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Artist creates commissioned paintings using watercolor and the final results are simply lovely

Renee Pulve is a graphic designer and artist from California who recently started commissioned painting services. In the photos below, we can see how her process works. Each of these paintings is for different clients or purposes, but we can appreciate the technique and color palette similarities for them. The first photo features a monstera leaf using watercolor, which was created for a tropical planner. The second photo shows a favorite of the artist herself. You can purchase this flamingo creation on Minted. Next, we see a simple pineapple subject. Pulve admits that there is some difficulty drawing and painting leaves while maintaining some dimension in the end. Finally, there is a pretty seahorse painting, where Pulve used masking fluid to create a degree of texture. Brighter paints were used to bring life to the creature's face, fin, and tail. Check out more of Pulve's work on Dribble or on her website. ...
Architecture

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is back, and 2017’s sculptures are bigger than ever

We have previously covered a story about the very same festival, back in 2013. The annual festival is coming soon this year, and the sculptures are crazier and bigger than ever. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a tourist attraction for both local and foreign vacationers because it provides something completely new. Sure, we've all seen snow and ice one way or another, but what about ice sculptures that are bigger than life? Probably not. As you can see in the photos below, the festival takes a LOT of manpower, planning, and preparation to execute properly. And topping the previous years' already successful runs can be a humongous challenge to take. This festival isn't just about sculptures and lights towering among us, however. The very first ice lantern and sculpture dates back to ancient China, so this event is somehow giving us a glimpse of what life was back then. Today, people from all over the world come together to bask in the culture, art, and festivities...
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Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
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Designer duo makes gender-fluidity a reality in fashion week debut

Over the past few years, we've seen Hollywood and big clothing brands try to capitalize on the current cultural relevance of being "gender neutral". While the sentiment may be good-hearted, it is a long way towards being genuinely authentic. Then, enter Art School - the brainchild of Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt, the design duo that's creating all the fuss in the fashion community. For these partners, queer identity is beyond just another trend. It is a reality. Their reality. It's not just about jumping aboard the bandwagon, but rather, about living their life in the real world. The duo made their debut for fashion week at Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East showcase. Art School was presented with a non-model cast, directed by Theo Adams (who also happens to be a performance artist). ART SCHOOL is an official presentation at this year's Fashion East Men’s Presentations AW17. ...
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Sparks Gallery hosts National Sculpture Society exhibit in San Diego

The National Sculpture Society celebrates its inaugural this month. Its Southern California division will host the society's first group show, which will run from January 7 to March 5 at Sparks Gallery. The National Sculpture Society is the oldest association of sculpting artists in America. It was founded more than 120 years ago and is still active to this day. This year, it has chosen the 23 best artists from Southern California to include in the exhibit. These artists come from the San Diego county and city, including Encinitas, Oceanside, Del Mar, Carlsbad, and even Temecula. The exhibition will be a colorful display of different mediums, such as bronze sculptures, wood and ceramic creations, and marble statues. The exhibit can be visited while enjoying wine. It will be open from 6 to 9 PM. RSVP is required, but admission and registration are free. One free drink is included in the ticket. All wine sales and proceeds will benefit the San Diego Rotary Club. For more...
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Chinese folk art created on Apple devices now available for free download

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple has posted (in select regions) digital artwork depicting Chinese New Year traditions. The folk art has a modern twist to it, and each piece boasts of bold and bright colors. Each one can be downloaded for free for iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers. The tech giant has commissioned five local artists to create the special project, including Victo Ngai who created Lucky Rooster with the Apple Pencil and Procreate on iPad Pro, editing her work on a MacBook pro for finishing touches. Eszter Chen created Joyful Reunions using Photoshop and Illustrator on iMac and MacBook Pro. The rest of the series were made using Photoshop and Illustrator: Zhou Fan's Rich Harvest, Ye Hongxing's Peaceful Home, and Jiang Shan's Fortune Flows. You can download the free Chinese New Year-themed wallpapers on your Apple device, or learn more about the art series on Apple's official post. ...
Animation

