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Old Books Transformed into Imaginative 3D Illustrations of Fairy Tale Scenes

March 25, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

…cutting and pasting the books into layered fairy tale scenes instead of letting the novels collect dust or fall prey to the elements. Ouzman creates her whimsical and monochromatic environments with an X-Acto knife, glue, watercolors and Micron pens. Each work focuses on plants and animals, several layers of winding forestry surrounding her central characters. Each book can take between two and three months to complete, which is why Ouzman is currently on hold with commissions until October. To submit a commission for her found book illustrations contact her here, or browse the books on her Etsy site. (via Lustik)…

 

 



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Bolt Poetry: A Blacksmith Evokes Surprisingly Human Forms from Single Steel Bolts

March 7, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm manages to create unusually emotional sculptures using old bolts. The series began when Malm stumbled onto the rusting bolts at a barn in Bergsladen, Sweden. He immediately recognized the wide caps and slender stems as having humanistic qualities so he gathered them up and proceeded to heat, forge, twist and bend them into shape in his studio. The resulting collection of sculptures titled Bolt Poetry, evokes humanistic moments of affection, sadness, and pain. You can see more of his work on Behance. (via Lustik)…

 

 



Design Illustration

3D Calligraphy Experiments by Tolga Girgin

February 2, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Turkish graphic designer and electrical engineer Tolga Girgin continues to experiment with calligraphy that seems to jump off the page. Girgin uses shading, shadows, and different forms of perspective to create three-dimensional letters that float, stand, drip, and slant. You can see more on Instagram and over on Behance. (via Lustik)…

 

 



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Old Paintbrush Handles Sculpted Into Heads of Women by Rebecca Szeto

December 15, 2014

Johnny Waldman

…once used to create artwork, now bear the face of female portraits largely inspired by women of the Renaissance period and other female figures of art history. Szeto, who previously worked as a faux finisher, uses her skill and background to create playful objects that question our notions of beauty and value; trash and treasure. “The slow and repetitive nature of whittling becomes a meditative activity,” says Szeto, referring to her ongoing series of Paintbrush Portraits. For Szeto, the build-up of paint layers helps define their ultimate form as she reflects “on the idiosyncrasies of each individual brush.” (Via Lustik)…

 

 



Art

Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves

November 3, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Leaf Beast is a recent project by freelance illustrator and artist Baku Maeda that seemingly brings dead leaves back to life. Maeda took advantage of the warped shape and veiny structure of dried magnolia leaves and made only minimal cuts to create each piece. See Part I and Part II. (via Laughing Squid, Lustik)…

 

 



Art

Artist Carol Milne Knits with Glass

October 15, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…high temperatures. Next, hot steam is used to melt the wax, leaving behind an empty cavity in the shape of the artwork. Pieces of room temperature glass are then placed inside the mold which is then heated to 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of glass. Afterward, the piece is slowly cooled over a period of several weeks, followed by a careful excavation process, where Milne delicately chips away like an archaeologist to reveal the final piece. You can see much more of Milne’s work at the Glass Art Society, on Facebook, and in her online gallery. (via Lustik)…

 

 

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