Steve Jobs is our favorite. The images in the video were on exhibit at the Istanbul Airport.
In mythology, Sisyphus was a man punished for cheating death by having to roll a boulder uphill only to have it roll back down as he neared the top. Artist Ross McSweeney created this amazing laser-cut wooden automaton that animates the core of the story. You can purchase template files for the sculpture on his Etsy shop.
Breaking Bad was as close to a perfect television series as there ever was. We wouldn’t change a thing about it. Despite that, yo chill bruh reimagined its cast of characters as if the show was one of those 1980s medieval fantasy films. The horse-drawn version of the Krystal Ship made us laugh out loud.
It’s time to expand your LEGO art museum with this pixelated version of Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. The kit brings the Japanese masterpiece to life with 1,810 LEGO bricks. The finished piece measures 20.5″ w x 15.5″ h, and comes with hangers, a Hokusai signature tile, and a QR code linked to an accompanying soundtrack.
AI image generation tech has become incredibly powerful but also raises complex questions about ownership of the data it was trained on and its resulting output. Jordan Clark used AI technology to help write this short film about an artificial intelligence that wants to become famous by creating its own art.
This video from Jack Mack Woodturning shows how the artist turned hundreds of sheets of colored paper and resin into a unique bowl. After cutting chunks of the composite into pieces, Jack placed them in an other bowl of resin, then turned the dried shape on a lathe to create the finished piece.
Chalk seems like a pretty basic thing, but it’s still interesting to see how it’s made. Process X takes us inside of the Tenjin Chalk factory which mashes powdered calcium carbonate with water and extrudes it into cylinders before slicing it into pieces. They add colorings and pour the mixture into molds for gypsum chalk.
Artist Tomasz Biernat has incredible penmanship. He specializes in creating hand-drawn logos and illustrations which incorporate detailed lettering and flourishes. In this video, you’ll see how he drew the words “Focus and Practice” with style and precision using a 0.2mm mechanical pencil.
Not content with their customized Xbox Series X, PS5, and gaming PC, Nerdforge wanted to add a Nintendo Switch to their video-game-systems-as-buildings collection. So Martina got to work crafting a Zelda-themed Switch dock that looks like Hyrule Castle and an original painting of the world beyond its gates.
Modern cars are made from thousands of parts, precisely engineered to fit together and carry us safely down the road. Commissioned by Nissan China in 2012, Dutch artist Paul Veroude took a car’s 3,421 individual parts and suspended them from the ceiling relative to the locations where they are normally assembled.
This cozy and artful wool blend blanket from One of These Days celebrates America’s West with a scene of a lone cowboy and his horse making their way cross the plains in search of their next drink of water. The 49″ x 60″ blanket has a crochet-stitched edge, and a reverse print on the back.
Ojai, California artist Beatrice “Beato” Wood (AKA “the Mama of Dada”) was a free spirit who lived 105 years, attributing her longevity to “chocolate… and young men.” In her honor, Ojai’s Porch Gallery hand makes a seductive Beato Chocolate Bars range featuring Beato’s ribald illustrations. Naughty, yet very nice.
UK artist Lucy Sparrow is known for her amazing felt replicas of everyday objects. Her latest creation is an recreation of an entire McDonald’s restaurant filled with plush, sewn Big Macs, french fries, Filet O’ Fish sandwiches, apple pies, Happy Meals and more. The installation appeared at the Scope Miami Beach art festival.
Artist Paul Kenton paints colorful modern cityscapes. His creative approach involves splattering paint onto a canvas to lay in the backgrounds, adding details with a palette knife, and letting the drips of paint become watery reflections at the bottom. Watch as he transforms an abstract mess of paint into an impressive rainy day scene of NYC.
Multimedia artist Kelly Heaton makes these unique synthesizer circuits in the shape of birds. Not only do they look like our fine feathered friends, but the sounds they make are reminiscent of birdsong. Check out Kelly’s Instagram for more of her wonderful electronic projects.
AI image generation technology continues to improve – though it’s still not great at dealing with things like text and logos. While the results of ThomasDotCodes’ breakfast cereal experiment are questionable, we enjoyed watching the weird stuff styleGAN2 came up with when trained with 700 images of cereal boxes.
M.C. Escher’s Relativity is one of the artist’s best-known works. Filled with paradoxical staircases, it’s a real head-scratcher. The Avid Creator went through the effort to replicate the illusion but in a 3-dimensional model. They made the structure from foam board and added details using balsa wood, wire, and clay.