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Sponsor // New Cityscape Jewelry Features More Iconic City Skylines 


Anyone who has spent time traveling understands the feeling of nostalgia for a city’s cuisine, people, and architecture. Designer Ola Shekhtman understands this feeling and has transformed some of the world’s most iconic skylines and landmarks into a collection of wearable cityscapes.

Her architectural tributes range from the Barcelona ring, filled with Antoni Gaudí’s distinctive work, to the Seattle ring which features the Fermont Troll, a whimsical local public art sculpture.

In addition to wearable homages to major metropolises like London, Hong Kong, and Paris, you can now get your very own skyline ring for Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles and many more. All designs come in polished silver, 14k yellow, white or rose gold, 18k gold or platinum. Pendants are also available and earrings are coming soon!

View all of Shekhtwoman’s Cityscape designs here. For updates on her new designs, follow Ola on Instagram and Facebook.

Sponsor // Free Online Figure Drawing with Craftsy 


Discover the secrets to drawing the human form with Craftsy’s free, online, Figure Drawing Atelier.

Get instant lifetime access to step-by-step instruction by Patricia Watwood, a world renowned artist who has twice landed the cover of American Artist magazine. Enjoy success as you progress from a simple block-in sketch, to a gestural drawing, to a polished piece with depth and dimension. As a bonus, you’ll even learn how to make custom toned papers to add a unique touch to your work.

Learn at your preferred pace in the convenience of your own home, with 7 action-packed video lessons and accompanying downloadable visual resources. Watch anytime, anywhere, forever, and bring expressive figure drawings to life! Sign up for free at Craftsy.

The International Winners of the Polartec Apex Awards, the Future of Outerwear Design (Sponsored) 


A descendent of a century-old old New England mill, Polartec earned its outdoor cred as the inventor of the original synthetic fleece that brought together function and fashion in the 1980s. Today, Polartec is the inventor of performance fabrics that breathe, regulate temperature, resist fire, and can even originate from recycled plastic bottles.

While Polartec pushes the boundaries of fabric science, they rely on the inspiration of designers and developers to realize the beautiful shapes their fabrics can truly become. For nearly 20 years, the Polartec Apex Awards recognizes this collaboration by honoring the design teams who utilize Polartec fabrics to push boundaries and usher in the future of outerwear design.




To announce the 2016 winners, Polartec enlisted the help of specially designed android mannequins and the photography of Portland, Oregon-based photographer Chris Hornbecker. Together with a team of veteran character and special effect artists, fabricators, digital artists, and stylists, Hornbecker’s energetic and emotional photography transforms mortal figures into futuristic models in order to highlight the forward-looking outerwear design of the Apex-winning garments.



This year’s six International Apex Award Winners hail from France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. They include:

   — Black Crows | Women’s Corpus Polartec Jacket, designed by Camille Kunz
   — Eric Bompard |Camionneur Pull Homme, designed by Lucile Léorat
   — Red Fox | Sleeping Bag-Backpack Alpha, designed by Zoya Spirina
   — Salewa | Pedroc PTC Alpha Jacket, designed by Dennis Hinze
   — Joseph Abboud | Memory Men’s Coat, designed by Toshiko IIJima
   — Rapha | Brevet Insulated Gilet, designed by the Rapha Design Team

Learn more about the Polartec Apex Awards, and this year’s winners, at apex.polartec.com.

This post was sponsored by Polartec.

Sponsor // Draw Your Point Of View With This Online Craftsy Class 


Find out how to draw what you see confidently with video lessons from Urban Sketchers correspondent Paul Heaston. Capture ordinary scenes in extraordinary sketches. Learn how to simplify busy spaces, sketch perspective intuitively, depict wide-angle views and more – for 50% off with this special, one-week offer for Colossal readers.

Watch these lessons anytime and as many times as you want to gain confidence in techniques for drawing the world as you see it.

Visit Craftsy now to get 50% off the online class, Sketching Your Point of View, and enjoy your video lessons risk-free with Craftsy’s full money-back guarantee. Offer expires July 12, 2016 at 11:59pm MT.

Sponsor // Confidently Sketch On Location With 50% Off This Online Craftsy Class 


Learn how to build narrative-rich scenes by sketching on location.

Artist and instructor Steven Reddy shows you how to sketch what you see by heading to your favorite local cafe, choosing a subject and drawing it in a playful yet realistic way. You’ll get 50% off Steven’s video lessons — a special, one-week offer for Colossal readers.

With these lessons, which you can watch anytime and as many times as you like, you’ll walk away from this online class with versatile techniques and a sketchbook full of impressive work to share with friends and family.

Visit Craftsy now to get 50% off the online class, Sketching Interiors: Structure, Detail & Play, and enjoy your video lessons risk-free with Craftsy’s full money-back guarantee. Offer expires June 27, 2016 at 11:59pm MT.

Sponsor // Make Captivating Drawings Simple With 50% Off This Online Craftsy Class 


Improve all of your colored pencil drawings! Make your drawings more fun and fascinating with a portable, easy-to-use medium! Learn how with professional artist Susan Rubin in her online Craftsy class, Colored Pencil Essentials. You’ll get 50% off Susan’s video lessons — a special, one-week offer for Colossal readers — and learn easy, empowering techniques for color-mixing, application, and more.

With these lessons, which you can watch anytime and as many times as you like, Susan will teach you all the colored pencil skills you need for drawings you love, from setting up your color palette to layering for beautiful effects, capturing lifelike textures, adding eye-catching details and more.

Visit Craftsy now to get 50% off the online class, Colored Pencil Essentials, and enjoy your video lessons risk-free with Craftsy’s full money-back guarantee. Offer expires June 13th, 2016 at 11:59pm MT.

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