Annual Straw Art Festival in Niigata City, Japan

Since 2008, students at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo have traveled to Kamizeki Lagoon Park in Niigata City, Japan to erect huge sculptures made from straw.

Every year the students build large wooden frames which serve as the base for the woven straw artworks you see below.

Without a doubt, they are pretty amazing.

Cool Illustrations of Random People

Can you imagine yourself as a comic book character?

Artist Julio Cesar (a.k.a M209) can transform anyone into fun digital art paintings. He is a freelance illustrator based in Fortaleza, Brazil who gets photos from random strangers via email and makes their cartoon version.

Taking inspiration from 80′s/90′s cartoons, he paints digital portraits in vibrant colors and they look unbelievably real in the end. He says “My inspirations came from movies, musics and other illustrators. I have a lot of inspiration from Rayner Alencar, who is another illustrator and also a friend of mine, who always helps me with tips and new techniques on Photoshop.”

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