Thursday, July 20, 2017

Video: Moleskine & Game of Thrones

Moleskine has done a stop motion version of the Game of Thrones intro featuring 7,600 paper cutouts.

Sweets: Game of Pies

"Game of Pies" by
Source: Imgur via Reddit

In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you pie.

Sweets: Kings Landing Cake

"Kings Landing Cake" by
Source: Imgur via Reddit

"Our Game of Thrones Premier party had a Kings Landing cake with exploding sept!"

Sweets: Name Day Cake

Game of Thrones Cake by
Source: Imgur via Reddit

"Ordered a game of thrones cake from a local bakery, I think it came out amazing"

Sweets: Iron Throne Cake

Iron Throne Cake by Rockthehearts
Source: Imgur via Reddit

Brace yourself, fondant is coming!

Crafts: Game of Thrones Pouch

Prints available for purchase from Etsy.
"This pouch is completely handmade of 4 oz vegetable tanned leather. Everything you see is all hand tooled, the pouch is also hand-stitched. The famous "Winter is Coming" phrase was burned into the leather using a wood burning tool, I think it came out quite nicely. I also installed a metal swing clasp with antique finish to give an aged look to it. The belt loop riveted to the back has a snap fastener that fits any belt or strap size. The leather itself is very sturdy and fairly rigid with burnished edges and dyed with a dark brown antique dye to really bring out the details. I dragged the applicator across the leather to give it a wood grain look.

I used Super Sheen finish to protect the leather and make it water resistant."

3D Print: Winterfell Model

Winterfell Model by Funkyfresshh
[ Previously: 3D Printed Planets ]
Source: Imgur via Reddit

"My friend has an industrial 3D printer. I asked him to create Winterfell..."

Woodwork: Laser Engraved Westeros Map

Maps available for purchase from Etsy. US$978.38

This fan-made 3D wooden map was laser engraved by DivergnDesigns out of the small town of Bathurst located in the Central West of NSW, Australia.

The map is gigantic, two meters across and over a meter tall.  It's mounted in an aluminum frame for easy mounting.  The back-board and is finished in a natural red-tinged Amerind Lauan ply featuring engraved contours, inner rivers, locations, compass and boats.

The map details 334 Westeros and Essos locations, twenty-six of which are portrayed with an engraved icon. It also features engraved animals, over 1900 trees, and individual islands as small as 4mm in diameter.  The 3D effect is enhanced by mountain ranges consisting of up to five contour height-derived layers, all unique in shape providing saddles, peaks and plateaus with engraved mountain ranges varying in styles and sizes.

The entire piece is sealed with multiple coats of Polycrylic to protect it against wear, tear, and light moisture.

Woodwork: Game of Thrones Map

[ Previously: Map of Westeros ]

"Our friend Dan showing off a map of Westeros that he created with pyrography on a beautiful piece of timber. Hats off to you bud! We're all super jealous of your talent!"

Lego Creation: Red Keep

Red Keep from Game of Thrones by Claus-Marc Hahn of BricksCreations
Photo Source: Claus-Marc Hahn

Beyond the Brick released the amazing video (below) of the 125,000 piece motorized LEGO version of the Red Keep of King's Landing from Game of Thrones.  Hahn used four EV3 large servo motors to set his master piece in motion.

Lego Creations: The Wall

This is fantastic, but I'd love to know how much it cost to build this set.

Tattoo: Game of Thrones Houses

Inked by Mikey of 46and2 Tattoo of Fargo, ND

The 9 Major houses of Westeros and Night's Watch represented in black and white ink.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: July 20, 2017

"War for the Planet of the Apes" by Vance Kelly


Interview With David Demchuk, Author Of The Bone Mother
Nikolaj Arcel talks about his ambitious adaptation of The Dark Tower
Zeeya Merali Explores How Scientists could Create A New Universe

Link Round-Up: July 20, 2017

"Princess Of The Moon" by Bangkok, Thailand-based Ise Ananphada
Prints available for purchase from Hero Complex Gallery. US$65

Alternate takes on the American Civil War have been a literary niche for a while now, covering angles from the survival of President Lincoln to the South winning the war. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will continue that peculiar institution with a future HBO series titled Confederate.

