Friday, November 30, 2012

Short Film: Le Taxidermiste

There isn't a whole lot of story to this short film, but the production value is fairly high. Le Taxidermiste is the story of an old woman who wants to pay her last respects to her husband.

Short Film: Epithet

"Epithet" directed by Angus Jackson
Starring Patrick Stewart

This short film was inspired by the Young Vic theatre’s recent production of Edward Bond’s play Bingo. In fact, the film's cast is the same as that of the stage production, namely the great Patrick Stewart.

While this isn't the sort of short film we normally post here, the starring role made it irresistible. Be warned that this film centers around a sleazy lothario and includes adult content.

Mash-Up: Super Mario / Kill Bill

T-Shirts are available from Redbubble. Prints are available from Society6.

Merchandise: Gaming Throw Pillows

Design by Powerpig

Society6 is now offering throw pillows as part of their merchandise selection.  Here’s a small selection of some great examples of video game themed throw pillows available.  Head over to the site to see all the other amazing works of art you need on your couch today! Better yet, go design you own!

Crafts: Chrono Trigger Wall Art

After two years and 47,096 beads, my girlfriend and I finish this tribute to my favorite game of all time. (OC)

The Plan: Original Chrono Trigger screenshot (Left) and resultant conversion to Perler colors (right)

Installation: Plant-in City

 On exhibit at the Mark Miller Gallery in NYC

The Internet of Plants: modern smart terrarium system is a part of the Plant-in City exhibit.  It was a collaborative project between architects, designers, and technologists building new ways of interacting with nature. Everything around us is a system: subways, roadways, mechanical works, the electrical power grid. They all play a key role in making the city run.

Paintings: Splatter Animals

Splatter Animals by graffiti artist Hua Tunan
 Via: Edge

Sculpture: Little Manhattan

"Little Manhattan" by Yutaka Sone, 2011
On display at the David Zwirner Gallery
2.5 tons of marble carved into an eight foot long model of Manhattan

Interview: Takehiko Inoue

CNN's "Human to Hero" series profiles Slam Dunk creator Takehiko Inoue, one of Japan's most successful manga artists.

The 45-year-old artist has been working in the industry for a quarter of a century. He started out as an assistant on City Hunter for Tsukasa Hojo before making his solo debut in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1988. Since then, he has worked on numerous series including Slam Dunk, Vagabond, and Real. That's a staggering amount of output, but in light of the speed at which he moves in this video, not a surprising amount.

Link Round-Up: November 30, 2012

News: Staples Announces In-Store 3-D Printing Service

A bedroom fit for a Time Lord: Dr Who fan spends £980 building a TARDIS in his parents' garden

Cristina De Middel's Afronauts: An African space fantasy

Flights of Fantasy in “Exhale,” the Latest Exhibition of Jeremy Geddes

Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim robot blueprints released

Library Paints Hobbit Door Over Entrance

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Portrait: Amy Pond and The Doctor

Prints available for purchase from the artist. US$80
“Oh Amy, I hear the song of your sadness.”
“I’m not sad.”
“Then why are you crying?”

Spent many, many hours livestreaming and working on this painting - my tribute and goodbye to the magnificent Amy Pond (and how she inspired the greatest painter that ever lived!) I of course purposely researched Van Gogh works such as Starry Night and Sunflowers and would like to think if Amy stayed for a portrait, Vincent painted something like this.

Short Film: Dark Vessel

This cool little piece exudes a light-hearted vibe with its robots and voice work, but it features an unexpectedly chilling storyline. I like to eimagine that this is how Stephen King would have written an episode of Futurama.
"A hopeless romantic is caught trespassing while trying to woo a girl. Problems occur when the girl's father forces him to remove a dead man's shadow. Tragically, the romantic becomes a vessel of death."

Portrait: Road Map Portraits

Road Map Portraits by Ed Fairburn
"Ink on a 1977 road map of Germany.

