Saturday, January 29, 2011

Link Round-Up: January 28, 2011

Pac-Man Tube Map by PublicGriefJunkie

50 Things You Didn’t Know About Jackson Pollock

Elsa Chang imagines the musical Wicked drawn as a cartoon

Federico Uribe Makes Art On A Literal Shoestring Budget

Posters: Super Mario Theme

A visualization of Koji Kondo’s "Ground Theme" by Tasty_Freeze

Quick Pic: Prof X License Plate

Source: Reddit

Lego Creations: Derelict Mansion

Abandoned houses offer unique opportunities from a visual point of view. The deterioration transforms materials. Texture on top of texture. New patterns overtaking old ones. Nature repossessing. This textural aspect to deterioration and the patterns that it creates can be rich and fascinating to look at.

I also find that the experience of seeing a deteriorated house (or any familiar object) interesting. When looking at the image we see a dual image of the house – one as it is, and one as it was. You see a huge hole in the side of the house not just as a hole, but also as an interruption of the known. And so the mind seeks to recreate the known. We fill in the holes. We project. Our eyes follow the angle of the broken awning to a point, now destroyed, and we can feel the mass that was of the front 3rd floor. The same with the porch covering. This visual duality – the mind flipping between destruction and pre-destruction – is magic. It's entertaining and engaging.
To read more about the model or to buy a Limited Edition Collector's Print along with a chunk of the model, visit Mike Doyle's blog, Snap. Price: $50

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wallpaper: Calvin and Hobbes

Here's a nice desktop for the remainder of the winter months. Click for full sized. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Food Art: Pantone Chip Cookies

485?  This tastes more like 186.  Clearly the oven requires recalibration.

Graphic designer Kim Neill usually thanks her clients with a freshly-baked batch of chocolate chip cookies. This year she decided to make something a bit more apropos: Pantone Chip Cookies!
She writes: The cookies were a HUGE hit with all my clients and I’ve already received request for refills. Interesting to see which colors went first. PMS 485, PMS 183 and Silver 877 seemed to be the most popular!

Mural: Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes Mural by How Brown Met Blue

"Freehand playroom mural, donated to the Reynold's Home, a shelter for women and children.

I've always been a HUGE fan of this comic strip. Working on this mural, staring at every minute detail, i gained a greater appreciation for watterson's beautiful work. i tried to respect the original works as much as possible, giving my full attention to even the smallest detail and trying to get the colors just right. attempting to recreate the look of watercolors using only latex paint proved to be quite difficult.

I hope i did 'em justice.

For some reason, i don't think this photo truly shows people how big this mural actually is. i think it was something like 18 feet wide by 10 feet high."

Cake: iPhone Cookies

iPhone Cookies by the Japanese bakery Green Gables

"Each one is hand made and there are individual icons of all the standard iPhone apps. There is also a signal strength indicator, Wifi graphic and they have even included the camera on the back, which is a great finishing touch."

These life size rectangular cookies are shaped like the handset, with a small camera lens marked out on the rear. The front has been decorated with small application icons in icing.  Each one costs $33, but they're selling like hot cakes.  The current waiting time for an iPhone cookie is two months.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crafts: The Burrow in Gingerbread

CraftSter forum user mezcraft recreated "The Burrow," the Weasley family home from the Harry Potter movie series, in gingerbread and brown icing. She writes:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Artist: Brian Despain

Brian Despain will be exhibiting his work at the Seattle-based Roq La Rue gallery next month. Opening Friday, February 11th, Tin Machines and Mercuric Dreams will highlight the artist’s expertise with the brush, with a new series of brilliantly rendered oil paintings of his signature whimsical robots amidst desolate landscapes. This exhibit will also feature a range of three-dimensional working, including his first two bronze sculptures. I've posted some of his work below, though the painting above is the only piece that I can verify will be on display at the show

See more of Despain's work and join the discussion at The Artchival forums.
See one of Despain's previous gallery exhibits.

Music Video: All is Full of Love

The song is "All Is Full Of Love" by Björk. I'm not typically a Björk fan, but I have always been a huge fan of robots.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Link Round-Up: January 24, 2011

iHero: Mosaics of Steve Jobs - Charis Tsevis is a Greek artist and visual designer who creates interesting collages from objects related to the subject, often for publications like the Wall Street Journal and Time. Other works include Barack Obama, Charles Darwin, Jonathan Ive and much more.

