Brilliant Olympic-Themed Illustrations by Charis Tsevis

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A series of terrific illustrations created by Charis Tsevis for an Yahoo ad campaign for the coverage of the 2012 Olympics. Keeping the campaign’s slogan "The Once-In-A-Lifetime moments that happen every four years" in mind, Charis was able to portray the raw energy, color, excitement, and triumph of the Olympics in his illustrations.

Charis is an award-winning visual designer based in Athens, Greece. He also teaches typography and editorial design at AKTO College, Greece. You can find more of his works on his website and Behance galleries.

[via My Modern Met]

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‘Fast Mercy’ Transforming Sculptures by Tomoo Yamaji

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Fast Mercy (Gold/Blue)

Artist Tomoo Yamaji (previously here and here) is the creator of some of the most brilliant and unique sculptures, which can change shape, all without having any of their parts being removed.

The inspiration for his ‘Fast Mercy’ sculptures was born from the idea of a “highly agile bodhisattva,” a spiritually-enlightened spirit who helps people affected by the earthquake and the resulting tsunami that occurred in Japan, in 2011. The sculptures can be manipulated and positioned into two distinct forms; ‘Flying’ and ‘Humanoid’.

While the sculptures in the series may look similar to to each other, they can actually be considered as different avatars of an ethereal being. His latest piece comes in gold and blue, and is made from polyurethane resin and acrylic (just as his other sculptures).

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Liquid Abstract Paintings by Roque Alan Deleon

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Riotous explosions of color on canvas, abstract artist Roque Alan Deleon’s paintings are an exploration of myriad shades and hues, and their interaction with each other. Color is given the utmost importance in his works, and is the central and dynamic subject of all the art that he has created.

Snip from his artist’s statement:

In my current body of work, I experiment with the fluidity of acrylics. Paints are diluted with varying amounts of water, then poured onto canvas to create natural shapes and lines that could never be duplicated by hand. Each piece begins with a color choice, but any decisions after that must happen instantaneously due to the random nature of fluid paint. I must constantly adapt and change my techniques based on the circumstances, which allows for innovation in every painting.

There is an intentional element of ambiguity to his pieces, which,  he says, “allows everyone to connect to my work in a unique way.” The paintings are meant to evoke strong emotions and thoughts in the minds of the viewers.

Roque is based in Corpus Christi, Texas. He says that he intends to pursue a variety of art forms like sculpture, photography, and installation art, continuing to push the artistic boundaries of what can be done with color. You can find more of his works on his Tumblr | Facebook.

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Soaps Shaped Like Delicious Fruit

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I’m loving these realistic-looking fruit shaped soaps, which are hand-made by master artisans in Turkey.

Fruit shaped soaps were first created three hundred years ago, when a small group of artisans living close to the Sea of Marmara in Turkey, made them specially for the Ottoman Palaces. The Sultans were so impressed with these handcrafted beauties, that they offered them as gifts to visiting royalty and other important dignitaries.

The soaps are available at Mocha, for prices from $13 – $31.

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