Artist creates remarkable images with smoke in bottles [15 pictures]

June 20, 2014 | 1 comment

Jim Dingilian has an amazing technique for creating art out of old bottles. He fills them with smoke…

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…and then scrapes away the coating left inside the glass by the smoke. The resulting images look good simply as pictures, but then when you consider the process, they become genuinely remarkable.

Dingilian’s work is featured in Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery and New York’s McKenzie Fine Art. Here are some examples…

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Surprising before-and-after pics compare movie scenes pre- and post-visual effects [37 pics]

June 19, 2014 | 6 comments

We know that many of today’s movies are filled with visual effects, but it’s rare that we get a behind-the-scenes look at where the acting and makeup ends and technology takes over. Here are just a few comparisons between what the cameras filmed and what you saw in the theater…

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300 — Rise of an Empire

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Kids visit nihilistic art show in hilarious parody of vintage children’s books [9 pics]

June 19, 2014 | 1 comment

What if a couple of 1950′s children went to the art museum with mom and the story was told in a book for emerging readers, so they could learn a bit about art as they practice their reading and learn new vocab?

That sort of book could definitely exist. It probably already does somewhere.

But what if the museum mom and kids went to featured modern art and the particular exhibit was a nihilistic look at god, death, and the meaning of nothingness?

Fortunately that book exists, too — We Go to the Gallery by artist and comedian Miriam Elia.

Here are some sample pages…

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Incredibly accurate criminal sketches from an award-winning forensic artist [16 pics]

June 18, 2014 | No comments

After a harrowing near-death experience at the hands of a serial killer, artist Lois Gibson became passionate about forensic art. Over her illustrious career, Gibson’s work has won her praise from The Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Most Successful Forensic Artist.”

Seeing these examples of sketches she’s drawn over the years of criminals on the loose, it’s easy to see why she’s so highly regarded…

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Artist brightens random people’s days with fake classifieds on bulletin boards [8 pics]

June 13, 2014 | 1 comment

Ukranian artist Nastya Vinokurova has been leaving drawings around Kiev that appear to be classified ads. Upon further examination, it becomes apparent that they’re not real estate listings or job postings or anything for sale, but are actually unique little drawings with notes inviting passersby to take one home…

“Feeling hot? Take a little refreshing penguin!”

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“Did the heavy rain catch you unaware? Take an umbrella! (or the owl-scuba diver)”

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Dad draws funny and impressive illustrations on his son’s lunch bags every day for 2 years [28 pics]

June 13, 2014 | No comments

Every single day since his son’s first day of school two years ago, designer and illustrator Bryan Dunn has drawn a picture on his son’s lunch bag…

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Dunn draws his fantastic illustrations over lunch break or after his kids go to bed, taking about thirty minutes to complete each one. Then he uploads them to his Facebook page, The Bag Dad.

Here are some of our favorite examples…

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Badass TV and movie characters make “neighborhood watch” signs relevant again [11 pics]

June 10, 2014 | No comments

For some time now, pseudonymous artist Andrew Lamb has been updating Toronto’s “neighborhood watch” signs to make them noticeable again and maybe even somewhat effective.

The signs are scattered around the area warning potential criminals that, in theory, no one is going to let them get away with their troublemaking. But the problem is the signs have been there forever and everybody is used to them…so they essentially mean nothing. Add to that, that the original white-on-white logo was nondescript and boring in the first place.

But not anymore. With his edits to the signs, Lamb reminds passersby, whether potential rabble-rousers or not, that this neighborhood really is being watched…by Bruce Willis, Bruce Lee, He-Man, and more.

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Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson secretly returns to the comic pages

June 7, 2014 | 1 comment

The last 3 panels of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine have included guest artwork from the reclusive Bill Watterson…if the Pearls artist Stephan Pastis is to be believed.

The Calvin and Hobbes author agreed to draw for the other strip on the condition that it be kept a secret until the short series was complete. Yesterday was the last one.

So here are the last few days of Pearls Before Swine, starring Bill Watterson as a precociously artistic, smart-ass second grader…

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Artist makes bare wood on public trees look like holes, adds wildlife [12 pics]

June 3, 2014 | 1 comment

In an effort to beautify her town in a small but creative way, painter Wang Yue goes out with a backpack of simple art supplies and finds trees with bark missing. She then paints the exposed wood to look like a hollow area in the tree. And, of course, holes in trees need little critters living in them…

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Destroying flowers with liquid nitrogen makes them even more beautiful [13 pics]

May 30, 2014 | No comments

Photographer Jon Shireman‘s series Broken Flowers shows the beauty that can come from what’s ruined…

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After soaking each flower in liquid nitrogen for a half hour, he throws them on a hard surface, shattering them into hundreds of fragments. The resulting images appear to capture the destroyed flowers as if they are still in the air, mid-shatter…

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