Artist Turns Clouds Into Beautiful Works Of Art

We’ve all been there…staring up at the clouds imagining what they could be. If you use your imagination, a cloud could appear to look like a rabbit or perhaps a turtle. Everyone imagines a different thing, so it’s always fun to see what other people see.

Martin Feijoó (aka Tincho) is a Cloud Shaper. On his last trip to Mexico, he decided to start taking photographs of clouds while on the road. The result was ‘Shaping Clouds’, a series of illustrations where he drew the first thing that came to mind while looking at the clouds.

Below are just some of Martin’s creations. Take a look! Did you see the same thing?

Liked these? Check out the rest! shapingcloudsproject.tumblr.com

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Artist Weaves Thread Into Her Own Hand For Women Everywhere

As women, we are constantly looked upon to fulfill multiple roles. We are mothers. We are wives. We are caretakers. We are housekeepers.  We are the gatekeepers of our families. The list goes on and on.  We are expected to fulfill all of these responsibilities simultaneously with ease and grace. If we fail, it is deduced that we must not have given sufficient effort to get it achieved. If we work full time jobs and have a family and husband, we are expected to balance all of these obligations seamlessly. If we are stay as housewives, we may be seen as lazy or uncommitted to advancing in a professional career.

Many times the efforts and strain in the life of women go unnoticed. In honor of the women whose tremendous work ethic is put off to the side, artist Eliza Bennet decided she would craft a unique statement to take a stance against this societal flaw. She wanted to demonstrate the plight of a working woman and thus entitled her unique art installation ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’  in the form of photographs of which she was the subject. The artist used her own hands to bring to life the theme behind these photographs and to display the issue in real time.

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You’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. The artist did indeed weave designs of thread above the outermost layer of the skin of her palm. She used the elements of embroidery to convey the illusion of a hand that has worked for a lifetime; a well worn out hand. Most specifically, the artist wanted to focus on the plight of women who work in more labor-intensive careers at a low minimum wage.

While some may see this as some self-mutilation or attention-grabbing tactic; the artist wanted the piece to be more reflective of the values that we should reconsider within humanity. Ignoring the plight of working women, specifically those who work in less than glamorous jobs is not only ethically wrong but it also affects our youth’s future as well.I think this statement is incredibly evocative and really does move me to reevaluate my commitment to gender equality and feminist beliefs. This artist provides us with a perfect example on how we can become that much closer to understand the world from another’s eyes.

Thank you for taking the time to read the article. I really appreciate it.

Check out the original post on the artist’s website:

“I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

[ via Eliza Bennett ]

FILA Sneakers Hijacks Banksy Street Art in London

Banksy is arguably the most famous graffiti artist in the world. Banksy is a pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

Shoe company, FILA, decided to do some street style guerrilla marketing and outfit random Banksy street art murals with FILA brand shoes. The campaign to hijack Banksy artwork in London has garnered mixed reviews. It’s obviously a very risky guerrilla-style marketing stunt to attach a brand name to politically charges street art.

The advertising agency, GREYgermany, then used google adwords to direct people searching for answers to this phenomenon to deichmann.com, an online retailer that sells shoes.

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Credits

Advertising Agency: GREYgermany, Duesseldorf, Germany
Chief Creative Officer: Fabian Kirner
Creative Directors: Alexandros Antoniadis, Martin Venn
Art Director: Brad Vatidez
Concept Developer: Serdar Kantekin
Account: Linda Koenen
Client: Konrad Nowak
Additional credits: Mathias Renner
Published: April 2014

Secrets Behind the Sidewalk: How 3D Sidewalk Art is Made

Sidewalk art has the ability to turn pavement into a canvas. In fact, some of the greatest pieces of art of our generation are not only right under our eyes, but also, under our feet. So how can a flat surface make our mind see a tower of superheroes, a fishing hole or a snowman in July? It’s not as hard as it looks.

For starters, seeing actually means believing.

When trying to understand the science behind 3D sidewalk art, it’s best to look at the image using only one eye. If you use both eyes to look at the picture, your brain will be able to tell where the light is coming from, thus debunking the illusion mindset. And if you use no eyes, well, you won’t be seeing much.

But with only one eye open, the illusion theory uses light and your perception to trick your mind into seeing the image you think you’re seeing. This video explains how it all works in a little more detail.

It doesn’t take a professional. Anyone can do it.

Don’t believe us? According to Part II of the above video, all you need to get started is a piece of paper, a pencil, a 3D ruler (one that can stand perpendicular to your paper) and a camera.

Transforming a 2D drawing into a 3D image isn’t as complicated as it sounds once you incorporate color and shading, but when that image needs to be created on a larger scale, it can pose more of a challenge.

Anamorphosis, a Renaissance-era artistic concept, is a way to create a deformed image that appears in its true shape when viewed in some “unconventional” way. It was originally used to create the spectacular cathedral ceilings we know and adore, but over the last 30 or so years, contemporary artists like Kurt Wenner and Julian Beever have utilized the logic behind it to transform flat surfaces, like sidewalks, into three-dimensional masterpieces.

But the final product is all based on your perspective. The dimensions of a flat, large-scale image can shift and change dramatically when drawn using anamorphosis. This series of photos shows the importance perception plays when creating images using these techniques. If you’re standing in the wrong spot, as shown in the video below, you may only see a jumbled mess of colorful sidewalk squiggles.

Where the sidewalk ends and the art begins.

Due to the inherent nature of outdoor chalk drawings, this type of art is temporary. Whether washed away by rain, or grounded into the pavement by foot traffic, 3D sidewalk art doesn’t last long outside, which is why it’s important to capture these images with pictures and video.

Some of my favorites include this collection of 25 sidewalk art pieces that will make any commute an enjoyable one, as well as this compilation of images that trick even those with 20/20 vision into believing that the drawings have come to life.

Creating beautiful 3D chalk pieces doesn’t require a hidden secret. It simply requires planning, patience and an imagination.  And of course, a spectacular sidewalk!

Featured image via 3dchalkartwork.com

Rachel Kaufman is a Houston-born, University of Missouri educated and Dallas-based freelance writer. Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn.

Clever Illusion Creates Mind-blowing Inception-like Effect

The world is turning upside down as people fall from windows and children walk up building walls. Argentine artist, Leandro Erlich, creates a mind-blowing illusion called the ‘Dalson House’ for the Barbican.

The artist actually creates a typical London building facade on the ground and uses a large reflective mirror of sorts to change the perspective. When looking directly at the mirror, it appears as if you’re looking at a weird distorted reality and provides a very unique illusion.


The exhibition is no longer available; however, we can certainly still draw inspiration from this amazing illusion! This would make for a fun street marketing campaign.

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[ via Viral Nova ]