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Apocalypse Wall Calendar

Apocalypse Wall Calendar

If the crackpots out there are right, there are just over 300 days before the world ends, so you might as well enjoy some cool art before it’s over? The calendar also lists mankind’s great achievements.

Real Life Beavis and Butt-Head

Real Life Beavis and Butt-Head

Special makeup effects artist Kevin Kirkpatrick made prosthetic models of the legendary Beavis and Butt-Head to show what they’d look like in real life; we wouldn’t want to meet them in a dark alley.

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Dinoprints

Dinoprints

Dinoprints lets you upload a picture that will then be superimposed onto a detailed illustration of a dinosaur (or a wooly mammoth) and turned into a 24″x36″ print. We hope they accept group pics.

Evolution of an Image

Evolution of an Image

(Briefly NSFW) Sebastian Schmieg took a single image and fed it into Google Image Search, then picked its top “similar image” over and over, gradually morphing through over 2950 images.

The Page Turner

The Page Turner

Got two minutes? Watch kinetic artist Joseph Herscher take a sip of coffee and see fun Rube Goldberg hijinks ensue in this entertaining vid. Bonus: calm hamster at 1:30. (Thanks everyone!)

Realistic Disney Princesses

Realistic Disney Princesses

You might have a whole new type of weird crush on your favorite Disney princess thanks to these realistic character renderings from Finnish design student Jirka Väätäinen.

Speed Painter

Speed Painter

What can you do in 2 minutes and 20 seconds? In that time Fabian Gaete Maureira can make one painting and finish half of another. They’re small and simple, sure, but you try pulling that off.

Tape Art by Max Zorn

Tape Art by Max Zorn

Using a similar technique to Mark Khaisman, Zorn creates scenes of light and shadow using strips and cut pieces of brown packing tape. If you travel, here’s where you can find his work.

Goldfish Salvation

Goldfish Salvation

Riusuke Fukahori creates incredible depth in his artworks by painting a layer at a time onto acrylic resin, until a 3-dimensional image is formed, sort of like how 3D printers work. More photos here.

Three Cubes Colliding

Three Cubes Colliding

The gorgeous Three Cubes Colliding is a functional cube-shaped sculpture and kite, made from 3D printed connectors, carbon fiber rods and aerospace fabric; the video complements it nicely.

Firefly Frenzy

Firefly Frenzy

We may only see snowflakes dancing in the air for the next few months but we can still enjoy these long-exposure photos of Golden fireflies taken from 2008-2011 in Japan.

The Shining: Alternative Posters

The Shining: Alternative Posters

ShortList.com put together this collection of fan-made posters for Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining, ranging from the abstract to minimal to flat out creepy. REDRUM, indeed.

Insect Origami

Insect Origami

Multi-talented artist Brian Chan from the MIT Hobby shop has created a wonderful award-winning collection of complex, intricate origami insects, made from uncut, single sheets of paper.

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Man Up

Man Up

Ed Barrett’s animated film tells the tale of a man who works at the top of a tall crane, and lives there to escape the world below. But his solitude is soon interrupted by never-ending vertical progress.

Carved Book Landscapes

Carved Book Landscapes

Among the many talents of Guy Laramee is sculpting. His projects Biblios and The Great Wall are made of thick tomes carved into landscapes, from mountains to canyons to ancient temples.

Light Paintings by Hobsonish

Light Paintings by Hobsonish

Photographer Ian Hobson produces incredible, colorful effects using LEDs and cold cathode tubes as his paintbrushes. He also experiments with Arduino-based devices to create some patterns.

WHAT’s Shop Custom Converse

WHAT’s Shop Custom Converse

Offering intricately handpainted sneakers and high-tops, Bangkok, Thailand’s WHAT’s Shop customizes shoes with everyone from Daft Punk to Chucky, and Darth Vader to The Dark Knight.

Morphology

Morphology

Peter Sluszka’s wonderful Morphology is a brief but fun claymation treat for the eyes; with these skills, we’d like to see something even more substantial. We love what happens after the fox.

High Speed Reel 2011

High Speed Reel 2011

Charles Bergquist put together this reel of eye-popping slow motion footage he shot over the course of the year, using the Olympus i-Speed 3 camera, which grabs HD footage at up to 2000fps.

2012 Lunar Calendar

2012 Lunar Calendar

Simple but very eye-catching, this ominous looking screenprinted lunar calendar from Brazilian designer Dimitre Lima politely leaves out the part where the Moon crashes into the Earth.

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A Very Gilliam Xmas

A Very Gilliam Xmas

Fans of Terry Gilliam will appreciate the director’s warped sensibilities in this animation done using his trademark collage animation style all the way back in 1968. He’s brought joy to the world, indeed.

The Maccabees: Pelican

The Maccabees: Pelican

It’s Fruit Ninja gone universal and existential in the music video for Pelican, the single from British indie rockers The Maccabees’ upcoming second album Given to the Wild. Making-of video here.

Li Wei: Acrobatic Photography

Li Wei: Acrobatic Photography

With a similar sensibility to Natsumi Hayashi’s levitation pics, photographer Li Wei shoots surreal and incredible moments using only acrobatics, mirrors and wire-fu, not Photoshop.

Covers

Covers

Like the musical ones we enjoy, architect/designer Luis Urculo created his own Covers, a clever short film in which iconic monuments in architecture are reinvented as models with everyday objects.

BRNO HDR

BRNO HDR

An eye-popping time-lapse video shot using HDR exposure effects and a camera motion-control rig. Shot in the Czech Republic by Samádhi Production over the course of about two months.

Lasers

Lasers

Eclectic Method arms its beams and shines their blinding light on pop culture references to lasers in their latest musical megacut. Plus, it’s got a frickin’ good beat and you can dance to it. MP3 here.

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