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Found a great post at designyoutrust.com! A perspective sculpture of the Simpsons family!

Look at more of his scupltures at http://www.geekiz.com/perspective-sculptures-by-james-hopkins !

I just stumbled over a cookingbook at modcloth.com thta was called “whoopie pie”. I have never heard of it so I started googleing.. They are a baked good made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, sometimes pumpkin cake, with a sweet, creamy frosting sandwiched between them. I thought “YUM!” right away! They look like hamburgers, but in a dessert version! Here are some pictures of those good looking delights.

I found a recipe that I will try this weekend. I just have to give the pies to other people so I dont eat them all 😛

RECIPE

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
Whoopie Pie Filling (see recipe below)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
2) In a large bowl, cream together shortening, sugar, and egg. In another bowl, combine cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3) In a small bowl, stir the vanilla extract into the milk. Add the dry ingredients to the shortening mixture, alternating with the milk mixture; beating until smooth.
4) Drop batter by the 1/4 cup (to make 18 cakes) onto prepared baking sheets. With the back of a spoon spread batter into 4-inch circles, leaving approximately 2 inches between each cake. Bake 15 minutes or until they are firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
5) Make Whoopie Pie Filling. When the cakes are completely cool, spread the flat side (bottom) of one chocolate cake with a generous amount of filling. Top with another cake, pressing down gently to distribute the filling evenly. Repeat with all cookies to make 9 pies. Wrap whoopie pies individually in plastic wrap, or place them in a single layer on a platter (do not stack them, as they tend to stick).

To freeze, wrap each whoopie pie in plastic wrap. Loosely pack them in a plastic freezer container and cover. To serve, defrost the wrapped whoopie pies in the refrigerator.

Makes 9 large whoopie pies.

Whoopie Pie Filling:
1 cup solid vegetable shortening*
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups Marshmallow Fluff**
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

*Butter may be substituted for all or part of the vegetable shortening, although traditional Whoopie Pies are made with vegetable shortening only
** Marshmallow Creme may be substituted.

Cinderella by one of my favorite artist; Loish.

http://loish.net/

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I’ve been following Marta Dahlig for 3 years now and I think her artwork is amazing! Her beautiful, curvy and realistic women are truely a great inspiration when I sit down and draw women. Hope (and wish and pray and BEG) to be half as good as her 😉 Dive into pure beauty, look at her deviant page at http://blackeri.deviantart.com/

“Moths”

“Oracle”

One of her most famous pieces.. The seven deadly sins, this is just one of them, VANITY

I love cities that dares to show of street art on the walls of buildings. If only street artists in Oslo was allowed to let their creativity loose on a boring wall all over Oslo, I personally will be smiling wider when I walk out the door 🙂

Here are some pictures of some street art and some cute buildings.

Why can’t all cities of the world be as colorful as this street?! I bet we all would be a little happier 😉

I love the Alice in Wonderland art, colors and characters…

Check out Andreas Preis portfolio at http://www.behance.net/designerpreis

Love his sketches!

Pictures from Nadia Moro. Love the poses and the beautiful fluid motion of the fabric! Saved the pictures as reference for draping drawings in the future… Look at her portfolio here: http://www.behance.net/NadiaMoro

This is my favorite picture.. its my desktop background now 🙂

Found this vector artist at www.ffffound.com

Love the way Zutto’s artwork looks, because it kinda looks like a digital painting made in Photoshop instead of Illustrator. Some of Zutto’s work looks very smooth and 3-dimentional and the rest is obviously vector made.

This was my favorite vector piece by Zutto, “The Cave tales” very dark, cute, and I kinda get this feeling of beeing safe in that cave 😛

Look at Zutto’s behance portfolio at http://www.behance.net/orange_zutto

http://ffffound.com/image/a74f03c2342f002ca1049dc7a582d945ae537819

This is the way I like the illustrations to flow over a t-shirt!