Friday, June 30, 2017

Link Round-Up: June 30, 2017

3D Printing 4 the 4th of July

Analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written language, and significant in developmental psychology and trends in education today. Fascinating article!

The Cyberspace we Forgot - the Neuromancer computer game. 

David Kawai makes tiny hand-folded origami cranes. More on his instagram, twitter.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mural: Darth Vader Tree House

Created for Powwowhawaii. Located in Hawaii.

This isn't Wooden Wave's only Star Wars mural by a long shot, but in my opinion, it's the best.  I'd love to see this design turned into a model.

Mural: Shattering Light Bulb

Shattering Light Bulb Mural by Onur
Created for the Mural Festival in Montreal, Canada

Onur is a Swiss-born artist best known for photorealistic murals and collages.  Many of his pieces incorporate ultra-violet paint that imbues his projects with a high-tech air.

In his latest series, the artist explores the impact of the present, stressful every-day life to the human psychology, in which he depicts objects like traffic lights, crossroads and garbage bags emerging from heads of an ordinary man.

In 2013, Onur created together with artist Wes21 a big mural at the 5 Pointz Building in New York City. In 2014 he participated in the Richmond Mural Project in Richmond,VA. He was part of one of the most famous campaigns for Volvo and he has also collaborated with German and rapper legend, Kool Savas.

Sweets: Adventure Time Cake Pops

"I created these fun Adventure Time cake pops for an international cake collaboration called Cakeflix. Check out some of the other amazing cakes on the facebook page:

I started these cake pops with a batch of vanilla cake. After breaking it up into a fine crumb, I added about half a cup of Earl Grey White chocolate ganache. I formed the dough into balls and various shapes for the various characters. Using some melted chocolate, I added a stick to each one and chilled for just a couple of minutes.

I dipped each cake pop in its respective colour and then added facial details and hair using modelling chocolate.

I created this tutorial for you guys while I was making these cake pops in hope it might help you create your next cake pop project."

Sweets: Deadpool Rides A Unicorn

This incredible cake, created for the international Cake Con Collaboration features an adorable Deadpool riding a unicorn like the end credits of the feature film.
"Not only was the Deadpool movie made in Vancouver, but Ryan Renolds is from Vancouver, so Deadpool was the perfect comic character. The first time I saw the movie, I instantly wanted to make a deadpoool and unicorn cake, and I finally got to make it! He is a little raunchy and very humorous, but I think he has a sweet side too! He is a little banged up and dirty, but mostly all healed up and enjoying a ride through the clouds with his trusty friend the unicorn."

Sweets: Deadpool Cake

If this isn't the best superhero cake I've ever seen, it's in the top five. Not that I'm jealous.

Metalwork: Trash into Transformers

This video centers around a talented father and son team who build Transformers statues from scrap metal.  The video comes from Great Big Story and it's part of their "Passing The Torch" series.
"In 2010, Chinese farmer Yu Zhilin and his son Yu Lingyun opened up their own metalworking shop in the country's Hunan Province. Inspired by the futuristic robots from the movie “Transformers,” the pair began fashioning original statues from scrap metal. Their first design took about a month and a half to build, but they’ve since created an impressive array of statues, giving new life to discarded car parts along the way. It’s not just the success of their new business that makes this father-son duo happy; the craft itself has brought them closer together."

Posters: Jurassic Park

Posters: Back To The Future

Illustration: Inside the Tree Fort

Check out this incredible cutaway illustration of the interior of Finn and Jake's tree fort from Adventure Time.  He includes a ridiculous amount of detail, introducing a whole new level of realism to the cartoon universe.  I’ll include the complete pictures below as well as some enlarged versions of certain sections so you can all admire it for yourself.  Degtyarev has larger versions on his ArtStation page, but I'm very sad to say that he doesn't offer any poster prints for purchase.  I'd certainly buy one if he did.
"If you ever wonder the structure of Finn and Jake’s house from Adventure Time, then here is the answer! The detailed cut-away illustration, showing living floors, secrets and abandoned areas. With lovely main characters hanging around."

Mash-Up: Firefly / Rogue One

"Sudden But Inevitable Mash-Up" by Burbank, California-based Brian Kesinger
Prints coming in July from Etsy.

Another gem from artist Brian Kesinger.  This time it's a Firefly/Rogue One Mash-Up. Apparently, a print of this Firefly and Rogue One mashup will be available in his Etsy store in July.

