Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Who said that boys have no imagination? Well, here are two who will admit that to the end – boy’s lives are dull, dull, dull. Except, of course, when we can see what they are thinking!
This is a wonderful animated short was created by Alisson Thiebaut, Nicolas Garcia Tunon and Louis Beucler. They are or were students at Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard (HEAJ).
Exhibited at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain
Developer Huawei unveiled this striking creature of myth composed of 3,500 smartphones and more than 650 yards of soldered iron rods to mark the launch of its Ascend D Quad smartphone. Standing at 5.7 meters tall and made of 3,500 smartphones, the Huawei Pegasus took 720 man hours to build.
Panasonic Hollywood Labs - Brand Video by Macoto Murayama, 2011
Macoto Murayama is a japanese architect-turned-artist who has turned to digitally dissecting and reconstructing flowers to help Panasonic Hollywood Labs promote their technology. With a spatial awareness and attention to detail that comes from years of working as an architect, Murayama is able to reveal the the hidden elements of the inner flower. Murayama studies each part of the plant separately in order to recreate the individual components as a precisely as possible.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
This is quite an adorable animated short, created by Chelsea Bartlett at the Ringling College of Art and Design for her degree thesis. Short and sweet it may be, but it serves as a reminder that perhaps we should never judge a book by its cover.
These awesomely geeky birdhouses are the creative product of one Ben Mayer, and his handmade birdhouse shop, NirdHaus. The R2-D2 birdhouse has been painted to look just like the little maintenance droid, and even has a functioning LED “optical unit” built into its facade. And if R2 isn’t enough for you, he’s accompanied by C-3PO – who just happens to be familiar with over 6 million varieties of bird calls.
Piccolo is a pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform. For less than $70, you can assemble your personal Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, developing and deploying basic 3D output. Be it plotting quick graffiti, printing a one-off business card on the fly, or multiple Piccolos working together to create a large mural, this kit provides a platform for experimenting with 2D or 3D digital fabrication at a small scale. This open-source design emphasizes simplicity, and is entirely composed of digitally manufactured components and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware.
The Boneyard Project: Return Flight by Jason Wawro
It’s always great to see used objects get a second life. It’s even better when that second life involves them being transformed into a giant canvas. The Boneyard Project is a project conceived by Eric Firestone aimed salvaging airplanes from America’s military history for artists breath new life into. Check out photos of the results of the project at the Huffington Post.
The Man With No Shadow by Makoto Tojiki is a life-sized LED light sculpture of a man that welcomed visitors to Tojiki's stand at Salone Satellite, the world’s preeminent showcase for young designers. The event's theme was "wellness." The Man was just one of some very interesting lighting projects by Tojiki displayed at the event.
Powerpig delivers yet another fine Lego still life in this Zombitastic piece! Go grab this one out of his gallery as a print for yourself.
Interview: Bre Pettis of MakerBot: Life, $10M in Funding, and Beyond
3D Printing and The Replicator Economy
Is it Finally Time to Take Pop Art Seriously?
Paint your own nebula
What If Male Superheroes’ Costumes Were Designed Like Female Superheroes’ Costumes?
Fernacular grew tired of guys having no idea why girls find female superheroes' costumes kinda sexist, so she made the series of drawings below to achieve
Why being sleepy and drunk are great for creativity
The Year of 2011 in 3D Printing
Pixar Minimalist Posters by Wonchan Lee
"Pixar movies are everyone's favorite. Hoping it will continue to make the world a better place. I'm pleased to dedicate these artworks to Pixar as one of its biggest fans."
Monday, February 27, 2012
Ernie, in the pursuit of love and romance, ends up on a blind date, and his date, Helga, is not quite what he expected.
This amusing animated short was created by Justin Sklar for his degree thesis at Ringling College of Art and Design. I am not sure it necessarily has a moral as such, but if there is one it is that opposites can often attract (wait, that’s not a moral!).
'The Big Bang Theory' reimagined as 'Firefly' crew by Megan Levens
It's no secret that the nerds on "The Big Bang Theory" are fans of comic books and sci-fi. It appears that the feeling is mutual as a Los Angeles storyboard artist and comic illustrator has re-imagined the "Big Bang" cast as the crew from "Firefly."
Personally, I would have drawn Leonard as Mal and Raj as the Doc, but, then again, I can't draw. So, that settles that. Penny, however is perfect as Tam River. I love it.
News: Lego ISS Built Aboard the Real One
Beautiful Life has posted a gallery of Remarkable Collection of Steampunk Sculptures
Rock You Like An Apocalypse: Art That Destroys The World!