Author Chuck Wendig gives you a handy top 10 list article to help you Survive and keep creating Art, in this unfurling Age of Dumb "Everything is dumb right now. From nose to tail, we have become the dumbest, saddest pig at the county fair. Historians will not refer to this period as THE DARK AGES, but rather, THE DUMB AGES. The greatest question I get, right now, is how to simply persist creating art and staying motivated and creative in this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery, so I thought I’d bop in here and try my hand at answering that."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Painting: Daenarys

Mash-Up: Game of Wreck-It Ralph

A Wreck-It Ralph / Game of Thrones Mash-Up

Link Round-Up: Game of Thrones

Acrylic on Canvas

Sci-Fi Round-Up: July 18, 2017

"The Fifth Element" by Chrissie Zullo
Prints available for purchase from StoreEnvy. US$20


Colin Trevorrow Says He's The Right Man For Star Wars: Episode IX
Eating Authors: Rajan Khanna, author of Raining Fire
Evan Rachel Wood On Her 'Westworld' Emmy Advantage
Interview With Blade Runner Adventure Co-Writer/Designer David Leary
Interview With Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Author Of The Hell Divers Series
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson Talks Title's Evolution
Star Wars: Episode IC Director Explains His Approach To The Film

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Posters: Tom Ryan’s Studio

"Mr. Robot" by Tom Ryan’s Studio
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$18

Every once in a while I come across an Etsy gallery I love from beginning to end. Tom Ryan's Studio is one of them. If I had two hundred bucks to drop on posters or a landlord reasonable to take payment in used posters, this gallery would be plastered across my wall as we speak. Alas, the closest I'll ever come is plastering Tom Ryan's work across my blog.  Hopefully, someone out there will be able to send some of the business I can't afford to send his way.

Posters: Blade Runner

"Rachael" Blade Runner Posters by Cryssy Cheung
Prints available for purchase from Little Print Monster.

Rachael from Blade Runner (1982).  1 of 4 in a series for the "Sci-Fi Noir: Visions of the Future" Art show curated by the TimeBeards. Shown at Heron Arts in San Francisco. June 2017.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: July 11, 2017

"Motoko" by China-based Seaway Liu


Link Round-Up: July 11, 2017

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" by Paul Ainsworth
Part of a tribute poster series from the Poster Posse collective.

Absolutely stunning paper sculptures.

British Expatriate Spends a Night at The Henn-na Hotel in Tokyo That is Staffed by Robots

French Art Director Jade Dalloul wondered what the banknotes and coins of famous brands like Apple and Google would look like if they became countries.  He’s thus created some hyperrealistic, well thought-out money renderings of the biggest brands in the world for his final year project titled 'Brand Currency.'

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sci-Fi Round-Up: July 7, 2017

"The Sci-Fi Movie Fan’s Guide To The Galaxy" by Beijing, China-based Dan Shayu


Awesometacular: Jeremy Jahns Talks Spider-Man: Homecoming
Sci-Fi author Kim Stanley Robinson Talks About 'New York 2140'
Terry Brooks talks about ending Shannara on his own terms, how Sword is a mix of Tolkien and Faulkner, the new TV show, and his long writing career
Valerian Director Says Rihanna Is Focused, Generous On Set

Link Round-Up: July 7, 2017

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" by Matt Ferguson
Available free at UK Odeon Cinemas Real D 3D screenings.

52 Research Terms you need to know as a UX Designer

Discover the strange creations of the Landreau brothers, Romain and Florent, from the Steampunk universe. Lighting, decorative objects, and custom costumes are worthy of even the most unusual cabinet of curiosities.

Experience the magic and versatility of cardboard with two skilled cardboard artists, Juan Clavelloux and François Becquelin. With their extensive and varied experience working with cardboard, they can lend insight and expertise to creating your own cardboard masterpieces.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sci-Fi Round-Up: July 5, 2017

Limited edition prints available for purchase from Hero Complex. US$60 / US$65


Eating Robots and the potential dystopias of the future: Isci-fi author Stephen Oram
Junot Díaz talks global dystopias with Margaret Atwood
Okja Director Bong Joon Ho Says Working With Tilda Swinton Gives Him 'Nuclear Power'
Orphan Black creator answers season premiere burning questions
Rihanna Opens Up About 'Valerian' Role
Spider-Man: Homecoming - director Jon Watts interview

Link Round-Up: July 5, 2017

3D Scanner Buying Guide 2017

Alternate Versions of Iron Man

Beautiful Legend of Zelda-Themed Nintendo Switch

CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF, and has publicly stated that it reserves the right to publish his identity should he ever repeat the "ugly behavior" again.  The dude was a major league troll, but a major news outlet holding the threat of a public doxxing over someone's head is making a LOT of people very uncomfortable.  Are memes the new politics?

