Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Link Round-Up: March 30, 2011

Source: Flickr

50 pages of never-before-seen notes and layouts for Marvel’s Strange Tales II

Brandon Graham has a fantastic cartoonist diary

Download Sucker Punch's Baby Doll as a paper toy

Star Destroyer Ice Luge

WANT: The OCD Chef Cutting Board is a 9" x 12" cutting board made of strong, long-wearing beechwood with precise measurements in exacting detail.

Posters: Global Knowledge Series

Tom Whalen created this series of promotional posters for global knowledge, an IT training firm. Tom uses themes of adventure, romance, horror, science fiction, and spy to put a hip twist on what might othersise be some very dry material. Check out more of Tom's work at StrongStuff.

Sweets: Android Cupcakes

The little guys come in both vanilla and chocolate flavor, and they are available for sale this Friday from the Superham store, although they don’t come cheap.  Gary Ham writes:

The Android cupcakes are ready for consumption! This coming Thursday and Friday the Artist Proofs of the scrumptious smelling Android cupcakes will be available for purchase via my webstore. There are 24 of Vanilla and 8 of Chocolate, the chase and rarest of the bunch. Vanilla will be $30 plus S&H and Chocolate will be $50 plus S&H. Each cupcake will come signed and numbered and with a corresponding limited edition print. The AP's will be sold at random times of the day Thursday and Friday March 24th and 25th. For advanced noticed, follow me on twitter @GaryGepetto.
Source: Superham

Lego Creations: Bunny Meka

Sucker Punch 'Bunny Meka' by Fredoichi

Monday, March 28, 2011

Link Round-Up: March 28, 2011

Irrational Games has an article on The Making of Him at PAX East 2011

In 1910, French artist Villemard illustrated how he imagined the year 2000 would look. His accuracy is uncanny... except for the flying policemen.

Cyborg taxidermy transforms beetles into airplanes and buses

Geeky graffiti found around the internet

Katniss from the Hunger Games book, drawn like Lara Croft

Ratfist creator Doug TenNapel teaches Manga Studio. Fire up those Wacoms and learn something! [Facebook]

Mash-Up: Iron Giant / King Kong

Source: Draw2D2, a new pop culture icon mashup site

Mash-Up: Fringe / Watchmen

"The scientist will look up and shout 'Save him!'... and I'll look down and whisper "The boy is important. He has to live." Get it on a t-shirt at Ript Apparel.

Sculpture: Life-size Alien

Life-size Alien sculpture by Kreatworks made entirely of recycled metal
Buy it now for only US$5,400 at Etsy

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sweets: Cthulhu Cake

Cthulhu Birthday Cake by Beebers31

They were not composed altogether of sugar and butter. They had shape...but that shape was not made of matter. When the candles were right, They could plunge from tier to tier through the cake; but when the candles were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die. They all lay in bellies... preserved by the spells of mighty Cthulhu for a glorious resurrection when the candles and the earth might once more be ready for Them.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Link Round-Up: March 25, 2011

Spidey's Second Act by Matt Dorfman for the NY Times

The Devil has the best lines: How Satan has informed much of our great art
Download your very own Paper Angry Birds.
French author Jules Verne pioneered science fiction in the Victorian age with mind-bending ideas and inventions, but what if he were around in the age of cell phones and PCs? Nemo's Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery, named after the novel's Captain Nemo, brings together some 40 works and 29 artists to imagine what might have been.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Featured Site: Our Valued Customers

Our Valued Customers is a brilliant blog of minimalistic sketches capturing one single moment of idiocy on the part of comic book store customers.  Like Overheard In New York, this site is certain to entertain you for hours on end.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quick Pic: Math Class

I ran across this shot floating around Tumblr.  It's just screaming for a caption, but nothing's coming to me.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Short Film: Blinky

"My name is Blinky, and I just want to be your friend!" A well-crafted short film by Ruairi Robinson

Link Round-Up: March 21, 2011

Check out this screwdriver-powered bicycle.  It's capable of achieving speeds of up to 30 km/h.

Giang Dinh uses the wet folding origami technique to make faces, animals, figures, and even miniatures.

