Art

Japanese Papercraft Artist Turns Pringles Can Into A Stylish Pringles Mascot Figure

2018-10-17 01:26

In the past, we’ve seen talented artists take to Twitter to show off impressive papercraft artwork, including the beautiful and intricate traditional Japanese art of kirie. Japanese university student and papercraft art enthusiast @02ESyRaez4VhR2l (Haruki), however, may be setting the standard for creativity when it comes to inspirational sources. Haruki reconstructed an empty can of Pringles into a lively figure of the Pringles mascot! プリングルズの空箱で工作しました!#papercraft#packingart pic.twitter.com/l8Wx38MXt0 — 晴季 (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l) 2018年10月16日 If you’re not aware, the Pringles mascot is actually named Julius Pringles, and while we really don’t know much about his character, Haruki seems to have captured him as quite the classy potato chips gentleman. 側面から pic.twitter.com/Y9QYCbC04g — 晴季 (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l)…


Japanese Artists Embrace Bowsette With Sexy Fan Art And Cosplay

2018-09-26 11:25

Japanese fan artists and cosplayers give their best versions of the Bowsette meme. If you’re into video games, you may have noticed that your Twitter feed for the past couple of days has been dominated by artwork of a sexy hybrid of Nintendo’s Bowser and Princess Peach. While many are familiar by now, here’s a quick refresher course on the origin of the meme. In the port of New Super Mario Bros. Wii U for the Nintendo Switch, Toadette can use an item called the Super Crown that transforms her into a more human-looking character called Peachette, like so: Toadette's transformation into Peachette upon collecting a crown in New Super…


Japanese Artist Turns The World Around Us Into Food In Charming Illustrations

2018-09-25 03:26

Japanese artist Maruimichi (@maruimichi) has a comforting talent for taking food and using it to create comforting and fantastical images out of even the most mundane moments of everyday life. Marumichi’s artwork creatively blends delicious-looking food with everyday surroundings, allowing us to fantasize about a charming world of cuisine that has to life all around us. In one image, a pillowy cube of tofu acts as the impossibly comfortable kotatsu, a low-situated table with a heater installed underneath, which the heat with a heavy and comfy blanket. Of course, no blanket is needed here. Source: Maruimichi Here, a slice of watermelon (which is seen in Japan as a traditional summer…


[Part 2] Japanese Artist’s Dark, Deep And Powerful Illustrations Will Definitely Make You Think

2018-09-19 11:54

Avogado6 (アボガド6) is a talented Japanese artist doesn’t offer much information about himself other than their fondness for chemistry and creating video works, but there is a ton of conversation to be had about their dark and though-provoking artwork. Avogado6’s illustrations, which we’ve had the pleasure of introducing before, often use powerful imagery and symbolism to reflect on societal problems, but also personal depression and trauma. All of Avogado6’s work can be seen on their official website and Twitter account, but below are some recent standout pieces that will leave you thinking! Hollow Avogado6 Responsibility Source: Avogado6 Affirmation Source: Avogado6 Disassociation Source: Avogado6 Powder Avogado6 Path of Humanity Avogado6 Changing…


Japanese Figure Artist Shows How Monster Energy Drinks Get Their Claw Marks

2018-08-30 01:07

Energy drink fans are familiar with the iconic “slash marks” that adorn the label of Monster Energy cans and help illustrate the brand’s “unleash the beast” slogan, but Japanese original figure maker @nendoseizin1987 couldn’t help but imagine just what creature was causing those marks. The freelance artist mused in a Tweet, “After drinking a Monster Energy, I imagined just who was behind these claw marks, so I tried making it.” The result is a cycloptic taloned creature with a a psychedelic aesthetic fitting of the energy drink brand, made from sculpey polymer clay. Source: @nendoseizin1987 Source: @nendoseizin1987 Source: @nendoseizin1987 モンスターエナジーを飲んだ後、この爪痕の主はどんなのだろーと妄想してたので作ってみました。#モンスターエナジー pic.twitter.com/ToOXeDhUvK — RYO@ねんど星人 (@nendoseizin1987) 2018年8月28日 @nendoseizin1987’s talented works and garage…


