Berndnaut Smilde is a Dutch artist living and working in Amsterdam. In his Nimbus clouds series, Smilde creates actual clouds, typically inside empty gallery spaces, and then photographs the results.

The process is scientific, as he carefully regulates the temperature and humidity of a space to create ideal conditions for a cloud. After misting an area, he then sprays a short burst of fog to create a fluffy, albeit brief, cloud.

Artist Tim Racer is best known for his original carved sculptural works in the style of old-time carousel creatures. Here are some photos from his Facebook, and here’s his website. He is available for custom work, and also restores and helps preserves 19th-century carousel animals. He also co-founded BADRAP, a pitbull rescue organization.

Found at the fantastic boingboing website.

Found in Translation is an ongoing series that highlights words in other languages with no direct English equivalent.

Origins (top to bottom): Japanese, Yagán, Inuit, 2x German

The illustrative posters are done by Anjana Ilyer, a Mumbai-born graphic designer currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. Anjana’s goal is to do 100 of these illustrations in 100 days.

Dangerdust are two anonymous students at the Columbus College of Art & Design, who  have drawn inspirational quotes on the art department’s chalkboards. You can see the entire collection on Behance.

via Columbus College of Art & Design

The 12 basic principles of animation laid out in the 1981 book The Illusion of Life, by two of Disney’s Nine Old Men. Must know for any graphic artist!

Artist Justin Gershenson-Gates takes apart old watches and other discarded objects and turns them into recycled mechanical sculptures and jewellry. Online he is better known as A Mechanical Mind with dedicated followings on deviantART.

Artist Justin Gershenson-Gates takes apart old watches and other discarded objects and turns them into recycled mechanical sculptures and jewellry. Online he is better known as A Mechanical Mind with dedicated followings on deviantART.


"Each winter, as the southern seas grew rough, the Kodran fleet would migrate north to spend the stormiest months in the safe harbor of the Gilbrecht Sound. But this year, tensions in Toll delayed their journey by two weeks"

Wonderful painting by Tyler Edlinart
Does anyone know if this belongs to a book or game? Can someone hold this in Philip Reeve’s face to make it clear that he simply NEEDS to write further volumes in the “Mortal Engines” (aka “Predator Cities”) series!?!

"Each winter, as the southern seas grew rough, the Kodran fleet would migrate north to spend the stormiest months in the safe harbor of the Gilbrecht Sound. But this year, tensions in Toll delayed their journey by two weeks"

Wonderful painting by Tyler Edlinart

Does anyone know if this belongs to a book or game? Can someone hold this in Philip Reeve’s face to make it clear that he simply NEEDS to write further volumes in the “Mortal Engines” (aka “Predator Cities”) series!?!

Amazing porcelain sculptures by Johnson Tsang

What a great idea: This is the giant aluminum sea serpent skeleton designed by artist Huang Yong Ping and installed in the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay near Nantes, France. 
Re-blogged from Geekologie.com

What a great idea: This is the giant aluminum sea serpent skeleton designed by artist Huang Yong Ping and installed in the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay near Nantes, France.

Re-blogged from Geekologie.com

How to turn a block of wood into a box of money - the hard way …

See 15 stages of an amazing hyper-realistic sculpture by American artist Randall Rosenthal.

Another amazing piece of carving by Guy Laramée using a edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica

Titled Adieu, Laramée says the work was inspired in part by Encyclopedia Britannica’s announcement that after 244 years the would cease printing its iconic multi-volume book sets. The artist relied on his travels in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil to arrive at the final form carved into the book tops that gradually morphs from green mountains to grasslands and semi-desert prairies

Photographer Angela Kelly and her 7-year-old son decided to venture outdoors amidst freezing temperatures to blow some bubbles.

After finding a soap bubble recipe online that consisted of dish soap, karo syrup and water; the mother and son braved the elements to see what would happen. The results were a breathtaking series of close-ups that showed the frozen soap bubbles in various states.

Not only did each bubble freeze with their own unique pattern but they also deflated and collapsed in spectacular fashion. The series, which can be seen in its entirety on Facebook (here and here), has spread online in recent weeks. To see more beautiful photography from Angela, check out her Website.

(re-blogged from Twisted Sifter)

The above photos are not of live objects, but 3D-paintings. Singapore artist Keng Lye uses acrylics on multiple layers of resin to create stunning these animal portraits. Check out his portfolio on deviantART.

Last week, the Palace Museum in Beijing revealed an amazing wooden sculpture by Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui which he carved from a single tree trunk ca. 12 meters long, 3 meters high and 2 meters wide (= 40 x 10 x 8 ft); it took him four years to carve and features 550 individually carved people among boats, bridges and buildings.

The sculpture is based on the famous scroll painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival (ca. 1085-1145), which captures the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital, Bianjing (today Kaifeng). The original painting is one of the most renowned work among all Chinese paintings and has even been called, ‘China’s Mona Lisa’ for its recognizability.

Re-blogged from TwistedSifter

A few samples of bootleg movie posters. Many more at Awesome-Robo.