84 posts tagged eyes
84 posts tagged eyes
We’ve featured all sorts of unbelievably convincing examples of photorealistic art, but Pennsylvania-based artist Joshua Suda takes the deception even further. His paintings aren’t just awesomely photorealistic, they also break the fourth wall.
Suda’s subjects peer out from behind frames or through torn sheets of paper or cardboard with the confines of the painting’s actual frame. Beautifully rendered hands reach out and half-hidden faces make eye contact with the viewer, “pushing us to question the boundaries between art and ‘real” life.”
Visit Joshua Suda’s website to check out more of his astonishing artwork.
After this moment you may never look at a bicycle seat the same way again. Entitled Bite It and Pink Eye, these awesome, imaginative ‘bike seat sculptures’ were created by Canadian designer Clem Chen using recycled bike seats.
They were made by carving out openings in the seats’ covers and inserting a plastic-cast snarling taxidermy mouth in one and a staring blue eye in the other.
"The parts are held together with construction adhesive and 2-part epoxy glue, making the intimidating look durable, with additional sculpting done using epoxy putty. Achieving an intimidatingly real-life look, details were painted in acrylic, while the body was given a matte-black spray finish."
Clem Chen exhibited his impressively creepy bike seats at the Saddle-up! show in Vancouver, BC at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery. They’re both amazing, but we suggest you try not to think about them too much the next time you’re actually riding a bike.
Blinky Doll Eyes Glasses - These Blinky Doll-Eyes Glasses make you look just like one of those porcelain dolls that stares at you when you sleep in your grandma’s guest room. They even appear to blink as you tilt your head—just like a real doll. Use them to convince someone you’re paying attention while you secretly take a nap.
"I love macro photography, I spend a lot of time at it. The different shapes of insects’ eyes fascinates me. These bugs are bling and it must be so important to them to show bright and colourful markings; they might be small but they have a big impact. I want to show the world the amazing insects unnoticed to the naked eye."
Visit Ireneusz Irass Waledzik’s 500px page to check out lots more of his marvelous macro photography.
"Jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those peepers?"
For a project entitled Your Beautiful Eyes, Armenian physics teacher and photographer Suren Manvelyan (previously featured here) used his students, colleagues and friends as models for his awesome series of close-up ocular portraits. When viewed up close the anatomy of the human eye suddenly appears incredibly alien and unfamiliar. The longer you look at each photo, exploring its unique textures and colors, the less it feels like you’re looking at a human eye.
Manvelyan says, ‘It is quite natural when you shoot macro shots of insects and plants, but to try to make a picture of the eye? I did not expect these results.I was not aware they are of such complicated appearance. Everyday we see hundreds of eyes but do not even suspect they have such beautiful structure, like surfaces of unknown planets.’
If you’re wondering how Manvelyan creates these marvelous images, so are we. He says the process is a closely-guarded secret. But even if we can’t find out how he does it, we can still see plenty more of his work over at Suren Manvelyan’s website.
It’s The Eyes Have Have It Day on Geyser of Awesome!
Malaysian photographer Jimmy Kong took these amazing macro photos of spiders native to his Southeast Asian country. Their eyes are so clear and shiny that you can see Jimmy and his camera reflected in them. It feels like they’re peering inside our brains. The longer we look at them, the more we suspect these beguiling arachnids may actually be trying to hypnotize us all. While that may not work, they’re pretty much guaranteed to win any staring contest.
Be sure to visit Jimmy Kong’s Flickr stream to check out lots more of his stunning macro photography.
If Furbies and Mogwai were interbred, you might end up with creatures that look like these awesome dolls, created by Moscow-based artist Santani. Ranging from unbearably cute to grotesque (but still strangely cute), the soft-bodied framed dolls are handmade using fabric fur and sculpting materials such as fimo, cernit, sculpey, and sonet.
Visit Santani’s DeviantArt gallery and Vk profile to view many more examples of her wonderful and unsettling creatures. According to her DeviantArt profile, she also has plans to create an online shop to make some of her dolls avilable for purchase. We can’t wait.
The days have grown cold and short, Lovecraftian Solstice Carols can be heard on the wind, and in the Portland, OR home of Maika, co-editor of the Geyser of Awesome, the spot on the living room floor where betentacled trees have stood in years past has suddenly begun to darken and roil. Cthulhumas approaches and it’s time to pay tribute.
Dread Cthulhu still waits dreaming, but this year the Cthulhumas tree awoke. Its eyes are a pair of Giant Christmas Tree Googly Eyes that were altered with spray paint, paint pens, and markers. The wings were made using wire hangers, floral wire and tape, green cellophane, and the helpful guidance of a wing-making Instructable created by mercifulmaenad. Small sacrifices of blood, skin, and cherished cloth were made in the process and eldritch incantations were murmured.
Now the tree watches, unblinking. Sometime, just of the corner of an eye, the blue lights flicker and its tentacles appear to writhe. In the middle of the night the soft rustling of cellophane wings has been heard. The tree never sleeps.
Merry Cthulhumas friends. May the deep dark sleep of the Great Old Ones continue undisturbed.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
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
The internet has found another awesomely entertaining use for googly eyes and it’s here on Tumblr as a new blog called Googly Eye Books. Any and all book covers become something wonderfully silly as soon as you add a googly eye or two. Viewers are also welcome to submit their own googly-eyed books to the site.
The images you see here are a very small sample of the entertainment in store. Follow Googly Eye Books to see them all.
And remember, whenever you need more googly eyes, our Googly Eye shop has got you covered.