Kirie – Delicate Paper Sculptures by Akira Nagaya

By on October 9, 2014, in Design

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Akira Nagaya is a Japanese artist who creates impossibly intricate paper cut-outs entirely by hand. Akira discovered his talent for making fine cuts while learning the art of sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. While practicing, he discovered, to his own amazement, that he actually enjoyed the process. What’s more is that he actually excelled in it. He then began learning kirie, the Japanese art of cutting intricate designs on paper. It wasn’t until later that Akira started displaying his artwork to the general public.

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Blast – Images by Naoya Hatakeyama

By on October 8, 2014, in Photography

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Using remote-controlled cameras, Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama has managed to take these awesome images of Japan’s limestone blasting operations from point-blank range. His series “Blast” began in 1995 but his interest in the mining operations really started when he was a young boy growing up in the northeast coast of Japan. The area was rich in limestone and the quarries blasted the cliffs daily. Naoya was impressed with the engineers’ ability to predict the exact placement of his motor-driven Nikon camera. Close enough to capture the moment of the actual blast, but far away enough to avoid any high velocity debris. “Blast” is one of Hatakeyama’s best-known series and it has been frequently exhibited in museum exhibitions worldwide.

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Rendered – 3D Art by Lee Griggs

By on October 7, 2014, in Design

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Lee Griggs is a Madrid-based artist who uses 3D animation and rendering software to create these realistic topographical illustrations. Most of them resemble ocean floors, planetary surfaces, or even weather patterns. Each image is made of innumerable colored cubes, cylinders, and spheres extruded to create eye-catching patterns. Lee utilizes Maya Xgen and Arnold to render each image. If you’re ever inerested in creating you own, he shares a couple of tutorials over at his blog.

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The Ginger With A Camera – More Images by Handy Andy Pandy

By on October 6, 2014, in Photography

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It’s rather rare for an artist to be featured twice here on Pondly, but as they say, to every rule, an exception. Handy Andy Pandy is a freelance Australian photographer who’s nearly done with his 365-day challenge. It’s a good thing he’s chock full of fun and wacky ideas, the 365-day challenge takes it toll on even the most creative souls. Andy said: “I’m in the midst of a 365 Project, pushing myself each and every day to do crazy things through photography & Photoshop! I also get a kick out of creating impossible photographs and optical illusions that leave people scratching their heads and asking ‘How’d you do that?’ The things you can do with Photoshop never cease to blow my mind!” When not punching himself in the face, he contributes to the F Stop Lounge, an the online photography site.

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The Seven Deadly Catsins by Marija Tiurina

By on October 5, 2014, in Illustrations

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Marija Tiurina is a game designer by day and illustrator by night. She recently teamed up with NeonMob to depict the Seven Deadly Sins with internet’s favorite animal – cats. According to Marija, “Deadly sins are quite symbolic and interesting. But Google search shows you only boring fantasy art, and pretty much the same style of drawings is repeat on every page of search results. I thought that the topic deserves another chance.” She was apparently bored with all the usual depictions and decided to create her own feline version. The Seven Deadly Catsins are accompanied by little poems to describe them. Here’s the one that starts off the series:

The Bible doth spell seven sins of death,
But as a feline in this mortal realm,
There is one more to know before you rest,
Read on, to pilot your soul with its helm.

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Photorealistic Paintings by Matt Story

By on October 4, 2014, in Paintings

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Matt Story is an American artist who, at an early age, demonstrated a unique skill for rendering verisimilitude, or hyper-realism. He has worked as a technical illustrator and graphic artist in his early teens. He went into film and television production which almost drove him crazy at some point. He said: “The more prestigious and worthy a project became, the more money, the more risk, the more committees, the more people were involved and the less you, as an artist, had to do with the final outcome.” Matt’s work in film and television is currently on hiatus as he pursues hyper-realistic oil painting. Matt added: “I was lauded for ‘photo-realistic’ technique, but I was never after that, really, after what a camera impartially sees, because there’s so much more there, captured only by the human filter of memory. I try to paint contemporary life as to capture crystals of pristine memory that we all share but never describe to one another. ”

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Ice Cream Paitings by Othman Toma

By on October 3, 2014, in Paintings

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Othman Toma believes that desserts should delicious and pretty. Not content with the usual medium of oil paints, charcoal and watercolor, he set about creating awesome paintings with his favorite frozen treats. In the hands of an amateur, I’d have called it a waste of perfectly good ice cream, but seeing how good Othman’s artwork turned out, sacrificing a couple of chocolate pops is perfectly justifiable. Othma is currently melting more ice cream to paint with in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Skewed Serenity – Images by Nikita Sergyshkin

By on October 2, 2014, in Photography

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Nikita Sergyshkin is the artist and photographer from Minks, Belarus who is responsible for these beautifully serene photographs. I love the skewed geometry of her photographs. She can take the most boring and ordinary building or landscape and turn it into a compelling piece of art.  The black and white photographs somehow give off a dreamy feel to the whole series. I can’t wait to see more of her work.

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Beneath Your Feet – Underground Photography by Jaromír Chalabala

By on October 1, 2014, in Photography

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Jaromír Chalabala braved the complex and danger-filled underground sewage system of Prague in the Czech Republic. I must say, for a sewage system, it’s surprisingly well-lighted. A fact that helps Jaromír take some of the most dramatic pictures of a sewage system ever. The surprising well-kept tunnels does have mud and silt (at least I hope it was just silt), but thanks to the excellent lighting system (and Jaromír photographic talents), they’re not too creepy. Nevertheless, it’s not exactly a place you’d want to visit and thanks to Jaromír’s, you won’t have to.

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Paper Towns by Hattie Newman

By on September 30, 2014, in Sculpture

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Hattie Newman has a lifelong obsession with structures. As a child, she would draw towns and villages and make civilizations out of LEGOs. Her desire to create and design led her to dream of being an architect. Her affair with paper towns started while she was studying at the University of West England in Bristolfor her degree in Illustration. She wanted to bring 2D illustrations to life and found that paper and cardboard was the cheapest medium to work with. Hattie currently runs her own studio in Stoke, Newington where her clients include Sony, Cadbury, Louis Vuitton, GAP, Honda, GQ, and The Times.

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