These 33 Hyperrealistic Artworks Look Like Photographs But Are Actually Made By Hand

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You may think these are photos, but they are just spectacular paintings and drawings done by insanely skilled artists.

Colored pencil drawings by Jose Vergara

Ballpoint pen drawings by Samuel Silva

Colored pencil drawings by Marcello Barenghi

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls

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Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Animal Murals by Fiona Tang Appear to Leap from Gallery Walls trompe loeil optical illusion murals drawing animals

Vancouver-based artist Fiona Tang creates large-scale murals of animals using charcoal, chalk pastel, and acrylic on paper that at first glance appear 3D. Tang makes use of a technique called trompe l’oeil where shadows and perspective within the two dimensional drawing are used to trick the viewer into thinking the piece is three dimensional. Tang recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and you can see more of her work over on Facebook. (via JuxtapozMy Modern Met)

Photographer’s Girlfriend Leads Him Around the World

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Photographer’s Girlfriend Leads Him Around the World


Photographer Murad Osmann creatively documents his travels around the world with his girlfriend leading the way in his ongoing series known as Follow Me To. Chronicling his adventures onInstagram, the Russian photographer composes each shot in a similar fashion. We see each landscape from the photographer’s point of view with his extended hand holdingonto his girlfriend’s in front of him.With her back turned, never revealing her face to the camera, Osmann’s girlfriend guides us all on a journey across the globe to some of the most beautiful, exotic, and radiant environments. There are also comforting and familiar settings mixed in for good measure. Whether the couple is spending a romantic night in Moscow, having an exotic adventure in Asia, or simply going bowling, Osmann keeps a visual record of their escapades as he trails behind his beloved.















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weird houses around the world

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Homes around the world are constructed from many different materials and come in all shapes and size, some surprisingly unique. Their architectural design allows for comfortable living in different climates often environmentally friendly, harnessing energy to make them fuel efficient and futuristic. Unique house siding designs, interior decorations, mixture of materials and locations make these homes great targets for living.



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LOLLIPOP STREET ARTIST

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LOLLIPOP STREET ARTIST

Artist Sculpts Faces out of Chupa Chups Lollipops

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Who would’ve thought that lollipops could be used as a medium for art?

At first glance, you’ll probably think that the man is merely sucking on and munching away at his lollipop.

But the real deal appears when he pulls the lollipop out of his mouth.

Check out this video!

Switzerland photography

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Switzerland

In June 2011, we spent a week in Switzerland, flying into Geneva, with an initial stop in Montreux, followed by a picturesque stay in Wengen, located above the Lauterbrunnen valley. The alps provided a stunning backdrop to explore the area. During our stay in Wengen, a small village that is accessible by train or foot, the main sound heard was cow bells. We took day trips and hikes in the Interlaken area of central Switzerland.

The village of Wengen where we stayed in an alpine chalet/hotel, above the Lauterbrunnen valley.

Lauterbrunnen below, with its iconic waterfall. The valley reminds me of Yosemite, with a small village in it.

The train system in Switzerland is excellent. Above, a cog train that takes passengers towards the Eiger.

The train to Jungfrau.

In the village of Lauterbrunnen.

Another scene from Lauterbrunnen.

Alpine cable cars rise into the fog above Wengen.

The lakeshore village of Brienz.

Brienz.

Lucerne.

Alpine village of Murren.

Artist H.R. Giger, who won an Oscar for his design work on the movie “Alien”, created a bar in the same motif.

Besides cows, goats and sheep tend to be outfitted with bells.

A cog train at Kleine Scheidegg.

Riding the train from Kleine Scheidegg back to Wengen offered stunning valley views.

The Swiss version of “Zip Line” takes you up to 75 MPH for almost a 1/2 mile.

Risking myself and a DSLR camera, I had no choice but to zip down to get this picture.

Relaxing with a plate of charcuterie under Mt. Eiger.

June brings out alpine flowers during my hike.

It seems many lower peaks in Switerland have huts that serve food and beer, my goal can be seen above.

A one hour uphill hike is required to enjoy this beer garden deck propped over glaciers.

Painted with a Date Stamp

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Painted with a Date Stamp

Federico Pietrella did a great job. He ‘painted’ paintings of simple pictures. But he didn’t paint with usual objects. He used nothing but a date stamp.

 

Multifunctional zipper dress

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Multifunctional zipper dress

Who needs a wardrobe, if you have one multifunctional dress? Beat the crisis with this one piece of clothing, consisting of nothing but a zipper. Well, maybe add a coat for winter days.

MIXING THE MEDIUMS..

