If you ever get discouraged with your work and need some motivation, recall the paintings of Huang Guofu. Huang lost his arms in electrical accident at the age of four, but never became discouraged. Instead, he pursued his dreams by painting with his feet. At the age of 18, Huang's father became ill, so he traveled China and sold his painting to help pay for his father's treatments.
He became so good at painting that he was awarded the role of vice-curator at the Chongqing Talents Museum and has encouraged other mouth and foot painters to join the museum.
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.
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.
Jean Francois Rauzier's hyperphotos might look like a single photo, but these self dubbed hyperphotos are made of hundreds and sometimes thousands of individual photos. You can dive into each one and find an incredible amount of detail. Rauzier spends countless hours collecting and stitching together photos until it is impossible to distinguish between them. Make sure to check out the incredible full resolution photos at his portfolio.
This is an awesome set by Jenny Burrows and Matt Kappler entitled Historically Hardcore. It takes the relatively hardcore feats of current celebrities and compares them to the true bad-assery of historical figures. This campaign became so viral, Jenny had to remove the Smithsonian logos from the work due to them not being affiliated with the museum. You can read more about it on her blog.
What do you get when you mix beautiful women with cutouts from magazines? You get the wonderfully colorful and beautiful collages of Katai Stienstra. I love the unique patterns she incorporates into each piece. The use of nature in the backgrounds gives her art a feeling of serenity. Check out the rest of her collages here.