Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Stunt Poetry

 This is a beautiful short film by Rishi Kaneria & stars stuntman Dante Ha : STUNT POETRY . It just goes to prove how incredible the human body actually is as it twists and turns, flips and flops.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

I have an inkling I want an Inkling!

Well...today I am all excited and cock-a-hoop with the news that WACOM have just announced. They are launching INKLING which is a digital pen for artists. "Ok" I hear you say..."digital pens and drawing tablets have been around for ages! What's so exciting?" Well....funny you should ask that. Yes you're right, digital pens and drawing tablets have been around for ages. In fact Wacom are one of the leading innovators and manufacturers when it comes to digital tablets but that's the point...we're not talking about a digital tablet here. They have invented a pen that draws on normal paper but at the same time it sends the information to a small digital box that can then be uploaded into a PC at a later date. It means you can digitally draw anywhere without needing to be linked to a laptop or near a computer, and that ... I think you'll find  ... is quite something. Click on this link for more info: THE INKLING



Monday, 29 August 2011

The Windows XP default wallpaper story

It's an image we've all seen. In fact it's been seen around the world and not just on the screens of many a PC. Well, here's the full story of an image that's become iconic in it's own right. I found it a fascinating read and it's interesting to see how it looks today. Click the image to go to the story:-









Saturday, 27 August 2011

Portal: No Escape

Portal : No Escape (Live Action Short Film by Dan Trachtenberg)


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Who knows?

A few days ago on the 14th August 2011 I was out and about with my camera photographing things so I could practise HDR techniques and stuff etc. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, the sun was out, it was relatively calm and I was quite content (for once) to potter about on my own clicking away at things that may make a decent photo. It was only when I got home, uploaded the shots to my PC and then looked at them more closely that I noticed some weird objects on a couple of the photos. I'd not noticed anything untoward at the time whilst I was out there taking the shots. Because of HDR you have to photograph the same subject (preferably using a tripod) three times. Once under exposed (-2.0) , once correctly exposed (0.0) and then finally over exposed (+2.0). It's because of this I know that the things in the photo were not dust or dirt on the lens. Shots throughout the rest of the day are clear of all objects anyway. On one shot, way off in the distance there appears to be an elongated white object with several orbs near it.It's very intriguing, slightly unnerving and totally baffling. Anyway, here's the link to one of the shots I took, I have enhanced the area where the elongated white 'thing' is, you'll also notice the sky has several orbs throughout. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? What do you think it is?





Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Worlds Biggest PacMan

Not much to say about this other than it's the WORLD'S BIGGEST PACMAN. You can create your own maze and add it to the ever expanding collection of mazes made by other throughout the globe. How cool is that!  Go on...have a go...I'm going to create my own maze later on when i have some spare time.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY WORLD'S BIGGEST PACMAN


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The Fibonacci Sequence

It's in all things...including ourselves. Here's a great bit of film demonstrating the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Section (often used in art).


OK Go & The Muppets Show Theme Song

There are some things in life that never lose their appeal or their innocence. The Muppets are one of them. Ok Go are a band that are renowned for their innovative videos and this time they have teamed up with The Muppets to cover the theme song from the original Muppet Show. Watch and smile...


Gilles Tran

Howdy doody everybody! I'm back again after a couple of days break from everything. There are times when you simply need a rest and have an overwhelming desire to 'shut down' ... so I did! Anyway I am now refreshed and ready to share things with you again. Here we go...

Today's featured store/gallery is one that I have admired for some time. It's created by a Frenchman (who lives in Paris) called GILLES TRAN . His artwork is 100% CGI & digitally created with such attention to detail it's awe inspiring to look at. It also has (at times) a surreal edge to it that makes me smile a lot. Treat yourselves and take a look at the wonders he creates...








Saturday, 20 August 2011

World Builder

World Builder is a short by filmmaker Bruce Branit. It's very cleverly put together, the effects are stunning, the story is actually quite saddening. It does make me wonder where all our technology is leading us and where will it all end? Anyway ... here's WORLD BUILDER.


Making a technological splash!

The speed that technology is now involving at is frightening. A few year ago we were marveling at mobile phones that were actually smaller than a house brick now they are thinner than cardboard and fully interactive. Cinema effects are now virtually 100% CGI, we can re-create actors that are long since gone, make dinosaurs eat leaves from generated trees and make films that have cars or toys as the main characters! Well now WebGL has been brought to my attention with this incredible water simulation (complete with caustic lighting). Mind blowing stuff.


Friday, 19 August 2011

Where's Wall-E?

Richard Sargent (BA Hons Graphic Arts & Designs) is an artist and film-maker and can be found at HOPEWELL STUDIOS being creative. I have discovered this wonderful piece of artwork of his entitled "Where's Wall-E?". There's pretty much every robot, metal man & woman you can think of here (click image for larger size)...how many can you name? Oh yeah....and where's Wall-E?

