Thursday, February 28, 2013

Short Film: Valibation

Valibation is a short sci-fi horror film about a man who’s a little too attached to his smartphone. The film is somewhat reminiscent of Videodrome, and viewers should be aware that it contains a fair amount of nudity and gore.

Lego Creation: Scarf Loom

Lego Loom

Lego Loom Machine by Tomasz Zając

Zając’s intricate "Lego Loom Machine" is mostly built from Lego bricks and runs off a Lego Mindstorms NXT kit. Operating just like a standard loom would, this Lego version takes a ball of wool and separates it into multiple strands. An arm then places another strand of the wool across the rest and pulls down to secure its placement and, in turn, weaving a knitwear tapestry.

Photography: The Craft Camera

The Craft Camera, a DIY Cardboard Camera!
Via: Ufunk

While you’ll find plenty of DIY guides for building film cameras, it’s not the same story for digital.

The Craft Camera aims to solve that issue. It’s a simple DIY digital camera built out of cardboard and a low-cost electronic system from Arduino. The camera stores the images on a memory card that plugs into your computer.

Portrait: Trash Portraits

Portraits Formed From Leftover Trash by Zac Freeman

American artist Zac Freeman creates mosaic-style portraits from upcycled garbage. Specifically, he's chosen trash that is leftover from the items we regularly consume, including colored bottle caps, buttons, and soda can tabs.

Event: D&D Art Show

D & D is an upcoming group art show featuring original Dungeons & Dragons-themed artwork curated by Ben Collison. The art show will open at 7 PM PST on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Mission: Comics & Art in San Francisco. You can RSVP for the event online via Facebook.

Lego Creation: Hogwarts Castle

Seattle-based Alice Finch has unveiled a replica of the Hogwarts castle that rivals the real life set model used by the studio for the actual miniature work at BrickCon 2012.  The set replicates both the exterior and interior of Hogwarts in painstaking detail.  It recently won both the "Best in Show" and "People’s Choice" awards at BrickCon 2012, a rare achievement.
"Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This version of Hogwarts is made of about 400,000 bricks and took 12 months to build. It is designed to be architecturally accurate and completely playable. It breaks into sections that pack into 35 large flat boxes or shelves."

Typography: Wire

"Wire" by Dan Hoopert

Eighteen year-old  U.K. based designer Dan Hoopert designed this font with virtual nails and wire for a University class project using Cinema 4D, a 3D modeling application.

Illustration: Vintage Scifi Pinups

Vintage Scifi Pinups by Waldemar von Kozak via

"Cosmic Workers"
Vintage Scifi Pinups by Waldemar von Kozak

Waldemar's work is reminiscent of the old softcore B movies that were definitely nowhere as good as the posters that advertised them, promising unexplored frontiers full of nubile women and rocket-powered roadsters. You can check videos of Waldemar’s process at YouTube

Electronic Art: A Million Times

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"A Million Times" by Stockholm Studio Humans Since 1982
On exhibit at Design Days Dubai / Victor Hunt Gallery March 18 - 21 2013.

Created out of 288 analogue clocks which are powered by 576 electric motors so that the minute and hour hands can be controlled independently. By doing so the hands are left constantly dancing in slow motion and as they rotate they form elaborate patterns and even work together to display text. Watch the video demonstration of the piece working below.

Design: Typographic Chairs

Photographed by Bas Helbers

Rotterdam designer Roeland Otten has designed a collection of 26 chairs, each shaped like a letter of the alphabet. Check out build photos at Design Milk.

Link Round-Up: February 28, 2013

How Disney's 'Paperman' turned old school animation into Oscar gold 

If you ever wished there was a quickie way to get your photos from your DSLR to your iPad, there is. The iPad SD Card Reader lets you directly upload photos to your iPad or iPad Mini! That way you can speedily edit and share all your best pics in a jiff.

