Jackie Chan portrait made of 64,000 Chopsticks

Hong Yi, aka “Red“, is a Malaysian artist-architect who was commissioned to work on an art piece for Jackie Chan’s 60th birthday. She spent a month collecting 64,000 chopsticks, in Zhejiang and in Beijing. She tied them into different bundle sizes with strings, and then hung them on a steel frame. The installation is best viewed from the front, where the portrait is most visible. Make sure to watch the video below.

 

Ceramic Art by Katharine Morling

Katharine Morling is an award-winning artist working in the medium of ceramics. She set up her studio in 2003 and has since gained international acclaim for her work. Katharine says, “My work can be described as 3 dimensional drawings, in the medium of ceramics. Each piece, on the surface, an inanimate object, has been given layers of emotion and embedded with stories, which are open for interpretation in the viewer’s mind. When put together, the pieces combine to make a tableau staging the still lives of everyday objects. The life size pieces and the unexpectedness of the scale create a slightly surreal experience as you walk through this strange environment. I work very instinctively, one piece leads to the next, I try not to pin down what I am doing or even why. I have to trust and believe that I can communicate through this medium. My searching is never complete; each piece is a journey for answers that are only hinted at, with more questions.”

Fun Arts Made By Everyday Objects and Foods

Reality can be a bore sometimes, which is why most of us are grateful for the creative sparks generated by artists like Victor Nunes. Nunes stretches his imagination, and yours, turning everyday objects like pen caps, biscuits and rubber bands into caricatures of life – well, part of it, at least.

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As an expert on creativity, Victor Nunes has been mashing 2D drawings on paper, together with common, everyday objects to give it a twist. Here we’ve selected 12 of them to show you what we mean, and how fun things can be when imagination comes to the surface.

Rubber Band. The is a perfect first example to showcase the artist’s capability – he can bend the rubber bands and his creative nerves to make all sorts of playful art (except for the noose, of course).

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Bottle Cap. To have fun with everyday objects, you just need to imagine all of the potential functions of it, like how a simple red bottle cap can be turned into an ON button.

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Cork Plug. What can make with a cork plug? Apparently, a lot of wine-related creative mash-ups.

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Pen Cap. Next time you are bored in class, maybe try to make have some fun with your pen caps. Here are a few ideas.

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Razor. Isn’t it impressive how the artist can come up with both a cool racer and a snail using the same razor?

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Clothespin. Turn a regular clothespin into a duck bill or a crocodile, or more.

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Popcorn. Think popcorn is too random to be turned into art? Who would have thought popcorn can be turned into faces. Check these out.

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Dried Apricot. Never expected to see so many drawings made with dried apricots in my life. Talk about boundless imagination!

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Walnut. A personal favorite, as they fit the artworks almost perfectly. Particularly the BBQ chicken. Yummy!

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Breadstick. Now you see the artist’s trick – think of the breadstick as part of bigger entity.

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Biscuit. Proof that you can play with your food (that’s right, mom) and there’s nothing wrong with it.

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Chips. You cannot unsee chips for what they can be now. Is that a face on the potato chip?

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Creative Billboards From All Over The World

Outdoor advertising is effective and very popular in many countries. Advertising agencies are trying to do something new, creative, to make their a billboard stand out among other boards. Soeme of these billboards are very very good and as a result effective.

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Editorial Paper Art Showcase

When it comes to paper art, it’s the little things that make all the difference; the intricate patterns, the tiny, talented cuts and the specific colours chosen for each inch. Estonian designer Eiko Ojala is an unfathomable talent when it comes to the method, as these recent editorial pieces show.

Adhering to almost any brief, Ojala’s style is as iconic as it is impressive. Using simple colour palettes, stylish silhouettes and gorgeous, intricate patterns, this series would certainly stop you in your tracks when turning the pages of your favourite magazines.

Working with portraits, typography and landscapes, Ojala is a true talent in the paper art industry. With a style as recognisable as his, you’ll no doubt be seeing more of his work in the coming months.

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Have you come across any inspiring paper art work? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Incredible Lead Pencil Sculptures

Since a young age, São Paulo-born artist Dalton Ghetti had a knack for tools. For his 9th Birthday, Ghetti received a set of metal tools for children. This is what he believes began his love of carving and hobby for carpentry. At 24, he moved to the USA where he earned an associate of arts degree in architecture, while working as a cabinet maker.
upon graduation he became employed as a home remodeller, a job which he continues doing today.

During his spare time, Ghetti enjoys carving small intricate objects our for lead pencils. His technique requires him to hold the pencil in his hand under a strong light source, carving with either a sewing needle or sharp triangular metal blade, gradually removing specks of graphite at a time. This process usually sees Ghetti working for one or two hour intervals at a time,
which results in the pieces taking months, or sometimes years to complete.

