Friday, June 29, 2012

Lego Creation: Warp Pipe Planter

8-Bit LEGO Warp Pipe Planter

"A relatively small project, symmetrical design front & back, it fits any 4 inch pot great for any cactus or succulent plants"

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sweets: Steampunk Cupcake

Steampunk Cupcake by Mike’s Amazing Cakes

Posters: Avengers Film Posters


Sweets: Hedwig Cake

Hedwig by Rosebud Cakes of Beverly Hills, CA

Harry Potter party cake for a true fan. Hedwig's cage is removed to reveal the cake underneath, as well as the books of potions and poisons! All edible glasses, wand and polyjuice potion.

Illustration: 3D Illusory Sketches

Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki sketches perspective-based optical illusions that appear to leap off the page creating like an MC Escher drawing when his notebook is propped up against a wall.

Video: 3D Mario Chalk Art

Time-lapse of chalk artist Chris Carlson creating an amazing 3D Mario piece. It took him eleven hours to complete.

Tribute: Pointillistic Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Ben Heine, the artist behind the Pencil vs. Camera project, has yet another tricks up his sleeve. This time, Heine offers a modern take on pointillism, the technique popularized by Georges Seurat in "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte."
This portrait is only made with "flat circles" on a black background. Every circle has a single color, a single tone and a single size. I placed each circle one by one. It's a time consuming method. Please see some details, the work in progress and other portraits here below. If you wish, you can also view this making of my portrait of Elvis Presley (video) to understand how I'm exploiting this technique with circles. The above portrait was featured on "Cult Of Mac" in March 2012.

Crafts: Stormtooper Lawn Chair

Link Round-Up: June 28, 2012

Invasion of the Daleks Quilt  by Craftster member Graverobbergirl
"This was a wedding present for my friends... (Queen sized- 92"x92", pieced Irish Chain pattern, hand applique, hand-embroidery and both machine and hand-quilted)."

Harry Potter Concept Art From Upcoming Wizard’s Collection

How to Make an AT-AT from Empty Diaper Boxes

Imperial March On A CNC-Machine

Is the Secret to Creativity Background noise?

Nathan Fillion as you've definitely never seen him before

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lecture: Manga History

The British Design and Art Direction educational charity recently organized a lecture series on Japanese creativity featuring manga expert Helen McCarthy, the author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga.

"...Manga are really packages -- containers -- for hopes and dreams and fears and manga are where we decode our ideas about Japan against its own ideas," McCarthy says, "And we learn that decoding through the language of line, a narrative language that is quite different from words. But if we don't know its history, we won't see it clearly, we'll see it as 'alien' or 'other' and it actually isn't 'alien' or 'other,' it's actually much closer to home than you think."

Sweets: Eye of Sauron Cake

Fiancé tried her hand at the Sauron Cake on commission for a friend. Nailed it?

Video: Quadrotor Light Show

A troupe of 16 quadrotors (flying robots) dance to and manipulate sound and light at the Saacthi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2012. Saatchi & Saatchi is famous for its opening theatrics, and this year, they hired KMel Robotics to work its magic with a swarm of quadrotors, with creative direction from Marshmallow Laser Feast.

KMel Robotics was founded last year by Alex Kushleyev and Daniel Mellinger, graduates of UPenn's GRASP Lab, to "push the limits of experimental robotics." This is the company's first major project.

Lego Creation: USCSS Prometheus

The USCSS Prometheus

Lego Creation: USCSS Prometheus

My concept of awesome ship, presented in new movie by Ridley Scott.
This creation took second place in "Galaxy far, far away.." contest.
You can see more about this creation here:

Mash-Up: Avengers / Sailor Moon

Available for purchase at Society6

I hesitate to call this a lineup as it's really just drawings done individually that I tried to paste together somewhat coherently. These are drawings I have been posting on my tumblr for the past week.

Some of the original drawings I changed a bit for the sake of the lineup just so it would flow a bit better. I also gave Sailor Ironman a visor because Ironman needs more gadgets.

You may need to download for the full view, it's pretty wide.

Tech: Build With Chrome

If Minecraft isn’t enough to satisfy your building-structures-from-blocks cravings then here’s good news—Google and LEGO have teamed to let you build LEGO structures onto Google Maps with Build With Chrome. The only catch is you can only build in Australia and New Zealand because the project is commemorating 50 years of LEGO in Australia.

First, you get allocated a plot of land. Then, you choose from a variety of LEGO bricks and extras. But if you’re thinking of building a giant phallus in the Outback, think again—all the buildings have to be vetted before being published for the public to see. But once they are approved, they’ll be open for the public to explore.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Installation: Overture

Interactive LED lighting installation by Takram, Japan

This installation in Milan is composed of 100 light bulb suspended in a 120 square meter room lined with arch-shaped mirrors and a floor covered in crushed marble gravel.

