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Font-Face: Design a Typeface with Your Mug

If you've ever used a font editing program to create a font, you know that one generally shapes the various forms by arranging points on a screen with a mouse. But what if those points were controlled by something other than fine motor skills? Andy Clymer of high profile type foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones was interested in exploring alternative methods for how a typeface is developed; hence, "font-face" was born. Font-face employs facial recognition to control the design parameters of a font....

News: Get Your Portrait Drawn in 1 Minute or Less

Melbourne-based graphic designer Benjamin Hammond just launched a site called One Minute Portraits, where the artist draws quick portraits in less than a minute. It works like this: email a photo of yourself, Hammond creates the portrait, and you can choose to buy the original if you like it. (OR pick up a few drawing lessons and do-it-yourself.)

News: Get High Without Taking Drugs

I recently went to see a friend's group show at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s (it's a great show- if there are any Texans reading right now, don't miss it. It's up until August). A couple of mind bending op art paintings by Susie Rosmarin really stood out.

News: Meticulously Hand Drawn Photorealistic Hair-Art

Amazing series of charcoal/graphite drawings and oil paintings by Hong Chun Zhang. "Twin Spirits are large charcoal hair drawings, self-portraits of my twin sister and me. I use long hair to exaggerate our major characteristic and as a metaphor to reveal something that is beyond the hair. These drawings are presented as scroll paintings in order to accentuate the length of the piece and the flow of long hair..."

News: Draw With Fire

Tobias Kipp and Timo Pitkämö have taken the art of pyrography into the streets. The two German artists practice street portraiture with an unusual twist. Swapping a pencil or paintbrush for a sparkler, they draw portraits with fire in the amount of time it takes the sparkler to burn (84 seconds).

News: Pyro-Spirograph-Drawings

Rosemarie Fiore is badass. She makes art with pyrotechnics, amusement park rides, Atari, guns, and pinball machines. Though all of her work is cool, I have to say my favorite piece is Fiore's larger than life spirograph, made from an amusement park ride, entitled "Good Time Mix Machine".

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