Crafts: Nightmare Before Christmas Dolls

Kati Peck created there matryoshka ("nesting") dolls to resemble the characters from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The first (largest) doll is the entrance to Halloween Town. The entire doll is textured to resembles the bark of a tree. On the back of the pumpkin door is the entrance to Christmas Town, which has a Christmas tree painted on it.  You can see it in the other photos in Kati's gallery. The next doll is a very rotund Jack Skellington. The third doll is Oogie Boogie, the horrible sack-like creature stuffed with bugs. The Mayor of Halloween Town is the fourth doll, and finally, there's a very diminutive Santa Claus.

Papercraft: Mario 8-Bit Diorama

(Sean Foreman)

Super Mario Bros may be one of the most popular video games ever, but it doesn’t mean it always remains on the actual screen.  Sean Foreman of 3rd Foundation re-created everyone's favorite video game in all of its 8-Bit splendor. He mentions that some of the patterns were from Cubecraft, while others he designed himself, which is disappointing for all the fans out there who might want to imitate his work. Still, he provides inspiration credit to Laboratory 424 who have made another Mario Cubecraft Magnet Board we seen before.

Event: In the Nursery Show

"The Long Walk" by Tom Bagshaw

Here's a preview of the upcoming In the Nursery Show at the Corey Helford Gallery. The show starts on the January 29th and looks like it's going to be another great one for the gallery. Some great artists are participating.

Short Film: Beyond Black Mesa

The Half-Life-inspired fan film that was made with $1,200, a Canon HV20, and 2 years of hard work has arrived.

Posters: Sim City

This poster is part of Guyatt's larger Video Game Movie Poster series, that includes Bioshock, Dead Space, Fallout 3, and Tetris. You can buy a print online.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mash-Up: The Muppets / 2001

Animal and Kermit in 2001 by Jim Unwin

Link Round-Up: January 21, 2010

Poking around the web for things to post next month in the run up to Valentine's Day, I stumbled across this card.  I think it just be the single purest expression of love I've ever seen... of course, as a gamer, I may be biased.  You can buy these at Etsy for that special someone you'd pause your game for.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Posters: DC Superhero Posters

Link Round-Up: January 19, 2011

01152011 is composed of acrylic, resin, screen print, digital photo frames and electrical components

1-million-brick 1:100-scale Lego replica of Ohio Stadium by Ohio State University associate professor of physiology and cell biology Paul Janssen.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lego Creations: Ghostbuster Trap

Lego Ghostbusters Trap by Alex Eylar

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lego Creations: Chibi AT-AT

Chibi Lego AT-AT by Angus MacLane 

Posters: The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises by Shokxone-Studios

Link Round-Up: January 17, 2011

3D Samus Sculpture Made Using Recycled Video Games - Using 179 recycled or broken NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Gameboy, and Gameboy Advance cartridges, JJGames created this awesome 3D Samus collage.

Get your Marvel Super Hero Plushes by Funko now! Uber-adorable!

Lead Pencil Studio is an architecture ollaboration between Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, based in Seattle. Its Billboard advertising clean air was featured last month in FastCoDesign. [Google links]

Sean Hartter's large collection of "Alternate Universe Movie Posters" includes numerous book covers and movie posters that are all extremely well-done, including a great example of Clint Eastwood in a Dark Tower movie poster.

This Demon Skin Throw Rug is luxuriouslyevil.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mash-Up: Cat in the Hat / Doctor Who

I read a recent criticism of the Moffat-era of Doctor Who being a glorified version of The Cat in the Hat, to which I couldn't help but think...well...."duh".

(Though we all know that the Eleventh Doctor is more Peter Pan than anything else, in case all the off-the-cuff remarks about fairytales and not growing up got lost in the bits where an eternally-youthful weirdo shows up to whisk a pajama-clad heroine to a realm where time has no meaning....)

Due to popular demand, I've made prints of this piece available for sale here:

Lego Creations: Master Chief Minifig

Posters: Christian Frarey

Christian Frarey has posted a collection of movie poster redesigns on Flickr:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Humor: Batman Villains

I'm trying to imagine who Batman is in this scenario. I would guess Android.  At least, Android is the OS I think of as having the best gadgets. Maybe the iPhone could be Batgirl. In any case, you can get this illustration of a t-shirt over at Society 6. Price: $26.00

Link Round-Up: January 14, 2011

Insects Created from Recycled Human Hair - 1-800-Recycling

Should I work for free? - a flowchart for graphic designers.

Steampunk Dalek wallpaper for your desktop

Step by step tutorial for making a plush creature.

Things Real People Don't Say About Advertising

World Of Warcraft Couple Create A Horde-Themed Bathroom

Mash-Up: Grand Theft Auto

"Niko Bellic jacking a Mountain Banshee from Avatar... Poor Jake Sully! Me and my old mate Brent have always had this thing with the tagline "This is a jecking" just some random talk we do from GTA IV"

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sweets: Dragon Cake

Photos of this amazing cake have been making the rounds of all the internet's biggest image aggregaters, including Digg and Reddit, but I don't think that I've ever seen the whole gallery together in one place. So, here, I've collected all the photos of this amazing cake in one place.

