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Went to Disneyland the other day.  Luckily, the Frankenweenie display was still up.  Too cool! 

Went to Disneyland the other day. Luckily, the Frankenweenie display was still up. Too cool!

NO WAY! -Waveybrain


Extreme downhill trail Descenso del Condor in La Paz Bolivia - by Filip Polc

"File Sharing Pirate #1"  Here’s an interesting interview with Kim Schmitz, founder of the MegaUpload website.  I just heard about him today on the radio because he’s been targeted for his supposed role in internet piracy.  I’ve never seen or used the website, but I think he makes a very valid and compelling argument protecting himself.  It sounds very unjust to me. -Waveybrain

Too funny/odd not to share -Waveybrain

Too funny/odd not to share -Waveybrain

Really cool! -Waveybrain


Andrew Chase’s incredible steampunk animal sculptures mimic the range of motion of the real thing astonishingly well.


Calligraphy robot uses a Motion Copy System to reproduce detailed brushwork 

A week ago I posted the news of a robotic system that can record the brushwork input of calligraphy and technically reproduce it as well as the human artist. Now, DigInfo have a video demonstration of the technology in action:

A research group at Keio University, led by Seiichiro Katsura, has developed the Motion Copy System. This system can identify and store detailed brush strokes, based on information about movement in calligraphy. This enables a robot to faithfully reproduce the detailed brush strokes.

This system stores calligraphy movements by using a brush where the handle and tip are separate. The two parts are connected, with the head as the master system and the tip as the slave system. Characters can be written by handling the device in the same way as an ordinary brush.

Unlike conventional motion capture systems, a feature of this one is, it can record and reproduce the force applied to the brush as well as the sensation when you touch something. Until now, passing on traditional skills has depended on intuition and experience. It’s hoped that this new system will enable skills to be learned more efficiently.

More at DigInfo here

Where is the Dark Knight in this picture?  It’s a weird one and reminds me of cheesy film representations of these kinds of sub-cultures.  Nice to see a more authentic version for a change.  Looks wild. -Waveybrain


Leeside Skateboard Mayhem

Con música de Death Grips

What an amalgam…Belushi, meets Walken, meets Jack Black, meets Will Farrel, meets Pavarotti, meets?  This guy cracks me up the most these days.  -Waveybrain

Zach Galifianakis

What an amalgam…Belushi, meets Walken, meets Jack Black, meets Will Farrel, meets Pavarotti, meets?  This guy cracks me up the most these days.  -Waveybrain


Zach Galifianakis

Here’s a creepy and unexpected find. -Waveybrain



Spanish sculptor Isaac Cordal  started the Cement Eclipses project in 2006, mixing urban street art with sculpture and photography.

Cement Eclipses is a critique of our behavior as a social mass, said Cordal in an interview with The Rooms Magazine, it refers to a collective inertia that leads us to think that our small actions cannot change the course of history. I believe that every small act can contribute to a change. Many small changes can bring back social attitudes that manipulate the global inertia and turn it into something more positive. Cement Eclipses ultimately has a poetic background in which tiny figures become survivors in the urban environment.

The small sculptures placed against the big cities really create an overwhelming feeling of isolation. Definitely thought provoking!

Cement Eclipses has been spotted in several European cities including Berlin, London, Brussels.




Today I gave my students a quick presentation on some of the basic considerations for composition, which I am now sharing with you! I’ve given them separate talks about color and tonal value/contrast, which are also super important compositional concerns. (I’ll be sharing those presentations too once I properly format them)

I personally love learning about different compositional techniques. It’s fun to think about the ways that the brain views & sorts images, and how we can trick it into feeling a certain way or looking at certain aspects of an image first! It’s easy to fall into compositional ruts (which I am also guilty of) because a lot of art gets by with mediocre, though serviceable, compositions. If you can generally understand what’s happening in an image then it’s generally fine. However, it’s the truly great compositions, where everything in the whole image has been considered and ‘clicks’ together, that bump up an illustration to a visual slam dunk. NC Wyeth is one of my favorite artists for this reason: his compositions are rock solid, varied based on the image’s intent, and always enhance the mood or action he is depicting.

For extra reading, some online compositional resources that I’ve found helpful or interesting include:
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis (download it for FREE. Such a great book all-around.)
Gurney Journey (check out the “Composition” tag, but really everything he posts is great)
The Schweitzer guide to spotting tangents
Cinemosaic (a blog by Lou Romano with some truly WONDERFUL compositions captured from various films)
Where to Put the Cow by Anita Griffin

Happy composition-ing!

A solid breakdown of the fundamentals of composition, complete with examples!

Nice set of guidelines to refer to. -Waveybrain

Saw “Frankenweenie” this evening.  It’s my favorite Tim Burton film!  It was so funny and meticulously crafted!  Few movies are worthy, but It might be worth seeing the 3D Imax.  I saw a regular screening, but I imagine in 3D it’s even richer, and in Imax you’d be able to appreciate even more of the nuances and textures throughout the movie. We laughed out loud for about the first 20 minutes straight at the absurdity of it and the set ups.  Just getting acclimated to the film was a joy, never mind the great storytelling and direction.  -Waveybrain