This Artist's Passion Project Evolved Into A Masterful Series Of Tiny Paintings

This Artist’s Passion Project Evolved Into A Masterful Series Of Tiny Paintings

As creators continue to harness their abilities, the inclination to go bigger is part of what’s become a natural progression — and that makes sense in a world that equates larger-than-life works of art to larger-than-life talent. One artist by the name of Dina Brodksy, however, proves that creating small, painstakingly detailed pieces is certainly no small feat. Her collection of miniatures called Cycling Guide to Lilliput has garnered critical acclaim, and Brodsky’s unique touch is at once sentimental and deliberate. She recently took the time to walk ViralNova through her inspiration and process. Dina Brodsky What’s the relationship between your medium, subject matter, and the small, circular surface? Do they inform each other in your process? The summer before I started the series, I was looking through a friend’s binoculars, and was struck by how they turned the world into circular, miniature universes. I had just come back from […]

With Just A Few Cut Paper Illustrations, One Artist Created An Incredible World.

With Just A Few Cut Paper Illustrations, One Artist Created An Incredible World.

Artist and illustrator Morgana Wallace‘s pieces are beautiful and mysterious. These works are even more incredible when you consider the detail in each one. Instead of drawing or painting, Wallace creates images out of layers of cut and folded paper, creating a three-dimensional, textured look. Extra details like faces and hands of figures are added in with watercolor and gouache.  Wallace’s work has a mythical, dreamy quality to it. Her characters float in cloudy realms and wear fantastical costumes. They have a mysterious, powerful feeling, and are often accompanied by animals. Mythologies from around the world inspire Wallace’s illustrations. They are at once simple and complex, much like the tales inspiring them. Wallace is less likely to provide the backstories for the images, leaving it to the viewer’s interpretation of what’s going on in each image. Wallace is known to use modern mythologies as well, including her image of Link from the Zelda […]

These Animal Skeletons Are Out Of The Closet And Running Amuck In Your Home.

These Animal Skeletons Are Out Of The Closet And Running Amuck In Your Home.

Marc Da Cunha Lopes is a French artist who loves biology and science fiction. In his series of photographs entitled, ‘Vertebrata’ the artist explores both in the coolest fashion. These skeletons, which appear to be creatures from some unexplored moon in the Guardians of The Galaxy universe, are actually just blown up skeletons of birds, monkeys, cats and other critters. He set them in abandoned households and other locations so that in Da Cunha’s mind it appears as though “they are looking for those who made them.” This is way creepier than I thought it’d be… (H/T: Wired) If your friends have ever wondered what it looks like to disturb a creepy alien monkey skeleton from its slumber, give this a share on Facebook.     Read more: http://viralnova.com/skeletons-out-of-the-closet/

Think Your Car Is A Work Of Art? Wait Until You See These.

Think Your Car Is A Work Of Art? Wait Until You See These.

Owning a car is an important part of most people’s lives. You (probably) will pay thousands of dollars for it, it’s incredibly useful and they’re just fun to drive. Some people go above and beyond when it comes to taking care of their car and making it look super slick. Then, there are those people go a little overboard with the idea of customizing their car. These are the people who go even more overboard than the overboard people. They’ve actually made their cars into works of art and let me tell you, they’re incredible. They’re also a little insane: 1.) Looks like something a villain would drive. ArtCarCentral 2.) ICEBERG! ArtCarAgency 3.) I don’t think it’s friendly. PopularMechanics 4.) Just in time for Christmas. MichiganState 5.) This car is a little fishy. SpicyTec 6.) We’re gonna need a bigger…car. ArtCarCentral 7.) He’s not going THAT fast. WhoaFlow 8.) Mind…blown. Wikipedia […]

Why This Guy Takes Forever To Power Wash His Sidewalk Is Incredibly Cool. I Love These.

Why This Guy Takes Forever To Power Wash His Sidewalk Is Incredibly Cool. I Love These.