The Shanty of Escape Games - Starting with Escape From The Smoking Room in November 2010, the Shanty Of Escape Games has published escape-the-room style short puzzle games with astonishing regularity, releasing at least two per month. Test your wits and escape from the Room with Baumkuchen, the Mansion with Traps, or the Mid-sized Banquet Hall!
Star Wars Re-imagined as Judy Blume Books
Friday, February 24, 2012
Source: PaperBeatsScissors Tumblr
Chris Gerringer designed this awesome series, drawing parallels between pop culture figures in a cute and funny way. The characters are drawn in the sort of overly-simple way that makes them adorable.
It seems that in the way back when men used to measure their manliness by the size of the... dead creature on their head. So, when young Toki’s turn comes to go in to the forest and kill the biggest animal he can then he is determined to do just that. However, the jungle can do strange things to a boy and he meets a new friend who gives him the chance to achieve something much greater than anything he expected.
This is yet another marvelous Bachelor Film Project from The Animation Workshop. It was created by Christian Bøving-Andersen, Casper Michelsen, Eva Lee Wallberg, Tina Lykke Thorn, Søren B. Nørbæk, Allan Lønskov, Jakob Kousholt and David F. Otzen.
Custom created for a gallery opening at Wooster Street Social Club for NY Ink
Steel, bronze, and brass with working onboard miniature tattoo machine
Size: 5" x 5" x 4" (12.5cm x 12.5cm x 10cm)
It's the creation of BrickIt.dk, who spent over 800 hours of building and 250 hours of programming time on making it all run smoothly. The seven different NXT units in the construction communicate with each other over Bluetooth, and the software that runs it was built on leJOS -- a Java-based language for Mindstorms.It consists of more than 37,000 individual Lego blocks. Most impressively, the model has been specially-designed to fit into a single flight case for ease of transport.
A LEGO robot that sorts LEGOs? Proof that it’s only a matter of time before self-aware robots are building other robots without any need for human intervention. We had a pretty good run, though.
This project is a LEGO® Sorting plant, that sorts 2x4 and 1x2 bricks in size and color. It's build for a company called Dynaway (www.dynaway.com). They use this model to demonstrate their manufacturing execution system. The model is designed to fit inside one large flightcase, for easy transport. The model is the second model we've build for Dynaway.
Ziwon WANG’s cybernetic sculptures poignantly address the ever increasing relationship between man and technology. At the core of WANG’s works is the issue of decision making - the emotive human decisions against the coded and system judgments made by machines. Wang is concerned with the status of human thought and how it will transgress to the future. Wang’s interest in the manifestation and translation of the human decision making process in works of art through the passage of time can be found in the Buddha like poses which questions whether advancement of machinery and technology has, if any, changed the fundamental elements of human life
Thursday, February 23, 2012
If you don’t have the time or patience to assemble the 5,000+ piece LEGO Millennium Falcon kit, or if you’re lacking the roughly $2,500 it costs to get your hands on one, you can still enjoy the build process with this 3D stop motion video, which was created by Francisco Prieto over a 3 year period using 3ds max, and V-Ray.
Artist Ulises Farinas illustrates a crowd of your favorite sci-fi characters packing the streets of Mos Eisley on the desert planet of Tattooine in his latest print. Of course, the amazing detail that went into the piece can really only be appreciated at full size. You can check out more of his work on Flickr or buy a print for your wall at Farinas' website. Price: US$75
Anamorphic Graffiti by Paper Donut
Paper Donut has painted a series of walls with three-dimensional shapes. The image is part of an ad campaign for fashion store Sqwear, and the other two visuals are personal projects.
DreamGiver tells the story of the mysterious being who flies around dispensing our dreams to us. Yet even this celestial creature has been known to make mistakes! One evening as he visits an orphanage he gives a little boy a dream which opens up in the wrong place altogether!
This great animated short was at created Brigham Young University's Center for Animation and was directed by Tyler Carter. The film has played in hundreds of festivals around the world including the College Television Awards "Student Emmy", Cannes Film Festival, Anima Mundi, Comic Con, Adobe Design Competition, Angelus Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, SIGGRAPH and many more.
This was a cover assignment for the Israeli business magazine Kalkalist. The issue was titled 'super IT' and included several articles showcasing new advancements in the world of IT - and arguing that the people working in that industry are influential, technologically savvy individuals rather than the gray computer dorks we thought they were.
