Dirt is Good: 18-ton Sand Sculpture Backdrops by JOOheng Tan Every once in a while, advertising is amazing. World champion sand sculptor JOOheng Tan was recently asked by ad agency Lowe in Singapore to help create these impressive backdrops for an OMO washing detergent ad campaign. In an age when something like this could have been created digitally, they asked Tan to physically build three 18-ton sand sculptures to be used as backdrops in ads encouraging kids to get dirty. I recommend clicking through to see the pieces above in full size as the details are somewhat lost when scaled down. Also, the video is pretty phenomenal as it shows the creation and behind-the-scenes execution of each photoshoot.
Lessons Drawspace Pro Lessons are designed for artists of all levels and educators, and are logically organized into resources and activities. Eventually, all lessons and E-books authored by Brenda Hoddinott will be available here: four to eight brand new lessons and newly-revised older lessons are being added every month! Upgrade Now: Download all 310 lessons and 4 e-books! Tribe House - A Culture of Collective Creativity Sean E. Avery – sculptures from broken CDs Tags: Art, artist, Austrailian, Scultpture, Sean Avery, Sean E. Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag If you ask Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag what he does, he’ll tell you that he makes things out of cardboard. However this statement hardly captures the absurd complexity and detail of his boxboard and PVA glue sculptures that push the limits of the medium. Agdag is an award-winning creator of stop-motion films and this new series of work, Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make, feature a number of his structural experiments which he refers to simply as “sketching with cardboard”. Miraculously, each work is created without detailed plans or drawings and are almost wholly improvised as he works. You can see these latest sculptures at Off the Kerb Gallery starting October 26, 2012 in Melbourne’s inner north suburb of Collingwood.
Hung Out to Dry Here’s a fun installation photographed last year from a 2011 international arts festival in Munster, Germany called Flurstücke 011. The piece was part of a performance/spectacle by a group called Generik Vapeur. Photo by Ingeborg. Underlined Book Quotes Become Clever Illustrations Bookworm or not, you can't help but enjoy these black and white illustrations of literary quotes by Evan Robertson. The New York-based graphic designer has taken some of the cleverest lines written by famous authors such as William Faulkner and Oscar Wilde and turned them into wonderful posters. These literature-inspired fine art illustrations are currently being sold on Etsy under the name Obvious State. Robertson would see a "little jewel of a sentence" and he'd underline it. Then, he would take those "snippets of text and ideas" and "let the words be a springboard for an illustration." As he told Huffington Post, "The illustrations incorporate and interact with the text and hopefully add up to something that engages the mind as much as the eye."
Comic Books Did you spend a couple of years of your life agreeing or disagreeing with Archie's dilemma over Veronica or Betty? Or did you want a pet like Garfield? Comic books are a relief for anyone craving for light-hearted comedy and they have become a major part of our lives. Let us see how. 11 Great Gift Ideas for Comic Book Lovers The world of comic books is sometimes beyond the realms of understanding of us mere mortals. Organic Sculptures Sanded from Hundreds of Pencils by Jessica Drenk South Carolina-based artist Jessica Drenk was born and raised in Montana where she developed an understanding and appreciation of the natural world that has since deeply influenced the course of her artistic career. Her installations and sculptures often imitate organic shapes, patterns, and textures even when using a medium that is often manufactured by human hands. Drenk’s most recent sculptures are a series called Implements, each of which begins with a mass of standard No. 2 pencils that have been tightly glued together. Using an electric sander she then molds the piece into a form that seems more likely to have originated in a dark cave or deep within the ocean than from a school desk. Of her work she says:
New Paper Birds and Wildlife by Diana Beltran Herrera When I first spotted the work of Diana Beltran Herrera (previously) last year she had published less than half a dozen or so images of her crisp, colorful paper birds. Her work with paper-craft animals has branched out considerably since as she cranks out new sculptures almost daily which you can explore in her bird and animal galleries. Sketchbook Secrets: 50 Beautiful Sketchbook Scans The sketchbook is—to borrow a term from the new millenniums’ popular discourse—an artist’s BFF. It’s a diary for the visually inclined—a place where artists can most comfortably explore their personal thoughts, work out their visual needs, practice, maintain a visual history, and hopefully create the unpolished work that will eventually lead to amazing work for the world to see. But, sometimes, when we’re lucky, we get to see the process. Below are 50 beautiful sketchbook scans from 35 talented artists. Allen Sutton Mattias Adolfsson
Colors Imagine a world without colors! Without the beautiful colors splashed all around us by nature, life would be like a black and white film. (Well, even black and white are colors after all!) A rainbow is perhaps the most magnificent rendering of 'colors' and 'colorfulness'. Here we take you through articles on types of colors and color schemes and combinations.