Thursday, April 20, 2017

DIY: Millennium Falcon Theater



YouTuber Beardless Man has uploaded a video of the Millennium Falcon-themed tablet stand he and his son made for watching movies.  He notes that the Millennium Falcon shape is not only ideal for watching as you lie down and look up, it’s also makes for good acoustics so both people inside the theatre can hear the tablet.  Plus, I have to think that it looks pretty cool sitting in a corner when not in use.  Now that I've seen one made, I may try making one of these for myself.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars story comes out today, and it inspired me to do a Star Wars DIY build. A Millennium Falcon theater, a place to lay back and enjoy watching the newest Star Wars movie without having your arms fall asleep from holding the tablet up, or having it drop on your face.

For a behind the scenes look at my projects, and other general randomness, follow me on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/iamthebeardlessman/"

Video: Logan (Laura) Speed Painting



A beautiful tribute for a fantastic movie!


Video: Logan Speed Painting



"When I found out that this is the last time I’ll be seeing Hugh Jackman as the wolverine, I decided to do a small tribute to him. He has endured the character Wolverine for almost a decade and no one can ever replace him. For me he is and will always be the Wolverine."


Sculpture: Game of Thrones Microsculptures



These 16 pencils on display will include the microsculpture carvings of the Iron Throne; sigils from House Stark, House Targaryen, House Greyjoy, House Baratheon and House Lannister; as well as the Hand Of The King pin; Cersei’s new crown; Drogon the dragon; the Three Eyed Raven; the Night’s King; a White Walker; the Titan of Braavos; the Weirwood tree; and two swords – Brienne of Tarth’s Oathkeeper and Jon Snow’s Long Claw.


Paintings: Van Gogh Never


"Van Gogh Never" by Scotia, New York-based artist Aja Kusick
Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$12

For an ongoing series entitled "Van Gogh Never," Aja Kusick recreates Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night as a backdrop for pop culture characters.  The series started when an education blog mistakenly shared Aja’s painting of the Eiffel Tower as a Van Gogh original despite the fact that the artist died in poverty just a year after the monument was completed.  After that, Kusick decided to create other paintings of things that Van Gogh never saw, from the TARDIS flying over Gallifrey to a Super Mario Bros. level.


Sci-Fi Round-Up: April 20, 2017



Interviews

Author John Chu Talks Cybernetics, Shortfiction, And Sci-Fi
Interview With Brian Staveley, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy.
Interview With Deborah Blake, author of Veiled Menace.
Steve Wozniak On Sci-Fi, Comic Books, And How Star...
X-Men Writer Chris Claremont Talks Character Development

Link Round-Up: April 20, 2017


"Ghost in the Shell" by Poland-based Seban001


31 Vintage Posters That Demand You Pick Up a Book

All the Reasons Why John Carpenter's Cult Classic They Live Is as Timely as Ever

The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch has been subject to a number of different interpretations throughout the years. The iconic triptych has been made interactive, animated, visualized and transcribed musically. In keeping with this theme, the Dutch company Parastone offers wonderfully amusing and collectable figurines of many of the odd characters found in the garden. Included are such characters as the Tree Man, the Helmeted Bird, the Bird in the Blue Egg, the Castle Man and the Blue Flutist, just to name a few of the doomed misbehaving souls.

Here's What Our Food Might Look Like in a Climate Change-Induced Dystopia

The top 100 episodes of The Simpsons

Top reasons not to date a graphic designer - exaggerated but still funny.

Torch Torch is a Japanese creator that specializes in bringing items and concepts from movies, games, comics, and music to life. This past Wednesday, Torch Torch unveiled several products inspired from the video games in the Dark Souls franchise.

Wired: Want to leave the internet behind for a simpler time, one where computer frogs crossed rivers instead of spewing hate speech? The Macintosh Software Library from the Internet Archive lets you run old-school Macintosh games and applications in your browser.

