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DIY wood/leather box perfect for taming household electronics clutter

I'm a firm believer in a household repository for sundry electronic parts, adapters, and bits of wire. Everyone needs an attractive kitchen basket/box to reduce detritus.

Pretty much the best looking receptacle for this purpose is this wood and leather number made by woodworker David Waelder. The only thing it's missing is a wireless charger installed in the lid. He tells you how it's done in this video from February 23:

Visual artist creates intricate, 1000-Layer collage of drunken party

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Visually updating Hieronymus Bosch with delicious recherche cutouts, the Croatian visual artist and illustrator Sanda Anderlon constructed an incredibly detailed 40" image (only a small detail of which is shown here). Another recent piece depicts a beach scene (detail below):

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View the entire debauched panoramas on her site, or pick up Anderlon's prints on Etsy.

Via Creative Boom.

Dirty Needle tattoo art show opens tonight in Detroit

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Mitch O'Connell is curating the the "M.O'C" Dirty Needle, an erotic tattoo art show, that opens tonight in Detroit.

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The Art of the Disney Golden Books — Drawings, interviews and photographs from the archives

The Art of the Disney Golden Books is more than a beautiful book of illustrated artwork. It’s a history lesson for Disney fans and a love letter to the men and women who created some of the studio’s most beloved characters.

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Custom Jackhammer Jill skateboard by Andreas Ekberg

andreas-boardI love my new Jackhammer Jill skateboard deck designed and made by Andreas Ekberg. Check out his website of beautiful creations.

Art Forms in Nature – Eye-popping art prints from an eccentric scientist

Zoologist and artist Ernst Haeckel (1834 - 1919) had some odd ideas about the origins and evolution of life forms. That’s understandable, because at the time, scientists were just beginning to accept Darwinism. Haeckel himself was a champion of Darwinism, but he added Lamarckism and some unpleasant conjectures about race into his philosophical worldview. I’m not much interested in his religio-scientific ideas, though. It’s his drawings that fascinate me.

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Pop-Up Op-Art book is more a piece of 3D art than it is a book

Pop-Up Op-Art is more a piece of 3D art than it is a book. With each turn of the thick cardboard pages pops a bold and modern structure created by paper artist Philippe Ug (author of Funny Birds and other high-end pop-up books). Although known for more elaborate pop-up masterpieces in his earlier books, here Ug constructs streamlined cube-based op-art pops that pay homage to the “father of op-art,” Victor Vasarely. Beautiful to look at, I only wish the book was quadruple the length.

See sample pages of Pop-Up Op-Art at Wink.

Advertising characters exhibit at the SFO International Terminal

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Warren Dotz is the author of several excellent books about graphic design and advertising art. The SFO International Terminal is holding an exhibit of his collection of advertising characters. The show is called A World Of Characters and it runs until January 4.

Smog Rings vs. Quisp Meteorite Ring

A Dutch artist plans to make a ring out of compressed Chinese smog, which is even cooler than the Quisp meteorite ring which came in boxes of the cereal in the 1960s. By Mark Frauenfelder

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When artist Josh Dorman discovered Paul Klee

On the latest episode of Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, artist Josh Dorman talks about his fascinating with artist Paul Klee.

Josh Dorman is a fine artist from New York. He specializes in invented landscapes, created in a mixture of collage, drawing and painting. His images play around with the ideas of time and space to create an unusual reality.

Dorman was a sophomore in college when he discovered Paul Klee and his painting Landscape With Yellow Birds. And it really affected him -- maybe too much? He'll explain.

Dorman has a solo show up in New York right now.

Foundations in Comic Book Art - Master the tools, techniques, and habits of cartooning

Of course, comic book artists must know how to draw well, but there’s a lot more to drawing a comic book than just knowing how to draw. Cartoonists must work according to specific guidelines on a deadline to produce lots of drawings that tell a story. Foundations in Comic Book Art, by industry veteran John Paul Lowe (DC, Marvel, Dark Horse), outlines the techniques, shortcuts, and tools that a beginning cartoonist needs to know to get started. He’s an instructor at The Savannah College of Art and Design, and the lessons in this book, which include using traditional and electronic media, were created to help cartoonists efficiently and effectively produce quality comic book art.

Foundations in Comic Book Art by John Paul Lowe

Take a look at other beautiful paper books at Wink. And sign up for the Wink newsletter to get all the reviews and photos delivered once a week.

Fantastic photos from 1969 Life book, Drugs

Nothing screams DRUGS! as much as middle-aged dudes posing next to pop art paper collages.

