Artist Basil Wolverton was known for his amazingly offbeat illustrations that blended science fiction, fantasy, and humor. The books Creeping Death from Neptune and Brain Bats of Venus chronicle his work from 1909 to 1952, during which time his images were published by everyone from Marvel to MAD Magazine.
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While stuck home during the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to try and vary your days and mix things. up. In Jan Riesenbeck and Dennis Stein-Schomburg’s strange short film, a man explores the importance of breaking out of routines, while his floating head transforms into some of the many thoughts he expresses.
Artist Pete Betcher of The BKPK Shop makes all kinds of cool and geeky objects for the home. Among them is this illuminated wall art which looks like a modernist Death Star. It’s made from baltic birch plywood and acrylic, and casts cool shadows onto the wall around it. Measures 11″ across, and takes a 40w candelabra bulb.
Swiss artist Simon Berger creates portraits by shattering glass. His technique involves gently hammering away at a sheet of laminated safety glass, which holds together the pieces as his finished image comes into view. Watch him create another of his smashing portraits here.
Just because something is a commercial doesn’t mean it can’t be a work of art. This clip from director Henry Scholfield and Mathematic Studio for Indonesia ride hailing and tech company Gojek is proof positive of that. For all 60-seconds the clip is on screen, it will fill your eyes with magical, VFX-powered sensory overload.
Andres Amador makes amazing artworks on a grand scale that are visible from the sky. But all he needs to create his complex geometric patterns are some rakes and a damp, sandy beach. WIRED’s Obsessed introduces us to the artist to get inside of his head, and how he makes peace with the temporary nature of his work.
We’re not sure if they’re street legal, but we think every car should have taillights like the ones on this 1991 Nissan Skyline GTS-4. Steve Molans of Skeptik Innovations built these custom lights which use RGB LEDs and mirrors to create an infinite effect and can change colors. They still work as normal brake lights and turn indicators.
Pop Chart’s “Spirited Schematic of Mixed Drinks” is a wonderful piece of wall art for any home bar. It’s packed with illustrations of 120 cocktails, with each one visually broken down to its ingredients and quantities. The print measures 24″ x 36″, and is also available mounted on a birch plywood panel.
We love how builder Laura Kampf is creates objects that are both thoughtful in their function and design. Her latest project is a curved wooden cabinet with a turntable and amplifier shelf, plenty of cubbies for storing records, and spaces for speakers that tuck neatly behind grille cloth.
Inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins manga and Netflix show, Matt and Ilya of That Works created a real-world replica of King’s imposing Spirit Spear Chastiefol. If you love blacksmithing videos, this one is well worth a watch, as it’s packed with satisfying footage of power hammering, punching, grinding, and brazing.
Brooklyn artist James Haggerty creates images using staples as his medium. After wowing us with his Star Wars series, he made an incredible portrait of their family dog, Doxie. The finished piece is made from 75,738 staples in a variety of colors. We love how he arranged the staples to create the hair texture.
Looking for another fun project to do at home? Artist Mathieu Stern shows us how to use digital photo software plus a couple of specialty chemicals to make your own unique cyanotype prints at home. You can get the chemicals or pre-treated fabric sheets on Amazon or Blick Art Supplies.
Eugene Koksharov and Anna Dobrunova of Russia’s Art Brothers Glass created this fantastic tribute to the characters of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. A customer commissioned this extraordinary handmade stained glass window, but they’d be happy to create a custom piece just for you.
LEGO My LEGOs uses stop-motion to show off the assembly of a really cool Chinese dragon boat model, complete with mechanical oars. This impressive looking model isn’t actually a LEGO kit, but comes from a company called Xingbao. The 3325-piece kit is a veritable bargain at just $68 from Brick Me up Scottie.
Illustrator Heather Buchanan makes a variety of amusing greeting cards based on actors and the characters they have played. Whether you’re a Keanu fan or love Star Trek: The Next Generation, there’s a little something for everyone, and plenty of bad puns to be had. We also love her pop culture print series.
At first glance, this looks like a modern and minimal desk. But DIY Perks wouldn’t show off something that basic. This table conceals a high-end Windows PC beneath its hardwood veneer surface. He had to spread out the components and get creative with the cooling system to fit everything inside of something so thin.
We’re pretty sure The Beatles envisioned a much larger ship when they proclaimed “We all live in a yellow submarine.” But as Living Big in a Tiny House shows us, you don’t even need to live beneath the waves to dwell in such a golden vessel. If you happen to be visiting New Zealand, you can even stay there.
Since 1924, a blazing effigy culminates Zozobra, Santa Fe’s annual festival. The 50’ tall, villainous puppet is stuffed with 1,000s of “glooms” as kindling to burn away fears, failings, and flaws – from past-due bills to divorce papers. This year everyone will virtually torch glooms and watch the bonfire live 9.4.20, 8pm MDT on KOAT.
We have fond childhood memories of creating repetitive geometric patterns using a Spirograph. This compilation video of elegant desserts being embellished by pastry artist Amaury Guichon reminds us of those times, as he show off some masterful piping skills with his delectable, edible treats.
As color arrangements go, we’ve always loved the smooth transitions that occur as hues blend to form a gradient. In this wonderfully satisfying clip from Jukebox Print, watch nine ink globs gradually mix at their on the platen of a printing press in preparation for the paper to roll through.
It may seem like a subtle artistic choice at first, but some of the best movie scenes take advantage of a principle known as the “Three Color Rule.” Film essayist wolfcrow explains how this simple color theory can help to set a mood and create focus, and how you can apply it in your cinematic projects.
After building himself a beautiful desk out of beautiful Sapele wood, luthier and carpenter tchiksguitars crafted a beautiful electric guitar using pieces of the wood that he took from a shelf in his office. The part where he carves out the curvature of its body is wonderfully satisfying to watch.
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