Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Short Film: Fifty Percent Grey

"Fifty Percent Grey" directed by Ruairi Robinson

Installation: Hello World

Untitled is an enormous grid of 5,000 orange illuminated rocker switches. The piece was part of the Fünf Räume (five rooms) exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City. The illuminated message is a nod to computer programming, an attempt to create a link to a foundation of modern technology that now seems out-dated. All I can think, though is that this would seriously be a rocking alternative to the sad little grease board I have hanging on my wall at home.

Photography: Rail Transit Exposures

Tokyo-based photographer Appuru Pai has been capturing these fantastic long exposure photos of the Yurikamome transit line that travels between the Japanese cities of Shimbashi and Toyosu. Make sure you check out the rest of her photography as well, like this, this, and this.

Merchandise: Lord of the Rings Minifigs

The Fellowship of the Ring assembled for a group shot in a display showcased during the UK Toy Fair last week, but now Lego has officially unveiled the tiny plastic threats they'll face in new images promoting its upcoming The Lord of the Rings sets. That's right, tiny Uruk-hai, Ringwraiths, orcs and an extra creepy lil' Gollum. Pardon the obvious reference, but this stuff is preciousssssssss.

Cards: LOTR Valentines


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Cards: Avengers Valentines


Monday, January 30, 2012

Posters: Jurassic Park

Short Film: Fantastic Flying Books

Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, "Morris Lessmore" is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. "Morris Lessmore" is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards.

Fresh Take: Space Invaders

Fun fact: Tom modeled this using his feet. He broke his left wrist halfway through the creation process, so instead of pressing CTRL, SHIFT and ALT on the keyboard to navigate in ZBrush, he used foot pedals instead.

Link Round-Up: January 30, 2012

Photographed by Anders Sune Berg
LEGO’s developmental department known as LEGO PMD have a new space to inspire their creative juices. The Rosan Bosch & Rune Fjord masterminded space is very much in line with the brand’s disposition as one of the world’s premiere toy companies with several opportunities for adults to reminisce in their childhood. A wide-open work space covers different points of interest whether it be a large metallic slide and massive display cabinets, to a peaceful bonsai garden and parts bin where children and adults alike can feel comfortable creating.

Interview: Meet the artist who takes being 'immersed in his work' to an entirely new level. Levi Van Veluw fuses sculpture, photography and installation art to stunning effect as he camouflages himself to fit into a series of carefully constructed backgrounds.

Dennis Maitland takes urban photography to new heights by taking pictures of himself leaning down the side of rooftops in this daring new series that takes #fromwhereistand to the next level….

USS Enterprise Coffee Table is furniture’s final frontier

I hope that if my kid becomes a Lego freak he'll make stuff like the Citadel from Mass Effect. The rest of the photostream has more really cool Lego creations, so browse away.

Robot Media is offering a utility for creating interactive children's books for tablets.

Installation: Cloud Cities

On exhibit at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin through February 19, 2012

Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno currently has his largest solo presentation to date installed at Berlin’s Hamburger BahnhofThe incredible exhibition consist of twenty balloon structures suspended by complex webs that stretch across the massive space that used to be a train station. Each balloon houses its own ecosystem that all together, create a utopian garden. His installation invites visitors to move amongst them, with some making it possible to climb inside and float in space.

"Tomás Saraceno's installations shatter traditional concepts relating to place, time, gravity and traditional ideas as to what constitutes architecture. His works are utopian and invite the viewer to play a part in their impact on a particular space, as they reach up to the sky and down to the ground. The artist creates gardens that hang in the air and allow visitors to float in space, fulfilling a dream shared by all humankind. Saraceno draws inspiration from soap bubbles and the incredible strength and flexibility of spider webs."


Crafts: BioShock Crochet

Big Daddy & Little Sister BioShock Crochet by Nerdigurumi
Source: Imgur via Reddit

This amazingly well done crochet is sadly not for sale. But maybe if you throw enough money at this talented BioShock fan they’ll make you one.

