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Real Life Models

Real Life Models

Photographer Flóra Borsi always wondered what the models behind abstract paintings must have looked like. So the Hungarian artist sat down with Photoshop to envision these odd looking subjects. Editions and prints available here.

Recycled Bike Part Chandeliers

Recycled Bike Part Chandeliers

If you’re near San Antonio, check out Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock’s Ballroom Luminoso, a series of six chandeliers made from custom structural steel, LEDs and recycled bicycle parts, installed in a cement underpass.

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Tower Music

Tower Music

Composer Joseph Bertolozzi is working on a composition created by harvesting sounds made by using the varied surfaces of the Eiffel Tower as percussive instruments. He also hopes to coordinate a live performance at some point.

Tetris Printer

Tetris Printer

Michael Birken made a software algorithm that creates pixel art while also being a form of pixel art unto itself. Using a modified version of Tetris, the algorithm draws images while actually playing the game. More here.

Modern Mantra

Modern Mantra

A series of illustrations by Swedish artist Thomas Broomé, Modern Mantra depicts living spaces where words take the shape of objects. His It’s Only Words project does the same but with a portrait.

John Merritt’s Wood Carvings

John Merritt’s Wood Carvings

John Merritt loves to make odd wooden trinkets in his spare time. Some of his works include a chain made out of a toothpick and the mind-blowing balls-within-boxes-within-a-box that he carved out of a single piece of wood.

PowerUpCollage

PowerUpCollage

Amy Watkins turns her old comic books into eye-popping collages, highlighting the sound effects popularized by her favorite art form. Considering she makes them by hand and with her own comics, these are a freakin’ steal.

Comic Collage Digital Art Prints

Comic Collage Digital Art Prints

Mike Alcantara has made it even easier to collect his fun collage prints of Superman, Spiderman and other faves by creating an affordable digital collection of his original work.

Excel Spreadsheet Art

Excel Spreadsheet Art

Artist Tatsuo Horiuchi creates intricate nature scenes using the vector drawing tools in Microsoft Excel as his medium. Tatsuo has stated that he finds it easier to use than Microsoft Paint (or actual paint.)

Micro Flowers

Micro Flowers

Imagine having a bouquet that fits on the tip of your finger. This familiar yet alien looking ‘flower’ is actually one of the microscopic photos taken of the crystals that form as a result of precisely tailored chemical reactions.

Drug Bust Doody

Drug Bust Doody

(Gore) There’s only one name you can turn to when you are looking for gratuitous claymation violence: Lee Hardcastle. This time we see the doody that goes down when a very familiar looking rookie cop goes in without backup.

Color Coffee Art

Color Coffee Art

Barista/drink artist Nowtoo Sugi amps up his intricate latte-foam creations by adding dashes of colored bartender syrups to his creations. Check out some videos of his methodical drink painting process here.

Sorted Books

Sorted Books

A 176-page compilation of some of artist Nina Katchadourian’s funny and poignant photo essays. She goes through book collections both private and public, forming poems out of book titles. Also available from Chronicle Books.

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Matchbook

Matchbook

Mumbai designer Shahid Datawala captured images of over 500 unique matchbox labels and assembled them into this compilation of one of India’s more unusual artforms. The book itself looks like a giant matchbox.

Cosplaying the Part

Cosplaying the Part

Polygon’s short feature on Ger Tysk. Tysk immersed herself in cosplaying, from making props to dressing up and now documenting the culture. She reminds us to respect everyone’s right to self-expression.

Team Spirit: MRDR It’s OK

Team Spirit: MRDR It’s OK

(NSFW) The second episode in Brooklyn-based Team Spirit’s music video series by animation duo HannesJohannes picks up with the boys finding themselves in Hell and being forced to play at the celebration of Satan’s Unholy Union.

Pokémon Noir Webcomic

Pokémon Noir Webcomic

Set in the world of Pokémon, Viridian City is a murder mystery webcomic by Ray Bruwelheide. Unlike Game Freak’s eternally kid-friendly treatment of the games, Bruwelheide’s approach is literally and figuratively dark.

Modern Makeovers

Modern Makeovers

The UK history channel Yesterday commissioned this project which asked graphic designers and history experts to imagine how historical figures like Shakespeare and Henry VIII might have looked today. Marie Antoinette is still unlikeable.

Raw Data

Raw Data

Boston-based artist Jake Fried has created a very entertaining, minute long animation with ink, gouache, white-out and coffee, drawn by hand. You might want to watch it more than once – the details are rich and fleeting.

Balloon Dinosaur Sculpture

Balloon Dinosaur Sculpture

Watch the Airigami team assemble one of their latest creations at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. It’s a 20-foot balloon acrocanthosaurus, accompanied by balloon plants and insects. More photos here.

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Liquid Sculptures

Liquid Sculptures

Pierre Carreau is enamored with the shapes of ocean waves. He takes hundreds of images to capture the perfect shot, portraying waves as creations that “mix power and fragility.” Order prints of his images on Clic.

Johan Scherft’s Papercraft Birds

Johan Scherft’s Papercraft Birds

Johan Scherft makes realistic life-size papercraft scale models of birds. He makes templates on a PC then paints the printed templates by hand. He also has a few colored templates on his site and tutorials on YouTube.

Gag Me with a Toon 5

Gag Me with a Toon 5

60 artists re-imagine the cartoons of their youth spanning the 60’s-90’s, ranging from The Smurfs to Squiddly Diddly to South Park in the Gag Me with a Toon 5 exhibit opening 5/4/13, at LA’s WWA Gallery.

Willie Nelson Cutout Art

Willie Nelson Cutout Art

Artist Jeff Nichol pays tribute to the great Willie Nelson with an amazing paper cut portrait in honor of the Red Headed Stranger’s 80th birthday. The track is a chill remix of Willie’s Georgia on My Mind by Worldwide Groove Corp.

Anthropocene

Anthropocene

David Thomas Smith’s series Anthropocene consists of large prints made from Google Maps screenshots. Smith composited the screenshots in Photoshop to create patterns similar to those found in Persian rugs.

Mike Mitchell’s Movie Portraits

Mike Mitchell’s Movie Portraits

Mike Mitchell shows his love of the movies by creating his digitally produced collection of favorite film characters; if you’re in Austin 4/26-5/25/13, check them out in person at Mondo.

DIY Screen Printing Kit

DIY Screen Printing Kit

DIY Print Shop sells kits that contain almost everything you need to make screen printed posters or T-shirts, including a manual and instructional DVD. You’ll have to supply the electronic printer though.

Intricate Cardboard Sculptures

Intricate Cardboard Sculptures

UK artist Dylan Shields crafts his intricate sculptures out of old potato chip boxes and packing tape. Much of what he creates is rather epic, which fits with his use of biblical themes.

French Fry Package Art

French Fry Package Art

(Some images NSFW) Artist Ben Frost has chosen an unusual canvas for his art – he uses McDonald’s iconic french fry packaging as the backdrop for some of his pop art paintings. Only one question: Where’s Frylock?

Printing with Fire

Printing with Fire

Designed by Lucien Langton, the FireWriter is a dot-matrix printer that uses a torch to burn images into a surface instead of ink. Not only is it highly impractical, it’s a major fire hazard. Still, the ink cartridges are a bargain.

Smeared Skies

Smeared Skies

The sky is nature’s canvas, but Matt Molloy makes these natural masterpieces more mesmerizing. He merges hundreds of images of the same sky together using the lighten blending mode in Photoshop.

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