Playful New Murals and Paintings by ‘Wes21′ Fuse Technology, Humor, and the Natural World

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With a keen sense of humor and superb control of a spray can, Swiss artist Remo Lienhard (aka Wes21) covers both walls and canvases with his playful sythesis of science fiction and the natural world. The artist imagines a hybrid spaceship ladybug as it blasts into the sky and pair of airborne lighthouses are revealed to be the bodies of ominous looking squid. Lienhard works in a variety of mediums from smaller acrylic and spray pieces on canvas to larger murals that often make use of surrounding objects.

Lienhard is a member of a collective of graffiti artists and illustrators called Schwarzmaler and is represented by SOON, and you can see more recent work on his Facebook.

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Sponsor // Get 50% Off the Craftsy Online-Video Class ‘Sketching People in Motion’

Capturing realistic movement in your drawings is always a challenge, but now it’s easy to gain the skills to sketch expressive, authentic gestures. Artist and illustrator Marc Taro Holmes will guide you every step of the way, in accessible online-video lessons you can watch anytime, anywhere. For a limited time, get 50% off the online Craftsy class Sketching People in Motion — a special offer for Colossal readers — and learn fun, simple techniques for capturing people in action and the magic of the moment.

In these online-video lessons, you’ll find out how use pencil, ink and watercolor to draw people in motion with confidence and clarity. To begin, you’ll see how to sketch moving subjects quickly and freely, and find out how to add detail with ink, defining the basic shapes of your subject and loosely sketching in shadows. Then, create movement with hatching, bring your sketch to life as you apply a watercolor wash, and lay down rich color and detail for a fascinating finish. As a bonus, you’ll also explore essential methods for infusing your work with a compelling visual narrative.

Visit Craftsy.com to get 50% off the online class, Sketching People in Motion, and start creating more compelling compositions today. Offer expires June 15, 2015 at 11:59pm MT.

An Oklahoma School Discovers 100-Year-Old Chalkboard Drawings Hidden in the Walls

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While undergoing renovations last week, workers at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a surprising discovery: when removing several old chalkboards they found an even older set of chalkboards hidden in the walls. Apparently the school didn’t remove or even bother to erase the oldest boards they replaced back in 1917, leaving various lessons and illustrations untouched for nearly a century.

The images and writing depicted on the boards include a list of hygiene tasks, an unusual mathematics lesson, music, and several references to pilgrims, probably correlating with the time of year the boards were last used around December. A school district spokesperson says they are working with the city to preserve the chalk drawings. You can see several more of the educational time capsules over at the Washington Post. (via Neatorama)

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A Specialized ‘Laser Art’ System Etches a Design onto a Chalkboard at Astonishing Speed

Filmed in December of last year, this specialized laser system at LasX Industries in Minnesota is capable of drawing on surfaces at a rate of up to 6 meters per second. In this example, a design by Andy Gikling is executed in a two-step process. First, the laser moves back and forth in a more familiar raster mode similar to an inkjet or typical laser printer, but at the 1:40 mark things get insane as the system switches to a “vector” process and starts drawing all over the place in real time. If I understand this correctly you’re seeing almost 100,000 vectors drawn in about two minutes and thirty seconds.

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The Microbes on the Handprint of an 8-Year-Old After Playing Outside

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We all know our bodies are home to countless millions of bacteria and microorganisms, but without seeing them with our bare eyes it’s almost impossible to comprehend. This petri dish handprint created by Tasha Sturm of Cabrillo College, vividly illustrates the variety of bacteria found on her 8-year-old son’s hand after playing outdoors. The print itself represents several days of growth as different yeasts, fungi, and bacteria are allowed to incubate.

It’s safe to say almost everything you see growing in this specimen is harmless and in many cases even beneficial to a person’s immunity, but it just goes to show why we sometimes it’s good to wash our hands. Sturm discusses in detail how she made the print in the comments of this page. (via Ziya Tong)

A Retro Stop Motion Music Video for Opiuo’s ‘Quack Fat’

Here’s a fun new music video for ‘Quack Fat’ by Australia-based DJ Opiuo off his new album Meraki. The video was directed and animated by Jonathan Chong of Dropbear who set 240 audio cassettes, 5,600 feet of video tape, 108 floppy discs and 1 retro walkman in motion to create everything you see here. Catchy tune. (via swissmiss)

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An Interactive Mirror Built from 450 Rotating Penguins by Daniel Rozin

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It’s only been a week since we featured Daniel Rozin's new fur mirror, and lucky for us there’s also a second mirror artwork currently on view at bitforms. The Penguins Mirror is an interactive mirror constructed with 450 stuffed penguins atop rotating motors. If you think the idea sounds ludicrous, it is. Ludicrously amazing. As with many of his other kinetic mirrors, Rozin makes use of the black and white color tones found on the stuffed animals to generate moving silhouettes in response to movements captured by video cameras. You can see the Penguins Mirror through the end of the month as part of Rozin’s Descent with Modification exhibition at bitforms gallery in New York.

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