Since April 2020, in the depths of lockdown, I have been drawing birds on request, and drawings became prints. To promote them, I began to “gently reference” the birds I’d drawn in a series of “fashion” spreads. These humorous and light-hearted shoots used my own wardrobe and makeup skills and became an intrinsic component of a project that has become known as Birds Can Fly.
As soon as the lockdown in the UK was announced and in the face of cancellations and delays of most of my forthcoming work, I was bereft of motivation. I felt I had to reconsider my function as an artist during a global pandemic. Housebound and feeling emotionally blank and overwhelmed, I began to consider what work would be relevant to a changed world.
As I sat in my apartment overlooking a clearer, quieter London skyline, I noticed the birds more than ever and my passion for ornithology re-emerged. I began drawing the birds I could see from my window. Comforted by the process, I asked my social media followers if there was a bird they’d like me to draw. I expected a little flutter of interest.#3
What emerged was a wide variety of requests for bird drawings. Requests were often accompanied by an anecdote explaining their choice. I began drawing a bird for my followers most days and now have a disparate collection of ornithological favorites, drawn in pen and colored in Photoshop, creating an online network of bird lovers, sharing stories of the birds they love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. My intention was to punctuate timelines with an alternative to the growing horrors of the pandemic.#5
Stories of a consoling interest in bird watching during this crisis, reflected in the messages of support and encouragement I received during lockdown. As the collection grew, I began to promote prints I’d made of the drawings by “gently referencing” the birds I’d drawn in #lockdown, mostly using my existing wardrobe and my makeup skills to echo the plumage of this collection of birds from around the world. What began as a tool for promotion has become a key element of this body of work that I’ve called Birds Can Fly.#7
My artistic practice has focused on The Pansy Project for the last fifteen years; I plant pansies at sites of homophobia and transphobia, a politically and socially engaged project that explores the way we navigate cities as an LGBTQ+ community. As soon as the Lockdown in the UK was announced and in the face of cancellations and delays of most of my forthcoming work, I was bereft of motivation. I felt I had to reconsider my function as an artist in the midst of global pandemic.
House bound, and feeling emotionally blank and overwhelmed, I eventually began to consider what work would be relevant to a changed world… Read more »
One of the best things about art these days is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be incredible and extraordinary for you to enjoy it. And this Twitter thread proves it just about perfectly.
Basically, this girl on Twitter made a post asking people to share screenshots from various movie scenes in the comments of the post for her to do a crappy drawing of. Needless to say, people were quite intrigued by this little game and quite a bit of them decided to participate. Users were suggesting scenes from various movies including Joker, Her, The Room, Donnie Darko, and many more. And that’s how these beautifully terrible pieces of art came to life.
Bored Panda invites you to look through some of the most incredible crappy drawings recreating scenes from these popular movies. And of course, don’t forget to vote for your favorite ones!
Tattoo artist Min Zumi of Authentic Ink in Sydney, Australia, has mastered a very distinct style. He permanently decorates his clients with “fabric patches”. The designs look every bit as real, all thanks to Min Zumi’s immense attention to detail — each of the lines he places perfectly mimic the look of stitching.
Working in this fashion, the tattooist often pays homage to pop-culture, too. For example, he has already completed Banjo-Kazooie, Son Goku, and Daisy Duck-inspired pieces. Scroll down and take a look for yourself!
Min Zumi told Bored Panda his passion for creating tattoos started as soon as he got his first one himself. “It was very exciting. The outcome was great and so I realized that I also wanted to be able to design and create the same excitement for others.”
The artist has developed his style through painstaking research and working with other professionals in the field. “The great creations and skills of other artists are like fuel. It motivates me. I am constantly researching artworks and searching for inspirational pieces so I can create a better design for my clients too,” Min Zumi explained.#2
“The fine details are an effect consisting of thin lines of varying colors and shades which create the illusion of threads sewn onto the skin. The intricate design is what makes my tattoos unique and delicate,” the passionate tattooist explained, emphasizing the importance of drawing every line with extreme care. “The process requires a lot of planning and concentration but it is also very fun.”
If you dig Min Zumi’s style, feel free to book a session with him! Of course, each design and session is different, but a typical tattoo will take between 3 and 6 hours, and the artist charges roughly $200 per hour.#3
Rokas is a writer at Bored Panda with a BA in Communication. After working for a sculptor, he fell in love with visual storytelling and enjoys covering everything from TV shows (any Sopranos fans out there?) to photography. Throughout his years in Bored Panda, over 235 million people have read the posts he’s written, which is probably more than he could count to. Read more »
A well-known American digital artist named Ross Tran has over 1 million followers on Instagram and 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube. He has gained popularity by creating amazing artwork of known characters and creating step-by-step tutorial videos on how he does it. He has even worked for Walt Disney Pictures.
Ross has an amazing Shiba Inu pup named Milo. So he decided to create a project dedicated just for him. The artist redrew photographs he had taken with Milo and turned them both into cartoon characters. Some illustrations are adorable, showing Milo in beachwear or wearing an adorable shark costume, some more epic, where the pup is a mythical creature or Captain America’s sidekick.
