With the Easter holiday upon us, thought it appropriate to share this amazing artwork by Chinese artist Wen Fuliang. Over ten years ago, Fuliang applied his skills as a wood carver to sculpt various eggshells, including chicken, goose and duck. These photos probably don’t even do his work justice, but the intricate designs, achieved by sketching the design on the shell, then carving using a fine diamond bit on an electric rotary tool, are really impressive.
We are big fans of food art (and organized groupings), as you know, so this is a great find that satisfies on several levels. French photographer Florent Tanet’s series A Colorful Winter explores scale, color and shape through artful arrangements of fruits and vegetables against pastel backdrops. These playful still lifes remind us that spring is just around the corner, and are reminiscent of work by Sakir Gökçebag.
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We’ve seen the work of Russian artist Eiko Ojala before, and it’s really special. His latest piece, a landscape, certainly qualifies. He’s clearly expanded his repertoire from colorful portraits to a more detailed and illustrative style, complete with shadows. Simply awesome.
Though we don’t often comment on industrial design, our love for all things design does not stop at graphics, illustration and photography. Design lovers have coveted the Eames-designed Molded Plastic Chair since its introduction in 1950, and we are no different. Herman Miller has just introduced the Eames Molded Wood Chair, and we are salivating. This timeless design is now available in wood due to today’s techniques of cutting wood into small strips and then process them in a way that makes the wood flexible enough to mold into complex curves. Brilliant and beautiful expression of timeless design.
It’s no secret that we are fans of superhero art, as well as polygonal illustration (as evidenced here and here and here). So when we stumbled upon this gem of a series, we just had to share. French-Canadian designer/illustrator Eric Dufresne perfectly marries geometric forms with with the likenesses of some of the most beloved DC Comics characters (his work is very reminiscent of the über-talented Charis Tsevis). These intricate grid systems cannot be easy to pull off, so hats off to Dufresne for a job well done.
German-born, California-based artist Andrew Myers experiments with light and shadow in his latest series, We Don’t Belong in the Shadows. These incredible portraits are composed of thousands of screws, wood, paint and phone book pages. Though we’re sure these photos don’t even do them justice, Myers’ masterful compositions are really something, carefully placing screws in such a way to reveal shadows around the contours of these faces. Be sure to also check out this video for a closer look.
Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi (otherwise simply known as Red) likes to play with food (much like Brock Davis and Christopher Boffoli). For her latest project, Creativity With Food, Yi is posting a new photo of her food art every day in March. These creations are excellent, and Yi reminds us that creativity is everywhere: “I hope this inspires you and makes you realize that you can get creative with anything, even with limited tools, n that like a child, you’ll see joy and fun even in ordinary, everyday items.” Those tools include chopsticks, skewers, a butter knife, and a bright, yellow “sun” made out of egg yolk, as well as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, and oyster sauce to illustrate a Campbell’s soup can.
Chinese photographer/artist Yao Lu has a lot to say in his sophisticated digitally manipulated landscape series. What look like traditional landscape paintings are actually landfills, clearly commentary on rapid urbanization going on in China right now. Lu digitally blankets these mounds of garbage in a green mesh to mimic idyllic scenery, complete with mist, often found in traditional Chinese landscape paintings.
The German arm of global ad agency McCann Erickson developed this fantastic series of Olympic posters for Coca-Cola last year. Though the London Olympics are long over, these posters could easily be relevant at any Olympic Games. We love the strong, simple integration of the Coca-Cola brand with Olympic athletes. Really well done.
International visual firm Shotopop teamed with JWT Shanghai to take cardboard cut-outs to the next level. And boy, did they succeed. They were commissioned to develop and build three pieces, made up from the cardboard of shoeboxes, to represent three prominent Chinese basketball players, sponsored by popular Chinese sporting goods brand ANTA. Deservedly so, the project won an Outdoor, as well as a Design Lion at the International Cannes Lions Awards.