Watch This Epic Time Lapse Of A Polar Bear Painting

This video documents the making of “Migration,” a painting by Dutch artist Marcel Witte. The footage shows the painting process of a life-size polar bear mother with two little cubs. The animals are floating on an air mattress in the shape of a floe.

Witte filmed the whole process during the painting of “Migration.” In less than five minutes, the clip captures a couple of month work, from the start by painting the background, till putting the initials on the canvas.

The painting was part of the annual art exhibition “Treasures of migration” Artikel27. Marcel was invited to give his vision on the quest, the doubts, the loneliness and wealth connected to migration. The exhibit ran between November 1 and 23, 2014 at Artikel27 gallery in Belgium.

Drawing has been Marcel’s passion since he was a young boy. He wanted to become a forester but ended up making a living as a landscape architect. He never stopped drawing and became a freelance illustrator besides his regular job.

Witte has been a professional artist since 2004. He made several paintings for relatives and friends. He started with mainly realistic paintings and ventured into works which do form a mixture between contemporary art and realism.

His painting process always involves using a lot of pictures which he considers to make the animals as realistic as possible. He makes the animals live throughout the painting process by studying their movement, the attitude, the look in the eyes, the structure of the fur, and the specific character. He prefers painting the animals nearly life size to intensify the viewers’ want to hug them or hold them in their hands.

The image needs to be in his head before he starts painting. He always uses a sketch to ensure that the image will be perfect and to fix the right size of the canvas. Marcel paints the animal’s eyes first to initiate the contact between him and his subject. Realism is achieved in his animal paintings by using several photographs. These images are his sources to create the perfect animal whose nose, eyes and ears are taken from the different pictures.

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These Knitted Shoes Are Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Do you want fashion-forward and environmentally-friendly footwear? Look no further. A startup company in the United States is selling footwear that is made out of recycled plastic bottles! Vogue has even said it makes “the most environmentally-friendly shoes on the planet.”

Rothy’s unofficial mantra is “getting it just right.” It aims to make shoes that are on point, but not trendy. The brand wants its shoes to be beautifully made but still wearable and practical without appearing to be “sensible.”

Similar to Adidas x Parley, Rothy’s is a shoe brand that sells knitted shoes made from recycled yarn, which is made from discarded plastic bottles. After years of research, the company boasts that its shoes have carbon-free outsoles and insoles, as well as recycled packaging.

The shoe brand has its base in San Francisco, California. Rothy’s shoes are the result of three long years of research and product development. It is the very first line of fashion footwear that uses a three-dimensional seamless knit process.

The yarn used to knit the shoe uppers is made entirely out of certified polyethylene terephthalate or PET bottles. The bottles are stripped of any caps and labels, hot washed, then processed into the filament fiber that becomes the yarn. The yarn is then treated with a wicking agent that drives moisture away from the foot.

The resulting shoe is said to be soft and breathable. In addition, it is also anti-microbial and machine-washable as well. There are about three recycled bottles in each shoe. Rothy’s machine is able to knit the shoes into a 3D shape. This shape helps minimize waste resulting from cut patterns, defects, and irregularities. The upper portion is then heat-set into shape using molds. It is then combined with the outsole and the cushioned insole to complete the shoe.

When your pair is worn out, you can even send them to a recycling center free of charge! Customers need only to download an online shipping form and send the shoes to PLUSfoam, Rothy’s recycling partner.

Rothy’s has already launched its inaugural collection and hopes to save the environment one pair at a time. Its versatile shoes have the ease of a sneaker with the polish of a dress shoe. The brand currently has two styles called “The Flat” and “The Point” which retail for $125 and $145, respectively.

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This Incredibly Talented Japanese Artist Is Ambidextrous, Meaning He Can Draw Two Portraits At The Same Time!

Most of us are right-handed and around only ten percent of the population is left-handed. Meanwhile, only around one percent of the population is naturally ambidextrous. Ambidextrous individuals are those who can use both their right and left hands equally well. Usually, ambidexterity is most apparent when we observe a person writing with both their left hand and right hand. Some ambidextrous people can even write with both hands at the same time.

Japanese artist Toru is one such ambidextrous person who can use both his right hand and left hand at the same time. The Tokyo-based artist is a very talented creative who takes his ambidexterity to another level. He can paint with both hands simultaneously. As you can see in the video, the result is two completely different but equally beautiful works of art. This particular pair only took him 30 minutes to finish.

The video shows Toru holding two Japanese bamboo brushes at the same time. He is making two distinct portraits with the use of black ink. The artist appears to specialize in “sumi-e” or “suibokuga” art. Sumi-e is more commonly known as ink wash painting or literati painting. It is an East Asian type of monochrome ink brush painting that typically uses black ink. It usually involves the same brushes and ink used in East Asian calligraphy.

The technique was first developed in China sometime during the Sung dynasty between 960 – 1274. For centuries, it was considered to be a very prestigious form of Chinese art that was only practiced by highly educated scholars or literati. It was eventually brought to Japan by Zen Buddhist monks sometime in the mid-14th century.

Toru is a very talented Japanese artist. If you want to see more of his work, check out his Instagram account: Here, you can find a whole collection of videos showcasing his ambidextrous painting skills. Some of his artworks are even as tall as him!

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