Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Short Film: Hybrids

"HYBRIDS" directed by Patrick Kalyn
"Feature length synopsis: In the wake of an alien infestation, an ex-special forces soldier's daughter is killed in an alien attack. Seeking revenge, she leads a team deep into alien territory to a quarantined lab. Soon, she discovers the aliens aren't alien at all, but a failed government experiment to create a bio-hybrid soldier. She must then expose the governments cover-up and save the last standing city in the quarantined zone from falling."

Short Film: Modin

Quic Pic: Caffeine Zombies

Photographed by Sean I Bayhill in Orlando FL

Hipsters are now officially on the zombie bandwagon.

Zombie Fad

2005 - 2013

Video: Kali, the Little Vampire

Kali Flipbooks available for purchase. €7.50. Email Ciclopefilmes.com for info.

Filmmaker Regina Pessoa is promoting her latest short film with a rather extraordinary little flipbook.  Depending on where you place your hand as you're flipping through the pages, the flipbook previews one of six different scenes from the film.

Electronic Art: Hylozoic Ground

This installation is covered in sensors, microprocessors, mechanical joints and filters. They allow the installation to mimic a living creature's response to its environment, drawing in and filtering moisture and organic particles from the air. The title refers to hylozoism, an ancient philosophical view that matter has life, and proposes a future city that would operate as a living being.  Personally, I just like it because it looks like the webbing holding the victims in Alien³.

Photography: Roofer’s Point of View

Batshit crazy or just have a death wish? Then, boy, do I have a hobby for you! A new generation of young Russian photographers have a different and unexpected way of looking at a city. In ‘Roofer’s Point of View’ we follow Vadim Mahorov and Vitaliy Yakhnenko on their exciting journey to terrifying heights, capturing photos of the city from places people normally avoid.

Installation: Bio-light

Bio-light is a light fixture that runs on bacteria from Philips

Electronic Art: Fragile Territories

"Fragile Territories" laser and sound installation by Robert Henke

Fragile Territories illuminates a thirty meter wide wall using four fast moving laser beams.
"Complex visual shapes emerge, drawn on a 30 meter wide wall by four fast moving laser beams, constantly changing motions of pure light. Sounds - transformed recordings of a piano - fill the room, sometimes in sync with the visual aspects and sometimes running simply in parallel. Whilst everything is floating and happening in rather long intervals, a constant black shadow is moving in front of the projection, from left to right, every 4.2 seconds, like a giant blade of a windmill, a negative object that contrasts the bright projection by muting it where it appears. It is not only obscuring the image but also dampening the sounds at its current position and emitting a low frequency noise itself. A dark strong force that puts the rest in an infinitely distant background.

Posters: Star Wars Compendium

Star Wars - Action Figure Compendium Poster

Prints available for purchase from the artist's website. US$20
"This poster pays tribute to Star Wars and the iconic Kenner card back from the 80's. This one in particular is the "92 card back" which covered the entire basic figure assortment. While Yak Face was never included in the lineup, I threw him in there for good measure."

Mash-Up: How To Train Your Drogon

If Game of Thrones Were An Animated Movie
Runtime: 94 hours.

"How To Train Your Drogon" by New Zealand-based Toni Gordon
A How to Train your Dragon / Game of Thrones Mash-Up
Via: Nerd Approved

Estimated run time: 120 hours
"I saw a cool manipulation of Rapunzel as Daenerys a few weeks back. It left me wondering if I could do something similar… Turns out I can."

Music Video: Espresso Machine Assembly

Artist: Nina Levy

Lunch Napkin Illustrations by Brooklyn illustrator Nina Levy

Nina Levy has been transforming plain ol' white napkins into riotously colorful works of art for her sons, 9-year-old Archer and 5-year-old Ansel, since 2007.  Her medium of choice is waterproof markers and her subject are typically superheroes, dogs, and, yes, superhero dogs. Levy has photographed over two thousand of her illustrated napkins to date, and she’s still going strong. Take a gander for yourself at her Daily Napkins blog.

Link Round-Up: April 30, 2013

"Iron Man 3" color pencil sketch by A-D-I--N-U-G-R-O-H-O

Infographic: Plotting Comic Books’ Rapid Takeover of Hollywood

News: Animators are planning a mock memorial ceremony for 2D animation at San Diego Comic-Con.

The folks over at Teehan+Lax have just released a new tool (you’ll need Google Chrome and a pretty kickin’ internet connection) that lets you scrape public data from Google Street View to create sweeping hyperlapse videos.

The Hand of Gold a webcomic by Jordan Crane.

