"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
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
Here’s a creepy and unexpected find. -Waveybrain
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
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
Classic Conan! Trying to resolve the conflict in the Middle East. You gotta watch this whole episode to see the lead-in to this segment which made it even funnier.
Stewart vs Rubio: probably one of the best Left/Right philosophical debates I’ve heard of late. I’ll just let you judge for yourself who’s speaking more truths. (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-28-2012/exclusive—-marco-rubio-extended-interview-pt—2)There’s also a part one to this interview -but, the latter one is more substantial. Here’s the link to Part 1: (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-28-2012/exclusive—-marco-rubio-extended-interview-pt—1) -Waveybrain
One day more army recruits will come from CalArts than West Point. Imagine how much faster that would go with some “extremes” (animation lingo). -Waveybrain
This is funny. I haven’t seen Pete since when we were at CalArts together. Nice to see peers doing what they set out to do. Pete was very passionate about animation from day one. -Waveybrain
Peter is my mentor this term. :)