You've Only Got Six Months to Build This Wearable K-2SO Puppet For Halloween


Monday, April 17, 2017

Sci-Fi Round-Up: April 17, 2017


"Star Wars VII / VIII" by Lublin, Poland-based Rafał Rola

Interviews

Karen Gillan Opens Up On Nebula In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2′
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Address Rey's Parentage, Says Director Rian Johnson

News


Link Round-Up: April 17, 2017




The 3rd season of the CreativeMornings podcast features some real gems.

A First Glimpse Of Disney Parks’ Star Wars-Themed Lands

How To Go From Charging $25 For Your Logo Design To $2,500

Inventor and YouTuber Warner “wermy” Skoch (@sudomod_wermy) has been keeping fans in suspense about his mintyPi v2 for months. The original mintyPi was, in Skoch’s words, “Raspberry Pi Zero running RetroPie, a hacked-to-pieces DS Lite controller, and various other bits” crammed into an Altoids tin. It was cool, but not very attractive. This second version has a much sleeker design and would be an awesome little gadget to pull out of your pocket and show off to all your friends.

Marvelous and super-detailed visualizations of the complex structure of the human brain

Theme park ride designer David C. Cobb on Nintendo, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and next-gen theme park design: My first trip to Wizarding World Orlando, I walk behind the 3 Broomsticks restaurant and I see a table full of kids in school robes with their heads in books. Who reads books at a theme park? I walked up and asked what they were reading. They were doing their homework. Wait what? They explained they went to the junior high right behind the park and have season passes. Their parents let them come to the park and do their homework. They're doing their real homework in a fake school in cosplay. Universal didn't design that into the park but it's happening.

Super-detailed visualizations of the complex structure of the human brain

Why Are America’s Tax Forms Still So Horribly Designed?


Friday, April 14, 2017

Video: Studio Ghibli – A Brief History



With Hayao Miyazaki recently announcing that he was coming out of retirement to work on his new feature film, Boro the Caterpillar we felt it was the perfect time to take a look back at the history of the legendary Studio Ghibli from its early days to its top grossing films in Japan and its Academy Awards. Enjoy!


Video: A Tribute To Carrie Fisher



A new tribute to Carrie Fisher from the folks at the Official Star Wars Youtube channel. My guess is that this was likely played at the Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando. The new trailer for “The Last Jedi” should be released tomorrow, so we’ll make sure to post it the minute it goes up!


Featured Site: 1001 Rogues


1001 Rogues is a browser-playable game inspired by the classic 1980 dungeon-crawling video game, Rogue only it features a new story every day.  There's a twitter bot that tweets a summary of the day's new story when it's generated each day at about 2pm UTC.

Rogue was the great-granddaddy of dungeon crawlers.  It's a very simple game that has been ported to nearly every major operating system released in the past thirty years.  It's a fascinating game that anyone who calls themselves a video game fan should try at least once.  Via

Sci-Fi Round-Up: April 14, 2017


"Starship Troopers" by Rhys Cooper
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Hero Complex. US$50

News

Aboriginal Sci-Fi: Take Us To Your Chief By Drew Hayden Taylor
Alienate Looks Like A More Action-Packed Invasion Of The Body ...
Beyonce's Twins Should Be Aster And Roid, Says Degrasse Tyson
Billie Lourd Stands In For Mom Carrie Fisher Instar Wars reunion Photo
Brad Pitt Will Be A Spaceman In This Sci-Fi Movie
Daisy Ridley And Felicity Jones To Reprise Roles In Animatedstar...
Harrison Ford Jokes About Plane Landing Controversy
Harrison Ford, George Lucas Surprise Fans At Star Wars celebration
Hugo Weaving Cast In Peter Jackson's New Movie
John Ridley Directing Sci-Fi drama Needle In A Timestack
Lionsgate Acquires Sci-Fi novel The Punch Escrow
Mace Windu Is Alive, Insists Samuel L. Jackson
NASA Announces One Of Saturn's Moons Could Support Alien Life
Orlandostar Wars Convention Draws Tens Of Thousands Of Fans
Sophie Turner To Join The Cast Of "Time Freak"
The Last Jedi Director Crashes Star Wars celebration Overnight Line
Top Science Fiction author, Robert J. Sawyer, Joins Galaxy's Edge Magazine
Your New, Future Robot Co-Worker


