Saturday, October 30, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 30, 2010

Frustrated by the limited costume ideas out there for women? Join in the increasingly loud backlash and ridicule for the "sexy" Halloween costume, now a major stock in trade at party stores. In a time when "Goldilocks, in a snug bodice and platform heels, gives the impression she has been sleeping in everyone’s bed" and "sexually active plaid children" are celebrated cultural icons, projects like Take Back Halloween are promoting costume ideas like Frida Kahlo and Hatshepsut as alternatives to the "skank suit." Bitch magazine chimes in with suggestions like Angela Davis and Peggy Hill. Voices in the feminist blogosphere are arguing for other approaches to the holiday that's all about alternate identity. Meanwhile, the Ms. blog wonders what sexy Halloween costumes for men might look like, and Jezebel solicits photo submissions featuring your least sexy costumes. Find and share more ideas via the Twitter hashtag #feministhalloween.

Quick Pic: 8-Bit

Quick Pic: Screaming Pumpkin

Quick Pic: Spider-Man Pumpkin

Quick Pic: Robot Pumpkin

Quick Pic: Flaming Jack-O-Lantern

Quick Pic: Death Star Pumpkin

Death Star by Fantasy Pumpkins

Don't miss Fantasy Pumpkin's tutorial on carving a Death Star Pumpkin.

Quick Pic: Cannibal Pumpkin

Quick Pic: Angeler Pumpkin

Gallery: Jack-O-Lantern Fields

Friday, October 29, 2010

Gallery: Jack O' Lanterns

Happy Halloween!

Mash-Up: Wizard of Oz / Toy Story

Pop artist Sam Carter paints the cast of Toy Story as the characters from The Wizard of Oz. Woody is the Scarecrow. Jessie is a very goth Dorothy. Buzz Lightyear is the Tin Man. While Rex lurks in the background as the Cowardly Lion. The barrel full of monkeys as the flying monkeys and Cinderella's Castle as Oz is a very nice touch.

Now all it needs is a second panel featuring the little green guys as the Munchkins and Barbie as Glenda the Good Witch.

Link Round-Up: October 28, 2010

Chaugnar Faugn (Cthulhu mythos) statue by Joe Broers

Comic Alliance has posted a gallery of Lantern Corps Halloween Pumpkins

DC Releases Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Poster

What Boba Fett's Invoice for Jaba the Hutt might have looked like. [Artist’s Website]

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lego Creations: Haunted Mansion

Fresh Take: Candy Corn Traffic Cones

These were recently spotted in Washington D.C. As an avowed candy corn hater, I personally think kids everywhere need to get over these nasty Halloween treat already and move on, but as a long time Halloween-enthusiast, I love to see people getting into the spirit of the season. [Via]

Quick Pic: Fail Whale Pumpkin

Fail Whale pumpkin by Scott B.

Check out another design at TwitPic

Fresh Take: The Vitruvian Hulk

Now you tell me, how does this guy keeps his pants on through a transformation?  Cuz' I need to get my hands on some of those pants before Thanksgiving.

Via How to Carve Roast Unicorn

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Illustration: Zombie Playground

Alright, I know that this painting has been floating around the web for years now, but I still love it.  If I had kids, this would be hanging in their nursery. Of course, if I had kids, they'd need a psychiatric intervention by the time they reached adolescence. Download it at CoolVibe. (It makes an awesome desktop.) Alternatively, you can buy a print of Zombie Playground.

Merchandise: Retro Half-Life 2 Magnets

What if Half Life 2 was actually developed 10+ years earlier for the NES? It would probably look something like these bead sprites from Arcade Artist Donna Pike.

These Half-Life 2 - 8-bit Retroactive - NES style Magnets are available now at Etsy.  The set includes four large magnets: Alyx Vance, Gordon Freeman with his faithful Gravity Gun (with glow in the dark action), the Black Mesa administrator turned Combine collaborator Doctor Breen, and everyone's favorite de-beaked headcrab: Lamarr.  They also come with a collectible card of the game’s box art rendered in 8 bit style  Get yours now. Price: $25

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 26, 2010

Mess With Me by Bryan Marvin P. Sola

News: Scotland’s beautiful Glasgow will be overrun with zombies during a walk on October 31.

Blastr has posted a gallery of 18 brilliant retro sci-fi movie posters

Fresh Take: Zombie Princess Peach

Craft: Dr. Mario Quilt

Marquise-Crafts created this kick-ass 8-bit Dr. Mario Quilt. There's really nothing else to be said, except that this quilt would be the perfect excuse for asking Game Con chicks if they'd like to play doctor.

