January 2013 Blog Posts (187)

Storytelling Illustrations Show the Beauty of Childhood

Durban, South-Africa based illustrator Colwyn Thomas creates some of the most beautiful illustrations of childhood we've ever seen. He begins each design as a pencil drawing and then converts it into vector lines. Then, he adds colors in Photoshop, using scanned in textures such as coffee stains or various papers until he achieves his desired result.

The first illustration in this…

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Added by alice on January 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Surreal Contorting Sculptures of New York Skyscrapers



Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea reconfigures the composition of buildings into far more flexible forms in his upcoming public art series known as No Limit. The artist's sculptures reintroduce iconic New York City skyscrapers as retractable, curving, and even wobbly structures. The project is backed by Magnan Metz Gallery, where…

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Exposed Spring Mattress Reveals Wired Love Letters



La Chaleur de L’amour & la Beauté des Paroles is an installation by Jad Melki, an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, that reflects a very personal experience in the designer's family. In 1974, while Melki's mother was in Sierra Leon, she would write letters filled with affectionate words to the his…

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LEGO's New Pop Culture Riddles



To celebrate its 55th anniversary, LEGO worked with agency Brad in Montreal to create these clever illustrations that will test your pop culture knowledge. Similar to the minimalist poster trend, these new ones, which were just released on Monday, show simple scenes with a limited amount of images. Appropriately, they've incorporated different colored LEGO bricks into each illustration. With a…

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Tiny Man Precariously Balances an Elephant on His Back



The work of French artist Fabien Mérelle involves creative combinations of dreams, experiences, and his early childhood imagination. He blurs the line between reality and fiction and his bio states: "Following the unrolling of a dream, playing with the free association of shapes and ideas, he seems to say that everything is transforming, metamorphing, opening itself to the most diverse…

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Stylish Dog is the Hottest Fashion Model in Town

It's not often that you come across such a well-dressed animal like Menswear Dog (MWD), a furry friend who is better dressed than most people walking down the street. Even if you aren't one who believes in dressing up your pet, it's hard to resist checking out those big brown puppy dog eyes.

Based in New York, MWD is a 3-year-old Shiba Inu. He's the main model on Menswear Dog Blog, a…

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Disney Princesses in Real Life (Part 2)

Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

Helsinki-based artist Jirka Väätäinen's Real Life Disney Girls series presents a composite image of what an iconic female character from a Disney animation would look like in real life. Väätäinen's mixed media process involves collecting several images of celebrities and random beautiful women on…

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Elliott Erwitt's Hilarious and Heartwarming Photos



With a career that spans over sixty years, Elliott Erwitt has become one of the most celebrated photographers of our time. Famous for taking candid photographs, he has a style that is instantly recognizable. Though he's shot iconic portraits of everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Jackie Kennedy, it's his ability to capture the whimsy of everyday life that sets him apart from the rest. While…

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Added by alice on January 30, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Romantic Textured Paintings of Couples Walking Together

California-based artist Karen Tarlton's colorful paintings whisk us away into her romantic scenes of couples lovingly walking along tree-lined paths. Similar to the technique of painter Leonid Afremov, Tarlton uses a palette knife to produce her stunningly textured creations full of life.…

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Miniature Bonsai Tree Sculptures Made of Wire

We have seen impressively complex wire tree sculptures in large form before, but never have we seen anything quite like these intricate Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To. The miniature designs are incredibly detailed versions of a fully sized tree, shrunk down to…

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Old Photographs Sliced Into Stunning Geometric Collages



Distortions of the Past; Collaborations for the Future is a series of geometric collages by Vancouver-based artist Randy Grskovic. The project is a culmination of the artist's intuitive response to found photographs and the distortion of memories captured within each frame. After discovering and collecting his photographic canvases at flea markets and…

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New London Art Show Dazzles with Light

Happen to be in London? An exciting new exhibition opens to the public today, January 30, and runs through April 28 at London's Hayward Gallery. Light Show features 25 illuminated installations and sculptures that date back from the 1960s to the present day. Many of the artworks have not been seen in public in decades and have been recreated specifically for this Hayward…

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Hunger-Inducing Pantone Swatches in the Form of Food



In the world of graphic design and commercial printing, Pantone swatches are key for color matching. Getting that exact shade of plum purple or a perfectly vibrant tangerine orange can be more precisely accurate in the final printed product by matching the intended shades with this consistent color system.

Inspired by these tiny swatches and their corresponding numbers, artist Alison…

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Clever Illustrations Reflect Hilarious Human Behavior

Graphic designer David Olenick perfectly illustrates the humor of bad decisions, excuses, and basic human behavior. Olenick's designs are cleverly executed with a handy array of puns and a quirky cast of characters. From a tough guy name badge that reads: "HELLO MY NAME IS: keep walking" to the affectionate T-Rex with his outstretched tiny arms saying "I love you THIS much," the…

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Long Exposures Reveal Movements of Sleeping Couples



German photographer Paul Schneggenburger created this photo series, entitled The Sleep of the Beloved, in which he features the movements and motions of loving couples as they sleep. For each image, the photographer arranges a bed in his studio apartment, creates a backdrop of black sheets, lights some candles, and leaves for the night. He sets up a long exposure on…

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Finding Symmetry in the Most Unsymmetrical Forms

In Mirrors, photographer Traci Griffin finds symmetry in the most unsymmetrical forms. Focusing specifically on tree branches and hair, Griffin captures the many offshoots and divisions that naturally occur as long hair cascades down or a tree trunk expands and grows. The artist then divides the photograph in half and reflects it upon itself, giving the impression that each…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New Paris Travel Posters Focus on Moments Over Monuments



Evan Robertson, the New York-based graphic designer behind those clever book quote illustrations, just wrote to us to tell us about a fantastic new series he's just made with his wife and fellow creative Nichole (…

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Added by alice on January 29, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Beautiful 3-Hour Sand Drawings Created with Only a Rake

We just love Simon Beck's sensational snow art, in which he spends days walking in special snowshoes to create spectacular patterns, and so, we couldn't resist these equally amazing geometric designs in the sand. England-based artist Tony Plant has been creating what he describes as…

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Breathtaking Rainbows Over the World's Largest Waterfall

At 5,600 feet (or one mile) wide, as high as 354 feet, and with 23 million gallons of water pouring over its edge every minute, Victoria Falls holds the prestigious title as the largest waterfall in the world. Located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa, the waterfall has also been called the Greatest Falling Curtain of Water on the Planet and is listed as…

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Powerful Photos of Crashing Waves Set Against a Dark Sky



Alessandro Puccinelli loves the ocean and, as an artist, he has dedicated much of his time to the study of this natural beast, a force filled with combinations of powerful energy and very still, calm tides. To capture the chaotic movements of the waves as they crash against rocks and land, Puccinelli climbs up to high points, cliffs, and lighthouses to gain close access to the water.…

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Added by katie hosmer on January 29, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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