Video: Upside Down, Left to Right

A fascinating short documentary about letterpress printing. The film focuses on the Plymouth University letterpress, one of the few remaining movable type print workshops in the UK.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Short Film: 85.12.30

Time travel may not be as cool as you think.

Video: Still Life

Still Life is an interactive picture that can be tilted by the viewer, causing the objects in the picture to be tossed about the frame. Garner created the effect with a framed TV, swivel mount, spatial sensor, and 3D software.

Source: MAKE

Link Round-Up: January 27, 2012

Source: Facebook

Casio has some weird science magic that can make 3D sculptures out of 2D pictures. I'm hoping it also plays music when you hit the "demo" button.

Fox News (or some branch thereof) has gone after DC Comics' reboot for being too smutty. That's arguable, but the article also points out that Fox still holds several Marvel movie properties.

My next big dream project is somehow getting Lovecraft-inspired carpets in our house without my wife noticing.

Reddit's r/EarthPorn is the largest of the SFW Porn Network, dedicated to hi-res photos.

SOPA-compliant B*tman fan-art by Dean Trippe.

Star Wars Lego minifigs are invading London, the Doctor remains unavailable to help due to the trademark lawyers being unable to stop having seizures.

Want to take photos that are two stories high? Get a 35 foot long camera.

When stuffed animals are no longer adoptable, rest assured that their skins are being recycled as art.

Fresh Take: Snowman Cross-Section

Snowman Cross Section

Photography: Twin Cities Brightest

by Twin Cities Brightest

Cards: Skyrim Valentines


Skyrim Valentine’s Day Cards by Jemma Salume

Jemma’s special VDay cards are perfect for the wandering Redguard or feral Khajiit you’re been questing after. The Thieve’s Guild stole all my belongings, Valentine, but you stole my heart.

Video: I Built a Tardis

Watch a cute girl build a life-size replica of Doctor Who's TARDIS. I’m pretty sure her TARDIS isn’t bigger on the inside. It is however a pretty accurate recreation of the exterior, right down to the lights.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Short Film: Dot and the Line

The dot and the line is a romance in lower mathematics starring a dot and a line. It won the 1965 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

Merchandise: Never Sleep Alone

Never Sleep Alone Zombie Bedset by Melissa Christie

Maybe you could convince the zombie hordes that you’ve already been eated and debrained with the Never Sleep Alone bedset. The entire set costs nearly two hundred dollars, but you can get the pillows for just US$35.

Video: Primer on 3D Printing

Primer on 3D printing from Lisa Harouni 

2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Link Round-Up: January 25, 2012

Bespoken Art creates personalized canvas art from your voice’s sound waves, transforming your words, wedding vows, favorite quote, or even song into a 100% customized piece of art. Guaranteed to a be a great “conversation piece.”

Bioanimation companies like XVIVO, Hybrid Medical (Previously), Random42, Biolucid, Argosy Medical, and BioDigital have been doing beautiful work for hire, freely available to watch.

Today's Astronomy Picture Of The Day is astonishing.

The Turtle and the Shark is one of Samoa's most cherished stories, and it has been animated beautifully by Ryan Woodward in the style of siapo, or Samoan tapa barkcloth.

Short Film: MutantLand

MutantLand directed by Phil Tippett of Tippett Studio

As the sun goes down in the dark and terrifying place that is Mutant Land, the creatures roaming this world are on the ultimate search for food.

Quick Pic: Tesla

Buy prints at Imagekind.

Merchandise: Video Game Laptop Decals


Sculpture: Sleeping Robot

"Goldie 1971" by Joe McCreary
This is a new installation on the University of Alabama campus, it was just unveiled today and I took this straight after the ceremony. [...] it's pretty awesome.

Installation: One-Minute Paris

One-Minute Paris: The exhibition 'In_Perceptions' will be on display at the In_Perceptions exhibit at 104 Le Centquatre in Paris, France until March 2012. Centquatrein Paris consists of five mind-bending monumental installations by artists Leandro Erlich, Ann Veronica Janssens, and Lawrence Malstaf that are designed to play with our perceptions

Bâtiment (pictured above) is an interactive mirrored art installation from Buenos Aires-based artist Leandro Erlich that gives visitors the illusion that they are climbing or hanging off a building. Paris Update filmed a short clip of visitors using the installation. Warning: may induce vertigo.

