March 06, 2010

War Paint

Race_car

As a kid, I always thought race cars were so incredibly cool looking. Fast, sleek, colorful... like toys. Somewhere along the long, race cars changed; the cars themselves seemed to disappear beneath a barrage of advertisements. This short video explains it all so well...

video at Gestalten.tv

Gofster

Go Faster by Sven Voelker

via: grain edit

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February 20, 2010

Blues ≠ Monkeyjunk


What else is to be said?

The first video I posted of blues artist Son House was mysteriously removed at its source. Here's an excellent replacement... Death Letter Blues!

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February 17, 2010

Dracula

Mattepainting01 click images to enlarge

I love these matte paintings by John P. Fulton, from the 1931 production of Dracula. (For scale, look for the tiny carriage in each.)

Mattepainting02

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February 15, 2010

Lord of the Frogs

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Well over a year ago, I had a staring contest with this self-satisfied frog (click to enlarge). It resides (or resided?) at the Paris zoo: the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plante. Founded in 1794, the Ménagerie is the first and oldest civil zoological garden in the world. The zoo has an antique quality –– surreal –– like stepping back into time. Whilst spending a day observing the various birds and se Parisian zoological beasts, one may begin to get the impression that the zoo has become frozen in time since its opening. Not true! As the Ménagerie website points out...

Other buildings, enclosures and improvements were added over the years: notably the bear den in 1805, the first big cats enclosure (since demolished) in 1821, the semi-circular pheasantry in 1827, the reptiles gallery in 1870, a wintering building in 1905, an ape house, transformed into a nursery in 1928, etc.

Pariszoo Group of artists at Jardin des Plantes, from the magazine "L'Illustration", 7 August 1902.

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February 09, 2010

What's My Line

Groucho Marx, being Groucho Marx, on What's My Line.

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February 07, 2010

Crow Jane

Skip James, 1967

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January 22, 2010

Farina Oxigen

Farina_oxygen click to enlarge

by Jani Leinonen, 2008

Acrylic on product package

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January 20, 2010

Real Fake Worlds


About two weeks ago, Josiah, a friend, sent me the the link to this short film. I started watching and couldn't stop until it was over. Not just because it's so beautifully composed and edited, but also because every object in the film was modeled using 3dsmax and rendered using Vray by only one person... Alex Roman.

If you watch even a portion of it, it's worth link to vimeo to see it full screen so you won't miss a detail.

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Avatar/Pocahantas

Pocahontas-avatar

I wasn't crazy about Avatar. I was hoping the movie would be better than the trailer. It wasn't... for a lot of reasons. The bad design, the garish colors, the dull characters, and the ludicrous "indians are so heavenly and pure" theme, which is summed up beautifully in the above paragraph (click to enlarge).

Worst bit of design?... I can't decide. Was it the six legged horse that looked like a blend between a sea horse and a horse (with scales)? Or was it the hammer-head rhino thing?

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November 11, 2009

Don't Forget to Write

Don't forget

I just finished this.

This painting was done in Adobe Illustrator, an application I first started using in 1988 (over 20 years ago... ack!).

Click the image to enlarge (in flickr), or click here to link to my gallery.

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