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Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast

Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast

August 28, 2014

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Christopher Jobson

Photo by Spencer Elzey
Since we last covered work by DALeast, the artist has painted numerous pieces around the world, particularly a number of bird-themes murals in Poland, Spain, and now New York City where he just completed a towering painting of a bird clutching another bird on the side a Manhattan building. Born in China, the muralist/sculptor/painter is currently based out of Cape Town where his use of frenetic lines to compose animals, people, and other forms is almost instantly recognizable. More



Animation

Artist Creates Digital Life-Forms that Respond to Archival Birdsongs

Artist Creates Digital Life-Forms that Respond to Archival Birdsongs

Aug.15.14

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Christopher

Australian artist Andy Thomas creates what he describes as “audio life forms,” specifically 3D animations that respond to audio input. For these latest pieces he used archival bird recordings from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (in addition to one of his own recordings) to create these new digital sound sculptures that animate in different ways in reaction to the songs of each bird. Thomas uses more software tools than we could reasonably share here, but you can learn a bit more over on his website. More



Art Illustration

Meticulously Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White

Meticulously Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White

Aug.13.14

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Christopher

Paper artist Maude White cuts meticulous depictions of birds, people, leaves and other compositions embedded with hidden scenes and stories. Each piece can involve thousands of minute cuts giving the works an extreme feel of density and texture. White is currently based in Buffalo and will have work on view next month at the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative as part of a show titled Birds I’ve Been. More



Art Design

An Amazing Collection of Mechanical Singing Bird Automata Filmed by Douglas Fisher

An Amazing Collection of Mechanical Singing Bird Automata Filmed by Douglas Fisher

Jul.21.14

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Christopher

Back in 2012 we featured a brief video about a small automaton that could almost perfectly mimic the song of a bird. Using mechanics similar to a clock, the fully automated wind-up device sucks air into a small bellows and forces it through a tiny whistle that sounds exactly like a singing bird. What my non-automata-knowledge-having-self didn’t realize at the time was that the century-old gadget was just one part of a much more intricate miniature automaton called a singing bird box. More



Photography

Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan

Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan

Jul.15.14

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Christopher

Photographer Chris Morgan snapped these great macro shots of hummingbirds in 2011 at Bosque De Paz, a 3,000 acre privately-owned biological reserve in the middle of Costa Rica. The top photo is a Green-Crowned Brilliant, a bird that only grows to a length of 13cm and is not known for its ability to sit for portraits. You can see more of Morgan’s bird photos here. (via Lost at E Minor) More



Art

New Lifelike Paper Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera

New Lifelike Paper Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera

Jul.8.14

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Christopher

Year after year, artist and designer Diana Beltran Herrera (previously) continues to astound with her near perfectly accurate reproductions of birds using paper. The fragile sculptures shown here are a mix of private commissions and pieces for several luxury brands who use her work in displays and advertising. Originally from Columbia, Herrera studied in Bogota before spending time in Finland to study ceramic sculpture. She is now currently working on an M.A. More



Amazing

Northern White-faced Owl Assists Illustrator Using Tablet

Northern White-faced Owl Assists Illustrator Using Tablet

Jun.10.14

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Christopher

Apropos of nothing, here’s a quick video of a Japanese illustrator who goes by the name Satsuma, working with a Northern white-faced owl perched on his hand. The clip is humourous in and of itself, but it’s especially fascinating to see the stabilization of the bird’s head and eyes while he works. Strangely mesmerizing. (via Tastefully Offensive) More



Animation Illustration Photography

Animator Helene Marchal Adds Feathery Flourishes to Video of a Seabird

Animator Helene Marchal Adds Feathery Flourishes to Video of a Seabird

Jun.6.14

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Christopher

It’s Friday, so here’s whacky animated short from Helene Marchal who vastly improved this footage of a seabird poking around along the seashore with a few animated flourishes and a quirky soundtrack. On behalf of the internet would like to request many, many more of these. More



Art

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches

Jun.2.14

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Christopher

Robin, 12cm tall. Copper wire and telephone cabling.
UK artist Celia Smith works with various forms of wire to create delicate bird sculptures and installations. While somewhat abstract in appearance, the pieces are almost lifelike in form and scale as if drawn with a pen. You can see over 50 different pieces by the artist on her website, and catch an interview over on Ideas in the Making. More



Design

Geometric Paper Birds and Animals by Estudio Guardabosques

Geometric Paper Birds and Animals by Estudio Guardabosques

May.15.14

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Christopher

Feast your eyes on this phenomenal geometric paper sculpting from Estudio Guardabosques, a multidisciplinary design studio out of Buenos Aires, Argentina consisting of Caro Silvero and Juan Elizalde. The duo have collaborated on numerous papercraft projects for both editorial and artistic purposes, much more of which you can see over on Behance. (via Fubiz) More



Art

Flocks of Birds Laser Cut from Maps by Claire Brewster

Flocks of Birds Laser Cut from Maps by Claire Brewster

May.14.14

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Christopher

Two new stunning pieces today from London-based artist Claire Brewster (previously) who creates delicate montages of birds, bees, and plants cut from maps. Some of her cartographic sculptures are cut by hand while others, like these, are laser cut and then pinned onto a board. More