Posters: Hyrulean Travel

Tumblr artist Dean Walton created an excellent set of limited edition retro prints inspired by his all-time favorite places in Hyrule. These Legend of Zelda travel posters are now available in various sizes at GamerPrint!

Video: Bioanimation

Bioanimation companies like XVIVO, Hybrid Medical, Random42, Biolucid, Argosy Medical, and BioDigital have been doing beautiful work for hire, freely available to watch.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Papercraft: Origami Masks

Paper artist Joel Cooper folds these astounding masks and tessellations from single pieces of paper. Given the right conditions I might be expected to fold a piece of paper in half, and on a good day even into fourths, but I simply can’t fathom the patience and understanding required to transform paper into three-dimensional objects like this. You can see more of his work on Flickr and even buy some of the pieces on Etsy.

Short Film: No Robots

This poetic short animation, No Robots, is a student project from San Jose State University students. In the vignette, an anti-robot shopkeeper must deal with an unexpected clanking visitor.

Fresh Take: Bioshock Infinite

Painting: Future of the College Classroom

"University of Ohio: The hi-tech future of the college classroom"

Illustration: The Universe Is in Us

NASA Remix Project, Challenge #20 - JOURNEY TO THE GALAXIES.

Galaxy By NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team via Wikimedia Commons

Link Round-Up: January 24, 2012

In 2009, Roxana Altamirano made her first post to Nerd Boyfriend (previously), a style blog that finds clothing similar to those worn by iconic male figures. Now, almost three years later, there is a Nerd Girlfriend.

Bespoken Art creates personalized canvas art from your voice's sound waves, transforming your words, wedding vows, favorite quote, or even song into a 100% customized piece of art.

BoingBoing points that way to Zombie Family Car Stickers

Salute the sinister with incredible early concept art for Batman: Arkham City

Spray Down is blog specializing in the Graffiti Art of Chicago.  Much of it is of a geeky variety.

This might be the most amazing 404 error page ever.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Installation: Volume

Volume is a sculpture of light and sound, an array of light columns positioned dramatically in the centre of the garden.

Volume responds spectacularly to human movement, creating a series of audio-visual experiences. Step inside and see your actions at play with the energy fields throughout the space, triggering a brilliant display of light and sound.

Short Film: Archetype

Archetype directed by Aaron Sims

RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past. Think Robocop meets Japanese anime.
Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone! This has been a labor of love on a budget of $0 and it makes it all worth while when we see other poeple responding to it. Thank you! - Aaron Sims

Artist: Dustin Harbin


Cartoonist Dustin Harbin has an on-going offer to take commissions for sketches of just about any subject drawn in an hour for thirty dollars.  You can see a wide-range of his work on his Flickr gallery. He uses black ink and a 7" x 8.5" piece of Strathmore 500 bristol.

Installation: Vapor Slide

Vapor Slide by Korean artist Soo Sunny Park

This installation was exhibited in South Strafford, Vermont in 2007.  It was constructed of  found/recycled materials, including brazed chain link fence, plastic cups, paper clips, river rocks, cotton strings, iron oxide, latex paint, and artificial light.  It's rather expansive dimensions are 9’10” x 23’ x 42’.

Painting: Mario

This is without question the hardest and largest thing I have ever painted. It is Mario made of 256 3inch by 3 inch paintings, each unique in its own way. Each of the 256 squares will be posted on FB (the artist CU) sooner or later. I am very proud of this piece, thank you for looking at it. Acrylic. 4 foot by 4 foot

Project: Starturn

I love all the work that Bruce Monro does, especially his Field Of Light installations. StarTurn is an altogether different proposition, though. Monro created this beautiful contraption for people to bike inside in order to raise money for for Help the Heroes.

Video: Moonshine

DreamWorks' first personal art publication, Moonshine, was conceived as an opportunity to highlight the breath of artistic development talent at Dreamworks. This short documentary gives you a sneak peek into the personal works from the artists.

