Tag: Animals

Art

Wild animals dress up in fancy costumes in hilarious illustrations

If dogs in sweaters look cute, wild animals in exquisite clothes should look majestic as ever! And they do! At least in India-based artist Rohan Sharad Dahotre's digital works. The photo edits are part of a funny illustration series which dons wild animals in photographs with fancy costumes. My favorite one is perhaps the raven below. His expression is just awesome. Check out some of his hilarious works below and find more over on his Behance page. ...
Art

Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
Art

Adorable handmade animal characters created with fabulous felt

We've seen everyday objects represented with felt before but Cat Rabbit takes it to the next level with animals. The Melbourne-based textile artist creates everything from baby lambs to rabbits. Each piece is made by hand and is spot on. Her Etsy page is full of her felt creations and when she's not busy creating fabulous felt fabrications, Rabbit is busy working on illustrations for children’s storybooks featuring her felt characters. The stories are called Soft Stories and are made in collaboration with Rabbit's friend  Isobel Knowles. Check out some of the felt animals below and find more on her Instagram and Tumblr. ...
Art

Amazing 3D models of animals and humans inspired by paper

With countless ways of depicting hair and fur in today's digital art world, Maxim Shkret's 3D illustrations are unique and bold. The Moscow-based illustrator mixes 3D-modeling with digital illustration to create unique portraits of animals, humans and everything in between. Flowing hair and fur appear geometrically with carefully-applied soft shadows, resulting in a paper sculpture effect. Symmetry in some of the portraits also helps to accentuate the boldness in each image -particularly in the fox and the lion. Check out some of his 3D-illustrations below and follow the artist on Instagram for more. ...
Art

Rolled strips of wet newspaper add depth to detailed animal sculptures

Who would've thought that strips of rolled newspaper could actually be used for something in art besides papier-mâché? Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama does just that when creating detailed animal sculptures. The technique is effective in creating the appearance of fur and texture on each animal's body. The artist believes this to be a great way of adding depth and dynamic qualities to her figures. "More than anything else, I’m particular about the realistic feel of the animals," she says, "They are living ordinary everyday lives just like us. I would like to keep insisting on reality and producing my life-sized work as much as possible in order to convey their lives." Check out some of her sculptures below and find more on Strictly Paper and on her website. ...
Creativity

Artist Shinri Tezuka practices the art of rolling, sculpting, and painting candy

Teaching yourself how to sculpt is hard enough, but to sculpt candy is one step above that. You have to also worry about making it tasty! Shinri Tezuka taught himself how to sculpt candy at the age of 27 and is perhaps the youngest practitioner of amezaiku - the diminishing art of candy crafting. The craft's roots can be found hundreds of years back and it's amazing how there are only two candy-makers that use this technique in all of Tokyo, Japan. You have to paint that thing too! Great Big Story dropped in on Tezuka at work and put together a nice video profiling the candy artist.  ...
Art

Bunnie Reiss transforms old leather gloves into funky works of art

Transforming old things into something new and fresh isn't easy. Bunnie Reiss has been a collector her whole life and knows this better than anyone. The artist has a knack for taking old things and making them into totally unexpected pieces of art that you'd want to own. She has an ongoing project that involves turning a collection of old leather gloves into artistic creations complete with symmetry and images to reflect its past, present, and what it might bring for the future. The gloves feature elegant  eyes, noses and ears to provide personality. Check out the funky little gloves below and find more of her works on her website and Instagram. ...
Art

This striking jellyfish portrait won the 2016 UK Wildlife Photography Awards

The British Wildlife Photography Awards has announced winners of the 2016 competition and they entries are nothing short of amazing. Several categories like Animal Behavior, Animal Portraits, Urban Wildlife were up for grabs along with an overall winner. George Stoyle took home the competition winner accolade for his photograph taken at the Island of Hirta in Scotland. Check it out below, and make sure you view the rest on their website, Facebook, and Twitter. ...
Art

These animal sculptures made out of LEGOs are as realistic as can be!

