An Artist Used 1200 Colored Pencils to Build a Working Fender Stratocaster Guitar

Burls Art, YouTube
Burls Art, YouTube

If you had to build a guitar from scratch, what types of materials would you use? Plywood? Plastic? Wire? As Design You Trust reports, a YouTuber who goes by the name of Burls Art threw the manual out the window and used colored pencils to build an electrical guitar in the style of a Fender Stratocaster. And yes, it’s a fully functional instrument.

Remarkably, it was the first guitar the artist had ever built, but he said he was “more than satisfied with how it turned out.” A video showing how he created the guitar has amassed more than 16 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube two months ago. Since then, Burls has built a second colored pencil guitar—this time, modeled after a Fender Telecaster.

For his first guitar, he used 1200 pencils, which set him back $120. He already had the other parts on hand, but he said those would have cost him $150. So in total, he paid less than $300 for a guitar that is typically priced between $670 and $2500, depending on the model. Not a bad deal.

He spent two to four hours a day working on the guitar and finished it in a few weeks. Cutting the pencils in half to form a flat, colorful edge and placing them in a box took some time. He then glued the pencils together with epoxy resin, sanded the slab, and used a template to cut it into the shape of a guitar. Other components, like the strings, were added last.

Check out the whole process in the video below, and visit his page for more videos like these.

[h/t Design You Trust]

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Watch: This Crashing Wave Art Installation in South Korea Brings Seaside Tranquility to a Busy City

These waves won't unexpectedly soak your beach towel when the tide comes in.
These waves won't unexpectedly soak your beach towel when the tide comes in.
d'strict, YouTube

Since residents of Seoul, South Korea, can’t exactly enjoy the sight of ocean waves breaking on the shore during their lunch hour, a design house is bringing them the next best thing: An enormous screen that plays realistic waves on a loop in the middle of the city.

Travel + Leisure reports that the installation, titled WAVE, is an anamorphic illusion, a distorted image that the viewer must observe from a specific angle for it to appear multi-dimensional. It’s on display in K-Pop Square at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in the district of Gangnam, but you don’t have to book an international flight to check it out—the creator, a design company called d’strict, shared a mesmerizing video of the work on YouTube.

Over about two months, developers molded two LED displays together to create a screen approximately 262 feet by 65 feet, with a resolution of 7840 pixels by 1952 pixels—almost twice the resolution of ultra-high-definition. In other words, the waves on this screen look more convincing than footage of the actual ocean would on your state-of-the-art living room TV.

For 18 hours a day, locals can watch icy blue swells slosh against the sides of the virtual tank, complete with the tranquil sounds of crashing waves (though they’ll have to rely on their imaginations to catch a whiff of salty sea spray).

Looking for other immersive displays? Dive into 15 awe-inspiring virtual tours here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]