1 X Semana
is kinda like a Spanish language version of Drawer Geeks
.). From the site: "We are a bunch of colleagues who every week propose a character, concept or idea to be drawn. In this Blog we share the results of our exercise." The site is relatively new, but so far, this result in the "Sea Monster" challenge is my favorite
Inner City Snail
is the sister site of the (previously Mefi'd
) Little People
ongoing outdoor art installation. Like the Little People project, it takes place in London & features tiny figures, only these ones are alive & vandalized.
Howl's Moving Castle - in papercraft
. Stop motion animation of the assembly here
, flickr set of the finished product here
, details on the kit here
. Found via
of StarshipModeler.com's "Wrecks" challenge are a mixed bag, with some absolutely incredible
destroyed sci-fi models, both kit-built
& free modeled, and dioramas
. And then others
that are less impressive
is a flickr set of art found stuffed inside books by the account holder at the jail where they are a volunteer running the book cart.
are a collection of stylized cartoon drawings by Craig Robinson of famous rock stars (mouseover text will reveal the artist). 26 of them in alphabetical order appear in this ad for The Observer
, entitled "From Abba To Zappa."
Photographer Kim Keever
takes incredible, otherwordly nature shots using a unique technique: she builds the subject by hand in a 100 gallon fishtank
. Other galleries of her work here
, which was via
Dr Evermor's Art Park
featuring the world's largest scrap metal sculpture, the Forevertron
, is one of the most impressive metalwork collections I've ever seen. Great write up on the place over at Neatorama with tons of pix.
is, by a wide margin, my favorite animated short ever produced. Set in the art deco Europe of the 1920's and (and released in 1997) it tells the story of a journey throughout several major vacation destinations of a wealthy tycoon, his young wife with wandering eyes, and a murderous turn of events. The story is told in reverse, from the final stage of the "vacation" back through each prior stop, and the artwork for each segment is painted in the style of the luggage travel sticker for that stop.
Artist Tessa Farmer
sculpts nightmarish scenes
of winged insects being attacked
& even ripped apart
by tiny skeletal faries. Partially found via
Hand drawn Tarot Cards
created by a Boris Kobe, a prisoner at Allach Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Dachau. Each card depcits an aspect of life
in the camp
- click each image for high-res versions.
A Soviet Poster A Day
delivers what it promises, one propaganda rich helping of Soviet art every day to help you on your daily doings.
In the town of Bomarzo in central Italy you will find Monster's Grove, a vast sculpture garden
created in 1552 by Pier Orisini to be a unique & astonishing place
. The scupltures are quite large
, and some are carved directly into the bedrock
; as the name might indicate, the subjects are mainly mythical creatures
. For centuries, the stone was uncared for, and nature began to reclaim the art, until the 1970s when efforts began to preserve the pieces
, and today it is a major tourist attraction, though still privately owned nearly five centuries in.
Australian art student Nicholas Manion
has hit upon a clever idea: delicately cut paper currency forming the skyline of major cities. Via.
Photographer Martin Klimas
specializes in capturing high speed photography, but with a more artistic aesthetic than the usual "bullet through an orange", etc.
Crazy 4 Cult
is a new exhibit coming to Gallery 1988
, the Los Angeles art gallery that hosts the annual (and always great) IAm8Bit
exhibit. Just as IAm8Bit uses videogames of the 1980s as the theme for the artists, Crazy 4 Cult is using Cult movies. For fun, the exhbit poster features a huge number of movie references
- can you catch them all? Via
The mission stencil story
is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure story that takes place on the sidewalks of the Mission district in San Francisco. Via
is a crazy animation of a character walking around the walls of an art gallery, where each frame of the animation was painted on the walls & then wiped clean for the next frame. Via
is a gorgeous site featuring 22 strollable daytrips in major cities worldwide (not just US Only), all laid out on beautiful artistic (yet still helpful) maps with downloadable PDFs for taking with you on your wanderings. For those terrified of being marketed to, it should be noted that Bugaboo is a baby stroller company, although the site is by no means of restricted interest to parents only, and bugbaoo's presence on the site seems confined to the URL. Also note that unfortunately for those alergic to it, the site is designed entirely in Flash.
On the other hand, the maps & art are really awesome, so you should do yourself a favor & get over it this time. Via
Mefite Fans of rock concert posters are probably familiar
, but here's an interesting list
of over 20 other individual designers concert posters sites with tons of designy goodness.
is the personal site of artist & animator
Jeff Victor, who draws Star Wars characters
(among other things
) in adorable bobblehead
style. Found via Drawn
is the website of Metafilter member Eric Gjerde
. In addition to the many interesting posts on the main page (such as this article
about an artist who lasercut an 85:1 scale model of his house into a hardback book), the site features many original pieces
by Gjerde, with downloadable PDF diagrams & graphics to show you how to make your own geometric art
out of paper.
