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This Will Blow Your Mind: 3D Paintings Of Fish Look Like They’re Alive

So Keng Lye just blew our little minds. He created “Alive Without Breath,” which actually looks like real fish.

So what is it? It’s basically layers and layers of paintings, stacked on top of each to make a super realistic sculpture. So is it a sculpture or a painting? It’s a bit of both.

He does this by pouring thin layers of resin into a bowl and then proceeds to paint every single layer! Eventually, the end result looks like a 3D fish!

Keng, you’re a crazy genius. 

Check out how the process is done (by 
Riusuke Fukahori) in a video below the images. 

(Source: Laughing Squid)

Photo Of A Mirror On An Easel = Instant Painting

The best part about this illusion that anyone can do it easily. 

Photographer Daniel Kukla who has a background in both biology and anthropology has a new series of work called The Edge Effect where he photographed square mirrors propped on easels in locations around Joshua Tree National Park to catch the reflection of the horizon behind him. The resulting images create the bizarre effect of looking at a paintings sitting in the middle of the desert. 

The Woman Who Messed Up The Painting Of Jesus Wants Payment

And Now She Wants To Get Paid of the Day: Well, no one saw this coming — Potato Jesus “creator” Cecilia Giménez has overcome her shame and now is suing for royalties brought in by gawking tourists. 

The potential payday at stake? A measly cut of just $2,600.


(Source: thedailywhat)

Painting Restoration Of Jesus Is Messed Up

You can’t Command+Z (Undo) a painting, and this is a clear example with this big messup. 


Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years.

The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture.

Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.


The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to “restore” the image.

BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint.

The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.

The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.

Art historians are expected to meet at the church soon to discuss how to proceed.

Mr Ojeda said: “I think she had good intentions. Next week she will meet with a repairer and explain what kind of materials she used.

"If we can’t fix it, we will probably cover the wall with a photo of the painting."

The fresco is not thought to be very valuable, but has a high sentimental value for local people.

Our correspondent says that to make matters worse, the local centre that works to preserve artworks had just received a donation from the painter’s granddaughter which they had planned to use to restore the original fresco.


This Painting By Joan Miro Sold For $37 Million Dollars

A painting by Joan Miro sold for $36.9 million at a London auction Tuesday. The Sotheby’s sale of Miro’s “Peinture (Etoile Bleue)” was an auction record for the late Spanish artist.

The sale was part of a larger Sotheby’s auction of Impressionist and modernist paintings by artists including Pissarro and Kandinsky. The auction, which brought in a reported $117.7 million, was the first of the London summer auction season.

"Peinture (Etoile Bleue)" dates from 1927 and was purchased by its most recent owner in a Paris sale in 2007, according to Sotheby’s.

Another piece that sold on Tuesday was artist Henry Moore’s sculpture “Mother and Child with Apple,” which brought in approximately $5.8 million. 

Tuesday’s auction was viewed by some as unimpressive because many lots went unsold or failed to meet sale expectations.

Via Source

Blending Portraiture With Watercolors: Blendscapes By Oriol Angrill Jorda

Portraits mixed with landscapes come together well for this set. 

Appropriately entitled Blendscapes, these portraits created by Spanish artist Oriol Angrill Jordà are more complicated than they first appear. Each portrait, blended from various combinations of watercolor, acrylic, and pencils, is filled with subtleties that gradually rise to the surface. A woman, consumed by swirls of clouds; a man blended together with mountains camouflaged in the back of his head; the profile of a blonde female commingling with rainbow gradients streaked through her hair.

According to his bio, Jordà, “tried a huge variety of techniques like pastel, watercolors, colored pencil, white pencil on black Canson paper, acrylics, graphite, charcoal and so on. Whatever he used, he easily found the way to reach the realism. His most identifying skill is that, whatever he uses, he is able to produce a hyper-realistic picture.”

Artist Paints On Water

Yes, I said it. He paints on water. This is truly remarkable and inspiring. Not only that, but at the end, he takes it up another notch with a twist. 

Although the title says ‘water’ from the video, my suspicion is that the solution may be something else. Either way, this is amazing. 

Double Exposure Painting

A clever take on art based on photography 

Korean artist Ho Ryon Lee’s series entitled Overlapping Images incorporates a double exposure technique that is typically used in photography. The remarkable thing about this body of work is that the images are, in fact, oil paintings. The realistic renditions of the multitude of scantily clad women in these works employ a layering method that plays with opacity. There is a simulated sense of motion, as though we’re able to view several moments in time at once.

While the paintings reflect movement, they also exude a slow-motion sensuality. In most of Lee’s work, he represents a headless or faceless female form. It is a primal depiction of the male gaze and perhaps even illustrative daydreams of the adolescent male mind. There’s something about his work that seems voyeuristic while simultaneously celebrating the beauty of the female body.

[Via Source]

Interview: Artist Kate Zambrano

Growing up, I’ve always been in love with art. Along the way I lost sight of the physical medium and transferred my passion to retouching.

Recently, I saw the work of artist and model, Kate Zambrano. I immediately fell in love with her style and her pieces. It was like nothing I had seen prior. She graciously spent some time talking about and sharing her work. 

Check out the interview below along with some of her pieces.

Kate’s website:

1. When did being an artist begin for you, was it something you did as a child, or did you discover it growing up?

I have been interested in art my whole life. I used to spend hours in my room with a Walkman and a coloring book. I began taking myself more seriously a few years ago. I shifted my focus absolutely on art.

2. Before you found this world, what did you do prior to that lead you to discover that you were good at it?

Well, I work my ass off everyday. I have no social life. I sit in the studio and try to push myself to be better. I didn’t crawl out of the womb drawing portraits. Natural talent is a falsity. I had to learn and still am learning about art. If you do something for hours a day everyday, you can’t get worse at it.


3. That is great to know that it takes lots of practice, especially for people who assume that talent like that just happens. That in itself is inspiring. Speaking of which, who are your inspirations?

I’m inspired by a lot of things actually. If I’m not in the studio working, I’m thinking about what I’d like to create next. I am inspired by random things. I flip through magazines a lot and marvel at the designs. Then again, I was walking down the street the other day, completely mesmerized by the cracks in the pavement. All the inspiration is there I just have to open my eyes.

4. How much does emotion play a part in your work? Is it ever incorporated into your final piece?

I don’t feel like I need to be experiencing anything significantly at the time I am creating a piece. I’d rather keep myself out of the equation and allow the viewer to be able to feel whatever they deem appropriate when they look at it. Art is all in the interpretation.

5. How long does a piece usually take from start to finish? Is it common for a piece to take a span of a few days just because you’re not sure about the direction you would like to take it in?

I work on a piece for about two days. I don’t like to meander around my drawing aimlessly for too long, or else I lose all care to complete it. I mentally move on to something else. Two days is my average. I don’t like to revisit illustrations either. My mind won’t be in the same place.

6. Do you ever take work based off commission?




Kate is also available for commissioned work. You can contact her via her website:

Talent House: Free Opportunities for All Creatives

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