George R. R. Martin Says This Is How He Actually Pictures Game of Thrones Locations

Oct 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

The settings in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” are incredible — either beautiful or terrible and always perfect for the story. But George R. R. Martin says they’re not always what he envisioned as he wrote his books. And of other artists’ renderings for other products, he says…

We’ve had a number of different artists draw them on covers and on the fantasy like cards and games, and some of them have been beautiful images but not necessarily accurate to what I described.

So for his new book, an epic history of the fantasy world he created, he worked closely with artists (including Marc SimonettiTed Nasmith, and Philip Straub) to render his locations as accurately to the books and his imagination as possible.

Here are just a few of the George R. R. Martin approved results…

The Iron Throne

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One Dad’s Fun, Adorable Way to Let His Baby Be Anything

Oct 27, 2014 By Abraham 0

There are different schools of thought on how valuable it is to tell kids they can be and do anything, but we can all agree that, in this case, it’s a brilliant idea. Baby Khoi can be anything…thanks to his dad’s quick and creative sketches on photos he takes of his new baby.

After snapping a picture of his son, dad imagines what adventurer or superhero might strike the same pose as his boy does in the image, and then he makes it happen.

Here are some of his best with his titles…

Pocket Samurai

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Shark Tamer

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It Costs Absolutely Nothing To Give Your Child What They Need to Succeed Creatively

Oct 26, 2014 By Abraham 0

There’s a lot that goes into a career in the arts or some other creative field, but really it comes down to skill and drive. And as parents, we can make a huge difference in whether our creative children have this.

The best part? The most important thing they need is completely free…and withholding it has literally no advantages.

Kevin Smith explains in this fantastic comic from Zen Pencils

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Young Make-up Artist Incredibly Transforms Herself Into Famous Old Men

Oct 21, 2014 By Abraham 0

This is Lucia Pittalis. She is a painter and make-up artist…

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A side-project she enjoys and that the rest of the internet has been enjoying lately, too, is using makeup to turn her own face into the face of a celebrity or famous character — usually an old male who’s done some hard living. She jokes…

I LOVE to look old and drugged out!!

And she is really good at it…

Iggy Pop

Make-up Artist Transformations - 09

Keith Richards

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An Incredible Child Artist is Inspired by Her New Muse…a Therapy Kitten

Oct 21, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

Meet Iris Grace Halmshaw.

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Three years ago, at the age of 2, she was diagnosed with autism. She has trouble speaking, expressing affection, and socializing with other people. Her parents, looking for a way to help Iris express herself, turned to painting—and Iris took to it with an incredible, natural talent that surprised them all.

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A Gunshot Paralyzed This Painter, so She Completely Relearned Her Craft…with No Hands

Oct 20, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

Mariam Paré always knew she wanted to be an artist, ever since she was a little girl. She grew up dreaming of making a career out of her art.

Mariam Pare - 01

But when she was 20 years old, a stray bullet found found her…

Somebody was shooting a gun and it hit the car I was driving. I was struck in my back between my shoulder blades and my neck and I was instantly paralyzed.

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This Artist Creates His Exquisite Masterpieces Without Even Touching Them

Oct 10, 2014 By Abraham 0

Artist Jordan Mang-osan is a pyrographer. And if you’ve never heard of pyrography, you can probably still deduce its meaning — writing with fire. Or, in many cases, drawing.

The most common utensil for artists in this genre is a woodburning tool, but Mang-osan has decided to practice this tedious art even more tediously, making each piece all the more impressive.

He sits in the sun with a magnifying glass and focuses the light shining down on him through the glass onto a sheet of wood until the wood begins to blacken. As he patiently directs the light, beautiful pointillist images begin to emerge…

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British Cyclist Rides 212 Miles in a Day. Look at the Perfectly Meta Shape of His Route…

Oct 9, 2014 By Joey White 0

When David Taylor headed out for a bicycle ride several weeks ago around New Forest National Park and Bournemouth, England, he was determined to ride more miles that Saturday than most of us will ride in this year.

But Taylor’s goal wasn’t simply to take on a refreshing 212-mile bike ride. When his journey was finished 13 hours later, a map of his route showed that the cyclist had drawn an enormous bicycle on the surface of southern England…

Bike Ride

Via: Voices

Though the intrepid cyclist said he took several wrong turns along the way, the rest of us are none the wiser. At this scale, of course it appears to be a rudimentary sketch of a bicycle drawn with a non-dominant hand, but given that his “canvas” was hundreds of miles of hilly roads and his medium was a GPS-tracked bicycle, this is quite possibly the most remarkable drawing of a bike ever.

All we can do is tip our hat to Taylor and hope this is just the first of many more land sketches from him.