The cake was made by Mike’s Amazing Cakes for Flickr user Astro-Lopithecus back in 2007. It looks as if the occasion was his birthday.

Link Round-Up: January 13, 2011

30 Epic Examples of Game Concept Art

Arrested Motion has lots of storyboard sketches from Banksy's opening for the Simpsons... including some very funny material.

A Blogger Taking The Same Vendor Machine Photo For More Than 5 Years

College Humor demonstrates Five New Ways to Tie a Tie

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a film by Banksy (copious previously) about himself, street art, celebrity, and Mister Brainwash.

'Flaming C' Action Figure Brings Conan Super-Hero to the Third Dimension

Artist: Jim Lee

Jim Lee, the 46-year-old DC Comics co-publisher, is arguably the single most popular comic-book artist of the last two decades years. In this interview with the L.A. Times walks us through drawing a superhero face. Specifically, what you should and shouldn't do and why going for a realistic look is wrong.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Link Round-Up: January 12, 2011

Different forms of artistic playing card artwork from around the world.

How to photoshop, the rap version [SLCH]

Introducing Silk, a magical interactive artwork. Go ahead, give it a whirl. Some likable Silk wallpaper too.

The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language, so they may be shared in a fun and meaningful way. The goal is to collect and organize all the symbols that form our language into one easy-to-use online library that can be accessed by anyone. All the symbols on their site are completely free to download, and can be used for design projects, architecture presentations, art pieces — just about anything.

Mash-Up: Bill & Ted / Doctor Who

This 11 x 17 inch reproduction print is an original illustration of Bill and Ted having landed in their time-traveling phone booth, only to find themselves surrounded by the Daleks of Doctor Who.  The original illustration was hand-drawn by ChristopherJones with color added digitally in Adobe Photoshop. It's printed on Matte Heavyweight paper in full color, and each print comes with an original signature in silver.

Price: $15

Lego Creations: Star Wars Imperial Shuttle

Star Wars Lego Imperial Shuttle Time Lapse Construction from Derek Woods

Very cool time lapse video of a Star Wars Lego Imperial Shuttle. 2503 Pieces put together in about 7 hours by me and my buddy Brian. This is what 2 nerd do with a GoPro HD.

Source: Derek Woods

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fresh Take: Van Gogh on Global Warming

Van Gogh x Global Warming by DraftFCB

"See New York before it's too late."

Fresh Take: Monet on Global Warming

Monet x Global Warming by DraftFCB

"See Paris before it's too late."

Monday, January 10, 2011

Link Round-Up: January 10, 2011

Austin Madison sketches his roleplaying character

Steve Jung offers these Tron Legacy Costume Designs

Typographic Maps: "These unique maps accurately depict the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of the city using nothing but type."

Short Film: The Package

THE PACKAGE from Calder Greenwood on Vimeo

Set in near-future Los Angeles, this ten minute short film tells the story of a police stake out gone terribly wrong. This high tech thriller packs a lot of tension into a very small package.

Kudos to diretcor Calder Greenwood.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Posters: Poe’s The Raven

Under Consideration created some very dark word art. These word clouds are the full text of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Printed in metallic silver on a variety of backgrounds, the poem has been carefully arranged using different weights of Helvetica to create a skull and cross bones that would do a pirate flag proud.

Illustration: Space Girl

Space Girl by Ian Sobolev

Short Film: ShapeShifter

ShapeShifter from Charlex on Vimeo

This stunning piece of animation was created by the Director of Charlex, Alex Weil, and a few of the company's designers as a break from the company's typical advertising work. Weil asked the designers to come up with a project of their own to enable their creativity and unburdened themselves of the the daily rigors of their usual projects. Their one madate was that something great had to come from this freedom, and I think we can all agree that the team suceeded.

The original concept came from Co-Director and Designer Diana Park. Her inspiration came from the idea of a machine that creates nature, rather than the other way around.  The concept grew from simple shape-shifting to a look inside the spirit and soul of a car.  To bind it all together, poet Fitzgerald Scot was asked to provide the words.  His poem Dreams (narrated by Gabriel Byrne) accompanies the animation along with music composed by Peter Lauridsen. The final effect is that of being in a beautiful but disquieting dream.

Short Film: Circuit

Circuit from Felix Telfer on Vimeo

This short film is an allegorical tale of the widening digital divide, as well as a visual metaphor for the on-going "arms race" of hardware upgrades that going on now in the consumer electronics market.

