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Behind the Scenes of John Lewis’s Christmas Animation from Adam&Eve/DDB stop motion Christmas animation advertising

UK department store chain John Lewis has become well-known for the high production value of their annual holiday commercial produced in partnership with Adam&Eve/DDB. This year’s festive/sappy/tear-jerker ad, The Bear & the Hare, could have been produced using standard animation, but the creative team opted for a much more complex and time-consuming hybrid of hand-drawn animation converted into stop motion animation. The making-of video above is almost more impressive than the actual commercial, which you can watch here. BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!? The BBC tries to interpret the ad. (via It’s Nice That)

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MrKiff · Nov 11 '13 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com

The Mythical Beasts of Painter and Street Artist Curiot street art

The Mythical Beasts of Painter and Street Artist Curiot street art

The Mythical Beasts of Painter and Street Artist Curiot street art

The Mythical Beasts of Painter and Street Artist Curiot street art

The Mythical Beasts of Painter and Street Artist Curiot street art

The Mythical Beasts of Painter and Street Artist Curiot street art

The Mythical Beasts of Painter and Street Artist Curiot street art

The Mythical Beasts of Painter and Street Artist Curiot street art

Painter and street artist Curiot (Favio Martinez) creates vibrant mythical beasts blending human and animal forms while alluding to a number of Mexican traditions including tribal art, the Day of the Dead, and various geometric designs. The Mexico-city based artist grew up in the United States but moved back to Mexico a decade ago. You can see much more of his work on Tumblr or Flickr, and he also had a solo show earlier this year at FFDG in San Francisco. (via BLDGWLF)

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MrKiff · Nov 11 '13 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com

A New Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

A New Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

A New Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

A New Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

A New Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

Artist Keng Lye whose work we explored earlier this year recently completed a new painting that blends sculpture and layers of acrylic paint to create this near lifelike red octopus. Lye often uses an egg shell to form the body of his cephalopods which then merges seamlessly with alternating layers of resin and acrylic to create an incredible sense of depth and dimensions. If you liked this, also check out the work of Riusuke Fukahori. All photos courtesy the artist. (via My Modern Met)

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MrKiff · Nov 11 '13 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com
The documentary "Cutie and the Boxer" follows a duo who are lovers, artists, and fighters Read More

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MrKiff · Nov 11 '13 · Tags: artnews international
Fading Nights at Gerhardsen Gerner - News - Frameweb

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The Art of Smoke Bombs and Fireworks by Olaf Breuning fireworks
Smoke Bombs, 2008

The Art of Smoke Bombs and Fireworks by Olaf Breuning fireworksColor Wheels, 2012

The Art of Smoke Bombs and Fireworks by Olaf Breuning fireworks
Smoke Bombs 3, 2013

The Art of Smoke Bombs and Fireworks by Olaf Breuning fireworksFirey Eye, 2013

The Art of Smoke Bombs and Fireworks by Olaf Breuning fireworksSmoke Bombs 2, 2011

Swiss visual artist Olaf Breuning places no limits on his medium of choice, expressing his artistic vison through peformance art, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and film. My favorite of his work are these precisely staged photos of various smoke bombs, fireworks and other colorful objects arranged on a loose framework. The pieces have occasionally been lit as part of a “happening” such as his site-specific smoke installation at Station to Station in New York. You can see much more of his photography and other art over on his website, and see a brief interview with him courtesy of the Avant/Garde Diaries.

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MrKiff · Nov 8 '13 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com

Stunning Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich fish

Stunning Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich fish

Stunning Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich fish

Stunning Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich fish

Stunning Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich fish

Stunning Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich fish

Stunning Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich fish

Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich shoots phenomenal portraits of Siamese fighting fish (betta). The intimate photos are perfectly lit in clear water and look as if the fish are floating in midair. See much more here. (via DDN JAPAN)

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MrKiff · Nov 8 '13 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com

A Story of Reincarnation Told Through Stop Motion Face Paint video art stop motion reincarnation makeup animation

This animated short by London-based artist, animator and body painter Emma Allen briefly depicts the cycle of reincarnation using face paint. Allen made the 75-second piece over a period of five days by painting and photographing her own face. (via mashKULTURE)

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MrKiff · Nov 8 '13 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund superheroes painting humor

In his ongoing series of photorealistic oil paintings called the Aging Superhero, Swedish artist Andreas Englund takes us into the candidly humorous life of an anonymous superhero who has probably seen better days. Though he still puts up a tough fight, the wear and tear of battling crime has taken its toll on this elderly action figure. From a statement by Philipp Windmüller:

In a kind of tender comic on a huge canvas, Englund describes the hero who is slowly but surely spending his remaining years with human traits as a link between the artist himself and the viewer. It was extremely important to Englund to portray the aging process with an intensified presence. If you want to accord credibility to a character, the character himself needs to face up reality and the aging process. He has to acknowledge to himself that he cannot live up to expectations and that the “perfect life” is nothing more than wishfulness. Englund’s artworks are focused on the maturing process. Even in the old age it is still possible to achieve something valuable although someone’s drive and vigour won’t bluster out explosively. Nevertheless everybody in his advanced age deserves to be recognised and respected for what he has achieved in life.

Many of Englund’s original paintings are available through his website, and almost everything you see here is also availble as a limited edition print. (via Juxtapoz)

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MrKiff · Nov 8 '13 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com

The Beauty of Mathematics: A Visual Demonstration of Math in Everyday Life video art math

This lovely video short from Yann Pineill and Nicolas Lefaucheux of Paris video production agency Parachutes succinctly demonstrates the underlying mathematics behind everyday occurences in the format of a triptych. On the left we see the mathematical equation, in the middle a mathematical model, and on the right a video of such things as snowflakes, wind, sound, trees and magnetism. The video begins with the following quote:

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” —Bertrand Russell

Best viewed full screen. (via Laughing Squid)

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MrKiff · Nov 7 '13 · Tags: thisiscolossal.com
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