These Award-Winning Vines Are Everything a Six Second Film Should Be: Here are the Vines that director Penny Marshall, actor/Viner Adam Goldberg, and short-short-short film experts/creators the 5 Second Films team chose as their favorites as part of the Tribeca Online Festival.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Short Film: Thumb Snatchers

In this absurd slapstick comedy, a small town Sheriff fends off an alien invasion single-handed in a whirlwind of over-the-top violence.

Video: Daclotype

Seattle-based photographer Dan Carrillo provides this mesmerizing demonstration of the daguerrotype process. Check out some of the results of his work on Flickr.  It took a workshop, a lot of jury-rigging, and almost two years of shopping around for components for Carrillo to get started, but creating his daguerreotypes is almost an art in itself.
"There aren't very many things in this world that last that long. Especially in modern times where things are so disposable. Everything is just used and thrown out. So, in the digital realm, well, it's so easy to take a picture. It's so easy also to forget about it."

Sweets: Star Wars Cookies

Star Wars cookies

Sweets: Gotham Cityscape Cake

Batman - Arkham Asylum cake

Gotham Cityscape Cake by Samantha Pilling of the Bite Me Bakery

Three tiered choc cake

Sweets: Harley Quinn Birthday Cake

Harley Quinn Birthday Cake by Dream Day Cakes

Installation: Mirrored Cell

Lucas Samaras, Mirrored Cell, 1969

"Mirrored Cell" by Lucas Samaras, 1969

Electronic Art: Plenum

"Plenum" by Simeon Nelson 2010-2012

This piece puts me in mind of the end of Sunshine. It looks like you're traveling through space.

Posters: EASY

"EASY" by Canadian illustrator Charles Daoud
"I've always been attracted by contradictions. This poster is the first in a series of projects where contrast between what is said and what is shown is key. The maze is hand drawn and completely custom. It is absolutely possible to complete, if you're patient and crazy enough. It goes without saying that it is, of course, far from easy. Print was done through silk screening, white on black."

Posters: Game of Thrones House Sigils

House Charizard / Targaryen by Cami Sanders / posted by ianbrooks.me

"Game of Pokemon" House Sigils by Cami Sanders (KaiKoa)
T-Shirts and merchandise available for purchase from Redbubble.
"Hey guys! Here's the fifth in my Pokemon / Game of Thrones series that I never got around to uploading before. Charizard as the Targaryen dragon house sigil! I maybe enjoyed this one the most because, well, it's charizard."

Crafts: Bioshock Songbird Plushie

Songbird is now as adorable as he is lethal! If you like this plushie, make sure you check out Arixystix's Diablo 2 Plushies.
"Songbird, Songbird, see him fly. Drop the children from the sky. When the young ones misbehave, escorts children to their grave.

In celebration of a character that will surely go down in video game history, I have created a Songbird plushie from the just released Bioshock: Infinite!  He is 110% 10 times overflowing with awesome."

Crafts: The Guild Plushies

Handmade The Guild Plushies by  Jessica MacLean
Complete sets available for purchase from Etsy. US$110

Posters: Minimalist Mathematicians

Illustration: Minimalist Star

"Minimalist Star" by French illustrator Belhoula Amir (Cosmosnail)

Illustration: A lonely god.

"A lonely god." by French illustrator Belhoula Amir (Cosmosnail)

"Even with super power we are all alone."

Link Round-Up: April 29, 2013

BioShock Infinite Created by Feli Pugliese

"BioShock Infinite" by Feli Pugliese
If BioShock were a Don Bluth cartoon, it would look a little something like this.

17 Gorgeous Images Of The Oblivion Landscape

Cartoonist and animator Kevin McShane has decided to explore the styles of various animators by drawing himself in 100 different animation styles.

How To Make It: 10 Rules for Success From Art Directors

Meet screen graphics and digital font designer Susan Kare, The Woman Who Launched a Billion Clicks.

Six Thoughts On Google Glass From Celebrated Artists

Friday, April 26, 2013

Short Film: Stranded

Short Film: Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia is an adorable and action-pack independent anime directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi of  Dead Leaves, Gurren Lagann, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.

While it may, at first blush, appear to be yet another piece of the increasingly common big-boobed ani-porn that has become so prevalent lately, Little Witch Academia is, in fact, a delightful blend of Western and Japanese animation styles that stands surprisingly well on its own. I highly recommend setting aside half an hour to give it your undivided attention if you're any sort of anime fan.

Video: My Desk is 8-Bit

"I recently found myself wondering what a video game might look like in the form of a stop motion animation. While a normal person’s response to such a question would of course be “who gives a sh*t?” I possess few of the qualities typically associated with normalcy and was irrevocably compelled to find out. This is the result."