Home maintenance can be a pain and take hours to complete, but keeping your property in good condition is a must. Power washing can help clean vinyl siding, driveways and sidewalks, but it’s not an easy process. It takes this guy a little longer than normal to power wash the concrete slabs outside of his home, but that’s because he does something awesome while he does it… He isn’t just cleaning the concrete. He is transforming it into larger-than-life artwork. This is his first attempt at power washer art. Jonfinity He chalked the outline first, then used the power washer. Jonfinity He didn’t realize it’d turn out THIS good. Jonfinity Time for Pikachu! First, the chalking… Jonfinity “Then you very quickly line out the image. Making sure to make the white areas thinner than normal, and the dark areas fatter than normal. (It is a reduction process, since you can’t add […]

People Are Understandably Freaked Out By The Art Piece That Won This Competition

People Are Understandably Freaked Out By The Art Piece That Won This Competition

Perth, Australia, is one of the best places in the world to hang loose and catch a wave, but there is one wave that even the most daring surfers wouldn’t take on — a 10-foot swell that’s made out of 3,000 naked Barbies. Artist Annette Thas entered the “Sculpture by the Sea” competition in Perth with her strange tidal wave, which obliterated childhoods in its wake and won her $4,500 in prize money. Surf’s up! At first glance, this may look like a nice place to enjoy some shade while walking along the sizzling coast. Reddit / iBleedorange The only downside is that it’s covered with approximately 3,000 naked Barbie dolls. Not exactly relaxing. Reddit / iBleedorange Belgian artist Annette Thas erected this bizarre sculpture on Cottesloe Beach because she was inspired by “childhood memories and environmental concerns.” Reddit / iBleedorange Come on Barbie, let’s go party! Reddit / iBleedorange […]

He Spent 6 Months Teaching Himself To Draw, And By The End, He Was A Master

He Spent 6 Months Teaching Himself To Draw, And By The End, He Was A Master

Drawing is one of those abilities that’s usually a combination of raw talent and learned skill, but Redditor BlenderGuru recently aimed to prove that the latter factor plays a greater role than most people think. His goal? To teach himself how to draw in six months. It started out kind of shaky, but the end results are pretty incredible. While this outcome certainly isn’t typical, it does go to show you that a little dedication can go a long way. Here’s where his journey started. Not the worst, but certainly not the best. Reddit / BlenderGuru For the first two months, he stuck to charcoal drawings to get a handle on form. Reddit / BlenderGuru To be fair, he didn’t start from a place of zero skill. That being said, his rapid progress is impressive. Reddit / BlenderGuru This one looks pretty good, but BlenderGuru says that people only like […]

What One Guy Is Doing To Money Is Technically Illegal, But I LOVE IT.

What One Guy Is Doing To Money Is Technically Illegal, But I LOVE IT.

Don’t lie, we’ve all doodled on money before even though we’re not supposed to. However, those doodles pale in comparison to the money art created by James Charles. In his latest series American Iconomics, Charles’ canvass is real U.S. money where he transforms the historical figures on our money into pop culture icons. His work is seriously creative, just wait until you see #17. I’d love to actually have a $5 bill like that.  1.) Jimi Hendrix. James Charles 2.) Yoda from Star Wars. James Charles 3.) Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies. James Charles 4.) Hugh Heffner. James Charles 5.) Johnny Cash. James Charles 6.) Old Captain America. James Charles 7.) Justin Bieber. James Charles 8.) Bob Ross. James Charles 9.) Clint Eastwood. James Charles 10.) Colonel Sanders. James Charles 11.) The four members of the rock band Kiss. James Charles 12.) Ronald McDonald. James Charles 13.) Face Hugger from the movie Alien. […]

Some Of The Best Art In The World Was Actually Created By Animals.

Some Of The Best Art In The World Was Actually Created By Animals.