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ARTIST PAINTS A PRETTY PICTURE. NO, LITERALLY PAINTS PEOPLE… AND THEN TAKES A PICTURE.

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ARTIST PAINTS A PRETTY PICTURE. NO, LITERALLY PAINTS PEOPLE… AND THEN TAKES A PICTURE.
Best known for her incredible portraits painted onto people that turns them into 2D works of art, Alexa Meade is steadily growing notoriety as an artist. With paint and warped mirrored surfaces, Meade is able to achieve her impressive optical illusion. For her unique work, she has been commissioned by Mercedes-Benz, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, and MINI Cooper as well.
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Transit – Performance on the DC Metro



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Robin Wight (a.k.a Fantasywire), creates whimsical wire sculptures.

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Located in Staffordshire England, Robin Wight (a.k.a Fantasywire), creates whimsical wire sculptures. These life-sized, galvanized sculptures will capture the heart of any fantasy fans because of their enchanting nature, but also because of the sheer detail put into each individual piece. Custom made to your own specifications, Fantasywire will build your very own fairy according to your wishes or send you a DIY kit if you would prefer to keep the fun of building a wire fairy for yourself. 
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Believe it or not, the artist claims to be inspired by a real life occurrence. He took this picture in his backyard, and if you look closely, you can spot the “fairy” that started it all. 


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Scrap Metal and Farm Equipment Turned Into Stunning Sculptures!

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Scrap Metal and Farm Equipment Turned Into Stunning Sculptures!

June 28, 2014 in AnimalsArtSculpture

South Dakotan #sculptor # John Lopez creates life-sized scrap metal sculptures with a uniquely Western American twist. In his hands, old discarded farm equipment is recycled into sculptures of iconic creatures from the American West like a bison, a horse plowing a field, or a Texas Longhorn.

Lopez already had a career as a bronze sculptor, but after creating a family grave for his deceased aunt using scrap metal, he began creating recycled metal sculptures out of found or donated pieces of metal as well.

My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” explains Lopez. “I just start grabbin’ stuff from the pile and welding it, in and if you weld enough of the same thing on over and over it creates this really cool texture that I’ve never seen in these kinds of pieces before. And I think that’s what draws people in.

 

 

And don’t forget, if you’re looking for a piece of original art to hang on your walls, check out artFido HERE!

The Most Unique Hotel Rooms Around The World

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THE MOST UNIQUE HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD

Ever wanted to sleep under the sea? In a treehouse or a UFO, deep beneath the ground in a miners’ cave or under the stars in the Kenyan bush?

Here at Elite we’ve put together a list of the ten most unusual hotels around the globe, each of which offer guests a distinctly unique experience. They may not all be to your taste, but whether or not you prefer more conventional accommodation, you are sure to appreciate the sheer imagination and hard work that’s gone into creating these one-of-a-kind hotels, some of which truly need to be seen to be believed.

the Eskimo Experience: Hotel de Glace, Quebec

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Often wondered how it feels to be an Eskimo? (Slightly chilly, we’d expect.) Well wonder no more, because at Canada’s Hotel de Glace you can spend the night in a specially created artisan ice hotel, painstakingly rebuilt with a new unique design each winter.

From dramatic crystalline ice sculptures to vast snow vaults and the chance to go dog sledding, this unusual vacation spot is also popular for weddings, which take place in an adjacent ice chapel. The ‘Wedding Proposal Package’ also includes a jewelry box made of ice. Brr.

Underwater Adventure: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

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Said to have sunk beneath the ocean without a trace, the legend of the lost city of Atlantis is the inspiration behind this extravagant Dubai hotel, which cost a reported £1 billion and took two years to build, opening to worldwide fanfare in 2008, with guests including Robert DeNiro and Lily Allen in attendance.

Located on Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree, this ‘fully integrated’ entertainment resort boasts a 42 acre waterpark including slides that see thrill seekers surrounded by real-life sharks and rays and also offers the opportunity to scuba dive with dolphins.

Guests at the £5,700-a-night luxury underwater Neptune and Poseidon Suites have floor-to-ceiling views into the Ambassador Lagoon, filled with 65,000 marine creatures, meaning that – at this hotel at least – it is genuinely possible to live ‘under the sea’.

Flying High: Costa Verde, Costa Rica

Costa Verde, Costa Rica

Nestled within tropical rainforest, Hotel Costa Verde’s rather unusual Fuselage Suite consists of a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, once part of South Africa Air in a previous life.

Sitting atop a 50-foot pedestal just beyond a majestic national park, the remodelled jumbo jet’s interior is entirely Costa Rican teak panelling with Indonesian teak furniture and also features a private entrance up a river rock.