You don't normally think of creating lifelike sculptures using LEGO bricks as a sculpturing medium, but Felix Jaensch's latest series of sculptures do just that. The German artist is skilled at translating ruffled up parrot feathers or lumpy orangutan fur into LEGO pieces. His Flickr is full of original designs that he creates regularly. Many of his sculptures are available as part of DIY kits through MOC Nation, including the acclaimed red fox. Lately, Jaensch has been trying to gain support on LEGO Ideas for his guinea pig design. Check out some of his sculptures below and head on over to his website for more. ...
Art

Portuguese artist hunts down raw materials for fantastic animal sculptures

Replacing brainstorming and elaborate sketches with a hunt for raw materials, Bordalo II redefines what it means to be a street artist. The Portuguese artist visits junkyards and abandoned factories in search of discarded parts such as bumpers, tires, door panels, malleable plastic and more. The pieces are then stacked and bolted together to create one-of-a-kind sculptures resembling pelicans, foxes, rodents, and more. The project tries to shed light on our society's production of waste. Bordalo II says "The idea is to depict nature itself - in this case, animals, out of materials that are responsible for [their] destruction." Check out some of his sculptures below and find more on Instagram. ...
Street art

Incredibly detailed murals depicting life and death are creepy!

At once surreal and goosebumps-inducing, Alexis Diaz’s murals are definitely worth a second glance over the shoulder. The Puerto Rican artist has a knack for depicting both life and death at once in his large scale purple-hued murals. With thousands of brushstrokes, alien lifeforms, spiky eyeballs with tentacles, and living trees are created. Can you believe that most of his works were made in freehand? Check out some of his murals below, and find more on his Instagram and Facebook. ...
Sculpture

Miniature elephant sculptures exquisitely carved on the tip of a pencil

Elephants are majestic enough thanks to their sheer size. But artist Cindy Chinn has found another way to make them look just as awesome. As part of a commissioned project for the California-based Epiphany Elephant Museum, artist Cindy Chinn has created a piece titled, “Elephant Walk”, in the form of a miniature graphite carving. The carvings have been made on the tip of a carpenter’s pencil and feature trees dotted to foliage detail and a trio of elephants proudly walking in the front. Chinn used a magnifying lamp and trinocular microscope to aid in the fine detailing. Some of Chinn’s carvings are available for purchase on her Etsy store, and if you’d like to see more of her work, follow her on Facebook, blog, and website. ...
Funny

Selfies in good company

Allan Dixon is a self proclaimed adventurer and animal whisperer from Dublin, Ireland. His selfies seem to confirm his story. He enjoys going out to the world, exploring new places, and taking selfies with the local furry population. The resulting pictures are just delightful. To see more of his pictures, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, where you can keep up with his latest adventures, like being kissed by giraffes, or surrounded by lions. ...
Illustration

A children’s book illustrator shares how he conveys emotion

Jon Klassen is an illustrator and author of children’s books. In the interviews, below he discusses his the way he develops a story as well as demonstrating how he illustrates. Using animals for his characters, he shares how emotions are conveyed using eye movements. Based in Canada, the books that he has written and illustrated include I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and We Found a Hat. (Note: in his author’s photo, he is wearing a hat.) ...
Art

Hyperrealistic paintings show interaction between children and animals

Children’s interactions with members of the animal kingdom like wolves, bears, and birds have made up a number of our favorite fairytales. So it's no surprise that we love Kevin Peterson’s work so much. The Houston-based painter’s forté is hyperrealism, and he uses the sides and facades of buildings as his canvas to create fairytale-like scenes involving children and animals. These characters, rather than residing in fantasy landscapes, appear to roam in an urban environment, exploring the streets with their furry comrades. Peterson describes his work saying, “It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world.” Check out some of his incredibly realistic paintings below, and find more of his work on his website and Instagram....
Video

Elephant on a trampoline animation and 8 other unlikely animal adventrures

French animator and film director Nicolas Deveaux has created a series of imaginative short films that are a delight. After graduating from university in 2003, his first short film “7 tonnes 2” featured a realistic animation of an elephant jumping on a trampoline. This short is currently at more than 6 million views on YouTube with comments attempting to expose the hyper-realistic animation as fiction, even though it's actually fiction. In a statement on his website, the artist explains that his pursuit of realism in computer generated images brings him to investigate our relationship to photorealistic pictures. Because if people on the internet would actually believe that an elephant would go skydiving, then anything is possible. ...
Art

Cuddly plush toys of sea slugs and squids made from felt

Felt is definitely making a comeback as the material of choice for artist who prefer working with fabric in place of the traditional. Vancouver-based artist Hine Mizushima creates cuddly, soft toys in the form of squids, cicadas, sea slug, and other small critters using felt. Her hand-crafted toys are becoming increasingly popular thanks to the fact that they have been displayed in galleries all of the world. Mizushima has turned many of the felt creatures into prints that are available to purchase via Etsy and Society6. Check out some of her plush toys below, and head on over to her Behance for more awesome work! ...
Design