Young artist earns millions of YouTube hits because of exemplary character art

American Artist Ross Tran is the embodiment of how sheer talent and imagination can create massive success, even at a young age. The 23-year old has amassed almost two million hits on his YouTube channel, and it's not surprising why. His videos are laced with amazingly quick cuts, hyperactive presentation, playful tones, and quirky stops at his own apartment and school, as well as various locations. There are many elements to his witty work, but the main foundation lies in his bright and stylized tutorials showing how his art comes to life - from conception to implementation. When asked about his "secret to success" at such a young age, he tells his audiences that his portfolio is extremely personalized. He says that an artist must have a portfolio that screams out what you really want to do. In his case, he loves character designs. So he makes his work based on this particular passion. He advises fellow artists to avoid making "disposable" designs and show the whole world...
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Sir Anthony Hopkins’ colorful paintings on display in Las Vegas and San Diego

The veteran actor, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in the movie franchise, is also a world-renowned painter and artist. His latest collection is now on display as part of permanent exhibitions. These can be viewed at the Jeff Mitchum Galleries, at the Bellagio and MGM Grand (Las Vegas) and in La Jolla (San Diego). His pieces are acrylic paintings on canvas, selling between $4000 to $80,000. The 79-year old started painting 12 years ago, thanks to the encouragement of his wife. He admits there is "no meaning" in his paintings. He just creates them and discovers the art along the way - he does not like thinking or analyzing them. He uses paints, acrylics, oils, pens, markers, canvasses, brushes, and tempera bottles. He loves making super colorful art since he was a child, which started from his fascination for church stained glass windows when his father took him to hear mass. See more of Sir Anthony's work on display at Jeff Mitchum Galleries. ...
Animation

New York-based designer creates new letters and numbers series for over a month

A month of interactive graphic design? Jesseca Dollano was up for the challenge. The designer was born and raised in Hong Kong but now lives and works out of New York City as a digital designer for DesignIt. She took part in an online project called "36 Days of Type" where creatives were tasked to design letters and numbers every day for over a month. Dollano's submissions feature a fantastic blend of retro and contemporary aesthetics with some being animated. Dollano has worked for prestigious clients the likes of Microsoft and Samsung and continues to deliver top-notch projects. Find more of her amazing works on her website. ...
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These terrifying doglike creatures are pure nightmare fuel

Kiss all your favorite dog art goodbye because it's about to be replaced by these terrifying illustrations by Holly Lucero. The 20-year-old art student from Riverside City College, California, has rendered a series of wild dog-like creatures featuring abnormal foliage growths. The series is called Gross Dog Art and it's living up to its name. Some of the creatures have entire forests growing on their bodies whereas, in other pieces, nature acts as a villainous parasite, consuming the otherworldly dogs alive. Check out some of her illustrations below and if you're interested in prints, head on over to INPRNT. ...
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Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
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Clever graphic designer imagines daily objects in a “pop” world full of candies

Perhaps one of the most imaginative and clever graphic designers today, Paul Fuentes gives another offering of his signature colorful and humorous collections of photos. He focuses on turning daily life items into something more interesting, clever, and funny by twisting certain elements with candies. Wouldn't it be fun to live in a candy world? This isn't his first rodeo, either. Previously, he worked on projects which involved junk food, healthy food, ice cream, a lot of projects involving animals and bizarre characters, and many others. Anybody who is looking for designs that are definitely out of the ordinary will appreciate his work. In addition to his graphic design and mashups, he also is a great lettering artist and a digital photographer. You can catch more of this Mexico City-based artist as he stages daily objects into colorful and surreal mashups on Instagram, Facebook, Behance, and LinkedIn. ...
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Collaboration proves that hand-painted mail gives a more personal touch to getting holiday cards

Wouldn't it be amazing to go back to the time when everything was made by hand? Handwritten and sealed letters say so much more about a person's emotion and sentimentality than a text message or an email. Fortunately, we are here to know that all of this old school style isn't completely lost. Lucy Halcomb is a Brooklyn-based artist who specializes in hand-painting her crafts. Her latest projects include customized, hand-painted mail in the form of greeting cards. She sent this to her friend, Nimrat Brar, who happens to be an art director. But instead of simply saying thanks and appreciating the cards, Nimrat returned the favor and "realized" some of the mail. She even responded with a hand-painted letter of her own. Below are some of these hand-painted mail from the collaborators - but you can also check out Lucy's Instagram account for more of her amazing art. ...
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American artist creates delicate flower and geometric sketches, the result is truly inventive

