Sculpture Artist Makes Incredible Realistic Busts of Movie Villains

Joop Bongaerts has created a host of amazing lifelike figures from Blockbuster hits including Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. The artist has been working on re-creating characters and creatures into life like statues for the past two years and has set up his own business, Joop Bongaerts Creations.

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The self taught artist describes the five step process it takes to bring these figures to life, with some pieces taking more than a month of full time work to complete.

Joop, from the Netherlands, said: “Some characters take a lot of time to get right due to the complexity of the design or because you have to make a likeness, that alone can sometimes take up to about 120 hours. It is a five step process to create these busts, which starts with sculpting the basic shapes of the character or design.”

Joop said: “I try my best to create the character or design in front of me as realistic as possible. Starting with the basic shapes, then refining the anatomy and skinfolds to finally detailing the skin with textures, then I move on to moulding.”

After sculpting and moulding, Joop then moves on to casting.

He explains: “Casting is the more technical side of the process. With the casting I decide what the material and look of the final bust will be, I for example use silicone for creating a realistic looking material for the skin. I will pour and slush through the mould for several layers to get the right thickness. After this I pour resin and rigid foam behind the flexible skin to make sure the bust is strong and will keep the shape of the original sculpture.”

Next, Joop is ready to paint his creation.

He said: “Once the cast is removed from the mould I can start painting the skin. With different washes and tones I try to achieve the complex pigment of real skin and if the character has hair I need to punch all of these hair into the skin individually.”

After a long and detailed process, the final steps include inserting the resin eyes and denture, making the clothing, styling the hair and overall final detailing. Joop is private about the cost of his creations, as they differ in price due to size and artistic complexity, but he did say that the bare materials cost hundreds of pounds per piece.

He said: “The costs of these busts are dependent on the character.

“Mostly it depends on size, the bigger the character the more material is needed, but also complexity is important. If I have to add all kinds of armour for example that means making lots of individual moulds for these parts, again creating more material costs. So it is hard to say exactly but it goes into the hundreds at the bare least.”

Joop has an exciting future ahead of him and hopes to try and work on more realistic art.

He said: “I am very interested in the larger than life realistic art. Nothing is more difficult than recreating the human face, so seems like the logical and most exciting next step for me.”










































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/07/sculpture-artist-makes-incredible-realistic-busts-of-movie-villains/

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Spectacular Winning Images of The Bird Photographer of the Year 2021

With over 22,000 images entered into the competition this year, Bird Photographer of the Year is pleased to present our winners. Celebrating bird life from around the world, these images comprise some of the most incredible bird photos in the world taken by talented photographers.


Best portrait, gold winner: Underwater Portrait, Felipe Foncueva, Spain. This image of a brown pelican was taken off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near the mouth of the Tárcoles River. (Photo by Felipe Foncueva/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

