If you ever have trouble figuring out what your child is drawing, you should employ the services of Garrett Miller. Miller re-creates childrens' drawings and puts the two side by side on his awesome blog Imaginawesome. I love the varying styles and great use of colors in his drawings, while also staying fairly true to the original drawings.
This might just be the most ingenious sculpture ever created. Scott Weaver's Rolling through the Bay sculpture of San Francisco is not just a sculpture made of 100k toothpicks, it is also a kinetic sculpture that gives you multiple tours of San Francisco via different paths in the sculpure. Using ping pong balls as your tour guides, you can see various landmarks, neighbords, historic locations, and iconic symbols of the Bay Area.This amazing sculpture has taken over 3,000 hours in 35 years to create, and is still being built with toothpicks from around the world.
Watching this video is a must to understand the true awesomeness of his work.
István Orosz is a Hungarian artist who specializes in complex images. The ones you see here are called anamorphoses which require the viewer to use specialized devices at certain angles to see an image. It is hard to make a simple anamorphic image, but he makes creating complex anamorphoses seem effortless.
Liz Brizzi is an artist from France who grew up in Los Angeles. She pulls inspiration from the raw and desolate aspects of cities.
"Her unique mixed media technique begins with the manipulation of her original photography collaged onto acrylic painted wood panels, finally blended within layers of colorful acrylic washes."
If these beautiful paintings by Evgeny Lushpin don't make you want to travel the world, nothing will. His use of color and attention to detail create amazing moods in his paintings. If you like these, check out more great work on his portfolio.
Kim Burke masterfully mixes two of my favorite things: food and design. Her miniature food sculptures are absolutely incredible. She realistically creates everything from apple pie, to sushi, to cheese wedges. The amazing part is, they all look completely realistic and would be hard to distinguish from real food if it weren't for the giant fingers in the photos. You can find more of her work on Etsy, Deviant Art or Flickr.
Jirka Väätäinen gives us an impressive glimpse at what the girls of Disney might look like in real life. What started out as a personal project has turned into a wildly popular series.
Each piece is a mixture of features from different pictures all over the internet. He mixes, blends and combines them together in Photoshop to come up with the final picture.
If you like these, you should also check out the Historical Disney Princesses by Claire Hummel.
Albulena Panduri (blue-a on Deviant Art) has created some absolutely stunning photo manipulations. Each one grabs you and draws you into a surreal and beautiful new world. I couldn't help but stare in awe at all of her fantasy worlds. I highly suggest checking out the rest of her gallery if you get a chance.