It has been pointed out to me that my post Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti is actually the work of Ágoston Birtalan. So, I did some research to make sure it checked out (which it did) and I have updated the previous post with the correct images. Here is the work of Ágoston Birtalan.
I apologize to both artists! You both create amazing work and should be recognized for your own achievements!
Ágoston is a Hungarian artist who creates pencil carvings. His favorite artists are Dalton Ghetti,Mizuta Tasogare,Kato Jado. So, I suppose it is a good thing that i mixed up his work with one if his favorites if I was going to mix it up at all, right?
Hopefully, more info about this artist to come…
Please be sure to check out Ágoston’s Facebook as well!
Over the past year and a half I have shown you many artworks that you have to look at twice because you can’t determine whether it is a painting/drawing or a photograph. I love those, obviously. Some of the greatest artists in the world can’t do that but I think it is an aspiration of many. Here we go again…
Doug Bloodworth is another one of those artists. His paintings are so realistic that you have to look all too closely at the image. Each painting is done in either oil on canvas or airbrush on wood panel. He has done countless other paintings in many different styles. He also does western paintings, murals, cartoons, billboards and buses.
When I first saw these, I thought, no way. These still lifes are soooooo realistic that i almost can’t believe it. With most paintings or drawings you can see the brush strokes or charcoal marks. I am not find that in these.
They say that all artists see things differently; they see things the the average person doesn’t see. I don’t know if I agree with the second half of that assumption,but I do think that artists look for different ways to view a particular object.
An artist by the name of Dalton Ghetti, uses that ability to create complex sculptures from the simple shape of a pencil. He started carving at a young age, but decided to start carving very small sculptures more recently. His goal is to bring people’s attention to smaller objects because he believes that small things are beautiful. The majority of the pencils he uses for his work are found on the streets and sidewalks. It is a recycling process.
Dalton does not sell his work. He sculpts as a hobby and does it for his own enjoyment. He does not plan to sell his work.
As most of you know, I am all about crafting and upcycling old stuff. I found a blog post on Twisted Sifter today that gave 50 examples of ways to repurpose, reuseand upcycle. All of the examples were great but I liked the upcycling ones the best.
So, below are a few of them and if you want to see more, I encourage you to visit the blog post via the link above.
And no, upcycle isn’t actually a word, but I like it and believe that it will soon be part of the english dictionary.
Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls to Organize Cables and Chords
I found a new, and wonderful blog today! I get excited when I find new blogs with good content. It makes me happy. The blog is called Gurlinteruppted. It says it is a fashion and beauty blog but I found more “pretty” things on it.
Anyway, the specific blog post that caught my eye was Does Your Keyboard Need A Makeover? She walks you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to use washi tape and scissors to upgrade your computer keyboard. What a fun idea!
A few weeks ago, during Make Something Mondays, you guys voted for a tutorial on an abstract tree painting so here it is! It isn’t exactly the same as the one I showed you before but it is similar. Just remember that it is abstract and that it can be anything that you want it to. It all comes from your imagination.
Things You Will Need:
Paint a section, about 3/4 down the canvas, and paint it brown. I combined a light brown and a dark brown.
This step is optional.
Paint a layer of gesso over the top 3/4 of the canvas.
Start painting a streak along the line of your designated ground. This will keep the paint from bending together.
Start to paint your sky. Don’t spend a lot of time on this though. The goal here is just to get some color on the canvas so that you don’t see white between the leaves in the final painting.
Paint an outline of a tree on one side of your canvas. Remember that the majority of this tree will be covered with leaves as well, so if you are going to focus on making it look good, focus on the bottom.
Start to fill in your tree. I used one shade of brown and a small brush so that when I painted, it made a texture like in the image above.
Paint some roots for your tree.
Get a lot of paint on a medium-sized brush and dab it on the canvas. It should look something like the above.
A little texture is a good thing.
Randomly spread some leaves out on the canvas. Avoid the tree for now since the paint is still wet.
Add set of leaves in a different color.
Continue step 10 for several more colors.
When the canvas is filled up but has a bit of space left, go back through with other colors and fill in the negative space. Don’t forget the ground!
This is the coolest scholarship I’ve ever seen! Students are encouraged to create prom dresses and tuxes with duct tape. If they had this scholarship when I was in high school (provided I knew about it), I would’ve been all over that! Anyway, the winner(s) receive $10,000. You can apply solo or as a couple. Applicants have to submit a photo of themselves in their prom attire to be considered. The finalists are chosen based on workmanship, originality, use of color, accessories, and use of duct tape. Check out the rules if you are interested. Warning, they are a bit lengthy.
Let’s get to the fun part… The duct tape prom dresses and tuxes!
It is unbelievable, the talent that goes into these prom outfits! Take a look at the gallery; there are a ton of couples and singles that have created dresses and tuxes for the scholarship.
What a way to bond with your prom date. Not to mention, these kids probably saved themselves, or their parents, hundreds of dollars. Who needs designer dresses anyway?!
These animal-like tire sculptures just blew my mind!!! I keep looking at them in amazement. How did the artist, Yong Ho Ji, cut the tire so perfectly, and mold it so precisely, that it created a familiar creature. Holy cow, I can’t get over these! That is how you can tell he is a good artist. When you sit there and stare. There are a billion questions running through your mind, but you can’t come up with an answer to any of them. What he has created is so intriguing that you can’t take your eyes off of it, you can’t figure out how it works.
The tire sculpture process is an interesting one. First, the artists sculpts his form out of clay and wire. When the initial design is perfected, he makes a plaster mold and then, makes a resin sculpture. The tires are added afterwards.
Yong Ho Ji is a Korean artist. He was inspired to make tire sculptures because of a childhood memory of the spare tire on his family’s Jeep Wrangler. The jeep was symbolic of the distinct contrast to his rural home. It was the link between environment and industrialization.
So, the animal sculptures aren’t made entirely of tires, but they are still breathtaking.