Each bulb contains water and an LED that illuminates the surface of water from above. Touching the bulb initiates the wave-like sequence of brightening and fading pulsations, roughly analogous to heartbeats.

Link Round-Up: June 26, 2012

A recreation of the cover art of the Brand New album "Deja Entendu"

Brave and Pixar's other incredibly detail-oriented movies: By the numbers

Driving down the street in LA, you may notice coffee shops, gas stations or motels with bright primary colors, sweeping lines, bold angles and a retrofuture feel: Googie - Architecture of the Space Age. It was originally meant to look futuristic, but now it's considered kitsch. Even the most mundane food tasted good if the restaurant featured Googie-style archetecture and signage. iO9 collects some examples of Googie. Retronaut has examples from a children's encyclopedia, and the Seattle PI offers us a video and slideshow of the Seattle World's Fair, with lots and lots of Googie. ArchDaily writes: Googie Architecture: Futurism Through Modernism. One of the most prominent uses of Googie is at Disney, with the stunning mural The Prologue and the Promise. Eldon Davis(slideshow), LA architect who 'defined it and refined' Googie style, passed away last year.

Manhattan apartments are expensive enough, though having a 20,000-brick Lego staircase railing might make the payments worth it.

Minimalist Lego reconstructions of classic moments from sci-fi cinema. My favorite is the Death Star Hangar.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Short Film: Suckablood

Suckablood by BloodyCuts

Created in a visual style reminiscent of Sin City, Suckablood is an intense tale of gothic horror about a little girl named Tilly who, like any pretty girl in a fairy tale, has an evil stepmother. The stepmother curses her by calling upon a monster to carry her off if she sucks her thumb again.

The resulting tension may not be appropriate for younger children, but it's guaranteed to be entertaining for older audiences.

OpEd: Web Browser as Art Gallery?

For the past 200 years, the gallery has been the home of new and cutting-edge art, a place where the art community can come together and share new ideas. But in this episode, we ask: is the web browser replacing the gallery as the best place to view amazing, cutting-edge art?!? In the era of the internet, you can view remarkable art from the comfort of your laptop. Accessible to virtually everyone, web art does away with the physical limitations of the gallery and makes impossibly cool art a part of our daily lives!

Street Art: Anamorphic Graffiti

"Screaming Ghost" by TSF Crew

Posters: Sci-Fi Vehicles

Fresh Take: Star Trek Opening Sequence

Live Long and Prosper: Animated Alternate Opening Sequence by Shawn Sheehan

This animation is an homage to one of the most groundbreaking sci-fi television shows ever to beam down to Earth. I grew up watching the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise "boldly go where no man has gone before". My goal was to try and capture the essence of what I found most enjoyable from the series for building this faux opening to this classic show using Adobe After Effects.

Video: Starry Night in Dominos

FlippyCat of Domona Lisa fame has re-created Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night using 7,067 very carefully positioned dominos over the course of eleven hours.
"The first attempt failed, when I dropped a screw from the camera rig onto it. I was able to improve the swirling clouds better in the second attempt as a result though. I do not know how long the first attempt took, but I did not have any accidents building like I did in the second attempt!

There were 2 small breaks in the fall of this project. I did not complete the leading grey line and left out a domino which stopped the reaction in the bottom. The star that is left standing was very close to falling, but the first dominos held in place :("

Mash-Up: Skyrim / Seuss

If I Was Dovahkin by DrfaustusAU
“Back up, my friends. Please make some room. I’m just about to shout my Thu’um!”

Artist: deviantart

"Back up, my friends.
Please make some room.
I'm just about to shout my Thu'um!"

Mash-Up: Batman / Game of Thrones

Game of Rogues by Timothy Lim

Knight in Coming

Link Round-Up: June 25, 2012

Look at what I found in a Starbucks

Photographed by DftbHailey-42

Look at what I found in a Starbucks in New Jersey on my trip!
I fangirled right in the middle of the store.

Conceptual Juggling using illuminated balls is exceptionally mesmerizing.

A dragon sculpture made out of CD shards.

Heart-breaking Lego tombstone created by a father for his son.

These Digitally Illustrated Spaceships by Thomas Pringle put me in mind of a Robert Heinlein novel.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Short Film: 88:88

88:88 by Sean Wilson and Joey Ciccoline

88:88 was shot for the YouTube Your Film Festival in an attempt to win a grant from Ridley Scott's production company. Vote here if you enjoyed watching it. Listen to the eighties-style soundtrack from Makeup and Vanity Set or purchase it.
Val has lost control of her life. Those around her deny the reality of the extraordinary experiences she feels powerless against. Realizing she must stand alone, she has only one remaining option — to find a way to fight back.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Short Film: Echowalkers

Echowalkers by Hoover Studios

Contacted over the phone by a 'distant cousin', Robert arrives at a remote location to discover that he is really meeting his doppelganger.

