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One Irish artist has pushed the colouring pencils aside and has instead looked to his kitchen cupboard in search of a more unconventional material.

Mike Gibson, who was crowned ‘Creative of the Year’ at last year's SHEmazing HP Awards, has discovered the second-best use for Nutella, (the first being spooning it into our mouths) and is creating celebrity portraits made entirely from the tasty treat.

Over the past few years, the Laois native has built an impressive online following thanks to his hyper-realistic celebrity portraits and general creative flair.

 

I may have painted @dualipa in NUTELLA 

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The now 23-year-old showed an interest in drawing from an early age, and thanks to encouragement from his parents and teachers, he was able to build up an incredible skill-set during his teenage years.

Mike began uploading his work to Facebook five years ago and the images quickly gained a lot of interest online.

Since then, his drawings have been shared by thousands of fans across the world, and the young artists Instagram page, mikegibsonartwork, now boasts over 60,000 followers.

 

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His work has been praised by a number of high-profile celebs including Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor and Jessy J.

However, it's Mike's latest creative endeavour that really has people talking.

Adele, Conor McGregor, James Kavanagh and Taylor Swift are just some of the celebrities to have undergone a Nutella make-over – and while we never thought we'd say this, these Nutella portraits actually do look too good to eat.

 

Sorry the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now,why? Cause she’s SPREAD

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Hello from the other Slice? Painted Adele using just Nutella

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One thing’s for sure, there’s a bright future ahead for this talented young artist, and we can't wait to see what he does next.

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Meet Carrah Aldridge – a 22-year-old artist who creates the most intricately decorated Starbucks cups we've ever laid our eyes on.

The Ohio native has racked up over 80,000 followers on Instagram thanks to her creative deigns and life-like drawings.

And while pretty much every post on Carrah's page left us lost for words, it was the gorgeous coffee cups that really stole the show. 

Each creation features a unique combination of colours, shapes and patterns, all effortlessly drawn directly onto the cup using colouring pencils.

That's right, no fancy equipment, no photo-editing – just cups, colouring pencils and raw talent.

Here's a few of our favourites:

 

My starbucks cup designs Finished, Unfinished, Big, Small. Part 2/2 #starbucks #starbuckscoffee #starbuckscupart @starbucks

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My starbucks cup designs Finished, Unfinished, Big, Small. Part 1/2 #starbucks #starbuckscoffee #starbuckscupart @starbucks

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We wonder what it's like to be so damn talented? 

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While some researchers believe that Instagram is a vortex of low self-esteem, other's are using it for body positivity.

A 21-year-old artist named Cinta Tort Cartró is the latest to make waves on the social media site, as she is turning period problems into works of art.

As well as that, she uses her account, @zinteta, to show case body 'flaws' in a different and beautiful way.

We absolutely adore her vivid and imaginative images, so we picked out a few of our favourites:

 

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Áine Marry is about to graduate from the degree in Painting and Visual Culture from NCAD, and her final exhibition showcases a struggle that many of us are familiar with, but have never been able to externalise.

Áine uses her artistic talents to personify the experience of having mental health issues, most prominently, depression and anxiety. 

Her exhibition pieces at first glance seem to be bright, cheerful depictions of a yellow-haired cartoon version of Aine, but on closer inspection, the work explores the inner dialogue between the person and the disorder. 

 

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Like all the best ideas, the inspiration to begin creating these characters came naturally, from Áine's own experiences with metal health issues, which she feels began around the age of 10 with anxiety.  

'They started off as drawings. I had a notebook and it was just a Saturday one day where I hadn't showered and I just literally drew this avatar in a t-shirt and shorts saying 'oh I should probably shower' and I drew another one of this little person in a bed and all of these thoughts about anxiety,' she recalled.

'Once I started posting them to my personal Instagram, people liked it.'

She then brought her paintings in to her tutor at NCAD, who saw the massive potential for development in Áine's concept.

 

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'Then the characters of depression and anxiety, I created them and they started to have a lot more too them, I could put them in different scenarios, like the Tinder profile, I wanted to put them into modern day situations because we live in tis modern social media age.' 

Áine's characters live in the digital age, as does her actual art, with an Instagram dedicated to her project which has over 1567 followers to date who follow her process.

Seeing the lives of others through a digitally altered snapshot has become the norm, and while Áine's art Instagram helps others by sharing her relatable work, she feels that the online world can contribute negatively to those who are struggling. 

'Before I had my art one [Instagram], I had my personal one, and sometimes you put something up when you don't feel that great, and you feel like you need this response of likes to make you feel better about yourself, like you're worth something, so it can be definitely dangerous.'

 

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'But, it can be helpful,' she said, referencing the more personal pieces of art she has uploaded on her page that she has been wary about sharing.

