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6 Non-Typical Art Forms That Will Inspire You

Art as a concept can be very hard to define, but at its core, it’s a medium through which an artist can express themselves in a pure form. Sometimes, art is mainly about technique. In some cases, it’s about expressing feelings or conveying a message. And in others, it’s all about showcasing beauty. No matter what moves you and attracts you to art, there are now thousands of different art forms you can explore, each with their own appeal and specificities. Let’s take a look at a few non-typical art forms that will inspire you.

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Nendoroid Art

If you’re a fan of Japanese animation and video games, then Nendoroids are perfect for you. They’re also a great choice for natural collectors. 

Nendoroids were first started as small replicas of popular video game characters and were then adopted by the anime scene. What characterizes Nendoroid art is the exaggerated cute features and the oversized heads. Modern Nendoroids tend to also be very realistic. You can find tons of extremely artistic Nendoroid dolls online nowadays, and they can range from a few dollars to a few hundred for more exclusive pieces.


Anamorphosis is a portrait technique that makes the piece of art understandable only from a certain vantage point. For instance, you might be required to watch it through a reflection on a mirror or object, or from an indirect angle. One of the most famous artists to have used anamorphosis is Leonardo Da Vinci. He used it on his “drawing of stratified rocks” painting which distinctively shows the face of a man when you turn the drawing on a certain angle.

Sticky Note Art

Sticky notes are one of the icons of office culture and have become a great medium of expression for many artists. What makes them so great for artistry is the wide variety of tones and colors they allow for. They can work literally like pixels, and allow for eerily realistic pictures. Some people have been using sticky notes to add color to sculptures, while others have been using them in performance art where audiences are asked to participate by adding messages.

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Photorealism first made its appearance in the 60s, and its aim was to replicate actual photographs as realistically as possible. Photorealist artists copy every single element in painstaking detail, no matter how big or small it is. The artform also encompassed sculpture and was largely inspired by pop art. Some of the most famous photorealist artists include John Baeder, Audrey Flack, and Chuck Close.

Sand Animation Art

As its name implies, sand animation art uses sand as the canvas. But what makes sand so special as a material is its ephemeral nature. Sand animation art cannot be preserved and is ever-changing. It is a form of performance art where the artist creates a series of figures and structures with the sand. The artist will often use a lightboard or overhead projector to show their work. This form of art is very dynamic and interactive.


Batik is an ancient Indonesian dyeing technique that is similar to tye dying in many ways. The technique uses a combination of wax and dye. Wax is used in the areas where you don’t want the dye to penetrate. The fabric is then submerged in the dye, creating patterns. Batik can be extremely sophisticated and create unique tapestries.

So, if you were looking to expand your horizons and find something new, you should definitely give these art forms a second look. Whether you’re into contemporary, post-modern, or performance art, these have something to offer to everyone.

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