Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Video: Movie Reference in The Simpsons

These videos purpost to be every movie reference in the first ten seasons of The Simpson. But, while they're an astonishing forty minutes long, I seriously doubt they even scratch the surface in terms of the sheer number of allusion made by the series. That doesn't make these videos any less entertaining, and hey, there are probably more than a few references mentioned here that you missed, especially, if, like me, you haven't seen many of these episodes since you were a kid.  For instance, I always knew the scene referencing The Gay Divorcee was an allusion.  It was too peculiar not to be.  I just never saw the source material.  Clearly, someone on The Simpsons writing team is a serious film buff.

Short Film: Accord Perdu

Pierre Antoine Naline created this short animation as part of his Supinfocom 2nd year project. Accord Perdu, which is French for "Lost Agreement" is a fun, musical piece about a piano tuner tapped inside a piano. The film's visual style is a simulated low poly, angular style that is reminiscent of the early days of computer graphics. As the technician begins to play his music, his world transitions from a cool color scheme to a warm one, and vice versa.

Short Film: Biomorph

Biomorph is an eye full of film created by director Henrik Bjerregard Clausen and a group of 12 students at the 3D College of Denmark as a means of promoting both the school and it's students. Inspired by Blizzard's cinematic games trailers for Starcraft and World of Warcraft, as well as his love of gritty 80's era science fiction, Clausen crafted a short teaser that would play to his students strengths: Texturing and modeling.

Architecture: Pingtan Art Museum

This small museum on the island of Pingtan in China looks like nothing so much as a Skate of Sting Ray from above.  It would make an excellent lair for a James Bond villain.

Music Video: Animal Kingdom

"Northern Bells - Animal Kingdom" Animated and Directed by Eric Power

In this existential stop-motion-style animated music video for the Northern Bells song "Animal Kingdom," three strange creatures share a common fate.  Good music and intriguing animation.

Video: Stop Motion Donkey Kong

Street Art: Ironic Stencil

Street artist DS turns man removing graffiti into a new work of street art.

Street artist DS turns a photo of a man removing his graffiti into a new work of street art.
Via: Streetsy

Street Art: 1000 Shadows

"1000 Shadows" by Herbert Baglione

"1000 Shadows" is a series of works by the urban/street artist Herbert Baglione, which consists of spirits escaping from urban settings. His latest creations in this series are set in the empty rooms of an old abandoned psychiatric hospital in the city of Parma in Italy, which further increases the fascinating and frightening ambiance of his creations.  Past works include shadows consisting of thousands of dead leaves. You can see a broader array of his work on personal blog and in his Facebook photo stream. You can see and hear Herbert in action in this WalrusTV interview.

Link Round-Up: July 31, 2013


Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$18

3D printing comes to the high street

Books That Have Almost Been Transformed Into Crystals.  I don't know why.

Doctor Who fan-mania: Why I had to build my own Tardis

The Doom that Came to Atlantic City was billed as something of a Monopoly meets Cthulhu. It was a Kickstarter that got great reviews and raised over $120K. Then, suddenly, it was over. The cancellation of the project came as an unpleasant surprise to the game's creators, and the company that was supposed to produce it is basically forced to ask "please don't sue us." The announcement is not going over well. Other troubled Kickstarters.

Filter Fakers is a collection of Instagram photos tagged #nofilter, revealing what filter they did in fact use. Makes me think a lot of people don’t know what #nofilter means.

Skillshare is a global community where you can learn real-world skills from top-notch design industry experts. Their online design classes are project-based, you can learn anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Showcase your skills and get feedback from the community.  Join Skillshare for free and start learning illustration, web design, typography and more today.  A hand full of the classes are free, like "Illustrate your Day: An Intro to Symbol Design," but most classes cost somewhere between $15 and $30.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Short Film: I, Zombie

Animated by Antoine Legendre as part his graduation film at the École des Métiers du Cinéma d'Animation (Trades School of Animated Film), "I, Zombie" tells the story of the zombie experience from a first person perspective.

Short Film: Backbone

Backbone is a jaw-dropping short film created as an end of curriculum project for the French ECV.