The work I produce is largely figurative, and through the exploration of the human form I examine the patterns and structures which exist across the body. Emphasis is placed on the ‘fragmented’ texture of the skin, a process which has encouraged my work to evolve from its occupation of plain paper to the potential occupation of other, pre-fragmented or pre-patterned surfaces.

This drawing was produced as part of a wider submission to Cowbridge Music Festival."

Paintings: Van Gogh Tilt-Shifted

"Van Gogh’s Paintings Get Tilt-Shifted" by Serena Malyon

Electronic Art: Waves

"Waves" by Daniel Palacios, 2006.

A length of rope is attached at to a machine at each end and spun. The spinning rope creates waves against a black backdrop, creating audible sound as the rope cuts through the air. The installation then responds to visitors by changing it's speed and pitch according to the visitors' movement.

Street Art: Digital Life

"Digital life" wall art by KD

Street Art: Poison Apple

Poison Apple by BigBen
Photographed in Lyon, France

Is anyone else getting the feeling that BigBen is a Microsoft fan?

Merchandise: Pac-Man Ghost Lamp

Pac-Man Ghost Lamp
Available for purchase from Firebox. US$56

This new, officially licensed, Pac-Man Ghost Lamp comes with a remote that lets you change the ghost into 16 different colors. It features strobe, flash, dim, and smooth fade settings.

Merchandise: Zombie Flamingo

Zombie Flamingo Lawn Ornament by Spooky Decorations
Available to purchase on Amazon.US$16.69

Posters: An Unexpected Journey


IMAX has released this set of four beautiful poster designs for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that will be given to fans attending the 12:01 IMAX screenings of the movie on December 14th at selected theaters.

Sculpture: Hello World

"Hello World" by Gustavo Arguellopeñaloza

Fresh Take: Spaceship Skeletal Survey

Spaceship Skeletal Survey by Josh Lane
 Prints available for purchase at Society6. US$17

Link Round-Up: November 29, 2012

Up for voting at Threadless. I interpreted this as humans eventually evolving into Cthulhu and then I was like my gyad… is Elder Gods people??

Air New Zealand Shows Off ‘Hobbit’ Plane

Get your Firefly Serenity Themed Christmas Stocking

Jack Kirby Double-Page Spreads. A flickr set of double-splash-page spreads by the King of Comics. 

The Next Best Thing To Being Cloned. A Frighteningly Lifelike 3D Mask Of Your Face.

You may not be able to collect life-sized Daleks, but you can start small with this set of 16 ounce Dalek tumblers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Short Film: Finished

Finished directed by Dan DiFelice

Sculpture: Star Wars X-Wing

star wars x-wings kaiser beer can

Kick-ass X-Wing fighter made from Kaiser beer cans. 

Video: Anamorphic Illusions

Brusspup has posted a new video demonstrating some really fun anamorphic projections. The trick is pretty simple: the photographs are skewed but then filmed at an angle where everything looks normal until the image is rotated out of alignment. Brasspup has also posted high resolution images of the Rubik’s cube, shoe, and tape so that you can try the optical illusions at home.

Sculpture: Geometric Sandcastles

"I always have these ideas that I want to try but somehow in the attempt to get something done by the end of the day I turn towards my old standby solutions. I need to spend 6 weeks on the beach all at once. As it is I only get a day here and there and go whole years without building anything. If I could manage that I might get somewhere new."

Posters: Nintendo 64 Minimalist Design

Sweets: Ocarina of Time Cake

Increíble tarta retro del Ocarina of Time.

Link Round-Up: November 28, 2012

Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$30

Here’s an exhibition entitled “Built Drawings.” All of the items are constructed from mechanical pencil lead refills.

This is truly a marvelous tribute to the historic victory of Scandinavia over a single-minded invading force. It’s said volunteers in the army gave their superiors a coin or token for the honor of fighting.

