Bob Ross is purported to have painted some 30,000 paintings over his lifetime. Few artists can claim such an astounding output, but there's a mystery surrounding his work — no one knows where they all are. When New York Times journalist Aaron Byrd wanted to buy one of The Joy of Painting star's work for his brother, he ran into a confounding little problem — he couldn't find one. This is the story of what happened to all of Bob Ross' paintings.
Kanye West made an estimated $150 million last year — mostly from his signature sneaker line with Adidas. To say that they're popular is an understatement and Yeezy works hard to keep his ideas fresh. In this interview with Forbes, Mr. West talks about his creative process and the things that inspire his designs.
Netflix's '80s nostalgia trip Stranger Things is an excellent show in nearly every way, but animation studio Humouring the Fates has found a way to make it even better by rendering it as an '80s-inspired anime show. This short film parodies several popular sequences from the show — and Netflix needs to make this happen.
Artist Thomas Blanchard's experimental short films take paint and add the color to solutions of water, milk, and oil to create surreal slow-moving landscapes. In Blanchard's latest work, the emphasis remains on color, but with a different subject — nature. Filmed with an RED Helium 8K camera and hundreds of 5k still camera shots, Blanchard perfectly captures every detail of his subjects.
Just last week, Apple revealed its latest Mac Pro. Their revamped desktop featured loads of new upgrades including a machined aluminum tower with an intricate lattice pattern. While it won't be available until this fall, carpenter John Helsz has already recreated the decorative grille using solid cherry wood.
Banksy may have not been invited to the Venice Biennale art exhibit but the street artist has become the star of the show. A week after an unverified, Banksy-like mural of a migrant waving a rescue torch appeared on a canal wall, he set up a similar refugee-themed painting amongst the local street vendors. Titled "Venice in Oil," the multi-frame piece depicts a massive cruise ship sailing past the city as gondola boats float by. Banksy released this video to claim the artwork along with the message "Despite being the largest and most prestigious art event in the world, for some reason, I've never been invited."
Road signs are designed to serve one purpose — convey information about traffic laws and the destinations around you. But in 1954, artist Rex May created a road sign for the city of San Francisco that became an icon. Now the signs are disappearing, and filmmaker Bradley Smith wanted to find out why.
This year is the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Alien and the tributes are rolling out. There's been a series of short films, a high school play, and now this impressive flipbook. Illustrated by Serene Teh, the pages are brought to life by videographer Noel Lee to celebrate the iconic film.
They've created stop-motion masterpieces like Coraline and ParaNorman. Now, Laika Studios is back at it with their new film Missing Link. In this behind-the-scenes look, the animation studio gives a glimpse into the painstaking process that went into bringing their furry friend to life.
Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons you may have marveled at the fantasy paintings on the cover or leafed through the Monster Manual to look at the illustrations. From the TSR originals to the latest editions from Wizards of the Coast, art and Dungeons & Dragons have had a close relationship. The Art of Dungeons & Dragons profiles D&D artists, former TSR employees, game designers, authors, and some of the backstories behind the tabletop RPG's most famous pieces.
Even a genius doesn't make a masterpiece every time they sit down to do something. Vincent Van Gogh described his painting "Night Cafe" as his ugliest in a letter to his brother, telling him that although he did what he set out to do, the result was less than what Van Gogh had hoped for. Despite his disappointment, "Night Cafe" is considered to be a masterpiece, and the Nerdwriter has a great take on why it's one of the painter's best.
The Volkswagen Bus pop up camper is one of the most iconic cars ever built — perhaps second only to the VW Bug. Certified LEGO model builders Rene and Pascal built a life-size replica of the VW T2a "Bulli" for the f.r.e.e. travel and leisure fair in Munich, Germany, using more than 400,000 bricks over six weeks.
Fabian Oefner uses scale models for his series of photographs depicting classic cars literally coming apart — down to every last nut and bolt. When a friend told Fabian he was having his Lamborghini Miura completely taken apart and restored, Fabian jumped at the chance to create another of his stunning pieces — this time with the real thing.
In Japan, there was a time that making and developing metal was so expensive that carpenters had to develop an alternative to nails. The solution was miyadaiku. The method uses interlocking pieces of wood that fit together almost like a puzzle. With most of the original buildings now in need of repair, Takahiro Matsumoto has mastered the ancient skill to restore temples and shrines throughout the city of Kamakura.
