Chinese artist Paul Shanghai uses pencils, erasers, and blending stumps on bristol board to create awesome drawings of water with a life of its own. The clear fluid takes on the shapes of a dragon, a person, flowers, and even a goldfish leaping out one bowl and into another.

At first glance, Paul’s painstaking drawings look like photo manipulation, but by looking closely at larger images of these pieces on his his DeviantART gallery, it’s clear that they really are pencil renderings. And they’re beautiful.

[via Design Taxi]

This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.

The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.

"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”

[via Laughing Squid]

A day dedicated to sharing awesome things made of food is a perfect excuse to share more charming and completely edible creations by Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi (previously featured here).

Hong Yi (who often goes by the nickname Red) creates new pieces all the time. Most recently she’s been making beautiful pieces using flower petals. Follow her ongoing work on Facebook and/or Instagram.

[via Colossal and Hong Yi’s Facebook page)

For an awesome sculpture series entitled Alive Without Breath, Singapore-based artist Keng Lye creates incredibly life-like depictions of animals using little more than paint and resin.

"Lye slowly fills bowls, buckets, and boxes with alternating layers of acrylic paint and resin, creating aquatic animal life that looks so real it could almost pass for a photograph."

"I started my first series in 2012 where all the illustrations were “flat” and depth was created using the layering of resin and acrylic over the different parts of the illustration. This year, I started on the octopus and it was purely an experiment; I just wanted to see whether I could push this technique to a higher level. After applying acrylic paint straight onto the resin, I incorporated a 3-D element in this instance, it was a small pebble for the ranchu and octopus. For the turtle, I used an egg shell for the turtle shell and acrylic paint for the rest of the finishing. The whole idea here was to give the art work an even more 3D effect therefore you can have a better view from any angle. I think there are still many other techniques to explore."

Head over to Keng Lye’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his astonishing artwork.

[via Colossal]

From the Department of Awesome Pet Owners comes this video showing a plucky little goldfish in the care of synirr, who cleverly designed the sling being worn by the fish. The sling helps the fish compensate for her trouble maintaining buoyancy. 

“She looks a little silly, but it is better than lying at the bottom of the tank all day!”

synirr also feeds the fish by hand to ensure she gets enough to eat. Click here to watch another video of the little fish being fed.

[via Geekologie]

These four paintings are part of an exhibit of new work by California-based artist Roland Tamayo. The solo show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles, CA, entitled Where The Heart Is, opens on Saturday, October 20th and runs through Saturday, November 10th.

Here’s a statement from Roland Tamayo about this show:

"It came natural to create a show with my twin boys in mind. Something fun and positive that they could hopefully get something out of. Obviously they have been the biggest influence in my life lately, and the pieces reflect little messages for them, which hopefully many can relate to while using things close to my heart. I’m playing with images from my hometown, sea creatures, and nostalgic thoughts and pop culture for me that my children are starting to enjoy as well. I hope you can make it, and please share this with anyone you think might be interested!"

Who doesn’t love an astronaut manatee or polaroid camera crab? If R2-D2 sleeps, he probably dreams of being a jellyfish, bobbing and floating through turquoise waters. And if giant robots ever come after us, we should remember to try placating them with bowls of goldfish friends. Yep, it’s all pretty awesome.

[via Laughing Squid]

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Do you remember a time when telephone booths were commonplace? When was the last time you used a public telephone, let alone a pay phone that lived inside a transparent little room of its own? Phone booths have become a relic and a mysterious five-member Japanese art collective, known only as Kingyobu (meaning “goldfish club”), is transforming these relics into awesome works of art. 

The goldfish tank phone booths have been popping up on the streets of Osaka, Japan: 

"Details remain murky – like, why? – but the group seems to have debuted their contraption at an art festival in late 2011, and have gone on to install several others throughout 2012.

Spectators have pointed out that it appears as if the goldfish are sandwiched between 2 sheets of glass, making for a cruel yet visually stunning functional phone booth. But that does not seem to be the case. Based on the making-of images, these are actual fish tanks.”

[via Spoon & Tamago]