Friday, January 30, 2015

Amazing Art of Kentaro Nishino

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980 in Kanazawa city, Japan. In 2003 he moved from Hawaii university to Academy of Art University, San Francisco, to study more about art. He grew up learning about animals from his father who was a guide to the Mt. Haku. When he was only a child he was fascinated by rare alpine flora and animals, and during his visits with his father in nature he started to appreciate and love nature.

He creates these beautiful paintings using air brush technique where animals and natural scenery is the main theme. He mostly uses air brush for his paintings which he says provides his work rich colors, realism and picturesque expressions that he desires in his work. For each of his paintings, he begins with a hand drawn sketch which he then turns into about a 100 templates that are used for applying colors layer over layer with precision a task that demands a lot of time and patience. To give his animals eye, fur and other important details he uses paint brush. 

"I would like people to notice such beautiful sceneries, and that there are animals on the verge of extinction...Animals in my work always have someone beside them. It may be a parent, a child, a brother or a friend. I always have family as a theme for my productions. Animals care for their children, brothers, and friends, just like us humans...I'd be glad if my work would inspire loving and compassionate feelings in people."

To know more about his work you can see his step by step creative process here. To view more of his artwork or to get updates on his new work, you can follow him on facebook.

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DIY: Valentine's Day Stuffed Owl

Nancy from Crafts Unleashed has shared this wonderful tutorial that teaches how to make a stuffed owl for Valentine. There is still time to give something handmade this Valentine's Day so why not try this project. After all, it's easy, don't need too many supplies and is super cute! The tutorial comes with step by step instructions and a template to print. It's a perfect present to your kids or to your sweetheart who loves owls!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bird Collages by Olga Ezova-Denisova

Olga Ezova-Denisova is a mixed media artist, an illustrator and a collage maker presently living in Ekaterinburg, Russia. I am completely in love with the owls and the eagles series handmade by the artist. The color and texture in her work is just fantastic! Every bird has a unique characteristics and you can tell by the expressions if an owl is a sleepy owl like in the fourth image from the top. 

Her blog is a visual treat where you can learn about other talents that she has such as her appliques, embroidered collages, block printing and much, much more! You can read a wonderful interview that she gave to Frankie an Australian magazine here.

DIY: Owl and Fox Valentine Cards

With this super easy tutorial you can make your valentine cards just in a few minutes! Just grab some paper, glue, scissors and a pen, and hand make these cute cards this Valentine's Day. There are two designs you can make using simple heart shapes - owl and fox. Simply cut the paper in the shapes instructed in the tutorial, glue, draw and write a small note on the back of the card. 

This is definitely an awesome Valentine's craft idea for kids as well as for kids at heart. For the complete tutorial and tips go to Asia's blog Mama Do That.