Flory Huang is an American artist who relocated to Vancouver recently, carrying some of her best art along. Her works include awe-inspiring sketches of flowers mixed up with various geometric shapes, where the canvas are different bodies. You can definitely see a flair of inventiveness right away. Huang admits that she thrives the most when she is looking for new, strong ways of expressing her ideas. In this process, she is able to inspire other people and help them with their needs. In fact, she is not just an artist. She is also a coach and consultant, and does work for corporate firms and companies requiring visual design. She works with visual art, branding, strategy, design, content creation, coaching, leadership, user experience, project management, and even sales! Talk about a one-woman machine! See more of her on social media (Tumblr and Instagram). ...
Architecture

Unique cover art by legend M.C. Escher for most beloved classic books

M.C. Escher is one of the rare left brain-inclined artists of all time. Even long after his passing, his works continue to grace the cover of books, magazines, nonfictions, and even albums. For this reason, many publishers use his art for books that they think can be marketed towards the more "logical" of the reading audience, since the artist spent half of his career in mathematics and the other half in art. His pieces depict possibly unseen worlds through his lithographs, mezzotints, and woodcuts - using concepts from math to reflect "infinity" in ways no other artist has been able to. He made the viewer think and ponder, not just appreciate aesthetic. This Dutch artist has been published in who knows how many nonfiction publications, fantasy and sci-fi magazines, and of course, has had his work used as cover art for the most renowned books of our time. These include one edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, and George Orwell’s 1984...
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Artistic culinary treats and more in the 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney plays host to this year's Epcot International Festival of the Arts. You might have heard of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival or the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This one, however, stems out and creates its own brand of taking food beyond your imagination. Aptly named, it will take place in the "Food Studios" inside the Epcot World Showcase promenade. It will begin from January 13 through February 20. Audiences can expect art that marvels the eyes, the ears, as well as the taste buds. You will certainly see food that is treated as art on a plate. Get ready to take your Instagram snappers. Each day will feature a different interactive activity or workshop. For the schedule of workshops, take a look at this list. And starting on January 6, 2017, online bookings can be made. But if you can't wait that long, you can pick up the phone and dial 407-WDW-PLAY right now. All workshops and activities will be held in the Odyssey Festival...
Animation

Abrams releases ‘The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ after the film’s success

"The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is yet another addition to the roster of art books published by Abrams Books. It will chronicle the visual art of the film and story's creation. We will see how they conceptualized and developed these new worlds, vehicles, weaponry, and characters. Rogue One is the very first movie in the Star Wars series, timeline-wise. So fans will absolutely appreciate learning more about it behind the big screen. It will come in a similar format as the previous book, "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Fans will enjoy the same unlimited access to hundreds of sketches, initial storyboards, concept paintings, matte paintings, and designs for characters, vehicles, and costumes. This book shall become the ultimate guide for the ultimate fans to the imagination and art behind this latest chapter in the global franchise. It was created and developed by Josh Kushins (author), Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont (co-production designers),...
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Christmas-themed ads from all over the world exemplify clever and effective graphic design

During the Yuletide season, ad campaigns often customize their marketing strategies to cater to the spirit of the occasion. There are some pretty great ads over the past Christmas season which showed great graphic design and were able to send their message across effectively. This is a great example telling us that print ad isn't dead, after all. While TV commercials can be really fancy and even include a celebrity or two, these traditional advertisements still prove that with just the sheer power of graphic design (and a good, basic idea), an artist can grab the attention of his audiences - given that he executes it properly and effectively. These ads below are just some of these print campaigns from all over the world, effectively spreading their point and engaging in the audiences' emotions as well. From top to bottom, these ads were created by: JWT, Verdant Zeal, Terremoto Propaganda, Make It Simple, and Provid. ...
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Talented artist plays with pencils, creates realistic drawings of celebrities and animals

Tal Giat is an artist, illustrator, and designer from Israel whose profile on Dribble.com says that he enjoys "playing with vectors". His earlier posts definitely show this, although his more recent pieces show him dabbling with pencils and realistic drawings. You can see his Rihanna piece, which took him 20 hours to complete; his Lana del Rey piece (on brown paper, using white pencil), which took about 15 hours to finish; a crying kid, which took about 12 hours; and an American Gothic Christian Bale (with and without blood); among many others. If you are a fan of portraits or sketches of celebrities (or actual persons, in general), then you would be amazed by his work. You can see more of him and his work on his website, which is quite a unique and interactive page filled with design aspects. He is also on social media - Instagram and Facebook. ...
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Kickstarter campaign for first ever spice pen lets you decorate food and drinks easily like a pro

