Art & Design

Aliens Invade Vintage Postcards

Aliens Invade Vintage Postcards

Illustrator Franco Brambilla envisions a world of alien invasions, carefully compositied into vintage postcards. There are a variety of lifeforms in the series, the Star Wars images are classics.

Cool Photography of Mars

Cool Photography of Mars

Hmmm, does crowd-sourcing in outer space sound surprising to you? Startlingly beautiful photographs of the surfaces of Mars, in locations picked by we, the gen pop, through NASA’s HiWish program.

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Painting with Fireworks

Painting with Fireworks

Artist Rosemarie Fiore doesn’t use brushes to create her bold modern works of art. She blows things up. To put a finer point on it, she “paints” by placing lit firecrackers under small cans of paint.

Pixar Characters Drawn to Scale

Pixar Characters Drawn to Scale

Graphic artist Juan Pablo Bravo has put together this amazing drawing which shows off 100 characters from Pixar’s animated films, all drawn in proportion to one another.

McQuarrie Star Wars Concept Art

McQuarrie Star Wars Concept Art

If you have even the slightest fondness in your heart for the original Star Wars movies, you owe it to yourself to check out these beautiful original concept issues by illustrator Ralph McQuarrie.

Vintage DC Comic Posters

Vintage DC Comic Posters

Iowa artist Michael Myers has created a richly jewel-toned series of posters, inspired by vintage DC Comics. Be sure to check out his amusingly accurate Lost character illustrations too.

Abandoned Building Photography

Abandoned Building Photography

We like the way Chicago photographer Eric Holubow captures the lost souls of abandoned buildings, and all the decaying and dignified stories that still exist within them.

Poster: A-Z of Awesomeness

Poster: A-Z of Awesomeness

We featured Neill Cameron’s A-Z of Awesomeness project nearly a year ago, but he’s finally releasing it as a signed 286mm x 439mm poster; all profits will be donated to SSNAP.

NASA Mission Posters

NASA Mission Posters

In addition to exploring strange new worlds, NASA has some mad Photoshop skillz too; these official Mission and Expedition Posters are done up like sci-fi and action movie posters.

Poster: Sci-Fi Periodic Table

Poster: Sci-Fi Periodic Table

Packed with more trivia than a Comic Con, this Periodic Table of Sci-Fi Film and TV Poster takes us back to the future and breaks down all things geeky into its basic (fifth) elements.

Tetris Chair

Tetris Chair

Gabriel Cañas’ Tetris Chair has only been seen as a digital render, but he’s finally put the pieces together and created a prototype; it’ll be displayed at the Video Game Museum in Paris.

Hardcore Gamer’s IQ Test

Hardcore Gamer’s IQ Test

The Hardcore Gamer’s IQ Test will require all your 8-bit superhero powers; the result of 8 months of work, it packs in 375 games and more than 425 characters and is available as a poster.

Used Tire Sculptures

Used Tire Sculptures

Ji Yong-Ho’s Used Tire Sculptures breathe new, organic life into a “tired” substrate: he crafts stunning sharks, wild dogs, and other creatures from tires, steel, wood, and styrofoam.

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Matchstick Minas Tirith

Matchstick Minas Tirith

Patrick Action is Lord of the Buildings: his Matchstick Minas Tirith was finished 2/16/10 after three years and consists of 420k matchsticks, 24k blocks, and 100s of structures. Thanks, Hutchison!

Subversive Street Signs

Subversive Street Signs

Vandalism is bad, kids, but we can’t help but chuckle at TrustoCorp’s Subversive Street Signs; none of them endanger the public welfare while maximizing (and befuddling) public mindshare.

Chop Shop Geek Prints

Chop Shop Geek Prints

We wish they were t-shirts, but our geek antennae are still tingling over Chop Shop’s trio of uber-nerdy prints; they include the Nerd Rider, The Craftsman, and The Squid and Robot.

Lost Art: Inglourious Basterds

Lost Art: Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino and 13 artists team up for The Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds show 2/18/10 in Los Angeles; limited to 6 prints each and signed by Quentin, proceeds go to Haiti.

8 ft. Alien Queen Sculpture

8 ft. Alien Queen Sculpture

At nearly 8 feet tall and weighing over 1,200 lbs, we’re not sure if we’d rather be stuck with this Alien Queen Sculpture or the real thing; it’s made from over 4,000 pieces of recycled steel.

Posters: Under the Milky Way

Posters: Under the Milky Way

A treat for both stargazers and typesetters, Ross Berens’ Under the Milky Way collection gives all eight planets (and yes, Pluto) their own unique 13″x19″ poster with facts and figures.

Photos: Strange Worlds

Photos: Strange Worlds

Matthew Albanese’s Strange Worlds photography looks like tilt shift at first, but they’re actually meticulously detailed miniature sets; he uses everything from plaster to paprika to make them.

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Pokemon as Japanese Art

Pokemon as Japanese Art

Sorry, Ash, you’re not the first to try and catch ’em all, and you won’t be the last: Squirtle and gang go really old school with this collection of Pokemon as traditional Japanese art.

Art: Mr. Villains Class of 1983

Art: Mr. Villains Class of 1983

He-Man was never the sharpest sword in the armory, which explains this Mr. Villains Class of 1983 “photo”; this fantastic retro poster by Christopher Lee is a must for MOTU fans.

Art: My MS Paint World

Art: My MS Paint World

Taking him four years to complete, Jens Gustafsson’s My MS Paint World is the Sistine Chapel of bitmaps; it’s 8883 x 7636 pixels large (8 feet x 8 feet) and takes up a 203 BMP file.

Poster: Brand Alphabet

Poster: Brand Alphabet

Benson Chou revamps the classic Brand Alphabet with his own 21st-century version that includes everything from Facebook to DC Shoes; download the 11×17 poster free here.

Projections: Night Lights

Projections: Night Lights

Projection art gets interactive with Night Lights; it uses twelve 20,000 lumen projectors to amplify body, hand, and phone movements into 5-story images on the Auckland Ferry Building.

Car Art: Michell Collet

Car Art: Michell Collet

Mitchell Collet’s sculptures aren’t just any old car parts; they’re slices of automotive history, including the side panel from a 1967 Honda R300 or the grille of a 1961 Aston Martin Zagato.

Science Fiction Screen Print

Science Fiction Screen Print

It’ll be 2010 before we can name everything on this Science Fiction Screen Print; it’s a giant 14″x34″ poster with 61 robots, 58 aliens, and 30 icons from sci-fi film, tv, books, and games.

Semi-Realistic Family Guy

Semi-Realistic Family Guy

Kristy Anne Ligones’ semi-realistic portraits of Family Guy actually paint fairly normal versions of Peter, Lois, Chris, and Brian; that said, Stewie and Meg are as creepy as ever.

Picturing The Past 10 Years

Picturing The Past 10 Years

Easily the most rectilinear depiction of 2000-2009 we’ve seen so far, The New York Times’ Picturing The Past Ten Years paints an entire decade with good ol’ rows and columns.

Lightdrawing Robot

Lightdrawing Robot

Nils Volker’s slowly crawling Lightdrawing Robot seems more like the half-shell Da Vinci than the real one; still, there’s something charming about painting with LEDs and long exposures.

Spitfire Sculpture

Spitfire Sculpture

Own a piece of WW2 history with this Spitfire Sculpture; limited to 24 pieces, it’s crafted from the Spitfire engine of an RAF ace who fought in the Battle of Britain; #13-24 sit on engine conrods.

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