Design

A Giant Friendly Octopus Forms an Immersive Playground for Children in Shenzhen

April 13, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman (who previously produced this oversized bunny in Taiwan) has unveiled his newest large-scale animal design, this time with the function of a playscape for Vanke Group's One City development in the centre of Yantian, Shenzhen. The playground is designed within the eight legs and head of an octopus, a piece that is named after the mythological sea creature Kracken despite its friendly appearance.

The octopus was designed alongside the team at UAP, which helped Hofman bring his imaginative work to life, and plays off of the history of the area which previously housed a battleship in its harbor. The Kracken is now docked as a place for imaginative play, rather than attacking other sailing vessels at sea. (via Designboom)

  

 

 



Art

Glistening Oil Paintings of Minerals and Crystals by Carly Waito

April 13, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Amethyst Mountain. Oil on panel, 14″ x 11″

In these small oil paintings, Toronto-based artist Carly Waito depicts the most minute details of minerals and crystals as they sparkle and glimmer. Waito seems to have a profound understanding of how light affects an object and gives each work an amazing sense of depth and focus. From her artist statement:

As a painter, Waito has continued to pursue this inspiration, with a focus towards geology, geometry, light, and a sense of wonder and curiosity. These themes are uniquely encompassed by the tiny mineral specimens which have become her particular obsession. With each finely detailed painting, Waito focuses the eye on a specimen’s particular qualities, showing the beauty and magic that is present even in nature’s tiniest objects, if one looks closely enough and with a curious mind.

Collected here are a number of paintings spanning 2009-2015, but you can see many more through Narwhal Gallery. (via The Jealous Curator)

Dioptase II 8 x 10″. Oil on panel. 2014

Carly Waito Rhodochrosite II 6 x 8

Tangerine Quartz, 8 x 8in. Oil on panel. 2014

Amethyst VIII, 2015. 8 x 10 in. Oil on wood panel.

Dioptase. 10 x 9 in. Oil on Masonite 2011

Vesuvianite. 8.5 x 11 in. Oil on Masonite 2011

Amethyst Mountain III . 16 x 13″. Oil on panel. 2014

 

 



Art

Digital Artist Omar Aqil Interprets Picasso Paintings as Sleek Modern Sculptures

April 12, 2017

Christopher Jobson

For this series titled MIMIC, Pakistan-based digital artist and art director Omar Aqil took a random selection of artworks by Pablo Picasso and completely reimagined them as 3D renderings. While Picasso himself created hundreds of sculptures, Aqil’s interpretations add a bit of whimsy and his own personal touch to the 20th century artist’s oil paintings, bringing voluminous textures and unexpected depth to famous pieces like “Seated Woman” and “Monument to the Spaniard“.

Aquil says he has long been fascinated by Picasso’s artwork, and offers this project as a visual example of how different people might interpret an artwork. Indeed when looking back and forth between the two pieces you might find yourself seeing the original painting in a new way. Check out the entire project here, and prints are available by contacting the artist directly. (via Highsnobiety)

 

 



Photography

Aerial Photography Captures the Moonlike Beauty of Footprints Across Lithuania’s Frozen Lakes

April 12, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

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Designer and part-time photographer Mantas Bačiuška uses aerial photography to capture the frozen lakes of Lithuania, flying his drone-attached camera over 300 feet above the water’s icy surface. The cross-hatched lines of footprints and circular ice patterns appear simultaneously macro and microscopic, the images looking like either an extraterrestrial landscape or zoomed in microscope slide.

Each photo is titled with the exact longitude and latitude of its location, a technical detail that is an important part of the work. When Bačiuška is not flying his high powered drones in his hometown of Druskininkai, Lithuania he is a freelance motion graphic designer. You can see more of his work, as well as more images from his series Moonlike Icy Lakes, on his Behance.

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Sponsor

Digital Artist Ingrid Tsy Uses Adobe Stock Assets as the Foundation of Her Wildly Imaginative 3D Artworks

April 11, 2017

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Ingrid Tsy | Adobe Stock

Inspiration for a creative endeavor can come from anywhere: music, art, movies, or maybe a good book. While digital artist Ingrid Tsy relies on many of these to kickstart her 3D renderings, her process isn’t as straightforward as picking up a pencil or camera. Tsy instead draws a direct influence from existing imagery—like assets found on Adobe Stock—as the foundation for her digital designs that have caught the attention of clients like Adobe, Lexus, and the Coachella music festival.

In this new series, Tsy used a number of photographs and textures available through Adobe Stock as the building blocks for her inventive digital sculptures. Tsy finds time every day to create a new digital sketch, spending 30 minutes to over an hour until an idea fully manifests itself on screen, a moment where everything “clicks.” See how Tsy transforms images from Adobe Stock into a new original artwork in these videos from Adobe Create Magazine.

Ingrid Tsy | Adobe Stock

Ingrid Tsy | Adobe Stock

Ingrid Tsy | Adobe Stock

Like Tsy, you can find inspiration for your next creative project at Adobe Stock. Adobe Stock is seamlessly integrated into Creative Cloud applications, so you can search, view, edit, and license photographs, videos, illustrations, vector graphics, 3D assets and more without leaving your creative workflow. Monthly subscription plans are available for individuals, small teams, and enterprise solutions. Learn more about plans and pricing on Adobe Stock. If you’re interested in selling your own stock photos and videos, visit the Adobe Contributor Portal.

Ingrid Tsy | Adobe Stock

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Art

Blooming Kinetic Sculptures Built with Wire by Casey Curran

April 11, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Seattle-based artist Casey Curran constructs elaborate kinetic sculptures primarily of brass wire that twist, bloom, flip, or wiggle depending on the subject. Some pieces rely on a motorized mechanism, but most of his artworks function with the help of a single hand crank that brings the piece to life. His latest piece titled “Bequeath these Seeds” was made for the 2016 Bellevue Arts Museum biennial show titled “Metalmorphosis”. Curran shares more of his latest kinetic works—including a kinetic cheetoh man—on Instagram.

 

 



Illustration

Lovely Storybook Illustrations of People Communing with Nature by Jin Xingye

April 11, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Each image created by Chinese illustrator Jin Xingye seems suggest a moment from an untold story, where people and creatures appear to share surreal, tender moments from within a larger narrative. You can see more of his recent work over on Behance. (via This Isn’t Happiness)