'They are the ones I get the most response from. I get messages saying 'thank you so much' and it's so worth it then.' 

Despite the improving societal attitude sto mental health, Áine still feels there is a way to go when it comes to removing shame from the label

'I still feel stigmatised and I would still squirm while talking about it with maybe family and friends.'

'It hasn't been talked about in so long, and now the conversation has finally been opened and it's stigmatised to a certain extent.'

 

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As a society, the English language has adopted and borrowed terms such as 'depressed,' acting 'bipolar' and 'panic attack ' from the mental health conversation. 

This casual use of the terminology, while harmless for the most part, can contribute to the dismissive nature held by some over the struggle of those with the actual disorders.

You know like when you say a word so many times it loses all meaning? It's called semantic satiation and it's a thing, I promise.

'There are people who can't get out of bed for three weeks because they genuinely can't live, where as you have people who are just tired and they're like 'I'm depressed, and that's not to take a way from anyone like you're not allowed to feel that way, but there is definitely people taking advantage of it,' she said, drawing on examples of celebrities using the terms to seem more relatable. 

 

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If the term 'I'm depressed' now stands for 'I'm sad,' then how does one with an actual mental health problem describe their symptoms to the wider world without feeling it has been minimised?

Áine's own struggles began when she was a child, but got worse when she transitioned into college life, leading to her seeking help. 

'As a young girl it's really easy to start hating yourself visually, I just feel like that's the day and age we live in it's very easy, something can just click in your head where you're like 'I don't look okay,'' she said, reflecting on her relationship with her mental health in her childhood.  

'I let myself get really really bad in college, I didn't know if I wanted to be here,' she said. 

'You have the core problem but then you have all these other issues that stem from it, so it's been an ongoing thing, but recognising it in college, opening up and talking about it, and being like 'it is what it is' has really helped.' 

 Áine's exhibition, along with her fellow graduate's work, will be on display on NCAD's campus this weekend. 

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Avocados now make up 90 per cent of a millenial's diet.

We joke. But really, they're everywhere now, and some people are even making lattes out of them.

And just when we thought the obsession with avocados was over, we find this avocado art.

It's seriously impressive.

Australian-based carving artist, Danielle Barresi, has recently become Insta-famous due to her avo-art, and honestly, we can't get enough of it.

Many other artists have now followed in Danielle's footsteps, and it's pretty impressive work:

 

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Pretty cool, indeed.

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From food, to fitness and fashion, there's a lot of things on Instagram to become obsessed with.

However, our latest favourite has nothing to do with any of the above; instead, it's an account dedicated to 2D art.

With a twist…

 

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Illustrator Visoth Kakvei has blown us away with his drawings, which look 3D to the naked eye.

He told Cosmo: "At first, I started Instagram just to share personal stuff and pictures. And then I found it's pretty cool if I [share] my drawings."

And if you want to follow in Visoth's footsteps, he said: "It depends on how talented, passionate, and patient you are."

 

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So in other words, you really need to put the work in to see the results.

We just think his talent is out of this world.

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It's the weekend, and sometimes all we want to do on a Saturday night is lie back and look at some pretty pictures on Instagram. 

We are here for you, and totally support your desire to switch off for a bit.

When we recently stumbled upon the mind-blowing coffee art of South Korean barista, Kangbin Lee, we found ourselves stalking his Instagram for hours. 

Kangbin recreates iconic paintings of the masters, our favourite scenes from Disney classics, and cartoons – and they are literally almost too cute to drink.

Occasionally, the barista even throws in some standard heart-shaped latte art – but that is not what we're here for. 

Kangbin uses edible inks and a dotting tool to manipulate the foam and colours, and it is honestly one of the most impressive things on the Internet.

He has (rightly) accumulated quite a following on social media, with over 74,000 followers on Instagram. 

Coffee and pretty pictures – what's not to love? 

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Life has got to be pretty good for Cristiano Ronaldo. 

He's worth too many millions to count, has an esteemed sporting career, and he just got an airport named after him. Isn't is well for some?

However, it seems that not everything is blessed in Ronaldo's life, if the awkward photos of him standing beside an honorary piece of art are anything to go by. 

The footballer was commemorated with a bronze bust of himself in his namesake airport, but the bust left a lot to be desired in the realism department.

The bust really doesn't resemble the dashingly handsome Portuguese player, and Twitter has been completely taking the p*** out of it. 

The bust has been likened to everything from Sloth from The Goonies to an actual sloth.

Some have also claimed that it more fittingly resembles former Irish footballer Niall Quinn or the stone bust puppet from childhood TV show Art Attack.

The internet is in a complete photoshop frenzy, as people attempt to manipulate Ronaldo's face to match the bust. 