Monday, July 3, 2017

3D Print: Laser Pistol

Source: Imgur

Check out this incredible 3D model.  It looks like something straight out of Borderlands or Doom, and it was designed, printed, and assembled entirely from scratch by Imgur user Kanohispider.
"Finished product first, because attention grabbing. I (somehow) managed to convince my friend to 3D print a Laser Pistol for me, so here's its journey."

Crafts: Spirited Away Bathhouse Model

Spirited Away Bathhouse Model by Sorakio (キオ)
Source: Twitter via Reddit via Imgur via NerdApproved

Check out the incredible detail in this handmade / handpainted model of the bathhouse from Miyazaki's Spirited Away.  I can't find a clear source for these photos, but I loved this model too much not to post it.  The artist doesn't appear to have a website, but if you know of one, please drop me a link in the comments below!

Also relevant is this palm-sized model of  Howl's Moving Castle.

Posters: Star Trek 30th Anniversary

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary Posters
Prints available for purchase from the Roddenberry Shop. US$99

Posters: Blade Runner Anniversary

Blade Runner Posters
Created by Tracie Ching

Posters: Blade Runner Anniversary

Blade Runner Posters
Created in honor of the film, released 35 years ago.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: July 3, 2017

"Blade Runner" by Casey Callender


Doctor Who star Matt Lucas on whether he'll return: 'I do know the answer to that question'
Tom Holland Confirms Popular Fan Theory: Spider-Man Was In Iron Man 2


Anonymous Says NASA Has Evidence of Aliens. Does It?
Beyond Anime And Manga, Tokyo Content Showcases Augmented ...
Disney World's Star Wars show Is Adding Rey As A Regular Character
Doctor Who Goes Iron Curtain In 'World Enough And Time'
Editorial: Cyber Attacks: The Threat Is Real
Funimation Lists Anime Movie Plans With "Eureka Seven" And "Fairy ...
Hug An Alien! It's World Ufo Day.
Light Novel Publisher Announces Giveaway And New And ...
Looking For Love At The Denver Comc Con
Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber Sold For $450000
Mass Effect: Andromeda Will Not Get Story Dlc
Men In Black's Best Scene Doesn't Have Any Special Effects
Nozomi Announces Blu-Ray Plans For "Utena," "Gundam Wing" And ...
Spider-Man: Homecoming actress teases important, secret role in film
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first of a trilogy, says Tom Holland
Star Wars 8 And Han Solo Are Skipping Comic-Con 2017
Star Wars is Debuting All-New, All-Star Episodes Online
Star Wars Skips Comic Con For D23 2017
Steampunk Takes Over Telford Museum For Festival
Suicide Bomber Kills 14 At Camp For Iraq Displaced
Tv And Film Turning To Young Girls For Its New Action Stars
Tv Review: 'Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls' (Series 10 Episode 12)
Twitterati Are Looking For The 'Genius' Who Played Darth Vader Music ...
US Planning To Create 'Space Corps' As Sixth Branch Of Armed Forces


Doctor Who series finale can be described in just three words
Humans Never Age In Nicola Barker's New Book 'H(A)PPY'
Book Review: 'Virology' By Ren Warom
Elex Preview : A Unique Blend Of Sci-Fi And Fantasy
K-Drama Review: Circle, A Riveting Traipse Of Sci-Fi Story That ...
Spider-Man: Homecoming Is The Best Spidey Movie Ever Made

Link Round-Up: July 3, 2017

Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$10.75

The 25 most influential people on the internet, according to TIME Magazine.

All the Marvel Superheroes Who Should Die in Avengers: Infinity War “Time to kill some superheroes! Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed to JoBlo that Avengers: Infinity War will be the last appearance for some central figures of the MCU, which means they might shuffle off their mortal capes or retire to their secret, woodsy homes… or alien planets or state-of-the-art mansion towers. But hopefully a bunch will get killed. Don’t look at me like that! Marvel needs to show some stakes, especially if the long-promised fight against Thanos is going to live up to the hype as something on a scale we’ve never seen before. Considering their longevity, significance, and power, here are the heroes of Infinity War, ranked by killability.”