Posters: Vintage DC Heroes

Vintage DC Superhero Posters

Sculpture: LEGO Men Dissected

Installation: Revoltage

"Revoltage" sculpture by Raqs Media Collective
On exhibition at Art Unlimited at Art Basel, 2012

Installation: The Big Fishes

"The Big Fishes"
Photographed by Victor R. Caivano

This fish sculpture composed of discarded plastic bottles was installed in the sand at Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 19, 2012 for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which runs through June 22.

Mash-Up: Norman Rockwell / Portal

Based on Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter cover for the Saturday Evening Post.

Installation: Signal to Noise

Signal to Noise by Brussles-based artistic collective LAb[au]

This installation at the Toronto National Airport immerses the spectator in patterns of sonic motion, based on generative principles executed by 512 mechanical split-flaps. The expression ‘signal-to-noise’ is a ratio of useful to useless information in a data exchange, and the work consists of a circular structure that contains four horizontal rows of 128 split-flaps at eye level. Visitors are invited to plunge into the kinetic composition, surrounding themselves with the eternal calculation process of an auto-poetic machine.

Posters: Starcraft Propaganda

Available for purchase online.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Short Film: The Gate

"The Gate" directed by Matt Westrup

In London of the near future, people have begun to inexplicably mutate. This fast-paced eight minute film follows the results.

Event: Brickworld 2012 in Chicago

This guided tour of Brickworld 2012 was shot by Nannan Zhang and Chris Malloy of The Brothers Brick fame.

Sculpture: Karma

Via: Reddit

Mural: Gobal City Wall

"Global City Wall" by graffiti artist Deck Two 

Global City is a mural that was completed early this month in New York. The line drawing, which stretches across white walls and cabinet doors, includes major landmarks and scenes from countries around the world. Watch the artist at work in the video below, edited by Nathalie Lapicorey and Thomas Dartigues.

Street Art: Breaking Tempo

"Breaking Tempo" by Chinese muralist DAL

An epic mural located somewhere on the streets of Windhoek, Namibia.

Video: O (Omicron)

O (Omicron) by Romain Tardy (AntiVJ)

A permanent installation at Hala Stulecia in Wroclaw, Poland When opened, Hala Stulecia was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world. With a diameter of 65m it was home to the largest dome built since the Pantheon in Rome eighteen centuries earlier.

The piece proposed for the Centennial Hall of Wroclaw is based around the notion of timelessness in architecture, and the idea of what future has meant throughout the 20th century.

Taking the 1910’s as a starting point (the dome was erected in 1913), historical and artistic references were used to reveal the architecture of the space.

By using references such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis or the utopian projects of Archigram to confront the different visions of the future at different times, Romain Tardy and Thomas Vaquié were interested in trying to create a vision of a future with no precise time reference. A timeless future.

Quick Pic: 3D Chalk Art

Sculpture: Cosmonaut

Created for an upcoming show at Rivet
"Julie B Myself and Laura at Rivet Gallery have been organizing the group sculpture show Morphous opening Aug 4th through the 29th. I have a new piece "Cosmonaut Monkey Explores New Worlds" Monkey is a loose interpretation of the character, he's mostly EVA space suit with his tiny head sticking out. About 10" tall and about 9" around. It is an original sculpture Super Sculpey, with some fabricated parts, Styreen plastic, Magic Sculpt, acrylic."

Link Round-Up: June 20, 2012

A 7 minute timelapse video showing how graphic designer Alexander Koshelkov put together this image of a plane crash using photos from other sources.

These "Cyber Wars" custom action figures by Sillof are steampunk versions of your favorite Star Wars characters. The set's for sale, so contact him if you're interested.

What if Studio Ghibli made an Adventure Time movie?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Short Film: This is Not Real

"This is Not Real" by Gergely Wootsch

Lego Creation: Portal Set

Thinking with Portals!

Team Jigsaw (Lego Junkie, 55555, Arkov and BrickThing) had been working on a Lego Aperture Science Sets for Cuusoo, complete with Chell, GLaDOS, turrets, and Modular Testing Room.

"Sadly Cuusoo considers Portal an innappropriate license for unspecified reasons, and although we tried numerous forms of contact we were unable to appeal this decision.

We didn't know this until we tried to submit the project, so we're left with a polished piece of work even though it's not possible to get supporters for it. So here are the results of our work, spread over this Flickr set and this Flickr set. Enjoy!"