I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Something about being creative is just so inspiring. What’s even more inspiring? Animals who are just as determined as I am to be creative.  Some of these animals were so artistic, they were able to create some stunning works of art. (Although, these works of art may be stunning only because they were created by animals.) Either way, this is incredibly neat: Gorilla SparkNotes Elephant IBTimes Sea Lion ScienceBlogs Elephant TheCulturist Elephant TheDude Chimp HumaneSociety Elephant PicturesofBali Beluga ArtInfo Monkey Mailout Elephant AAABlogs Elephant IBTimes Chimp HNGN Elephant RealMenDrinkMilk Chimp DailyDot Elephant TheRoadToAnywhere Gorilla TheNewsTribune Some of these could actually be hanging on the wall in a gallery… wow. The primates were able to create some stunning works, but I’m surprised that even the elephants could grasp the concept of art! Share these sincerely amazing pieces with others by clicking below. Read more: http://viralnova.com/animal-art/

The Only Thing More Beautiful Than This Iceberg Is What You See Upon A Closer Look. Amazing.

The Only Thing More Beautiful Than This Iceberg Is What You See Upon A Closer Look. Amazing.

Icebergs truly are one of nature’s most stunning sights, one that anyone would be lucky to see for themselves one day. Lucky for us we live in the age of technology, so we get the next best thing to seeing them up close and personal. These incredible pictures of the icy, sleeping giants of the polar seas. Icebergs really are stunning looking objects. Just look how incredibly peaceful that looks. Cold…but still, so peaceful. Almost doesn’t even look real… Whoa…you mean those were paintings all along? And all done by hand? Yep, all those incredible looking icebergs are in fact the works of talented artist Zaria Forman. She creates her incredible art using only pastels. The project, titled ‘Chasing the Light’ was partly inspired by Forman’s childhood adventures with her family, when they used to travel to remote parts of the world for her mother’s career in fine art photography. […]

These Scenes Are Completely Edible, But Way Too Cute To Actually Eat.

These Scenes Are Completely Edible, But Way Too Cute To Actually Eat.

Here at ViralNova, we have a thing for people who make art out of food, probably because it combines two things we enjoy: cool-looking things and eating. We’ve covered some artists working with food before, and now we’re bringing you more. (You’re welcome.)  Stay-at-home mom Samantha Lee knew from firsthand experience that getting kids to eat can be tricky. She wanted to encourage her older daughter to eat independently while Lee tended to her younger child. To do this, she created little scenes out of food to make the meals more appealing. Because it’s the Internet era, she began posting pictures of her creations online. The result was more than 300,000 Instagram followers, as well as features in various publications and advertising contracts. Lee’s creations feature pop culture icons and fictional characters, as well as scenery and landmarks. Samantha Lee Totoro’s shape lends nicely to being recreated in rice form. Samantha Lee […]

Take A Closer Look Around You, And You Might See Some Of These Hilarious Signs

Starting in 2013, the people of Sydney, Australia, began to notice something a bit odd around their city. There were some strange (and often very funny) signs popping up in public spaces. They probably made a lot of people smile, but most people didn’t have a clue who was behind them. That person is Michael Pederson, and he uses his background in art, film, and music to inspire his funny, conversational signs. Take a look at some of his work and try not to smile. Miguel Marquez Outside (Michael Pederson) Okay, this one is a little unsettling. Miguel Marquez Outside (Michael Pederson) Miguel Marquez Outside (Michael Pederson) Miguel Marquez Outside (Michael Pederson) Because they’re exposed to the elements and to other people, many of Pederson’s pieces don’t last more than a month. But that’s okay, he says. In that time, plenty of people see them, and there’s something nice about […]

This Coloring Book Was Designed By Someone Who Had His Eyes Closed The Entire Time

This Coloring Book Was Designed By Someone Who Had His Eyes Closed The Entire Time

A new trend in books has taken the world by storm, and it’s not what you would expect. No, it’s not another series like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games — it’s something much more elementary. Welcome to the wonderful world of adult coloring books. And one take on the trend has opened quite a few eyes in New York City. Artist Ian Sklarsky just developed a coloring book in collaboration with Yotel NYC by using a method called blind contouring. This process involves drawing with your eyes closed so that the only guide you have is the image in your mind. Wanting to give visitors a unique experience, the team at Yotel NYC enlisted the help of artist Ian Sklarsky to create a coloring book that would entertain more mature guests. Ian Sklarsky Using a method called blind contouring, he filled the book with artful images that are anything […]

This Is What Would Happen If Disney Characters Dressed Up On Halloween.