The lead animator of Circuit was Yannick Gillain. Modeling and 3D effects were created by Felix Telfer. Music was composed by Keir Husson. Matte painting, texturing and lead compositing work was done by Shinji Dawson. The animated short was produced at Massey University Wellington in New Zealand.

Link Round-Up: January 7, 2011

This Pac-Man light installation from artists Benedetto Bufalino and Benedict Deseille was part of the recent Festival of Trees and Lights in Geneva, Switzerland.
Source: NerdApproved

13 Coolest Video Game Inspired Cakes

Born in Concrete: Canadian artist Derek Stenning creates grim, Soviet-inspired futuristic space posters.

MooseCake depicts the cast of the Harry Potter series as South Park characters

Narrower Towers: 20 Of Japan’s Thinnest Buildings

Illustration: Wisdom and Faulty Design

Hush says, "In the works for my next show at the Toothless Cat in Philly. Ball point pen and watercolor."  You can see the line art, which he has titled "Homage to Bubo."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Posters: Donnie Darko

A fabulous alternate poster for one of my favorite movies.  This three color silkscreen poster was created for The Castro Theatre.  I think that it captures the spirit of the movie quite well.

Sculpture: Computer Cities

Fifth Avenue
USD 8,100

Franco Recchia builds miniature cities out of computer scrap. "In these works of art I mostly utilized heat sinks, RAMs, disk controllers, electronic connectors, chipsets, microprocessors and TV tuners," he says. "The idea is to give life again to what otherwise is destined to be lost – or worse, thrown away."

His work is on show at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York until Friday.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

In the Media: Computer Headstone

Computer geek Hu Chuang, 26, of Chongqing, China was so crazy about computers that, after he died sitting at his computer, his family had a custom headstone carved for him in the shape of a monitor.  The custom stone features a keyboard, mouse and webcam.  A photo of Chuang completes the tribute.

"His parents kept his email address open and encouraged friends and family to keep sending him emails because, who knows, maybe he can read them on the other side," said one family friend.

Link Round-Up: January 5, 2011

The Best Images of 2010 from Imgur

Build a postapocalyptic model car contest.

Introducing the iPhone 5

iPad light painting - an ethereal stop-motion animation, using long exposures and a locationally-aware iPad and photo stills

Not so Sexy STAR WARS Pin ups

"Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art," a lovely looking guide to street art activations published by Taschen and soon to be released on the masses.

Short Film: The Deep

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Merchandise: Asteroids Wall Stickers

For fans of retro gaming these new wall decals from SuperNice will transform any room into a virtual arcade.

These removeable and reusable decals can turn any wall into a giant arcade screen. They're available in several varieties, including Asteriods (£45), Centipede(£45), and Pong (£35). A perfect gift for that hardcore game in your life.

Link Round-Up: January 4, 2011

The Duel by Aaron Jasinski
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21 stunning video game concept art that make you say "wow"

23 pieces of arcade game inspired furniture

Four Color Process is a blog which reposts magnified details from old comic book panels. The images become semi-abstract and very striking (and surprisingly non-Lichtensteinian). Some favorites: Ruined City, Steranko's Strange Tales, Ghouls, Swirl Lamp, Kirby's Silver Surfer, Romance, Novelty Magic, Ditko's Dr. Strange, Man at Conference Table, Homo Comicus, Easy to Do and finally a comparison of contemporary printing with the old four color process.

Top 20 Photoshop Disasters of 2010

Monday, January 3, 2011

Short Film: Train of Thought

Train of Thought is a short film in paper by Leo Bridle and Ben Thomas. Although it used digital compositing software, all the animation and models were done by hand, not with CGI. The film took approximately nine months to complete, from storyboards through to the final edit. [HD on Vimeo] If you enjoy it, don't miss The Making of Train of Thought.

Link Round-Up: January 3, 2010

An artist imagines what the first response to Cthulhu's awakening might look like

Idiot Duck has a gallery of the Most Amazing Sand Sculptures in the World

Jeff Nishinaka creates amazing 3D paper sculptures

Lawrence Person has posted a gallery of Awesomely Wrong Watchmen 

Minimalist Boba Fett design by Daniel Buechter

Space Project from photographer Vincent Fournier. “Playing on the stylised notion of a sci-fi utopia, Fournier’s otherworldly photographs of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah and the Atacama Desert Observatories in Chile – alongside a series of surprisingly stringy trainee astronauts – offer an alternative view of the world, unseen by many and known by few.”

Under the Sand is a vintage Cthulhu postcard

Papercraft: The Office

"The Office" papercrafts by the Russian People Too (Alexei Lyapunov & Lena Ehrlich)
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