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Winner: Sunset Moth from Madagascar
The wings of this insect actually don’t have any pigmentation! The colors that you are seeing are actually refraction of the light from micro-ribbon in the wings. This moth is actually active during the day, while most moths of the same family are active during the night. They are native to Madagascar and South America and their wings change color shifting from blue to gold-green and then to other shade of yellow as you change your viewing angle. As you may have imagined, this butterfly is very wanted by collectors.
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For the past four years, 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh has participated in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition, an art contest for children in Ireland held every year since 1955. Just looking at the astounding portrait above, it may come as no surprise that McDonagh has won the top prize for her age category every year since she was 12, and today snagged the top prize for the 2014 competition with this hyperrealistic drawing of a man titled Coleman.
The judging panel chairman, Declan McGonagle, director of the National College of Art & Design, remarked that the girl’s work could position her “as one of the most talented artists of her generation, and one whose skill could see her become one of Ireland’s foremost portrait artists of the future.” We would be inclined to agree.
Andy Ellison works at the BU medical school in Boston where he frequently works with a research-only MRI scanner. Over the past few months he’s been sharing some fantastic animated gifs of his calibration and quality control scans using assorted fruits, vegetables and other plants. As you can see the results are absolutely mesmerizing and I urge you to check out his blog, Inside Insides, for many more scans and hi-res images. Thanks to Ellison for exporting some slightly larger images for this post, sorry for the extra load! (via quipsologies)
Robbie Shone is a British adventure, cave and travel photographer based out of Austria. His adventures have led him to the remotest areas of China, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, the Alps and Crete where he has photographed the deepest, largest, and longest cave systems ever discovered. These feats involve dangling on a thin rope 650 ft. (200m) above the floor in the world’s deepest natural shaft, exploring the far ends of a 117 mile long cave system, and spending nearly four days continuously underground on shoots.
Collected here are some of his most jaw-dropping shots, many from a 2012 excursion into cave systems in Wulong County, China. You can explore more of his cave photography over on his website. All imagery courtesy the photographer. (via This Isn’t Happiness)
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Indonesian artist Veri Apriyatno, was born in April, 12, 1973. He completed a bachelor degree in 1998 at the Bandung Institute of Technology. He played excellently with pencil and creates his realistic self-portraits. All of drawing done with only pencil on canvas, some of the eye drawing creates with charcoal and pastel. In this post I would like to show you some of his amazingpencil drawings which will be hard to believe for you guys. Veri Apriyatno has launched six books about how to draw an excellent drawing using pencils. Veri is recognized as one of the contemporary Indonesian artists. Please have a look at his artwork below and I m sure you will be highly amazed
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Please view a 2 min unusual artist portrait video. No talking heads there. Just Dub Step and me painting. Brilliantly edited by my friends.
No words needed to understand what I am and why I paint.
Would love to hear what you think :)
Art of an artist is explicit proclamation of her naked soul. The most inner.
Projected abstractions of my painting’s narratives serve as an expression of my rebellious stance against existing concretes. Forming to the eye upon further study, appearing in layered of knifed paint onto the canvas, symbolic projections marry the mysticism of human nature : what had been, what is to come and what is ought to be. Exuberant colors and energetic direction of the painted surface express my firm believe in individual’s faculty of volition objecting to the Society as a form of man’a destiny. [less]
- miami beach, FL, United States
Born in 1976 in Russia.
Grew up in Saint-Peterbourg backyard being famous Hermitage. Soaked in classical influences that had become my core quest to create the mimesis of beauty in its core meaning. At a very early age attended drawing art school. Artistic curious nature expressed in many forms from lead singer in a pop rock band and performing theatre actor , jazz dancer to acting on film, studying languages , epistemology to art directing … [more]
Moved to London UK in 2001 working as a model.
Arrived to United States in 2003 to act in several films.
Moved to Miami Florida in 2005.
2006 marks the beginning of professional commercial photography career. Embraced fashion and erotic photography at first, while attending Miami Advertising school studying human behavior and trends in variety of subjects. Extensively Internationally published as a portrait and fashion photographer in the next 3 years amassing over 15 covers and over 450 published photo works.
Starred in three reality tv shows for Bravo TV, Playboy TV and third one is currently in post production.
Attended variety of medium exploratory art workshops at the art center of Florida in 2008-2009, seeking the right medium for an artistic conceptual idea of exploring pheromones influence on humans , to be executed in large scale plexiglass encased interactive art pieces consisting of black and white nude abstract photography & abstract action painting mixed with sex bodily fluids.
First group exhibit followed 6 months later in in 2009 with a solo exhibit only few months later.
Beginning of 2010 marks as a beginning of strong upswing in a career of art leasing and commissions for film & TV and Video.
First being a mixed media piece 8×8 feet created for Trey Songz music video LOVE FACES now viewed by over 20+ mil people.
2011 strong upswing in works acquired by photography art collectors along with sales of limited edition large scale modern fashion photography to architectural design professionals for both private and public spaces.
Fluidly transitioning from intuitive exploration of different forms of artistic expression as a way to analyze and become aware of world inside and out. Current focus on exploring variety of original art techniques in abstract and mixed media painting ( action, color field, subtracting, layering, condensed air explosion ) as means of manifestation of visceral and subconscious and studying eroticism in its core meaning using photography and media manipulation (lenticular printing, 3d printing) as communication and exploration medium while furthering art conscious education studying literary works on subject of interest.
Frequently blogging about my exploratory process in a life of a working artist, allows me to engage people from all walks of life and share my passion with others. While being a very private person I have curiously accepted very public shape my artistic creative life had taken, strengthened by adversity of my life Experiences, heavily translated into artistic expression you can observe, touch, adopt, analyze, get inspired and acquire.
I currently reside in Florida, planning to mix it up with residence in New York where my daughter is attending NYU and keep mastering art exploration and creation. [less]
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Translucent Ants Photographed Eating Colored Liquids
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Scientist Mohamed Babu from Mysore, India captured beautiful photos of these translucent ants eating a specially colored liquid sugar. Some of the ants would even move between the food resulting in new color combinations in their stomachs. Read more over on the Daily Mail. (via notcot)