Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sculpture: Win Screen

Creative duo Lars Marcus Vedeler and Theo Tveterås of Oslo, Norway have come together to form the experimental design team Skrekkøgle.
"We don’t think of ourselves as artists, as we come from a product/interaction design background. What we see ourselves as is a studio that does what it very well pleases, experimenting with products and electronics and the like, not necessarily being tied to a client."
A number of their projects have bounced around the blogs lately, my favorite being this hilarious three-dimensional sculpture of the win screen for Windows Solitaire. Also check out their exceedingly clever big money project that makes nearby objects look tiny by placing them next to an enormous replica of the 50 Euro cent piece and photographing them using using tilt-shift photography. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Fresh Take: Klingon Monopoly

Play Monopoly the Klingon way - bloodletting, rituals, and guttural noises. The Klingon limited edition will have just 1,701 editions is limited to just 1,701 pieces, and they are only available for pre-order up to September 30th from USAopoly.

The individual pieces are yet to be unveiled but a lot of work has gone into crafting the game pieces. The limited edition will include a 1/6th scale Chancellor’s Cane as seen in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a carefully carved Birds of Prey, and a Klingon Empire proclamation.

Fresh Take: Fallout Monopoly

This is a gift for my boyfriend. I spend a lot of time making the board and all cards in the Fallout style... The board was printed on a 50 x 50 cm PVC plate. Every street is a location from the Fallout game. "GO" is now "G.O.A.T." and "free parking" is the "please stand by" screen. You can find the complete board here.

Every card has one of the Fallout3 or Fallout New Vegas perks on it and has a really cool old playing card image on the back. You can find examples for the red cardset here and the blue cardset here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Event: Lightsaber Battle NYC 2011

Photos by Patrick Shyu

Lori Kufner and Kevin Bracken, co-founders of urban art events collective, Newmindspace, will once again be hosting the geektastic Lightsaber Battle NYC, September 24, 2011 in downtown New York City.

The event started out using dayglo painted cardboard tubes but has now graduated to color-changing LED lightsabers. These Lightsabers can be reserved prior to the event for $5.00 each. The event is free but the organizers warn that the lightsabers sold out before the event last year. If you’ll be in the area, be sure to RSVP at their Facebook page.

Photography: BeetleCam

BeetleCam is a homemade gadget that allowed two British brothers (Matthew and William Burrard-Lucas) to bring you stunning images of Africa's most dangerous wildlife. The spectacular closeups of lion prides, elephant herds and huge cape buffalo's were all made possible by the remote-controlled gizmo who trundled around the roughly-terrained bush of Katavi National Park in Tanzania.

Posters: Twenty-Five Years Of Mario Dying

25 Years Of Dying by TheBourgyman

So as you know, Mario celebrated his 25th year among us sometime in late 2010 (even though he was actually created 4 years earlier for the arcade game Donkey Kong... 25 years of independence would be more appropriate, haha, but I digress). I wanted to do something big for the occasion, but I technically missed the boat by a few months. Technically, but not practically, because well, Mario didn't turn 26 just yet.

So this poster-like illustration is my official tribute to him for the occasion. 25 years of video gaming, 25 years of dying in all sorts of crazy ways. I didn't cover everything of course, but the most important is there. If I get enough ideas for a 2nd part, I might just as well do a second one (hint hint, guys).

Yup, there's a BIT of blood here and there (hard to spot though, I actually painted it black, haha). So to those who might be offended by the picture, I ask you: how the hell have you been able to play Mario games this far??? There's some seriously violent deaths in these games when you think of it...

40+ hours in Paint Tool SAI, Adobe Photoshop CS4 + Wacom Cintiq 21UX.

Video: Magnetic Ferro Fluids

Kim Pimmel has posted several magnetic short films that he calls “analog generative experiments.” In the first one (above), “ferrous printer toner particles floating on the surface of water are attracted by a magnet and align to the invisible magnetic field around them.” The resulting patterns and textures are incredible.

In the second clip, Pimmel combined dish soap bubbles with exotic ferrofluid liquid and filmed it with a macro lens to create some astonishing effects. It's hard to believe, but neither of these videos was digitally manipulated.

Short Film: Oktapodi

Oktapodi by Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux

In Oktapodi, these two cuties help each other escape the clutches of a tyrannical restaurant cook. But, even once they are out of the kitchen, their battle to stay together is not over.