Uchida Seiji, a 67-year-old retiree in Fukui, Japan, constructed a 6'6" UC Gundam out of paper to show it to kids at area community centers. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Short Film: Fat

Sculpture: Crania Anatomica Filigre

The digitally sculpted 3D printed filigree skull sculpture was a Kickstarter project that ended up becoming the most funded Sculpture project in the site's history.

Merchandise: Marvel Paper

Available for purchase from the M'Store. KR10,000

Papercraft: Crafted Cameras

"Postcard SLR Camera"

Sculpture: Mechanical Pocket Monsters

Mechanical Pocket Monsters by Justin Gershenson-Gates
Available for purchase from Etsy.

Sculpture: Bag End Bonsai

Monday, February 25, 2013

Short Film: The Smoke Seller

El Vendedor de Humo tells the story of a traveling “smoke seller” who arrives in a new town to set up shop. With control of seemingly magical smoke which can transform objects at will, it doesn’t take long for our young traveler to become the toast of the town. But, as you might imagine, there is a twist..

Short Film: Ursus

"URSUS" by directed by Reinis Pētersons

This isn't a particularly geeky film, but I loved the texture of the animation, so I though I'd share it. Ursus is a a charcoal-drawn animation about a circus bear who takes off to the forest where his true happiness seems to dwell.

Quick Pic: Cylon Engagement Ring

Cylon Engagement Ring

Cylon Engagement Ring by Michael Moragne 

This guy designed a custom engagement ring for his girlfriend in Photoshop. He then had it modeled, prototyped, and cast in real life from the gold of his grandmother's wedding ring. There's an actual ruby in each of the Cylons' eyes. You need to see this ring from every angle to fully appreciate just how amazing it's design is. I just hope that BattleStar Galactica is her fandom and not his.

Sweets: The One Ring Cake

Tutorial: Wheat Paste Posters

Street Art: Game Over

Photographed by Streetfilesss

Lego Creation: Throne of Trek

“STNG as it should have been… Emperor Picard The Magnificent upon his throne, surrounded by his loyal subjects, Princess Troi-Leia (slave girl and fortune teller), Sergeant Buff (Klingon barbarian bodyguard and Sushi chef), Bone Crusher (witch doctor and dungeon mistress), and the fool. Built for the SeaLUG LEGO display at Emerald City Comicon (first weekend of March at the Seattle convention center).”

Typography: 4d Paper Lettering

"4d Paper Lettering" by Barcelona designers Lo Siento

Barcelona graphic design company Lo Siento has created a set of sculptural letters that can be read from all sides.

Tutorial: How to Craft a Book

Here’s a set of photographic instructions on how to make your own book. I came across while browsing Imgur. It's impressively simply, unlike other tutorials I've seen, which often call for specialized tools or supplies.  I'm pretty sure that you could pick up the thread, linen, and paper needed for this project at just about any craft store in the country for under fifteen dollars. Attach a brass ornament to the cover and this would sell pretty well on Etsy.

Link Round-Up: February 25, 2013

Via: Reddit via BoingBoing
Left to Right: Mk VI (Iron Man 2), Deep Space Suit (Its a Toy/Iron Man 3 Rumor), Mk VIII (Iron Man 3)

Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises and other works by Yang Yongliang.

Grant Snider's Awesome Posters For Book Lovers

Friday, February 22, 2013

Short Film: The Jockstrap Raiders

Nelson injects a bit of humor into the battlefield genre in this Revenge of the Nerds-esqu short about a group of misfits who are determined to save Britain from the invading German army during the course of World War I.  If you were a fan of eighties cartoons growing up, you'll probably enjoy this.
"The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during world war I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain, and the world.

Completed at UCLA, it is Mark Nelson's MFA thesis project. The short has won many awards, including: Student Academy Award; Best Animation, British Animation Festival; Best Animation Macon Film Festival; Best Narrative Short GI Film Festival; Audience Award Orlando Film Festival."

