Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Quick Pic: Don Hertzfeldt Pumpkins

Source: Imgur

My anus is bleeding, my spoon is too big, silly hats only & I am a banana!

Paintings: Movie Monster Portaits


Quick Pic: Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin

The Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin by Saphrian
“My first Halloween Pumpkin. Inspiration from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by Tim Burton.”

"My first Halloween Pumpkin. Inspiration from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Tim Burton."

Quick Pic: The Pumpkin King

The Pumpkin King by Zeno78

Quick Pic: Gaara and Shukaku Pumpkin

Gaara and Shukaku Pumpkin by PunkBouncer

"Characters from the Naruto series. Many sharp objects were used, but this year (2006) I found the wood carving tools very useful."

Quick Pic: Cliffjumper Pumpkin

Cliffjumper Pumpkin by WheelJack-S70

"Cliffjumper Pumpkin doesn't trust other pumpkins."

Quick Pic: Optimus Prime Pumpkin

Optimus Prime Pumpkin by rjclrutter

"All Pumpkins are Carved/Shaved with Woodcarving tools not painted. The black and grays are created from sharpies and pumpkin white space.

My friends and I started a Pumpkin Carving contest in my home town which has since branched out and was held at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Mass last year.

Here are some of the Pumpkins I did for my personal home display."

Quick Pic: Warcraft Pumpkin

Warcraft Pumpkin by qw3323

“Another pumpkin carving season passes. For the first time I entered a contest. The Blizzard pumpkin contest is impossible… I didn’t even place in the top five. It’s going to take a while to recover from this one… I know it isn’t perfect, but I was hopeful. I guess I’ll have to step it up a lot for next year.”

"Another pumpkin carving season passes. For the first time I entered a contest. The Blizzard pumpkin contest is impossible... I didn't even place in the top five. It's going to take a while to recover from this one... I know it isn't perfect, but I was hopeful. I guess I'll have to step it up a lot for next year."

Street Art: Franken’ Mouse

Franken Mouse
By Cart1.

Quick Pic: Halo 3 Pumpkin

Halo 3 Pumpkin by Cipher002

"This is my carved pumpkin from Halloween 2007. I submitted it to the "Guilt 'O Lantern" contest and took second place!"

Quick Pic: Mario Pumpkin

"First pumpkin of 2007. Also submitted for carving contest (although I was halfway done when I found out about it)."

Quick Pic: Iron Man Pumpkin

Via: Reddit

Make sure you click through to see the carving process.

Fresh Take: 8-Bit Graveyard

"8-Bit Graveyard" by Augie Pagan
Created for the Old School Video Game Art Show ay Gallery 1988

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand games
And grizzy video ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

Quick Pic: Amazing Spider-Man Pumpkin

Via: Reddit

Make sure you click through to see the carving process.

Mash-Up: Peanuts / Hellboy


Halloween/Comics mashups for this week’s art challenge, The Line It is Drawn, over at CBR. This is my personal favorite, but there are plenty more too check out.

Quick Pic: Dark Knight Rises Pumpkin

Via: Reddit

Make sure you click through to see the carving process.

Quick Pic: The Whaler Recompynse Pumpkin

Via: Reddit

The Men of the Whaler Recompynse being harvested
in kind by Ships from another World

Quick Pic: Hulk Jack-O-Lantern

Lecture: How art, design inform creative leaders

John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.

John Maeda is the president of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is dedicated to linking design and technology. Through the software tools, web pages and books he creates, he spreads his philosophy of elegant simplicity.

Quick Pic: Chinese Dragon Pumpkin

Quick Pic: Jack Skellington Pumpkin

"Carving this was fun! My first time ever; sort of a Jack Skellington inspired head. I should be in the states this time next year for a real Halloween! Black cats and jack o’ lanterns. Happy halloween, kiddies!"

Sweets: Majora’s Mask Cake

"This is a cake I've been wanting to do forever but only recently had time to do it. If you don't recognise it immediately, this is Majora's Mask from the game of the same namesake.

This was definitely a bit of a challenge. By far, the hardest part of the cake to achieve was symmetry. Using a floppy, sticky substance that dries quickly in the air, stretches when lifted and cracks if manipulated too long means you need to work fast. Fast and accuracy aren't best friends. My sister scoffed as I complained about the imperfections. But you gotta strive for perfect, right?