Link Round-Up: April 14, 2017




Brass Zippo Engraved to look like Constantine's lighter

First Look at Hallmark's Incredible Star Wars Storytellers Ornaments: "Pressing a button on the ornaments sends out a signal syncing nearby pieces; this triggers a performance, including coordinated light and sound. The more ornaments you have, the more dynamic the performance. In total, all seven ornaments can perform five major moments from the movie, and there are an incredible 127 possible story combinations."

A Gunsmith Made This Badass Van Helsing Monster Hunter Kit

Many designers who have digitized their hand letterings and logotypes using Adobe Illustrator's pen tool can attest to the frustration that surmounts during this process.  In this latest episode of Astute Graphics’ ‘#10MinSkills’ series, designer Will Paterson shares a valuable hack that will shave hours from your vector workflow. Learn how to master anchor points and handles in this “life-saving” tutorial below. If you want to master the Adobe Illustrator’s pen tool for free, try your hand at The Bézier Game.

Orphanage for Lost Adventures: Jeroen van Kesteren creates steampunk-influenced airships from cardboard, paper and aluminum foil.

Playing Chess on a Beautiful, Magnetized Globe


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sci-Fi Round-Up: April 12, 2017




Interviews


Interview With Peter Newman, author of The Vagrant.
Interview With Terri Favro, author of Sputnik's Children
Nick Sagan Finds Solace In His Father's Footsteps
Zoe Saldana Loves Colorblind, Gender-Blind Sci-Fi roles

News

The New Thrawn Novel Is Forcing Star Wars wiki Writers To Work ...
This July 'Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again!'

Link Round-Up: April 12, 2017




BattleStar Galactica: The Colonial Warriors Technical Manual

Cuckoo Blocks: Berlin Plattenbau goes Cuckoo Clock

This Fan-Made Poster for The Punisher Is So Good, Everyone Thinks It’s Official

Italian shoe company Superga now has a line of Star Wars sneakers that are very shiny.

Magnificent Cardboard Airships by Jeroen van Kesteren

Makers Replicate Jurassic Park’s Mosquito in Amber

A new tourist attraction has appeared: Visit the largest 6-sided die in Lake Idaho!

Ross Scott has revived his most well-known YouTube series, bringing us the further adventures of Gordon Freeman in (language warning) Freeman’s Mind 2!

When Pixels Collide is a brief recap of the pixel turf war played out on Reddit Place, a collaborative drawing space that allowed any user to place one pixel every few minutes. Surprisingly or not, the result was not just an awful combative mess.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Painting: Ghost in the Shell Acrylic


Original piece by Randall Whiteis

Acrylic painting, 227mm by 152mm, created by the artist for personal display.  Absolutely beautiful.


Painting: Scarlett Johansson as the Major


Schmincke watercolor on arches paper. 27 x 27 cm


Monday, April 10, 2017

Tattoo: May the Pizza be with You



I can't help but think that if Han Solo’s blaster had shot slices of pizza, the Star Wars saga would’ve gone very differently.  At least Jabba would have been more amenable.


Crafts: Hyperion Riffle



"Hyperion asks, what good is a gun that doesn't shoot where you point? Get a gun that's as accurate as you are!"  Check out this Borderlands-inspired riffle!  I'd love to see a Borderlands-themed line of Nerf toys.  I think they'd sell like hot cakes, but in the mean time, Bekah Ewers helps us imagine the possibilities.