Video: Signal Loss

Hannes Hummel and his colleagues Philip Carbotta and Thilko Limbeck at the Cologne International School of Design used the Kinect and ReconstructMe -real-time 3D modeling software to scan themselves to create the character and his movements. Looking at the figure in this video running through a triangulated world, you might notice how his motion looks remarkably life-like animation for on-the reason for that is that they're modeled on actual human movements.

 Off he runs through a low-poly landscape with the audio of Pariah 's track "Signal Loss" to keep him company, jogging on through this abstract, video game-like environment Which they say was "created to mirror the melancholic mood of Pariah's track. " On the Vimeo page, and in the comments, so they note how they added a combination of motion capture and key frame animation to flesh out the runner and his shimmering landscape.

It's an impressive piece and worth watching in HD too, as it took them over a week to render the video on an 8-machine render farm.

Papercraft: Cardboard Optimus Prime

Warner just finished creating this ten foot tall cardboard robot for a class project.  Check out these Work in Progress photos.

Sweets: Super Mario Cupcakes

Sweets: Mario Mushroom Cookies

"The cookies I made fresh from the oven! I made my own cookie cutter shapes to make the Mario Mushrooms. Sugar cookies made with red and green food coloring. The black eyes were added after baking with a food coloring pen. I really love how they came out!"

Papercraft: Thumbprint Portrait

Available for purchase from Etsy.

Papercraft: Paper Cities

Duralar, enamel paint, pins.
Photographed by Rob Jaffe

London artist Matthew Picton uses strips of paper from popular (and often symbolic) media such as sheet music and DVD jackets to construct historical maps of the world's major cities from around the world. In one piece, Picton represents the Great Fire of London with the burnt pages of Daniel Defoe’s The Plague Years. In another, the artist constructed Lower Manhattan from news headlines that followed the World Trade Center disaster.

Mosaic: Jewel of the Universe

"Jewel of the Universe" by Chris Chamberlain

Chris Chamberlain is not your typical artist, but, then again, this isn't your typical piece of art.  The forty-nine year old IT just spent the last two years of his life piecing together this gigantic mosaic map of the Earth from 330,000 hand-cut pieces of stained glass.  Now, he’s hoping to auction the piece on eBay for a cool quarter of a million pounds (US$380,000).

Link Round-Up: February 22, 2013

Head to TheFW for more Oscar Movie Mashups We Want to See.

News: Marvel announced Iron Man 3 Lego sets will hit the shelves on March 7.

News: Warren Ellis' new panel-a-day webcomic, Scatterlands is now live.

The Hobbit Map Dress

New Pacific Rim concept art is wonderfully weird.

Spider-Man hiding under wedding cakes that are otherwise perfectly traditional is now a thing.  Personally, I would have opted for Deadpool.

Why You Should Judge a Book By Its Cover

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Short Film: To This Day

"To This Day" by Canadian design firm Giant Ant
Poem written by Shane Koyczan

To This Day is a collaborative project in which animators were given the opportunity to animate a twenty second segment of a powerful spoken word piece by Shane Koyczan over the course of just twenty days.  The results are as beautiful as they are moving.  You can learn more about the To This Day at the project’s website, and the organizers hope you'll also spend a moment learning more about the anti-bully movement at

Sculpture: Reverse Perspective

Reliquaries” by Al Farrow
Churches constructed of Guns and Bullets.
“I am perpetually surprised by the historical and continuing partnership of war and religion. The atrocities committed in acts of war absolutely violate every tenet of religion, yet rarely do religious institutions speak against the violations committed in the name of God. Historically, Popes have even offered eternal salvation to those who fought on their behalf (The crusades, etc.).

In my constructed reliquaries, I am playfully employing symbols of war, religion and death in a facade of architectural beauty and harmony. I have allowed my interests in art history, archeology and anthropology to influence the work. The sculptures are an ironic play on the medieval cult of the relic, tomb art, and the seductive nature of objects commissioned and historically employed by those seeking position of power.”

