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New York city camouflage series by Trina Merry

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Her models meld into the grey Manhattan skyline as if they’re made of mirrors and glass.

Now body artist Trina Merry has spoken about her head-turning technique, painstakingly painting women so they blend in with New York’s landmarks, after her incredible creations made headlines around the world.

The 33-year-old shuns studios and canvases, instead letting her nude models camouflage seamlessly into the world around them.

Art imitates life: New York body painter Trina Merry’s models blend into the Manhattan Bridge (left) and Guggenheim museum (right) wearing coloured shoes and bikini bottoms. The 33-year-old began her inspiring project after moving to New York from San Francisco because she wanted to provide a ‘reflective view within the landscape’

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Beatriz Martin VidalIlustration

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Today we’ll take a look at Beatriz Martin Vidal, an illustrator coming from Valladolid, Spain. Her artworks depict a world that’s just slightly magical, where the butterflies on a child’s dress can come to life and birds act as guides. She combines traditional and modern techniques – colored pencils, watercolors, inks and of course Photoshop.

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The Culinary Curios of Dirk Staschke,  Sculptures by Dirk Staschke

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Award winning Canadian ceramicist Dirk Staschke will be opening an enticing show at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington this March, entitled “Falling Feels A lot Like Flying.” Showing a specially made exhibition of bountiful-to-the-point-of obscene food tableaus, Staschke’s work is notable for its large scale size and impressively realistic depictions of abundant stacks of desserts, king’s table cornucopias, and strings of strung up animals about to be prepared for the table.

Inspired by 16th century Vanitas paintings and the opulence of the Baroque period, Staschke’s work mixes extravagant decadence with a sense that such seductive overindulgences are on the cusp of deteriorating and our age of excess and over consumption may be about to crash and burn.

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How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

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Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn’t made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It’s not romance, exactly - but it’s definitely love. Still, Bea can’t quite dispel Jonah’s gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?

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Big Bears Teaching Their Teddies How To Bear

Momma bears are a fairly devoted bunch, and because bears are so incredibly cute, the moments they enjoy in the spring when raising their young cubs can be truly precious. That’s why we collected this list of 20 photos of adorable bear parenting moments.

During their hibernation, momma bears of various species lose as much as half of their body weight while their nursing cubs grow rapidly off of their milk. Some momma bears go so far as to consume their cubs’ waste – to keep the den clean and to recycle their lost nutrients. Once the bears end their hibernations, it’s time for the cubs to learn by example. Their mothers show them how to survive and the cubs do their best to keep up. After all, in 2-3 years, their mother will begin chasing them off to begin their own independent lives.

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  2. Marina Cano
  3. Marco Mattiusi
  4. Anton Belovodchenko
  5. Graham Erik Mandre
  6. Anton Belovodchenko
  7. Peter Stahl
  8. Sergei Gladyshev
  9. Edwin Kats
  10. Sergei Gladyshev
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Bill Carman’s Whimsical Illustrations with a Dark Edge

by Roxanne GoldbergPosted on August 28, 2014

Creepy creatures, spindly figures and quirky narratives compose the illustrations of Bill Carman. Pigs in suits and yin-and-yang armored headgear stare at one another – snouts pressed together – with eyes wrinkled with age of wisdom. An angry bronze-faced rabbit sits in the foreground holding a screwdriver, gazing at the viewer and threatening to unscrew the boars’ masks. Though Conunganger has an Animal Farm aesthetic, They have My Eyes evokes a Tim Burton sentiment.

Combining animals and human figures, images like Zip reveal the dynamic, often dark, nature of personhood. With sleek black hair split down the middle and a powder-pale complexion, the head of Vampirella emerges from a mysterious pool. Floating around the bleak figure, sea creatures like piranhas and octopus complicate her disposition. Like much of Carman’s work, the piece balances a fairytale sense of lightness with a darker aesthetic.

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Amazingly Delicate Paper Art Hand-Cut by Akira Nagaya

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Japanese artist Akira Nagaya creates insanely intricate paper cuttings called kirie that look like delicate pencil drawings or wire sculptures.

Nagaya discovered his talent in his early 20s when he was learning sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. When he practiced on his own using paper and a utility knife, he realized that he was good at it and that he enjoyed it. Only later in his life, though, did he start to look at his paper cuttings as art and display them to the public.

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