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for the first ever "spice pen". Aptly named Cinnibird, the pen will let home cooks and even children play around with food decorating. It can be used for dishes, desserts, coffee, and any other things that you can think of - only your imagination will set its limits. Food presentation has become more and more important over the past few years, even in low-end eateries and cafes. This pen makes it easy enough for untrained and non-professional people to try and decorate their own food. Simply fill the pen with material or spice of your choice, and press the button to use and start drawing. Cinnibird can also help make meals more fun and enticing for families with little kids. It is the first of its kind in the market today. From cocoa powder to cinnamon, you can enjoy this tool by donating to the Kickstarter campaign. The team behind it promises the earliest models by March 2017. The minds behind the spice pen are Balazs Oltvai, Reka O....
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Twitter user stacks coins in impossible ways creating mind-blowing sculptures

Coin stacking is an art form. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Twitter [email protected]_tani creates some crazy-looking towers from coins, toothpicks, and silverware. The gravity-defying works are held together with a calculated balance in which each piece relies on its position and weight. Just look at the one below where coins are balanced over a knife's point! From swirling cylinders to twisting DNA strands, it leaves the viewer asking "what sorcery is this?!" And the answer is science! Check out some of them below and find more on Twitter. ...
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Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
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Multimedia artist taps into the powerful effects of ‘Transformational Makeovers’

Erica Prince is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn. She is the genius behind Transformational Makeovers, the product of exploring her real-life experiences of making over her friends. It all began as an honest, simple hobby. In the end, she began considering herself as a creator of inanimate images and objects. After a long time, she realized that make-up can become a BIG part of her art, especially when she saw how her friends acted and felt differently after she made them up. This reaction made her understand that this was something powerful. So, she started experimenting with different colors and materials on human flesh. She found herself lost in the psyches of the subjects, letting her find a clearer perspective on that very person. Prince clarifies that the process is "not about beauty" but instead, it is a project that acknowledges the humanity of the participant by letting their guards down and letting an artist make them her blank canvass. See more of her...
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Post-election anxiety finds its way through art

Art Week Miami is one of the biggest art events every year. In fact, over 70,000 fans, critics, and artists attend the celebration to get some inspiration and marvel at the year's best. 2016 is a lot like the previous years, but there has been an overwhelming sense of consolation, as well. The past election has caused much anxiety to many people, and in more than a few ways, people feel saddened because of the issues it has raised: gun violence, terrorism, immigration, national security, discrimination, and sexual abuse. These things trigger some bad memories in most people, especially with those who are personally affected by them. So it was not a big surprise to see a common theme in this year's Art Week. Sam Durant was one of the biggest exhibitors from the Blum and Poe booth. His screaming art was aptly entitled End White Supremacy. Although it was an old piece (2008), the recent elections surely gave it meaning in a new light. Aside from Durant, many other artists also exhibited...
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An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
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Tarot cards interpreted in three dimensions

Autumn Casey's latest work invites viewers into an unusual way of seeing tarot cards: in three-dimensional form. The exhibit, which is now being shown at Primary Projects, is entitled Balancing Infinity, While Hanging Upside Down. Watching Lovers Fall from Grace, Underneath the Ground. This exhibit is a mix of collage work, sculpture, and poetry from the artist. Tarot reading and interpretation is basically about life stages. How do we move through life? How does life transform over time? It is also about its balance - and Casey shows this well through her art form. Her sculptures are large in scale but are positioned quite precariously. She also delves into memory and history in one of her video works. This exhibit contains 78 collages and a whole series of sculptures. Each piece can be seen as a standalone art form, but also in conjunction with each other as a full tarot deck. This exhibit was inspired by the Rider-Waite tarot deck.  ...
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Conceptual artist turns pieces of trash into amazing still life art

Nik Mirus is a conceptual artist who has a knack for seeing beyond what the regular human eye can see. In fact, one of his latest pieces of work involves nothing fancier than railroad junk. He shines a light on random pieces of trash and turns them into well-photographed stills. He captures his pictures just before the sun is about to go down - he calls this the "golden hour". Mirus shows interest in how wind, water, light, and other natural elements are able to create amazing effects seen in the reflections, textures, and transparencies of other objects - even the most seemingly mundane ones. In his studio, he loves to get better "control" of this craft, exploring and photographing the correlation between the natural environment and such discarded objects. Mirus is based in Montreal and posts his work on his website. You can see his other work or check out the rest of the photographs from this 'detritus' series (although it is still officially untitled at the moment).  ...
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