Video: Pinky Demon Blocks the Exit

Watch as artist ELEMENTAL79 remasters the classic game Doom into HD. A few hundred thousand more frames and we'll have ourselves a re-release.

Illustration: Bic Pen Designs

de Haan’s Southeast Asian flavored illustrations are completely hand-sketched using only a Bic pen.  Understandably, many of them have been used as tattoos.

Video: Batman Rockabilly

Denis Medri's Batman Rockabilly art series gets visualized all at once in a short vid. I don't know about you, but I would totally Tivo this series if it came to television!

Illustration: Zodiac Signs

Prints available for purchase from Deviant Art. US$18.84

Yuhon puts a fresh twist on the symbols of the zodiac, giving the a Gaiman-esque comic book feel.

Science: Transparent Specimens

Tomita first removes the scales and skin of fish that have been preserved in formaldehyde. Next he soaks the creatures in a stain that dyes the cartilage blue. Tomita uses a digestive enzyme called trypsin, along with a host of other chemicals, to break down the proteins and muscles, halting the process just at the moment they become transparent but before they lose their form. The bones are then stained with red dye, and the brilliant beast is preserved in a jar of glycerin.

Link Round-Up: February 21, 2013

F*ck You. Pay Me.  Mike Monteiro, Design Director, and co-founder of Mule Design Studio speaks at CreativeMornings about running a design business.  More to the point, his lawyer spells out the importance of using contracts, even if you are running a creative business.

ILM has just released a new video detailing how they were able to digitally recreate New York for Joss Whedon‘s mega-blockbuster. In it you’ll find out exactly how much of the film was shot in New York, see a lot of green screen work, all the tiny details that have to be added to each frame and even learn a few cool pieces of trivia. For either Avengers or filmmaking fans, it’s a must see.

Jason Adams illustrates the 2013 Oscar Best Picture Nominees

Play Texas Hold ‘Em With These Artistic Game of Thrones Cards

The Secret Law of Page Harmony: A method to produce the perfect book (single-link graphic design essay).

Quick Pic: Colonel Sanders Cosplay

Colonel Sanders Dressed cosplaying Dragon Ball Z
Source: Kotaku

Is there anything that isn't better in Japan?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Short Film: The Longest Day Care

"The Longest Day Care"

You need only 5 minutes to check out David Silverman‘s Oscar-nominated short short film, The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare! If your favorite member of the Simpsons family is Maggie, this is the perfect movie for you. In this completely dialog-free film Maggie is left in the tend care of the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, where she must protect a caterpillar against her nemesis.
"Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies."

Video: Berlin Block Tetris

"An animation I made for Uni. Everything is made in After Effects without Plugins. 

The idea is based on a kind of parody of the former Socialist building style. They used to build whole cities where each house was designed identically to create cheap housing for workers. These ‘blocks’ were so similar that in Soviet times, you could easily wake up at a friends place in another city and still feel like you are in your flat. Even the furniture was the same."

Posters: Star Wars

Star Wars: A New Hope
Created by Sindre Hansen

"Finally on my winterbreak- I decided to do some personal projects, and actually upload something here, which i haven't done in months! Anyway, i decided to do some movie posters, since i need more graphic design things for my portfolio. So, this is the first in a series of Star Wars posters, heavily inspired by the work of the great Saul Bass, a graphic designer from the 60's. Obviously, the movie depicted is A new hope, the first Star Wars movie from 1977."

Paintings: Pop Culture Portraits

Duke R2-D2 by Hillary White

Duke R2-D2 based on Francois-Xavier Fabre’s Portrait Of A Man

These acrylic paintings by Hillary White are part of White's exhibit at Nosh Kitchen Bar in Portland, Maine, which runs through February.  The exhibit includes Formal Portraits of Batman, Voltron, and other pop culture icons.