Fresh Take: Han and Chewy

Han and Chewy in the style of Calvin and Hobbes by Rhys Kitson

I love this set. Kitson managed to perfectly capture the spirit of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes without resorting to duplicating a panel of his comic strip.  That's rare.  I hope to see more of this series from Kitson soon, but I'm sad to say he's not offering any prints of this stuff.

Sweets: Alien and Predator Cake

Sweets: Nightmare Birthday Cake

"This one was A LOT of job... Jack and all the characters are made of sugar paste. Lots of fun, too. I was so happy the customer asked to make a cake with Jack Skellington! But sadly he didn't want to add Sally too."

Paintings: Star Wars Action Figures

Star Wars Vintage Action Figure Paintings by Mats Gunnarsson
24 cm x 20 cm Oil on masonite, satin/glossy finish.

Portrait: Game of Thrones

Project: World of Averages

“World of Averages” is a gallery of composite images created by combining thousands of individual portraits into symmetrical average faces. The results are fascinating.

Graphic Design: Boston Magazine

Boston magazine design

This powerful cover art for Boston magazine was created by design director Brian Struble using actual running shoes worn in last week’s Boston marathon.

Link Round-Up: April 26, 2013

"A Visual Compendium of Cameras" by Pop Chart Lab
Prints available for purchase from Pop Chart Lab. US$22
"A meticulously illustrated catalog of 100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history, depicting both professional and consumer models and tracing photography’s history from the first models to today’s digital wonders."
Beertone: Beer Enthusiasts, Alexander Michelbach from Brazil and Daniel Eugster of Switzerland are ready to bring their extensive beer referencing guide to the world. Beertone’s primary function takes the form of a colour chart booklet, accurately distinguishing over 200 beers by their colour

Design Sponge has posted a Embroidered Constellation Tutorial and Template that demonstrates how to make an astronomy-themed table runner for beginners. Sequins are used with French knots in this easy to follow tutorial. 

Japanese rice paddies twinkle in the darkness after 20,000 pink LEDs are spread across terraced fields.

Monet's Ultraviolet Eye: After years of failed treatments, he agreed at age 82 to have the lens of his left eye completely removed. Light could now stream through the opening unimpeded. Monet could now see familiar colors again. And he could also see colors he had never seen before. Monet began to see--and to paint--in ultraviolet.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Video: Lip Bomb

"LIP BOMB: ART TIME-LAPSE" by Andrew Huang

Short Film: Al Dente

"Al Dente" by Mael Francois, Carlos Felipe Leon and Jean-Francois Barthelemy

Al Dente is a short film that tells us the story of a little girl (who looks a lot like Alma) discovering the hidden dangers of an ogre's kitchen.

Sculpture: Woven Glass Kimonos

Woven Glass Kimonos by Eric Markow and Thom Norris
"This is the first in a series of four freestanding life-size kimonos representing the four seasons during different times of day. This kimono features the endless color changes evident in both an autumn changing landscape as well as an ever-changing sunset sky. This kimono is made of 19 separate pieces of woven glass supported by a metal mannequin. At 125 pounds, this kimono is the largest woven glass sculpture in the world."

Sculpture: Balloon Dinosaur

20-foot Balloon Acrocanthosaurus by Airigami
On exhibit at the Virgina Museum of Natural History April 19-21, 2013 

Installation: Too Much Night

"Too Much Night, Again" by Pae White
On exhibit at the South London Gallery in London, March 13 – May 12, 2013

Installation: Light and String

Ogle uses specially-lit fishing line to create fragile three-dimensional shapes that make it look as if you've just stepped onto the set of Tron.
"Much of my work to date has dealt with exploring notions of materiality, of permanence and of the perception of objects in space. Using light as a sculptural medium, my work is innately ephemeral. It begins as a set of strict mathematical procedures that are played out within an environment. The space simultaneously shapes the work and becomes manipulated by it.

Through negating material properties, my current practice seeks a mode of fragility. It rests on the edge between a sculptural form and an environmental effect of light within a space; a context from which the work is inseparable. Such pieces utilise both ambient and artificial light, channeling it and molding it into sculptural works that completely divorce themselves from static material: sculptures without mass and forms without structures."

Installation: Plexus Series

Plexus Series by Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe

Dawe's has made a name for himself with a series of site-specific prismatic installations woven of thread.  Up close, they may not appear to be much, but seen from a bit of a distance, they appear to be indoor rainbows.


Installation: Laser Forest

 Commission for the STRP Biennale in Eindhoven

This interactive installation is composed of a forest of a hundred and fifty lit rods arrayed throughout a large factory.  When touched, the rods not only light up, they also create an unearthly sort of electronic tone, making the entire installation an enormous musical instrument.

Electronic Art: The Transfinite

“A huge, immersive, electronic light-and-sound installation consisting of an immense wall — 54 feet wide by 40 feet tall — which serves as a screen for streaming video projections. 

