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Art: Joshua Middleton

Art: Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton has a comic artist’s dream portfolio: known for his line work, he’s worked with both DC and Marvel; Superman, Batman and the X-Men are just a few of his “clients.”

Starbucks TIE Fighter

Starbucks TIE Fighter

Likely amped up with a s***load of caffeine, photog Dan Winters crafted this uber detailed TIE Fighter using 216 drink stirrers, 63 cup sleeves and 50 cups; talk about Venti-sized.

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Art: Cristiano Siquiera

Art: Cristiano Siquiera

From sharp vector artwork to imaginative photoshop collabs, Cristiano Siqueira has a highly polished style like an amped-up Aeon Flux. See his work on his homepage or on Behance.

Fantasy Pumpkins

Fantasy Pumpkins

If Death Star pumpkins don’t get you in the Halloween spirit, nothing will: check out these geeky pumpkin carvings, which include Diablo II, Optimus Prime and Mars Attacks.

Video: Inner Forests

Video: Inner Forests

Created by Michael Kontopoulos, Inner Forests uses your shadow to procedurally “sprout” trees and shrubs from your head and arms; the longer you stay still, the more they grow.

Biomechanical Sculptures

Biomechanical Sculptures

Resembling the previously featured Typewriter Sculptures but more fluidly shaped, U-Ram Choe’s sculptures are based on biological structures; they’re made from metal and electronics.

Adam Haynes

Adam Haynes

Masterful use of color and an exquisite attention to detail are trademarks of Adam Haynes’ creative, comic-style illustrations; his work for Nike particularly makes us green with envy.

Book: Liquid City

Book: Liquid City

Liquid City is a beautifully illustrated urban anthology of comics from artists primarily based in Southeast Asia. Stories vary from charming to post apocalyptic and can be previewed here.

Wallpaper: FluffyFriends

Wallpaper: FluffyFriends

Don’t let the cutesy name fool you: this FluffyFriends wallpaper features OhNo!Doom’s FluffyYukYuk plush rampaging down a city street and hurling city buses while FluffyBadBads scatter.

Strong Stuff Posters

Strong Stuff Posters

Tom Whalen’s cool, re-imagined movie posters have a B-movie look and are printed on 11×14 sheets; he does everything from Dracula and the Mummy to Star Wars and Transformers.

Website: MaoPost.com

Website: MaoPost.com

For that special commie in your life: MaoPost.com takes your photo and then hand paints it into your choice of 1,500 socialist propaganda posters; they’re real oil paintings on canvas.

Art: John Berkey

Art: John Berkey

Although he sadly passed this year, John Berkey’s futuristic paintings are photorealistic from a distance but painterly up-close; his works will no doubt inspire future artists.

Video: Ionisation

Video: Ionisation

Made by three independent film makers collectively known as Flat-e, Ionisation is a funky, staccato paced video. Note: the sculptures are real and made from bits of clock and metal.

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Artwork: James Paick

Artwork: James Paick

Pasadena Art Center graduate James Paick has a fantastic collection of sci-fi inspired imagery; while he does characters and vehicles, his focus is on futuristic environments.

The Design Entrepreneur

The Design Entrepreneur

Have you ever wanted to do more than simply design for clients? The Design Entrepreneur is filled with stories of individuals who took their art and turned it into products.

Light Art Photography

Light Art Photography

Light Art Performance Photography (LAPP) is an amazing collection of single shot, long exposure photos; note: unless you like electronica, turn the music off at the bottom.

J. Rogenes Styrofoam Art

J. Rogenes Styrofoam Art

While most of us toss our styrofoam, Jason Rogenes has turned it into high art–literally. Most of his works hung from ceilings or stacked tens of feet high, with lighting inside to make them glow.

Short Film: The Tale of How

Short Film: The Tale of How

Shown at ResFest 2006, The Tale of How is brilliant yet twisted, with Monty Python-esque animations and a truly trippy soundtrack. So that’s what happened to the Dodo bird…

Interplanetary Travel Posters

Interplanetary Travel Posters

This is the future we thought we’d have: Steve Thomas’ interplanetary travel posters have a fantastic retro look; we’re ready to pack our bags for Crimson Canyons of Mars.

Poster: Height

Poster: Height

Laid out in logarithmic, Height is a hand-drawn poster by xkcd that puts everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Horsehead Nebula in perspective; it measures 28″ and will ship 10/15.

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Video: Flock of Mirrors

Video: Flock of Mirrors

Using C++, OpenFrameWorks, and OpenCV, Chris O’Shea and rAndom Int’l created Audience, a funky flock of 64 interactive mirrors at the Royal Opera House in the UK.

Art From Asian Fonts

Art From Asian Fonts

Good artists can create even with simple tools; Font Park’s website has a gallery of pretty sweet art made using only Asian brush strokes. Hint: click “View List” in the upper right.

Art: Rod Hunt

Art: Rod Hunt

London-based illustrator Rod Hunt’s artwork reminds us of Goon City, albeit better drawn and more detailed; this is especially critical when viewing a 50-foot tall bikini-clad woman.

Artwork: ISO50

Artwork: ISO50

ISO50 is the brainchild of San Francisco-based artist Scott Hansen; his retro-themed artwork demonstrates a mastery of nostalgic colorways, yet remains quite contemporary.

Art: Sparth

Art: Sparth

Nicolas Bouvier, aka Sparth, is a consummate sci-fi illustrator with best of breed skills. Check out his vast gallery–there are over 450 sketches and illustrations for you to pore over.

Art: Simon Dominic Brewer

Art: Simon Dominic Brewer

Simon Dominic Brewer’s art is a gorgeous mix of sci-fi and fantasy with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor throw in. He’s created an impressive portfolio given his four years of experience.

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