Statue punishes people who give it eye contact

Norwegian artist Erik Pirolt sculpture, “No Eye Contact Allowed,” is on exhibit in Kristiansand, Norway. It is a human bust in a glass enclosure. A small sign on art instructs visitors not to look into the eyes of the sculpture. If they do so anyway, they get surprised by a gusher of water that comes out of the bust's eyes and splashes against the glass.

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The shape of the Internet (according to patent drawings)


The stylized art of patent drawings is instantly recognizable. Before the information age, the drawings were drafter's jewelboxes, designed to make the workings of new mechanical inventions legible to other inventors (and patent examiners). Read the rest

Ultra-thin USB powered light box


A light box is an excellent tool for illustrators. It allows you to place a sheet of paper with a sketch on it, then place another piece of paper on top of it, and trace the original drawing. A lot of artists do a pencil sketch on a sheet of paper, then use a nicer piece of paper to trace the sketch in ink.

Andreas Ekberg, a wonderful illustrator who makes beautiful stenciled skateboards (like this Jackhammer Jill deck) and other things, told me about this USB light board. I already have a light board, and I've used it for over 30 years. It's a clunky metal box with fluorescent tubes and I used it draw illustrations for the early issues of the bOING bOING zine.

If I didn't already have my lightbox, I would snap up this 5mm-thick USB powered light box ($45 on Amazon). It looks so much better than my old-school light box. The brightness level is adjustable, the LEDs will last much longer than the bulbs (mine currently has one burnt out bulb and I've been using it that way for years), and best of all, it is much more portable. If I get back into hand drawing in a big way, I'll get one. Read the rest

Photos of sweet treats carefully arranged into pyramids and abysses


Photographer Sam Kaplan organized candy, cookies, sandwiches, and other tasty snacks into astounding architectural forms and wondrous wormholes of food. The series is titled "Pits & Pyramids." (via Laughing Squid)

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Censoring Santa Barbara politician thwarted, painting restored


Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship writes, "A California official removed an artwork by skateboarding icon Scott Olson from a public building because he said it was 'obscene.' Sorry, the First Amendment exists to prevent this kind of thing. Read the rest

Han Solo in Carbonite Pop Tarts


Pop-Art: Frosted Han Solo is (was) a sold-out/limited-edition vinyl sculpture from Falcon Toys. Fun idea -- hope they do another run!

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Startling animated MRIs of fruits and vegetables

Andy Ellison, an MRI technologist at Boston University Medical School, put fruits and vegetables through the medical scanner and created these remarkable GIFs. Above, tomato. Below, jackfruit, corn, and onion. See many more at Andy's blog: Inside Insides

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Stunning oil paintings of astronauts and rockets


Brooklyn-based artist Michael Kagan creates oil paintings of astronauts and other space-themed subjects. They are indeed out of this world. Read the rest

Everything is a Remix: the remastered fifth anniversary edition

Kirby Ferguson writes, "Everything is a Remix has been polished, merged and rereleased for its fifth anniversary." Read the rest

Look at how this artist turns a dumb "doodle pad" into amazing illustrations


Several years ago, artist David Jablow came across a doodle pad printed with a partially completed drawing of a naked woman. It looks like this:

He proceeded to create wonderfully creative illustrations that put the woman in a number of exciting scenarios. I've posted David's work in 2014 and 2013. I also bought his Do It Yourself Doodler Book from his Etsy store. David just posted a new batch of doodles. Check them out on his website. Here are a few samples:

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Younger Bill Gates poses with older Bill Gates


Fulvio Obregon, an illustrator from Cali, Colombia, created a series of portraits that show younger and older versions of the same celebrity as if they are in the same room together.

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17th century illustrations of butterflies


They're the work of Maria Sibylla Merian, a scientist and artist whose meticulous illustrations of wildlife were mostly forgotten until a late 20th century reappraisal.

Hyperallergic's Allison Meier writes on an authority—and master artist—whose recognition was long in coming:

…to Merian “the metamorphosis of the butterfly, which emerges from a lifeless hull and joyfully flies heavenward, is a hope-giving symbol for the resurrection of the soul from the dead physical shell of the Christian’s body.” Yet by the time she published the 1705 Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensum on her research in Suriname, where long-haired caterpillars in the rainforest sometimes swelled her hands up with poison for days and she had to cultivate exotic plants herself to keep caterpillars alive through their life-cycles, there’s no mention of God. Rather, she starts by confidently describing her own life and personal journey, concluding that she has “kept simply to my observations.”

Despite her long career, her influence on contemporary natural knowledge, her vivid descriptions of distant Suriname, and her intrepid spirit, when she died in 1717 the city of Amsterdam’s register of deaths described her simply as a woman “without means.”

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Wonderful alphabet of superhero letters


Australia-based illustrator Simon Koay reimagined the letters of the English alphabet as superheroes. Read the rest

Mid-Century Misery: the discontented delights of Stevan Dohanos

Dohanos was a prolific American painter and illustrator with over 125 Saturday Evening Post covers to his credit. Read the rest

Internet food funsters Starry Kitchen to join Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder

Starry Kitchen's infamous crispy tofu balls.
Starry Kitchen, the fun-loving pan-Asian pop-up restaurant darlings of social media, will be joining us at Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder. Om nom nom!

Beautiful (and affordable!) Kelly Tunstall art print


San Francisco painter Kelly Tunstall and the People's Print Shop teamed up on this wonderful fine art print, "Cloud Chat," limited to 30 signed/numbered copies for just $40 each! Read the rest

How to make bizarre topographical eye art


Jhovany Quiroz's art is "the human eye made weird and psychedelic." [Wired] Read the rest

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