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How to Create Awesome Light Paintings

Light paintings—images that look like regular photographs decorated with squiggles or shapes of bright light—are a very cool effect. Now, with this video from At-Bristol Science Centre, you can make your own.

As The Kid Should See This points out, light painting has been around for a very long time. Its roots were surprisingly practical and had nothing to do with art. Created by two physiologists in 1889, the first light painting was intended to chart the trajectory of a man in motion. Twenty-five years later, a team of industrial filmmakers used light to study the movements of factory workers, looking for ways to increase their efficiency.

Another two decades would go by before light painting found its way into the art world. Photographer Man Ray scribbled in light all over his self-portrait in 1935. By 1949, Picasso was drawing playful pictures in the air.

Today, light paintings created with sparklers and glowsticks are a favorite tool of wedding photographers and Instagram addicts, and for good reason—they're really fun. Check out the video, grab your camera, and jump aboard the sparkle train.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

Header image courtesy of At-Bristol Science Centre.

 

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

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