Video: The Art of Glass Sign Making

I was just about to breeze past this video about creating glass signs while browsing the net last night, when I noticed a comment about how amazing the artist's website is. Always interested in a good webdesign, I clicked through and was stunned. The site is gorgeous (completely wasted on a site without a steampunk design), so I watched the video.

It's worth seeing. David A Smith creates ornamental glass & sign that look like something out of an English Pub movie set. This documentary takes a look at how Smith, one of the few remaining traditional UK glass artists, uses traditional techniques like gilding, silvering, and etching to create ornate glass signs and windows with aesthetics from Victorian to Art Nouveau. Time-lapse sequences offer a surreal glimpse of Smith dexterously floating giant panels of glass around his studio, gently pressing them against grinders to carve the distinctive beveled patterns and fonts so familiar from vintage pubs or storefronts.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 25, 2010

News: Walls of Art for Everyone, but Made by Not Just Anyone

Halloween Art Monsters

Mega Man's Lego Robot Masters

Must-haves for the modern villain: A throne of weapons. An armchair built from a Russian seamine. A dress made of bullets.

We don't normally list illustrations from CG Gallery, since it's such an obvious place to find great art, but the Steampunk Factory merits an exception. [Zoom]

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Short Film: Alma

"Alma" is a short film directed by Pixar's Rodrigo Blaas. Don't be fooled, though. Despite the cute animation, this is a seriously creepy short. In it, a little girl is lured into a mysterious doll shop.

T-Shirt Fodder: Vampire Photo Booth

Get this illustration on a t-shirt over at shirt.woot in sizes ranging from women's small to 3X large, along with a lot of other great designs. Price: $15.00

Quick Pic: Pikachu Pumpkin

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lego Creations: Decisions, decisions...

"Decisions decisions..." by Legoagogo

Quick Pic: R2-D2 Pumpkin

Monday, October 18, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 18, 2010

Zombie Fair is part of the Alternative Press Expo

News: A dusty old painting stored behind a family sofa could be a Michelangelo worth up to $300 million (£190 million) and potentially one of the art finds of the century, according to an expert.

Lego Creations: Green Lantern Battery

The blogger behind JustJon created a LEGO Green Lantern power battery that lights up when he holds up his power ring to it.

The first stage of this project was to prepare the electronics. The obvious choice was to use an Arduino with an RFID reader in the front of the lantern. With a considerable amount of strife, and a ruined RFID reader, I was able to read an RFID chip with the hardware. The chip was implanted within a Green Lantern ring that had been given away by comic book stores earlier this year.

By combining plastic bricks and technology, it becomes possible to create an interactive experience that would not be possible to bring fictional items like the Green Lantern power battery or the TARDIS to life. Upon completion of the Green Lantern, friends were impressed and asked if they would one day see the rest of the Lantern Corps colors, and my only answer was only time will tell.
Source: JustinJon

Interview: P. Craig Russell Interview

Illustrator P. Craig Russell discusses his art for the variant cover of Action Comics #894 featuring The Sandman's Death and Superman's Lex Luthor.

Artist: Joe Wright

Deviant Art illustrator Joe Wight has created an illustrated chibi Star Wars character for each letter of the alphabet, Ackbar to Zuckuss.

Source: Deviant Art via World famous design junkies

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 15, 2010

The Thing commission by Tom Whalen

Alien vs Predator Dance Off

History Of The Color Wheel: The first color wheel has been attributed to Sir Isaac Newton, who in 1706 arranged red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet into a natural progression on a rotating disk.

Instructions for making a Lego Stephen Hawking.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lego Creations: Eleventh Doctor

"Bandwagon"? Whatever do you mean?

These fantastic minifigs come from Flickr user Mr Spielbrick. Check out his Flickr Photostream for even more Doctor Who figures, including other versions of the Doctor and the Tardis controls.

Video: Build Anything

Build Anything from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

Temujin Doran writes "This is an advert I made for Lego. It uses pieces from the stash my brother and I used to play with when we were younger, so perhaps it looks a bit dated compared with modern day Lego. Dated, but still great."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In the Media: Simpsons Couch Gag

Last Sunday, Fox sprung what must have been one of the most closely held secrets in American television history. The Simpsons episode "MoneyBART" featured an opening sequence storyboarded and directed the notorious graffiti artist Banksy.  The sequence began with a few small visual gags, like the town billboard beginning defaced and Bart writing the line "I must not write on walls."  Then, it took a rather shocking turn with a minute-long sequence depicting a sweatshop of animators churning out Simpsons animation cells and merchandise.

