American humorous illustrator Rodney Pike has undertaken an awesomely silly project. He’s been using his Photoshop skills to insert the singularly goofy face of British entertainer Rowan Atkinson in character as Mr. Bean into a variety of portraits by the Old Masters. Judging by the lacy panties held in the hands of Thomas Howard (top image), painted by Hans Holbein the Younger in 1539, Pike sometimes tinkers with more than the faces in the portraits.

If it weren’t for the befuddled expression forever worn on Mr. Bean’s face, these images could be a taste of additional series of Blackadder we’ve always wanted.

Pike says he plans to complete 30 pieces for his Mr. Bean Collection, so keep an eye on his website or DeviantArt page for additional pieces.

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Mexican artist Ricardo Solis uses oil paint, ink and other media to create fantastic depictions of how various animal species are created by teams of Lilliputian workers. Strips of electrical tape are unrolled and applied to give a zebra its stripes while poison dart frogs are carefully painted. A grizzly bear’s furry coat is painstakingly woven and hot-air balloons are used to pour paint onto a flamingo and position a pangolin’s horny overlapping scales. The hippo gets its substantial size and shape thanks to a generous inflation of helium.

Visit Ricardo Solis’ Behance page to check out more of his awesome animals under construction. Prints are available via Solis’ website.

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Awesome Anamorphic Artwork isn’t restricted to walls, floors and sketchbooks. There’s a whole amazing subset that, instead of having the viewer stand in just the right spot, requires looking at flat image or sculpture reflected in a cylindrical mirror in order to see it properly.

Last month the folks at Bored Panda assembled a fascinating collection of 23 examples of this mind-bending art form. Here you see pieces by István Orosz, Jonty Hurwitz, Vera Bugatti and Awtar Singh Virdi respectively.

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French art director and illustrator Troqman makes clever use of both his pens and his sketchbooks as well as his surroundings in order to create entertaining drawings of characters appearing to interact with the real world. Our favorite pieces involve characters on multiple pages or sketchbooks interacting with each other as well as the 3D world. And then there’s Spider-Man who think’s he just found his long-lost father.

Troqman calls this playful hobby Cartoon Bombing and you can see a lot more of it over o Instagram or right here on Tumblr at troqman.

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Toronto, Ontario-based artist Ruth Oosterman collaborates with her two-year-old daughter Eve to create imaginative paintings that feel as though they’ve been lifted from the pages of a fantastic series of storybooks we’re now dying to read. Here Oosterman describe their process:

As all of our collaborations start, my two year old creates her own sketch with an ink pen which I then use to turn into a watercolor painting. The sketch is completely her own with no instruction given from me, I simply use her creativity to inspire me to create a painting.

Oosterman says that she can usually either discern a picture hidden inside Eve’s sketch or her daughter will have chatted with her about what she was drawing. But sometimes there is no conteext andshe has to let her own imagination run with it.

I try to work quickly and let imagination and play take root into the painting rather than taking it to seriously, this way I can encourage Eve’s contribution without making it to “grownup.”

Visit Ruth Oosterman’s blog and her YouTube channel to check out more of her wonderful collaborations with young Eve.

Prints of some of their creations are available via the Eve’s Imagination Etsy shop.

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It’s not many groups that use a picture of the moment the band broke up as the cover of their debut album, but that’s what happened with Avenging Unicorn. The official reason given was “creative differences,” but we suspect the unicorn just got tired of having a mime as lead singer. 
If you’d like to recreate this scene, you can purchase your own Avenging Unicorn figures here.

It’s not many groups that use a picture of the moment the band broke up as the cover of their debut album, but that’s what happened with Avenging Unicorn. The official reason given was “creative differences,” but we suspect the unicorn just got tired of having a mime as lead singer. 

If you’d like to recreate this scene, you can purchase your own Avenging Unicorn figures here.

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Illuminati Air Freshener - We know it’s tempting to blame an ancient conspiracy of mysterious power brokers when your car stinks like a mix of old Taco Bell and a gym locker, but it’s probably your own fault. This air freshener makes your car smell like musky old power while also identifying you as someone who knows what’s REALLY going on. 
Buy one here

Illuminati Air Freshener - We know it’s tempting to blame an ancient conspiracy of mysterious power brokers when your car stinks like a mix of old Taco Bell and a gym locker, but it’s probably your own fault. This air freshener makes your car smell like musky old power while also identifying you as someone who knows what’s REALLY going on. 

Buy one here

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London-based freelance illustrator and graphic artist Martin Tomsky creates awesomely detailed laser-cut plywood illustrations. Each beautiful piece is comprised of many layers, assembled one at a time, to form lyrical scenes, some of which are inspired by TV shows such as Adventure Time and Game of Thrones.

Visit Martin Tomsky’s website and DeviantArt page to check out many more of his stunning creations (and get a better look at the larger pieces pictured here). He also has an Etsy shop where he offers original pieces for sale, both big and small.

[via Visual News]

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of perceiving significance (often an image or sound) in vague or random stimulus. One of the most common examples is seeing animals or faces in the clouds. For an ongoing project entitled Shaping Clouds Argentinian creative and copywriter Martín Feijoó (aka Tincho) uses the shapes of clouds he spots in the sky as the inspiration for fanciful illustrations.

After photographing a cloud formation that’s caught his fancy, Feijoó returns home to depict in pen and ink the creatures and characters his mind’s eye has seen in the clouds.

“When I was a child I was told that clouds’ shapes were created by expert balloon twister clowns who live in the sky, so that they can keep entertaining children,” Feijoó explains on his site. “On my last trip to Mexico I remembered this and I started to photograph clouds on the road. The result is Shaping Clouds, a series of illustrations where I drew the first thing that came into my mind when I saw these clouds that I imagine someone made for me.”

Feijoó is the Cloud Shaper and you can follow his cloudy creations right here on Tumblr at shapingcloudsproject. Visit his Behance site to check out his professional work.

[via Visual News]