Well, it isn't perfect. But overall, I'm uncharacteristically pleased by the final result. The last few cakes I've done I've started to feel like I'm the boss of the fondant, rather than it controlling me. We understand each other now and so it's not this stressful battle of wills. The result is an ability to create things I wouldn't have dreamed of doing a year ago. There's lots here that could be improved, of course. But it's a work in progress and I, finally, am able to see progression."

Quick Pic: Walking Dead Pumpkin

Is it just me, or does this look a lot like Rick Grimes' face?

Hack: Myst Book

A Real Myst Book by Mike Ando

It took six years and most certainly some form of arcane ritual for Mike Ando to create a real-life Myst book… that you can open and play! Inside the book is a fully functional desktop computer with an embedded touch screen which you can use to play all of the pre-loaded Myst games. Check out full details at Ando’s website. 


Quick Pic: Krang Pumpkin

Krang Pumpkin (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) by Mike V.
Via: Reddit

Quick Pic: Burton'ish Pumpkin

Burton’ish Pumpkin by Trisste

Inspired by Tim's Burton "Nightmare Before Christmas"
Made from JunkbyJen's template for Jen's "Digital Pumpkin Carving Contest".
My pumpkin won 1st place  News article about it.

Video: Halloween Light Shows

Halloween Gangnam Style! Over 8,500 lights and roughly 250 channels of computer animation.

Special thanks to Kevin Judd for the inspiration. This is a hobby and the display has been in the making for about year. The Gangnam Style video was a last minute addition made possible by a LightOrama forum member, Torqumada286, who graciously shared the lead singer's mouth/vocal programming sequence with me. I tweaked it some,added the back up singers, and sequenced the rest of the house and yard props myself.

Quick Pic: R2-D2 Pumpkin

Pumpkin of the Day (10/21/12)

R2-D2 Pumpkin
Source: FilmGeek 101

Sweets: Jack and Sally Wedding Cake

Nerd Noms of the Day: Jack and Sally Wedding Cake!

Jack and Sally Wedding Cake
Photographed by Jordan Brian Photography

Quick Pic: Meatwad Pumpkin

For all the fans of Aqua Teen Hunger Force out there.
"Bitch, you can’t just carve yo self up a Meatwad jack-o-lantern and not invite ol’ Boxy Brown to the party. Whazzat? I AM invited? You daaaaamn right."

Quick Pic: Nosferatu Pumpkin

Quick Pic: Aperture Science Pumpkin

"My (now ex) boyfriend made this pumpkin, but because I took the picture, I'm submitting it as art. That, and Aperture Science is way-awesome."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Short Film: I'm Dead

"I'm Dead" by Francesco Picone

The director Francesco Picone and his crew, bring this story of love and horror that will not forget!

Design: DIY Cardboard Furniture

Designer Adrian Candela was overwhelmed by the packing waste stacked in his living room after a recent move and decided to turn the old boxes into new furniture. As someone with the pronounced cardboard fetish, it was to find this video. Check out Adrian’s website for downloadable instructions.


Season's Geetings: Video Game Christmas Cards

Available for purchase from GamerPrint. £8.00

It's almost that time of year.  This year, Mr. Shabba has incorporated your favorite classic video game characters into minimalist Christmas cards. With 10 designs there’s bound to be a card to suit every type of gamer in your life.

Sculpture: Zombie made of a Giant Pumpkin

A Zombie made of a Giant Pumpkin by Jeffrey Scott VillafaneAndy Bergholtz Sculpture and Villafane Studios

Last weekend, at The New York Botanical Garden Haunted Pumpkin Garden event, sculptor Ray Villafane and his team from Villafane Studios created an amazing Pumpkin Zombie scene from three of the biggest pumpkins grown in the United States, one of which weighed in at a whopping 1,872 pounds.

Street Art: Super Narco Brothers Mural

Lecture: Retouching and Photography

As a professional photo retoucher, Amy Dresser’s attitude is not to make an image perfect; but keep the character and remove what might be distracting. According to Dresser, photo retouchers are parasites in the photo industry – without photographers, people like her wouldn’t exist. Yet retouching has never been more prevalent, and we increasingly blur the line between photography and illustration. As a professional photo retoucher, Amy’s attitude is not to make any image perfect; keep the character, but remove what might be distracting.

Hack: Pumpktris

What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin, and with the stem serving as a controller. 
"One of my habits is to write down all the crazy, fleeting ideas I have, then go back to review later rather than judging right off the bat, or even worse, forgetting them.  Earlier in the month I was looking through that idea notepad and found “Make Tetris Pumpkins” from sometime last year. My original plan had been to make forms to shape pumpkins into Tetris pieces as they grew, then stack them together for Halloween. Since Halloween was only a few weeks away and it was too late to start growing pumpkins, I thought “Why not make a pumpkin you can play Tetris on instead?"