“Ross loved making up characters and worlds as a kid, which is something that hasn’t changed much over the years. He began pursuing art more seriously at 16 and moved from San Jose to Los Angeles a year later for a degree in Industrial Design. By 19, he had worked on his first feature film, Earth to Echo, as a character designer. A while after, he took a break to try his hand at acting, only to find a home on YouTube with his channel RossDraws—where he makes lots and lots of art. He also loves his dog Milo, but everyone knows that,” Ross’ website says about his journey.#2
Ross started his YouTube channel in 2011. From then on, he became one of the more known art channels on the platform. He not only makes educational videos on how to draw, he also makes them fun and exciting. He does all sorts of challenges, like his recent video where he redraws the Mona Lisa in his own style. Go check him out if you want to learn how to draw or just need a fun new channel to watch.#3
Ross’s content revolves around all kinds of nerdy things like video games, animated movies, anime, and manga. He likes to draw characters from Overwatch, Disney, Avatar: the last Airbender, and many more. He has a fun series where he recreates his old art, or the art his fans draw.#4
The biggest star of Ross’s videos is obviously Milo the Shiba Inu pup. Ross got him in 2016 while he was still a puppy. Shibas are know to be agile, energetic dogs and Milo is a perfect example of that, always full of energy and ready to cause some mischief—like chewing on wires or digging up plants, as Ross mentions in the video where he introduced Milo to his audience.#5
Fascinated by music, movies and sitcoms, I’m passionate about social media and can’t live without the internet, especially for all the cute dog and cat pictures out there. I wish the day had about 40 hours to be able to do everything I want. Read more »
I’m a multi-media illustrator from Ontario, Canada, and during the last couple of months, I’ve been blending my two favorite mediums together into this series I call “Inked Photography.” A few things inspired me to create this series: First, to channel my anxiety into a new artistic area of expression. So many of us are struggling to cope with this tumultuous year, and art is my therapy. Second, I’ve always been fascinated with the deep dark forests of the world and the strange creatures that might dwell within. Who knows what lurks beyond the veil of our reality? Third, to perhaps make some statement with these creatures about how we’ve made a real mess of this planet. If these creatures did exist, I can’t imagine they’d be very pleased with the damage we’ve done.
As with most of my work, I’ve attempted to balance the creepy and endearing. I hope you find some meaning in these images and enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them.
Painter and illustrator of weird and nerdy things. Hugely influenced by every corner of popular culture. Creating fan art for a few years allowed me to hone my skills and I now find the most joy putting the strange creatures that inhabit my brain onto paper and canvas, or any other surface that attracts my attention. Read more »
In my previous post, I was halfway through my 100 days challenge with gouache. Now, I’ve finished the challenge, and I cannot believe it is done!
In the last 50 paintings, I tried to use more of my own photos or just my imagination. I also tried a more illustrative style, which I personally ended up not liking that much. It’s all about trying and learning! But I prefer realism, after all.
The challenge has taught me a lot about colors and painting itself, which was the reason for doing this challenge, to begin with. However, I really have this feeling I’ve to up my game and that’s why I’ve decided to make another 100 paintings (not within a specific period of time, though, meaning I can focus on quality). These will be based on my family’s or my pictures of my beautiful country The Netherlands. It will mostly be nature, and I’m going to try and focus on one style. I’ve included the first four paintings of this new challenge in this post!
If you’re interested to see my posts more regularly, you could follow me on Instagram. Kind regards, Thomethis.
This one is my favorite… it gives such a nice sense of calm and peace, and the colors and textures are amazing! I wish I could just walk across a ravine in a forest on a long with… a chicken in front of me!? Jus had to ask, it would’ve made the experience a whole lot better.4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#4
The spookiest time of the year is flying toward us like a bat out of hell, and if there’s one thing that we can’t do without in October, it’s pies. Pumpkin. Apple. It doesn’t matter what’s inside (we’ll eat anything sweet!), as long as it just screams Halloween!
Jessica Clark-Bojin is a master of baking and she’s shared some of her best Halloween-themed pies with Bored Panda. Scroll down, upvote your fave pies, and let us know which ones you’d love to bite into the most, dear Pandas! Hungry for even more pie? Check out our previous mouth-watering posts about Jessica’s artistic pies right here and here. “Baking together can be a fun substitute for some of the less safe social activities, and my Halloween pies provide a lot of ‘ins-pie-ration,’” said the founder of ‘Pies Are Awesome,’ as she pointed out that a lot of people are staying close to home this year.
Jessica told Bored Panda that baking pie art is all about experimentation, creativity, and fun. “And no matter what it looks like in the end, you always come out a winner because you get to eat it!” Read on for our full interview with the pie artist and to learn about the spooky pie collaboration that she has going on right now.
Each pie can take Jessica anywhere from two hours to four days to make. It all depends on the complexity! “I like to mix up the ingredients and recipes a lot just to try new things, but as we end up eating most of these pies at home, we do tend to fall back to a few favorites!” Jessica told us about the recipes that she uses.
