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The Art of Pixar

The Art of Pixar

Celebrating 25 years of Pixar, Amid Amidi and John Lasseter compile over 300 pages of Pixar’s color scripts and inspirational art behind the revered digital animation studio.

Periodic Table of Swearing 2

Periodic Table of Swearing 2

(NSFW: Language) Even better than than the original obscenity-filled table, this version actually swears at you when you push its buttons. And if you’re not British, you’ll learn a thing or two.

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Midnight Sun: Iceland

Midnight Sun: Iceland

Another eye-popping time-lapse, this one shot in Iceland during the Summer, when the sun never sets, and light remains 24 hours-a-day. Shot by Joe Capra over 17 days and from 38,000 images.

Neon Movie Titles

Neon Movie Titles

Illustrator Mr Whaite envisions classic movies as animated neon images, capturing the essence of the original film with bold, glowing lines. We only wish they were actual neon signs.

Fisher

Fisher

Cast out by his village, the lonesome Fisher finds himself thrown into an unexpected, life-changing journey after a storm carries him to sea. Think Castaway, but animated, and no bony Tom Hanks.

Vegas c. 1962

Vegas c. 1962

We’re intimately familiar with the glitter and excess of 21st century Las Vegas, but let’s harken back to a simpler time with this time capsule of footage from Sin City dating back almost 50 years.

Gears of War Chainsaw Carving

Gears of War Chainsaw Carving

Artist Griffon Ramsey carves out the Gears of War logo from a tree trunk using a chainsaw in this fitting tribute to the third game in the series. Music is Martha Marin’s cover of Heron Blue.

Adventures of Tintin: Fan Credits

Adventures of Tintin: Fan Credits

In anticipation of the upcoming movie, animator James Curran created what he hopes the opening credits might look like, cleverly incorporating elements from each of the 24 Tintin books.

Continuous-Line Drawings

Continuous-Line Drawings

We’ve got a theory that your equipment enhances your performance; case in point, these drawings by Chan Hwee Chong, created in a single stroke with a Faber Castell Artist’s Pen. Action video here.

Oramics Visual Synthesizer

Oramics Visual Synthesizer

In 1957, Daphne Oram created the Oramics synth, which interprets sound from painted film strips. The 1957 prototype was recently found and is now on exhibit in London. Soon to be an iPhone app, too.

Floating Orchestra

Floating Orchestra

This interactive installation by Poietic Studio lets you conduct a symphony of 19 floating spheres, held in space by jets of air. The coolest part is the iPhone-powered motion control.

Landscapes: Volume Two

Landscapes: Volume Two

We’ve featured a plethora of awesome time-lapse scenes, but our eyeballs nearly popped out of their sockets when we saw Dustin Farrell’s video, produced from raw stills from a Canon 5D2 DSLR.

Analog Vinyl Sampling

Analog Vinyl Sampling

By carefully laser-cutting, then mashing up segments of vinyl records, designer Ishac Bershan manages to make (crudely) sampled music without need for a digitizer – just an unhappy needle.

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72 Pins NES Cartridge Art

72 Pins NES Cartridge Art

A limited-edition series featuring NES cartridges with retro pixel art of modern video games. Each cartridge contains a random NES game, not an 8-bit version of the game on the cover, though.

PressPausePlay

PressPausePlay

A documentary about the effect of today’s advanced technology on artists and our culture, a development that can empower creators, but also swamp consumers in mediocrity. More here.

Ballpoint Pen Paintings

Ballpoint Pen Paintings

We’ve seen how awesome a drawing made using a ballpoint pen can be. Artist Shane McAdams shows that it’s also possible to use the simple writing instrument to make stunning paintings.

Marble Manhattan

Marble Manhattan

Artist Yutaka Sone carved this incredibly-detailed Manhattan map from a chunk of marble. It measures 104″ x 33″ x 22″, and weighs over 2.5 tons. At David Zwirner Gallery through 10/29.

Spooky LEGO Houses

Spooky LEGO Houses

Mike Doyle creates these brilliantly detailed, decrepit Victorian mansions to represent the fragility of life; he uses no foreign materials, just lots of tiny plastic LEGO bricks. (Thanks Don!)

Music Painting

Music Painting

Composer Matteo Negrin’s music soars thanks to the animated visual accompaniment that Alice Ninni, Luca Cattaneo and Alberto Filippini provided for his “Lacrime Di Giulietta.”

Daniel Schmitt’s Lost Places

Daniel Schmitt’s Lost Places

The concept of photographing abandoned places isn’t unique, but German photographer Daniel Schmitt takes creepy to a whole new level with his choice of locations and effective lighting.

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What Light…

What Light…

This cool stop-motion film by animator Sarah Wickens was made using rays of reflected sunlight as the primary medium. We’ve never seen light grow fingernails before, though.

Drawing a Piece of Paper

Drawing a Piece of Paper

This time-lapse of Mark Crilley sketching a perfect copy of a crumpled piece of paper in what he refers to as a “realism challenge” is just amazing. Turns out he’s a pretty good graphic novelist too.

Universality

Universality

Frustrated with the barrage of negative news from all over the world, Addi Somekh and Charlie Eckert decided to remind us that there is still hope, and that we’re all connected. How? Balloon hats.

Kilian Eng Art

Kilian Eng Art

Looking at the work of illustrator, animator and graphic designer Kilian Eng is like looking into the future, the past, your nightmares and your dreams all at once. Check the link or here for lots more.

The Deleted City

The Deleted City

GeoCities once hosted 38 million websites, but in 2009, it was shuttered, and countless (mostly crappy) websites went dark. DeletedCity examines this lost world, courtesy of the Archive Team.

Photographic Sculptures

Photographic Sculptures

Korean artist Gwon Osang creates captivating sculptures, starting with a life-size mannequin, covered with hundreds of photographs to create surreal people with photorealistic textures.

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