On one side, horizontal black, gray and white stripes and bands divided into left and right sections scroll downward, flickering furiously to the sound of aggressively percussive, buzzing and whistling electronic music emitted by powerful speakers. 

The bar-code-like patterns extend across the white floor in front of the wall, where visitors who have doffed their shoes may loll, dance or meditate. It’s like a walk-in, animated Op Art painting.
On the other side, the floor is covered by soft black fabric and the wall is flooded by finely articulated, incomprehensibly complicated numerical and graphic data.

What is it to be human in such a universe? What values other than statistical ones sustain us?”

Papercraft: Carboard Robots

Carboard Robots by Cardboardmyth
Available for purchase from Etsy. €24.00

Diorama: The Mystery Box

The Mystery Box by Mick Minogue

Mixed media diorama inspired by the worlds of J.J. Abrams. Created for the Bad Robot art experience at Gallery1988.  If you don't get the "Mystery Box" reference, you need to watch Abrams' explanation of where he draws inspiration for his writing at TED. (See the video below.) It's a fantastic talk.

Fresh Take: Haunted Mansion Portraits

Haunted Arkham Asylum by ArtistAbe
E-mail the artist to purchase 11x17 prints.
ArtistAbe has recreated the classic portraits from Disney’s Haunted Mansion with an added twist.  It's very clever and well executed idea.

Posters: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

"Welp, it's done. After playing Infinite twice through I thought it only fitting that I express my undying love. It's one of the best games I've ever played in my life, hands down. I'm still reeling from it.

I tried to incorporate some of my favorite imagery from the game, my favorite vigors, and communicate the kind of emotional toll that was felt by Elizabeth and Booker. (Maybe I'm projecting some of my sobworthy emotions as well T_T)"

Posters: Iron Man 3

Disney and IMAX have debuted an official poster for this summer's Iron Man 3 poster created by comic book artist Jock. It's part of IMAX's concluding "12:01" series, which are given out to movie-goers who show up to the movie's first midnight viewing. The poster's design seems to reference a scene in the trailer in which all of the Iron suits appear to come to Stark's rescue in the movie's climactic scene.

It's a fantastic poster, but right after its release, Jock released a bevy of "unused" versions of his design.  (Though, thanks to the internet, they seem to be getting more use than the official version.)  Here, I've collected them into one gallery from his website.

Link Round-Up: April 25, 2013

Powerful ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster Design by Richard Davies

Apps, Tools, and Resources creative professionals use to improve Productivity & Creativity: damnyouartschool.com

Australian artist Ben Frost has created a series of acrylic paintings on McDonald’s fries packages depicting pop culture characters. A few of his french fry box paintings are available to purchase online. My favorite is “The Dark Knight Returns (for ketchup)

A Giant Space Suit in Honor of the First Female Astronaut

Video game character design is frequently questionable, but some designers don't like being questioned. Penny Arcade imagines equal opportunity questionability, while their reporter Ben Kuchera examines the broader issue

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Short Film: Waste

"Waste" directed by Anton Groves

This may be a live action short, but the real stars of this film are the paper craft monsters that inhabit the imagination of the protagonist.

Video: Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

Audri would like to say thank you for the encouraging comments. He is 7 years old and he can read so please keep it positive. He wants to be a theoretical physicist when he grows up and has big plans to study robotics at MIT. He was especially inspired to make this video after seeing OK GO's This Too Shall Pass.

Lego Creation: Matrix: Deck Assault

Fresh Take: Steampunk AT-AT

Steampunk Tendencies | Captain Bayley's Infernal Mechano-Perambulator

Crafts: TopoQuilts

TopoQuilts line of quilts based on the topography of city parks and urban landscapes.
Custom designed quilts can be made as pillows, throw quilts, bedding or custom size and costs are based on the material and detail of topographic design work. An 50″ x 60″ throw quilt runs  US$450 - US$600, while a queen quilt costs more than twice that, somewhere between US$1600 and US$2600.

Merchandise: Keyboard Skin

Available for purchase from Killer Duck Decals. US$12

Put this comic book alphabet at your fingertips. These decals fit both the wireless 13- and 15-inch MacBook models, as well as most MacBook Airs. Also note that these decal are semi-transparent, so they don't entirely block out the back lighting of the keys.

Posters: The ORIGIN Series

The Last Son

Check out this series of unique art prints of your favorite comic book characters & their origin stories! You can support the Kickstarter project now to help unlock more of these amazing designs! The rewards for funding are pretty awesome too.

Portrait: Doctor Who

"So Much More" by James Hance
Prints available for purchase from the artist's website. US$15

24” x 18” Acrylic on stretched canvas

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