For those who haven’t yet tired of sleeping on aircraft, this unique suite on the edge of the jungles of Manuel Antonio offers sky high balcony views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the opportunity to spot the local treetop wildlife, which includes toucans, sloths and monkeys.

Space Invaders: Tree House Hotel, Sweden

Tree House Hotel, Sweden

Tree House Hotel, Sweden

Tree House Hotel, Sweden

Fancy trying out a stay in a UFO, a giant mirrorcube or perhaps even a birdnest? Then look no further than Sweden’s offbeat-yet-swanky Treehouse Hotel, located deep in the tranquil pine forest of the Lule River valley in the tiny Swedish village of Harads (population: 600).

Guests at this eco conscious luxury retreat can choose from five ‘treerooms’, each offering an isolated escape from the stresses of modern life with views of acres of forest and the rapidly moving river below.

Designed by some of the country’s foremost architects, these impeccably furnished four to six metre high rooms are complete with environmentally-friendly combustion toilets and water-efficient sinks, with plans for another three to five designs to be completed during this year.

Energy Efficiency: EcoCamp, Patagonia

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For the adventurous and environmentally conscious traveler, Patagonia’s EcoCamp offers a very different accommodation experience in one of the most impressive areas of natural beauty on earth.

Set at the foot of the famed Torres del Paine National Park, mountain trekkers stay in eco friendly domes designed to allow them to connect with nature without any negative impact on their surroundings. Electricity and heat come from solar panels and a micro-hydro turbine while domes are connected by raised walkways to minimise disruption to the environment.

By day, guests take part in adventure treks tailored to their needs, by night relaxing under the night sky with a chance to sample Chile’s finest cuisine and wine in EcoCamp’s community domes.

Batman’s Lair: Sala Silvermine, Sweden

Sleeping 155 metres underground in a cave might not be your idea of a good time, but at Sweden’s Sala Silvermine you can make like the Flintstones and do just that.

A night at its exclusive Mine Suite, accommodating just two people, is accompanied by a guided tour of the mine, where guests can walk through the vast cavities and shafts created in what was once Sweden’s premiere silver-producing location.

Just make sure not to upset ‘The Mine Lady’ – a ghostly being the minors believed watched over them and protected them during their time underground: Spooky.

Blowing Bubbles: Attrap’Rêves, France

BubbleTree FranceIf you’ve always liked the ‘idea’ of camping but don’t find the reality of hard ground, bugs and humidity particularly attractive, then France’s BubbleTree start-up may just have the answer.

At Attrap’Rêves’ four scenic locations dotted around the country, you can spend the night ‘roughing it’ in giant see-through bubbles, maintained by a silent blower which allows a continuous stream of fresh air inside, preventing humidity.

Each eco friendly bubble has its own private showers and toilets and the Luxury Package includes an open-air private Jacuzzi session, a relaxing massage and a gourmet dinner, with a telescope for a spot of romantic star gazing thrown in for good measure.

Wine Refinery: Hotel Marques De Riscal, Spain

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As much a work of art as it is a place to stay, the Marques De Riscal Hotel in Northern Spain was designed by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry, also responsible for Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum.

Located in the midst of the country’s famous Rioja producing region, this five-star hotel caters to lovers of good food and wine, with a wine cellar and two fine dining venues including the Michelin-starred Marqués de Riscal Restaurant.

Titanium panels have been designed to reflect the flow and ebb of Rioja, with several tinged a delicate pink to represent the faint burgundy stain of the region’s world famous drink.

Safari Skyline: Loisaba Wilderness, Kenya

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For fans of the great outdoors, there is nothing better than getting back to nature. And it’s unlikely that you could ever get much closer than sleeping under the stars in the Kenyan bush.

At Loisaba Wilderness ranch, you can relax under the African skies as you keep an eye out for bush animals – including lions, elephants, zebra and buffalo.

The wildlife retreat’s Kiboko and Koija Star Beds take ‘glamping’ to a whole new level, with an added safari twist. These ‘Mukokoteni’ bedsteads on raised platforms offer breathtaking views in an intimate, adventurous setting. But fear not – a team of traditional Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors are always nearby to protect you from any tricky animal encounters.

Treetop Luxury: Chewton Glen, Hampshire, UK

Chewton Glen treehouse roomsBased on the edge of New Forest National Park in the Hampshire countryside, Chewton Glen Country House Hotel & Spa offers its guests the chance to stay in a luxury treehouse quite unlike any experienced in childhood.