Sculpture: Vintage Robots

Mike Rivamonte creates delightfully playful robots from vintage cameras, radios, microphones and other antique ephemera, including some antiques over a century old. Each of the little robots has its own unique charm that Rivamonte infuses into the metal with his little touches of whimsey. Rivamonte sells his creations online.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sculpture: Edouard Martinet's Upcycling

French sculptor Edouard Martinet of Sladmore Gallery in London transforms discarded junk parts he finds at flea-markets and car boot sales like old bicycles, cars, and mopeds into these anatomically correct representations of amphibians, birds, insects and sea life. Martinet "upcycles" refuse such as rusted car lights, kitchen pans, typewriter keys, and other scrap metals without the use of solder, fitting each piece into place like a puzzle. Check out the entire gallery of upcycled gadget sculptures and at My Modern Metropolis.

Artist: Arian Noveir

Super Heroes Painted by Arian Noveir
Buy prints, skins, and t-shirts featuring these paintings at Society6
Fine art print on bright white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using an advanced digital dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing.

Short Film: Magnus

Magnus by Meradi Omar and Dos Santos Nelson
of Paris 8 University for their Master Degree

Link Round-Up: August 29, 2011

Interview: interviews Benjamin Harff about his hand-illuminated edition of The Silmarillion. Complete with large pictures of his amazing illuminated manuscripts.

Ever wonder where the Windows XP default wallpaper came from? The man behind the camera is American photographer Charles O’Rear. Don’t let his name fool you into thinking that the photo was in fact taken in Ireland. Bliss, as it turns out, is in...

Free Online Class Shakes Up Photo Education: On the ground floor of a converted, Victorian-era cinema in Coventry, England, Jonathan Worth delivers a world-class photography lecture anyone can attend at any time, from anywhere, for free.

Generative Typografie is a gallery of experimental programmatic type and infographics (demos and text auf Deutsch)

How Games Saved My Life

Illustrator Andrew Kolb asks Have you ever listened to a song and your mind's eye is immediately filled with visuals? David Bowie's Space oddity as a childrens book. (Flickr)

Programmable piano in Minecraft (at 1:10, he places notes on the virtual piano roll; he also made a pig-powered slot machine and 5-channel sequencer)

Stocking Is the New Planking. Duplicating stock photography images.

Very cool collection of 15 Inspiring HTML5 Experiments showing off what the power of the new standard can do.Of course, until IE6 can be killed dead, and all other users can be forced to upgrade to the latest and greatest of their respective browsers, it won't be as common as it should be for a while. Still, amazing to see what's possible in your browser!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Link Round-Up: August 26, 2011

 Science fiction Travel Posters
Neal writes: "I've been beavering away on some new print designs to release by the end of summer. This one is actually for Planet Pulp's August submission (the theme is fictional travel posters). I've researched my old, childhood favourite Dan Dare and created a Space Cruise Poster based on an old Frank Hampson strip from the 50s called Terra Nova. I've not printed it yet – I'll let you know when it's available though ."

Interview: CG Society has posted an interview with production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas.

Interview: The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: The Work of Sam Valentino

6 Oliver Sacks covers by Cardon Webb

Awesome Art Picks: Wolverine, Psylocke, Thor & More. The coolest comic book art you won't see in comics.

Han Sulu the Ultimate Cross Over Star

Leadership Lessons From Burning Man
Leo Firebrand of Firebrand Creations pays tribute to Captain Malcolm Reynolds with this Papercraft version of his Pistol from Firefly, complete with realistic faux wood grip. Check out this gallery of progress shots of its construction.

Most Popular Design Blogs By Social Media

Project: Japan Earthquake Relief

Shortly after the Japan earthquake the nonprofit Bezos Family Foundation invited children from around the world to mail origami cranes to its Seattle headquarters, promising to donate $2 per crane to the relief efforts, up to to $200,000. A few days later a truck arrived filled with thousands of cranes. And then another truck. And then another. Eventually over 2,000,000 cranes arrived at the steps of the non-profit and the organization doubled its donation. Now, Brooklyn-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has been tasked with taking the cranes and making something incredible with them. Above, an image from the New York Times Magazine shows the progress of his meta paper crane mosaic made of paper cranes made from math homework, hall passes, love letters, Saran wrap, Kleenex, candy wrappers, and restaurant menus. Astounding!

Via: hyperallergic, ny times magazine

Friday, August 26, 2011

Photography: CineSkates

CineSkates by Cinetics are wheels that attach to a camera tripod, enabling the type of smooth cinematic camera movements usually reserved for professional filmmakers (see CineSkates in action). Cinetics founder Justin Jensen is funding the first CineSkates production run with Kickstarter.

Via: TechCrunch
Photo Credit: Cinetics

Short Film: Origins

Origins by Robert Showalter

Made by Robert Showalter for his senior thesis at Ringling College of Art + Design, Origins tells the tale of a robot who is looking to find where he truly belongs. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Link Round-Up: August 25, 2011

Print available on Society6

20 Amazing TED Talks for Art Majors

Escape from City 17 episode 1 of a live action Live action short film series set in the Half Life universe. Phenomenally well done. (Part 2)

Facepaint in Motion is a gallery of dozens of Flickr videos featuring the facepaint art of James Kuhn. Listen to a radio interview Kuhn did for "Ripley'sBelieve it or not" radio.