1200 more pencils and another Fender-style guitar — Burl Art is back with another masterpiece. His first acrylic resin-and-colored-pencil instrument was a Fender Stratocaster, and this time, Burl built the other classic Fender — the Telecaster. Using a slightly different approach, Burl has refined his process and used a limited pallet to give the Tele a waterfall-style fade using white, blue, and black pencils.
You can play Nintendo's classic Super Mario Bros. on just about anything with a screen. But artist Kisaragi Hutae has taken the game somewhere it's never been, recreating it as a stop-motion notebook animation. The entire first level unfolds in this perfect animation at 30 frames per second.
Dieter Rams established the foundation of good design. His "less is better" approach led to iconic products like the Braun ET 66 Calculator and the 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsoe. Taken from the documentary Rams, Trollback & Co. illustrates the legendary designer's 10 principals using classic items conceived by the master himself.
Migrant Mother is one of the most iconic photographs in American history. Taken by Dorothea Lange, the picture depicts Florence Owens Thompson and her children at a pea-pickers' camp in California during The Great Depression. In this video essay, Evan Puschak explains how Lange captured the historic image.
Generally, bikes are made of titanium, aluminum, or carbon fiber for their lightness and strength. This bicycle takes an unconventional approach by swapping out those modern materials for an all-wood design. From the chain to the wheels, the ride is made entirely from timber.
Jaeger-LeCoultre makes some of the best ultra-luxury watches in the world. At the SalonQP watch show, Jaeger-LeCoultre showed off one of their most impressive pieces — the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication. 527 parts made from German silver comprise the movement, and the case is crafted from rose gold. With the ability to display the day, month, year, and constellations, the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication shows why Jaeger-LeCoultre is "the watchmaker of watchmakers".
Brooklyn, New York performance artist Peter Kokis has a knack for turning trash in art. Kokis creates transformer-like robot costumes from found materials, and the garbage is one his greatest sources. His creations can weigh over 100 pounds and delight the crowds when he wears one — proving that not all fine art hangs in a museum.
The city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, is the time capital of the world. Nestled in the Jura mountains, the area is known as "Watch Valley" and boasts some of the most highly-regarded — and highly expensive — watchmakers on the planet. Companies like Rolex, Patek Phiippe, and Tissot are headquartered here along with a complementary number of professionals dedicated to the intricacies of watchmaking. From the International Museum of Horology to a small shop specializing in restoration, La Chaux-de-Fonds keeps time like no other place on Earth.
Building a guitar was once the province of skilled luthiers, selecting wood for their tonal properties and shaping each piece by hand to create an instrument. Then came Leo Fender, who brought guitar making into the modern age by taking a page from the automotive industry and simplifying the process — and cementing the guitar as the most popular instrument in the world. Fender's production techniques also brought guitar building to the masses and unleashed a massive amount of creativity to the form. This guitar by Burls Art is made of 1200 colored pencils set in epoxy resin and one of the most creative guitars we've ever seen.
Two years in the making, master metalsmith Seth Gould has completed a masterpiece. This intricate lockbox requires two keys and a series of turns, presses, and hidden compartments to open. Each piece — from springs to screws — was forged, filed, lathed, and otherwise handmade by Gould. "Forged and Filed" captures the process of creating the lockbox, all set to music with percussion provided by the sounds of Gould's workshop.
From car parts to airplanes to bridges, 3D printing is the manufacturing process of the future. For those of us with the vintage car bug that don't have the funds to buy our dreams, 3D printing offers a great way to have a scaled-down version of any car you could imagine. Konstantin Bogdanov created this scale model of a 1961 Dodge D100 pickup completely from scratch — using scale drawings found on the internet, modeling the truck in 3D, and then printing and painting the parts for an amazing, life-like model.
The Big Apple isn't the first place you'd think to look for someone hammering away at molten steel, forging knives the old-fashioned way. Frank Sausto was a contestant on the History Channel's Forged in Fire, going up against other smiths on national television. The New Yorker sat down with Sausto to see how he created his take on the classic kukri, a blade that originated in the region around Nepal on the Indian subcontinent.
Banksy has released his official holiday card. Rather than mailing them, the street artist sent his season's greetings on the side of a South Wales garage. The double-sided mural uses a small child catching what looks like snowflakes to draw attention to Port Talbot's ongoing dust problem.
Shanghai is known for is modern towers but if you look below its skyline, there's a wealth of Art Deco treasures. Defined by its geometric forms and gold accents, the architectural style rose to fame in the 1930s and was the epitome of glamor and luxury. Take a tour of two of the city's most notorious Art Deco buildings, the Grand Theatre and the Paramount.