Street Art: 3D Pac-Man Painting


Leon Keer created this amazing 3D street painting in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Merchandise: Lego Minecraft

Even though the game is essentially LEGO in a digital environment, LEGO has branded some new sets starting at $34.99 in the likeness of Minecraft and yes, it’s official. Check out LEGO’s store and take a look at the awesome Minecraft sets!

Fresh Take: Pac-Man Ghosts

Pacman Ghosts

Can you name all of the faces in this rogue's gallery? Check below to confirm your guesses.

Installation: High Arctic

"High Arctic" by United Visual Artists

This interactive sculptural landscape is meant to simulate the existing glaciers that will all have melted 100 years from now due to climate change. Guided by UV lights and sound, visitors can physically explore the vanishing glaciers and see just how drastic a change landscapes can undergo.

Papercraft: 3D Paper Building Sculptures

Jill Sylvia takes sheets of lined paper from ledgers and meticulously cuts the pages to build these incredible three dimensional paper sculptures. Using a drafting knife, she carefully removes all of the blank boxes, leaving just the lines to form the basic structure of the page, then sculpts them into detailed buildings.


Link Round-Up: June 19, 2012

Just Another 47 Passenger Carrying Mechanical Elephant
Via Les Machines de L’ile

Just Another 47 Passenger Carrying Mechanical Elephant

The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains -- A two-part essay about (part I) how perception of colors affects our naming of colors which (part II) affects our perception of colors. Guest celebrities include Darwin's children, xkcd, a mantis shrimp, and Benjamin Whorf.

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe... redrawn by independant comics artists.

Mimoco unveils DC Universe, Dark Knight Rises MIMOBOT series 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Short Film: Beat

"Beat" by Or Bar-El

In a bland, ultilitarian world of rhythm and order, one worker finds his inner Jazz.

Video: The Rise Of 8-Bit Art

"The Evolution of 8-Bit Art" from PBS's Off Book
Beginning with early Atari and Nintendo video games, the 8-bit aesthetic has been a part of our culture for over 30 years. As it moved through the generations, 8-bit earned its independence from its video game roots. The idea of 8-bit now stands for a refreshing level of simplicity and minimalism, is capable of sonic and visual beauty, and points to the layer of technology that suffuses our modern lives. No longer just nostalgia art, contemporary 8-bit artists and chiptunes musicians have elevated the form to new levels of creativity and cultural reflection.

Installation: The Irreversible

"The Irreversible" video installation by Norimichi Hirakawa

Quick Pic: Summer is Coming

"Summer is Coming" Starbucks Sandwich Board
Source: Failblog

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Short Film: Reviving Redwood

Matthew Sullivan created this short film over the course of the past year and a half for his senior thesis in computer animation at the Ringling College of Art and Design. It tells the story of an old man’s struggle to bring life back to an abandoned logging town.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Short Film: Spoiler

The zombie apocalypse has happened and we won, but the threat of infection is always there -- and Los Angeles coroner Tommy Rossman is the man they call when things go wrong.

Lego Creation: Superman Mosaic


Fresh Take: The Death of O-Ren Ishii

"The Death of O-Ren Ishii" by Shannon Bonatakis

Photography: Dirt is Good

Sand sculptor JOOheng Tan recently assisted the Lowe ad agency in creating these amazing backdrops for an ad campaign.

Link Round-Up: June 15, 2012

"Invader" by Pa-Le

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Making of Prometheus

Collection of Vintage Arcade Cabinet Art by AxelPfaender.

French artist Laurent Chehere gives us a series of photographs depicting what it would actually be like if your house decided to up and drift away: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9

Gordon Freeman Half-Life action figure available for preorder at the BBTS

Luke Evans and Josh Lake Eat Film To Capture Images of their Insides

The Power of Freedom: Iraq is what happens when legos become political art.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Short Film: Portal: Terminal Velocity

My interpretation of what a real POrtal gun would be like if one existed. Based on the video game, POrtal. I tried to match the game as close as possible. This was the most challenging project I have ever undertaken, consisting of 3D tracking, seamless camera cuts and 3D camera projection. This started out as an experiment since I didn't think I could even pull it off, if I knew it would've turned out as good as it did I would've put more of a story behind it. O well, it makes up for in Visual Effects, ENJOY!

Video: Van Gogh and Modern Art

"Vincent's passionate belief was that people wouldn't just see his pictures, but would feel the rush of life in them; that by the force of his brush and dazzling color they'd experience those fields, faces and flowers in ways that nothing more polite or literal could ever convey.

His art would reclaim what had once belonged to religion - consolation for our mortality through the relish of the gift of life. It wasn't the art crowd he was after; he wanted was to open the eyes and the hearts of everyone who saw his paintings. I feel he got what he wanted."

Painting: Bouncer

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