Sculpture: Engraved Self-Portrait

Engraved Self-Portrait by Angela Palmer

Oxford-based sculptor Angela Palmer captures beautifully detailed three-dimensional views of medical CT and MRI scans in glass. Just as magnetic fields are used to carefully image layer after layer of internal anatomy, Palmer uses vertically layered glass to etch her own topology. She says her inspiration for these works is a lifelong fascination with maps and visual topographies.

Sweets: XKCD Webcomic Wedding Cake

XKCD Webcomic Wedding Cake by New Jersey’s Pink Cake Box

The top of the cake includes cutouts of the comic characters with a red heart on a wire between them. The entire cake is covered in white fondant with black thin bands at the base of each tier. The equations decorating the remaining tiers are inspired from xkcd’s Useless. The cake is made up of some unusual flavors including banana cake with coffee & chocolate mousse and vanilla with raspberry & strawberry mousse.

Fresh Take: Supervillain Yearbook Photos

Loki   Green Goblin

Supervillain Highschool Yearbook by artist GhostHause
It features Loki, Green Goblin, Bane, Two-Face, Venom and Sinestro.

Artist: John Kenn

Post-It-Horrors by John Kenn

Danish artist John Kenn conjures creepy monster scenes worthy of a midnight movie marathon, all compacted onto the small yellow squares of Post-It Notes in his spare time..

Link Round-Up: October 30, 2012

Prints and more available for purchase at Redbubble and Society6.

30 WordPress tutorials for designers

Browse the Behance Network based on Pantone Colors.

Love the new Holstee Greeting Cards which are based on their popular Manifesto Poster

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (MTA) has been posting some fascinating photos on Flickr showing empty transportation terminals that were closed yesterday in preparation of Hurricane Sandy.  They should be renting the space out to student film makers to shoot short films while they're not in use.

Spell out your custom message with this personalized banner using re-useable letters. Includes 100 multicolored letters with spacers, links, and hanging strings. Oh, the possiblities!

Trailer for Herman Miller’s wonderful Why Design series of interviews with designers.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Short Film: The Bloody Cuts

Bloody Cuts is a series of 3-10 minute no-budget horror films forming an anthology of 13 which will be released online at, over a number of months running until their terrifying cycle is complete.  

The first of 13 'Bloody Cuts' makes its entry wound with the release of 'Lock Up' - the debut from an anthology of chilling shorts spilt from the vein of horror fanaticism.

When you're leaving late from work, like you've done many times before; spare a thought for the complacency of your safety and stay out of the dark - evil lives there. Lock Up is a chilling tale of fear and suspense and a potent reminder that something of nightmares could be lurking in the shadows around any corner.

Sweets: Nightmare Before Christmas Cookies

Video: Wacom Cintiq Demo

Wacom  has added a new video with illustrator booota to its "Drawing with Wacom" series on Thursday. The video features booota using Wacom's Cintiq 24HD touch, a drawing tablet with a built-in 24-inch LCD display.

The illustrator drew the cover art for Ikkei Tōkaidō's Fukanzen Knuckle (Imperfect Knuckle) novel and contributed to the SAI Official Commentary on Illustrations book.

The entire series of videos can be viewed at Wacom's YouTube channel, including the previous video by Jashin Ōnuma/Nareru! SE illustrator Ixy.

Papercraft: Collages Comics

Every since Photoshop turned collaging into a popular pastime, it has become rare to stumble across an actual paper and glue collage, but Mike Alcantara's comic book tributes are made from nothing but comics--no paint, no markers, just the ink already printed on paper. You can check out his latest pieces on Facebook or buy one for yourself on Etsy.

OpEd: Is CSS and Website Design a Fashion Statement?

"If you've never seen a website, you are a liar! (You're on one right now.) Consciously or not, the first thing you notice when you visit a website is how the site LOOKS, which is controlled by the CSS Stylesheet. CSS is the fashion of the web- it makes sites pretty (or very very ugly). And as our lives migrate more and more onto the world wide web, our presence online becomes a central way to define and express ourselves. So before you lay out your outfit for tomorrow, take a look at your website and make sure you match!"

Lego Creation: CryoMech

The Nora Fries CryoMech by Jack McKeen
"The Nora Fries CryoMech is the reboot we’ve all been waiting for: a bipedal freeze cannon controlled by Mr. Freeze and powered by his undead wife."

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