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The Prince of Wales Has Made Millions Selling His Art

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Prince Charles was once called the "hardest-working member of the Royal family," but the heir to the British throne does find time to engage in a few leisurely hobbies. Despite being considered only an amateur, the Prince of Wales has made about $7.75 million selling prints of his watercolor paintings at his country estate and at art galleries in England, according to Artnet.

The royal figure has a long history with the arts. He began painting in the '70s and '80s when he was a student at Gordonstoun, a school in Scotland. He would go on to discuss art with artists like Edward Seago and Bryan Organ, and later to co-found The Prince's Drawing School.

Today, his individual prints sell for up to $21,668 with the stipulation that all of the proceeds go to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation. However, the self-described "enthusiastic amateur" never sells the original works. More than 100 of his paintings, many of which depict landscapes from his travels and from the family's estates, can be found in an online gallery on Prince Charles's official website.

"The Prince likes to paint whenever his schedule allows—whether on private holidays, or during a spare moment on an overseas tour—and finds it a most absorbing occupation," according to the website.

[h/t Artnet News]

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

A book is open to reveal a spiralgraph inside.
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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

The cover of This Book Is a Planetarium
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Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo
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Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a feeding praying mantis, he sees inspiration for his next creation.

Saitoh’s sculptures, spotted over at Colossal, are crafted by hand from bamboo. He uses the natural material to make some incredibly lifelike pieces. In one example, three wasps perch on a piece of honeycomb. In another, two mating dragonflies create a heart shape with their abdomens.

The figures he creates aren’t meant to be exact replicas of real insects. Rather, Saitoh starts his process with a list of dimensions and allows room for creativity when fine-tuning the appearances. The sense of movement and level of detail he puts into each sculpture is what makes them look so convincing.

You can browse the artist’s work on his website or follow him on social media for more stunning samples from his portfolio.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy of Noriyuki Saitoh.

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