40 posts tagged Skull
40 posts tagged Skull
As creators of squirrel-centric items such as the Horse Head Squirrel Feeder, the Squirrel Coffee Cup and, of course, Squirrel Underpants, we were delighted to learn about British photographer Max Ellis' ongoing series of silly squirrel photos.
Ellis works as a freelance digital illustrator and photographer, but in his spare time he takes awesome wildlife photos, including these photos from his Squirrel Series, for which he stages scenes and builds models - like miniature cardboard cannons and saw-the-lady-in-half magic sets - for the insatiably curious (and hungry) squirrels to interact with (while also getting a tasty snack). Max insists that none of his exceptionally well-fed, bushy-tailed models have ever been harmed during a photo shoot.
“I’m experimenting with more elaborate props and new ideas come to me daily. They constantly surprise me with their intelligence and dexterity so its great fun coming up with new ideas!”
“I try to use very little retouching in the shots. My other day job is as one of the world’s most successful digital illustrators, I’ve headed up hundreds of ad campaigns over the 30 years I’ve been professional and it would be too easy to fake it. The only time I edit is to get rid of the fishing line on the skull one and the dumbbell one. I felt it spoiled the image.”
Visit Max Ellis’ website and 500px page to check out many more of his photographs. For the past four years he’s also been posting a daily photo over at blipfoto.com/maxellis, including shots of his squirrel friends.
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The Art Fund, a UK-based charity which raises money to help galleries purchase and exhibit works of art, is using edible artwork as an upcoming fundraising initiative called Edible Masterpieces. It’s a philanthropic bake-off.
To help inspire prospective participants, the Art Fund created and staged a series of recipes, which include a Mondrian-inspired Battenberg cake, a Jackson Pollock-themed rice krispies treat, and a glittering skill-shaped cake made in the likeness of Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull. For those more inclined towards a savory treat there’s even a van Gogh-inspired ploughman’s lunch.
All funds raised will be used to support UK museums and galleries. Click here to learn more.
Photos by Maja smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun, recipes by Georgia Levy
New Delhi-based artist Subodh Gupta repurposes everyday materials, turning them into iconic symbols and creating awesome sculptures like this skull made of stainless steel containers and kitchen utensils. Entitled Very Hungry God, the striking 8 foot tall sculpture weighs nearly a ton. It was made in 2006 for the Nuit Blanche annual all-night art festival in Paris.
Here’s how Subodh Gupta described his piece:
"My work was conceived to be shown in a church in Barbes on the outskirts of Paris which is largely inhabited by an immigrant population. I made the work in response to the stories I read in the news about how soup kitchens in Paris were serving food with pork so that Muslims would not eat it. It was a strange and twisted form of charity that did not continue for long but raised conflicting ideas of giving and the way we have become now.
Outside the church I served vegetarian daal soup as a form of “prasad” (in India when you go to a temple or a guduwara you are offered food with the blessing). I liked the mix of the Catholic church and my intervention using a symbol that many artists have used before – the skull – and its many connotations.”
Designers Liz and Kyle von Hasseln of The Sugar Lab (previously featured here ) teamed up with artist Josh Harker (previously featured here) to create this stunning one-of-a-kind 3D-printed El Dia de los Muertos filigree sugar skull. Based on Harker’s Cráneo de La Calaca and created for Halloween 2013, this edible beauty is one of the loveliest sugar skulls we’ve ever seen.
Do you remember the amazing skeleton we posted about awhile back belonging to an awesome woman fitted with a prosthetic eye that had originally been gilt and engraved to look like a sun? We sure do.
Artist Nick Beecher recently took up the challenge to illustrate what she may have looked like in life and we think his interpretation is pretty awesome.
Here’s an awesome little piece of history:
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:
[The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a central circle (representing the iris) and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The female remains found with the artificial eye was 1.82 m tall (6 feet), much taller than ordinary women of her time. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. Since microscopic research has shown that the eye socket showed clear imprints of the golden thread, the eyeball must have been worn during her lifetime. The woman’s skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.
So she was an extraordinarily tall woman walking around wearing an engraved golden eye patterned with rays like a tiny sun. What an awesome sight that must have been.
fangirequeen: SOMEONE DRAW HER PLEASE
We always look forward to pumpkin carving season. Halloween wouldn’t be the same without Jack-o’-lanterns. We love this hypnotic flaming skull carved out of a white pumpkin by Jesse Vainio.
These awesome banana carvings are the work of Japanese artist Keisuke Yamada, an electrician by trade and banana sculptor in his spare time.
These detailed works of edible art are all the more impressive because they must be made quickly, before the bananas start to brown. And before the Xenomorph attacks you first.
Hermit crabs require new, larger shells to accommodate their bodies as they grow. They’ve been known to salvage all sorts of hollow items besides actual shells to use as their new homes. American artist Josh Keyes (previously featured here) created this awesome painting, entitled Migratory Soul, which depicts a resourceful crab who found a human skull that appears to be a perfect fit. This painting will be shown at 111 Minna Gallery’s 20th anniversary group show opening September 6th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.
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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.
Japanese paper artist Nahoko Kojima creates awesome works of cut paper art using single sheets paper. Her incredibly delicate pieces depict animals, textures, and other natural phenomena. Some of them are exhibited encased between acrylic sheets, while others, like her Cloud Leopard [see top two images] are hung from wires for display as 3D pieces. To give you an idea of just how painstaking these pieces are, Nohoko spent five months cutting the Cloud Leopard.
"The artist is currently working on a new piece titled Byaku that will be unveiled at the Jerwood Space in London next month, an ambitious artwork of a life-sized swimming polar bear made using a single sheet of white Washi paper.
And if that’s not enough, you can also visit Nahoko Kojima’s Flickr page to view more of her work.