ART: Amazing wood chip artwork by Sergei Bobkov

“It’s not very interesting to do what others can. To create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring” - Sergei Bobkov

Sergei Bobkov (55 this year) is an artist who possess a unique technique of creating amazingly lifelike animal sculptures out of Siberian cedar wood chips. Sergei focuses on wildlife creatures and studies their anatomy for months before starting work on his amazing animal sculptures.

Sergei Bobkov Artwork from Wood

Sergei says many people compare his artwork to taxidermy, because most of his artwork looks so much like the animals they replicate. Sergei, however, believes they are as different as light and dark. While taxidermy is all about death, his wood chip art symbolises life.

Sergei Bobkov wooden animal sculptures

Sergei Bobkov is a resident of Kozhany, Russia, where he has developed his very own technique that prevents wood chips from falling apart over time. After creating about 100-150 chips from 2-3 inch long cedar branches, Sergei soaks them in water for several days. Thereafter, Bobkov carves the wood chips into any shape he needs with surgical precision.

Sergei Bobkov Wood Chip Artwork

Sergei has been crafting his amazing wood chip animal sculptures for some time now, but admits that the work really is tedious. Just one of his incredible wooden animal sculptures takes around 6 months to complete. That's not to mentioned that he works at a rate of 10-12 hours a day with no days off. Now that's dedication.

More wood chip animal sculptures by Sergei Bobkov

- uncredited photos by Reuters via Daylife

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HAPPY FRIDAY: Getting naked in the name of Art

The human body contains every shape found in nature. Some of these shapes may be our internal squishy bits, but the human form has always been of fascination to the art world. Think of all those naked Greek sculptures depicting the human form in all its biological glory. It's also a great excuse to get people naked in the name of art.

The following naked pictures are credited to the IRP Group and illustrate just how many shapes can be achieved using cloned, nude humans. More of their work can be found at Visual Art by the Human Body.

Naked Human Art

Naked Human Art - Human Rose

Human Rose

Naked Human Art - Human Dandelion

Human Dandelion

Naked Human Art - Human Leaf

Human Leaf

Human Flower

Human Flower

Naked Human Art - Human Frond

Human Frond

Human Blossom

Human Blossom

Naked Human Art - Human Peppers

Human Peppers

Naked Human Art - Human Flowers

Human Flowers

Naked Human Art - Human Pollination

Human Pollination

Human Peacock

Human Peacock

It's quite easy to understand why the human body has been such a centerpiece throughout history and the art world after seeing these images. The video linked to below is another illustration of just how arty we can get with our bods.

Related Art: Human Shapes Video

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CLEVER STREET ART: Some Real Street Talent to Inspire

When it comes to 3D street art, in my opinion there is no greater artist with more street cred than Edgar Mueller. His artworks will convince you that you are about to fall into the depths of the earth and send that near-death tingly feeling shooting up your spine. It's quite eery at times.

But there are other street artists out there that try to follow in the master's footsteps. I have huge respect for those who can transform a dull, crumbling wall into something beautifully abstract or surreal. I've also always wondered how skillful artists view the world in general. I can't help but believe that their neurons are somehow wired differently, and that they perceive the world quite differently from us "normal" folk. Perhaps we need to examine their art carefully to better understand their worlds.

Unfortunately I can't say where the following street art originated from. I don't even know who the street artists behind these great works are. Who art thou? I received the below artworks via email. All trace of their origin seems to have been lost and the street artists themselves were too humble to add their signatures to their works...

Clever Street Art

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PUMPKIN CARVINGS: Halloween’s Contribution to Art

As the month of the pumpkin draws near once again, you might like to know who went 'all out' last Halloween. It’s hard to decide whether some of these Halloween pumpkin carvings are real or not, but I’ll let you be the judge and decide for yourself.

Does anyone know why the pumpkin is the vegetable of choice for that matter? They sure get great press over Halloween. Does anyone have any pumpkin carving experience? Is it something that anyone with opposable thumbs can do? Anyway, check out these arty Halloween pumpkin carvings. They are really quite something to behold.

Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Native American Pumpkin Carving (image www.livbit.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Native American Pumpkin Carving (image www.livbit.com)

Zip Skull Pumpkin Carving (image www.toxel.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Zip Skull Pumpkin Carving (image www.toxel.com)

Punch Pumpkin Carving (image twistedsifter.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Punch Pumpkin Carving (image twistedsifter.com)

Screaming Pumpkin Carving (image www.aldovega.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Screaming Pumpkin Carving (image www.aldovega.com)

Squashed Face Pumpkin Carving (image www.pvmgarage.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Squashed Face Pumpkin Carving (image www.pvmgarage.com)

Mario Pumpkin Carving (image www.aldovega.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Mario Pumpkin Carving (image www.aldovega.com)

Huge Long Face Pumpkin Carvings (image mosslounge.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Huge Long Face Pumpkin Carvings (image mosslounge.com)

Beast Face Pumpkin Carving (image www.ibtimes.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Beast Face Pumpkin Carving (image www.ibtimes.com)

Chucky Pumpkin Carving (image www.ibtimes.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Chucky Pumpkin Carving (image www.ibtimes.com)

3D Skull Pumpkin Carving (image weblog.bol.com). Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

3D Skull Pumpkin Carving (image weblog.bol.com)

Happy Halloween!

Did you know that the American version of Halloween Day celebration owes its origin to the ancient (pre-Christian) Druidic fire festival called "Samhain" – an ancient Celtic festival? And that it was Irish and Scottish immigrants who carried versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th-Century? Read more via the link below.

Quite Interesting: The History and Origin of Halloween

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EDGAR MUELLER 3D Street Art that will blow your mind!

The great Edgar Mueller is a master street artist who uses chalk and the street as his canvas to create the most amazing 3D artworks. Working together with up to five assistants, Mueller paints all day long from sunrise to sunset.

Mueller says his inspiration comes from the British Pavement  Picasso Julian Beever, whose dramatic but more gentle 3D street images have been featured in the Daily Mail and several other British publications.

I wanted to play with positives and negatives to encourage people to think twice about everything they see, says Mueller. I like to think that later, when they return home, they might reflect more on what a frightening scenario it was and say, “wow, that was actually pretty scary"

- Edgar Mueller

It's really difficult to convince your brain that the following 3D street art is drawn on flat surfaces!

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Crevasse

Mueller spent five days, working 12 hours a day, to create this 250 square meter image of the crevasse, which, when viewed from the correct angle, appears to be 3D. He then persuades passers-by to complete the illusion by pretending the gaping hole is real.

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art

Another infamous Crevasse by Edgar Mueller.

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Ice Canyon

The artwork above appeared on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland as part of the town's Festival of World Cultures.

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Waterfall

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Waterfall

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Hell Unleashed

Edgar Mueller Hell Unleashed

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Chinese Fisherman

Edgar Mueller Chinese Fisherman

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Waterfall Gorge

Edgar Mueller Waterfall Gorge

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Underground Cave

Edgar Mueller Underground Cave

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art - Earths Core

Edgar Mueller Earth's Core

Edgar Mueller 3D Street Art

All images credited to the amazing Edgar Mueller!

Pretty amazing stuff!

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