29 posts tagged Fantasy
29 posts tagged Fantasy
Self-taught Alaskan sculptor Lee Cross, known professionally as Wood Splitter Lee, creates incredible one of a kind fantasy creatures that are so remarkably lifelike they verge on creepy, which is just one of the things that makes them so awesome. All of Lee’s creatures are completely made by hand without the use of and patterns, molds or casts. Their bodies contain articulated skeletons wrapped with stuffing, making them very soft to handle and fully posable. They’re decorated with carefully hand-applied synthetic fur and paint. As you can see from these photos, some of Lee’s creatures are more fantastic in nature than others, but they’re all amazing to behold.
Lee’s creatures are available for purchase through weekly Auction Adoptions held on eBay.
To check out more of her phenomenal handmade creatures, visit Wood Splitter Lee’s DeviantArt gallery.
Artists Jamie Ghio Sanches and Mike Braunewell of the Gibraltar-based company Sworddesign transform electric guitars into one-of-a-kind custom art pieces that still function as playable musical instruments.
"The process starts with evaluating the design idea, as the instrument above all has to be playable by the musician. During this the pair decides who does what, Jamie is in charge of any carving and the electronic setup of the instrument, while Mike oversees the final paint job execution, including airbrushing – both take part in the 3D sculpting if it is needed."
The duo also modify motorcycles, cars, helmets, and even phones. They’re up for just about any challenge:
"Anything goes and your imagination is the only limit to the possibilities to stand out from the crowd and make a personal statement. From "Wild" to "Mild" we will try and make your dreams come true."
Visit the Sworddesign website to check out lots more of their fantastically altered instruments, vehicles and objects.
For an ongoing series of portraits entitled Just the Two of Us, Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler visited the homes of Austrian cosplayers and photographed them wearing their awesome costumes against the backdrop of their personal homes.
Klaus describes his project:
"Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else.
For this photo series I visited owners of elaborate costumes in their own homes. As a matter of fact, ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.
The homes of these cosplayers vary from photo to photo as much as their costumes. The juxtaposition of fantastic costumes and (relatively) ordinary domestic settings is mysterious and wonderful. We were especially delighted to discover one of his subjects wearing our Magical Unicorn Mask.
James Powell of Monster City Studios in Fresno, California creates awesome Storybook Style Carved Dog Houses. These enchanting canine cottages are handmade from EPS foam that is hand-tooled and painted. They’re waterproof, insulated, and ventilated, so they can be used indoors and out.
While you’re at it, why not splurge on a Storybook Cottage Playhouse or a Custom Built Storybook Treehouse for yourself as well? The doghouses, playhouses, and tree houses are all currently available via the Monster City Studios Etsy shop.
Edmonton, Alberta-based balloon artist Phileas Flash of Flash Balloons created this awesome balloon sculpture depicting Eddard “Ned” Stark, from HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones, solemnly sitting upon the Iron Throne.
There’s something extra delightful about a balloon sculpture depicting objects that are inherently sharp and pointy. Who’s up for a balloon sword fight?
[via Obvious Winner]
This fantastic photo was taken at Charmouth beach on the Jurassic coast in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England. Three-year-old Pantha Bradbury, possibly a future Khaleesi, is seen admiring an awesome 39-foot-wide dragon skull, which was created to celebrate the launch of the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
"I thought they smelled bad…on the outside."
Costume and prop designer (and now fantasy taxidermist) Malaki Keller, created this awesome 1:1 Scale Tauntaun Skin Rug for Autumn Massey, who came up with the concept. Don’t worry, no actual Tauntauns were harmed in the making of this rug, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still the perfect solution to those bitter cold nights on Hoth.
Meet the Pugs of Middle Earth. Phillip Lauer and his wife Sue are a Californian couple who love The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films and their three pugs, Blue, Bono, and Roxy, so much that they’ve come up with an unusual and pretty awesome hobby. For the past six years they’ve been dressing up their dogs as characters from Tolkien’s epic fantasy stories and staging photographs that vary from formal studio portraiture to action photos shot in the country.
Phillips says, “They are the family photos that we put up on our walls just like other people do of their kids. Yes, it’s a lot of time and effort but we have a lot of great memories and photos to share. It puts a smile on our faces, too.”
The Lauers even had a photo studio custom built inside their home in Sonoma County, California so that they could create photos to a professional standard.
But wait, as if dressing up their pugs as J.R.R. Tolkien characters wasn’t fun enough, the Lauers have also dressed their cute little canine trio as lifeguards, rockstars, and pugs in Parka jackets.
When Tim Stellburg, a particularly geeky Minnesotan who also goes by the name Buggeye, had to have several troublesome cottonwood trees in his yard cut down, he asked that 9-10 feet of one of the trees be left standing so that he could later hire an artist to carve it into something awesome.
As soon as he figured out what he wanted, Tim hired Curtis Ingvoldstad of Wood Sculpture by Curtis to transform the stump into a magnificent Silver Dragon based on fantasy artist and illustrator Todd Lockwood’s creation for Dungeons & Dragons third edition (3.5).
“No matter how badly I mess up a Star Wars/Star Trek/whatever trivia quiz - Nobody can take away my geek card ever again.”
The process of sculpting the tree took place over 13 four hour sessions. Curtis painted the beast as well, but Tim painted the eyes himself. Click here for more photos of Buggeye’s awesome Silver Dragon.