Looking for a real challenge? Look no further than illustrator Tim Jeffs‘ coloring books, each of which includes highly-detailed greyscale animal images, with lots of tight spaces for you to embellish. Each book has 25 images, printed on high quality paper and a lay-flat binding. Jeffs also offers coloring lessons in his Etsy shop.
THE BEST Art & Design
Normally, bowling balls are made from a mix of chemicals. But The Q shows us how it’s possible to make one by cutting out 60 identical plywood triangles, gluing them into a sphere, filling it with foam and a weight, then sanding the structure smoothly. We’d like to play with that low-poly bowling ball before he sanded it.
This extraordinary, limited-edition watch features a design inspired by a samurai’s kabuto helmet. For each timepiece, a skilled metalsmith hand-carves a dragon into its bezel. Its titanium case and band are cast with special dies that create the look of hand-hammered steel, while brown and blue finishes give it an aged look.
Combining time-lapse, hyper-lapse, and some more experimental post-production techniques, FilmSpektakel takes us on a fast-paced trip to Southern California. They captured over 155,000 photos and spent 64 days editing the footage to produce the short film you see here. Learn more about the production at Time Lapse Magazine.
Seán Doran combined images captured by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the ESRSU image archive to take us on a serene flight above the Southeast corner of North America, passing over Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba for a view of their blue-green waters. Want more? Watch Heaven: The Inner Sound of Outer Space.
Once Upon a Workbench worked with his friends to build his kids one of the coolest playhouses we’ve ever seen. The build was inspired by Link’s house in the Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you have similar ambitions, you can purchase the plans for $60.
Bazaardodo teamed up with nine great cyberpunk artists to create these neon-tinged playing cards. Its decks represent two factions: Wasteland Rebels and Elysion Technology, with character portrait face cards and honeycomb pattern number cards. A special edition Collection deck features hot foil stamping and UV effects.
The Mandalorian is a pretty damned fine series as-is. But it’s still fun to envision variants of the show, like this fun anime style opening put together by Malec, Martial Coulon, Antoine Bertrand, KronoMuzik, and Kenny dozo. Kawaii Baby Yoda is just as adorable as his live-action inspiration.
Artist Salavat Fidai is best known for his intricate pencil tip carvings. He recently pointed his sharpened knife blade at something a little more edible than graphite, transforming an ordinary carrot into a series of connected chain links. Now how do you link multiple carrots together?
Meticulously made by Blue Star Crafts, this walnut and brass briefcase is perfect for artists, writers, architects, and designers. Its top half holds pens, pencils, and other small objects, while its bottom is great for notebooks and other everyday items. A hidden stick props its lid up, transforming it into a writing surface.
Fine art with a Chicano heart. Roberto Munguia expresses his love for L.A. in “A Todo Corazon,” a vivid serigraph measuring 11″ x 10″. The limited edition of 150 is handmade, signed, and numbered. The modest price belies Munguia’s gallery credentials and studies with prominent artist Roberto Gil De Montes.
Ever wondered why modern buildings don’t have exterior fire escapes? Who gets to name streets? What are those cryptic spray-painted markings on the ground? Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt’s book delves into the fascinating stories behind the important but subtle things city-dwellers experience on a daily basis.
2001: A Space Odyssey evokes quite the sense of isolation as HAL 9000 picks off the Discovery One’s crew, then Dave Bowman has a quiet, hallucinogenic trip. Filmmaker Lydia Cambron’s dark parody explores the parallels between Kubrick’s universe and the one we’ve been living in since the pandemic started in 2020.
Photographer and FPV drone pilot Ellis van Janson takes us on a series of breathtaking flights through the beautifully rocky coastline of Madeira, Portugal. The footage elicits a tremendous sense of speed, while the color grading, direction, and editing give it a truly cinematic look.
Designed by artist Panisa Khunprasert, this reversible chess and checkers set features a bold color scheme and modern, minimal iconography. Both the playing pieces and board are made from sustainably-grown rubberwood, and the board slides open to provide storage. Measures 8.75″w x 8.75″d x 1.75″h.
Tired of the plain old boring walls in your workspace? Get Hands Dirty shows us how to use cut pieces of ReFelt recycled plastic felt panels to create bold and modern patterns for walls or ceilings which not only look amazing but can be used as a pushpin board and to improve acoustics.
Pix Brix are interlocking single-stud bricks for creating 2D pixel or 3D voxel art. They not only click together like LEGO, but can be securely locked side-by-side for flat artworks. A special multifunction tool makes the blocks easy to manipulate and disassemble. They’re also compatible with other major brick brands.
This gothic serving set pours on the charm with tea for four. Portland’s Angioletti Designs kiln-fires porcelain fine china with Victorian, baroque, and rococo images, including this moody black-and-gold set that invites a bat, cat, eye, and crow to the tea party. Foodsafe, durable, and wear-resistant with hand-washing care.
The grinning ghosts in installations by artist Roberto Cambi have won awards for playfully haunting European landmarks. Cambi also makes mini versions as tea light holders to decorate not-so-haunted houses everywhere. Artemest and Pasadena’s Gold Bug sell them in small, medium, and large. No two are alike.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without some creepy, crawly spiders, and when it comes to scary arachnids, the bigger the better. Paul Jones of Dead and Daughter shows us how he built a massive spider for his lawn using PVC pipe, bendy hair rollers, a bike helmet, duct tape, and wig hair among other things.
Animator Michael Marczewski presents an exceptionally blocky short film in which e-mails manifest themselves as tiny cubes that walk between computers. As the messages cross back and forth between two co-workers, things go off the rails when objects get in the way and corrupt their communications.
Created by illustrator Katheren Belle for Schoolhouse, this elongated wall calendar charts the waxing and waning cycles of the moon. It serves as both a unique piece of wall art and a useful reference for those who need to know moon phases like farmers, fishermen, and surfers. The print measures 30″h x 10″w.
With a price approaching some 3D printers, the 3Doodler Pro+ isn’t for everyone, but it does feature big upgrades including a powerful dual-drive system, precision temperature controls that enable more intricate and consistent drawings. It can print with ABS, PLA, FLEXY, wood, copper, bronze, and nylon filaments.
Like many inventions, pharmaceuticals are a double-edged sword. Some have saved and improved millions of lives, while others have caused terrible side-effects and dangerous, deadly addictions. Patrick Smith’s rapidfire short film offers a satirical commentary on our obsession with drugs without saying a word.
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