From DRUGS, a volume in the Life Science Library. This version 1969, originally published 1967. Background artwork by Donald Miller and Yale Joel, collaged (ie photos added) by David Gordon and Nancy Genet.

(Via Found Objects)

The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd

Fred Gambino has worked as a diverse illustrator and artist, providing sci-fi book covers for publishing houses and high-profile concept art for a wide array of television programs, films and video games.

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Business Week's Dov Charney cover channels Andy Warhol

How the cover for Business Week's Dov Charney story was made. (And here's the story behind Esquire's 1969 cover.)

I couldn't figure out this optical illusion painting until the very end

"Found at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK painted by Brian Weavers."

Sculptures of condiment containers


Artist Robin Antar makes stone sculptures of everyday objects.

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Jimbo Phillips: the world's greatest snot artist

“My dad always told me not to be an artist,” says Santa Cruz Skateboards artist Jimbo Phillips to Ben Marks. “He said, ‘You should be a dentist and make some real money.’”

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Cartoon kittens and big-eyed puppies: how we bought into processed pet food

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Last week, Wink published a review of Cat Food for Thought and Dog Food for Thought by Warren Dotz. Coincidentally, we had an interview with Warren in the works, which we just published, along with a few of the mid-20th-century pet-food labels from his book."

Here's a snip of Warren talking about some of the auctions he won to build up his collection:

“I found a scrapbook made by a woman who had collected all the food labels she used from 1970 to 1972,” recalls Dotz of one auction. “I also found a supermarket’s salesman's catalog that contained all the labels for its generic, store-branded products. When I bought that catalog, I was hoping I would find a fantastic pet-food label, and sure enough I did. It was for a brand of cat food called Corky — it looks almost like the Napster logo.”

Cartoon kittens and big-eyed puppies: how we bought into processed pet food

Corrupted coloring book pages

From Neatorama: "Coloring Book Corruptions is a delightful demonstration of what happens when you combine a sick mind and children’s entertainment. The anonymous artist adds his/her drawings, but invites you to submit your own."

Coloring Book Corruptions [NSFW]

The Art of Ian Miller [exclusive excerpt]

Featuring over 300 pieces of artwork spanning decades of Ian’s work, The Art of Ian Miller is a treat for all lovers of great fantasy art – from Lovecraft novel covers to Tolkien bestiaries to Warhammer 40,000 concept art, through a veritable trove of gothic humour, fantasy battles, dragons, beasts and a world of nightmarish visions.

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What makes something ugly?

These 1940s “feature matches” are violent, racist, and decorated beyond function. (Photos by Frank Kelsey)

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Lisa Hix has just finished an interview with London-based author and design critic Stephen Bayley, who spoke with her about Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything. In our piece, the two discuss the intensely subjective nature of the things we perceive as being beautiful or ugly."

Ugliness is also surprisingly hard to design on purpose, as Bayley discovered both teaching and speaking with architecture students. “If you give a class of architecture students a project, saying ‘Please design an ugly building,’ they actually find that difficult. It’s very difficult to create ugliness, although you wouldn’t believe it by walking around in any big city. Ugliness often is just an accident, but it’s often utterly fascinating.”

Reading Ugly, it’s not too difficult to suss out Bayley’s personal preferences: He’s all about clean lines, right angles, and functionality; he finds neutral colors and the natural tones of wood more tasteful than bright hues or shiny things. He’s got no use for elaborate glass paperweights, loathes taxidermy and all Victorian hobbies that attempt to capture and catalog nature, finds tattoos tacky, and has no patience for mid-Century kitsch relating to Elvis, Vegas, or tiki bars—things like aloha T-shirts, souvenir mugs, or velvet paintings.

“I’m aesthete at heart,” confesses Bayley, who also published a book called Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things in 1992. “I’m one of those people, for good or for bad, who determine the value in anything by its appearance. People think appearance is superficial. I don’t. I think appearances matter, and actually the classical Greeks felt the same. They thought beauty had a moral character. That’s my fundamental view of the world. I can’t walk down the street and not be both exhilarated by beautiful cars and beautiful buildings and dismayed and depressed by ugly cars and ugly buildings. I am just one of those poor souls.”

Think You Know Ugly? Think Again

Please enjoy this massive online trove of Classical Realist paintings

Gerald F. Metcalfe (1894-1929), Pan, Oil on canvas

My friend Rob Walker writes a great column every Friday on Yahoo Tech called The New Old Thing, which "tells you about what’s not-new—but still great and available to you right now thanks to the magic of technology." His latest column is about my recommendation, The Art Renewal Center.

