Have you ever wondered what your sketch could look like if it was drawn by a skilled artist? If so, NVIDIA’s deep learning model, called GauGAN, does just that by transforming rough doodles into photorealistic masterpieces without any extra effort. It doesn’t need a supercomputer, but rather leverages generative adversarial networks, or GANs, to convert segmentation maps into lifelike images. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Italian artist Salvatore Garau managed to sell an invisible sculpture for a whopping $18,300 USD recently and it doesn’t include an accompanying NFT. This piece was titled Lo Sono (translates to “I am”), and it supposedly shows this vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy condensed and transformed into particles. Auction house Art-Rite expected it to sell for between $7200-$11000, but this piece shattered expectations. Read more for a video of the piece and additional information.
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You’ll probably never see a life-sized 2021 Land Rover Defender 110 X made entirely from wood, so Woodworking Art did the next best thing…handcraft a miniature replica. The actual vehicle sports a retro design, complete with blocky headlight clusters as well as thick cladding around the wheel arches, and the wooden version follows in that line, but using darker woods for the windows and sunroof. Read more for the build video and additional information.
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If you’ve never heard of light painting, it’s a photographic techniques that involves moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or space, or to shine light at the camera to ‘draw’, or by moving the camera itself during exposure of light sources. One artist, Frodo Álvarez, used five-drones to create a massive light painting of a soccer (fútbol) player about to kick a ball. Read more for a video and additional information.
Is it possible to sell rare versions of digital art for a decent amount? After today, the answer would be a resounding yes. Chris Torres sold his Nyan Cat art, or to be more specific, a unique cryptographic hash of it, for 300.00 ETH (about $569,427 USD currently) in a blockchain-powered NFT auction. This was the artist’s first experiment with nonfungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that are both scarce and uniquely identifiable. Read more for a video explaining NFTs and additional information.
To see Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night in person, you’ll have to visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This oil on canvas painting by Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was painted in June 1889 and shows the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise. One fan of this artwork decided to recreate it with LEGO and managed to get 10,000 votes for their set to become a reality. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Even in museums, guests aren’t typically allowed to get too close to paintings, especially famous ones, like Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. Hirox Europe, a company specializing in high resolution 3D scans, decided to use their 3D digital microscope to create an interactive 10-billion pixel panorama image of this famed artwork. Simply put, it consists of 9,000 images that were stitched together to produce the final image. Read more for a video, additional pictures and a link to explore yourself.
Brick master Jumpei Mitsui recently unveiled his latest creation, and it’s the famed painting from the Edo-period of Japan, Hokusai’s Ukioy-e print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. It took him over 400-hours and 50,000 pieces to recreate this masterpiece. Even before starting the build, Mitsui had to study videos of waves crashing as well as academic papers on the topic. Next, he sketched a detailed model of the LEGO model, complete with boats. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
For those who don’t know, several sets submitted to the annual LEGO Ideas contest will eventually become a reality, and this year, they received a record 35 submissions. One of them that easily achieved 10,000 supporters is this Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night set. It re-imagines the original painting in a 3D scene and places strong emphasis on the artist’s iconic brush strokes as well as color choices. Clips and brackets are used to recreate the swirling clouds, while plates stack to form the hillsides and bushes. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Group launched four new Art mosaics sets that give creative fans a different way to transform their passion into art. Whether it be Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles or iconic characters from the Marvel Universe and Star Wars galaxy, these mosaics are perfect for your home. Each one of these sets can be reimagined in a number of different ways and they all come with a signature tile unique to the set that is worthy of any true work of art as well as a hanging element. The Sith (above) is a 3-in-1 portrait set that lets you build portraits of Darth Vader, Darth Maul or Kylo Ren. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.