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Peter Pichler’s Mirrored Northern Italian House

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Built just outside of Bolzano in the foothills of the Dolomites Mountains in Northern Italy is one of the most iconic designs from architect Peter Pichler. Two homes, designed as vacation residences, each feature two bedrooms nested inside a minimalist white interior – characterized by skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, and of course personal gardens. The most striking feature of the structure though, is the glass front that reflects the surrounding area. The curvilinear elevation provides extensive views of the local Italian landscape.

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Disney Princesses in Real Life by Jirka Väätäinen

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Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

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Mulan

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Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

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Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

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Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)

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Jasmine (Aladdin)

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Megara (Hercules)

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Pocahontas

Adding that touch of reality to iconic Disney princesses is something art student Jirka Väätäinen excels at. The fantastic photo manipulations are a successful attempt at bringing these beautiful characters to life.

This project began with Jirka’s fascination for the character Ursula from The Little Mermaid. “I had always liked her character so much that I decided to give myself a little challenge,” he says. “I had so much fun with it that I could not stop… and here we are.”

With an overwhelming response from Tumblr and blogs, Väätäinen received “a lot of lovely feedback” and quite a few requests to create even more characters. “I can’t really stop now, can I?,” he rhetorically asks. “It’s not like I ever had a bigger plan with these, so I’m just going to continue having fun and make more characters that I’m personally inspired by.”

So how, exactly, does Väätäinen go about creating these? “I find photos all over the Internet and then combine them in Photoshop,” he says. “I don’t base the characters on only one real person or picture – I pick, mix and blend features. I also do some digital painting, by hand, to make it all come together.”

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Massive Chrome Mural Illusion of a 3D Sculpture

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Graffiti artist Bikismo (Joshua Santos Rivera) has beautified the streets of Miami with this fantastic optical illusion mural of a chrome-coated dog. On the walls of Jose De Diego Middle School, the Puerto Rican artist’s piece is composed of painstakingly mapped patches of colour. The color segments are then filled in entirely with spray paint.

This attention to detail produces a strikingly realistic three-dimensional reflection on the wall’s flat surface. Taking four days to complete the work was undertaken as part of the Raw Project to add art installations to Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood and the school in particular.

via Street Art News

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Fantastic Doodles in a Moleskin notebook by Kerby Rosanes

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This fantastic work from Philippines-based, self-taught illustrator Kerby Rosanes is called Sketchy Stories. Rosanes has worked with a large list of companies like Nike, Ford and Mazda. On Facebook alone he’s “liked” by over 1 million fans and on Instagram he’s got more than 73,000 followers. How was he discovered? “They found me through you, other blogs, international magazines and books that featured my work.” He sums it up by saying, “Internet and social media magic.”

Using just ordinary black pens, this talented illustrator can fill page after page of his Moleskine with incredibly detailed illustrations. When we asked Rosanes why he liked drawing on Moleskine he replied, “Paper quality is topnotch. I have tried other sketchbook brands before but only Moleskine got me in terms of durability and ease with using fineliners. Also, its small size. Its just a good companion whenever you feel like sketching, wherever boredom strikes.”

Rosanes advices prospective illustrators: “Pursue something that is close to your heart,” he states. “Whatever it is, always love what you do and make the most out of it. Breaking into the creative industry is not easy. It takes a lot of practice and hard work. So don’t let every negative comments and every frustration pull you down. Just draw. A lot.”

via Kerby Rosanes’ website, Facebook and Instagram