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Creepy body painting makes it look like you can see the guts and bones of a hand

It starts off a little cartoonish but then it quickly turns creepy and almost squeamish as the hand starts to legitimately look like it’s been sliced to expose the blood, guts, and bones. Luckily, for us and for Natalie Nakles, the artist who did this, it’s only the work of markers, pens, and clever camera angles.… » 8/26/15 8:40pm 8/26/15 8:40pm

A Gigantic Upgraded Lite-Brite With Color-Changing Dials Instead of Pegs

Hasbro’s Lite-Brite is one of those brilliantly simple toys that has stood the test of time. It doesn’t need an upgrade—at least that’s what we thought until we saw this giant Everbright board that replaces those colored plastic pegs with dials that can reproduce any color you can imagine. » 8/14/15 12:49pm 8/14/15 12:49pm

The mesmerizing colors of paint swirling around together

Thomas Blanchard made this lovely video, The Colors of Feelings, using paint, oil, milk, honey and cinnamon as a sort of analogy for feelings like love and joy and sadness and so forth. The work is mesmerizing and verges on feeling like you’re in a dream. I can watch this type of thing (watching paint mix is so much… » 8/12/15 11:34pm 8/12/15 11:34pm

This City In China Built Its Own Chicago Bean In a Desolate Parking Lot

When it comes to architectural simulacra it’s hard to top the ballsiness of China, where a real-life World Showcase includes convincing replicas of cities like Venice, Paris, and London. Now the copycats have come for the art world, with a knockoff Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture, colloquially known to Chicagoans… » 8/12/15 12:30pm 8/12/15 12:30pm

Carving candles to expose hidden designs is absolutely beautiful

Carving decorative candles is such an exquisite art because not only does the end result look great but the whole process requires a lot of planning to get the right mix of colors and demands a lot from the artist, because there’s a time limit as the candle hardens throughout the carving process. Here’s a few videos… » 8/12/15 1:00am 8/12/15 1:00am

Meet Eight New Afrofuturism Artists Creating a Future of Color

This stunning gallery on Blavity showcases eight up-and-coming visual artists influenced by Afrofuturism, science fiction that explores the experiences and culture of people of color. They’re amazingly diverse not just in their sci-fi visions, but the media they use to express them. Painting, comics, illustration,… » 8/11/15 8:25pm 8/11/15 8:25pm

Video: A portrait of the world's youngest master penman

It’s not like I totally judge people’s handwriting (okay, I judge them a little) but it’s just refreshing to see good penmanship in 2015 because it’s so rare. We all just type on computers or phones and the most we write is two or three looping scribbles on a receipt. Here’s a look at someone who doesn’t just type and… » 8/06/15 9:05pm 8/06/15 9:05pm

10 Examples of Comics Art So Good, They Don't Need Words to Tell a Story

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Comics are a visual medium—but most comics still rely heavily on narration and dialogue. Once in a while, though, a series, a single issue, or even one great scene in a comic will forgo text, or keep it at a minimum, to tell a gorgeous story with just images. Here are 10 pieces of comic art that don’t need words to… » 8/03/15 1:59pm 8/03/15 1:59pm

How the Hell Did I End Up in Michigan?

Welcome back to the Connected States, the project that involves me living in a van for a year, driving around and telling stories. After going live last week I was absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response. I received so many tips, well-wishes, and offers of help that I haven’t been able to respond to them all… » 7/30/15 10:00am 7/30/15 10:00am