Ronaldo has yet to comment on the online reaction to the bust, and the hashtag #RonaldoBust is still going strong.

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Ash Soto is a Florida-based artist who uses her own body as a canvas. 

The reason for her artistic endeavours? The fact that she has vitiligo, for which she was plagued by bullies her entire life.

Now Ash is reclaiming her body for herself by displaying it in an array of creative ways, all glorifying her vitiligo. And she looks amazing doing it. 

 

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The body-positive Floridian is working on loving her speckled skin, and her 92,500 followers love it too. 

"They say your body is a canvas, I'm just painted differently," she captioned a post about her skin on Insta. 

"Finally at a point in my life where I can say I love the skin I'm in. It's a learning experience each day but I'm getting there."

 

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Outlining her vitiligo patches is Ash's speciality. 

By doing so, the body-positivity activist creates an effect that resembles a world map. 

 

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"When my vitiligo first started spreading and that's when the jokes started which caused me to never wear shorts or short sleeves again," she captioned another shot, showing her skin before and after her vitilligo spread.

"I've been called cow, I even was once told I had Michael Jackson syndrome."

"How can an innocent girl trying to find herself take that?"

 

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We applaud Ash for standing up against those who previously made fun of her and for encouraging people to embrace them selves and the skin they're in.  

That's definitely a body positive message we can get behind.

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Noticed some shadowy figures lurking around Dublin over the weekend?

The shadows are part of a street art installation by artist Will St Leger, which finished up in the country's capitol on Saturday. 

The shadowy silhouettes and their suitcases are being erected to represent the thousands of women who are forced to travel abroad every year to seek abortions outside of Ireland. 

"Life-size silhouettes representing women will be placed in various locations across the country to visually symbolise the fact that, on average 10 women and girls are forced to leave Ireland every day to access abortion services aboard,' said the artist of the project. 

The project is supported by the Repeal project, the Abortion Rights campaign and Amnesty International. 

"Every year, at least 4,000 women are forced to travel outside of Ireland to access abortion services," said the artist, in a post on his professional blog.

"This refers to the number of women who give Irish addresses. The real figure, which doesn’t account for women travelling to other countries or purchasing abortion pills online, could be much higher."

The silhouettes were placed on Rosie Hackett Bridge at the weekend after visiting Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Meath over the past week. 

"This project will build on the progress made by Abortion Rights Campaign regional groups and other local and community groups. It will continue expanding the dialogue on the urgent need for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment,” said Tarry Gleason, an Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson. 

Even Aungier Danger supported the cause, creating a doughnut "for the women of Ireland."

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One student has decided to highlight the offensive and sexist comments that have been made in the past by President elect Donald J Trump. 

Aria Watson was two weeks too young to vote in this year's election, but still wanted to do something to draw attention to remarks made by the POTUS that she perceived as sexist or controversial.

“I never really cared for or understood politics, but this year was different,” she told the Huffington Post. 

The teen created a series of images called #Signed By Trump  in which she wrote quotes from Trump on women's bodies.

The haunting images have since gone viral across social media after Aria posted them to Tumblr at the weekend.

She originally posted the pictures, which feature mild nudity, on Instagram and Facebook, but both sites had them removed.

“As a feminist, when I saw that Donald Trump actually won, my heart shattered,” she said.  

"We can’t have a leader who says such horrible things about women. I’m scared that the way he speaks about women ― this sexism and misogyny ― will end up becoming a social norm,” she told the Huffington Post.

The photo series was created for Aria's final year photography project at her community college in Oregon.

"Don't let people silence you," encouraged the art student, who received plenty of backlash from friend and family for creating the project.  

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Artist Alania Bastain has created a series of drawing called Humanized, which re-imagines Disney animals as humans.

Artist Alaina Bastian, in her series Humanized, has been reimagining animals from classic Disney movies as humans, complete with their own unique personalities.

 

Alania has transformed beloved animated animals into cartoon humans, and the results are amazing.

Her favourite piece is Duchess and Thomas O'Malley from The Aristocats, she said.

 

The artist spoke to Buzzfeed, where she explained the inspiration behind the amazing series of images.

 

“I’ve also pulled a lot of inspiration – specifically for The Lion King and The Jungle Book – from the musical and live performances,” she said.

She told Buzfeed that her favourite piece is Duchess and Thomas O’Malley from The Aristocats... (same, though!)

Bastian told BuzzFeed that she plans on continuing the project, and is already working on sketches of Louis from The Princess and the Frog, as well as Mickey Mouse and Bambi.

 

With regards to her approach to the drawings, she said that she “decided to draw them in the styles of their movies, and keep consistent shape language and features, to interpret the character in a more thorough and believable way”.

 

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