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Uncomfortable Sandpaper Sculptures by Mandy Smith

Uncomfortable Sandpaper Sculptures by Mandy Smith sculpture sandpaper paper illustration

Uncomfortable Sandpaper Sculptures by Mandy Smith sculpture sandpaper paper illustration

Uncomfortable Sandpaper Sculptures by Mandy Smith sculpture sandpaper paper illustration

Uncomfortable Sandpaper Sculptures by Mandy Smith sculpture sandpaper paper illustration

Uncomfortable Sandpaper Sculptures by Mandy Smith sculpture sandpaper paper illustration

Uncomfortable Sandpaper Sculptures by Mandy Smith sculpture sandpaper paper illustration

While at first these tiny paper objects by artist and designer Mandy Smith seem like playful miniature figures from a dollhouse, one shudders to imagine their application when you realize they’re made of carefully sculpted from sandpaper. From the scratchy bikini to the chaffing slide and the unspeakable horror of the toilet paper roll, each is more uncomfortable than the last. Yet it’s hard to deny Smith’s amazing talent in bending such an unforgiving material to her will. Photos by Bruno Drummond. (via It’s Nice That)

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An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual ‘Brussels in Shorts’ Graphic Short Story Competition

An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual Brussels in Shorts Graphic Short Story Competition illustration Belgium

An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual Brussels in Shorts Graphic Short Story Competition illustration Belgium

An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual Brussels in Shorts Graphic Short Story Competition illustration Belgium

An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual Brussels in Shorts Graphic Short Story Competition illustration Belgium

An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual Brussels in Shorts Graphic Short Story Competition illustration Belgium

An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual Brussels in Shorts Graphic Short Story Competition illustration Belgium

An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual Brussels in Shorts Graphic Short Story Competition illustration Belgium

An Illustrated Book by Dulk Wins 2nd Annual Brussels in Shorts Graphic Short Story Competition illustration Belgium

Now in its second year, Brussels in Shorts is an international graphic short story competition that invites illustrators and artist from around the world to create a predominantly visual story set against contemporary Brussels. The winners this year were graphic artist Antonio Segura Donat (a.k.a. Dulk) and brother Carlos out of Valencia, Spain who created this superbly illustrated short story titled Zomeravonden (Summer Evenings) based on sketches made while visiting the city center. This book and nine others were on view at the Belgian Comic Strip Center back in February. You can see much more of Dulk’s work over on Facebook. (via Behance)

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Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth over at Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop just announced a new woodcut print titled Moth. Shown in production here, the final piece will be a 2-color print measuring 18″ x 25″ and is now available for pre-order. Art and design blogs everywhere were smitten earlier this year with their equally beautiful Moon print. The duo also has an upcoming exhibition of woodcut prints at the Arm in Brooklyn, opening Thursday, November 7th.

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Dreamy Paintings of Women on Buildings by Tran Nguyen

Dreamy Paintings of Women on Buildings by Tran Nguyen painting illustration
Sleeping With Nostalgia, 2013. Acrylic & colored pencil. 20″ x 26″

Dreamy Paintings of Women on Buildings by Tran Nguyen painting illustration
Bedridden Mementos, 2013. Acrylic & colored pencil. 14″ x 18″

Dreamy Paintings of Women on Buildings by Tran Nguyen painting illustration
Taste For Bittersweet Beds, 2013. Acrylic & colored pencil. 13″ x 16.5″

Dreamy Paintings of Women on Buildings by Tran Nguyen painting illustration
A Place We Once Homed I & II, 2013. Acrylic & colored pencil. 13″ x 16.5″

Artist Tran Nguyen was born in Vietnam but now lives and works in Georgia. These are just a few of her latest acrylic and pencil works from an exhibition at Roq La Rue gallery late this summer. Nguyen says she is “fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psychotherapeutic support vehicle, exploring the mind’s dreamscape.” You can see a full gallery of her latest work right here.

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Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design

Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design pop culture paper illustration design

Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design pop culture paper illustration design

Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design pop culture paper illustration design

Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design pop culture paper illustration design

Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design pop culture paper illustration design

Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design pop culture paper illustration design

Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design pop culture paper illustration design

London-based Lobulo Design (who is actually just a single desiner who goes by Lobulo) creates wonderful, vibrant designs using paper. From pop culture to anatomy and the natural world it seems like nothing is off limits. Check out much more over on Behance.

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Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

A few days ago Colleen Theisen who helps with outreach and instruction at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa shared an amazing gif she made that demonstrates something called fore-edge painting on the edge of a 1837 book called Autumn by Robert Mudie. Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out. There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction.

When I realized the book Theisen shared was only one of a series about the seasons, I got in touch and she agreed to photograph the other three so we could share them with you here. Above are photos of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter which were donated to the University of Iowa by Charlotte Smith. How much fun are these? Keep an eye on the University of Iowa’s special collections Tumblr as they unearth more artificats from the archives.

Update: Because this post is getting so much attention, here are some more amazing fore-edge paintings found on YouTube.

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Artist Collaborates with her 4-Year-Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

Artist Collaborates with her 4 Year Old Daughter to Create Amazing Illustrations kids illustration drawing

In one of the best collaborations this blog has seen in ages, professional illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks has been collaborating with her 4-year-old daughter on a series of wonderful drawings that pass back and forther between mother and daugher until reaching an always unexpected final form. Each drawing begins with Hendricks drawing a detailed retro-ish head, after which her daughter snatches away the sketchbook to create rudimentary body (or animal!) parts as well as other random details. Afterward Hendricks goes back in to polish things up a bit and behold: dinosaur women, slug ladies, and beaver astronauts are born. Of the collaboration Hendricks shares:

Sometimes I would give her suggestions, like “maybe she could have a dragon body!” but usually she would ignore theses suggestions if it didn’t fit in with what she already had in mind. But since I am a grownup and a little bit (okay a lot) of a perfectionist, I sometimes would have a specific idea in mind as I doodled my heads. Maybe she could make this into a bug! I’d think happily to myself as I sketched, imagining the possibilities of what it could look like. So later, when she’d doodle some crazy shape that seemed to go in some surrealistic direction, or put a large circle around the creature and filled the WHOLE THING in with marker, part of my brain would think, What is she DOING?!? She’s just scribbling it all up! But I should know that in most instances, kids’ imaginations way outweigh a grownup’s, and it always ALWAYS looked better that what I had imagined. ALWAYS.

Kind of reminds me of Rob Kimmel’s collaboration with his son or even Axe Cop. If you’re interested, Hendricks just published 16 of their illustrations as prints over on Society6. (via Visual News, Neatorama)

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