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Talented and handsome Benjamin Lacombe

Talented and handsome Benjamin Lacombe

Talented and handsome Benjamin Lacombe, French artist, illustrator, writer

Talented and handsome Benjamin Lacombe was born in Paris in 1982. French artist Benjamin Lacombe got his education in the most prestigious French public university of art and design in Paris – Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, E.N.S.A.D., which he entered in 2001. In addition to his studies, he worked as an advertising and animated movie artist. He completed his first comic series at the age of 19, along with a few illustrated books. Benjamin Lacombe’s project ‘Cherry and Olive’, creatively written and beautifully illustrated, was published in March 2006. In 2007 it was released by Walker Books (USA) and nominated one of the top 10 children’s books for the year 2007 in the U.S.A. by the prestigious weekly news magazine Time. Since then, Benjamin has written and illustrated numerous books.
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Alice Liddell from Wonderland

Alice Liddell from Wonderland age 7, photo by Lewis Carroll, 1859

Alice Liddell from Wonderland, age 7, photo by Lewis Carroll, 1859

Alice Liddell from Wonderland.
Alice Pleasance Liddell was born on May 4, 1852 in Westminster, London. The beautiful girl was the prototype of the character of Alice from “Alice in Wonderland”. “Alice in Wonderland” – one of the most famous works in the world. The relationship between Liddell and Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) has been the source of much controversy. Many biographers have supposed that Dodgson was romantically or sexually attached to the child, though there has never been any direct proof for this and more benign accounts assume merely a platonic fondness.
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Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art

Ancient book covers as Russian jewelry art. In the early days the book was a valuable gift. Such books were incredibly expensive, each edition was limited, the book cover was a real piece of jewelry art. They were mostly religious books, owned by noble and wealthy people. The book covers were made of leather, silk, wood, porcelain, decorated with silver, gold, enamel, precious stones – rubies, emeralds, sapphires. Each cover was different, unique, published only in several or even one copy. It made an indelible impression of wealth and greatness of the owner.
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Miniature books by Guinness Record artist Anatoly Konenko

Miniature books by Guinness Record artist Anatoly Konenko

Miniature books by Guinness Record artist Anatoly Konenko

Miniature books by Guinness Record artist Anatoly Konenko
The miniature book of poems Sonnets by William Shakespeare, artist Anatoly Konenko. Russian micro miniature painter Anatoly Ivanovich Konenko is from the Siberian city of Omsk, was born on 23 February 1954, in Orsk, Orenburg Region. In 1996 he got into Guinness Book of World Records for creating the worlds smallest book, an edition of Chameleon by Anton Chekhov. Konenko began his career in 1981, becoming the first micro miniature artist in Siberia. Since 2007 he has been creating amazing art works together with his son Stanislav. Anatoly Konenko is a member of Union of Designers of Russia, Union of Russian Artists. In 2005 he was nominated for the State Prize in the field of art. His personal permanent exhibition of unique miniatures was opened in Omsk in 2007. The talented Russian artist is World Records Academy recognized since 22.09.2011, and from 2012, he is an expert of Record Book. Among the works of Anatoly Konenko are most famous savvy flea, grasshopper, playing the violin, a caravan of camels in the needle’s eye, and more than 200 miniature books.
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Paper drama by David A Reeves

Paper drama by David A Reeves

Paper drama by David A Reeves. A miniature home theater paper-cut silhouettes created by American artist David A Reeves

Paper drama by David A Reeves
28-year-old Rhode Island native photographer and artist David Reeves has loved comic books, movies about cowboys, ninjas, zombie hunters since childhood. He even dreamed of becoming a filmmaker. But despite the fact that his life had turned out differently, indicating a completely different career, the young man was able to realize his childhood dream, having created his favorite paper characters. Such a miniature home theater looks very realistic. One gets the impression that the paper-cut silhouettes are real, live, and because the action takes place at sunset, we only see the stage drama. Judging by his works, David A Reeves is talented in everything he does – paper-cut, screen writing, photographing, and film making.
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Scary Illustrations by Boris Zabirokhin

Fair-bird. Scary Illustrations by Boris Zabirokhin

Fair-bird from the book ‘Russian folk tales’. Scary Illustrations by Boris Zabirokhin

Scary Illustrations by Boris Zabirokhin.

A series of scary black and white illustrations decorates the book “Russian folk tales” by Afanasiev, published by the publishing house “Vita Nova” in 2008. The author shares his feelings about working on the book: “the heroes of fairy tales will come to you, will show and you will see it is wrong … It is a process associated with alchemy, and witchcraft”. Russian artist Boris Zabirokhin graduated from St. Petersburg Art College, and since 1968 has started his exhibition activity. Since 1975, Boris Zabirokhin has illustrated more than 30 books. He is a member of the International exhibitions in Belgium, Holland, France, UK, USA, and Japan. His artworks are in public collections of the St. Petersburg State Russian Museum, Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery, The Gallery of Prague, and Victoria and Albert Museum of London.
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10 most expensive stamps

10 most expensive stamps

10 most expensive stamps

10 most expensive stamps
Prices for rare stamps are steadily increasing, some of them reach several million dollars. Stamp collecting is one of the most exciting hobbies. Enthusiastic people meet regularly to discuss the latest findings, make exchanges and seek ways to enlarge their collection. This occupation may seem simple and useless, but it really can be a significant investment into the future, as the price for rare stamps is rising every year.
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