This Is What Would Happen If Disney Characters Dressed Up On Halloween.

It’s fun to think of your favorite characters as though they were everyday people. You can even imagine what they’d do if Halloween was right around the corner. That’s exactly what artist Isaiah Stephens was thinking about when he created his Halloween series. It features some beloved Disney characters donning other iconic outfits for what we can only imagine is a pretty amazing, if fictional, Halloween ball.  Rapunzel as Sailor Moon Isaiah Stephens I don’t know about you, but it looks to me like Rapunzel’s been pregaming. Flynn Ryder and Maximus (from Tangled) as Marty McFly and Doc Brown Isaiah Stephens Animals in the Disney-verse are way more enthusiastic about Halloween costumes than they are in ours. Jane (from Tarzan) as Lara Croft Isaiah Stephens Exploring jungles and getting into sticky situations are second nature to both characters, so Jane will have an easy time getting into character. Wendy Darling as […]

These Works Of Art Weren’t Drawn — They Were Grown In Petri Dishes

This kind of art really grows on you. Well, actually, it grows in a petri dish — and the strange, swirling, colorful forms you’ll see here were actually carefully cultivated by microbiologists for a competition. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) hosted its first ASM Agar Art Contest. Yep, that’s a thing! Contestants grew various microbes in agar, a gel-like substance, and “painted” with them to form images. American Society for Microbiology This is the competition’s winner, Neurons. It’s a collaborative work by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs and artist Maria Penil. The contestants chose their microbes, let them incubate, and guided them into various forms. Some people used multiple dishes. American Society for Microbiology This is the runner-up, called NYC Biome MAP. The work, by Christine Marizzi and her team, makes use of multiple petri dishes full of E. coli bacteria and glowing proteins to make a miniature […]

This Is The Sexiest Knitting-Themed Calendar You've Ever Seen

This Is The Sexiest Knitting-Themed Calendar You’ve Ever Seen

The pinup calendar of any knitter’s dreams. 1. When you think of pinup calendars, you probably think of ones like this or this or this. Club Geluk took a different approach with their Darn! Men With Yarn Calendar. View this image › Natalia Romero for Club Geluk / Via clubgeluk.nl Why hello, sir. 2. Instead of oiled-up ladies writhing around on car hoods, their calendar is filled with men wearing knit boxer briefs plus a variety of wonderful knit props. View this image › Natalia Romero for Club Geluk / Via clubgeluk.nl “Come and warm up by my yarn-fire.” 3. Club Geluk is a textiles and craft shop in Amsterdam, so the yarn theme makes a lot of sense. View this image › Natalia Romero for Club Geluk / Via clubgeluk.nl 4. BuzzFeed Life spoke to Marieke Voorsluijs (one of Club Geluk’s owners) to ask where the idea for the […]

I Would've Never Believed What This Guy Did Was Real... Til I Saw How He Did It. Mind-Blowing.

I Would’ve Never Believed What This Guy Did Was Real… Til I Saw How He Did It. Mind-Blowing.