And we finish with artist Raven Mimura, who’s not only a delight to attend a convention with, his work is often a “portal” into the blending of genres. He also wears some of the most impressive boots I’ve ever seen.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Short Film: Memorize

Memorize is set in a not-too-distant future where your memories are recorded as a crime deterrent. Authorities are able to review events by directly tapping into an elaborate network of DNA sensors in an individual’s memory unit. But it's still a violent world. With no chance of getting off if you're guilty, criminals have learned not to go quietly. That's where the SSU police unit comes in. Think Minority Report meets Judge Dredd.
"In 2027, everyone is implanted with a chip - the Memorize-chip. It records everything you see, a new system to fight crime. One unit controls the system. The SSU - Special Surveillance Unit."

Street Art: V for Vendetta

Street Art: Justice League

"Justice League" after Alex Ross

"Justice League" by Owen Dippie
An homage to Alex Ross located in Omanu, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Photographed by Flyingkiwigirl (Shellie)

Merchandise: Star Wars 2013 Calendar

Available for purchase at Etsy. US$15

Posters: 50 Years of Bond

Infographic: Color of Music

Color of Music by Dorothy
Limited Edition prints available from WeAreDorothy. Print: £30 / £100

The Colour of Song print celebrate "colorful" song titles and band names by arraying them in an LP-shaped color wheel. It features the titles of 576 classic songs like Back in Black, Brown Sugar, Fools Gold, and Blue Monday, not to mention some guilty pleasures like Mr. Blue Sky, Goldfinger, and Pretty in Pink.

Link Round-Up: November 27, 2012


"Eleven" by Rosy Higgins

News: Google Maps Now Features Museum Floor Plans Here's a complete list.

The first nine retrofuturistic Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios from 1941 to 1942 are now available on the Internet Archive.

For years now, the primary way of representing and storing color on a computer display has been to define it as existing in three dimensions: Red, Green, and Blue. What if that's wrong? “While the appearance of a color on a screen can be described in three dimensions, the blending of color actually is happening in a six dimensional space,” How Fifty-Three, developers of the iPad painting app Paper, used a theory of paint optics from 1931 to develop a better color mixer.

Long exposure photos of airline traffic - like the mapping of flights with GPS, except more glowing.  Most of photos are from, where you can find a lot of cool stuff like these photos shot  looking out from inside the cockpit.

Readymag is a new interactive publishing platform which allows you to create, publish and discover truly amazing webzines. Be sure to play with the demo for a look at the bleeding edge of web interactivity. It's not quite a sci-fi future yet, but it's getting closer.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Video: Horror Movie Daycare

Horror Movie Daycare from College Humor

Short Film: Tufty

TUFTY directed by Jason Butler & Brendan Butler

Before you go out and buy a stuffed bear for your kids this Christmas season, you may want to take a moment to consider things from the bear's perspective. 

Tech: Minecraft Reality

Imagine being able to dump your Minecraft creations into the real world for other people to find. You could put an exploding creeper in your school, a cheeky pig in your garden, or a giant enemy crab on the beach, if you like. The Minecraft Reality app for iOS lets you do just that. 
It’s been developed for iOS devices by 13th Lab – a bunch of clever augmented reality folks – with the help of Mojang. The app uses your iOS device’s camera to track the surroundings, before projecting creations onto the landscape. You get to view the mind-boggling results on-screen. You can change the size of your object as you please, and even wander around it to view from different angles. It’s seriously impressive stuff.

Electronic Art: Cosmos

On exhibit at the Johnson Museum of Art Mallin Sculpture Court at Cornell University
Photo by James Ewing

American artist Leo Villareal developed this  interactive lighting installation as a tribute to astronomer Carl Sagan.  It's composed of over twelve thousand LEDs programmed to portray programmatically generated astronomical patterns on a high ceiling measuring approximately 45 feet x 68 feet, where the entire city of Ithaca can appreciate them.

Tech: Relative Time Pieces

These timepieces visualize the passing of time through mass, volume and temperature.