Short Film: Riddick Motion Comic

Too short for a short film, too long for a trailer, this motion comic picks up where the last Riddick movie left off - with Riddick presiding over the Neckromongers.  It's a sort of prequel to his fall's sequel, Rule the Dark.

Sweets: Hello Kitty Terminator Cake

Dedicated to Karen Williams of Between The Pages

Sweets: Cute Star Wars Cookies

Adorably chibi Star Wars characters hand drawn by the crew at Cookies Unleashed.

Sweets: Portal Cookies

Portal Cookies by Monica Holbert the Cookie Cowgirl
[Previously: July 2013]

Cookies featuring Portal’s logo, turrets, companion cubes, the cake, Wheatley, and PotatOS.

Link Round-Up: July 30, 2013

Hayao Miyazakiby C3nmt

"Hayao Miyazaki" by Vietnamese illustrator C3nmt

Infographics: The Price of Being Superheroes Infographics

11 Art Installations that still need funding for Burning Man

The Good Man is an impressive CSS-only animation by Pedro Ivo Hudson.

The History of Mac, as told by Aakash Doshi in the always popular minimalist style.

MetaFilter discusses "why Victorian mansions like the ones the Addams Family and the Munsters were depicted as living in were, apparently, widely seen as plausible homes for monsters by the mid-20th century?"

Olly Moss:" I get paid ONLY in posters that I sell myself after mondo. So a high after-market price is technically beneficial to me."  Later: "Do people who actually want my Mondo posters still bother trying? Seeing people frustrated is depressing especially when so many hit ebay."

Monday, July 29, 2013

Video: Photoshop Filters

"Photoshop Cs5 Filters Animation" is a small tribute to Photoshop filters. We used the Ps logo and systematically applied the filters in the same way, seeking the essence of the software, exploring the aesthetic values of its resources but letting the spectator judge them.

The project is comprised of two parts: A tumblr page, where all the effects live together at the same time as animated gif, representing all the steps from the original Ps logo to the final output.

And a video showing every filter one after each other, with a custom sound design that uses the same sound for each filter but with a different distortion effect for every case, exporting the graphical concept to the sound.

In both parts, the order of appearance is the same that offers photoshop."

Video: Nintendo Controllers Evolution

This video project by Tony Miotto is a stylish showcase of the evolution of Nintendo's controllers since 1985-2012, starting with the NES up to the more recent WiiU system, with a breakdown of all the noteworthy features on each pad.

Short Film: The Glitched King

The Glitched King is a comedic short following the misadventures of an astronaut marooned a strange, distant planet after awakening from cyrosleep. Following an encounter with some strange creatures and the collective failure of all the technology he once relied on, the astronaut is faced with a life changing decision.

Video: Symphonie Cinétique

This kinetic com­po­sition con­ceived by Ice­landic musi­cian Ólafur Arnalds and Joachim Sauter combines mecha­nical mo­tion and the poetic synergy of music.
"The exhibition project focuses mainly on the cor­relation and inter­action of three elements: reflection, sound and movement. Symphonie Cinétique narratively inter­relates the three elements, and brings out their inherent, almost mystic harmony. The result of this process is an artistic synthesis, a unique spatial experience."

Papercraft: T-Rex and More

Paper Art by Natasha Molatkova

Papercraft: Disealpunk Creations

Steampunk and Disealpunk paper sculpture

Sweets: Star Wars Wedding Cake

Traditional wedding cake with a Star Wars theme by Over The Top Cakes in Saint Albert, Alberta
Source: Cakes Decor

This all white cake shows off the couple’s geeky side with its Death Star, Millennium Falcon, and Tie Fighter decorations while keeping it relatively traditional. 

Sweets: Adventure Time Wedding Cake

Adventure Time Wedding Cake
Source: Cakes Decor

Cool as butts!

Artist: Kazuhiko Nakamura

Digital Art by Kazuhiko Nakamura

Kazuhiko Nakamura's creeptastic 3D digital illustrations combine machinery and flesh in a style that splits the difference between steampunk and the work of H. R. Giger

Posters: Portal

Portal by BlueBoxEct

Posters: Alien

Limited edition prints available for purchase from the creator's blog. £15

Fresh Take: Kaiju Hunting

"My obsession with Pacific Rim continues, this time I wanted to take a light hearted look the Jaegers on their off season when they aren’t battling the evil Kaiju."