Inspired by Harry Beck's London Underground maps, Daniel Huffman designed a series of stylized river maps for Michigan, North and Central California, Southwest New England, The Colorado River, Columbia River, and The Mississippi River. He also writes about the process he used in creating them.

What if Mario was really just drug-addled and lovesick? Filmmaker Joe Nicolosi's short film remakes Super Mario as indie flick, produced for South by Southwest.

In the Media: Tsunami Relief for Japan

Illustration by Ludwig Alizon

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its history. We've all seen almost live from the disaster, and we are all affected by this tragedy of historic proportions, whose consequences are still unclear today. If the numbers are undefined, we all know that people who live this situation need help now.
The CFSL community launched Tsunami Project to support the victims of the earthquake. To help, visit their website and enjoy the artwork and donate your own art for auction.  There's some really great stuff posted.  Whatever your tastes, you're sure to find something to your liking.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mash-Up: Gilligan's Island / Lost

Infographic: Timeline of Sci-Fi History

Blastr has compiled a fun infographic compiling 120 sci-fi events from fiction, television and movies, and placed them chronologically on a real-world timeline. Click this link to see the full infographic now.

Infographic: Battlestar Galactica Timeline

If you're still reeling from Battlestar Galactica, trying to figure out what it was all about, this might help. Billy Ray, who created the graphic, says "I created this visual timeline of the Battlestar Galactica universe after the season 4, episode 17 "No Exit" data dump resulted in near aneurysm for my friends and me. I later updated it to include key points from the “Caprica” pilot movie."

Friday, March 18, 2011

Link Round-Up: March 18, 2011

If you look closely, you'll see that this Stormtrooper drawing was created with one continuous line.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lego Creations: Lego Space Alphabet

Chicago cartoonist Mark Anderson has spent two years designing and building a Lego spaceship to represent each letter of the alphabet. The project was inspired by Anderson's love of the X-Wing Fighter.
I was looking to create some LEGO spaceships, but ran into a brick wall when it came to design. I mean what hasn't been done to death already?! So, to kick start my creativity, I decided to do a scpaceship based on each latter of the alphabet. Enjoy!
Check out the entire alphabet at his Flickr gallery.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Crafts: Circuitry Ring

Circuit board rings by Yuma Fujimaki

In the Media: The Happiness Project

Red door on Fern Alley, between Sutter and Bush off Polk in San Francisco

San Francisco artist Jeff Waldman has launched a project that installs small doors in blank walls at odd spots around San Francisco. He began with this small, scaled-down red door on Fern Alley.  Jeff has titled this particular door “Shut in,” and he regards it as a sort of paranoia piece. Its exterior is studded with a half dozen interior locks and an amber light that shines out of the oversize keyhole.  

Link Round-Up: March 16, 2011

Gundam painting in progressss by Ashley Wood

In a move reminiscent of Facebooks Beacon program, Etsy's new People Search feature has exposed account details, including purchase histories and real names, of its buyers and sellers. Here's how to opt out.

Twist-tie Video Game Sculptures from SelectButton

Walyou demonstrates how to build the perfect Papercraft Mario Model 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Video: Giant Mechanical Spider

La Machine's latest performance featured a giant, water-spraying, mechanical spider.
It kind of looks like how I always I imagined the apocalypse.

Link Round-Up: March 15, 2011

On sale at Society 6

20 Outstanding Examples of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Origami.

If Joss Whedon produced a season of Doctor Who in 1997, the opening credits would probably look something like this...

Mash-Up: Star Wars / Star Trek

Han and Chewbacca given an old school Star Trek twist by Phil Noto

“Chewie, set your phaser to stun!”

Lego Creations: Halo Minifig

Sweets: Stargate Cake

Stargate Cake by Leslie Coonrod

I've seen a lot of Stargate cakes, but this is far and away the best. In  the more distant photos, the blue center of the cake actually looks as if it's illuminated from within. From the close-up shots, you can see that the effect is, in fact, just a very skillful paint job. Make sure you check out the rest of the photos.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Featured Site: Everything is Cuter In Bunny Ears

Suicidal Robots by Ryan Green

(Almost) every day for the last year, cartoonist/animator Ryan Green has demonstrated that Everything is Cuter In Bunny Ears

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"This Fantasy World" by the Doubleclicks

