Friday, September 28, 2012

Short Film: Tears of Steel

"Tears of Steel" is a dystpoian scifi flick made possible through crowd-funding and the open source 3D creation tool Blender. The goal of the project was to improve and test a complete open and free pipeline for visual effects in film - and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The film itself, and all raw material used for making it, have been released under the Creatieve Commons 3.0 Attribution license. Visit the website to find out more about this, or to purchase the 4-DVD box with a lot of extras."

Sweets: Cheesecake Pac-Man

Cheesecake Pac-Man Style
Created by obsequies
(via feedmystomach)

Crafts: Silence Plushie

Silence Plush

Architecture: Turning the Place Over

"Turning the Place Over" by Richard Wilson, 2007.
“An ovoid cut from the façade of a building in Liverpool and made to oscillate in three dimensions. The revolving façade rests on a specially designed giant rotator, usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, and acts as a huge opening and closing ‘window’, offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours.” 

Photography: Starry Night Mosaic

Van Gogh's The Starry Night recreated by astonomy PhD student Alex Harrison Parker
using the Hubble Telescope's Top 100 Images

Studying asteroids at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Alex Parker took some of the most awe-inducing photos from the Hubble Telescope and mosaic-ed them into an intricate galaxial patchwork resembling Van Gogh’s Starry Night. My god, it’s full of stars…

Installation: Marble Curtain

"Marble Curtain" by Studio Gang Architects
"Stone performs best when subjected to compressive loads, and prior to the Marble Curtain project, no technical data existed for its strength in tension. For the Masonry Variations exhibition (sponsored by the International Masonry Institute in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Building Museum), we chose to explore stone’s structural capacity and challenge conventional thinking about this age-old material by hanging it in tension from the museum’s vaulted ceiling.

Posters: Pac-Man Propaganda


Pac-Man Propaganda by Joseph Baranowski


Merchandise: Geeky Car Emblems

Available for purchase on Etsy. US$12

Car companies create huge campaigns for their cars in an effort to get you to plunk down some cash, but we all really just want to pilot ships like Han or Starbuck or The Doctor. Now you can have the next best thing with these nerdy car emblems from your favorite sci-fi series. Each plastic emblem is cast from a custom silicone mold, painted black and silver and then backed with all-weather automotive grade double-sided tape to permanently adhere to your car.



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Street Art: Jurassic Park Dinosaur Wall

"Related to my post earlier this year I finally got round painting the Jurassic Park wall. The wall is 14m long (46 ft) and 6m high (19.7 ft) or 84 sqm. It was the first time I was able to work with a lifting platform and it was fantastic to work with it. If I only had have this for the 700wall – which I painted almost completely with a ladder…

Since I love telling stories with my walls this one is: Once we are extinct, life will find a way. Which of course is based on one of Dr. Ian Malcolms many great quotes. I made a little video of the production of the wall which you find here. And you also find detail shots  of the final wall."

Link Round-Up: September 27, 2012

"Beautiful Star Trek Space Ship. Shows ship circling a planet. Made from fuse type glass and stained glass. The glass piece is mounted in a 18 1/2” x 23” black picture frame. This picture is shown with a light behind it to show off its colors. Can be hung in a window or on a wall with a light behind it. LED lights can be put on the frame in back."

Brain Pickings has posted minimalist posters celebrating six pioneering women of science.

La-Chapeliere-Folle imagines what it might look like if If Tim Burton Drew The Avengers (Part 2)

Turn your fridge into a vintage arcade cabinet with these vinyl decals from Etsy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Papercraft: Papercuts

Photographer David Reeves re-creates scenes from some of his favorite geeky fandoms using only the silhouettes of paper cut-outs. Check out zombies, cowboys, Batman, samurai, and more on his Tumblr!




Papercraft: Paper Darth Project

Paper Darth Vader
Created by Lobulo Design

"Paper Darth Project" by Lobulo Design

Sweets: Super Mario Bros. Cupcakes

Super Mario Bros. Cupcakes 
Created by ArtsyLady

"I made these cupcakes today for a 4 year old's birthday party. They are chocolate cake with buttercream icing and hand sculpted fondant toppers. So much fun!"

Crafts: Mechanical Donkey Kong

"Mechanical Donkey Kong" by Martin Raynsford

Controlled by Arduino, Martin’s lasercut-wooden arcade is operated the good ol’ fashioned way, a NES controller. One press of a button has Mario doing what he do best: jumping over launched projectiles (or ball bearings, in this case).

Posters: Space Series


Typography: ABC Chairs

“Rotterdam designer Roeland Otten has designed a collection of 26 chairs, each spelling out one letter of the alphabet. ABChairs’ future is one of a industrial manufacturing process, using rotational moulding of LDPE plastic.”