This sculpture from Instructables is composed of seventy-two pencils, a load of super glue, and a couple of rubber bands. It was inspired by the geometric sculptures of George W. Hart and designed by geometry whiz Alejandro Erickson in an attempt to re-create Hart’s 72 Pencils.
…It took a couple of leisurely hours to build and glue, and with supervision was surprisingly easy to make. It can be assembled inexpensively using wooden pencils ($5.74 for 72), a few rubber bands and a little superglue, in pretty much exactly the same way as Alejandro makes his Hexastix sculptures… The hexagonal cross-section of the pencils make them a very natural fit for this geometric form, as the holes in the lattice are themselves hexagonal. The erasers are arranged tetrahedrally with respect to one another; the volume enclosed by the pencils is a rhombic dodecahedron.
HANDMADE vs DIGITAL by Canadian artist Julien Vallée
News: Munch’s "The Scream" expected to fetch $80 million at auction
Interview: Todd McFarlane discusses What It Takes to Get Started at Image Comics
30 Futuristic Landscape Digital Illustrations
An installation presented at this year BRAFA : "...a museum on the scale of 1:7, made up of thirty rooms of original work, each 100 x 60 x 65 cm."
A History of Google Doodles from Time
In theory, here are the instructions for making your own stained glass d20. I hope you have a laser cutter/etcher handy, though.
This Star Wars Last Supper mosiac has over 70,000 stills from the Star Wars films
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Found Functions by Nikki Graziano
Nikki Graziano, a math and photography student at Rochester Institute of Technology, overlays graphs and their corresponding equations onto her carefully composed photographs.
“I wanted to create something that could communicate how awesome math is, to everyone,” she says.
Graziano doesn’t go out looking for a specific function but lets one find her instead. Once she’s got an image she likes, Graziano whips up the numbers and tweaks the function until the graph it describes aligns perfectly with the photograph.
The Singing Ringing Tree by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu
The Singing-Ringing Tree at Crown Point high above Burnley in the UK is a three meter tall wind-powered musical sculpture constructed of galvanized steel pipes. The constant wind on Crown Point produces an eerie, melodious hum as it drifts through the pipes. The Singing Ringing Tree’s pipes are used for both aesthetic qualities as well as for tuning, with their sound varied according to length and added narrow slits on the underside of specific pipes. The sound produced by these twisted metal trees covers several octaves, and it is said to be simultaneously discordant and melancholy, and intensely beautiful. The piece was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu.
"Cost of Living " by Bendavid Grabinski
Starring Brandon and Bret Harrison, this short follows two security guards working in an Umbrella Corporation-style plant where they clone "were-children."
Mechanized Clockwork Creatures by Daniel Proulx
Available from CatherinetteRings on Etsy
From an alternate dimension where "His Dark Materials" played out, come Daniel Proulx’s astonishing mechanical creepers, crafted from spare clock and scrap metal parts
World’s Largest OLED Earth by Mitsubishi Electric
Located at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan is the world’s first spherical OLED. It features a map of globe, updated in real-time with weather information and temperature data. This technomagical globe is an aluminum sphere covered with 10,362 organic LED panels featuring a resolution of over ten million pixels, ten times that of an ordinary LED display.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Step by step this massive snow drawing was trampled into freshly fallen snow by artist Sonja Hinrichsen with the help of 5 volunteers last month at Rabbit Ears Pass in Colorado. I love that a piece so expansive and yet so temporary can be created with a few pairs of well choreographed snow boots. If you like this, also check out the beach drawings of Jim Denevan. The photos above were taken by Cedar Beauregard.
Victorian adventurers go big game hunting on an alien planet in Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game, a short film from Media Design School based on the sci-fi world of Dr Grordbort created by writer and artist Greg Broadmore from the Weta Workshop.
Monday, February 20, 2012
"Information technology has become a ubiquitous presence. By visualizing the processes that underlie our interactions with this technology we can trace what happens to the information we feed into the network."
"Kinetica Art Fair brings together galleries, art organisations and curatorial groups from around the world who focus on kinetic, electronic, robotic, sound, light, time-based and multi-disciplinary new media art, science and technology." Held under the University of Westminster, Marylebone Ave 35, literally, from February 9th till 12th
Reuben Margolin On Kinetic Art
First inspired by the mysterious and mathematical qualities of a caterpillars crawl, artist Reuben Margolin creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that use pulleys and motors to recreate the complex movements and structures we see in nature. Margolin takes to the PopTech stage to share some of his extraordinary mechanical installations.