Finally, a Street Legal TRON Light Cycle You Can Own! Via

In the Media: Mona Lisa

3,604 cups of coffee with 564 pints of milk added for colouring.

Short Film: Who's Afraid of Mr Greedy?

Photography: Private Moon

Private Moon” series by Leonid Tishkov
Tishkov writes: “Private Moon” is a visual poem telling the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life. In the upper world, in fact in the attic of his own house, he saw the Moon falling off from the sky. Once she was hiding from the Sun in a dark and damp tunnel. But the passing trains frightened her. Now she came to this man’s house. Having wrapped the Moon with warm blankets he treated her with autumn apples, gave her a cup of tea, and when she got well he took her in his boat across the dark river to the high bank overgrown with moon pine-trees. He descended into the lower world dressed in the clothes of his deceased father and then returned from there lighting up his path with his personal Moon. Crossing the borderline between the two worlds across a narrow bridge, immersed in a dream and taking care of this heavenly creature, the man became a mythological being living in a real world as in a fairytale.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Short Film: Robots of Brixton

Robots are rioting on the streets of south London in this movie by architecture graduate Kibwe Tavares of Factory Fifteen. The movie mixes animation with architectural drawing, overlaid with photographs from the Brixton riots of the early 1980s. In the film, Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London's new robot workforce - robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline. The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.

Fresh Take: Retro NES

"Retro NES" by Rich Johnson

Video: In-Game Portal 2 Proposal

Gary wanted to ask his lady to marry him, but instead of doing it over a fancy dinner or at the beach, he hired a pair of Portal level designers to make a custom game map to get the job dome. Now that's thinking with Portals! He even got Ellen McLain to reprise her role as the voice of GLaDOS.

The video above features cinematic highlights. Click here to watch a full play-through.

Posters: King Koopa’s Propaganda

Mario Propaganda by Fro Design

Sculpture: Game Over

My sculpture "Game Over" shows dying Mario in Princess Peach arms. Made from polystyrene foam.
Carved from a large block of polystyrene foam, Lewandowski's work "Game Over" is new take on Michelangelo's La Pietá, a marble masterpiece that resides in St. Peter's Basilica.  The sculpture depicts Mary cradling Jesus in her lap after his crucifixion. Lewandowski poses Princess Peach as Mary and Mario as Jesus to drive home the point about the true meaning of "game over."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fresh Take: Video Game Nostalgia

Via: Reddit

Short Film: Portal: No Escape

“Portal: No Escape” is an intense live-action fan film based on the game Portal starring Danielle Rayne as Chell. It was directed by Dan Trachtenberg, with visual effects by Jon Chesson and matte painting by Maxx Burman. Think Portal 2 adapted for the big screen by Chris Nolan

Project: Question Blocks

Seems like everybody knows what to do with one of these things.

You know what would have made this little social experiment perfect? Setting some of those foil-wrapped chocolate coins on top of that cube. Via: Reddit

Humor: R2-D2 and Dalek

R2-D2 <3 Dalek by Jason Horn

Monday, August 22, 2011

Merchandise: Glow in the Dark Chart

Humor: Honest Logos


Hertz, a freelance graphic designer and photographer from Uppsala, Sweden, created this collection of satirical logos.

Lego Creations: Millennium Falcon

Stop motion build of the 5,195-piece LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon set. Buy and build your own for US$128.99.

Via: Gizmodo

Short Film: Dawn of the Ted

Misery Bear is getting ready for Halloween when things turn nasty. Time to visit some 'old friends' at the graveyard!

Lego Creations: 3D Milling Machine

Arthur Sacek doesn’t just play with LEGO bricks. He makes functioning machines. It gets fancier. He builds machines that are actually 3D printers.

 Source: Arthur Sacek via The Brothers Brick

Link Round-Up: August 22, 2011

Curbed recently ran two articles taking at this amazing listing at 120 West 29th Street in Chelsea, which is currently available for the low, low price of only US$1.75 million. The home features pulleys and antique pipes alongside miniature planes and huge old wooden casts, all individually hand-picked and mired with history.

Hyundai Concept Motorcycle Skretches. Inspired by musculature, this concept evokes a fluidic sculpture from the upper and lower sections intertwined together.

Get your own handmade Star Trek quilts featuring Spock, Sulu, and more.

I Won't Photograph Ugly People: a young photographer, building her business in Pennsylvania, does a little FB research on the high school kids she's been commissioned to photograph for their senior portraits. She makes a tough decision: she won't photograph bullies.

