37 posts tagged Dinosaurs
37 posts tagged Dinosaurs
This beautiful piece of Calvin and Hobbes embroidery, based on the back cover illustration of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip collection Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”, is the work of Oak Park, IL-based artist Laura Hartrich, created for her son’s birthday. Hartrich is a self-taught embroiderer and commented on Reddit, saying this piece is her most detailed work to date. She also described the process of making it:
"-Buy Scientific Progress Goes Boink -Hide it from son for over a year so I can use it as a reference -Go to library, make an enlarged copy of the back cover -Use carbon paper to transfer the main lines of the illustration onto fabric -Fill in all the color -Go back and add black details
I tried to match the DMC floss I was using to the back cover as closely as I could. The colors aren’t always perfect. Some of those watercolors are just so delicate. There wasn’t always floss pale enough to match. I did my best.”
As this particularly piece was a gift for Laura’s lucky son, it’s not for sale. But you can find others available via her Etsy shop, Tiny Scissor Times, where she also accepts custom commissions.
[via Nerd Approved]
The Department of Awesome Parenting just discovered yet another amazing parent who turns their child’s school lunches into a mini art show. Minneapolis-based freelance designer and illustrator Bryan Dunn, aka The Bag Dad, has been illustrating his son’s brown paper lunch bags for two years now, ever since the boy’s very first day of school.
Each colored pencil drawing takes Bryan about 20-30 minutes to complete. He usually works on them during his own lunch break. Because the bags don’t always make it back home after school, Dunn started photographing each bag before filling it with his son’s lunch.
[via Twisted Sifter]
Palaeontologists from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio in Argentina have discovered the fossilized bones of what they believe to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth - a truly awesome discovery. Dr Jose Luis Carballido and Dr Diego Pol led an excavation team which unearthed about 150 huge dinosaur bones in the desert near La Flecha, about 250km (135 miles) west of Trelew, Patagonia.
Using its massive thigh bones, they’ve estimated that the dinosaur measured 40m (130ft) long, stood 20m (65ft) tall, and weight 77 metric tons. That’s just shy of 170,000 lbs or as heavy as 14 African elephants. It’s believed to be a new species of Titanosaur - enormous herbivores from the Late Cretaceous period.
'Titanosaur' is easily one of the most awesome words we've ever heard.
Head over to BBC News to learn more about this spectacular discovery.
Neatorama recently assembled a fantastic collection of awesome children’s beds. These are a few of our favorites:
Bonnie in Jupiter, FL created a dinosaur-themed bedroom featuring a painted T-rex whose 3D head comes out of the wall to be the bed. The red bedding in a nice touch, since you’d be sleeping inside the dino’s mouth. What strange dreams a kid must have after falling asleep while staring at a giant reptilian uvula.
Posh Tots makes a viking ship bed so fancy that even the vikings themselves would’ve been envious - which means they’d probably raid the house and steal the bed, right?
The giant Spider-Man bed is the work of Incredibeds. Who wouldn’t feel more secure sleeping on the belly of an enormous superhero? Maybe they can make us the giant snoozing Totoro bed we’ve always dreamed of.
Having a pet is a big responsibility and we all want to take care of our pets as well as we can. But it’s challenging to find guidance about caring for some of the more exotic pets, like dinosaurs, for example. Thankfully artist John Conway created The Dinosaur Pet Guide, a handsome and helpful chart of dino care dos and don’ts.
The city of Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido has been hosting the Sapporo Snow Festival since the early 1980s. Each February the city’s streets are decorated with snow and ice sculptures celebrating the beauty of winter. The sculptures range from enormous - grand buildings, temples and monuments, to smaller and more finely-detailed - pop culture characters, animals, and historical figures.
In addition to countless snow and ice sculptures created purely for the love of art and winter, the festival draws competitive sculptors from all over the world for annual competitions that take place in different sites around the city.
"The event has set several World Records, including the audience-participatory construction of the most snowmen ever made in one place (over 10,000 – a record which still stands). The next installment, now the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival, will be held this February 5th through 11th in 2014."
We just learned about another awesome artist who makes things that look like other things. Brett Kern is an artist and teacher based in Elkins, West Virginia who created a wonderful series of ceramic sculptures that look exactly like inflatable dinosaurs, astronauts, and balloons.
Visit Brett Kern’s website to view more of his bright and playful artwork.
We just learned about a wonderful new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting. It’s a family tradition, called Dinovember, created by writer Refe Tuma and his wife. Every night in November, after their children have gone to bed, the pair set about creating a new scene involving their children’s dinosaur toys which makes it appear as though the tiny dinos came to life overnight and had all sorts of mischievous fun. They cook, paint, pretend to be knights and dragons, take other toys hostage, and play the kids’ boardgames. They’ve even teepeed the bathroom.
Tuma explains, “In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs. Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”
The photos you see here are just a small sampling of this delightful project. Follow each new installment of Dinovember over on Facebook.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Redditor Proteon shared the top photo of an awesome triceratops made of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns. According to subsequent comments on the Reddit post, the fantastic beast is part of The Great Jack o’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton, New York. A little sleuthing revealed that this radiant dino was actually part of last year’s event.
The 2013 Great Jack o’Lantern Blaze is still going on through November 1st and then again from November 8th to the 11th. If you’re in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut tri-state area, there are over 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns waiting for you. Click here to learn more.
Second photo via Tom Nycz Photography