Reuben Margolin is an American-born artist and sculptor known for his mechanically-driven kinetic sculptures of wave-forms. He creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that use pulleys and motors to recreate the complex movements and structures we see in nature. Using everything from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects, Reubens artwork is diverse, with sculptures ranging from tiny to looming, motorized to hand-cranked.
Experimental kite designed by Sash Reading with Ivan Morison from the Studio 10 Arch at the University of Westminster. The kite was fabricated and engineered by Queen and Crawford. The kite features 1700 3d printed connectors, carbon fibre rods and cubenfibre aerospace fabric.
The main purpose of this project was to accurately mimic the full range of motion of a normal human arm and hand. The secondary goal was to maximize speed and power, yet maintain a consistent ratio between the two for demonstration purposes. It is important to note that it was designed as an above elbow prosthesis, and the yellow shoulder is only meant to act as a static model.
The amount of weight it can lift is limited to the shape of the object and orientation of the wrist and elbow, but it can't do much with more than a couple pounds.
The controller is a rudimentary cluster of switches and joysticks. A 4-motor air compressor with pressure-regulation was made of Lego, but for the demonstration I simply used hand pumps.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Boopatone is a compiled record of the digital art and computer graphics experiments of Erik Keller, who is a freelance CG artist living and working in Hollywood CA. In it he lays bare some of the sausage making behind high end 3D modeling. He has also made some awesome Maya tutorials if you are interested in trying it out yourself
- Create Ground Fog with Maya Fluids for 3D World Magazine
- Model a Virus using Molecular Maya for 3D World Magazine
- Adjusting Matcap Materials on Pixologic.com
- ZBrush 4 New Features on Pixologic.com
- mental ray Lighting and Rendering in Maya 2011 on Lynda.com
- ZBrush 3 for Windows on Lynda.com
Buy yourself a TARDIS phone cozy
L.E.D. Surfer William Hughes snowboards through darkness in a suit made with thousands of L.E.D. lights in a short film by Jacob Sutton.
Martin Klimas, an artist best known for his work in the medium of "temporary sculptures," is now trying to illustrate what music looks like. Here are the temporary sculptures [ 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 ] Here are the pieces from Painting with Sound [ 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 ]
Space Stallions from The Animation Workshop
Space Stallions! is a 2012 bachelor film project from The Animation Workshop. More epic than epic. More 80s than the 80s ever were.
As darkness is covering the multiverse, far away in the galaxy of the wild stallion, a spark of hope is born. Guided by the light of Mother Mustang, the Space Stallions must defeat the Demon of darkness, Destructo.
3Destruct, an audio-visual installation by Yannick Jacquet, Jérémie Peeters and Thomas Vaquié was shown at the Lieu Unique October 12-16th 2011 as part of the Scopitone festival.
Allocated in an old workshop with industrial architecture typical of the late 19th century, we worked over a week to adapt the installation to this new space. As well as the expected issues of scale and placement, we had to update the whole projected sequence to eliminate all horizontal lines which we found just weren’t looking right especially in the more minimal sequences with the particular material used for this staging. Its a piece with real dynamic range and we had to keep that, and then we found the new constraint turned from challenging to a liberating new visual direction.
"Rock, Paper, Scissors" by Canadian artist Julien Vallée
The young Canadian designer Julien Vallée is a leading expert at melding a variety of analog and digital design techniques into outstanding work. This piece is from the cover of her new book, Rock, Paper, Scissors - The work of Julien Vallée.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wing by Asger Grevil, Mette V. Madsen, Jonas Kirkegaard, Michael Bech
A solitary, one winged creature called Wing is harassed by a group of oppressive crows due to being weak and different from them. He decides that he wants to overcome his disability and escape from the forest. He builds a catapult and a mechanical wing to accomplish this. When he launches himself away from the forest, the wing malfunctions, and he crashes into the territory of the crows. The crows are about to harm him, but are then lured away by a two-winged humanoid, who the crows attack instead. Wing finds the creature, and discovers it is a female of his own kind, and that the crows have torn one of her wings off. As the crows come towards them, Wing gets the idea that he and the female can fly in tandem by flapping each of their single wings while holding onto each other, and they manage to escape from the forest.
In honor of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D being released in theaters, LEGO artist Matt De Lanoy put together an impressive Opee Sea Killer and Gungan Tribubble Bongo submarine masterpiece.
Anti-Super Mario Propaganda Posters by Fro Design
All designs plus a few others available at Fro Design’s blogspot. Dont believe plumber’s lies, help the Koopa Troop stomp out the mustached menace!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
News: Adam Adamowicz, concept artist behind the hugely popular video games Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, passed away last week after a long struggle with cancer.
