There are a lot of weird things that humans do that we’ve simply gotten used to over time. I’m talking about things like massively overcrowded chicken farms, circus animals, dog shows, and so on. But just because these things got normalized, that doesn’t mean we should simply accept them. And if you’re not convinced, artist Barbara Daniels’ illustrations might change your mind.
In her Dominion over Man series, the artist creates eye-opening illustrations that shows our society if the roles of humans and animals were reversed, and suddenly a lot of common human practices no longer look so normal. See some of her shocking illustrations in the gallery below!
As little girls, most of us dreamed of moving to the magic world, being a princess and living in a castle, having animals, preferably lots of them, and having beautiful dresses and costumes.
My photographs are mainly portraits of women in fairy tale stylings—with animals, in beautiful dresses and beautiful places.
I looked at many family albums in my childhood, too, asking my mom about all the people in the photos. I had the opportunity to read beautiful fairy tales with even more beautiful illustrations. I also delighted in fantasy movies.
Already then, my imagination was growing, which I wanted to turn into reality. I bought my first DSLR camera in 2013. I started my Facebook fan page and started photographing my friends. With time, my photographs started to reach more and more people—my family, close relatives, distant ones, strangers, people from my city and then not from my area.
My name is Anna. I am a happy woman and wife; next month I will be 26 years old. I am from Poland and currently living in Warsaw. If you want to feel like a princess—I invite you to my session. See my fairy tale photographs—let them speak for me.
Alex Pick, aka apicollodraws, is a German artist who’s obsessed with Disney. A little while ago, the artist started a series he calls humanimals where he recreates animal Disney characters as humans and vice versa, and his fans just can’t get enough of his illustrations!
In an earlier interview with Bored Panda, Alex said he was inspired to start the project after seeing similar mashups online. “Had that in mind for a very long time! And it’s so much fun!” said the artist. We already featured some of the artist’s works before here, and now he’s back with even more – check it out in the gallery below!
Back in the medieval times, people couldn’t just look up the information they wanted on the internet like we can now. Even access to books was extremely limited or outright impossible. That meant that a lot of information had to be passed using word of mouth – and if you’ve played a game of ‘telephone’, you probably know that it’s not the greatest way of forwarding important information. Such was the case in many medieval paintings of exotic animals that look almost nothing like the real thing – and Twitter user Daniel Holland recently shared some hilarious examples.
I started drawing Angry Duck and all my other (mainly) awful characters based on real people I have met, and based on my various jobs in retail and call centers. The result is illustrations and comics that are sometimes relatable, sometimes unrelatable, often random, and always weird.
The characters are almost always nasty since they are based on the people that piss me off the most.
Drawing the guys from Angry Duck World became my way of letting out steam and frustration from jobs I have had, and has definitely kept me from getting fired more than once!
Maxim Shkret is a Moscow-based digital artist who creates stunning colorful visualizations of animals in a unique style he calls “Solid organics”. The artist has over 10 years of experience in the field and has worked as a graphic designer and art director for various advertising during that time.
The artist says he’s a “strong advocate of experiments on the intersection of digital and physical” and firmly believes that imagination is free from any constraints and boundaries. Maxim says that it’s a powerful engine fueling the creative process that allows him to propel the aesthetics of visual art to new heights. “Nowadays, the imagination is further equipped with the latest evolving technologies, which make it possible to refine the visual breakthroughs on the continuous basis,” writes the artist.
Moscow-based artist Maxim Shkret creates majestic illustrations of animals in his own unique style
Maxim has two academic degrees – one in classical Art and another in Industrial Design – and combines the experience from both of these fields in his works.
The artist says that his works do not mimic folded paper or vector graphics and instead are created by combining hard surface modeling and organic sculpting techniques. According to Maxim, his style “represents the relationship between biomorphic and geometric allotting the weight and roundness of natural forms to the sculptures.”
Maxim doesn’t use any scripts or third-party plug-ins. to create his art and only uses standard modeling and sculpting tools, such as 3DS Max, ZBrush, and Adobe Photoshop, while also applying a biological approach to abstraction.
See more of Maxim’s incredible works below and if you want more, see our previous post here!
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
James Vreeland—a man based in Detroit—has always been a fan of animals, but during the quarantine, he’s taken feeding the local wildlife to a whole new level. Having a lot of free time during self-isolation, he crafted an entire tiny restaurant for the squirrels and birds living near his home. Even more so, he made a little menu for them, where they can choose their meals from several different options. Scroll down below to see the fancy Maison du Noix!
The recently-opened restaurant was also given a fancy French name—Maison du Noix—that translates to “The Nut House.” “We’ve been offering an opening course of a seed medley, followed by peanuts on the full shell, house-cut breadsticks, and a dessert of counter-softened apples,” the restaurant owner James Vreeland told one media outlet.
In the photo below you can see the cozy entrance to the Maison de Noix equipped with a tiny stall and a menu. According to James, the local wildlife seems to love the menu options. “The squirrels and blue jays have been loving it,” he told the media.
The tiny luncheonette was built by James Vreeland, a lover of animals who’s based in Detroit
The mini open-air restaurant offers the following lunch options: mixed seed trio, stale bread/pizza crust, raw peanuts, and counter softened apples. The restaurant owner says that business at Maison du Noix is booming, despite the fact that it isn’t exactly bringing any profit to James.
“The response from humans has been pretty great with people stopping all the time to take a photo or watch the frenzy,” James Vreeland told the media.