Hisaharu Motoda’s “Neo-Ruins
” series of lithographs depict the cityscape of a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where familiar streets lie deserted, the buildings are crumbling and weeds grow from the broken pavement. More here
For the past several years, Jonathon Liu of Rainy Bay Art
has been accepting commissions
to create detailed
in the medium
of Etch-A-Sketch. He also works in the medium of pumpkin
is origami made from U.S. currency; the subtle genius lies in the way the artist incorporates
the prints on the dollar bills into the facial characteristics
of the finished figures
. More moneygami here
is a French sculpture artist whose work feels like Jules Verne as realized by Tim Burton; the sculptures all share cartoonish steampunk vibe that's really appealing. Sadly, the site is 100% Flash, so no linking to specific favorites, but at the very least the navigation remains fairly straightforward.
Metafilter's own Fake
, Dan Reetz
, recently spent several months in the former Soviet Union; while there he managed to round up this great selection of Soviet Movie posters from 1921-1973
, as well as this interesting 1952 set of food drawings
from the government produced book "Tasty & Healthy Eating." Finally, bonus content for anyone jonesing for more soviet content, this Russian Winnie the Pooh
cartoon from the 1970s is fantastic. (via
is a blog dedicated to portable timepieces, spotlighting the spectacularly beautiful
(and spectacularly expensive
), among the rare handcrafted artifacts such as this watch made from wood
, or this one made from bone
How could you make the TARDIS even cooler? First, strip away the whole "bigger on the inside than the out" part, and second, get rid of the ability to travel in space & time. Finally, add the ability to play every arcade videogame ever invented
Steampunk Star Wars.
An ongoing series of drawings by Eric Poulton of Star Wars characters redone in the style of Jules Verne era sci-fi. Sadly only three have been done, so far, but hopefully more to come. Via
[HOW IS POOP MAKE?] :: The long way from food to poop
is one of many pieces in the gallery of artist Carlo Giovani
. A true multi-media artist, his work runs from digital art (like this incredible series
of pieces on 70s films done as pinball machines) to infographics (such as the poop one linked above) to stop motion work (like this quicktime commercial
for Brazillian potato chips), and even sculptures (from clothing
& even food
) but the highlights for me are the papercraft figures
. warning - the site will try to hijack your browser window, albeit mildly; if this is unacceptable, consider yourself warned & skip the link.
This time-lapse video of an oil-painting being created
by Pablo Picasso is brief, but captivating. The clip is a scene taken from the 1955 French documentary "The Mystery of Picasso
," in which director Henri-Georges Clouzot filmed the artist painting 20 different pieces. Bizarrely enough, almost all the art created for the film had to be destroyed upon close of production due to contractual obligation. Via
Geostationary Banana Over Texas
is an art intervention that involves placing a gigantic banana over the Texas sky. This object will float between the high atmosphere & Earth's low orbit, being visible only from the state of Texas & its surroundings. From the ground, the banana will be clearly recognizable and visible day & night; it will stay up for approximately one month.
is an easy & fun way to discover online visual artists you may not have otherwise known. Each artist submits only an 80 x 80 pixel thumbnail, and if you like what you see, a clickthrough takes you to their gallery/homepage. Found via
The artists participating in Operation Fragmentation
were given an unpainted vinyl doll (with a grenade shaped head) and an Army surplus ammo case and let loose to create what they wished. The results are really great
, with the steampunk automoton
, the peace dove
& the explosive genie in a bottle
being my three favorites.
Penguins With Angst
is the visual tale of a group of hoodlum penguins who vandalize a grain silo & threaten the life of Santa Claus. Easter Sacrifice
is a photostory of the kidnapping of the Easter Bunny & his eventual decapitation by the Dove of Peace. Both art projects courtesy of Exclusionary
, the online gallery of Jasper Thomas' work.
Russell W. Porter was an amateur astronomer who helped design the 200 inch telescope for Mount Palomar observatory. His pencil sketches
of the finished mechanism are remarkably beautiful
On December 5th, a Croatian man named Nico awoke to find a map his girlfriend had left him featuring a specific path she wanted him to take to work; along the way he saw stencils, paint, aerosol, collage wheat pastes & other art she had laid out in the pre-dawn hours letting him know how much she loved him. The sights Nico saw, in order, are collected here
Like the much mefi'd
, Laura Cooperman
carves up plain white paper into extremely gorgeous intricate designs. Sadly, outside of her primary website not many examples
of her work
can be found online.
If you're a fan of pulp fiction
paperback covers, then you've probably seen the artwork of R.A. Maguire
. The Gallery
on his personal site comes in three flavors: Covers
, Reference Photos
(to aid in cover renderings
) and Original Art
, which are essentialy covers stripped of the Title/Author/Publisher/Price info. via
The Portraits of 42 American Presidents from Washington to Bush on a half inch strand of Black human hair
is merely one of the World Art Miracles you'll find at worldartmiracle.com
, the homepage of one Jin Y.H., micro artist. The site is also noticeable for some delicious Engrish phrases, such as "The length does not arrive the half-inch" and "The microscope descends to take the work."
, Thomas Allen
& Abelardo Morell
are artists who cut up books and then photograph the interesting