Fresh Take: Steampunk K9

Victorian/Steampunk K9


Imagine if K-9 had been created in 1909 and not the year 5000. This ultra-retro version of K-9 was upcycled from a 1/4 scale remote control K-9 toy into a steampunk treasure. He features brass gramophone ears, an antique clock winder tail, and a steam pressure gauge.

Link Round-Up: September 26, 2012

Lego Atari 2600 Gaming Controller

Lego Atari 2600 Gaming Controller by customBRICKS

News: Cleveland Hopkins Int'l Airport To Open Permanent Superman Exhibit

55 Awesome White Letterpress Business Cards

Prop company Weta Workshop built a replica Portal 2 sentry turret complete with a motion sensor for the video game development company Valve. Watch the unboxing.

These illustrations of The Shining starring Deadpool by Marco D'alfonso were created for Comics Should Be Good's regular The Line It Is Drawn feature.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Short Film: Grounded

Grounded is a trippy, visually stunning short film from Kevin Margo, a CG supervisor at Blur Studio, about the final moments of a dying astronaut on strange planet. Though it weighs in at only seven minutes, the film has been showered with accolades on the festival circuit, including the title of Best Experimental Short at the 2012 USA Film Festival.
"One astronaut's journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop. Check out the Grounded VFX Breakdowns."

Crafts: CEEFAX Tapestry

A crossstitch and machine embroidery tribute to the information service.
Exhibited at the D&AD New Blood 2012 show
For the past 38 years BBC Ceefax Pages have provided the nation with a constant stream of accessible, reliable and dedicated news. With the final switch over from analogue to digital television, the iconic service will cease to exist.
100×75cm (4:3 TV ratio)

Papercraft: Alphabet

A collection of 26 papercraft templates for all letters 0f the alphabet, each representing an animal, thing, or people starting with that letter. You will find the complete list of templates here. You can use them for education, as toys, or to spell out whatever message you want to get across. Here is a tutorial on how to make the letters. Here is a ZIP file containing all templates as PDFs.

Installation: Maze

"Maze" by Hangzhou-based artist Guo Yaoxian (aka Mabonona), 2012.

The word Maze has multiple meanings. Mabonona thought that “We are super relied on electronic products now, just like a disabled man rely on his fake leg.” However, ” We nearly know nothing about them”. He tended to show this contradiction and insecurity in the essence of the time, electronic chips. This complicated and surreal electronic “Maze” in front of us, reminds us to ask how much do we really know about the world we live in. Read more in an interview with Yaoxian at The Creators Project.

Electronic Art: IRIS

"IRIS" by Korean collective HYBE

An interactive grid of transparent LEDs that display halftone and circular patterns that emulates it’s audience.
"IRIS is a unique media canvas with matrix of conventional information display technology - a monochrome LCD. Through the phased opening and closing of circular-segmented black Liquid Crystal, IRIS can create various patterns and control the amount (size) of passing lights. IRIS is an interactive medium for visual simplicity which uses the passage of ambient light, not emission of light itself."

Photography: Deconstructed Cities

"Deconstructed Cities" by Tim White Sobieski 
Prints available for purchase from Editioned Art. US$500


Installation: Long Wave

Commissioned by the Luminato Festival, Toronto

This protracted, spiraling molecule chain was meant to emulate the radio transmission wave and was made from 63 large red spheres that hung from the arches of the Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place, Toronto.
"In our contemporary wireless environment, populated by tiny centimeter long wifi transmissions, these radio waves are really the dinosaurs of our communications era. Appropriately, 'long wave' also resembles the suspended backbone of an oversized brontosaurus."

Portrait: Obama Riding A Lion

Prints available for purchase on Etsy. US$25

When the President talks about Change, he means it. First on the list is all presidential addresses being issued atop his mighty lion while he wields his crossbow and DARPA issued Light Saber.

Link Round-Up: September 25, 2012


Animal New York scored an exclusive interview with the street artist wanted by the NYPD for punking the police with Fake Drone Ads. He readily admits that he's not really a part of the street art scene, but he wants to let people know the scariness of drones.

Brandi Roberts is selling a series of hand-drafted Fantasy Floorplans recreating the layout of fictional television homes. The series now includes over a hundred floorplans, including current shows like Dexter and Mad Men and classics like Seinfeld and The Brady Bunch.

Rare Original 'Calvin and Hobbes' Art To Be Auctioned

Self-Professed "World's Best Father," Dave Engledow, is raising money via KickStarter for a calendar. Check out his hilarious photography at Fotoblur.  Take a look at the behind-the-scenes video of the making of Ballet Master. They're reminiscent of Jason Lee's creative portraits of his daughters.

Posters: Star Wars Film Noir

Star Wars Film Noir poster series by Dean Reeves
Prints available for purchase at Etsy. Price: US$26.21

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