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Anja Markiewicz’s Teeny Tiny Origami

Anja Markiewicz’s microscopic origami must be made with a magnifying glass, small tweezers, and a million years worth of patience.

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Colorful 3D Printed Nail Art Is Turned Into Adorable Animations

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hatsuki furutani - nail art

hatsuki furutani - nail art

hatsuki furutani - nail art

Nail artist Hatsuki Furutani has combined the love of designing incredible patterns for nails with her interest in cute narratives and scenarios. She has applied her active imagination in this new project to take her nail art designs next level. The Japanese manicurist has teamed up with a talented group of animators and software engineers to produce a few short animations telling beautiful little stories. After designing the nails on computers planning out exactly what parts of the nail would move, and in what way, the team processed the designs through a 3D printer. Over 500 nails were then printed out and applied to human hands. The fingernail creations were shot frame by frame and edited together.

Furutani likes to show the beauty and attraction in the things around us. She says there is mystery and charm in everything, in all

Living things, dead things, objects, phenomena, men’s mind, soul and imagination… Inorganic and organic matters, works of art… (Source)

Her animations see origami birds coming to life, colorful fish flapping around, wheels spinning, balls and blobs bouncing from nail to nail. Her video is full of life, joy and positivity. For more of her uplifting designs, be sure to check out her website, and maybe go and get a manicure afterwards – it will surely raise your spirit. (Via Design Boom)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Bjork’s Innocence

Some bold and colorful animation in Bjork’s Innocence video directed by Dimitri Stankowicz for Passion Pictures.

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ONEQ’s Japanese Comics Collide With American Pin-Up Girls

Japanese illustrator OneQ brings together East and West in his sexy illustrations. Pulling inspiration from both traditional Japanese comic book art and American pin-up photography, her work simultaneously has the feeling of being vintage yet contemporary through the combination of digital rendering techniques with classic pin-up poses.

 

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Ben Rayner

Ben Rayner

Based in London, photographer Ben Rayner has worked with numerous clients including, but certainly not limited to, Dazed and Confused, Nylon Magazine, Vogue France, Apple Converse, Nike, and XBOX/Guitar Hero. His compositions perfectly encapsulate the energy of his subjects–whether it be the childlike enthusiasm of The Go! Team or the freshness of Adele’s voice.

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Glenn Brown’s Incredibly Flat Paintings Look As If They Are Covered In Thick And Gooey Paint

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brown_GB145_DeepThr.tifPaintings by Glenn Brown are literally a blend of art references and a contemporary vision. Gloomy in the choice of subjects and bizarre in the colors used, the pictures resemble mutant depictions of grotesque figures.

Glenn Brown has a unique technique. He borrows images from subjects that have already been painted by masters such as Salvador Dali, Frank Auerbach, Rembrandt and unknown artists of mass market science fiction paperbacks. Taking his subjects directly from books or the internet, he then digitally retouches the features of the characters. Using Photoshop, he enlarges, crops and makes the necessary changes on the details he feels will give another outlook from the original version.
Paint is then applied to the altered picture. The artist’s brush strokes are thin and swirling on the canvas, creating a flat surface with a ‘trompe l’oeil’ effect. Glenn Brown exaggerates the flesh tones which counteracts with the kitsch color scheme. The rendering is wild and singular.

The artist is fascinated with the transformation of a reproduced picture. He is channeling new emotions from a subject that has already created previous sensations. Although his method has been used in the past by renown painters such as Picasso with the Velasquez’s Las Meninas, he is the only one who is impacting the original pieces he is working with. The soul of the paintings is dark and willing to connect with another dream world which, according to Glenn Brown would be welcoming different layers of unconscious fantasies.

Glenn Brown’s work is currently displayed in the piano room at the Brown’s Hotel in London until October 2015. A display curated by Gagosian Gallery representing the artist.

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Philipp Herrman

 

Swiss designer Philipp Herrmann‘s “DIPLOM 2006” project was taken from the diploma catalogue of the graphic design class at University of Applied Arts in Zurich. I really like how, in the image above, the tape and camera angle beguile the eye to create a sense of depth on a flat surface. Very neat optical illusion!

 

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Jill Greenberg

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You may recognize photographer Jill Greenberg‘s series of upset (understatement for some…) children. If you haven’t seen her work before, you may notice the off-putting style through her contradicting use of detail microscopically real vs. the sense of waxy – plastic feel. This is because Jill Greenberg is that same photographer behind the advertisements of the TV show Dexter. Check out her Fine Art photography, the ideas that inspire her, and the solution she comes to for translating the concepts are a real treat.

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