Fresh Take: Girl Power

"Girl Power" by Nik Lord

Nik Lord re-envisions your favorite characters of the Marvel Universe as women in this shadowy series of illustrations.

Link Round-Up: July 29, 2013

Gundam 0083 Sketch by Shing

Event: Nearly Impossible, a conference for people who make and sell physical products. Happening this November in NYC.

Cookbook Create turns your favorite recipes into a printed cookbook. Could probably be hacked for other purposes.

Food Typography:  Target invited Danielle Evans to work on a social media campaign for their Canadian consumers. She was more then happy to give them some ‘Food for Thought.'

Museum of Design Atlanta’s XYZ exhibit opened over the weekend. It features a sundry of arcade cabinets, improper retro board games, and kissing competitions, with the theme being female creators. If you’re near Hotlanta, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Sam Barsanti of Gamelogical looks at the much derided final act of the original Bioshock and says that it instead of a mistake in fact drives home one of the game’s most important themes, that of choice or the lack of one.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Short Film: Journal Of An Outbreak

Journal Of An Epidemic is a case zero style recollection presented as a video journal, using a mixture of original and found footage to chronicle the end of the world as we know it. Considering how little actual action occurs in the film, it's amazing how chilling it is. Most of the chills are thanks to some top notch narration work by Luke Atencio. In some ways, it reminds me of a mix of Omega Man and 28 Days Later but with a distinctly polished look. Watch and enjoy.

Short Film: Walter - The Gathering

"Walter" is an amazing animated short that tells that story of a freedom fighter's escape from a city ruled by authoritarian regime.  The short uses a mix of stylish 3D  escape sequences featuring hand painted backgrounds and monochromatic 2D flashback sequences.  Considering that this was labeled "Chapter 1," I'm hoping to see this fleshed out into something longer.

Video: Tokyo City Symphony

Tokyo is an incredibly lively and beautiful city, but amid it's busy streets and constant changing cityscape, it's easy to loose sight of it's architectural beauty. Tokyo City Symphony looks to change how we see the city using a 1:1000 scale model of the city. The result is captivating.

Video: Evil Octopus

Evil Octopus was created ussing a mixture of Modo (an increasingly popular 3D software suite) for block in modeling, Zbrush for detailing the octopus and rough textures followed by rendering and finishing in Modo again.  The final image is pretty stunning.

Artist: Jie Ma

Jie Ma is a Chinese artist from Beijing who specializes in my favorite brand of surrealism.  As a kid,  The Mysteries of Harris Burdick was one of my favorite books.  Every since, I've been attracted to the sort of surreal fantasy realism that looks like its intended to be a writing prompt.  Ma's work certainly fits the bill.  Check out her CG Society portfolio.

Artist: Vance Kovacs

You may recognize the work of Vance Kovacs from your favorite geek franchise.  He's very well known fantasy artist who frequently works on designs for film, games, publishing and theme parks.  His clients have included Disney,  Warner Bros, Epic Games, Paramount, Universal, Blizzard, Trion Worlds, and probably most recognizably, the Wizards of the Coast.

Posters: Comic Spatter Characters

Posters: Justice League Characters

JLA Minimalist Posters by Michael Grey
Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$30/$50

Posters: Star Wars

Typography: Wire Typography

Typography: Helvetica, My Hero

Street Art: Diving Mural

Diving Mural by DALeast

Street Art: R2-D2

"Took my R2 paste-up to Bilbao with me for the weekend."

Street Art: Elephant-Octopus Mural

Located in London, England on Hanbury Street off Brick Lane

Lego Creation: Cylon Baseship

Garry King

Garry King created this model of the somewhat obscure space station, which was only briefly referenced in the classic series. It is composed of 16,387 bricks weighing a grand total of thirty-six pounds.
"I like this build because it is unusual in design and concept. There is very little reference material available for this ship just the basic shape. The detail is applied for a dramatic effect. If you have a look at the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica series. The first movie Saga of star worlds when Apollo and Zac go on patrol and see a Cylon tanker the scan through their onboard war book display and this beauty is unveiled for the first time. 