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 30, 2017

Prints available for purchase from Little Print Monster. US$60
Part of the Sci-fi Noir group art show at Heron Arts Gallery in San Francisco


Barb is still, like, super dead in Stranger Things season two but actor David Harbour says that the team was taken aback by what a following she’s gained. “We’ve realized from the fans that Barb is important, and so we are going to treat her with the respect that she deserves.”
Chadwick Boseman talks the Black Panther trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
David Kushner on exploring the journey of Dungeons & Dragons
Golden Compass Philip Pullman on returning to His Dark Materials
Editor Karen Stevens: Space Is Not All Science Fiction
Fantasy author Myke Cole on grounding a medieval world with demons in it
Interview With Callie Bates, Author Of The Waking Land
One Thing That Colin Trevorrow Finds Sad About Working In The Star Wars Universe
Ron Howard Talks About Becoming A Star Wars director
Wonder Woman Director Patty Jenkins Talks Gal Gadot, Sequel Hopes
Thandie Newton on How Westworld’s “Profound” Nude Scenes Gave Maeve He
Westworld Cinematographer Talks Lighting an Orgy Like a Louvre Painting

Friday, June 30, 2017

Link Round-Up: June 30, 2017

3D Printing 4 the 4th of July

Analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written language, and significant in developmental psychology and trends in education today. Fascinating article!

The Cyberspace we Forgot - the Neuromancer computer game. 

David Kawai makes tiny hand-folded origami cranes. More on his instagram, twitter.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mural: Darth Vader Tree House

Created for Powwowhawaii. Located in Hawaii.

This isn't Wooden Wave's only Star Wars mural by a long shot, but in my opinion, it's the best.  I'd love to see this design turned into a model.

Mural: Shattering Light Bulb

Shattering Light Bulb Mural by Onur
Created for the Mural Festival in Montreal, Canada

Onur is a Swiss-born artist best known for photorealistic murals and collages.  Many of his pieces incorporate ultra-violet paint that imbues his projects with a high-tech air.

In his latest series, the artist explores the impact of the present, stressful every-day life to the human psychology, in which he depicts objects like traffic lights, crossroads and garbage bags emerging from heads of an ordinary man.

In 2013, Onur created together with artist Wes21 a big mural at the 5 Pointz Building in New York City. In 2014 he participated in the Richmond Mural Project in Richmond,VA. He was part of one of the most famous campaigns for Volvo and he has also collaborated with German and rapper legend, Kool Savas.

Sweets: Adventure Time Cake Pops

"I created these fun Adventure Time cake pops for an international cake collaboration called Cakeflix. Check out some of the other amazing cakes on the facebook page:

I started these cake pops with a batch of vanilla cake. After breaking it up into a fine crumb, I added about half a cup of Earl Grey White chocolate ganache. I formed the dough into balls and various shapes for the various characters. Using some melted chocolate, I added a stick to each one and chilled for just a couple of minutes.

I dipped each cake pop in its respective colour and then added facial details and hair using modelling chocolate.

I created this tutorial for you guys while I was making these cake pops in hope it might help you create your next cake pop project."

Sweets: Deadpool Rides A Unicorn

This incredible cake, created for the international Cake Con Collaboration features an adorable Deadpool riding a unicorn like the end credits of the feature film.
"Not only was the Deadpool movie made in Vancouver, but Ryan Renolds is from Vancouver, so Deadpool was the perfect comic character. The first time I saw the movie, I instantly wanted to make a deadpoool and unicorn cake, and I finally got to make it! He is a little raunchy and very humorous, but I think he has a sweet side too! He is a little banged up and dirty, but mostly all healed up and enjoying a ride through the clouds with his trusty friend the unicorn."

Sweets: Deadpool Cake

If this isn't the best superhero cake I've ever seen, it's in the top five. Not that I'm jealous.

Metalwork: Trash into Transformers

This video centers around a talented father and son team who build Transformers statues from scrap metal.  The video comes from Great Big Story and it's part of their "Passing The Torch" series.
"In 2010, Chinese farmer Yu Zhilin and his son Yu Lingyun opened up their own metalworking shop in the country's Hunan Province. Inspired by the futuristic robots from the movie “Transformers,” the pair began fashioning original statues from scrap metal. Their first design took about a month and a half to build, but they’ve since created an impressive array of statues, giving new life to discarded car parts along the way. It’s not just the success of their new business that makes this father-son duo happy; the craft itself has brought them closer together."

Posters: Jurassic Park

Posters: Back To The Future

Illustration: Inside the Tree Fort

Check out this incredible cutaway illustration of the interior of Finn and Jake's tree fort from Adventure Time.  He includes a ridiculous amount of detail, introducing a whole new level of realism to the cartoon universe.  I’ll include the complete pictures below as well as some enlarged versions of certain sections so you can all admire it for yourself.  Degtyarev has larger versions on his ArtStation page, but I'm very sad to say that he doesn't offer any poster prints for purchase.  I'd certainly buy one if he did.
"If you ever wonder the structure of Finn and Jake’s house from Adventure Time, then here is the answer! The detailed cut-away illustration, showing living floors, secrets and abandoned areas. With lovely main characters hanging around."