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3D Ice Cubes

Novelty-shaped ice cubes are nothing new, but it’s safe to say that you’ve never seen them as impressive as this before. 3D on the Rocks is the latest ad campaign for Japanese liquor company Suntory, a brand who specializes in whiskey. They collaborated with advertising agency TBWA\Hakuhodo to create the world’s first 3D-milled ice cubes. The tiny, intricate sculptures are cool, this time both literally and figuratively.

Each creation is the result of a time-consuming modeling process completed by a precision drill that carves the minute details into ice. Their beauty is fleeting, unfortunately, because after all of the careful work they were placed in a glass for immediate enjoyment.

Some of the campaign’s designs included a great white shark, an astronaut, the Statue of Liberty, and Michaelango’s David. Ideas were submitted by the public, and a few lucky participants had their work produced. The winners were invited to a secret bar in Tokyo where they partook of Suntory whiskey with some very special “rocks.”



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From Toilet Roll To Paper Art

If your creativity is wild, no medium is a limitation. This fact is exceptionally true with Anastassia Elias, a french artist who collects toilet rolls and turns them into great works of unbelievable art. You read it right, toilet roll. And not only is the choice of medium odd, the way they are worked into incredible depictions of life is freakier.

creative toilet paper rollLet’s take a short stroll through a small version of this artist’s art gallery with these 12 sculptures that show how creative the roll can go. You’ll never look at your empty toilet paper roll the same way again.

Swing. I bet you didn’t expect to find a child swinging from a tree in a toilet roll. The shapes are simple, but they are more than enough to convey life.

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Boxing. What’s the secret that makes the world inside the roll look so lively? Answer – the backlit!

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Horse Racing. Anastassia Elias is not limited to the limited space inside a roll; in fact she even turns it into an advantage with half-depicted figures. Also I like the sense of motion expressed here.

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Cowboys. Well, howdy cowboys. Silhouette shapes actually leave their details for the viewers to fantasize about. What story did you come up with, when you see these cowboy silhouettes?

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Circus Jugglers. The act of juggling is made precise with the right shapes and positioning in this particular sculpture.

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Amusement Park. A whole amusement park comes alive here! The lesson of th day: think out of the roll.

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Rain. Perhaps it is too much to ask for rain but those people really look like they are trying to get out of the rain. The two in the background sharing the same umbrella is oh-so lifelike.

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Miners. They really look like they are mining this toilet roll for what it’s worth, with their feet embedded in the rubble.

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Holiday Night. On a lighter note, the paper trees are formed using tweezers, and concentrated patience. The outcome is natural and relaxing.

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Zoo. It’s a zoo in here. Visitors are kept outside of the enclosure with a thin bar but you can see how excited they are to see the giraffes.

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Aquarium. It’s not just the ground, you can build any world inside the roll. Also this incredible version makes the fish fly in mid-air.

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Mill. And here lies the secret of how she does it. Anastassia uses paper of same color to blend the paper figure into the roll seamlessly. Everything else that makes the sculpture come alive is based on her ingenuity and attention to detail.

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73 Year Old Artist and Microsoft Excel

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When Tatsuo Horiuchi was approaching retirement age, he wanted to do something new with his free time. So he bought a computer, and in 2000 decided to try his hand at making digital art. But Mr. Horiuchi from Nagano Prefecture, Japan, doesn’t use Photoshop or any other graphics editing software. These intricate digital artworks were made entirely in Microsoft Excel! It’s hard to believe that spreadsheet software can be used to make something so compellingly beautiful.

Fourteen years after he first started experimenting with digital art, Mr. Horiuchi is now a celebrated artist whose works have been exhibited locally and nationally. He’s also the winner of the Excel Autoshape Art Contest (what d’you mean, you didn’t know that was a thing?!)  Let’s take a look at some of his work, and the fascinating process that goes into making it.

 “I hadn’t used Excel at work or anything, but I’d seen my coworkers making graphs with it, and thought I could probably use it to draw”, said Mr. Horiuchi in an interview with Japanese site PC Online last year. While graphics software can be expensive, Excel came pre-installed on his computer. “It’s easier to use than Microsoft Paint”, he added.

▼”Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle” (2006)

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▼ “Kegon Falls” (2007)

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▼ Mr. Horiuchi with some of his artwork.

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Mr. Horiuchi makes his art using Excel’s Autoshape function. This close-up shows that each cherry blossom petal has been individually added. Now that’s attention to detail!

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▼ Check out how many layers there are in this image!

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▼ More of Mr. Horiuchi’s stunning artworks:

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Mr. Horiuchi has made the raw files for some of his work, which has been exhibited in local exhibitions and also in the Gunma Museum of Art, available online. If you want to see for yourself how it’s done, you can download them here: his actual Excel files.