Friday, August 30, 2013

Short Film: The Olympians

"A stylistic, low-poly 3D short that sees the Gods of Olympus descend upon central London to battle it out in a trial of athleticism to light the torch."

Short Film: Little Kaiju

"Little Kaiju." directed by TWiN (Jonathan & Josh Baker)
"The whimsical journey of a mysterious vending machine dwelling creature who explores the shadowy corners of Tokyo after dark.

Kaiju (怪獣 kai-jū) is a Japanese word that means "strange beast," but often translated in English as "monster"."

Short Film: Golden Age - Simulation

"Golden Age - Simulation" by directed and produced by Paul Nicholls

Winner of best film on CG architect awards 2011, "The Golden Age" is a film that speculates on a simulated architecture. It is concerned with technology, synthetic programmed spaces, and the temporality of our immediate conceived environment, physical or otherwise. It is part of a wider project which looks at a ‘downloaded’ architecture, radically changing the consumerist lifestyle we are all used to.
"Memory is a fleeting thing, often constructed with fragments of objects and places in a nonsensical arrangement in the mind. Golden Age - Simulation attempts to visualise this development of memory from the very abstract to the construction of whole environments in a single strand of memory (translated as one long camera shot)."

Short Film: Star Drunk

Star Drunk is a short sci-fi film that was written and acted by drunk people. Unabashedly drunk.
"Star Drunk is the sequel to the viral short film ‘Cleverbot: Do You Love Me.’ Star Drunk is an experiment in writing a short film while drunk; several writers from Portland got together one night to write the script. We promised each other that whatever we wrote that night, we’d produce as a short film. We ended up creating a Star Trek-Star Wars-Battlestar Galactica’esque parody with laser gun fights and space battles.

Taking the concept a step further (and stranger), we asked our cast to be drunk on the night of filming."

Sweets: Star Trek Cookies

Sugarbelle used a star cookie cutter to form little Trek insignia and then followed Bakingdom’s awesome cookie tutorial to create some matching crew members.

Photography: Game Forever

"Game Forever" by Jean Yves Lemoigne

Event: On the Grind

"On The Grind" a solo show by Francisco Perez (Pac23)
On exhibit through the end of August at Kidrobot Miami.

Sculpture: Upcycled Darth Vader Mask

Posters: Khaleesi

Khaleesi - by Adriana Melo
Prints available at the artist’s shop

Prints available for purchase from the artist’s website. US$20

Posters: 10th

Prints available for purchase from the artist’s website. US$20
"I'm not quite sure if Doctor's home planet was featured in it's second season(I watched the whole series in a month LOL). This pinup was colored specific for a Doctor Who convention here in Brazil("GallifreyCon"), so I was asked to add Gallifrey's skyline somewhere. The original is a tiny bit different."

Posters: The Hobbit

Prints available for purchase from the artist’s website. US$20

Posters: Classic NES Triptych

Classic NES Triptych by Mexican illustrator Carlos Lerma

Posters: Back to the Future

"Back to the Future" by Spain-based Duke Doks
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$15.60

Mash-Up: My Neighbor Titan

"My Neighbor Titan" by Ron Chan

"It appears I drew another Attack on Titan mashup. Not sorry.  These guys are just way too fun to stick into inappropriate situations."

Infographic: Stealing Images

"Stealing Images vs. Using Images Ethically"
An Infographic by Imgembed and

Merchandise: Doctor Who Shot Glasses

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 12 Pack Shot Glasses
This set is available for purchase from US$59.99
  • Set of glasses with the first 11 doctors and one TARDIS with color changing logo on all
  • For collectors, fans, or people who like small quantities of liquid
  • Officially licensed Doctor Who collectible
  • Capacity: each shot glass holds 2 oz.

Link Round-Up: August 30, 2013

Let the Wookie Win by PJ McQuade

"Let the Wookie Win" by PJ McQuade
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Etsy.

