Articles by Sophie Kruse

Design

Artist plans to grow entire forest as a piece of art

Dutch designer Maarten Baas has revealed his plans for “The New Forest”, in which he will plant an entire forest of trees that will be viewable by Google Earth or by drones. The piece, which will be fully grown by 2216, will be arranged by the colors of the leaves of the trees and change into different combinations throughout the seasons. The design? A giant “New!” symbol that looks like it's from a comic book. It will be the size of 180 football fields. The sit is on Flevoland, a man-made island off the Netherlands. For more of Baas work, check out his website. ...
Illustration

Dark illustrations show the other side of society

In a series of dark and creepy surreal illustrations, Polish illustrator and artist Igor Morski has shown us a different side of society. Each image displays a darker, smart look into our society and how things aren’t always how they appear. He was inspired to create these after working at Wprost magazine. “This, I must admit, made a great impression, because people were not familiar with Photoshop, and many illustrations were taken literally, as if what was shown in the illustration was really true. This was especially true of photomontages with politicians. The fact that since then I have worked on photographic material has caused realism to appear in my work. The mere fact of depicting everything upside down has made me a surrealist.” For more of his work, check out his website or Facebook page. ...
Photography

Photos show beauty of a simplistic childhood

In a series of black and white photos, Niki Boon shows the world the beauty of the rural lifestyle they live. Living on a 10-acre property in New Zealand, “My children are unschooled and live without TV or modern electronic devices, a lifestyle that may seem unconventional to some, but I am here to celebrate the magical place I choose to live with my family,” she says Boon showcases this lifestyle in her series “Childhood in the Raw”, which shows her children living lives that seem like they could have been lived years in the past. For more of her work, check out her website. ...
Art

Amazing outer space images created from placing food on a scanner

While you may think these are some far-out images of the galaxy, they're actually manmade creations by artist and photographer Navid Baraty. They’re created by placing a variety of different household food items on an Epson photo scanner and taking a scanned image with the lid open. The series is called “WANDER Space Probe”, which is the imaginary probe that takes the outer space images. To see more of the images from the ongoing WANDER series, check out the artist’s Facebook and Instagram pages. ...
Photography

Amazing drone photos show Hong Kong covered in fog

In a series of photos called “Urban Fog”, taken with a drone by Andy Yeung, we see Hong Kong from up above, covered in a dense fog at night. “I’ve seen a lot of amazing fog-themed photographs taken in the day time and I thought it would be interesting to capture Hong Kong in the thick mist in the night time with a drone.” he said. For more of his work, check out his website. ...
Graphic Design

Honest logos show us the truth behind big business

“Honest Logos” is a series of designs by Victor Hertz that is just that: the real meaning behind a slew of famous businesses. From Netflix to McDonald's to Samsung, Hertz shows that the brands we know and “love” aren't all they’re cracked up to be. Hertz originally posted his first batch of logos in 2011, but has since made several installments with new businesses. For more of his work, be sure to visit his website. ...
Illustration

Illustrations show real relationships between dads and daughters

In a series of illustrations by Snezhana Soosh, viewers are given a look into the unique bond between fathers and daughters. These were inspired because her dad wasn’t around when she was growing up and she wants her 9-year old son to have a positive influence to be sure he doesn’t do the same thing. “Part of the education for my kiddo who I want to grow up to be a good man is to understand what it’s like to be one,” she told Upworthy. Soosh published these photos on her Instagram feed, which you should check out if you want to see more of her work. ...
Illustration

Artist creates black renditions of classic cartoon heroes

In an 100-page sketchbook titled “B.R.U.H.: Black Renditions of Universal Heroes”, artist and illustrator Markus Prime has recreated some of our most known superheroes and anime characters. In these recreations, the artist has switched the gender or race of the characters, creating some seriously awesome new heroes. “B.R.U.H. is a collection of images where [he] takes well-known superheroes and reimagines them as black women to explore the idea that representation matters.” he told the Creator’s Project. To see more of the artist’s work, check out his Instagram feed. ...
Photography

Adorable dog portraits reveal their personalities

Photographer Elke Vogelsang, AKA Wieslblitz, has captured a series of images that reveal the deep, goofy and skeptical  personalities of our favorite canine friends. To capture these images, Vogelsang used outtakes that were taken before or after other images — they weren't actually feeling this skeptical! “I usually prefer the pictures, which don’t look like that one portrait the owner would hang on his wall,” she writes. “I found that in some pictures the dog look like they think that the photographer lost her mind. I’m definitely crazy about dogs. But I think I’m mostly harmless, too.” To see more of her work, check out her website. ...
Graphic Design