Concept Art: Robogirl

Robogirl by Samuel Conlogue
Via: InspireFirst

Sculpture: Alien Queen Ice Sculpture

Alien Queen Ice Sculpture by Koji Kareki of Japan & Kei Sakugawa of Canada
Created for this year’s Winterlude ice sculpture contest in Ottawa, Canada.

Tech: 3Doodler

3Doodler is a 3D printer pen that makes it possible to “draw” three-dimensional plastic objects. The pen works by heating a thin plastic wire until it is pliable, and then cooling the plastic with a fan after it comes out of the pen tip. The creators of 3Doodler, Peter Dilworth and Max Bogue of WobbleWorks, are raising funds for the project on Kickstarter.

Street Art: Panda Mural

Panda Street Art Mural by Hawaiian street artist Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin aka Angry Woebots just completed this large mural in Honolulu. As is common with Martin's work, the piece conveys an impression of insanity conveyed through imagry of an appealing, often adorable, monster.  “I was supposed to paint a grizzly bear, and I was like, whatever, I’ll paint a panda bear.”  Read an interview with Martin ("Angry Woebots") at Contrast Magazine.

Link Round-Up: February 20, 2013

Bioshock Artwork by Joe Misrasi
Prints available for purchase from Society 6. US$17.68

The Fire Wire wrote a cool story about this Bronze Dark Knight Returns statue you’ll never own.

Four New Battlestar Galactica Shirts From QMx

Middle-Earth Fashion by Black Milk Clothing makes geek chic

Restoring the DeLorean time machine to its original glory

Six Handmade Star Trek Accessories You Need To Beam Into Your Life

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Short Film: Slow Derek

"Slow Derek"directed by Dan Ojari

This stop motion film was Dan Ojari's thesis film for the Royal College of Art, and it was selected for Sundance in 2012.  It tells the story of a cubicle drone named Derek who struggles to keep pace with the speed of the larger world.  The story is riddled with fun special effects that serve as an effective metaphor for daily life.

Street Art: The Wolf

Street Art from Germany by Mode 2
Source: NoozHawk

Sweets: Portal Cake

Companion Cube Wedding Cake by Cakes by Beth of Manchester, U.K.

Event: MINTcondition

MINTcondition, A Comic Book inspired Art Show Presented by Ltd. Art Gallery and Emerald City Comicon

MINTcondition is a comic book themed group art show held annually at the Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle.  This year's show opens on Friday, March 1, 2013 and runs through Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Video: Forging Jaime Lannister’s Sword

In the news series "Man At Arms" master swordsmith and renowned propmaster Tony Swatton recreates iconic weapons from film and television. For the premiere episode, Swatton recreated Jaime Lannister’s sword from Game of Thrones from scratch, with a hilt forged from molten bronze, and then taken outside for an epic battle against a windshield.

Diorama: Battle of Hoth

"This dio is in my living room. Thanks for looking. No photoshop in any picture."

Barry had a spare 140 square feet in his living room. Some folks would've bought another couch, but Barry went in a different direction.  He re-created the Battle of Hoth in excruciating detail. Take a look! None of it is Photoshopped.

Link Round-Up: February 19, 2013

Prints and merchandise available for purchase at RedBubble and Society6

15 Spectacular Buildings Where Origami Meets Architecture

The Death of Romance in the Shadow of the Colossus reads the acclaimed PS2 game as a myth about the rise and fall of the European Romantic movement.

Romancing the drone: how America's flying robots are invading pop culture

Terrible Drawings of British Actors

What if Pixar made Star Trek? One artist answers that question.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Short Film: Moon Dust

A pilot crash his landing pod from the Moon in the middle of a forest. He carries a secret with him that could cost him his life...

Street Art: Graffiti Artist IEMZA

The street art of French artist IEMZA
Source: Flickr via Colossal

Posters: Do you need a designer?

Prints available for purchase. US$35

Fresh Take: Video Game China Pattern

I had some downtime so I decided to make myself a new set of dinnerware based on The Willow Pattern.

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