News: Hasbro took a vote, and the internet has spoken. Not content to simply remove the losing token from the game, Hasbro will send the offending piece directly—and permanently—to jail. The ballots have been counted, and the people have said F the iron—the new Monopoly token will be a cat. Purists of the board game might not like the move, but game-maker Hasbro let the cat -- in huge form -- roam around London this week.

News: The Smithsonian Just Added a Chunk of Code to Its Permanent Collection

The Art of NASA: Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Annie Leibovitz, and other icons celebrate space exploration and translate NASA’s mission “to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown” into stunning images.

Astronaut Bedding for those who dream of traveling to the stars.

How to Explain Game of Thrones

How to Robot: Your Guide to LEGO Mindstorms EV3

How Video Games Revived The Dying Art Of Japanese Woodprinting

San Francisco freelance artist Scott Petterson has custom created a realistic series of photo realistic twelve-inch Blade Runner action figures.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Short Film: Contr Temps

Short Film: Walter: The Gathering

This beautiful, shadowy short film follows a man on the run from a government in the midst of a war zone.

Short Film: The Guardians Tale

This short is a well-told twist on the classic tale of "Beauty and the Beast."
"On a lonely alien planet shrouded in mystery, an ominous beast guards a powerful treasure. One day he receives an unexpected guest - A seemingly innocent girl crash lands on his world. The two will forge an unusual friendship, and teach one another that looks can indeed be deceiving."

Video: Adventure Time In Lego

"Our friends at Adventure Time hired us to play with LEGO for a couple months. It was one of the most MATHEMATICAL-EST projects we've gotten to do."

Link Round-Up: Gallifreyan Language

BrittanBGood has gone ahead and created a who language system based on the Gallifreyan symbols seen on the Doctor's crib in "A Good Man Goes to War."  It was inspired by Sherman's Circular Gallifreyan, which you can learn online.  The idea intrigued me, so I looked around and discovered that a sizable community formed around the past-time of re-creating the language.  Check out some of the best sites below.

Sculpture: Natural Engine

"V12 Laraki" by Eric van Hove
Van Hove was granted a Cda-Projects Grant to re-create a Mercedes v12 engine entirely from natural materials, including bone, fossils, terra cotta, a wide range of exotic woods, and more.  The piece was hand-crafted by thirty-five craftsman in Morocco over a nine-month period. 

Papercraft: The Human Body

The Human Body by Kelli Andersen  of design studio Tinybop

Andersen created over two hundred illustrations of bones, veins, muscles and other anatomy for this stop motion video and an interactive app.

Papercraft: The Heart

Posters: NES Classics

Mario, Metroid & Link Posters by Jorsh Pena
Created for the 3NES art show at the Bottleneck Gallery

Photography: Yiming Hu

Award-winning photographer Yiming Hu specializes in landscape photography  If his work seems familiar, it's because it's so often featured in magazines such as National Geographic Traveler China. He believes that the extraordinary beauty of nature is not solely to be limited to the majestic national parks in the American West. It exits in every corner of our ordinary world, waiting to be discovered at nightfall.

Photography: Microcities

"Microcities" by Matteo Procaccioli

Matteo Procaccioli’s most recent project changes perspective by capturing cities on film from a bird’s eye view. Observed from above, the cities take on a different aspect in which the buildings dominate, enabling the viewer to understand the rational geometry that characterizes them, their relationship with the surrounding countryside, and to see the wide streets or the rivers running through them.

Link Round-Up: August 29, 2013

Photoshopped Carbonite Refrigerator by Quentin Devine
Quentin’s “Hanasonic” fridge was made for the “Fridgesimage challenge at B3TA.

The Beautiful Klingon Designs JJ Abrams Rejected for Star Trek 2

The Coen Brothers‘ Storyboard Artist Gives a Fun Lesson on the Proper Usage of Storyboards

Covariance is a particle detector-inspired art installation in the London Canal Museum's ice wells. It is part of the Superposition: physicists and artists in conversation project.

