The Sketchbook Project Introduces the ‘Pen Pal Painting Exchange’

The Sketchbook Project Introduces the Pen Pal Painting Exchange sketchbook project painting

Our friends over at the Sketchbook Project recently launched their latest global art endeavor, the Pen Pal Painting Exchange. Based on criteria you provide, the project pairs you with a like-minded artist and you’re both provided with a pre-gessoed 4″ x 4″ canvas, a custom canvas bag, and loose guidelines. After finishing the artwork, the paintings are then swapped in the mail. The first theme, “flight,” proved wildly successful, and the next theme, “classic,” is up for registration through September 1st.

Colossal teamed up with the Sketchbook Project for their 2014 Tour which has upcoming stops in Oakland, San Francisco, and Portland. If you want to participate in the 2015 tour, you can signup here for a sketchbook.

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A Tribute to Discomfort: Insights from National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards

A Tribute to Discomfort: Insights from National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards travel interview documentary adventure

A Tribute to Discomfort: Insights from National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards travel interview documentary adventure

A Tribute to Discomfort: Insights from National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards travel interview documentary adventure

A Tribute to Discomfort: Insights from National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards travel interview documentary adventure

A Tribute to Discomfort: Insights from National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards travel interview documentary adventure

At the age of 14, photographer Cory Richards had dropped out of high school and was technically homeless. His education, he says, was instead obtained through the observation of struggle. Through various forms of discomfort and adventure he would eventually become the first American to successfully summit an 8,000-meter peak in winter (Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II), and launch an incredible career in photography through the pages of National Geographic.

Brooklyn-based digital media company Blue Chalk recently sat down with Richards to discuss his motivations and driving desire to connect with the people he photographs. (via ISO 1200, PetaPixel)

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Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood wood sculpture lobsters carving

Within the vast arena of Japanese sculpture there’s a small niche category known as jizai okimono. The craft involves carving realistic animals whose bodies and limbs are all animated through joints just like the real living thing. Some common subjects are birds, fishes, snakes and insects. It’s a craft that originated in the late-Edo period (late 1700s) when metalsmiths and armor makers, faced with a decline in demand for armor, found themselves with plenty of time on their hands. But ever since it’s modest beginnings, the lobster, with its numerous joints and undulating back, has been considered to be the most difficult and challenging subject.

Ryosuke Ohtake, a young 25-year old sculptor, caused quite a stir recently when he boldly took on the challenge and created an immaculate and animated lobster from wood. What stunned many was that not only was the piece carved from wood (which is considered far more difficult than using copper) but the fact that this was Ohtake’s first official jizai okimono. The lobster was part of a wooden sculpture exhibition at Tokyu Department Store in Tokyo this April. Watch the video to see exactly how realistic this lobster moves. And you can see more of his work over on his Facebook page.

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New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
Oh Diamond Sea Shore Drive Me From The Yard, Cape Town

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
Oh Diamond Sea Shore Drive Me From The Yard, detail, Cape Town

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
London

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
London

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
London

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
London

New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town street art animals
Cape Town

Artist Faith47 (previously) has been busy the last few months with new works popping up in her native South Africa and in locations around London. The artist is known for her use of existential symbolism to comment on nature and the human condition, specifically the struggle of many South Africans who grapple with injustice, poverty, and inequality. If you want to learn more check out this 2013 interview over on CIMA where she discusses the inspiration behind much of her work, and you can also follow her on Facebook. (via Colossal Submissions)

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A Surreal Photoshoot on an Underwater Shipwreck in Bali

A Surreal Photoshoot on an Underwater Shipwreck in Bali  surreal portraits fantasy conceptual boats Bali

A Surreal Photoshoot on an Underwater Shipwreck in Bali  surreal portraits fantasy conceptual boats Bali

A Surreal Photoshoot on an Underwater Shipwreck in Bali  surreal portraits fantasy conceptual boats Bali

A Surreal Photoshoot on an Underwater Shipwreck in Bali  surreal portraits fantasy conceptual boats Bali

A Surreal Photoshoot on an Underwater Shipwreck in Bali  surreal portraits fantasy conceptual boats Bali

Taken recently off the coast of Bali, these surreal photos are the creation of Montreal-based director and photographer Benjamin Von Wong, known for his exceedingly difficult photoshoots. Where it might be more practical to create the complex aspects of these photos digitally, Von Wong took a different path and assembled a team of two models who also happen to be trained freedivers, 7 additional support divers, and obtained special permission to utilize a 50-year-old underwater shipwreck. The entire shoot took place 25 meters below the surface, and because of the extreme conditions and limitations, he relied heavily on natural light to create the final images you see here.

You can watch the video above to see how the photoshoot came together and read more about the process over on his blog. (via PetaPixel, My Modern Met)

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Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili skulls shells bas relief anatomy

Born and raised in the Philippines, New Jersey-based artist Gregory Halili is deeply influenced by the vegetation and wildlife he experienced as a child. His latest series of work involves a fusion of the human form with the natural world in these amazing bas-relief shell skulls. Halili carves and then paints with oil on raw, gold-lip and black-lip mother of pearl found in shells collected from the Philippines. The pieces will soon be exhibited at Silverlens Galleries in Manila and Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC, but for now you can see much more in this Facebook gallery. (via Junk Culture, Skullspiration)

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Sponsor // Code-Free Parallax Scrolling Animator? Webydo’s Inviting You Try Their Closed Beta

Parallax scrolling sites are taking the web design industry by storm with designs that excel at grabbing a visitor’s attention and retaining it as they keep scrolling.

Now Webydo, the same folks behind the cutting edge code-free B2B web design platform, has released the first code-free “Parallax Scrolling Animator”. You can add eye-popping depth and movement to your web pages without writing code and with pixel-perfect precision with an intuitive WYSIWYG editor.

Still in in closed beta, Webydo’s inviting our readers to be part of the design revolution and try out their Parallax Scrolling Animator. The first 8,000 designers who register within seven days will be invited to join their exclusive closed beta program. Invites will go quick; 2,000 were scooped up in 1.5 hours just last week.

Transform the way you create your client’s websites and interact on the web by taking advantage of one of today’s hottest design feature and sign up free to begin creating.

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