According to The Showbiz 411, the political commentary is particularly eye-brow raising in light of reports that the sequence was inspired by reports that the behind The Simpsons now, in fact, outsources most of its animation to a South Korean company. You can read more at the New York Times, where Al Jean, an executive producer of The Simpsons, talks about the Banksy intro.

TechCrunch is reporting that Fox is yanking down clips of the opening sequence as fast they can find them, even from Banksy’s OfficialYouTube account.  So, I've posted screenshots below.  Still, for a short time, you can watch the entire the episode on Hulu.  Also, don't forget to check out the official Banksy website.

Mash-Up: Vincent van Gogh / Batman

Gotham Starry Night by 1funnyguy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 8, 2010

Pete's Dragon by Pacman23
Monsters Under My Bed: Childhood Fears Art Show at Bear and Bird Boutique

In a match between Hulk vs. the Buddha, guess who wins

Now this is what I call truth in advertising.  Check out the rifle/oil derrick.

Fresh Take: Futurama

Futurama by Javier Burgos Arroyo
Also, don't miss Javier's Blog

Short Film: A Gentlemen's Duel

Monday, October 11, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 11, 2010

Gremlins mask by Nik Holmes

23 Family Guy Pumpkin Carvings

30 Awesome Pumpkins Artwork of The Simpsons

200 Pumpkin Carvings: Ultimate Halloween Pumpkins Collection

Occular Invasion has posted a selection of printable Classic Movie Monster Masks

SpeckBoy offers a round-up of 25 Last Minute Traditional and Downloadable Halloween Masks

Crafts: Nautilus-style Steampunk Door

This door designed to appear like a Nautilus-style submarine door was created by Chris Schaie. It features a particularly kick-ass irising peephole designed by San Diego artist Christopher Schaie and a bolt mechanism operated via handwheel. It was featured on the MakeZine Blog. This first video shows the locking mechanism in action.  The second is a demonstration of the peephole.

Quick Pic: Sushi Skull

Skull-a-Day is a great blog to follow in October.  Last week, it featured this shot of a Skull roll.  According to the blog entry, bell pepper and carrots were used for the facial details, while Nori was used for the outline.  Looks delicious.

Lego Creations: Abandoned Home

Mike Doyle, an artist previously known for boardgame artwork has taken up a new medium...with stunning results. This Abandoned Home is his first model, and it's beautifully detailed. It's the kind of work that many builders would kill to do after several years of building.  Read more about The making of, the project in progress, and the completed two story with basement on Mike Doyle's Snap.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 7, 2010

"Of Her Majesty's Fleet" by Joe Vollan

October Leaves, a photographic tale of autumn by Michael J. Swanwick.

Sad Keanu in LEGO Form

Vincent Van Gordon - He won't cut his ear off, but he'll blow the head crab off your face.

X-Ray art is the use of radiography to take a different look at flowers, foliage and faux landscapes, sea shells and sea life (one of a number of flash galleries), and a weird look at the world. But these folks are all millennia behind some artists from Australia, Siberia, and elsewhere.

Video: Speedpainter Aaron Kizer

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 6, 2010

My Precious by Viktor Hertz

2010 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids has started!

Dexter Blood Slide Candies

The Evolution Of Video Game Gore

Glop in a Box Biohazard Edition by Andrew Bell and MPH Labs

If you have a good revenge story, then you can win original art from Dan Hipp.

T-Shirt Fodder: Death Startled

Death Startled

Death Startled by Burton Durand

How awesome would this be on the front of a t-shirt?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Artist: Matt Owen

Ghostbusters, Rocky, Die Hard, and Aliens minimalist movie posters by Matt Owen
Check out the rest of his great minimalist movie posters on his blog, BrickHut.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Link Round-Up: October 4, 2010

CosGeek kicks off October with a gallery of Disney's Mysterious Masquerade Halloween Show at Tokyo Disney.  Let the count down to Halloween begin!

The M-city show in Paris features a lot of amazing urban stencil art

Pop culture manipulator Dave MacDowell has just released one bad mutha-f’ing print... Entitled “Bad Mutha Wizard”, MacDowells mashup of Samuel L. Jackson and the Wizard of Oz is available now through Dirty Pilot. Personally, I would go see that movie.

What if Rembrandt had watched Sesame Street? It might look like this Rembrandt / Muppet Mash-up by Hillary White.

T-Shirt Fodder: The Terminator

Sculpture: Firing For Effect

The famed diorama creator's latest piece consists of a 1:87 scale house encased in an acrylic sphere within a larger sphere measuring 44 inches in diameter. The whole thing hangs from the ceiling by steel cable.
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