Anry's Gallery

It's time for another delve into the Ethernet in search of great artwork. Oooh ... I have come up trumps today with a great find. ANRY'S GALLERY is not chock full to the brim with art, in fact there's just 11 images to choose from but they are 11 mighty fine images! Digital art is something I have dabbled with myself from time to time, it amazes me how some achieve such high standards. I suppose it's all to do with the amount of practise they've had and the amount of time they spend on each image. Who knows! Anyway ANRY'S GALLERY is certainly worth checking out as it's heavily Japanese style artwork. I love it!








Some unusual wedding photographs...

You are just going to have to trust me on this one. Wedding photographs are not the sort of thing I'd normally post, I don't even know the Japanese couple in the shots! Anyway...click on this link WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS and browse your way through...make sure you go all the way down to the bottom. It's quite surprising and made me grin in a very mischievous way. Love it!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

A Heavy Drink...

Well I must say I am enjoying this news article very much. If you click this link A WHOLE LOT OF ROSÉ  you'll be able to find out all about the new range of wines that AC/DC have just brought out. Yup that's right AC/DC the rock & metal band. Turns out they are not alone either because Motörhead, Kiss & Whitesnake have all brought out their own wines too. Well I never..

Eediotboy

Once again I bring you another little store/gallery that's a joy to look around. This one does not have a lot in it but what it does have makes me smile a lot so I thought I'd share it with you all. Unfortunately there's nothing I can tell you about the marvelously name EEDIOTBOY as their 'about' section is completely blank, they (whoever they may be) are playing hard to get! Two words sum up the store really...monkey pirates. For that reason alone it is worth me featuring it here in my blog. Enjoy.







Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Adrian Ropp

Ooh I have been so busy over the last day or two I have neglected to keep my blog up to date. Please accept my fullest apologies and give me a slap on the wrist (but not the back of the legs 'cos that really stings a lot!).

Todays featured store/artwork is by ADRIAN ROPP . Once you look at Mr Ropp's artwork it comes as no surprise to discover that he works for the Disney Empire. There is a certain look to Disney artwork that many artists aspire to and Adrian Ropp is up there with the best of them. Take a look at his wonderful creations:-





Friday, 12 August 2011

Alan Dail's Hubble Images

Is there anybody out there? Well...I like to think there is, I find it hard to believe that we are the only thing in the universe. I mean, let's face it the cosmos is probably the biggest thing we know of...it's infinite! Our universe is one of millions, each one has it's own sun, a nucleus that has thousands of stars and planets revolving around it. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt. Today's store and gallery is ALAN DAIL : HUBBLE IMAGES . Yes, I have chosen a photographs & images instead of artwork today...something a little different. Before Mr Dail went into business he worked for NASA , so if you are going to take a look at Hubble images and even buy a few where better to look than his store! The imagery is superb, breathtaking and well....to be honest god fearing! You can almost hear the roar of  the stars thundering about out there which is a stupid thing to say as space is a vacuum so you'd hear nothing at all.







Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Matasaburo's Works

Today's featured store and artwork is MATASABURO . The artist is Japanese and has a very unique style coupled with a wonderful way of looking at things. It's almost surreal in places. The most interesting thing for me is that all the images were created using 3DCG but were made to look like 2D works of art. Other than that there's not much else I can say as Matasaburo speaks very little English.






Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Dark Legacy Studios : GhostWolf

Today's featured artwork & store is DARK LEGACY STUDIOS : GHOSTWOLF . The artwork here reminds me a lot of the sort that I was looking at around the late 70's & early 80's. It's quite refreshing to see this style of illustration being used once again. I am sure I still have a few 'old' fantasy magazines about somewhere with artwork like this on their covers and I know for certain I have a few vinyl album sleeves that definitely feature this style!












Monday, 8 August 2011

World’s Largest Model Airport

This is very cool indeed. Six years in the making and at a cost of 3.5 million euros it puts any model train set to shame! I want one. Full story here : GERMAN BUILDS WORLD'S LARGEST MODEL AIRPORT



Sunday, 7 August 2011

Nuclear Explosions 1945-1998

This post is definitely the darkest post I have written & posted yet! It's not something I normally shout about but the following film is something that I think we should all be made to see. Between 1945 & 1998 an incredible 2053 nuclear explosions have been registered here on earth...two thousand and fifty three! Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place on our beautiful planet, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. Of the 2053 that were detonated 1032 of them were made by the US.Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing "the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so where the buildup becomes overwhelming.I watched it from beginning to end (it takes around 15 minutes), it's fascinating & jaw droppingly terrifying. What on EARTH do we think we are doing to our planet and atmosphere? Anyway, here it is...turn on your sound & click the film to play (full screen is the better way to view this):

World Wide Web turns 20

Here's a quick news story that fascinated me as it's subject effected us all in some way or other and is continuing to do so:- WORLD WIDE WEB IS 20 Where did those 20 years go?

