The Colorful Art of Paper Sculpture

The Colorful Art of Paper Sculpture


Each of the four artists featured today use paper in the most colorful ways. The meticulous nature and repetition necessary to work with paper, and create such detailed pieces, is a tribute to all the all the artists character and focus. From dissecting books and completely transforming them into something unexpected and new, to exploding (figuratively) the individual colors of a stack of construction paper, each artist gives us a new perspective on paper and color.

Ferry Staverman

 

Ferry Starvermen has created a colorful garden of sculptures crafted from recycled cardboard and string. Each sculpture is made with variations of the same color giving the piece a magnificent presence and depth, even more so with multiple sculptures displayed together.

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Colorful Sails

Colorful Sails


Sailboats have been a source of inspiration since the first ones set sail to the ends of the earth. While the days of exploration and shipping by sailing vessel are largely over; although, with our current global warming crisis container ships are looking to the wind to help ease the environmental burden of our shipping needs, sailing is still much loved across the world.

Here is a look at some colorful sail palettes, and an overview of some of the different types of sails from Wikipedia.

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Photo by limonada and Drome

Sloop

98px-sail_plan_sloopsvg.png    A Bermuda or gaff mainsail lifted by a single mast with a single jib bent onto the forestay, held taut with a backstay. The mainsail is usually managed with a spar on the underside called a "boom." One of the best-performing rigs per square foot of sail area and is fast for up-wind passages. In modern times by far the most popular for recreational boating because of its potential for high performance. On small boats, it can be a simple rig. On larger sloops, the large sails have high loads, and one must manage them with winches or multiple purchase block-and-tackles.

 

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Cutter

121px-sail_plan_cuttersvg.png    Like a sloop with two jibs (a staysail and a yankee) in the foretriangle. Better than a sloop for light winds, it's also easier to manage. It has slightly less up-wind ability than a sloop because it has more windage.

 

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Color Lovin’ Your Sneakers: Custom Kicks

Color Lovin’ Your Sneakers: Custom Kicks


As any cool kid will tell you, the most important palette you can wear is on your sneakers. Luckily, most of the shoe industry is right on track with the newly developing long-tail, Limited Edition, Artist Series, Custom Designed and DIY markets, which includes any color lover who has the perfect palette to show off on the streets.

Custom Sneakers

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Most of the major brands have jumped on the DIY sneaker design track, but not all the sites are the same. While I didn't go through every shoe site, here are a few that even if you are not about to buy a new pair of shoes, will at least keep you busy and distracted as you go through all the colorway options available.

Converse

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  • Shoes: 12 styles
  • Materials: Canvas, Suede, Leather
  • Colors: 30 colors and patterns
  • Delivery Time: 2 to 4 weeks
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Surpising Building Color Palettes

Surpising Building Color Palettes


The feel of a city is greatly impacted by its architecture and layout, and most neighborhoods in any given city will tend to be similar, including the color palettes. However, sometimes you can get caught off-guard if you come across an unusually shaped or colored building, and it can completely change the visual dynamic of the city. Here are a few surprising color palettes found in cities across the world that would definitely grab anyone's attention.

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Back to Emeryville

This set of condos in Emeryville, California is already laid out as a perfect color palette.
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Photo by Georgios Karamanis
Sweden

Adding some fun colors to the city in Uppsala, Sweden.

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Summer Swimwear Color Palettes

Summer Swimwear Color Palettes


There is no better time to show off color than during the summer, and many designers are doing just that. Taking the cue of the summer season, designers are creating some very inspiring color palettes for us to enjoy. Here are a few of the more dramatic and bold color palettes that, if worn, will expose any true color lover.

Womans

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Insight

Insight's personality encompasses a lifestyle that surrounds everything surf, skate, art, music, fashion and popular culture. They just want to design clothing that they themselves would want to wear. It isn't high science, however they do have good ideas and good ideas can be priceless and that is one (of the many) secrets behind the labels success.

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Insight

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Shoshanna

Classic, fun, feminine, and sexy are what Shoshanna is all about in creating her signature swimwear and apparel. So no matter what season it may be, dive into something new.

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Classic Colors: Surrealism

Classic Colors: Surrealism


Beginning in Paris in the 1920's, and quickly spreading influence across the globe, the surrealist movement was filled with unexpected thought and beauty. One of the best aspects of the movement was the ability of the work to catch the viewer off guard, warping common perception, and the use of some very unexpected color palettes.

Giorgio de Chirico: Love Song

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An early example of the surrealist style, though it was painted ten years before the movement was “founded” by André Breton in 1924.

It depicts an outdoor architectural setting similar to other works by de Chirico at this time. This time however, the main focus is a small wall on which is mounted a Greek sculpted head and a surgeons glove. Below it is a green ball. On the horizon is the outline of a locomotive, an image that recurs several times during this period of de Chirico’s career.