Graphic designer retells 2001: A Space Odyssey through 569 GIFs

Using GIFs as their medium, design creative Jean-Baptiste LeDivelec has created 569 GIFs that capture the entire Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. “GIFs made from copyrighted material are protected by the ‘Fair Use’ doctrine, but what happen if you cut an entire movie into GIFs? That’s what I tried to find out by cutting the masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey into 569 GIFs and uploaded everything on Giphy,” the artist said. For more of LeDivelec’s work, check out their site. ...
Creativity

Amazing skull created from pieces of old newspaper

Noah Scalin, of the Skull-A-Day project, has created a site-specific installation that depicts and anamorphic skull that’s created completely from discarded newspapers he received from a plant that was shutting down. The piece is on display at Witchita State University in Kansas. “The timing was appropriate as it was just announced that the local newspaper would no longer be printing in town, but moving production to another city before eventually transitioning to just a digital format. This temporary piece will stay up for just a few days before it is disassembled and recycled,” the artist said. For more of his work, check out his website. ...
Painting

Beautiful watercolors capture the beauty of India

In a series of vivid and colorful watercolors, artist Rajkumar Sthabathy captures the beauty that is India. “I feel immense love and respect when I see our ordinary humans for what they are… They travel my mental prism to, for no reason magically materialize, forcing me to design and register them picturesquely, bestowing eternal peace upon me!", Sthabathy wrote. “An astral nature who seems to sing the music of depiction sitting on a chair in front of me gracefully moves the brush in my hand and spreads the color of beauty on the canvas dawning shapes and structures making a blissful, lively, intervening white spaces along with marvelous shades of colors!” To see more of his work, check out his Facebook page. ...
Art

Colorful paintings created from Google Streetview images

In a project called “Fortuna”, Brazilian illustrator and printmaker Zanksy has created a series of colorful prints that were created by using screenshots from Google Streetview. “Before spinning any ‘wheel of fortune’, there is a starting point,” Zanksy said. “Using Google Street View, I pick a random spot and start exploring. Each step in a new direction is captured to be used as a reference. Then, those screen captures are reinterpreted using three colors. The results are figurative landscapes that look like abstractions with a psychedelic feeling.” The project is being released in a small number of tricolor prints. Find out more about the project here. ...
Photography

Artist captures beautiful images of humans and their pup companions

Following in the footsteps of the viral “Humans of New York” photo series, Robert Stoetzel has created his own site called “Human + Hound”. The images capture the bond between the owner and their dog, paired with a quote that shows the importance of the relationship. All of these images are based in New York City. “Every human and hound duo really does have a story,” Stoetzel told The Huffington Post. “It’s so interesting to hear how people came to find their dogs and how they’ve changed each others’ lives.” Make sure to check out the Human + Hound site to see more of the adorable images. ...
Illustration

Disney characters reimagined as Tim Burton creations

What if Disney characters were created by Tim Burton? Andrew Tarusov, an artist and animator, series, reimagines some of the most classic and famous Disney characters in a style that is highly reminiscent of the director. “I love Tim Burton’s style — how it looks vintage, stylish, and cute,” Tarusov said to Buzzfeed. “Everything is made as a horror movie, but at the same time it’s not horror. It could be any genre.” Check out more of his creations on his website. ...
Photography

Amazing photos take you inside the cockpit of commercial airline

Showing us a view from an airplane that most don’t get, 29-year old pilot Felix Gottwald has taken to capturing his worldwide adventures from the cockpit of his McDonnell Douglas MD-11. “Passengers get a fairly good view, but they are never able to take in the whole panoramic view that we get in the cockpit,” Gottwald told the Daily Mail. “Sometimes, it even feels like you are flying over an atlas — the features of the landscape that you see on a map are there in reality as well. It is very impressive to follow along coastlines with their detailed edges and see all those cities and villages below, where people go about their daily lives.” To see more of his photos, check out his website or Instagram page. ...
Illustration

Husband chronicles an entire year with his wife in adorable illustrations

As a way to chronicle an entire year with his wife, Curtis Wiklund created an illustration a day that sums up what that day was like in their relationship. He was inspired by his wife, Jordin, who was doing her own 365-day photography project. “During that year, many people told us they felt like they got to know us better through the drawings, like they were a peek into our personal life,” Wiklund wrote. Each illustration is a warm and loving look into their relationship — from brushing their teeth together to finding out they're pregnant. Make sure to check out his website for the project. ...
Photography

