Frederic Edwin Church’s Beautiful Pantings of Icebergs Between Labrador and Greenland, 1859 – 1861

In the summer of 1859, American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) took trip aboard a schooner to Newfoundland and Labrador to observe icebergs. Louis Legrand Noble wrote up the excursion in the book After Icebergs with a Painter. In 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil War, Church exhibited Icebergs: The North at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Continue reading »

In Astonishingly Realistic Painting, Artist Hiroki Okuma Spent Months Just on His Model’s Hair

Japanese artist Hiroki Ōkuma has stunned his followers and other art-lovers with a viral post on his Twitter account revealing his latest oil painting. Continue reading »

Artist Draws Extremely Realistic Drawings Using Only A Pencil

No one’s born knowing how to draw. It takes some time before childish scribbles take shape and turn into simplistic drawings that resemble something that is recognizable. Same goes with hyper-realistic drawings, which take exponentially more time to learn than just simple stick figures. It takes thousands of hours of hard work and patience. Continue reading »

This Artist Can Carve Anything From Food

One of the most exciting parts of Halloween is all the creepy decorations carved from a pumpkin that we are eager to make and show off. But for some people, Halloween is every day of the year. They say anything can be art, so Italian artist Valeriano Fatica chose food as his medium. In his talented hands, watermelons, pumpkins, potatoes, carrots, avocados, cheese, truffles, and even tiny coffee beans turn into incredibly detailed sculptures that look just too good to eat. Continue reading »

Artist’s Stunning and Spooky Abandoned Movie Theater Diorama Is Too Real Not to Believe In

Japanese model artist Takatsu breathtaking diorama is one that is taking us down memory lane with a bit of nostalgia–and also one that is so breathtakingly realistic we can’t believe they’re not photographs! Continue reading »

Winners Of The Visual Storytelling Contest By The Independent Photographer

Here are the winners and finalists of The Visual Storytelling Contest By The Independent Photographer.

“From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story and we were seeking visual artists aiming to captivate and share their stories with awareness and conviction.”

American photographer Nichole Sobecki, represented by renowned photo agency VII, was the judge of the competition.

Berber Theunissen – 1st Prize – “The Soul Within”

“The growing body. The excitement. Noticing the old me fading away, the beginning of a new life. The fear of losing him again, the mental scars after the miscarriage. The first strong kicks, slowly regaining trust in my body. The growing love. The healing homebirth. Meeting the soul that had been with us already all those years, finally earth side. The double sword: fatigue, heartbreaking fears, overwhelming responsibilities alternated with a soft inner peace, overpowering happiness.” Continue reading »

Beautiful Female Fashion Photography in the 1960s by Hans Dukkers

Fashion of the 1960s featured a number of diverse trends. It was a decade that broke many fashion traditions, mirroring social movements during the time. Continue reading »

20 Times Filmmakers Used Clever Tricks To Create Impressive Scenes

The Phantom Menace (1999)

If you thought that filming movies is nothing more than pointing a camera and yelling “action!” while slamming a clapperboard, then we’ve got some news for you – it’s not that simple. Turns out that there are numerous clever tricks used by filmmakers to achieve the perfect shot that we don’t normally get to see. But all of that is about to change. Continue reading »

Sin Eater: Illustrations from The Heart of The Herefordshire Countryside by Matthew Glover

Matthew Glover is the creator of Sin Eater Illustrations, he lives deep in the heart of Herefordshire’s countryside. Here his fascination of nature and British folklore grew, working in a traditional pen and ink style his artwork is highly detailed and is all created by hand. Continue reading »

Marcelo Ventura Reimagines The Concept of Pop Culture Characters in Dark-Style Illustrations

Many self-taught artists have no formal education but have extraordinary skills, talents, creative ideas, and artworks. One of them is like this artist, starting from a hobby and happy drawing, Marcelo Ventura, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Continue reading »

Legendary London’s Thinnest House is for Sale

Unique, beautiful, stylish and quite probably the thinest house in England. So much more than a home.