Mash-Up: Firefly / Rogue One

"Sudden But Inevitable Mash-Up" by Burbank, California-based Brian Kesinger
Prints coming in July from Etsy.

Another gem from artist Brian Kesinger.  This time it's a Firefly/Rogue One Mash-Up. Apparently, a print of this Firefly and Rogue One mashup will be available in his Etsy store in July.

Artist: Daniel Kamarudin

Illustrations by Malaysia-based Daniel Kamarudin ( theDURRRRIAN)

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 26, 2017

"Aliens" by Rich Davies


HoustonPress talks with Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods


AMC’s Preacher Returns With a Bang, and a Bang, and a Bang
The Handmaid's Tale: Faithful, Episode 5 Review
In season 2 of "Preacher" the road to hell is paved with bad intentions
Preacher: How the Comic-Book Series Just Got Bloodier and More Blasphemous
Preacher Season 2 Premiere Recap: On the Road

Link Round-Up: June 26, 2017

All Over the Map is a neat blog from the folks at National Geographic.

The “Andy’s Dad” theory from Toy Story has been floating around the internet for a while. Now, the full story of how the boy’s father fits into the movie’s world has been released, and oh wow is it ever sad.

The influential, instructional illustrator Ed Emberley is in his 80s and still drawing. He has a range of styles, from the Caldecott Medal-winning Drummer Hoff (1967) to his creatively die-cut Go Away, Big Green Monster (1992), and perhaps most memorably a whole range of drawing books, which generally start with the reminder that if you can draw these things → · U D Δ □ ⇝ you can draw all kinds of things. If you can't find his books, the EMBR Group has a blog of Ed Emberley's Drawing Pages.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 23, 2017

"Blade Runner" by Casey Callender


Emmy Winner Shohreh Aghdashloo on The Expanse and Stereotypes of Middle Eastern Actors
Han Solo Director Ron Howard Reveals His Initial Thoughts After ...
Mae Jemison, first woman of color in space, talks STEM gaps and science fiction
“Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson talks to the Hive about the differences between augmented and virtual reality, how to create a convincing Metaverse, and why social media is driving us insane.
Transformers: The Last Knight's Laura Haddock Tells Us How Having...
Westworld Creators & Evan Rachel Wood On Fan Theories, Secrets, And Season 2
Westworld Showrunners Talk Season 2 Plans

Link Round-Up: June 23, 2017

"Wonder Woman" by Ruiz Burgos

10,000 Hours of 3D Printing Bring Larger-Than-Life Cast Bronze Sculpture to Georgia Tech

Analysis suggests that the way you draw a simple circle is linked to geography and cultural upbringing, deep-rooted in hundreds of years of written language, and significant in developmental psychology and trends in education today. Fascinating article!

The British library has a cookbook from the 14th century that includes (with illustrations) a recipe for roast unicorn. I especially like that it begins with "Taketh one unicorne."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lego Creations: DS9 Runabout

Not my favorite Star Trek vessel by a longshot, but look at the detail on this Lego model.

Lego Creations: Metal Gear Solid REX

Metal Gear Solid REX V.2 by Ragnarock01

Okay, I'm not the world's biggest Metal Gear Solid fan, but this model is damn impressive.

Lego Creations: Venator Mark III Star Destroyer

Via: MOCpages

Even if I had the money for the pieces, I'd never have the talent to design a Lego model like this.  It's all I can do to assemble the more complex sets from the directions provided without swearing up a blue streak.  I do love to gaze upon the eyecandy of others' creations, though, and this is a beauty.  Follow the link for more in-depth descriptions. 
"This is a theoretical version I created of the Venator Mark III Star Destroyer. There is a Mark II class on Wikipedia already, so I made this the Mark III version developed just before the Imperial Class Star Destroyer.

For those die hard Star Wars fans, this does not comply with the official lexicon. I was more interested in creating a hypothetic version of the Star Destroyer, which was created from my Star Destroyer and AT AT Walker sets. This version is 44 inches long, 28 inches wide and 17 inches tall. If the original Imperial Star Destroyer set was used as a comparative scale, the Venator Mark III Star Destroyer would be 1900 meters long, 1210 meters wide and 735 meters tall (with the landing gear extended). This makes it significantly larger than the standard Imperial Class Star Destroyer, and quite a bit bigger than the 1,137 meter long Venator Class Star Destroyer. I guess this would qualify as a super carrier."

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