“I have a Halloween pie open collaboration going on now, and through the month of October where folks can post their own #MonsterPie for a chance to win a signed copy of my pie art book Pie Modding. I’m already blown away by the work people are posting! So creative and spooky,” the pie artist others to join the baking fun.
Jessica told us that anyone in need of some baking tips should visit her Instagram page where she keeps all of her how-to videos in her featured stories. Handy for anyone trying out something pie-related. “I have recipes, tips, in depth tutorials, as well as fun challenges for people to take part in. And I always try my best to respond to messages and questions folks send me about their bakes. It makes me really happy to see the photos of pies they’ve made from my tutorials—especially at holiday times!”#4
One of the best things about Jessica’s philosophy is that she doesn’t have baking secrets—she’s very open about everything and wants to draw as many people into the delicious world of pastry as she can. The self-taught baker also has a bunch of baking tutorials on her social media, so go check them out if you’re short on dark ideas for All Hallow’s Eve.
Jessica previously revealed to Bored Panda all about her baking background. She started baking pies for dietary reasons around 5 years ago. That was the start of her culinary journey.
“I had made a New Year’s Resolution not to eat any refined sugar or sugar substitutes for a year and became really desperate for some form of dessert that I could actually eat without cheating,” she said.#7
“I knew that I could theoretically make a decent tasting pie using just apples, spices, and unsweetened shortcrust pastry… I just had no experience in the kitchen. At that point in time, I’d only ever used my oven to bake polymer clay figures. But I was determined, so I bought a box of Crisco, followed the instructions on the packet, and made my first pie. And it was pretty good!”
She’d cut out the shape of a dragon on top of the pie and her family thought it was neat. So she kept making artsy designs for her pie tops. And the rest, as they say, is history. In more ways than one. “As I searched online for inspiration, I discovered that the art of decorative pie baking fell out of fashion about 200 years ago, and I kind of took it as a challenge to resurrect the art form,” she pointed out.
Jessica takes pie art very seriously. To her, it isn’t just a fad. It’s her way of expressing her love of food, discovering new cultures, flavors, and techniques. She also uses baking as a way to improve herself creatively and intellectually, as well as to bond with other people. What’s more, it’s a great way to eat desserts while staying healthy! But most of all, pie art is about having fun.#10
Why has nobody comented? this is either glow in the dark, or it glows under black light, it is unique whichever one it is, it’s the only one that glows on this list of 29 pics. This deserves more upvotes11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#16
Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations. A huge fan of literature, films, philosophy, and tabletop games, he also has a special place in his heart for anything related to fantasy or science fiction. Read more »
My journey with glass began when after being fed up with working at various cafes, I decided it was time for a change, and I applied for a random job at a glass shop. I didn’t know anything about the glass back then, but I got the job, and day by day of working there, I became more and more fascinated with this wonderful medium.
Since then, I realized that I have discovered my real passion and I feel so inspired knowing that it is only the beginning of this exciting creative path. And what makes me feel even more joyous is that I can combine my love for glass with my enormous appreciation for nature, and inspire others to reconnect with the natural world as well as deeply appreciate all that it’s given us and is keeping on giving.
My name is Patty Maher, and I am a conceptual photographer from Ontario, Canada. I use photoshop to create surreal conceptual photography. This year, during lockdown due to COVID-19, I spent my spare time creating this series of self-portraits called “The Alchemy of Being.” It is a series about the process of creativity that was inspired, in part, by Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic.”
Like so many people around the world, I have found this year to be both stressful and extremely difficult. As a way to combat those feelings, I decided to create a lighthearted series with bright colors and whimsical subjects. I live in the countryside, so I was able to find isolated places to take these photos, and in some cases, I superimposed subjects into the backgrounds using photoshop.
This series celebrates the joy of imagination and the magical things that can happen when we allow ourselves to become immersed in a world of our own creation. Working on each of these photos allowed me some respite from the isolation and stress of the year, and helped me to feel more balanced and positive. I have always found creating art to be a magical endeavor, and this year, it is what has gotten me through the darkest moments.
I hope you enjoy this series and I hope you are keeping safe, well, and happy wherever you are in the world!
I’m a 35-year-old artist from Belgium and I sculpt skateboard decks in my spare time.
Around 7 years ago, I developed a passion for customizing decks when discovering the endless possibilities offered by rotating tools and the need to stay in touch with skateboards. I used to skate, but since I didn’t have the time anymore, I stopped (and let’s be honest, the years passing by do little to improve my physical condition).
Each board takes around 40 to 100 hours of work depending on the design and techniques used. I mainly use a Dremel rotary tool and a cheap jigsaw; given that, a few months ago, I started playing with epoxy resin.
Contradictions, high contrasts, and playing with light and shadows are among my favorite themes. As much as possible, I try to include multiple readings into my sculptures. Being hyper-curious about everything, I love mixing different materials and applying all the techniques I learned during the course of my career, but wood sculpting is still the root of all my pieces.
Obviously, since I remove so much material from the deck, you can’t ride the skateboards, since some of them would most likely break just by putting trucks on them. And to be honest, I’m actually glad no one can step on them!