A week ago, I posted an article detailing the unbelievable woodworking creation of Randall Rosenthal. He created a very realistic box of money out of nothing but a block of wood. Well, looking into Randall a little further reveals that’s only one of many incredible projects he has done. This guy has an unmatched skill, creating very realistic wood sculptures of just about anything. If you just looked at them once, you would have no idea they’re not real. First, let’s take a look at a few of his other finished projects. Remember, all of these were sculpted from nothing but a block of wood (and some paint). Then, below these, you can see some more about how he did it. Randall is a master of creating very realistic money with his woodworking skills. But he does much more than that. Randall Rosenthal Newspapers. Randall Rosenthal Notebooks with sports cards. […]

27 Truly Terrifying Tattoos That Will Haunt Your Dreams Forever.

27 Truly Terrifying Tattoos That Will Haunt Your Dreams Forever.

It can be difficult to narrow down exactly what you want inked into your skin for life when deciding on a tattoo. Some might go for a favorite literature reference, like an homage to a specific book or author that resonated with them. Maybe they’ll look to their partner in crime for a cute couples tattoo. These people decided their flesh was best used as a canvas for only creepy and terrifying tattoo art. Could you imagine showing up to a first date and seeing one of these on someone’s arm? Or worse… your kids bringing that person home to meet grandma this Christmas? Yikes. 1.) A valley zombie girl is just as gross as other zombies. Got it. Instagram 2.) Ronald McDonald’s demon son. Instagram 3.) I’m pretty sure this person looked better when alive. Instagram 4.) This is almost quirky, but it veers hard into creepy. Instagram 5.) The super […]

A 5 Year Old Girl Starts Her Modeling Career. It Sounds Bad At First, But Then You See The Photos.

A 5 Year Old Girl Starts Her Modeling Career. It Sounds Bad At First, But Then You See The Photos.

Don’t worry, this isn’t any Toddlers & Tiaras stuff we’re talking about. Instead of glitter and spray tans, this five year old little girl gets transformed into actual works of art. Australian photographer Bill Gekas draws his inspiration from classics like Vermeer and Rembrandt (as well as the occasional modern pop culture reference), then uses his daughter as his key model to recreate the legendary images. Sometimes he experiments with how the light reflects on his daughter’s face…and he always lets the little girl’s personality and humor shine through. Whether she’s being silly or stoic, the striking photos make an impact. And the family cat even makes a cameo! Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Bill Gekas Source: Bill Gekas Gekas’ advice to those aspiring in similar artistic endeavors: “Experiment!…The key is not to limit yourself with the excuse.” Feeling inspired? Share with friends […]

These 10 CGI Works Of Art Are Just Too Creepy To Handle

These 10 CGI Works Of Art Are Just Too Creepy To Handle

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, is an awesome technology that has allowed us to create amazingly realistic simulations in movies, video games, and more. But while CGI enables us to produce cool effects, it can also inspire some people to bring the dark scenes in their heads to life. Let’s just say that these scenes, some of which you can see below, are completely freaky. Prepare yourselves, because we’re about to take a journey down the rabbit hole. 1. Their smiles make me shudder. 2. Wait, nevermind — this one is much worse. YouTube / popcorn10 3. I really, really don’t like those teeth. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCI1_BTF’); }); 4. I’m 500 percent sure that’s going to show up in my nightmares. Gfycat Read More: When A Hotel Worker Went To Investigate Screams Coming From An Empty Room, THIS Walked Out 5. This isn’t the work of a […]

The Sculptures In This Exhibit Are Amazing, But So Are The Walls. Just Look...

The Sculptures In This Exhibit Are Amazing, But So Are The Walls. Just Look…

Milanese artist Matteo Pugliese draws on the artistic tradition Italy has to offer in the form of sculptures. Pugliese creates massive bronze figures that are both classical and modern. The figures certainly owe a lot to the works of the old masters, but the way they were created is a purely modern approach.  Il Segreto (The Secret) Matteo Pugliese Pan Matteo Pugliese Tra Due Mondi (Between Two Worlds) Matteo Pugliese Pugliese’s rough-hewn, muscular male figures are not created as single, complete human forms. Rather, they’re a collection of heads, hands, feet, and limbs carefully arranged on a surface. The resulting illusion is that it appears his figures are escaping from, or sinking into, the surface on which they hang. Pugliese prefers to display his work on plain white walls, so the color and texture of the bronze stands out. Many of his patrons put their pieces on textured walls or even mirrors. […]