PBS Game/Show is a new webseries from PBS Digital Studios written and hosted by Jamin Warren of Kill Screen that focuses on video games and modern culture. The first episode examines the question “Will Mario, Link, and Sonic Last Forever?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Short Film: Silent Moon

Sweets: The Wind Waker Cake

"An adorable Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker cake I made for a 1st Birthday last week! I am totally in love with it, even if Link’s cocky eyebrow pissed me off at 4 am from lack of sleep. The whole ship is cake, while the King of Red Lions is carved foam and chocolate.

I tried to stay true to the games’ style with it’s boxy shapes and smooth finishes. There’s that Rolled fondant technique from last week in the form of dozens of rolled fondant waves!"

Sweets: Game of Thrones Cookies

Game of Thrones Cookies by 1Nerd1
"I have spent just over 10 hours on these Game of Thrones house sigil cookies - I am exhausted! There are 15 cookies in total, each cookie is 3 inches wide and 4 inches long.

This is my second time baking cookies from a stiff dough (I only ever make drop cookies because I’m lazy) and only my second time piping. I cut the shapes free-hand and iced with a #2 piping tip. I have no idea if that was even the right tip to use, I really am an amateur. Patience was the key here basically and I sure did need a lot of it.

I am very happy with how they have turned out - okay so they are not professional quality, but I still love them. I’m just excited that I managed to finish them in time for the season premier tonight! :D
Edit: Yes, I know that the Greyjoy’s banner has a black background. I ran out of black dye at 11pm and couldn’t be bothered to head out to get more so the icing turned out grey instead of darkening to black."

Sweets: Game of Thrones Cookies

Video: OnlyLeigh

OnlyLeigh is my new favorite YouTube channel this week.  Her hilarious short animated films portray the trials and tribulations of life as an internet fan girl.

Video: Google Saber

Google Introduces Experimental Lightsabers

Posters: Consolation


Posters: The Hobbit

The Hobbit by Matt Ferguson

Fresh Take: Retro Vault Hunters

Borderlands: Retro Vault Hunters by Kyle Olson

Fresh Take: Adventure Time

Via: Reddit

Advice: A Cartoonist’s Advice

"A Cartoonist’s Advice" a Bill Watterson quote
Illustrated by Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils

Link Round-Up: August 28, 2013

Star Wars: A New Hope by Chris Roberts

Star Wars: A New Hope by Chris Roberts

News: Working with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, FujiFilm has developed a 3D scanning and printing process that accurately reproduces Van Gogh's most famous pieces. Including the frames, the canvases, and right down to the individual brush strokes. All for a slightly cheaper $34,000 price tag.  Via

The Full presentation of John Lasseter accepting the Disney Legends Award on Steve Jobs‘ behalf has been posted to YouTube.

Han Solo In Carbonite As a Ring For Your Finger

Tim Noble & Sue Webster make art (NSFW), including an ongoing series of abstract sculpture which, when spot-lit, throw very human shadows. Larry Kagen, former chair of the art department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute makes similar works you might also enjoy.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fan Film: The Last of Us

This movie is called Furthest Reaches. It's an original story set in the world of the PS3 video game The Last of Us, and it is an intense film.

Short Film: Eleven

Eleven is a sci-fi comedy about a space marine who reminiscent of Buzz Lightyear who finds himself outnumbered on an alien planet.
"Operative 4511 is a space marine on his own and outnumbered. Sometimes the voice you reach at the other end of the comm can mean the difference between life and death! 'Eleven' plays with the visual style of fps video game cut scenes."

Monday, August 26, 2013

Tech: MakerBot 3D Scanner

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis introduces the MakerBot Digitizer, a consumer-grade 3D scanner!