The Art Renewal Center bills itself as “leading the revival of realism in the fine arts,” and it’s fair to say that founder Fred Ross has a passionate point of view about the value of realism and modernist efforts (in his view) to denigrate it.

“Before visiting Artrenewal.org for the first time (about 10 years ago),” Frauenfelder says, “I’d never heard of William Bouguereau, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse, Lord Frederic Leighton, Ernest Louis Meissonier, Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Frank Dicksee, James Joseph Tissot, or John William Godward.

“Looking at their work makes me feel like I’ve entered a secret museum that was closed off to the public for fear of a mass outbreak of Stendhal syndrome.”

Please Enjoy This Massive Online Trove of Classical Realist Painting

Pigeon Press features original art from some of my favorite cartoonists

Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns, Ivan Brunetti... three fantastic artists who are part of the new Pigeon Press Gallery, founded by Alvin Buenaventura (editor of The Art of Daniel Clowes). Pigeon Press sells original art and limited prints. They will also be publishing comics later this year, and I'm looking forward to this, because Alvin published a bunch of great books and comics (as well as the stupendous Comic Art magazine) in years past when he ran Buenaventura Publishing.

Pigeon Press

Remix classic art, win a prize

The Netherlands' Rijksmuseum encourages the public to download and remix its 150,000 artistic masterworks. Now, it's sponsoring a contest. Use their art to create new art and you could win €1,500 and a chance to sell your work in their museum shop.

Art on Ice in Minneapolis

Every two years, Minnesota artists build a temporary village on a frozen lake near Minneapolis, crafting colorful, creative parodies of traditional ice fishing shanties that are open to the public for four weekends. The event is juried. Dozens of groups submit proposals for shanties, but only 20 are chosen. Each shanty has a theme, and each theme comes with some kind of interactive programming — whether scheduled events or stuff to do in the shanty as you wander through. In 2012, 20,000 people visited the shanties at Medicine Lake. (That year, I followed some Minneapolis makers as they built and launched their monster-themed shanty.)

The 2014 Art Shanty Project opened last weekend on White Bear Lake, north of St. Paul, and my husband I took our daughter and went to see what we could see.

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"The Toy" by Ray and Charles Eames

Socks Studio has a short article and a bunch of photos of "The Toy."

“The Toy” was a self-assembly project made in 1951 by Charles and Ray Eames and sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co. This construction kit for children sums up the simplicity and playfulness of most of the Eames’ works. It comprised dowels with pierced ends, pipe cleaners and brightly colored panels (four square and four triangles) of plastic-coated resistant stiff paper. The pieces of “the Toy” came packed in a hexagonal tube and could be used to produce multiple structures, playhouses, theatres and shelters.

"The Toy" by Charles and Ray Eames (Via This Isn't Happiness)

Adventure Time characters carved from crayons are a bargain at $35/each

Hoang Tran hails from Sunnyvale CA, where he carves beloved characters from crayons. Look how he used a regular-sized crayon to carve BMO and large crayons to carve Finn, Jake and the others! (Via TIH)

UPDATE: Cory wrote about Hoang last year, and bought one of his works!

Drew Friedman's "Old Jewish Comedians" art on exhibit

Drew Friedman is one of the best portrait artists alive. I once had the opportunity to see a few pieces of his original art and was surprised to see how small they were. The originals are smaller than the printed version. This is the opposite of how most illustrators work. The usual route is to create work that's larger than it appears in print. I don't know how Drew is able to include so much detail in his drawings. He must have excellent eyesight and a steady hand.

So, if you are going to see Drew's Old Jewish Comedians exhibit at The Society of Illustrators in New York (March 05, 2014 - May 03, 2014), bring a pair of strong reading glasses. That way you'll be able to appreciate every one of Drew's lovingly applied liver spots. If you can't make it to the show, I highly recommend Drew's three Old Jewish Comedians books, published by Fantagraphics.

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians

8-bit version of Hopper's Nighthawks

Best viewed while listening to Kind of Bloop.

Nightpix, by BJ Heinley

X: Where Google designs self-driving cars, Glass, and stratospheric Internet balloons

Project Loon's consumer-side antenna — i.e. the thing that bolts onto users' houses to receive an Internet signal from balloons in the stratosphere

Working at Google X is a dream job for makers and designers. It's the "moonshot factory" where the self-driving car, Glass, Project Loon, and other futuristic technologies are being developed. Mason Currey of Core77 got an invitation to visit X and he reported on what he learned there.

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