Painting: Elite Cavarly

Another illustration of my steampunk project. I hope you like it!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Quick Pic: Duct Tape Bowser

"Look what a buddy of mine and I made out of different colored duct tape!"
Source: Imgur

Lego Creations: Dalek Time-Lapse

Using 328 hours and 157,460 separate Character Building Bricks, four people built a two meter tall Dalek that will be unveiled at this year’s Toy Fair to celebrate the Character Building Doctor Who range of micro figures and construction playsets that were first unveiled this time last year. 

Humor: Dating An Artist

The Pros and Cons of Dating An Artist by Bill Dixon

ProNever Want For A Pen Ever Again-It’s like they come with a kit! Every artist is permanently equipped with writing instruments at all times.

Con: Unforgivably Vicious Emotional Damage -Artists are unforgiving bastards and will viciously tear your heart out. Breakups usually include personal possessions being hurled into the street, personal possessions being set on fire in the street, and personal possessions being defecated on, on fire, in the street. Also, Lets not forget the public displays of “fuck you” in the form of song, beat poem, blog post, etc. depending on the artist’s medium.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sweets: Dalek Cookies

Custom design (with help from my boyfriend after my original design completely failed), adapted from Bakerella's Cake Balls.  These were made for a Doctor Who Series 6 kick-off party.

Devil's food cake balls with candy-coating, chocolate-covered pretzel sticks, eyeball decorations (purchased at a local bulk store), slivered almonds, and oreo cookies.

Artist: Andrei Pervukhin

Russian  Andrei Pervukhin is a contributor to Digital Painting Techniques, Vol. 3. While you can see more of his work on Deviant Art, this series in which Pervukhin re-envisions The Hobbit is among the best of his work.

Painting: St. Kryptonia

Prints available at Society6 for US$14 

Acrylic on canvas, 2012.
Based on Guido Reni's "St. Veronica"

Illustration: Future Face


Link Round-Up: January 20, 2012

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Download 400+ Pages of Original AKIRA Storyboards

Firefly designs on merchandise. Stumbled across this Firefly inspired design by Nana Leonti. Available on a T-shirt, hoodie, iphone case, art print, and more. There is also a "Keep flying and stay shiny" design by Perdita on the same site here.

Dr. Horrible kawaii fan-art. Boulet, a french cartoonist, did several kawaii fan-arts about show he likes, including a Firefly one in october. Now it's Dr. Horrible's turn.

Possibly inspired by Al Gore, Apple announces a new iTunes U app, textbooks for iBooks 2.0, and iBooks Author, so you can create your own interactive books.

A one-of-a-kind, 35-foot-long camera that exposes 6-foot-tall negatives. The detail in a portrait subjects’ eyeball alone is a thousand times greater than what you get with the average negative. Resulting portraits will be featured on prints 2 stories tall. Photographer Dennis Manarchy is traveling around the country documenting various cultures.

Shyamalan shares Concept Art From His Post Apocalyptic Will Smith Movie

Turbo Sculpture is an essay by Aleksandra Domanović about sculptures of pop culture heroes, e.g. Bruce Lee, Rocky Balboa and Bob Marley, which have been placed or proposed in the nation-states that once comprised Yugoslavia. You can also watch a photo-illustrated reading of the essay voiced by a dead-pan British man.

Mash-Up: Calvin and Hobbes / Star Wars

"Not the Droids!" by Billy Allison
Prints available at Society6 for US$14.56

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sweets: Stormtrooper Cake

Stormtrooper Cake from Boston-based Amanda Oakleaf Cakes

Constructed of white cake, Rice Krispies Treats and fondant, this three hundred pound cake was served at the Arisia science fiction and fantasy convention to a crowd of some six hundred convention goers, who managed to polish it off in just under two hours.  It stands 6 feet, 4 inches. Read more about the cake at Wired's Geek Dad blog.

Crafts: Space Invader Cheese Board

Space Invader Cheese Board by David Abramson

Made from birch and black walnut, and finished with food-grade mineral oil and beeswax. Available for US$60 at Etsy.
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