100+ Examples of Brilliant Tilt-Shift Photography from instantShift
Arkitypo — Using the 26 letters of the alphabet as the starting point, the curators selected a specific typeface that began with each respective letter to develop a 3d alphabet of alphabets. After thoroughly researching the history of each letter, they set out to represent each individual character graphically with elements of its history serving as the foundation. Arkitypo: letter rotations on Vimeo.
LINX is a simple construction toy consisting of modular connectors that work with ordinary drinking straws. LINX creator Patrick Martinez is raising funds for the project on Kickstarter.
Within Minecraft’s blocky world, he has spent about 100 hours so far on a re-creation of Azeroth, the enormous setting of Blizzard’s massively multiplayer game, World of Warcraft (WoW). His name is Ramses. Here's an interview he did with Games Beat. You can see his forum posts here. And there are pictures. "The original goal was just to recreate Kalimdor, which I’ve since completed. I now plan to re-create the other three continents as well. The surface area of Kalimdor is equal to about 35 square kilometers [13.5 square miles], so attempting the conversion without special software could have taken months or even years."
Japanese artist Takanori Aiba creates amazingly detailed resin sculptures so elaborately detailed as to impart them with a Bottle City of Kandor-like habitability. "Bonsai-B," pictured above, looks like a small town built in the branches of a Bonsai tree. It elicits fond memories of Swiss Family Robinson and Tarzan, which among my favorite movies as a kid. Takanori says that he draws inspiration from his background as a maze illustrator for for Japanese fashion magazine POPYE.
Construction material: stone clay, resin clay, epoxy putty, hinoki veneer sheet, bamboo, copper line, plastic, resin, paper, plaster, glass.
On exhibit at SICF12 in Tokyo and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hiroshima
This installation was created using "Game of Life" cellular automaton devised by John Conway to represent the emergence of self-organizing systems. A cellular automaton is a discrete model that consists of a regular grid of cells and simple rules, studied in many fields including mathematics and science. We developed this system in 3d models and tested it across projects of various scales.
The pattern that is created by this system is a mix of order and chaos, which is similar to natural conditions. "Game of Space" expresses the complex phenomenon that is generated by simple rules, yet also creates architectural forms such as slabs and arches. Since cellular automaton is a scale-less system, we believe the system can work in different design fields. Some different scaled figures are located inside this installation to visualize the world that is created by cellular automaton.
"The Beatles - Abbey Road" by RAMART
Available for sale at Etsy for US$40.28
This is handmade using handcut stencils and spraypainted using high quality Montana spraypaint as used by many streetartists.
Darth Vader as John Lennon
Stormtrooper No. 569 as Ringo Starr
Greedo as Paul McCartney
Boba Fett as George Harrison
Stormtrooper No. 569 as Ringo Starr
Greedo as Paul McCartney
Boba Fett as George Harrison
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
"I’m Here" is a 2010 sci-fi romance short film written and directed by Spike Jonze
A library assistant plods through an ordinary life in LA until a chance meeting opens his eyes to a the power of creativity and ultimately, love. When this new life and love begin to fall apart, he discovers he has a lot to give. This short film proves that ordinary is no place to be...
It's Valentine's Day! Panic! Flower prices are sky high, expectations are even higher, and the quality of sex you'll be receiving for the coming year hinges upon your ability to impress the depths of your devotion to your special girl. Well relax, here's a cheap but tactful way to express your love while also carrying across your geekiness. Instructables has an entire library of duct tape rose tutorials, but this one stands out as the best.
I Only Have Eyes for You by Mad Design
14 ways an economist says "I love you"
Cerebral itch : "bitter and/or hilarious" Valentines cards
CollegeHumor TV valentines featuring Community, Doctor Who, Sherlock, etc.
Don't send a Valentine's Day Card, send a declaration of romantic intent
Download you own Star Wars valentines
Gears of War Valentines are both horror-inducing and heart-warming
Geek Mom's silly, printable Valentines feature robots, mad scientists
Girl Gone Geek has a round-up of Doctor Who Valentines from around the web
Horrible Cards by The Oatmeal
Natalie Dee's take on the Valentine's Day card might be a bit too close to the mark
Starcraft II Valentine’s Day Cards from Gearfus
Someecards offers an amazing variety of pithy remarks as always, plus there are now user-generated memes for those of us who can't think up something clever to say.
Spooky Pooky's Mythical Creature Valentines
Wildlife lover? Try these Monterey Aquarium cards.