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Best portrait, silver winner: Sing Heartily, Maofeng Shen, China. June marks the start of the breeding season for demoiselle cranes on the vast grasslands of Keshiketeng in Inner Mongolia. (Photo by Shen Maofeng/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Birds in the environment, gold winner and bird photographer of the year: Blocked, Alejandro Prieto, Mexico. The 2,000-mile US–Mexico border crosses some of the continent’s most biologically diverse regions. (Photo by Alejandro Prieto/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Birds in the environment, silver winner: Claiming the Forest Floor, Joshua Galicki, US. A male ovenbird singing on top of a fallen log. The bird is staking its claim to a breeding territory shortly after arriving from a lengthy migration to the north-east US from wintering grounds in Central America. (Photo by Joshua Galicki/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Attention to detail, gold winner: Disappearing, Rafael Armada, Spain. A penguin reflected in the water. (Photo by Rafael Armada/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Attention to detail, silver winner: Growing Up, Raymond Hennessy, US. Great northern divers (known as common loons in North America) and their chicks take to the water soon after the chicks hatch. The size difference between adult and youngster is evident in this image and shows just how much growing is left for this tiny chick. (Photo by Raymond Hennessy/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Birds in flight, gold winner: Thirsty, Tzahi Finkelstein, Israel. Common swifts live their lives on the wing and are a challenge to capture in flight. With a diet of flying insects, they need to drink from time to time, and they even do that on the wing. (Photo by Tzahi Finkelstein/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Birds in flight, silver winner: The Art of Motion, Nicolas Reusens, Spain. A hummingbird feeds from a flower. (Photo by Nicolas Reusens/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Bird behaviour, gold winner: Floral Bathtub, Mousam Ray, India. This image was taken at North Bengal Agricultural University in Cooch Behar, West Bengal. (Photo by Mousam Ray/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Bird behaviour, silver winner: The Face of Death, Massimiliano Apollo, Italy. In northern Italy in late summer, prior to migrating south, purple herons try to feed as much as possible and take advantage of the abundance of prey present in the rice fields. (Photo by Massimiliano Apollo/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Black and white, gold winner: Chinstrap Penguin, Renato Granieri, United Kingdom. A single chinstrap penguin on top of a giant iceberg. (Photo by Renato Granieri/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Black and white, silver winner: Feather Light, James Rogerson, United Kingdom. A preening northern gannet. (Photo by James Rogerson/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Urban birds, gold winner: Dipper On Shopping Trolley, Terry Whittaker, United Kingdom. A white-throated dipper nests under an old road bridge in Greater Manchester. (Photo by Terry Whittaker/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Urban birds, silver winner: Lockdown, William Steel, South Africa. A karoo prinia searching for insects on a security gate in South Africa. (Photo by William Steel/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Creative imagery, gold winner: Sprats and Bread, Ruediger Schulz, Germany. (Photo by Ruediger Schulz/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Creative imagery, silver winner: Funnel, Kathryn Cooper, United Kingdom. Between November and March, tens of thousands of common starlings migrate to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Potteric Carr nature reserve. (Photo by Kathryn Cooper/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Portfolio award, winner: Puffins: Wing Stretch, Kevin Morgans, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin Morgans/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Portfolio award, winner: Puffins: Lost in Thought, Kevin Morgans, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin Morgans/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Conservation award, gold winner: Hargila Army: Beautiful Scavengers, Carla Rhodes, US. Towering at 1.5 metres tall and with a wingspan of 2.5 metres, greater adjutants are the most endangered species of stork on the planet. These birds were pictured in Assam in north-east India where they live on a landfill site. (Photo by Carla Rhodes/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


Conservation award, gold winner: Hargila Army: Beautiful Scavengers, Carla Rhodes, US. Workers sorting garbage at the Boragaon landfill in Guwahati in north-east India where the greater adjutant storks live. (Photo by Carla Rhodes/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


14–17 years, gold winner and young bird photographer of the year: Black Grouse Lekking at Sunrise, Levi Fitze, Switzerland. (Photo by Levi Fitze/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)


9–13 years, gold winner: In the Woodland, Andrés L Domínguez Blanco, Spain. This Eurasian nuthatch regularly uses the trunk of a Portuguese oak as a route to go down to drink. (Photo by Andres Dominguez Blanco/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year)

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/spectacular-winning-images-of-the-bird-photographer-of-the-year-2021/

Amazing Photos of the Third Generation of the Ford Thunderbird, 1961-1963

The third generation of the Ford Thunderbird is a personal luxury car produced by Ford for the 1961 to 1963 model years. It featured new and much sleeker styling (done by Bill Boyer) than the second generation models. Sales were strong, if not quite up to record-breaking 1960, at 73,051 including 10,516 convertibles.

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A new, larger 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE-series V8 was the only engine available (in 1961). The Thunderbird was 1961’s Indianapolis 500 pace car, and featured prominently in US President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural parade, probably aided by the appointment of Ford executive Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense. It shared some styling cues with the much smaller European Ford Corsair.

It was replaced by the 4th generation Thunderbird for model year 1964. Here is a set of amazing photos of the third generation of the Ford Thunderbird (1961-1963).
























SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/amazing-photos-of-the-third-generation-of-the-ford-thunderbird-1961-1963/

The Art of Japanese Portrait Photography by Kishin Shinoyama

Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama has dedicated his practice to exploring intimacy and the human body, as well as documenting his home place of Tokyo. His sensual photographs often depict the body within the architecture of the city or conversely, the inherent sculptural qualities of the naked human form. Shinoyama was born in 1940, in Tokyo, Japan. He studied in the Department of Photography at Nippon University and was awarded the Advertising Photographer’s Association prize. After being employed at the Light Publicity advertising company, he started to work as an independent photographer in 1968.

Kishin Shinoyama’s work has long captured the changing urban landscape of Tokyo; its politics, culture, and society. His ‘shino-rama’ images of the 1980s capture the extensive commercial developments and excessive consumer lifestyles of the era by utilizing multiple cameras to produce vast panoramas.

Shinoyama’s early nudes from the sixties and seventies, often shot in black and white, framed bodies as expressive objects in the natural environment; living sculptures of flesh and bone. More recently, the pictures he terms ‘Gekisha’ stage young and amateur female models, usually naked, amongst the neon lights and concrete structures of the city. A recent nude photo shoot in a cemetery sparked controversy which the artist has not shied away from. Shinoyama documented the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan in March, 2011, adding another layer of texture to his vision of Japan.

In addition to the diverse landscapes of his country, Shinoyama is also acclaimed for his portraits of celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rie Miyazawa, and other famous personalities. In 1980 Yoko Ono asked Shinoyama to shoot the artwork for her and John Lennon’s collaborative album Double Fantasy.










































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/the-art-of-japanese-portrait-photography-by-kishin-shinoyama/

てっぺんとったど~!屋根の上に誇らしげに立つダックスフント(イギリス)

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 短い手足ながら、面長で品格のある顔立ちをしたミニチュア・ダックスフントは、フレンドリーな性格で、愛嬌を振りまいてくれるかわいい犬だ。

 地面の巣穴にいるアナグマを狩るのはお得意なのだが、高いところが得意なイメージはまったくない。ところが、そんなダックスフントが、このほど地面から遠く離れた屋根の上で目撃された。

 「てっぺんとったど~!」と言わんばかりの誇らしげなダックスフントの姿を見た男性は、思わず写真に撮ってSNSでシェア。するとたちまち注目を集めたようだ。 続きを読む

SOURCE: https://karapaia.com/archives/52305865.html

美女が並び、龍が舞う。台湾黒社会組織トップの盛大なる葬儀風景

台湾黒社会組織トップの葬儀の様子
 台湾黒社会(犯罪組織)のトップが亡くなったそうで、その葬儀映像が公開されていた。

 台湾の葬儀は一大イベントとなっており、様々な演目やパレードなどが行われる。近年は昔ほど派手に行われなくなったそうだが、巨大な黒社会組織のトップともなると、多くの参列者が訪れ、盛大に行われたようだ。 続きを読む

SOURCE: https://karapaia.com/archives/52306151.html

これは怖いもの知らずなのか、それとも勇敢な行為なのか?自分よりも強い相手にちょっかいを出す動物たち(爬虫類出演中)

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 自分より身体の大きい相手、数の多い相手にも、ときには立ち向かっていかなければならないこともある。勇気ひとつを友だちにして…。

 とはいうものの、あまりにも無謀なシチュエーションでは単なる自殺行為になっちゃうケースもあるわけなので、相手を見極める眼を持つことも大切なんじゃないかと思うんだ。

 今日は果敢にも、そんな強そうな相手に向かっていく動物たちをご紹介するよ。爬虫類・ニョロニョロさんが登場するシーンもあるので、苦手なお友だちは閲覧注意でお願いするね。 続きを読む

SOURCE: https://karapaia.com/archives/52306184.html

人間はなぜ尻尾を失ったのか?遺伝子の突然変異だった可能性

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 動物界では、尾というものは標準装備で、その存在にはもっともな理由がある。魚にとっては推進力になり、ウシにとってはハエたたき代わりになり、ワニは尾に脂肪を蓄えている。サルは尻尾でバランスをとり、物をつかんだりさえする。

 人間も、実は胎児の頃には尻尾があり、この世に生まれ落ちる頃にはそれが衰退して椎骨と融合し消えてしまう。尾てい骨として知られている尾骨が尾の名残だ。

 ではなぜ人間は尻尾を持たなくなったのだろうか?その理由がわかるかもしれない遺伝子が特定された。どうやら突然変異による可能性があるという。 続きを読む

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“Annihilation of Humanity”: The Superb Metal Bands Logo Design by Irina Voland

Do you like heavy metal as much as I do? If your answer is yes, then you’ll be impressed with these beautiful logos created by Irina Voland. Exellent lettering!

