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A Roundup of Sharknado Tribute Art

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The SyFy original movie Sharknado is so ridiculously over-the-top that it became an overnight sensation. Its unbelievable premise is so spectacular that the film will be shown in theaters this Friday at midnight -even after being shown on TV multiple times. Meanwhile, as we prepare for the annual Shark Week orgy on the Discovery Channel, the Sharknado meme still bubbles on the internet. Let's explore some of the art inspired by the preposterous Sharknado.

Sharknado Cake

Charm City Cakes has unveiled their latest masterpiece: the Sharknado cake! It's a miracle of both engineering and confectionary delight. What kind of party would one order a Sharknado cake for? It doesn't matter -I want to be invited!

Sculpture

Jody Travous Nee makes whimsical small sculptures, and had to make one of a scene from Sharknado, complete with chainsaw. Unfortunately, there was only one, and it was snapped up quickly.

Comic Con Costumes

Grant Imahara spotted this elaborate Sharknado headdress at Comic Con in San Diego last week. He called it "The best costume I've seen today." See more pictures of the wearer, who added more sharks as the weekend progressed, at Business Insider

It wasn't the only Sharknado costume at Comic Con. This one relied on movement to make its intended reference clear.

T-shirts

Many artists are making their Sharknado tributes available on t-shirts. Shelby, who is a fan of Shark Week, created this t-shirt design and sells them through the Etsy store I'm Shark Weak. You can select a light or dark tornado with contrasting sharks to go with your choice of t-shirt color.

LEGO Snarknado

LEGO Sharknado! It sounds almost poetic, doesn't it? LEGO artist Iain Heath, known as Ochre Jelly, couldn't resist turning the SyFy monster/disaster movie into a LEGO work.

Amazingly, this model actually stands up on its own (although its a bit wobbly, being very top-heavy). If I have the time I may add more sharks, improve the lettering, and strengthen it up enough to display at BrickCon.

Here's another Sharknado LEGO creation, from Digital Wizards

Nail Art

You can buy these Snarknado nail art decals from Etsy seller NailSpin. Wear them all through Shark Week!

Art Prints

The SyFy network collaborated with Gallery 1988 to create and sell three art prints centered around Sharknado at Comic Con. The print above is by Glen Brogan

This pinup style print, a riff on the Coppertone Girl, is by Anthony Petrie, as is the chainsaw scene below.

The theatrical showing of Sharknado this Friday may be an attempt to inspire a cult following, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show or The Room, but that kind of phenomenon really can't be engineered. At any rate, it could be a great way to put yourself in the proper mood for Shark Week!

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
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Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
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Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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