While the business in this mini restaurant seems to be thriving
As quarantines roll out in a number of countries, people often bury themselves in movies, social media drama or a good book. While taking a walk outside is encouraged by some governments (as long as a distance from other people is maintained), a lot of people completely forget about the outer world. Well, nature, however, does its thing nonetheless and people are noticing an unexpected outcome of the quarantine. In countries like Japan, Italy, and Thailand, people observed animals roaming the streets due to human absence.
Like in Japan, where deer that are local to Nara Park were observed taking to the streets in search of food. Usually, the park is swarming with tourists, as the Sika deer living there are a local attraction. Tourists would usually buy crackers sold at the park meant specifically to feed the deers, however as the number of visitors plummeted in recent weeks, the deer seem to have no choice but to wander out of their territory to find something to munch on.
People in Nara, Japan reported seeing deer that usually stay in the park roam out onto the streets
Plenty of photos and videos of the deer roaming the streets of Nara emerged, with people responding either in shock or awe. Twitter user okadennis who posted a number of shots of the deer reported finding the whole occasion amusing.
Naturally, the country with over 30k cases and a severe lockdown in place, Italy, also observed a similar phenomenon. Numerous accounts of various animals (like sheep, boars and a horse!) wandering the streets appeared on Italian social media. Most of the people who posted their observances were pretty amused with the situation despite the tedious circumstances surrounding it.
As a writer and image editor for Bored Panda, Giedrė crafts posts on many different topics to push them to their potential. She’s also glad that her Bachelor’s degree in English Philology didn’t go to waste (although collecting dust in the attic could also be considered an achievement of aesthetic value!) Giedrė is an avid fan of cats, photography, and mysteries, and a keen observer of the Internet culture which is what she is most excited to write about. Since she’s embarked on her journalistic endeavor, Giedrė has over 600 articles under her belt and hopes for twice as much (fingers crossed – half of them are about cats).
How many times have you looked at your dog and wondered what the heck is going on in that little mind? How many midnights on Christmas Eve have you spent waiting for that humble ‘meow’ to transform into ‘hey, Dave’? Well, those days are numbered.
Thanks to Jimmy Craig, we now know not only what our pets are thinking, but also what they say to one another. The artist has illustrated all of their communication subtleties for the eye-opening They Can Talk comic series. It turns out that these feline and canine conversations reveal as much about humans as they do about our four-legged friends.
Sit back, relax, and let’s find out the truth you’ve been craving for so many years. Plus, read Bored Panda’s interview with the artist himself on the challenges that come with creating these surreal animal conversations.
Bored Panda spoke to the artist himself, Jimmy Craig, in order to find out the source of his seemingly endless inspiration. “I recently got two cats, which explains why I’ve been writing a little more cat comics than usual.“ It turns out that inspirational flow is always in front of him: “When they’re being total psychopaths, the silver lining is that I’ll get a comic idea out of it.”
One of the hardest parts of making the comics has to do with animal expressions. “Sometimes it’s challenging to give the animals recognizable expressions without making them look too human.” Craig adds: “I still try to keep the comic somewhat grounded in reality.”
The artist believes that our thoughts are much more similar to our pets’ than we’d like to think. “I like to think that animals have similar thoughts as us, so whether I’m thinking about what animals might be saying to each other or imposing my own thoughts on them, there’s some truth in both.”
Jimmy Craig has been working on his They Can Talk project since 2015, but he believes that his drawing has improved over time. “I still keep the backgrounds simple (or non-existent), but I think there’s more consistency in the look and style of the animals.”
For all the They Can Talk fans out there, you’re likely to see more comic scenarios in the near future. “I’m satisfied as long as I’m doing something creative. Thankfully, exposure from the comic has led to other opportunities and I hope it continues to serve as a sort of portfolio for my writing and illustration.”
There are millions of species in the world, but only a few of them communicate with language. Usually, their conversations are based on much more basic means of expression—anything from body language to instinctive calls. Moreover, humans are known to have a brain template for acquiring language and it’s crucial in learning multiple languages.
The crucial question is whether these means of communication could be called accidental or intentional. According to Carl Safina, the author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, all species of free-living great apes use gestures to communicate. And these gestures aren’t random. They’re directed at specific individuals who understand them, and they’re used intentionally and flexibly. Meanwhile, he writes, “humans happen to be talkers. Think of the words wasted.”
When you think about it, humans could have been wrong altogether—fewer words don’t mean less communication, and quite on the contrary—too many words are just jabbering without a purpose.
Even if you’re not a fan of Funko pop figures, you might be interested in buying their newest one. By teaming up with Popcultcha, the company has created a ‘Bushfire Heroes’ figure, which features an Australian firefighter cuddling a koala. However, the brand new toy wasn’t made just for you to put it on your shelf and be reminded of the devastating bushfires that have been blazing through Australia. In fact, it was created not only to honor the heroic firefighters who have been fighting against the disaster, but also as part of a fundraiser.
Recently, Funko introduced a new figure to help raise funds for Australian wildlife impacted by the bushfire crisis
Upon releasing the figure, Popcultcha announced that they are joining the cause to support the Australian wildlife devastated by the bushfire crisis.
The company said that all profits from the new vinyl figure, which retails for around $19.99 Australian dollars, will be donated to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ National Bushfire Appeal.
Experts estimate that around 1 billion animals have been killed in Australia’s unprecedented bushfires, with many others left injured and starving due to the destruction of their habitat.
“The RSPCA are working alongside government and emergency agencies, veterinarians and local authorities to provide much-needed equipment and supplies, emergency care and identifying and assessing injured animals in need of assistance. Their work will continue for months after the fires have ceased,” Popcultcha wrote in a Facebook post.
Pre-orders for the figurine are now open, with delivery expected in June. However, if you’re not a fan of figures, but still interested in supporting the cause, you can donate directly to the RSPCA here.