CSS-based interactive exhibition about endangered animals

Designer Bryan James has created a CSS-based interactive exhibition that calls attention to 30 endangered animal species. From the Brazilian armadillo to the Somali Ostrich and Red Panda, the online interface of Species In Pieces lets you explore what’s threatening the species, see the statistics, and even watch a video of the animal. The designer said of the project: “In Pieces started as experimentation and tinkering in code, not a grand plan for an interactive piece to help conservation, as romantic as that notion sounds.”  His focus was on CSS polygons and pushing the “underused line of code as far as possible”, he said. You can read more about his coding, sketching, and design process in his write-up about the project. ...
Inspiration

Marcel Witte, visual storyteller

Marcel Witte is a Dutch artist, a visual storyteller inspired by fables, playing with the gray area, between realism, and fantasy. If you look carefully at his paintings, you could read the story, where he gives voice to the animals. Every canvas has a story in it, sometimes the title helps to figure it out the meaning. If you would like to see more of this visual fables, you can check out his website, Facebook, or YouTube. ...
Digital

Hyperrealistic polygonal wooden toys rendered in 3D

Freelance illustrator and 3D artist Mat Szulik has been hard at work blurring the line between the digital and physical worlds with fantastic 3D wood toys comprised entirely of polygonal shapes. The series, called, “PolyWood v1.0”, is made up of eight digital models of animals, including a wolf, a fox, a bear, and even a woolly mammoth. The toys are mapped with a wood texture and then given astonishingly realistic renders. Check them out below, and follow Szulik on Behance for lots more! ...
Art

From Moire to mammals

Italian designer, Andrea Minini is at it again with his graphic design skills. Using a technique called moiré, where overlapping and sets of lines creates depth and contour, Minini is making waves with his art. As he’s been doing this for years, his technique and complexity of projects is growing. To learn more about Andrea, click here. ...
Sculpture

Staggeringly detailed birds and bugs made from recycled bikes

Repurposed art never gets old, only better. Edouard Martinet has created a series of recreation of metallic birds and insects using discarded junk. And they’re gorgeous! The French artist uses scrapped parts of bicycles, cars, and other household objects for these staggeringly detailed interpretations of birds and other tiny critters. The discarded parts translate so well into sculptures that you'll automatically look beyond the windshield wipers acting as legs of a fly, for example. The Sladmore Contemporary describes the work, “What sets Martinet’s work apart is the brilliant formal clarity of his sculptures, and their extraordinary elegance of articulation. His degree of virtuosity is unique: he does not solder or weld parts. His sculptures are screwed together.” Check out some of his recycled part sculptures below, and click here for videos and other works. ...
Graphic Design

Decorative portraits of dogs by Latvian illustrator Alex Konahin

There’s not enough dog art in the world. Thankfully, Alex Konahin is here to rectify that. Dog lovers, this is for you! The Latvia-based graphic designer and illustrator recently completed an illustration project comprised of some incredibly detailed dog portraits. The fur of each dog is accentuated by Konahin’s well-received decorative style. The series marked the end of an intense creative block that Konahin suffered prior with the first entry being a portrait of an English Bulldog. Check out the portraits below, and find more of his work on his Behance, Instagram, and Facebook. ...
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. ...
Creativity

Joyful splashes of color with fine lines

The Norwegian artist, Sine Hagestad is a fineliner artist with a very steady hand. She finds inspiration in wildlife, florea, old and new religions, patterns from different cultures, animals of the universe. In all of her art, you can see great attention to detail, and kaleidoscope-like explosions of color and shapes. Enjoy more of her colorful and cheerful art con her Instagram, and if you really like it, check Modify shop. ...
Art

Spring flora and fungi visualized in beautiful embroidered hoops

Emillie Ferris’ has a knack for embroidering; so that’s the medium she has chosen for her latest series of unique hoops featuring colorful illustrations of rabbits, foxes, and mushrooms all hand-stitched. The handiwork is insanely detailed, and a joy to look at as one welcomes the new season. Check out her latest below, and follow her on Instagram and Tumblr for more, including a series of custom pet portraits. ...
Street art

Portuguese streets invaded by beautiful fish, bird murals

Antonio Correia is a Portuguese street artist who also goes by the name Pantonio. His recent murals have been popping up around Portugal, and feature birds, fish, and other creatures often found in the Tagus river. His renderings are unique in that they depict the creatures’ fluid motions and muscle movement with sinuous lines that run across their bodies. Check out some of his murals below, and visit Global Street Art or Illusion for more. ...
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