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Making a Hybrid Mega-sphere

Making a Hybrid Mega-sphere

Artist Heath Knuckles creates stunning organic works of art by taking pieces of uniquely textured wood, cutting them into layers, and filling the in-between bits with colored resin. He then works them on the lathe into a perfect spherical shape. More here.

Green Screen Gringo

Green Screen Gringo

Director Douwe Dijkstra presents a transportive short film in which a man travels the streets and beaches of Brazil carrying a portable green screen. After capturing the vignettes of modern life, he replaced the contents of the screen with other scenes from around the country.

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Peacock Marbling Time-lapse

Peacock Marbling Time-lapse

Artist Rene Eisenbart demonstrates Ebru, a wonderfully-satisfying technique which uses paints floated in liquid suspension. After dropping colorful pigments into the vat, she uses a giant comb to create marbled patterns for printing. Learn more about Ebru here.

Le Whisper Artist’s Organizer

Le Whisper Artist’s Organizer
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The perfect way for artists and creators of all types to carry the tools of the trade. Measuring 14″ x 10″ x 2″ when closed, Le Whisper’s handmade canvas/leather bag holds dozens of pens, pencils, markers, notepads, and accessories, and even a small tablet.

Giant Spirograph Paintings

Giant Spirograph Paintings

Among his diverse works, artist Jason “REVOK” Williams creates enormous Spirograph-style images using a wall-mounted set of wooden gear rings, which allow him to spray paint geometric patterns. Here’s an earlier circular rig he set up.

Making a Glass Sea Turtle

Making a Glass Sea Turtle

Glass artist Raven Skyriver demonstrates the team effort required to create a large sculpture of a sea turtle. His studio creates all kinds of incredible glass animals, including lizards, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, octopi, and more. Video by Derek Klein Films.

3 Million Dots

3 Million Dots

After wowing us with his million dot illustration, David Bayo is back with an even more intricate image. He claims there are about 3 million dots in this portrait, though we still have no idea how he keeps track of how many dots he drew. Find original images and prints of his work here.

Pencilception

Pencilception

Sculptor and builder of things Bobby Duke decided to do something that serves no purpose but to prove that it could be done, as he bought a pack of pencils, then carved a tiny pencil from it’s wood, and then an even tinier pencil from the lead of the tiny pencil.

Sculpting a Demogorgon

Sculpting a Demogorgon

Watch as sculptor LoreCraft transforms a hunk of styrofoam, clay, mesh, and paints into a detailed bust of the nightmare-inducing demogorgon from Stranger Things. Those teeth still get us every time. Oh, and watch the volume on your speakers at 5:00.

Tape Generations

Tape Generations

A few years back, artist Johan Rijpma created this time-lapse video in which carefully arranged rolls of clear tape gradually gave in to the forces of gravity. The sounds made as each roll breaks free are wonderfully satisfying.

Making a Cuphead Penny

Making a Cuphead Penny

In Coffee We Trust. The talented Shaun Hughes walks us through the painstaking process of transforming an old 1959 US penny into a wonderful coin engraved with an image of Cuphead’s eponymous character.

Creamart Latte Art

Creamart Latte Art

Korean barista Kangbin Lee creates beautiful, but temporary artworks in latte foam, painting detailed and colorful illustrations using food coloring and syrups as his media. His portfolio of drinkable art is as diverse as it is tasty.

Building the Kelpies

Building the Kelpies

A few years back, we saw breathtaking images of The Kelpies, a pair of 98-foot-tall horse sculptures in Falkirk, Scotland. Now you can see how they came together in this wonderful time-lapse by Walid Salhab, who captured over 120,000 individual images to complete the film.

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Adrift Machine 9

Adrift Machine 9

This electromechanical sound maker uses moving turntable arms to select and play grooves carved into an enormous cylinder. The positions of the arms and sounds played correspond to the positions of 27,000 pieces of space junk drifting about over our heads.

ClockClock 24 Black Edition

ClockClock 24 Black Edition
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A white-on-black version of Humans Since 1982’s segmented analog timepiece which offers the same 24 analog dials, but a bolder and easier to read display. It’s as amazing as ever, though we only wish it were more affordable. Measures 15.75″ h x 35.5″ w x 1.5″ d.

Parlor Tattoo Prints

Parlor Tattoo Prints
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Fans of American traditional tattoos and pop culture will love these awesomely illustrated prints inspired by everything from Taxi Driver to Totoro. LA artist Quyen Dinh of Parlor Tattoo Prints also offers designs on t-shirts and a limited-edition wall calendar.

This Book is a Planetarium

This Book is a Planetarium

Kelli Anderson’s This Book Is a Planetarium, features six usable pop-up constructions, including a tiny planetarium, a Spirograph-like drawing machine, a secret decoder ring, and an acoustic amplifier. Each object is accompanied by an explanation of the science behind it.

Banksy Walled Off Hotel Gift Shop

Banksy Walled Off Hotel Gift Shop

In early 2017, protest artist Banksy opened The Walled Off Hotel, an actual hotel right in front of the infamous West Bank barrier. Now it has a gift shop where you can get miniatures of graffiti on the wall, t-shirts, and a mug with the hotel’s slogan: “The Worst View in the World.”

The Story of Jon Burgerman

The Story of Jon Burgerman

While shooting pics to promote illustrator Jon Burgerman’s new book It’s Great to Create, photographer Bas Berkhout decided to turn some of the leftovers into a wonderful documentary about the inspiration behind his whimsical, googly-eyed style.

Robot Art Class

Robot Art Class

WIRED UK introduces us to artist Patrick Tresset, whose latest exhibition includes a classroom filled with robotic “students” each of which has been equipped with a pen and paper. While the students doodle, three smarter robots at the head of the class draw portraits.

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Colorizing History

Colorizing History

Vintage photos can provide fascinating insights into our past. Vox explores how accurately applying color to these monochrome photos can bring people and places to life. The research and craftsmanship that goes into modifying these these images is striking.

Paper Art by Peter Dahmen

Paper Art by Peter Dahmen

Filmmaker Christopher Helkey introduces us to artist Peter Dahmen, who creates complex and intricate pop-up structures from paper. We loved learning about how he got started, his build process, and watching the movement of each sculpture as it’s opened up.

John Edmark’s Mathematical Art

John Edmark’s Mathematical Art

John Edmark has created a variety of static and kinetic objects, many of which share a common thread – spirals, which he uses because of their potential to go both infinitely small and infinitely large – a reflection of the endless nature of the universe. More here and here.

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

You’ll need to take 29 minutes out of your busy life to watch the entire video, but you should at least check out the first minute as artist Shaun Hughes shows off one of his most awesome creations, a 1973 Lincoln Penny that he’s re-engraved with a skull and intricate scrollwork.

Making Sand and Gold Art

Making Sand and Gold Art

Artist Tim Bengel shows off the making of the first of his works from his upcoming Monuments exhibition – an incredible large-scale piece which appears out of nothing, after painstakingly dusting a sticky surface with black and white sand grains and gold leaf.

Water Droplet Painting

Water Droplet Painting

Illustrator Adam SB shows us how the simplest of mediums – plain old H2O – can be used to create art. By dripping precise amounts of water onto a smooth surface, he creates a temporary artwork that’s sure to satisfy any obsessive need for order.

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