According to an artist: “My friends used to call me ‘Mods’. Prefix ‘Mod-‘ stuck to me because I like to modify, customize everything. The other bit is because the Moon is the black soul of night, i enjoy silence and stillness of the night. The Moon is near the Earth, but still far away – I can relate to that.”

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“I’ve always been looking for something special – dark, mystic, melancholic, even before I’ve got into art and subcultures. So i’ve decided to do my own thing, that connects my passion for music with drawing as my job.

I’m into graphic arts since 2004, after i quit working with PC hardware in my youth. Earlier years I used to work with german, swedish, british and american studios to get expericence and reliable name, very few of them were about dark design, most jobs were fashion and entertainment related. Though i don’t regret doing it because it gave me the experience i needed. Nowdays i prefer to have more freedom rather than being tied up with contracts. I manually draw lettering art like name tattoos, band or artist logos, personal emblems and monograms.

I want to make artworks more interesting, not like soulless “neutral style” corporate designs. I prefer more artistic, atmospheric designs. I like giving soul to my lettering art, making it speak, tell a story maybe.”

“Music is my passion, basically avantgarde and progressive Black Metal, Doom, Dark Ambient, Prog/Alternative Rock. The older i become the more genres i embrace, i catch myself listening to lots of Blues Rock and Darkjazz lately. My favourite bands are Anathema, Agrypnie, Paradise Lost, VAST, Nocte Obducta, Khold, Diary of Dreams, Behemoth, Nyktalgia, Satyricon, Desiderii Marginis, Hypnogaja, Black Lab, Anorexia Nervosa, Nortt, Antimatter, Godsmack, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch. Music and Art is my lifestyle, the blood in my veins, the air i breathe.”








































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/annihilation-of-humanity-the-superb-metal-bands-logo-design-by-irina-voland/

クモ恐怖症を克服したい?蜘蛛に慣れるための拡張現実アプリが開発される

蜘蛛恐怖症克服用の拡張現実アプリが開発される
 様々な恐怖症があるが、クモ恐怖症(アラクノフォビア)は世界的に見ても上位で、蜘蛛に異常な恐怖感を抱く人は多い。

 苦手というレベルならまだ日常生活を営めるが、クモ恐怖症を持つ人は、蜘蛛がいそうな場所、蜘蛛の巣を見ただけで落ち着かなくなる。本体を見るとそのパニックになり、周囲に近づけなくなる。

 多くの蜘蛛はダニやノミなどの害虫を食べてくれるいわば益虫だ。せめて家の中にいる小さなクモくらい冷静に対処できる程には慣れておいた方がいいだろう。

 そこで開発されたのが『Phobys』という拡張現実アプリだ。まずはヴァーチャルの蜘蛛に慣れることで、恐怖をやわらげようというのだ。 続きを読む

SOURCE: https://karapaia.com/archives/52306154.html

知ってた?樹木の年齢を知る方法は年輪以外にもある【ライフハック】

樹木の年齢を知る方法
 アメリカで見つかった推定樹齢2624年のラクショウや、樹齢4800年ともいわれるメトシェラの木など、見上げるぐらいの巨木に出くわすたびに、その木がずっと過ごしてきたであろう果てしない時間について想いを馳せてしまいがち。

 そんな気になる樹木の年を調べる方法が海外サイトで話題になっている。

 一般的には切株の年輪を数えればいいが他にも方法がある。専門的な器具がなくてもメジャーと計算でおおよその樹齢がわかるので知っておいても損はないと思うんだ。 続きを読む

SOURCE: https://karapaia.com/archives/52305666.html