Artist: Daniel Kamarudin

Illustrations by Malaysia-based Daniel Kamarudin ( theDURRRRIAN)

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 26, 2017

"Aliens" by Rich Davies


HoustonPress talks with Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods


AMC’s Preacher Returns With a Bang, and a Bang, and a Bang
The Handmaid's Tale: Faithful, Episode 5 Review
In season 2 of "Preacher" the road to hell is paved with bad intentions
Preacher: How the Comic-Book Series Just Got Bloodier and More Blasphemous
Preacher Season 2 Premiere Recap: On the Road

Link Round-Up: June 26, 2017

All Over the Map is a neat blog from the folks at National Geographic.

The “Andy’s Dad” theory from Toy Story has been floating around the internet for a while. Now, the full story of how the boy’s father fits into the movie’s world has been released, and oh wow is it ever sad.

The influential, instructional illustrator Ed Emberley is in his 80s and still drawing. He has a range of styles, from the Caldecott Medal-winning Drummer Hoff (1967) to his creatively die-cut Go Away, Big Green Monster (1992), and perhaps most memorably a whole range of drawing books, which generally start with the reminder that if you can draw these things → · U D Δ □ ⇝ you can draw all kinds of things. If you can't find his books, the EMBR Group has a blog of Ed Emberley's Drawing Pages.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 23, 2017

"Blade Runner" by Casey Callender


Emmy Winner Shohreh Aghdashloo on The Expanse and Stereotypes of Middle Eastern Actors
Han Solo Director Ron Howard Reveals His Initial Thoughts After ...
Mae Jemison, first woman of color in space, talks STEM gaps and science fiction
“Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson talks to the Hive about the differences between augmented and virtual reality, how to create a convincing Metaverse, and why social media is driving us insane.
Transformers: The Last Knight's Laura Haddock Tells Us How Having...
Westworld Creators & Evan Rachel Wood On Fan Theories, Secrets, And Season 2
Westworld Showrunners Talk Season 2 Plans

Link Round-Up: June 23, 2017

"Wonder Woman" by Ruiz Burgos

10,000 Hours of 3D Printing Bring Larger-Than-Life Cast Bronze Sculpture to Georgia Tech

Analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written language, and significant in developmental psychology and trends in education today. Fascinating article!

The British library has a cookbook from the 14th century that includes (with illustrations) a recipe for roast unicorn. I especially like that it begins with "Taketh one unicorne."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lego Creations: DS9 Runabout

Not my favorite Star Trek vessel by a longshot, but look at the detail on this Lego model.

Lego Creations: Metal Gear Solid REX

Metal Gear Solid REX V.2 by Ragnarock01

Okay, I'm not the world's biggest Metal Gear Solid fan, but this model is damn impressive.

Lego Creations: Venator Mark III

Via: MOCpages

Even if I had the money for the pieces, I'd never have the talent to design a Lego model like this.  It's all I can do to assemble the more complex sets from the directions provided without swearing up a blue streak.  I do love to gaze upon the eyecandy of others' creations, though, and this is a beauty.  Follow the link for more in-depth descriptions. 
"This is a theoretical version I created of the Venator Mark III Star Destroyer. There is a Mark II class on Wikipedia already, so I made this the Mark III version developed just before the Imperial Class Star Destroyer.

For those die hard Star Wars fans, this does not comply with the official lexicon. I was more interested in creating a hypothetic version of the Star Destroyer, which was created from my Star Destroyer and AT AT Walker sets. This version is 44 inches long, 28 inches wide and 17 inches tall. If the original Imperial Star Destroyer set was used as a comparative scale, the Venator Mark III Star Destroyer would be 1900 meters long, 1210 meters wide and 735 meters tall (with the landing gear extended). This makes it significantly larger than the standard Imperial Class Star Destroyer, and quite a bit bigger than the 1,137 meter long Venator Class Star Destroyer. I guess this would qualify as a super carrier."

