Friday, August 21, 2009

Cups Are The New Canvas

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Styrofoam cups may be bad for the environment, but they’re great for art.

Artist Cheeming Boey doesn’t bother with canvas when creating his intricate illustrations. He prefers to create masterpieces on styrofoam cups using only a fine-tip Sharpie marker.

Though many criticize him for using non-biodegradable sources for his work, Boey likes the idea that his art “will last 20,000 years,” and says his chosen medium shouldn’t be knocked because it’s non-traditional.

He explains that drawing on a cup is “much more challenging” than on paper because “the story” has to blend together all the way around, whereas on paper it ends with each corner.

Boey also notes that drawing on cups is extremely frustrating, since a single smudge, piece of lint, misspelled word, or eyelash can ruin up to months of work.

The works he has ruined either get thrown away angrily or used as drinking cups.

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