|A New York attorney representing a wealthy art collector called his client. “Saul, I have some good news, and I have some bad news.” The art collector replied, “I’ve had an awful day. Give me the good news first.”
The lawyer said, “Well, I met with your wife today, and she informed me that she just invested $5,000 in two pictures that she thinks will bring a minimum of $15 million to $20 million, and I think she could be right.”
Saul replied enthusiastically, “Well done! My wife is a brilliant businesswoman! You’ve just made my day. Now I know I can handle the bad news. What is it?”
The lawyer replied, “The pictures are of you and your secretary.”
No matter how hard we try, we have tough time of remembering greater happiness than the one when your old man brings you a nice Hot Wheels car! Have you been to your attic lately? How about your basement? Who knows, there might be dozen of Hot Wheels beasts waiting for you! Such is the case with this 1968 Camaro restoration. YouTuber that goes by the name of barametalHW tries to restore his old Hot Wheels Camaro which is covered in dust and started to rust big time! However, some parts of it are still in great shape.
The impressive side of all this is the after effect these restored cars have! This is not his first project, but if we judge him by it – we might as well call this man the Hot Wheels Restoration Master! Anyway, the 1968 Camaro restoration process starts by removing all the rust as well as oxidation. Right after that, it is time for some polishing as the Chevy shines like it was just brought from the store! Some other parts, like the hood for example, have the problem that they are broken. An issue far bigger than rust, so greater craftsmanship comes to rescue.
Check out the restoration of this Hot Wheels 1968 Custom Camaro! This guy is Hot Wheels Restoration Master :)
You could be forgiven for thinking that these portraits are photographs, but believe it or not they’re actually drawings by Italian artist Emanuele Dascanio.
Some of them take up to 780 hours to complete, and it’s easy to see why when you look at the artist’s amazingly lifelike creations. He draws them using a combination of charcoal and graphite and the subjects are often illuminated with a single source of light that gives every piece a certain renaissance quality about it. This isn’t just a coincidence however, as Dascanio was taught the oil techniques of the old renaissance masters by Italian painter Gianluca Corona. He then combined this knowledge with his own unique style in order to create the beautiful portraits that perfectly blend the classic with the contemporary.
At first glance, the highly-technical drawings of Emanuele Dascanio look as though they’re photographs—it’s only until you see the Italian artist put pencil to paper that you realize and appreciate the true value of his artistic skill. The large, labor-intensive portraits—some that take up to 780 hours to complete—feature a combination of graphite and charcoal that are expertly rendered to form hyperrealistic compositions. Against a pitch-black backdrop, the illuminated figures’ incredible details are brought to life: every stray hair, wrinkle, and fold of fabric is visible.
Although Dascanio’s work is contemporary, it has a classic feel to it. The subjects are often lit with a dramatic single light source that recalls the paintings of Caravaggio, the renowned 16th century artist. This influence was fostered by Dascanio’s assistantship to Italian painter Gianluca Corona, who taught him the oil techniques of the old masters working during the Renaissance. Dascanio has since translated these skills into the monochromatic works that undoubtedly fool the eye with their extreme precision.
This guy didn’t kneel during The National Anthem, he painted.
The Toledo Walleye invited artist Joe Everson to perform The National Anthem before Saturday’s home game against the Brampton Beast. Watch what followed:
No matter how many renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner you’ve seen as a sports fan, there’s a good chance you’ve never witnessed an anthem like the one before an ECHL game this weekend.
The Toledo Walleye invited artist Joe Everson to perform the national anthem before Saturday’s home game against the Brampton Beast, and he brought a unique twist to the duty that not many could pull off. Everson is more a visual artist than of the recording variety, so his singing was accompanied by a live canvas painting performance that left fans captivated.
While it wasn’t quite clear what exactly Everson was painting at the start, his grand finale was well worth the wait.
Here’s the final product:
Ferro is a stunning short film that uses iron filings to depict a deadly night in the snowy mountains.
A menacing storm on a mountainous wasteland. A lone boat sways slowly in the middle of a lake. A shot breaks the silence in a deep forest . Someone lies dead on the cold snow…
‘Ferro’ is the first personal project from Norte Estudio. A dream trip to an exotic landscape of Scandinavian reminiscences but it is also anomalous and threatening, a place made up of foreign matter in constant movement that challenges the laws of gravity.
If the head on my beer did that I would have to quit drinking!
Watch as Skulls appear when the pipes heat up!
Reflect – 9/11 Memorial – Rosemead, CA
This stainless steel 9/11 memorial sculpture incorporates a damaged I-beam salvaged from the World Trade Center. Heath Satow’s contemporary sculpture Reflect is composed of 2,976 individual pieces. Each stylized dove silhouette represents a victim lost in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. in 2001.
Satow’s intention of matching the number of doves to the official 9/11 victim count is to give the viewer a point of tangible reference as to what 2,976 actually looks like. It is an emotional experience to view and touch the pieces, realizing that each represents a loved one lost. Each dove is joined together, spiraling upwards to form hands cradling the World Trade Center I-beam. The hands are symbolic of our human connection to 9/11; it is our past, woven together – united to rise up from adversity.
Reflect was commissioned by the City of Rosemead to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, commemorating the ten year milestone since this national tragedy.
Technical specifications: 7 feet tall, 10 feet wide, and 3 feet deep. Made from polished stainless steel and a damaged, rusted I-beam from the collapsed World Trade Center buildings.
No, the blue part of the eraser is not for erasing pen ink.
We’re used to thinking that the blue part of the red-blue eraser is used for erasing pen ink. We even tell our children that when they ask us.
But has it ever worked? Didn’t we all end up with torn pages after a vigorous attempt of trying to erase whatever we wrote down using a pen?
The blue part of the eraser is used for erasing pencil marks on grainy art paper, hence the rough and grainy texture of the eraser. It would require you to use more force to erase something written on these rough paper if you’re using a normal eraser (the pink part). The bue eraser makes the task easier.
Not sure where the logic of erasing pen ink came from, but at least now you can stop damaging the pages of your exercise books now.