 

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Giorgio de Chirico: The disquieting Muses

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De Chirico is best known for the paintings he produced between 1909 and 1919, his metaphysical period, which are memorable for the haunted, brooding moods evoked by their images. At the start of this period, his subjects were still cityscapes inspired by the bright daylight of Mediterranean cities, but gradually he turned his attention to studies of cluttered storerooms, sometimes inhabited by mannequin-like hybrid figures. Later in his life De Chirico abandoned the metaphysical style and started painting more realistically.

 

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Color Tools (Other Than COLOURlovers’)

Color Tools (Other Than COLOURlovers’)


Many of you here in the community are quite familiar with the color tools available on COLOURlovers (if you're new to the site a good place to start is the FAQ), but what about other helpful color tools that might exist somewhere on the internet. Well, here are two such tools: 'Name That Color' and 'Color Name & Hue', that I came across recently; one for color vocabulary and identification, the other, a helpful tool for those who are colorblind.

'Name That Color'

'Name That Color' is a helpful little site created by a dude with other dudes in mind, but it most certainly will also help those of the female variety.

For those of us who can't exactly remember, or who never knew, what color Danube is, and others who just want to expand their color vocabulary, so instead of red you can use Monza, even though it is totally just Red, might want to check it out.

Simply create a color manually or enter the Hex code to reveal what you mistakenly took for Mojo, when it was, in fact, Mule Fawn.

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The database was created from names found on Wikipedia, Crayola, and the Resene Color-Name Dictionary. It's probably good that he didn't try to use the COLOURlovers library of color names. Besides what an interminable task it would be, he would probably have more than a few colors with the same name, but that are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum, or, all the colors would be named 'love.' And while I personally prefer to make up color names on-the-fly, like the Suddlepup shirt I'm currently wearing, it might be nice to be able to narrow it down to around Burnt Sienna if, god forbid, you had to discus color with your designer or decorator over the phone.

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Colors From The Community: Red

Colors From The Community: Red


We thought it was time to check in on our most loved Palettes, Colors and Patterns making their way around the community at the moment.

With 108,705 members who have created 1,196,974 Colors, 431,454 Palettes and 133,971 Patterns, we needed a way to divide up all the colors into a manageable post, as to avoid creating an overwhelming color explosion that might lead to the mind collapse of some poor blog reader. So, we are doing it by color, of course. Here are 50 of the top Palettes, Colors and Patterns from the community, starting with RED.

Red Palettes

You Had Me At Hello Love Like a Man No Panic! with a barge pole? Bright idea playing with fire lovelorn bright yayyyy 4 'u ! 1000 births Stagnant Summer beloved again beloved again

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Color Inspiration: Tattoos

Color Inspiration: Tattoos


Tattoo artists face a unique set of challenges when it comes to color. A canvas such as skin, each with its own unique tone, will seemingly change the appearance of every color used. For the tattoo artist, taking into consideration and working with the natural tones of each individuals skin creates a unique challenge. However, it doesn't deter them from creating inspiring color palettes that are even more stunning when complimented by the clients natural tones.

Header image by Adventure Addict

Here is a selection of tattoos, accompanied by a few words by each artist, from the top four artists' galleries (based on a secret algorithm) from tattooartists.org.

Alli MacGregor

I tattoo out of Inspired by Ink in Columbus, Ohio. I like to do neo traditional, big bold color work as well as color realism.

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This is a large tattoo on the ribs of a girl from Kansas City. We went with swallows and small flowers to keep the image simple and feminine.

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I had a lot of fun with this piece. I tattoo a lot of owls and this piece was a bit different for me.

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Alli MacGregor
Miyazaki
I started this sleeve at the Dayton Gem City Heart Attack convention. The images depicted are from the movie Princess Mononoke. As you can see we have a lot more to go. I had a lot of fun with this. I am thrilled to be doing this piece because Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most amazing animation directors in the world and his movies display so much beauty.

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Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters

Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters


Started in 1934 by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, DC Comics, then known as National Allied Publications has created some of the most colorful characters in Comics. The abbreviation "DC" came from their first popular illustrated series Detective Comics which introduced the darkly colored character Batman. Since then, DC Comics has become one of the largest publishers of English language comic books. Here are a few of their classic characters who have frequented the shelves of comic book stores throughout the years.

Classic DC Comic Characters

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Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a fictional comic book superhero co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger (although only Kane receives official credit) and published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy industrialist, playboy, and philanthropist. Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads him to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any superpowers; he makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime.

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One of DCs "big three," Wonder Woman is the Emissary to Man's World, Champion of Themyscira, and possesses the Speed of Hermes, The Wisdom of Athena, Stronger than Heracles and as lovely as Aphrodite. Charles William Moulton Marston had created Wonder Woman during World War II as he saw that the DC Universe was dominated by male characters such as Superman and Batman and then came patriotic heroes such as Captain America who were to defeat the Axis. He wanted a superheroine, to create a strong and leading female character to even the odds. He thought up a new hero who would fight injustice not with brute strength or violence, but with love.

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Superman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero widely considered to be one of the most famous and popular of such characters and an American cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster in 1932, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games. With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.

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