This Photographer Traveled To 37 Countries To Prove That Female Beauty Is Everywhere

This Photographer Traveled To 37 Countries To Prove That Female Beauty Is Everywhere

The photo project “Atlas of Beauty” took photographer Mihaela Noroc to 37 countries, where she saw endless versions of beauty over 15 months. 1. Two years ago Romania-based photographer Mihaela Noroc decided she needed a change in her life. View this image › Mihaela Noroc / Via theatlasofbeauty.com Havana, Cuba 2. “I had jobs that I didn’t like. I was working just for money, had exhausting and uniform days, and I realized that all my life could be like this,” she told BuzzFeed News. Riga, Latvia Mihaela Noroc / theatlasofbeauty.com Amazonian Rain Forest Mihaela Noroc / theatlasofbeauty.com   3. A vacation abroad inspired her to make a change. View this image › Mihaela Noroc / Via theatlasofbeauty.com El Paico, Chile 4. “A trip to Ethiopia showed me some wonderful women, far away from our modern world and trends. This was the moment when I realized that beauty is everywhere and […]

These Globetrotters Document Their Travels In A Really Cool Way.

These Globetrotters Document Their Travels In A Really Cool Way.

Peter Sedlacik and Zuzu Galova run the blog “Lens Between Us,” which documents their travels through photography. Specifically, they take pictures of themselves taking a picture of the other. It may seem confusing, but their photos feature some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. They really have a great sense of what makes for a perfect backdrop. Not only that, but the “behind the scenes” aspect adds depth to the photos. It never feels like you’re being forced to look at someone’s vacation pictures. Check them out! 1. Algarve, Portugal Lens Between Us 2. Bondi Beach, Australia Lens Between Us 3. Cockatoo Island, Australia Lens Between Us 4. Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia Lens Between Us 5. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Lens Between Us 6. Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore Lens Between Us 7. Bratislava, Slovakia Lens Between Us 8. Marcelová, Slovakia Lens Between Us 9. Prague, Czech Republic, […]

This Bank Stood Forgotten For Decades, But Now It’s A Beautiful Community Center

Stony Island Savings & Loan, built in the 1920s, had stood abandoned on Chicago’s South Side for decades. It was in serious disrepair, too, with the interior exposed to the elements. It seemed to most that the only thing to do was demolish it and start over. The bank had been closed since the 1980s, and mostly forgotten. Tom Harris, via The Rebuild Foundation It had largely fallen into disrepair, and seemed hopeless. Tom Harris, via The Rebuild Foundation But artist, urban planner, professor, and Rebuild Foundation founder Theaster Gates had another idea. He saw potential in the old building when no one else did. And we mean that quite literally — no one else thought the 20,000 square foot building would amount to anything. In fact, the city of Chicago was so convinced it was worthless that they sold it to Gates for a dollar. One dollar. Gates set […]

Artists Have Just Recreated Van Gogh's Bedroom, And You Can Spend The Night

Artists Have Just Recreated Van Gogh’s Bedroom, And You Can Spend The Night

When it comes to traveling on a budget, Airbnb is a thrifty adventurer’s best friend. If you’re not familiar with the service, this site connects travelers with people who are renting out rooms (and sometimes entire homes) in their destination city. It’s a great way to save some money and avoid the cookie-cutter atmosphere of chain hotels. That uniqueness is what drives more and more people to Airbnb every day, and as far as customer experience is concerned, some listers go above and beyond the call of duty. In a gorgeous effort to celebrate the life of one iconic artist, creators at the Art Institute of Chicago decided to post the most unique Airbnb listing of all time. If you’re traveling to Chicago anytime soon, you can spend the night in Van Gogh’s bedroom. Airbnb The artist immortalized this space in a series of three paintings called The Bedroom. Instead […]