We’ve just learned about another talented artist who uses the humble disposable coffee cup as their canvas. Jimmy T. enhances his morning coffee cups with striking pop culture-inspired drawings and then leaves them behind for other people to discover. Brightening the days of random strangers with unexpected and thoroughly marvelous artwork is awesome.

You can follow Jimmy’s ongoing series of geektastically illustrated coffee cups right here on Tumblr at morningcoffeecupart or on the Morning Coffee Cup Art on Facebook page

[via Geeks are Sexy]

British artist Shaun Hughes uses his engraving skills to create a wide variety of incredibly awesome hobo nickels. A couple months ago we shared his fantastic Storm Trooper Nickel. Today we share some more of his pop culture-inspired carved coins.

These pieces barely scratch the surface of the amount of artwork that Hughes produces. Be sure to visit his DeviantART gallery to check out more of his beautifully altered coinage.

[via Neatorama]

Artist and illustrator Dave DeVries takes children’s drawings of imaginary monsters and superheroes and uses a combination of acrylic paint, color pencils and an airbrush to render them with awesome realism. Part of his process includes interviewing the child artists to get an even better feel for what their creatures really look like. What begin as strange and cute doodles end up as truly terrifying, yet sometimes also hilarious, glimpses of a child’s imagination brought to life.

"It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? That was it… no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica’s drawings come to life."

This ongoing project is called The Monster Engine. DeVries is currently accepting commissions for new pieces. He also published a book and limited edition poster of his Monster Engine illustrations, both of which are available here.

[via Lost At E Minor and Marvelous]

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.

You can see them all over on The Bag Dad Facebook page. You can also follow his lunch bag artwork here on Tumblr.

[via Twisted Sifter]

These awesomely altered neighborhood watch signs are the handiwork of Toronto, Ontario-based artist Andrew Lamb. The nondescript street signs have been posted around Toronto for years, which meant that everyone was so used to them they just blended into the scenery.

Andrew Lamb tells CBC:

I walked by and thought those signs would be much better with a superhero up there. The first one was a splash page — a common thing in comic books, a bunch of superheros popping out at you. Then came Batman and Robin, RoboCop, Beverly Hills Cop, and then it snowballed.

Lamb’s superheroic enhancements are sure to get the signs noticed by upstanding citizens and potential criminals alike. Heck, we’d probably think twice about simply jaywalking if we thought Mister Rogers was watching.

Follow Andrew Lamb’s on Instagram to check out many more of his fantastically altered signs.

[via 22 Words, Neatorama and Nerd Approved]

Miami-based artist and art teacher Brian Reedy creates awesome woodcut illustrations of monsters, superheroes, supervillains from movies, comic books and video games, dystopian scenes, and mythical deities and creatures. It’s a striking combination of contemporary pop culture imagery with centuries-old illustration technique.

"Reedy’s work is a satiric commentary on current society. His style is an exaggeration and hyper-detailing of the comic book and cartoon genres. He often peppers humorous elements in his prints that range from hidden references to hilarious captions."

Visit Brian Reedys website and his Woodcut Emporium Etsy shop and to see more.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

It’s never too soon to share more of Hoang Tran’s pop culture-based crayon sculptures (previously featured here). In addition to the extraordinarily careful carving (check out how thin Jack Skellington’s neck is!), Tran melts other crayons applies the melted wax to his sculptures to accentuate the tiniest details such as clothing and facial features.

For a regular dose of creatively-carved crayons follow Tran here on Tumblr at Wax Nostalgic. You can also purchased original pieces via his Etsy shop, CarvedCrayons.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Our sweet treat-sense is tingling! First Lou Lou P’s Delights created a batch of wicked Alien Macarons and then the retina-searingly unforgettable Burt Reynolds Éclair. Today the Leeds-based bakery presented these awesome "Your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman" Macarons. No molds were used to create each tiny Spidey. They’re handmade, hand-painted and completely edible. We’re willing to bet they’re also 100% delicious.
[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

Our sweet treat-sense is tingling! First Lou Lou P’s Delights created a batch of wicked Alien Macarons and then the retina-searingly unforgettable Burt Reynolds Éclair. Today the Leeds-based bakery presented these awesome "Your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman" Macarons. No molds were used to create each tiny Spidey. They’re handmade, hand-painted and completely edible. We’re willing to bet they’re also 100% delicious.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

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?

Tiny Town Studios makes a wonderfully clever medieval castle murphy bed. We hope the carpet in that room is blue, so that it looks like you’re standing in the moat when the drawbridge-bed is up.

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.

Click here to view the entire collection of extraordinary beds.

[via Neatorama]

Today the Department of Awesome Parenting pays tribute to Chu Huang, a father in Zhejiang Province, China who, instead of simply telling his young son that he can be anything he wants when he grows up, spent a month building a spectacular golden Iron Man suit for his son to grow into.
Huang is a doctor who works long hours at his own clinic and is rarely able to take a day off. His professional life is so busy that he mostly sees his son at night just in time to read him a bedtime story. He wanted to do something special for the boy and, knowing how much he loves fictional characters in armor, decided to handcraft a full-size Iron Man suit just for him.

"Having no prior experience in crafting such costumes, Huang spent over a month scouring threads on hobby forums and websites, seeking advice and instructions. Over the next month, Huang spent his free time in the evening crafting the suit; drafting and cutting the pieces out of EVA plastic sheets, spray painting the pieces, and then fixing the pieces together and making final adjustments to the suit. His son watched him intently throughout the entire crafting process."

Huang’s Iron Man suit features a Chinese flag on the chest and a yin-yang symbol on the palms of its hands. His son was so excited by the completed suit that he immediately asked his dad to put it on so he could show his kindergarten classmates.
Visit RocketNews24 to learn more about Chu Huang, Iron Dad.

Today the Department of Awesome Parenting pays tribute to Chu Huang, a father in Zhejiang Province, China who, instead of simply telling his young son that he can be anything he wants when he grows up, spent a month building a spectacular golden Iron Man suit for his son to grow into.

Huang is a doctor who works long hours at his own clinic and is rarely able to take a day off. His professional life is so busy that he mostly sees his son at night just in time to read him a bedtime story. He wanted to do something special for the boy and, knowing how much he loves fictional characters in armor, decided to handcraft a full-size Iron Man suit just for him.

"Having no prior experience in crafting such costumes, Huang spent over a month scouring threads on hobby forums and websites, seeking advice and instructions. Over the next month, Huang spent his free time in the evening crafting the suit; drafting and cutting the pieces out of EVA plastic sheets, spray painting the pieces, and then fixing the pieces together and making final adjustments to the suit. His son watched him intently throughout the entire crafting process."

Huang’s Iron Man suit features a Chinese flag on the chest and a yin-yang symbol on the palms of its hands. His son was so excited by the completed suit that he immediately asked his dad to put it on so he could show his kindergarten classmates.

Visit RocketNews24 to learn more about Chu Huang, Iron Dad.