Posters: The Dark Crystal

"When Single Shines The Triple Sun" by Dave Perillo
Prints available for purchase from Bottleneck Gallery. US$40

Posters: Back To The Future

"Back To The Future" by Ryan Brinkerhoff
Prints available for purchase from The Movie Gang. US$20

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 21, 2017


Chris Trujillo ('Stranger Things' Production Designer) discusses creating grittier look
Interview With Nicky Drayden, author of The Prey Of Gods
Ooh, That's Nice: An Exclusive Interview With Sean Gunn
"Star Trek: Discovery" Producers Talk Delays
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Actor Gets Emotional Discussing Iden Versio

Link Round-Up: June 21, 2017

"Oldboy" by Josh G. Eckert
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$18.64

Adam Savage recently took a tour of Artisan’s Asylum, a 40,000 square-foot, 400-member community fabrication center located just outside of Boston. The Asylum is entirely community run and funded, and features spaces for makers to build, share, and take classes.  Five minutes into the tour, all I can think about is how much I wish a place like Artisan’s Asylum existed in my hometown.

Doctor Who TARDIS Stein presumably holds more beer on the inside

Hear Bob Dylan’s Newly-Released Nobel Lecture: A Meditation on Music & Lyrics

Friday, June 16, 2017

Quick Pic: The Life Of A Project

" Life Of A Project" by Jonah Lobe
Via: Twitter

Crafts: BioShock Little Sister Doll

Little Sister Doll by Kari Parham

Alright dolls freak me out enough to begin with and Little Sister is anything by cuddly to begin with, but Kari Parham has taken creepy dolls to a whole new level with with handmade Little Sister tribute inspired by BioShock.  Parharm has done an incredible job capturing the horror of Little Sister while still maintaining the "cute" element that makes your skin crawl in-game.  The final results are so good they look Photoshopped.
"The backdrop was made with foam board, poster board, hot glue, paint, and sheets of foam. It was made to come apart three walls and the floor. I just set the display in front of the TV to take a picture."

Posters: Shaun of the Dead

"Shaun of the Dead" by Rich Kelly
Prints available for purchase from Mondo. US$45

Posters: The Fifth Element

"The Fifth Element" by Tracie Ching
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Spoke Art Friday June 16.

'The Fifth Element' by Craig Drake and Tracie Ching, originally available at a special 25th anniversary screening on May 27 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, hosted by MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS and Spoke Art.  Available for purchase today only!

Posters: 2001: A Space Odyssey

"2001: A Space Odyssey" by Karl Fitzgerald
Officially licensed prints available for purchase from Bottleneck Gallery. US$50

A beautiful tribute to one of the greatest movies ever made.

Illustration: Video Game Nouveau

Illustration: American Gods

"American Gods" by David M Buisán
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Does anyone else feel like American Gods isn't getting the overwhelming surge of fan art tributes it deserves?  This is certainly a worthy start, but I hope we'll be seeing more very soon.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 16, 2017

Blade Runner Cover Art by Krzysztof Domaradzki
Created for ImagineFX Magazine #143


Actor Sam Elliott On Riding A Wave Of Popularity At 72
Bruce Sterling: science fiction won't make the future better
The Director Of Tank Girl Talks Wonder Woman And Misogyny
Interview with Susan Dennard, author of the Witchlands Series
Neill Blomkamp talks about his new short film, "Rakka"


Chris Colfer Is Adapting His 'The Land Of Stories' Novels To The Big Screen
Colin Trevorrow's Latest Film Flop Has Star Wars fans On Edge
James Gunn Wants To Retcon A Scene From The First Film For ...
Japanese Researchers Are Developing A Giant Snake Robot To Explore ...
Man In The High Castle Season 3 Casts Jason O'Mara In Major Role
Nasa's Asteroid Mission Scrapped Under Trump's Budget
Now Showing: Week Of June 16
Okja Is A Masterful Blend Of Sweet, Salty, And Satirical (Review)
One Last Bat Time! Fans Will Get A Final Adam West Adventure In ...
Our Sun May Have A Long-Lost Twin: Scientistsnamed It 'Nemesis'
Review: 'The Book Of Henry' Loses Sight Of Its Plot
Sir Derek Jacobi to return as the 'War Master' in new Doctor Who audio series Snow Crash Movie Update: Filming Might Begin In 2017
Sphero's Spidey-Sense Tingles With A Spider-Man Desk Friend
Star Wars Six Director's New Film Has Fans Feeling A Disturbance In A ...
Stranger Things Season 2: Boss Warns That Fans Could Be ...
The 'Six Billion Dollar Man' Film Has Been Bumped To 2018 ...
The Old Guard Clashes With The Newbie In All-New Blade Runner ...
'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' News: Jessica Chastain In Talks To Play A ...