The Stages of Bregenz

It's funny how some things are just so awesome but very few people know of them.  It seems to all depend on where in the world things happen. If it's the UK or USA the entire planet seems to get wind of it bit if it's Japan or say Malaysia then there's very little chance that you'll here of it unless of course it's to do with war etc. Austria has been keeping a secret from most of us in Bregenz the capital of Vorarlberg, the westernmost federal state of Austria. In fact it's been keeping the secret since 1946. The Bregenz festival is an annual event which makes use of an impressive stage built on Lake Constance. The actors & actresses are positively dwarfed by the scale of the sets that have been built for each & every opera since 1946. Click on the photograph below and it should take you to a link showing many different stages from over the years:

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Digital Art Gallery

Not everyone is into digital art. It's a bit like the old argument about which is better CD or vinyl. As far as I am concerned it's not about what medium you're using, it's about the end result! I love CGI & digital art when it's done well...when it's done badly it's an absolute stinker. I have dabbled here and there with various digital techniques myself, from painting directly in digital programs to modelling in Bryce, Vue d'Esprit & even Z Brush. Someone showed me this link today (via Google Plus) and I thought I'd share it with you all as there are some staggering works of art here:- DIGITAL ART GALLERY - BEST ILLUSTRATION INSPIRATION

Vladstudio

First of all I have to say sorry to you all for not posting anything yesterday. I'd like to have a really good reason for this but truth be told I simply forgot due to so many other things going on. I have a hectic lifestyle at the best of times!

Ok, today's featured artwork & store is the wonderful VLADSTUDIO ... all the way from Russia. I fell in love with the artwork the very first time I set eyes on it. Initially it looks very simple in it's style & composition but on closer inspection it becomes apparent that an awful lot has gone into it's creation. The store itself is jam packed with images (on T-Shirts, Cards, Mouse Pads etc) & all are fanciful in one way or another. I know nothing of the artist behind it all but it's obvious that they have a brilliant imagination & a very different way of looking at things. So take yourself over to their store as I am sure there's a smile or two that will be raised once you're there.


Baldness Calculator

Here's a bit of silliness. Want to know when you're going to lose your hair? Well a German doctor has invented a BALDNESS CALCULATOR that's supposed to work it all out for you once you've entered a few bits of information in. I doubt it's that accurate but if lose all my hair at 71 years of age then I will be able to confirm that it's absolutely spot on! He he he.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

ZekeySpaceyLizard

I seem to be finding & featuring stores with odd names lately! Well...this one's no exception. Today's featured store is the wonderfully named ZEKEYSPACEYLIZARD . Little robots and some seriously freaky monsters are to be found lurking in this store. There is much amusement to be had at the same time though as a lot of the artwork has had a humour injection. Apparently the artist in question is Nathan Malone from Tampa, Florida, USA. By day he's a freelance animator and his artwork displays some serious talents. He's also got a website ZSL which is worth checking out, the title page is wonderful.

Atomic Kitchen

Some things in life beggar belief...this news story is one of them. What on earth was he thinking? ATOMIC KITCHEN - MSN NEWS UK

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Lobo971

Well, today's been an odd one so far. A famous UK magician has been hospitalised by a pizza thrown by a glove puppet & I have discovered that the village I live in on the other side of the world is now an island due to heavy rains & flooding ... no one can get in, no one can get out! Whatever next.

I have selected a great store to feature today. The store has a rather unusual name, it's called LOBO971 which to me sounds like a planet or a make of Robot. The name is actually very fitting once you see what art awaits you inside. It's not a store jam packed with things, there are just 13 works available but they are of a very high standard indeed. It's an out of this world experience as robots, creatures & futuristic people are expertly painted along with their respective worlds. It's a treat to view.



Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The Chiodo Brothers

I've been waiting to feature this store for a while now. A long time ago I managed to catch a movie on TV that had me laughing & virtually clapping my hands all the way through. The story-line was very silly but the visuals were fantastic and so were the special make up effects that went with it. I can hear you now asking "And pray tell, what was the film in question?" It was KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, the ultimate stupid killer alien clown film I have ever seen....actually it's the only stupid killer alien clown film I have ever seen but it's the best! If you have never seen this movie you have to check it out, it's great. Here's the original trailer back from 1988:


Well...the film was made by the brilliant Chiodo Brothers & now they have their very own OFFICIAL CHIODO BROTHERS STORE selling unique artwork including some great Killer Klown merchandise.When I discovered their store I was like a kid in a sweet shop & a few minutes later I had ordered a Killer Klown T-shirt which I still wear with pride to this day...it's wonderful. Not everything in their store is Killer Klown related there are also Christmas Cards, Dinosaurs & the Official Chiodo Bros. Logo for sale.  If any of you are into this wonderful B Movie & love the Chiodo Bros then take a look at their store...you won't be sorry.




Monday, 1 August 2011

Dave Garlick's Digital Art

Today's featured store is DAVE GARLICK - DIGITAL ART . For many years I have been a fan of surrealism & artists such as René Magritte, André Breton, Max Ernst & of course the great Salvador Dalí. Every once in a while you see new art or hear of new artists that renew interest in surrealism, they restore faith that there are still some out there who are not conforming or following the norm. They create a spark, kick start the brain & upset the apple cart all at the same time & that is very refreshing indeed. Such a person is Mr Dave Garlick. His art is entirely created using digital means & it looks wonderful, there's some incredible imagery in there. It's made me want to dust of my surrealist hat, put on my mad trousers again & venture into that world once more now that Mr Garlick has rekindled the flame.