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Teeny Weeny Challenge – How Small Can I Draw?!

How small can you draw with a fine point pen, a magnifying glass, and some practice? Watercolor illustrator and YouTuber Kasey Golden finds out how small she can draw and paint in this 'Teeny Weeny Challenge.' She...

Drawing faces with the shadows of crumpled paper

Finding inspiration for a new drawing while staring at a blank sheet of paper can sometimes feel daunting. In this video, filmmaker and illustrator Guy Larsen finds an interesting solution: He jumpstarts his drawings...

Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals that peek and pop in surprising ways. Karakuri, meaning 'trick' or 'mechanism', are mechanical automata pieces that were first mad...

Hand cutting an intricate paper leaf stencil

Watch as artist and YouTuber Sara Sandoval hand cuts a large leaf stencil from thick piece of paper. Sandoval often uses intricate single- and multi-layer stencils like these to create spray paint works. Via Instagram...

Japanese manhole covers, a factory tour – ONLY in JAPAN

Whether they're in plain metal or decorated in bright colors, city manhole covers stand out in Japan's bustling streets. Personalized with bold yet intricate illustrations that highlight local sights, symbols, and sto...

Making art with everyday objects: Christoph Niemann

Award-winning artist and author Christoph Niemann has quite a few books and apps for kids of all ages -- I Lego N.Y., Words, as well as Petting Zoo and Chomp. In this Quartz video, he shares examples from his new book...

A girl visits the postage stamp factory – Sesame Street

Before stamps became stickers, which started in earnest in the United States around 1989, they were printed sheets of paper with water-activated adhesive backing. In 1987, Sesame Street visited the US Postal Service t...

The Importance of Staring Out Of The Window

Staring out the window is often associated with a lack of attention or productivity, but in this film from The School of Life, we examine the activity (or lack of activity) as a highly productive pursuit that we might...

FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Universe

In an animation that hearkens back to the work of illustrator Charley Harper, Chromosphere intertwines humanity's scientific achievements with the wonders of the natural world: FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Unive...

Illustrating the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Wall of Birds

In 2014, artist Jane Kim was commissioned to paint a mural of 270 representative bird species -- including some extinct species, a few dinosaurs, and a black caiman -- on 3,000 square feet (280 square meters) of wall ...

The Uses of Envy

We’re used to thinking of envy in very negative terms. But it’s an emotion we should learn to accept and – in a calculated way – learn from. From The School of Life, co-directed by Lara Lee and Hannah Jacobs, and ...

A dancer animated with 1,250 small paintings

Watch 1,250 paintings on paper come together to create a 'handmade' animated music video for Ralf Hildenbeutel by Berlin-based director Boris Seewald: Disco. Watch more ballet, more dance, more drawings, and more m...

40,000 years of London history created with papercraft

Peel back the pavement of a grand old city like London and you can find just about anything, from a first-century Roman fresco to a pair of medieval ice skates—even an elephant’s tooth. As one of Europe’s oldest capit...

Rowland Emett’s Marvelous Dream Machines

From a 2014 exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, explore the Marvelous Machines of Rowland Emett, an English cartoonist and maker of fantastical mechanical contraptions. Emett lived and worked in Birmingha...

Emergence Lab, a hand painted anamorphic sculpture

Observe all six sides of this hand painted anamorphic sculpture by Thomas Medicus. Titled Emergence Lab, the cube references the process "whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions ...

Step into the Page – Disney animator Glen Keane draws in VR

This is what it's like to draw in virtual reality (VR) -- immersive 3D simulations driven by stereoscopic headsets, additional handheld controls, and a wide range of newly invented software. With VR, not only can you ...

Embroidered zoetrope animations by Elliot Schultz

As a Digital Art Major at the Australian National University, Elliot Schultz experimented with and produced embroidered zoetrope animations. Get a behind-the-scenes look here. Discs were created with animated seque...

Colossus – A time lapse ink drawing of New York City’s skyline

London-based illustrator Patrick Vale builds New York City's impressive skyline in less than three minutes -- line by line, window by window -- in this lovely time lapse video that captures four weeks of his work. The...

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