Japanese Cardboard Artist Turns Boxes Into Incredibly Detailed Sculptures

2018-08-29 04:55

Over the past few years, several Japanese cardboard artists have impressed by crafting awesome Gundam Mobile Suits and tanks, and even giant mechas for their cats. Japanese Twitter user and cardboard artist @odonger2 might be outshining others with his outstanding level of detail, however. ダンボールで工作をしています動物やポケモンを作るのが好きです!シンプルな構成で綺麗な曲面やディティールを作ること、正確さより魂を込めることを心掛けていますご興味有る方は、以下モーメントを覗いてみてください!!https://t.co/cJQB8ZlpZFInstagramhttps://t.co/SZwbygBaUH… pic.twitter.com/ZyoN6Tatv4 — オドンガー大佐 〈シンクリ10/13〜10/21〉 (@odonger2) 2018年5月9日 @odonger2 says that the theme of his projects are creating an element of density, as well as works that appear to have no unused or empty space no matter what angle they are viewed from. As you can tell from the intricate folds and detailed flourishes, he’s done well to accomplish that. The long-tailed rooster took nearly two months…


Japanese Artist Illustrates The Hilariously Frustrating Daily Life Of A Crocodile In Human Society

2018-08-21 03:35

Japanese artist Keigo illustrates the sad but funny life of a Crocodile in human society Japanese illustrator Keigo has a talent for depicting absurd fictional situations in a comical and quirky style. While the artist doesn’t have a lot to say about himself, his simple but eccentric work has gained quite the following of fans looking for slice of life humor on Instagram and even been compiled into an art book. Many of his illustrations show bleak but humorous in a creative way that despite their silliness, capture an element of frustration just easy enough to relate to. keigoさん(@k5fuwa)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 7月月12日午後3時38分PDT keigoさん(@k5fuwa)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 7月月28日午前6時48分PDT One of Keigo’s most…


These Papercraft Mosquitoes Look So Real You’ll Want To Swat Them

2018-08-09 12:30

Japan: A Paper Craft Paradise When it comes to creating art with paper, Japan, with its long history of making exquisite washi paper and its internationally recognized art of origami, has produced its fair share of amazing artists. From paper toys animated with paper and rubber bands such as Haruki Nakamura’s pop-up penguin bomb, Seiji Tsukimoto’s clockwork pop-up art, or Risa’s intricately carved paper texts and animals, we have seen some remarkable artistry. Paper Craft Artist Scissorhands Combining realism with attention to detail and remarkable technical abilities, artist Masanobu Azami, who goes by the name Scissorhands, also deserves honorable mention among his Japanese paper-crafting peers. Just as comfortable making skeletons,…


Police Issue Warning After Viral Game Challenge With Disturbing Demon “Momo” Takes Dark Turn

2018-08-03 04:30

Authorities in several countries have issued warnings over the spread of a disturbing viral game. The game challenges users on WhatsApp to message the mysterious contact “Momo”, who then reportedly antagonizes the user with threatening messages and unsettling images. The account, which is currently being investigated for links to criminal activity, uses the horrifying image of a demon lifted from the artwork of Japanese special effects artist Keisuke Aiso, who has nothing to do with the game itself. 1- Birçok çocuğun intihar etmesine neden olan Mavi Balina oyunundan sonra bu sefer de ‘Momo’ adlı yeni bir oyun ortaya çıktı. WhatsApp üzerinden yayılan oyun gençlere şiddet içerikli fotoğraflar ve tehdit içeren…


My Neighbor Totoro Gift Set Adds The Charm Of Traditional Japanese Pottery To The Film

2018-08-02 05:21

Whether it’s vintage Japanese sukaban jackets embroidered Princess Mononoke characters, or a No-Face Piggy Bank that devours coins, burps, and plays the Spirited Away soundtrack, Japan always seems to have a new and interesting take on Studio Ghibli-themed merchandise. One latest addition, however, celebrates the always charming My Neighbor Totoro with the touch of ancient and traditional Japanese pottery. Shigaraki ware is a type of stoneware and pottery that belongs to Six Ancient Kilns of Japan, produced in Shiga prefecture. The jars and pots made from Shigaraki Ware are known from using sandy clay found in Lake Biwa, and often have a glass-like glaze with finger prints left behind on…