Link Round-Up: November 26, 2012

A fractal Mondrian pattern

Asciiflow will let you draw ASCII art with a mouse and skip a lot of painstaking space-bar-hitting.

George R.R. Martin's awkward lunch with J.K. Rowling

Gesture drawing from home: a convenient tool for practicing figure drawing

Imbalance was created with four ink pens over the course of 143 hours.

It took the graphic novelist Craig Thompson seven years to complete Habibi, his epic exploration of child slavery and sexual awakening in an imaginary Middle-Eastern kingdom. Here he charts its creation from first thoughts to finished pages.

Recursive Drawing is an exploration of user interface ideas towards the development of a spatially-oriented programming environment. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Short Film: Blood Ink

This short explores the relationship between an author and his imaginary world.

Illustration: Mail Envelope Sketches

Buy the book or hire Jeffries for a commission.

When you request commissions fromJeffries , she not only fills your mail-hole with the agreed upon artwork, she also adds a little bit something extra to the mailing envelope… free of charge!

Posters: The Vow

Download: Star Wars Snowflakes

Download these and many other Star Wars snowflake designs as PDF files.

Link Round-Up: November 23, 2012

100,000 Stars is a new experiment for Chrome web browsers (or any other WebGL browser like Firefox or Safari) that lets you interactively explore the Milky Way galaxy with your mouse and scroll wheel.

Daniel Nyari‘s illustrated guide to famous weapons of the silver screen is nothing if not comprehensive. But is anything ever comprehensive enough for the nerd world?

Mimoco has announced a new line of Mimobot Star Trek designer flash drives that includes Captain Kirk, Spock, Captain Picard and Data.

Photography: A Guardian Masterclass

This wooden LEGO minifig was created by Malet Thibaut and is quite a bit larger than its plastic counterpart.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Short Film: In The Pines

"In The Pines" by Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell

A young woman, convinced she has experienced an encounter with the extraterrestrial, becomes fixated on re-establishing contact in this striking study of the paranormal and the human psyche.

Crafts: 8-Bit Ornaments

8-Bit Ornaments by Ana Petree Garcia
Available for purchase at Etsy.

(NOTE: 25% of the proceeds from this item will be donated to the Red Cross organization for Hurricane Sandy Relief.)

Crafts: Companion Cube Ornament

Portal Companion Cube Ornament by MadebyGwen
Available for purchase on Etsy. US$8.00

Merchandise: Scandinavian Invaders

Scandinavian Invaders by Robert Farkas
Throw pillows now available for purchase at Society6. US$20

Illustration: JSA/JLA Thanksgiving

JSA/JLA Thanksgiving by Carlos Pacheco

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Short Film: I’m Retired

"I’m Retired" by directed by Peter Atencio

The nation is in turmoil, and there's only one man who can help... or can he?  This tongue-in-cheek parody of the jaded action hero archetype puts me in mind of the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This comes from Comedy Central's "Key & Peele."

Posters: Halo 4

In celebration of the new Halo 4 being released, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia artist and Halo fan Johnson Ting has created an excellent fan art illustration of the iconic Master Chief and his artificially intelligent sidekick Cortana.
Related Rampages: Marvel Re-imagined (More)
Cortana, please.. by Johnson Ting (deviantART) (Facebook) (Twitter)
via Johnson Ting

To commemorate the release of Halo 4, Malaysian artist and Halo fan Johnson Ting offers this tribute featuring the iconic Master Chief and his artificially intelligence sidekick Cortana.

Sweets: Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes

Cupcakes That Look Like a Savory Thanksgiving Dinner

Check out the tutorial on Instructables to make your own for the holiday.
"If your looking for something sweet to take to Thanksgiving that isn’t a pie…I’ve got something fun for you! Why not bring Thanksgiving dinner for dessert? Cupcake style of course! These cupcakes will have everybody giggling and cause total brain confusion at the Thanksgiving table. They are SO much fun! Each one is made completely of sweet treats but looks just like some of Thanksgiving staples."

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