Documentary: Art of Portrait Photography

"The Art of Portrait Photography" by PBSoffbook

A well-composed portrait is the height of art. It can capture depths of meaning and evoke deep wells of emotion that transcend most any other type of subject. This installment of OffBook examines portrait photography through a discussion of its history and an examination of several recent modern projects.

Lecture: Pixar's Story Process

"Pixar's Story Process" by SHSK9Studios

My former student Pixar Animator and Story Artist Austin Madison, comes home to give a lecture on the process of how Pixar creates a story.

Short Film: Skyrim: Into the Void

Read an interview with one of the short film's creators, Landon Sperry.

This astonishingly well-made fan film for Skyrim could very well be a trailer for an HBO adaptation of the game.
"Dovahkiin, the noble dragonborn hero, is cursed in a fight with a vampire. He spends a considerable time wandering the realm before being captured by the Dark Brotherhood, who offer him a deal. Dovahkiin agrees to help the Brotherhood save a captured member from the Necromancers, in exchange for a cure to his vampirism."

Short Film: Beyond

"Beyond" directed by Raphael Rogers
"Arya is the last remaining member of her family, a lineage with a unique genetic code that grants the ability to survive the folding of temporal and spatial boundaries... In short, she can teleport. Tasked with exploring new planets, she is in search of something that will explain who exactly she is and where she comes from."

Sweets: Star Wars Cookies

Star Wars Cookies by Hello Naomi
Photographed by Leighton Wallis

Video: Dungeons & Dragons with Siri

Papercraft: Lifesize Jack Model

Lifesize Jack Model (from Mass Effect 3) by Tankball

Papercraft: Hand-Cut Typography

When I first saw this, I would have bet money it was done digitally, but Pablo Alfieri took the time to do this all by hand.  Also, like so many photos posted to this blog, the organization of the items in the photos caught my eye.  Let's just call it OCD porn.

Papercraft: Quilled Anatomy

Quilled Anatomy by Sarah Yakawonis
Available for purchase from Etsy. US$17

This poster is printed in full color on 100 lb  cover weight paper, with an aqueous sheen. There is a .5 inch white border around the image allowing for easy framing. The total size of the image is 13 x 11 in. The prints feature the paper quilling of Sarah Yakawonis.

Papercraft: Paper Quilling Typography

Mural: Graffiti Site Specific

"Graffiti Site Specific" by Italian graffiti crew Truly Design

Italian graffiti crew Truly Design has hand-painted this anamorphic installation for the 2013  Architettura in Citta festival. When viewed from the correct angle, the installation reveals an eye and paintbrush to spectators.

Crafts: Bridge Yarn Bombing

Knit the Bridge is a large-scale public art project with the goal of co-ordinating yarn-bombing the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh with over 600 pre-knitted panels, each created by a separate artist. Eighteen hundred volunteers worked with the support of (and approval) of the Allegheny County Executive’s Office to complete the project.

Paintings: Star Trek Ink Paintings

Chinese ink paintings.

Posters: Google Events

"Google x Collabo Arts" by Seattle-based graphic designer Junichi Tsuneoka

If Google's services were events, these might be the posters they used to promote those events.  They look like something out of a Target ad campaign.
"I was hired by Collabo Arts, the artist representetive agency to design a series of posters to be used for Google events. These posters were designed in many different sizes for different locations and applications. Each poster represents Google's particular product/service and I came up with a certain look to tie different products together. The challenge was to come up with the common visual style theme since each product is very different in the nature of the service. Art direction by William Rowan at Collabo Arts."

Posters: See You Space Cowboy

See You Space Cowboy by Alexander Iaccarino / posted by

"See You, Space Cowboy" by Iowa-based illustrator Alexander Iaccarino
 Prints available for purchase as the artist's website.

Mash-Up: Angry Brands!

"Angry Brands!" by Russian graphic designer Yakushev Grigory
"In the future, on the Earth far, far away...  It is a period of brands war... Most of them have been forgotten. The only noticeble brand-weapon that they could use - birds..."
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