Category: Art

ArtLEGOs Make a Home Sweet Home for Le-Ghosts

Can’t you just imagine the tiny LEGO ghosts who must wander these halls?

I’ve seen some cool uses for LEGOs, but this just blows my mind. And since ’tis the season for spooks, how perfect are these scary-movie-ready, Halloween-happpy, LEGO masterpieces by MOC enthusiast, Mike Doyle. (New thing I learned today: MOC is an acronym for “my own creation,” which refers to any Lego creation designed and built without instructions.
Absolutely stunning to look at, yes, but the fact that they are composed purely of LEGOs, (no glue, no paint, just plastic toy bricks), makes these creepy little houses the coolest thing around, and a feat of artistic ingenuity. Whether it’s a mud-stricken manor (above), a freakish fallen tree, or a weather-worn abode, Doyle’s creations are startlingly realistic and more than worthy of a few “ooo’s” and “ahhh’s.”

I know you’re curious (I was), so here are a couple stats for the “Three Story Victorian with Tree”:
5′ X 3′ X 2′ (that’s almost as tall as me!)
 50-60,000 pieces used
 Approximately 450 hours to build
Check out the close-ups below to really appreciate the intricacies.

I love the detail on the burnt out window to the left. On the right, you can see how he used droid arms and levers to create the weeds, branches, and grass; my geek senses tell me these fancy pieces have something to do with LEGO Star Wars…

Doyle’s first “Abandoned House” of the series (above), and according to his site, his first ever MOC. Wow.
If you mosey on down to his site, you can check out in-depth play-by-plays for all of the buildings, plus tons of information about what inspired this project, and loads more pictures. Also, his sister site, reMOCable, is too cool to miss.

(Images courtesy of Mike Doyle’s Snap & thanks to BitRebels)

ArtPortrait & Sketch: iPad Art by Meric Canatan

Turkish artist Meric Canatan makes art from his iPad. That’s right, iPad. All of his work from his portrait & sketch series has been photographed and illustrated directly from his iPad. He shot the pictures using the ever popular instagram app, and sketched using the Sketch app. The results are amazing. This is the way to make art with your phone/tablet. Check out the rest below!

ArtPenmanship Portraits by John Sokol

And I thought learning cursive was a waste of time….
Yep, those are words, and not just any old words, they’re the very words that made these faces famous. Up top, Walt Whitman’s portrait is drawn/written using his classic collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass, while the two writers below, Eudora Welty and Robert Lowell, are composed of their respective works, Powerhouse and History. This is the vision of Ohio artist/writer/overall genius John Sokol, who brings the classics to life like never before.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as A Psalm of Life
John Keats as Lamia (left) and James Joyce as Ulysses
Grace Paley as Debts
And just in case these faces don’t look terribly familiar, check out some side-by-side comparisons with actual photographs, below. Spittin’ image!
William Faulkner as The Sound and the Fury
Charles Baudelaire as Les Fleurs du Mal
Henrik Ibsen as Hedda Gabler
Anybody else feelin’ the urge to crack open a book??


(Images courtesy of demilked and the artist’s website)

ArtPucker Up: Natalie Irish Paints with Her Lips

Kiss those paintbrushes goodbye. Literally.
When it comes to creating incredibly awesome works of art, child prodigy Natalie Irish swaps all the typical tools of the trade for something a little more interesting:  
her lips.

 Kinda makes you wonder how many tubes of lipstick she has to go through!
 Check out a day in the life of Natalie’s unique painting style:
When she’s tired of pouting, Natalie often reverts to other body parts, like her thumbprints:
Pretty cool huh? Kinda makes me want to dig out those old tubes of lipstick or start finger painting myself!
To see more of Natalie’s work, check out her website or find her on Facebook!
(Pics courtesy of and 

ArtDIY: Multifunctional Picture Frame

My inspiration: 


I’m always on the lookout for cool interior design ideas, so when I stumbled upon Emmas Designblogg and saw this totally cute (and easy)Try this at home! Project, well, I just had to “try it at home” for myself.
I added a few creative twists of my own, so feel free to embrace the nature of the DIY and get adventurous with your design choices. I love the key hanger/potted plant idea, but I already have a chalkboard/key holder thingamajig by my door, so I turned my project into a fancy schmancy jewelry organizer, because nobody likes to untangle necklaces when you’re rushing out the door!

What you’ll need: 
– Picture Frame (they have the perfect, unfinished wood frames at Michael’s)
– Wood Moulding (for the panes; and a saw to cut to size)
– Chalkboard Paint (and newspaper or something underneath to keep the mess at bay)
– Hooks (Screw-in, so yeah, you’ll need a drill too)

– Wood Glue 

– And Chalk!

And here we go!
1. First things first, cut the wood moulding to fit inside the frame. You want it to be centered and criss-crossed for a window pane look. Glue into place with the wood glue and let dry.
2. Spray two coats of the chalkboard paint all over. Let dry.
3. Grab your electric drill and drill evenly spaced holes across the top and center pane, or wherever you’d like your hooks to go.
4. Then screw the hooks into place, and, done!
Just hang it up or lean it against the wall on your dresser and let your lovely jewels bring it to life!

 That’s it! How easy was that??? And you can do it all for less than $20.00!