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Karen Portaleo: Pastry Sculptor

Karen Portaleo: Pastry Sculptor

Pastry artist Karen Portaleo creates incredibly detailed and artful edible sculptures. Her cakes and chocolate creations range from elegant and beautiful to surreal and creepy. Regardless of the subject matter, they all look way too good to eat.

The Drip Printer

The Drip Printer

It’s amazing all the cool things you can do with a simple X/Y motorized rig. Here, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Ted Kinsman shows how to create images using different sized droplets of colored liquid, like coffee, ink, or red wine, which then soak into the paper.

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Genius Loci

Genius Loci

Anastasia Savinova’s Genius Loci is a series of surreal architectural photo collages. Each piece is a single structure made of buildings and landscapes from the same city or country in an attempt to capture the location’s spirit or atmosphere.

Overlook

Overlook

A massive woodcut print that is as much an homage to nature’s beauty as it is a testament to hard work and dedication. Each 46″x 30″ print is made by hand using five 44″x 28″ wooden blocks – one for each color. It took Tugboat Printshop 3 years to carve the blocks.

Star Wars Shadow Art

Star Wars Shadow Art

In tribute to the release of The Force Awakens, pop artist Red Hong Yi created a series of sculptures which look like disjointed, almost random objects, but when illuminated at just the right angle, they cast shadows of iconic images from the Star Wars universe.

Jake Weidmann, Master Penman

Jake Weidmann, Master Penman

Artist Jake Weidmann possesses a truly special craft – he’s the youngest of only a handful Master Penmen in the entire world, with the hard-earned ability to create insanely intricate illustrations and calligraphy from the tip of his fountain pen.

Dániel Taylor Animal Portraits

Dániel Taylor Animal Portraits

Budapest-based graphic designer Dániel Taylor has crafted an absolutely gorgeous collection of smoked up animals that we could stare at for hours. It’s somehow ethereal, delicate and fierce, all at the same time.

Melting POP

Melting POP

Filmmaker Alexandre Dubosc loves to make animation using food. His latest work is a zoetrope formed out of a multiple-tiered cake. It shows a wacky cycle where corn kernels are turned into popcorn and back. Behind the scenes here.

Best Pixel Art Ever

Best Pixel Art Ever

Artist Gerardo Quiroz aka “Kirokaze” creates incredible animated .gif pixel art which conveys a tremendous sense of mood, composition, depth, light and shadow, all with just a handful of frames. Be sure to check out his DeviantArt page for more examples.

Step into the Page

Step into the Page

Long time Disney animator Glen Keane talks about the emotion and expression that goes into each one of his frames, and the limitations of paper. Donning a VR headset, a pair of controllers and Tiltbrush, he now creates artworks in 3D space. (Thanks Pedro!)

Starling Pocket Watches

Starling Pocket Watches

Artist Frank Cohen created Starling, a line of steampunk pocket watches which twinkle with color behind their cutout covers. Each one comes in a cool resin box designed by Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin Jackson, sculpted with elements from the accompanying short story.

G3DP 3D Glass Printer

G3DP 3D Glass Printer

While it doesn’t have the precision of other 3D printers, MIT Mediated Matter Group’s and Glass Lab’s molten glass printer is still amazing, producing optically-transparent glass shapes that would be very difficult to make by hand.

Embroidered Zoetropes

Embroidered Zoetropes

Artist Elliot Schultz created a variety of machine-embroidered discs, each of which is covered with numerous still frames which create animations when spun on a record player under a strobe light. It’s music for the eyes.

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Spinning Daggers

Spinning Daggers

Artist Benjamin Ducroz created a series or small wooden sculptures from layers based on sine and triangle waves. When spun, they work like zoetropes, resulting in some trippy, morphing organic shapes.

Depict 4K Digital Art Frame

Depict 4K Digital Art Frame

The Depict display can wirelessly download eye-popping still and moving works of art on a framed 50″ 4K display optimized for bright colors and impressive contrast. It also rotates freely between landscape and portrait modes.

Crochetdermy Animals

Crochetdermy Animals

Textile artist and sculptor Shauna Richardson has created an amazing series of realistic, life-sized taxidermied animals which have been handmade using crocheted wool, mohair, glass eyes, fake teeth and claws.

Beer Cap Maps

Beer Cap Maps

These wood maps collect bottle caps from your favorite beers, turning an empty span of wall into a cool, personalized piece of art. Whether you’re a road warrior, international traveler or like to drink close to home, there’s a map for you.

Natural Skateboarding

Natural Skateboarding

Christophe Guinet aka Monsieur Plant loves to use plants in his works, such as turning sneakers into flower pots. One of his newest works is this beautiful skateboard made of a single plank of wood with its bark intact.

DeviantArt Official Mobile App

DeviantArt Official Mobile App

The art-oriented social network finally has official mobile apps for iOS and Android. The official DeviantArt app matches the website’s overhauled design. Use them to browse galleries, upload art and follow other members.

Tales of Auto Elasticity

Tales of Auto Elasticity

Illustrator and digital artist Chris LaBrooy made these amazing 3D graphics of trucks that look realistic… except they’re elongated and intertwined. He also made a similar series but with cars. Check out his gallery on his website.

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iam8bit: Sequel

iam8bit: Sequel

iam8bit’s Sequel is a collection of movie posters for sequels that don’t exist (yet), such as Barbarella 2 and Fight Club: the 2nd Rule. Made by various artists, the posters have an extremely limited print run, so grab what you want ASAP.

Boneface

Boneface

(NSFW) Boneface’s art is a graphic mix of 90s anime, comics and video games. He also did the animation for Queens of the Stone Age’s lengthy …Like Clockwork music video. You can buy his prints and merch on Society6.

Robert Voit: New Trees

Robert Voit: New Trees

You might have seen one of these before – a cellular tower disguised as a plant. Photographer Robert Voit frames these strange structures – some more discreet than others – as both silly and ominous in his series New Trees.

Chibi Gear Solid

Chibi Gear Solid

Sketchfab member Glenatron made a small interactive virtual diorama that depicts various scenes from Metal Gear Solid, including Solid Snake using the CODEC and teaming up with Gray Fox to battle Metal Gear REX.

Crush Collective: $$$ Machine

Crush Collective: $$$ Machine

A collection of prints from digital pop art specialists Crush Collective. $$$ Machine features remixed images of US dollar bills, shamelessly flaunting the power of the currency with bright and bold graphics.

La Machine: Long Ma

La Machine: Long Ma

La Machine’s Long Ma is a 50′ tall dragon horse puppet that expels fire and steam. The French puppeteers recently put on a show in Beijing featuring Long Ma and their other famous puppet, the giant spider La Princesse.

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