Link Round-Up: June 16, 2017

"Eleven" by Canada-based Drake Tsui
Stranger Things Fan Art

Monday, June 12, 2017

Posters: Logan

"Logan" by Adam Stothard

Posters: Logan

“Logan” by Alberto Reyes

Posters: Reapers of the Apocalypse

"Reapers of the Apocalypse" by Ryan Begley
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Shirts and Destroy. US$110
Via: Imgur

Holy shit.  I would love to see a complete tarot deck drawn by Ryan Begley.  As it is, these posters are nearly sold out, but he is offering a whole range of shirt designs on through his personal site.

Posters: American Gods

This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite shows on television.  It's not quite as good as Game of Thrones or Westworld, but it's a breath of fresh air to sit down to a series that doesn't involve knights, robots, superheroes, or zombies.

Posters: Wonder

"Wonder" by Daniel Nash
Prints available for purchase from Firebox. £19.99 / £29.99

Posters: Wonder Woman

Featured Site: Colormind & Fontjoy

"Colormind is a color scheme generator that uses deep learning. It can learn color styles from photographs, movies, and popular art."
Colormind and Fontjoy are a new set of sites custom taylored to goose the creative juices of graphic designers.  Both sites are powered by "neural nets" developed by one Jack Qiao.  One suggests unique pairings of fonts for your typography project.  The other suggests unique palettes.  They a huge help when you're experiencing creative writer's block or just new to graphic design.

Colormind generates five-color palettes with the click of a mouse using data drawn from Adobe Color.  Meanwhile, FontJoy analyzes letterforms to "systematically find fonts that share similarities but contrast in a key way" to match typefaces.  Yes, you might know that using a serif for a header with sans serifs for a subhead creates an eye-drawing visual contrast, but FontJoy goes deeper than that.  Fonts  chosen by this site might share a weight, slant, or other quality that makes them the perfect pair.

Both Colormind and Fontjoy are free to use.  Of course, whether or not you find them useful is another question entirely.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 12, 2017


Doctor Who Showrunner Defends Not Casting A Female Doctor Via
Handmaid’s Tale Costume Designer On The Power Inherent To Costumes
It Comes at Night Director Trey Edward Shults on How The Shining Inspired His Nightmare
John Chu Talks Cybernetics, Short Fiction, and Sci-Fi
Produced By: 'Stranger Things,' 'Arrival' Producers on Giving Voice to Talent
Sci-Fi Author Dan Koboldt Talks About 'Okja' and the Future of Genetics


Adam West dies From Cancer At Age 88
Bat Signal Launched In Charleston After Death Of Adam West
Bethesda At E3 2017: The 4 Most Important Announcements
Dark Universe's First Hurdle: The Mummy Box Office Tanks
Doctor Who: The New Doctor Has Reportedly Been Cast
E3 2017:Star Warsbattlefront 2's Multiplayer Class System Is Just ...
Force Strong At Skellig Michael With Invasion Of Star Wars fans
Lots of celebrities would like to board Star Trek: Discovery
Luke Skywalker's Original Lightsaber Is Up For Sale
Michael Bay Wants An R-Rated Transformers
Naomi Alderman's dystopian novel The Power wins 2017 Baileys Prize
Sense8 Fans Start Petition To Save The Series
Snowpiercer TV Show Casts Jennifer Connelly
Visceral Games' 'Star Wars' Absence At E3 Had Fans On A Meltdown
We need to talk about Doctor Who and disability
You Can Buy Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber

Link Round-Up: June 12, 2017

At Ai Weiwei’s Unnerving New Installation, The Art Spies On You

Check out the gorgeous concept art detailing the ‘No Man’s Land’ sequence from Wonder Woman.

The Cosplay of Geekulture Lanaudière: When Geekery Meets Family Fun

Fallout Pip-Boy PS4 Controller: Live in Your World, Play in Our Wasteland

The Free Library of 3D Printable Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures is Now Complete!

How to Clean a Dusty Picasso at MoMA: Use Your Spit

Redditors design worst volume sliders possible

ScreenRant has released a video called "10 Marvel Fan Theories That Will Freak You Out", and while I don't think they will freak you out, they are intriguing.