Montreal Street Art: The Flickr Pool

Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life finished todayPromises of new projects and a print version by December have been made.  I've been following since the original post back in 2004. Anyone who may have given up due to the notoriously infrequent updating can now read the strip in its entirety. And you really should if you enjoy beautiful philosophical explorations of what life is all about.

This young couple decided to introduce some zombie horror into their wedding photography with hilarious results.

Windoodles is a Tumblr devoted to photos out windows that have been creatively decorated with markers.

Ads: Switch your Routine

Art director Murilo Melo created this killer poster series for Companhia Athletica Gyms in Brazil. Each poster features a sloth-inducing device, such as a computer, television, or video game console dismantled and re-arranged into the silhouette of people exercising. The slogan translates to “Switch your routine for ours.” Melo documents his four months of effort on this build blog where you check out production shots, download high-res images, and watch a video.

Merchandise: Companion Cube Soap

Available from Etsy for US$23.00
"The Enrichment Center reminds you that the Weighted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you and, in fact, cannot speak. In the event that the Weighted Companion Cube does speak, the Enrichment Center urges you to disregard its advice." Imagine, if you will, a companion cube so sweet it cleans you in the shower. A silent companion cube, gentle and square. Behold! The companion cube soap. This parody is more than 9 ounces in size and smells of Mountain Dew. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mash-Up: Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming by Joel Watson
A Game of Thrones / Calvin and Hobbes Mash-Up

The George R. R. Martin/HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones meets everyone's favorite boy and tiger in a comic by Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue. The familiar snowman massacres of Calvin and Hobbes are re-imagined as the killing fields north of the wall from Westeros as Watson imagines Calvin as Jon Snow and Hobbes as his direwolf, Ghost. Also available a desktop or iPhone background! Source: Hijinks Ensue

Friday, August 19, 2011

Quick Pic: Portal Balloon Art

Portal Balloon Art
Via: 4Chan

Short Film: Modern Times

Here's a behind the scenes look at its making.

Link Round-Up: August 19, 2011

Where's Wall*E by Richard Sargent
Better yet, how many of the 181 robots can you name? Use the guide picture to name as many as you can. The most correct robots will win a poster. Answers to Closing date for entries 31st August 2011. Source: Hopewell Studios

Art of the Genre: Top 10 Fantasy Artists of the Past 100 Years

Fan art, bootleg or both? Fan art, bootleg or both? Tom Papalardo sounds off on the ubiquitous "Minimalist Revisionist Poster" trend

Graffiti Tag Letter Taxonomy (Paris)

Postmodernism is dead and we still aren't entirely certain what it was.

Spider Bug! 15 Spooky VW Beetle Car Art Sculptures at the WebUrbanist

Terry Moore has been posting some of the sketches he’ll have for sale at Baltimore Comic-Con

Photography: Light Skeletons

Straight out of camera

This series of skeletons from San Diego-based photographer Darren Pearson were created entirely using in-camera lighting effects.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Merchandise: Warp Pipe Mug

Super Mario Bros. Warp Pipe Mug Start your day with a cup of Joe, nay, a cup of Mario with this fancy Warp Pipe Mug brought to you by Fangamer. This retro, 8-bit styled mug comes coupled with an appropriate, random “block” coaster (one of four). The mug retails at $34 (USD) and should you want all four coasters, you could throw in an extra $12 (USD) to get the whole set. I think I’d like to make some Magic Flute biscotti to really make my mornings— maybe jump the whole work day scene. Start your day with a cup of Joe, nay, a cup of Mario with this fancy Warp Pipe Mug brought to you by Fangamer. This retro, 8-bit styled mug comes coupled with an appropriate, random “block” coaster (one of four). The mug retails at $34 (USD) and should you want all four coasters, you could throw in an extra $12 (USD) to get the whole set.

Short Film: Spaceman

This is story about an ordinary designer that meets an extra ordinary friend. Together they step outside and discover the star filled sky above their heads.

Papercraft: Tiny Oragami

Paper artist Anja Markiewicz folds these impossibly small origami pieces using sheets of paper smaller than an inch in width.

Ads: WWF Ads

World Wildlife Fund Ads by Murilo Melo

Here are two posters designed for the World Wildlife Fund that show a dead tree and barren reef with their component wildlife removed and displayed alongside them. They ask you to imagine these ecosystems without plants and animals.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Link Round-Up: August 17, 2011

Portal Engagement Rings in a Companion Cube box by Yuumei

30 Terrifying Digital Monsters Concept Art

Andy Denzler is an artist some of whose paintings resemble paused VHS tapes.

Hacker stock art

The HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Stage Show Puppet Is Incredible

If you’ve been following the HBO series Game of Thrones, you may be a bit unsettled to see how BlueBolt created that fantasy world through visual effects. May contain spoilers, but only the first season is on this video. on Drawing Jabba the Hutt
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