"This Fantasy World" by The Doubleclicks, with animation by Brad Jonas

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Link Round-Up: March 10, 2011

"Illustrations based off of cliche food combinations constructed to form an ampersand"

The BBC's Stephen Fry follows the trail of Johannes Gutenberg to France and Germany, and attempts to reconstruct a working replica of Gutenburg’s first press. [Via]

The Daily Drop Cap is an ongoing project by typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische. Each day (or at least each WORK day), a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap will be posted for your enjoyment and for the beautification of blog posts everywhere.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Video: Kinetic Wave Sculptures

Featured Site: Fuck Yeah Headlines

F*ck Yeah Headlines! Each weekday Eric Wedum finds a headline on a major news site, and illustrates it without reading a word of the story... with hilarious results.

Link Round-Up: March 9, 2011

Robots on the Horizon by Augie Pagan
From last year's Sci-Fi show at Tasty

Amp Energy is releasing a series of limited art cans by The Seventh Letter.

Fractal Lab is an interactive WebGL fractal generating app that allows you to virtually explore 3D fractals in a web browser. (Chrome or the latest Firefox 4 beta)

MovieBarCode is a visual representation of famous movies

The new Hulkboy sculpture from Ron English from Garageworks.

O.CN offers a pixel perfect map of China

Lego Creations: Mecha-Elephant

Matt writes: "The Legs are from The AT-AT model....the rest is monsterized." and "Poachers Beware"

Monday, March 7, 2011

Crafts: Astronomer Matryoshkas

Astronomatryoshkas by Nate Bellegarde

These nesting dolls are too awesome for words.  Someone needs to begin manufacturing these for the Easter baskets of little geeks around the world.  Nate writes: 
"My girlfriend is majoring in Astronomy, so for her birthday I made some astronomer matryoshkas. She is really awesome so I tried to make a gift as awesome as she is. I had planned them out for months and it was great to finally be able to give them to her and see the look on her face as she opened each one. These were done with acrylic on wood (I am really rusty at painting and acrylics are maybe my least favorite medium :/), and I kind of cheated and used a brush pen for the black lines, since I couldn't really pull off the detail in paint. The downside is that the ink from the pens comes off the paint when you handle them so I have to put a varnish on them. Hopefully, if you know anything about famous astronomers, you can guess who they are (without cheating!)"

Mash-Up: Angry Birds / Batman

Angry Batbirds illustrated by Daniel Halyburton and Jennifer Herd for The Angry Batbirds collection is an inspired mash-up of two of pop culture's most prominent icons. It's definitely more fun to imagine these Batman-themed birds impacting with the rogues-themed pigs. But having played the game, I feel kind of sad that the pigs are the bad guys here.

Be sure to check out all the rest at!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sculpture: Coal-Powered Robot

"My coal-powered robot sculpture, based on a design and commissioned by artist Tad Branham. I used Sculpey Clay and smoothened coins for the arm plates and head piece.
I tried to marry Branham's original design with 1980's toy joint designs and a few tweaks to make it seem more functional. And yes, I Photoshopped the smoke effect."

Posters: Minimalist Doctor Who

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Artist: Manuel Moura

Manuel Augusto Dischinger Moura created two illustrations based on the fortune cookie fotune, "One ounce of courage is worth more than a ton of luck." Manuel writes:
"This is one of the two ilustrations I did last year of two illustrations, I made last year for the magazine junto. It featured works from many of the most talented Brazilian illustrators, such as João Ruas, Atila Meireles and a cover by the very talented and also my colleague João Lavieri.

The subject for the illustrations, consisted in one ordering Chinese food and then drawing what ever fate one would get on the fortune cookie. My fortune cookie held the phrase: One ounce of courage is worth more than a ton of luck."

Link Round-Up: March 2, 2011

Space Bar Invaders

3D printers create edible objects

Infographic: The Death Star

The kinetic sculptures of Anne Lilly.

“My monkey could have painted that.” 1 in 3 Art Students Can’t Tell Famous Paintings from Paintings by Monkeys. Take a look at the two images in this post. Can you tell?

Pete Eckert is a photographer who is also blind. His process is briefly hinted at here.

Space Invader in the subway

Friday, March 4, 2011

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