Intriguing photos show what women around the world take in their hospital bag

Have you ever wondered what women around the world keep in their hospital bags? UK nonprofit WaterAid recently commissioned a photo series for their Deliver Life campaign, which helps deliver clean water to women and newborns worldwide. Each photograph shows a different woman’s hospital bag. The items all vary from one country to another, and paint the picture of what the process of pregnancy would be like in other countries. ...
Design

Mini candles look like glaciers to remind you of global warming

Brynjar Sigurðarson is an Icelandic designer who has created a series of candles that appear to look like glaciers. They were designed for Spanish brand PCM, which searches for the top talented designers. The candles range from 9 to 21 centimeters high, and speak to a deeper meaning. “Global heating is a reality. The arctic is melting. Is consciousness the beginning of awareness for Mother Nature? With the action of lighting the candle the glacier shape will melt and fade. For how long do we have to keep melting the glaciers until they disappear? Preservation of the environment is in our hands,” PCM said about the project. You can even buy your own mini glacier candle here. ...
Photography

Photos reveal the grace of ballet dancers

What better way to get a glimpse of the life of a ballet dancer than by looking at a photo series created by one? Darin Volkova, a Russian ballet dancer who performs with the Theatre of St. Petersburg, has captured a series of photos that give us a glimpse into the exclusive world of ballet that so few experience. Many images were captured during the world tours of her company. The photos reveal moments both on and off the stage. While Volkova’s passion is photography, photography is a hobby that gives her a different kind of creative outlet. Check out her website for more of her work. ...
Digital

Subjects in classic art pieces reimagined with tattoos

Advertising art director Nicolas Amiard has reimagined the appearances of the subjects of some of the most classic paintings. In his series “The Art of Tattoo”, Amiard has added some colorful ink to some of these famous pieces of art. Using Photoshop, he adds tribal designs, floral patterns, words and Japanese-style scenes. If you didn’t know any better, you might think these were part of the original paintings because of his seamless editing. Check out more of Amiard’s work on his Behance page. ...
Photography

Photographs capture a unique kind of train trip in Canada

In a series of photographs, Jeff Friesen takes viewers on a trip through Canada which is seemingly by train. However, things aren’t always as they appear. “I wanted to take a coast-to-coast journey across Canada in a way that had never been seen before. To give a fresh perspective to the journey I decided to take the train. It’s not just any train, but rather the legendary 1959 passenger train that was first to be called ‘The Canadian’. The train has an unexpected feature: I carry the train rather than it carrying me. The train is only 2-inches tall,” he wrote. Check out his website for more of his photos. ...
Art

Beautiful, intricate notebooks are pieces of art

For José Naranja, a notebook isn’t just a way to carry his works of art, but the work of art itself. The artist has created a series of Moleskin notebooks that will have you wanting to flip through the pages to look at the intricacy shown on each and every page. “So many memories kept inside. Notebooks are time machine and experiences vaults. They are alive therefore they need to breathe,” he wrote on his website. To see more of his rich pieces of art, be sure to make a visit to his website. ...
Illustration

Disney princesses reimagined as modern day girls

In an adorable series of illustrations, Anoosha Syed has created a series of Disney princesses reimagined as modern day girls. Each of the illustrations features a different Disney princess with a unique storyline that mirrors what the real character was like. For example, Ariel from the Little Mermaid is now Ariel the Anthropologist. “Her sisters think it’s because of Eric, the cute T.A. for the class, but that’s not true. Ariel loved studying humans and different cultures. It was just so fascinating learning about people, and she knew this was the world where she belonged. She couldn’t wait to go someplace exciting on the annual anthropology trip; maybe get a souvenir for her collection! Her father wouldn’t be happy about it, but he’ll come around…. eventually,” the description says. Can you guess which princesses are shown below? ...
Creativity

Kids drawings become inventions we can use

In collaboration with The Cultural Spring, designer Dominic Wilcox asked 450 children to come with with their most creative inventions. Then, she made them a reality in the “Inventors!” project. “Instead of just putting the drawings on the fridge door as most adults do with a child’s drawings, why not put the ideas as far as they go? Take the power of children’s imaginations serious and see where it leads to,” the project said. Check out some of the fun and useful inventions below. ...
Photography

See a photographer’s scrapbook

In his project “Scrapbook”, photographer Brendan George Ko captures a diverse series of images ranging from shots of foliage to snaps of people. Each photograph seems to capture a memory of a person, place or time and are inspired by his life’s travels. “I am creating and recreating a history of all that I am, with words, and images, so that I can remember beyond my memory, for a record of being,” he said. To see more of his work, check out his website. ...
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