Kawaii, Fetish, Erotic, Cruel. The Art of GENk (Exhibit Overview and Artist Interview)

2018-07-26 11:36

From July 23rd to July 29th, you can experience the unique artistic vision of GENk (pronounced “genki”), in his second solo exhibit at Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo. Combining elements of the kawaii, the fetish, the erotic and the cruel, GENk’s paintings are both visually arresting and alluring, disturbing and enticing. This exhibit, “Unknown Cults” is the perfect opportunity to see his works and perhaps even meet the artist. GENk enjoys interacting with visitors and has been regularly spending time in the gallery since the exhibit began. “Unknown Cults” Source: © grape Japan “Our own secret cults of worship — Apart from religion, I think we all have ‘faiths with no…


Artist Gives Classic Film Scenes Awesome Retro Anime Makeover

2018-07-25 10:21

While it may be painting with too broad a brush to describe a style as “anime”, there are certain qualities and characteristics that many associate with art styles found and shared in Japanese animation. Perhaps one of the most nostalgic aesthetics is the art style many associate with the 1980-1990’s breakthrough of Japanese animation overseas with classic like Akira or Ghost in the Shell. Freelance artist Dmitry Grozov (also known as Ahriman) perfectly captures such a style with his ability to illustrate iconic scenes from classic films with a retro anime flavor. Grozov adds a new charm to some of your favorite movie scenes from Aliens, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner,…


Japan’s Super Realistic Computer-Generated Schoolgirl Finds Her Cosplay Doppelganger

2018-07-17 01:07

Just a few years ago, one could make the argument that Saya was the most popular schoolgirl in Japan, although a good amount of her viral fame is owed to the fact that she isn’t actually human. Saya is actually the stunningly realistic 3-D computer-generated product of Yuka Ishikawa, who works as a freelance CG Artist and her husband Teruyuki Ishikawa, and she gained a very dedicated following of fans who fell in love with her after initially thinking her to be a beautiful (as well as living) schoolgirl. Sayaの2016verです(•̀ᴗ•́)。去年の発表から色々な皆さんの反応を頂きつつコツコツと改良を重ねてきました。既に動きのシステムも稼動していて秋の展示会へのお披露目に向けて制作中です、詳細は今後アナウンス予定です。 pic.twitter.com/kOGcMx96co — TELYUKA_Saya (@mojeyuka) 2016年9月9日 With her secret revealed, however, her internet fame hasn’t waned one bit. Instead, many have…


It’s Friday The 13th In Japan, So That Means It’s Time For Jason To Get Kawaii AF

2018-07-13 05:07

While Japan’s fascination with all things “kawaii” has expanded into a culture of cute that covers aesthetics, merchandise, and fashion, one might suspect that horror movies to be the stopping point, but even that would be too strong an assumption. As today marks the ominous Friday the 13th in Japan, many are taking to Twitter to celebrate the classic horror film of the same name. What may surprise some, however, is the unapologetically adorable way in which people are tipping their hat to the iconic hockey-mask wearing slasher, Jason. Below are a few highlights of Japanese Twitter’s take on “celebrating” Friday the 13th, whether it be cat cafe cosplay, sexy…


Famous Manga Artists, Illustrators Support West Japan Flood Victims With Their Art

2018-07-13 04:40

As the survivors of the West Japan Flood are still struggling to recover from water and landslide damage and mourning the loss of their loved ones who passed away, messages of support have been pouring in from within and beyond Japanese borders. Numerous charity organizations are accepting donations and some of them are also geared towards English-speaking donors, as we reported earlier this week. In times like these, as we have seen with the Kumamoto Earthquake, for example, Japanese illustrators and manga artists often post artwork on their social media accounts with messages of support. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a hashtag #西日本頑張ろうイラスト (which translates to something like:…


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