The Beady Eyed Craftster is our embarrassingly intermittent round-up of shiny (mostly) art, design, craft and illus­tra­tion related links from across the internets.

This week: love, wood, maps, clay, bricks and trixels.


• First up, some stunning ink and watercolour illustration work from Levi Hastings in response to the Marriage Equality law passing in Washington State. I’m very envious of the artist’s watercolour technique. [Via Illustration Age]

• Tutorial time: I’ve done some lino printing before, but woodblock printing has always interested me – so this Craft Tuts+ step-by-step guide looks very useful.

• I love maps, especially fictional ones, so Imaginary Atlas was a real find (see what I did there?) – it’s a curated collection of maps of imaginary places, and includes maps of fictional worlds, game maps, remixed real world maps and art maps.

• Polymer clay is a versatile medium, but it can be tough to work with – so I’m in awe of Quernus Crafts wonderful little PMC sculptures – check them out. [Found via Geek Crafts]

• Also awesome are these large scale Lego builds from Mike Doyle over at Colossal. I love the lushness and organic complexity that he’s managed to build into this fantastic work: it really looks like all 200,000(!) bricks were placed with great care and attention to detail.

• And finally, I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s really worth taking a look at Made In Hexels, a blog featuring work made with the Hexels tool (see my review). If you like pixel art, well, it’s like that, but using triangles or hexagons (trixels or hexels) instead. (They are even a couple of my pieces up there).

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