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Watch Part Sculptures by Natsumi Honda

Watch Part Sculptures by Natsumi Honda watches sculpture multiples animals

Watch Part Sculptures by Natsumi Honda watches sculpture multiples animals

Watch Part Sculptures by Natsumi Honda watches sculpture multiples animals

Watch Part Sculptures by Natsumi Honda watches sculpture multiples animals

These two magnificent little animal sculptures titled Time to be Included were welded together using hundreds of tiny used watch parts. According to Tokyobling’s Blog the works are by Japanese sculptor Natsumi Honda from Tama Art University, but there seems to be very little additional info about the artist online. (via lustik)

Stunning Animal Portraits Drawn with a Bic Pen

Stunning Animal Portraits Drawn with a Bic Pen illustration drawing animals

Stunning Animal Portraits Drawn with a Bic Pen illustration drawing animals

Stunning Animal Portraits Drawn with a Bic Pen illustration drawing animals

Stunning Animal Portraits Drawn with a Bic Pen illustration drawing animals

Stunning Animal Portraits Drawn with a Bic Pen illustration drawing animals

Stunning Animal Portraits Drawn with a Bic Pen illustration drawing animals

Artist and photographer Sarah Esteje illustrates these wonderful portraits of animals using nothing more than a standard Bic pen. You can learn a bit more about the artist over on Beware and click through the drawings above to see some larger versions.

Animae Dementia: Mystical Paper Beasts Devour Unsuspecting Street Artists

Animae Dementia: Mystical Paper Beasts Devour Unsuspecting Street Artists street art performance art animals

Animae Dementia: Mystical Paper Beasts Devour Unsuspecting Street Artists street art performance art animals

Animae Dementia: Mystical Paper Beasts Devour Unsuspecting Street Artists street art performance art animals

Animae Dementia: Mystical Paper Beasts Devour Unsuspecting Street Artists street art performance art animals

Animae Dementia: Mystical Paper Beasts Devour Unsuspecting Street Artists street art performance art animals

I’m loving this ongoing paste-up series by street artists Ro and l’Homme Pendu. Entitled Animae Dementia (roughly “soul madness” or “animal madness”) the project features the duo installing these giant paste-ups of crazy mythical beings who seem to turn on their unwitting creators. So far works have appeared in Berlin and near Notre Dame in Paris. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Morphology

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This is a killer claymation test by animator Peter Sluszka. I can’t imagine how much time it must have taken to accomplish something like this. Really hope it’s part of something longer. (via stellar)

Designer LEGO Taxidermy Kits by David Cole

Designer LEGO Taxidermy Kits by David Cole toys taxidermy Lego animals

Designer LEGO Taxidermy Kits by David Cole toys taxidermy Lego animals

Designer LEGO Taxidermy Kits by David Cole toys taxidermy Lego animals

A few weeks ago Brooklyn-based designer David Cole quietly released a miniature taxidermy LEGO deer in his online shop. The deer was a custom design using random bricks sourced from numerous suppliers around the internet and was a natural extension of other pixelated art he had been experimenting with. Cole forward the link to a few design blogs and the response was swift and viral, selling 250 of the kits almost immediately and amassing a waiting list of nearly 1,500 people (I included the kit in my design blogger wishlist on the very fine Curbly.com a few weeks ago). The success was so great it piqued the interest of the New York Times who just today interviewed Cole about his custom LEGO designs. As of this moment the deer is once again back in stock and he’s added a lovely fox and bear to the lineup.

New Pixelated Animals by Shawn Smith

New Pixelated Animals by Shawn Smith wood sculpture multiples animals
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New Pixelated Animals by Shawn Smith wood sculpture multiples animals

New Pixelated Animals by Shawn Smith wood sculpture multiples animals

New Pixelated Animals by Shawn Smith wood sculpture multiples animals

New Pixelated Animals by Shawn Smith wood sculpture multiples animals

Shawn Smith (previously) has a number of new pixelated animal sculptures on display at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Smith works primarily with balsa and bass wood that he meticulously cuts, dyes, and assembles to create these beautiful animals. Smith via the gallery:

For the past few years, I have been creating a series of “Re-things.” These whimsical sculptures represent pixelated animals and objects of nature. I am specifically interested in subjects that I have never seen in real life. I find images of my subjects online and then create three-dimensional sculptural representations of these two-dimensional images. I build my “Re-things” pixel by pixel to understand how each pixel plays a crucial role in the identity of an object. Through the process of pixelation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted. Making the intangible tangible, I view my building process as an experiment in alchemy, using man-made composite and recycled materials to represent natural forms.

Smith’s work is on display through December 29th. All images courtesy Craighead Green Gallery.

The Storybook Fantasies of Dara Scully

The Storybook Fantasies of Dara Scully tableau people narrative fantasy animals

The Storybook Fantasies of Dara Scully tableau people narrative fantasy animals

The Storybook Fantasies of Dara Scully tableau people narrative fantasy animals

The Storybook Fantasies of Dara Scully tableau people narrative fantasy animals

The Storybook Fantasies of Dara Scully tableau people narrative fantasy animals

The world of Spanish artist Dara Scully is filled with childlike fantasy, her photos blending the lines between fact and fiction, each loaded with rich narrative potential. Acting frequently as the protagonist, Scully places herself in a world where bicycles are strapped to hot air balloons, where she parties with miniature elephants, and has adventures rivaling those of Alice in Wonderland. I can only hope an enterprising children’s book publisher will reach out to her soon. Follow along via Flickr. (thnx, dara!)

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the World’s Most Deadly Snakes

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes travel snakes documentary biology animals

For the past year LA-based photographer Mark Laita has been traveling to various locations around the U.S. and Central America photographing some of the world’s most deadliest snakes, a series entitled Serpentine. Of the project he says:

The sensual attractiveness of snakes, which coexists with their threatening, unpredictable and mysterious nature is truly unique. This dichotomy, in which their beauty seems to be heightened by their danger, and vice-versa, is what I find so fascinating. Add to these contradictions the rich symbolism of serpents and you have a wonderfully compelling subject.

Laita works with collectors, breeders, zoos, and even anti-venom labs who let him photograph their snake collections. But as you can imagine snake handling can be dangerous work. Just last week on a photo shoot in Costa Rica, he tangoed with a Black Mambo (last photo), the longest venomous snake in Africa that can grow up to 14 feet long. So what kind of risk did you take at work today?

See also his beautiful if somewhat heartbreaking catalog of ornithological specimens entitled Amaranthine, and some exquisite images of sea life. All images courtesy the artist. (via feature shoot)

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