These cleverly created creatures and shapes are the work of Russian artist and photographer Stanislav Aristov. Each one is a clever combination of burnt matches, smoke, flames, and just a touch of Photoshop. Stanislav says that the idea came to him completely by accident:
“I was playing with a pack of matches while I was deciding what to photograph for a competition. It was while I was watching the match that I began to think of how it represents life. There is the burnt part representing the past, the smoke of memories left and the untouched part of the match the future.”
These took quite a while, I started these sprite edits months ago, procrastinated a lot, and then finally finished them. Each of the felts’ outfits has a theme of a place and era or a person/character in history, it was fun to painstakingly find references for each of them c: (free to use but please credit me).
New York City-based artist Andy Yoder used thousands of hand-painted matchsticks to create this awesome globe. The painstaking process took him two years, during which each match was glued onto a foam and cardboard frame inside a plywood skeleton. Entitled Early One Morning, the sculpture measures 42” in diameter.
And in case you’re daydreaming about setting this matchstick Earth on fire, Yoder’s son, Redditor yoderaustin, explained that the entire piece has been doused with flame retardant.