Sadly it never got developed as a model until now. Wait before I say that I should say I have not found any physical models on the internet."

Posters: Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim by Tomasz Opasinski

Prints available for purchase from Etsy. £100

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Short Film: First Impressions

"First Impressions" directed by Leo Kei Angeleos

Sculpture: Infinity

"Infinity" by Cleveland-based woodworker Carl Jara
Gold Medal and People's Choice at the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition

Sculpture: Space Monument Moscow

space monument moscow (by benn-oh)

Photographed by Benn-oh

Documentary: The Pixel Painter

"The Pixel Painter" is a short documentary about Hal Lasko, a 97-year-old artist who paints exclusively in Microsoft Paint.  His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art.

Street Art: Pin

Street Art: Sailing the Constelations

Posters: Star Wars

Star Wars Posters by Tag Graphics

Posters: The Lord of the Rings

Posters: Iron Man Trilogy

Posters: Man of Steel


Crafts: Companion Cube Beanbag

Companion Cube Beanbag by Niall
Source: WeAreAllJustPrisonersHere

Niall has an Etsy shop, but sadly, he does not sell bean bags.  I can't even find the blog where he initially posted these photos.

Crafts: Bubble Bobble Afghan

Bubble Bobble Inspired Afghan by Ana Petree Garcia
Video game afghans available for purchase from Penelope and Clyde.

Crafts: Super Mario High Tops

Acrylic and permanent marker combo on creative recreation profaci grey denim.

Posters: Abstract City Maps

Modern Abstract City Maps by Jazzberry Blue
Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$30

Link Round-Up: July 25, 2013

Fire Nouveau by Zimmay

"Fire Nouveau" by Zimmay
Prints and merchandise available from the StoreEnvy and Redbubble.

Atlanta-based artist Elizabeth Beals imagine Female Superheroes as Hipsters.

Complex has compiled lists both of The 30 Most Influential Designers of All Time and The Best Designers Who Are In Their Twenties

Doctor Who Ice Cube Tray

Francis Ching is professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Washington who keeps a blog of his city-focused sketches. Discussion varies from thinking about construction and layout to materials and focus when drawing scenes.

Isaac Cordal makes little figures out of concrete, painting some, while leaving others their native grey color. He then places them in various places and situations around Europe, and has set them up in gallery shows. You might find them in the street, sitting on rooftops, precariously balanced on a pipe, standing up to their waists in water with a life preserver, or standing in the snow. The figures are made in clay, then a silicone mold is made in which the concrete is cast. Street Art London has an interview with Cordal.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Quick Pic: Nara Dreamland

Nara Dreamland

"Nara Dreamland" by Reginald Velde
An abandoned theme park in Japan.

Music Video: Nothing to Prove

Short Film: PostHuman

"PostHuman" directed by Cole Drumb

Documentary: Wonderland

Wonderland is a short film that provides a glimpse of what it is like to work in the creative industry.
"In Spring 2013 we set out for a month to make a short educational piece providing a glimpse of what it is like to work in the creative industry. The idea was born out of our own questions and struggles on how to deal with things that may seem out of your control.

The themes we decided to focus on were those of creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions you can intentionally or unintentionally find yourself taking. We hope the short provides direction in helping others pursue their own creative and personal goals by hearing first hand experiences. Thank you to everyone involved for your transparency and willingness to be involved."

Event: The Future Is Here

The Future Is Here
The Design Museum in London will be opening their new exhibition entitled “The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution". As 3D printing becomes more and more accessible to the mass market, as well increasingly cheaper, the way in which we design, make and use objects is undergoing a huge transformation - one which will affect commerce, industry, and the way that we live.

Fresh Take: Avengers Silent Film Titles

Photography: Star Wars Burlesque

Sweets: Jupiter Structural Layer Cake

Posters: Stan Lee

"Stan Lee" by David Igo, Tom Jilesen, Zane Yarbrough & Andrew McBride
Signed by Stan and given away for free at the Sideshow Collectibles stand at SDCC 2013.

Posters: War Games

"War Games" by James White
Available for purchase from the Skuzzles website.

Interior Design: Space Pillows

Space Pillows
Available for purchase from Thinx Shop on Zazzle.  US$63.95

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