Unique is an oft over-used word, especially by estate agents. Perhaps this over use is why it feels so completely inadequate when it comes to describing this genuinely individual property which, despite its surface oddness is actually very easy to live with. Continue reading »

The Body-Painting Illusions of Gesine Marwedel

Gesine Marwedel (previously) is a talented body-painting artist who has the power to transform the naked bodies of her models into mind-bending optical illusions. Continue reading »

How To Recognise Clouds – The International Cloud Atlas, 1896

The Atlas international des Nuages (International Cloud Atlas; Internationaler Wolkenatlas) was published in Paris, France, by Gauthier-Villars et fils in 1896. This pictorial atlas contained 14 illustrations on 14 printed color plates. A mix of photographs (chromotypographs) and pantings, the text was in English, French, and German. Continue reading »

Surreal Photo Manipulations That Challenge Logic By Hansruedi Ramsauer

One could say photo manipulations are illusions created by heavy photo editing techniques. It is an art where ordinary photos are transformed into something alluring, surreal, and totally out of the box. Continue reading »

Artist Illustrates How Our Favorite Characters Have Changed In Adorable Illustrations

LA-based artist Jeff Victor illustrates the evolution of iconic pop culture characters with an ‘adorkable’ twist. Today, he is back with a spin-off illustration series called Mini Evolution that shows our favorite characters before and after they went through a change. Whether it’s a secret superhero identity, character development, or different versions of the same character—you’ll surely enjoy a geeky recap of pop culture’s finest in Victor’s own cute style. Continue reading »

Artist Puts Together ‘Super Families’ From Our Favorite Characters

Harry Potter (Wizards Family)

French artist Andry “Shango” Rajoelina creates adorable illustrations of famous characters from pop culture as families. In the illustrations, ‘the parents’ are usually the leaders, the oldest or the wisest characters from the TV series, movies, video games or books. All the other characters are turned into children. Continue reading »

Artist Replaces Famous Parisian Monuments with Iconic Pop Culture Characters

French artist Benoit Lapray worked in collaboration with studio 95 Magenta and Emmanuelle Vonck Lugand to create this fantastic project that replaces famous Parisian monuments with iconic pop culture characters. Continue reading »

Ukiyo-e Heroes: Illustrations by Jed Henry

Jed Henry is an artist, lifelong gamer and Japanophile who combines all his passions to create the great Ukiyo-e Heroes series. Continue reading »

This Gold, Vintage and Rare McDonald’s Canada Employee Diamond Ring

For only $760 you can own this vintage beauty from the ’90s. Unfortunately, I could not find any information about who was given this ring, why and for what reason. It was probably awarded to the most successful employee or manager of the branch based on the financial results of the year. Continue reading »

Whale-Shaped Marine Observatory Will Let Visitors Take A Look Under the Sea

Aquariums are a timeless concept. Many love to have them at home and when we want something more extraordinary, there are the museums and observatories that we can visit (and try to spot a shark or two!). However, sometimes the same old tired square block can become less of a novelty and more like a chore. And that’s exactly what this observatory center in Australia would like to avoid. Continue reading »

Sketch Vs. Final: Artists Show The Huge Difference Between Their Sketches And Finished Artwork


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A recent trend on Twitter got artists all hyped up to share their artwork. The challenge ‘Sketch vs. Final’ asks the artists to share what their artwork looks like when it’s first sketched out and when it’s all finished and rendered. Continue reading »

La-La Land: The Playful Side of Los Angeles in The 1970s and ’80s

Parade staging area, Los Angeles, 1980

American photographer Gary Krueger believes he lived through a ‘golden age’ in 1970s and 80s Los Angeles. A new exhibition pulls together his playful street photography. Continue reading »

Life-Sized Wax Figures of Hollywood Stars From The 1980s and 1990s

In May 2009, the Hollywood Wax Museum sold a batch of life-sized wax figures at auction. Bidders vied for wax effigies of musicians, athletes, Hollywood A-listers, Jesus and stagehands. Continue reading »

Musician Builds Guitar out Of His Dead Uncle’s Skeleton, Uses It to Play Black Metal!

A man by the name of ‘Prince Midnight’ decided to use the skeleton of his dead uncle, Filip, to make a guitar. He has documented the creation of what he calls his ‘Skelecaster’. He appears to have attached a neck, pickups, volume knobs, strings, and electronics to the skeleton. The rib cage serves as the body of the instrument and the spine and pelvis make up the rest of it. On the headstock are the words: ‘Filip Skelecaster’. According to Prince Midnight, the guitar plays perfectly and “sounds awesome”. Continue reading »

Proxy: A Collection of Distorted Abstract Portraits by Seb JJ Peters

‘Proxy’: a collection of abstract portraits, unfettered by proximity, meditating on distance & distortion. By Seb JJ Peters. Almost an extension of his catalogue of ingenious tricks, ‘Proxy’ takes the remote photoshoot into the realm of fine art, cleverly using household items smeared over a perspex screen to manipulate his images in real-time. Continue reading »