Constructed in a secluded wooded valley near to the main hotel, these super sophisticated treehouses are built on stilts and offer floor to ceiling panoramic views from within the forest canopy. The Treehouse Hideaway Suite also features an outdoor hot tub on its terrace deck. Treehouse glamour in all its glory.

Friday Foxes

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Friday Foxes

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Fox cub by Scott Guiver

Fox cub by Scott Guiver

Usually I only manage to get a tantalising glimpse of the countryside dwelling Foxes where I live. When I’m visiting family in suburban Essex, people hardly blink an eye as a fox trots by on the roadside or suns itself in a garden, so somehow it seems more special to get a good view of one of these handsome creatures out in the country.

This evening after work, as usual, I thought that I’d unwind with a little stroll. Usually I plump for the route along the river and through the water meadows, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been mesmerised by the dancing of Banded Demoiselle dragonflies, but today I walked up to a small wooded area surrounded by arable fields. As I walked along  a densely wooded path, lost in my dreaming thoughts, I heard a harsh coughing that reminded me of my childhood pet Labrador when she’d eaten…

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So… this is Alaska:

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1. So… this is Alaska:

So... this is Alaska:

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Chugach National Park

2. It’s a place on Earth.

It's a place on Earth.

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Tern Lake, Moose Pass

3. Like… planet Earth.

Like... planet Earth.

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Lower Summit Lake, Chugach National Forest

4. “Alaska” is based on the Aleut word for “Great Land.”

"Alaska" is based on the Aleut word for "Great Land."

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Miller’s Landing, Resurrection Bay

5. Makes sense.

Makes sense.

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Chugach National Forest

6. When most people think of Alaska, they think of outrageous wintry mountains.

When most people think of Alaska, they think of outrageous wintry mountains.

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Kenai Lake, Moose Pass

7. They forget that it’s also like a tropical resort.

They forget that it's also like a tropical resort.

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Kenai River, Cooper Landing

8. You know, like a place you’d see on a Caribbean cruise.

You know, like a place you'd see on a Caribbean cruise.

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Fox Island, Resurrection Bay

9. Or, say, an Alaskan cruise.

Or, say, an Alaskan cruise.

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Humpy Cove, Resurrection Bay

10. In the summertime, things get all sorts of confusing.

In the summertime, things get all sorts of confusing.

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Kenai Lake, Moose Pass

11. Look one way, and you’ll see crystal blue waters.

Look one way, and you'll see crystal blue waters.

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Humpy Cove, Resurrection Bay

12. Look another, and you’ll see a glacier.

Look another, and you'll see a glacier.

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Exit Glacier, Seward

13. It’s a lot to process.

It's a lot to process.

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14. Sometimes it looks exactly how you think it would.

Sometimes it looks exactly how you think it would.

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Kenai Lake, Moose Pass

15. Sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it doesn't.

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Resurrection Bay

16. Occasionally, you can see traces of humanity.

Occasionally, you can see traces of humanity.

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Turnagain Arm

17. But it mostly looks like another planet.

But it mostly looks like another planet.

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Lake Kenai, Moose Pass

18. You probably know, summer days last a long time in Alaska.

You probably know, summer days last a long time in Alaska.

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Turnagain Arm

19. And it’s a while before anything gets dark.

And it's a while before anything gets dark.

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7:00 p.m., Kenai Mountains

20. Because the sun, like, refuses to go all the way down.

Because the sun, like, refuses to go all the way down.

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11:45 p.m., Homer Spit

The Foodnited States Of America, A Pun-Fueled Series of US States Made From Food

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The Foodnited States Of America, A Pun-Fueled Series of US States Made From Food

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In addition to being the creator of #Foodiggity.com, I’m also the father of an eight-year-old. And, when most of the material covered on your site could best be described as ‘juvenile food-related nonsense,’ a curious youngster is gonna wanna get involved.

It began innocently enough with, “Dad… What if you made States, but like, they were made of food, like?” My response was something along the lines of, “That’s been done to death already, son… Go to bed.” Then, the heir to the Foodiggity empire added, “But what if they like had funny names like New Pork or New Jerky, like?” Now, we were on to something.

So, with an idea set forth by an eight year-old, and contributions from Dad and others, we give you The Foodnited States of America.

The project will be based over at Instagram, hashtag #foodnitedstates. We already have Foodnited States worked out for most of the fifty, but we welcome suggestions for more.

Post your State food puns to us here. If we use it, we’ll give you a shout-out. You’ll be contributing to a fun project and perhaps helping an eight-year-old get an ‘A’ in social studies. F-S-A!! F-S-A!!

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KALEIFORNIA

PORK-LOMEIN

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