Sculpting with Books to Make Abstract Art

Yeah, sure, cellular automata are pretty great, whatever. Wait! Let's knit them on scarves! Yeah. Yeah, that's the--WAIT! I've got it! Let's plaster 'em all over a goddam train station!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Humor: Windows being Windows

Damn it Windows, does killing always need to be option one?

Humor: Useless They Said

Useless They Said
Source: Imgur

I'd love to see a story arc where Aqua Man was the villain.

Infographic: Tabletop Whale

"Landmarks on Venus are named after famous women or goddesses. I made a map introducing the woman behind each name. You can find the full-size map here."
At Tabletop Whale, graphic designer and molecular biologist Eleanor Lutz showcases her scientific infographics, illustrations and drawings. Examples include virus trading cards, colorful butterflies of North America, immunology pop art and a user's guide to muscles.

Lutz's work has been featured all over the internet, including in an interview for Paste Magazine and an article for Wired.  She also has a Tumblr devoted to her work.  Check out some of the highlights from her galleries at the links below:

Animal Kingdom


Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 7, 2017

"True Heroes" by Rio de Janeiro-based Daniel Lustosa


John Cameron Mitchell Doesn'T Care If You Hate His Alien Punkmovie: "How to Talk to Girls at Parties to be the favorite film of some 15-year-old girl. Thank fuck for that, because the middle-aged white male critics hated it."
Life On Mars With Mark Gardner And John J. Rust
Thandie Newton: Shooting ‘Westworld’ Nude Scenes Felt Like Having a Baby

Link Round-Up: June 7, 2017

"The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring" by Tom Miatke
Part of 'Soldiers Of Fourtune’ exhibition presented by Hero Complex Gallery

Adam Savage Builds a LEGO Model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket

Anime recommendation chart for beginners

Bob Dylan's Nobel Lecture is now online: "In a lot of ways, some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by magical voices, sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back. And you’ve had close calls as well. You have angered people you should not have. And you too have rambled this country all around. And you’ve also felt that ill wind, the one that blows you no good. And that’s still not all of it."  Here's a great explanation of Why Bob Dylan Won The Nobel Prize.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Woodwork: Catan Board

This Imgurian has me green with jealousy over his handmade Settler of Catan Board. The wood tiles in particular are incredible. I wish there were process shots, but alas, we're going to have to be satisfied drooling over the results.

Sweets: LOTR Birthday Party

Imgurian Skip172 shared the preparations his girlfriend made for her "Long Expected" 25th birthday.  Decorations include some familiar signage, and the party featured a buffet of Lord of the Ring themed foods.  Imgur being Imgur, they of course advise him to immediately wife her, and I have to admit, I'd love to meet a fangirl this into my fandoms.

Tattoo: Inner Dimensions

New Hampshire tattoo artist Jesse Rix has posted a gallery of incredible three-dimensional tattoos that transform their bearers into multi-layered optical illusions of alien worlds that appear to loom just beneath their skin.
Jesse Rix is a tattoo artist based in Keene, New Hampshire. He has been tattooing since 2005 and specializes in realism, nature and 3D/Geometric style pieces …Our studio is a private studio, which means it’s by appointment only. We take clients based on an application process when our books are open.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 5, 2017

"Ghost in the Shell" by Chris Skinner
Part of the Soldiers of Fortune art show at Hero Complex Gallery.
Prints available for purchase from Hero Complex Gallery. US$60


The Leftovers Co-Creator Tom Perrotta Expands On The Finale's Surprising Answer
The Leftovers Finale: The Director Talks Love, Belief, and That Final Scene
Neil Blomkamp Talks The District 9 Follow-Up
Nicky Drayden Talks About Her Trippy Debut Novel, The Prey of Gods

Link Round-Up: June 5, 2017

7 Amazing Origami-Inspired Inventions

35 thoughts Trevor the toad might have had during Philosopher’s Stone

An Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Science in France, Francesco de Comité has been making 2D and 3D representations of mathematical concepts and objects.

Canadian artist Dave Delisle of Dave’s Geeky Ideas recently created an incredible two-person tent design concept based on a Federation shuttlecraft from Star Trek.
This is a two-man tent design that features an entrance at the back (just like the actual shuttlecraft). The tent stores in a carrying case that splits apart to become the thrusters. This started as a bunk bed design several months back, but I didn’t want to keep posting bed designs at the time, so I shelved it. Glad I could do something different for the shuttlecraft here.
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