Sci-Fi Round-Up: April 10, 2017



Interviews

Brie Larson Talks About Becoming Captain Marvel
1988 Isaac Asimov talks about The Problems Our World Faces
Interview With Ben Galley
Interview With Cat Sparks, Author Of Lotus Blue

News


Link Round-Up: April 10, 2017


How beautiful is this painting? Don't miss the work in process paintings.


An adorable picture book from author Kim Smith entitled The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird is available to pre-order now with shipping slated for August 29. You can check out more pics from the book on Entertainment Weekly.

Joining their mall-based brethren, it appears that there are enough abandoned “Toys R Us” stores to become a searchable topic on Flickr.

A Look at the Process Behind Ghost in the Shell's Vision of the Future

A new tourist attraction has appeared: Visit the largest 6-sided die in Lake Idaho!

New York artist Martin Wittfooth produces stunningly beautiful and detailed allegorical paintings featuring animals wandering through a post-apocalyptic world…The world humans have bequeathed these animals is choked with plastic, devastated by pollution, and illuminated by all-consuming fire. The one hope is a progression to a better more fruitful world through personal sacrifice and death. Animals snared in manmade tangles of telephone cords sprout flowers from their eyes; a dead wolf bursts with colorful blooms that nourish a hummingbird; a white horse is set on fire by deranged monkeys.

Remember that US vs. Japan giant robot duel? It's happening this August

When Pixels Collide is a brief recap of the pixel turf war played out on Reddit Place, a collaborative drawing space that allowed any user to place one pixel every few minutes. Surprisingly or not, the result was not just an awful combative mess.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Video: Ghost in the Shell Painting


[ Previously: Fan Art Round-Up: The Major (Ghost in the Shell) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ]

"The painting process of a piece I did for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film. This was a bit of a tough piece that required a lot of patience and experimentation of new techniques and processes, but it worked out pretty well I think. The film hits the theatres on March 30th, so I’m super excited to finally see it!"


Video: Ghost In The Shell Timelapse


[ Previously: Fan Art Round-Up: The Major (Ghost in the Shell) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ]

Honestly, I could watch Kim Jung Gi draw all damn day long. The process as nearly as beautiful as the result.


Video: Drawing Motoko Kusanagi


[ Previously: Fan Art Round-Up: The Major (Ghost in the Shell) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ]

Drawing Materials:

• Schoellershammer Manga Art Paper (A3 - 75g/m2)
• Faber-Castell Grip 1345 Mechanical Pencil (0.5 mm)
• Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (Manga Black Set)
• Copic Multiliner Pens (Black)
• Copic Ciao Markers
• Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
• Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencils
• Paper Stump
• Uni-Ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Pen (White)


Video: Coloring Motoko Kusanagi


[ Previously: Fan Art Round-Up: The Major (Ghost in the Shell) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ]

"Starting to upload my Copic markers traditional art videos and the first in line is no other than Motoko from Ghost in the Shell. The who process took me about 3-4 hours."


T-Shirts: Life is a Lie


"Mr Meeseeks: Roses are red this life is a lie shirt"
Prints available for purchase from iFrogTee. US$26.99

No truer words have ever been spoken. If I went to the gym, this would be the t-shirt I would wear.


Link Round-Up: April 7, 2017


Prints available for purchase thru April 9th from Bottleneck Gallery. US$50


10 Types of Odd Friendships You're Probably Part Of - Wait But Why

70 Intricate Details You Never Knew About the Harry Potter Movies

1,000 teens were asked to rank brands on how cool they are. WSJ, Vice basically tied for dead last. Unsurprisingly, YouTube, Netflix, and Google carried the day by a looong mile.  Amazon, Apple, Chrome, Oreos, PlayStation, and Xbox in a close second wave.

Animated Bézier Curves

Geometric paper animal sculptures are stunning.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Link Round-Up: April 5, 2017



Archive Of Early Japanese Animated Films Is Now Available For Viewing

Artist Brings You To A Hilarious Alternate Universe Where Humans Are Pets

Canadian artist Aelia Petro has created a wonderful line of hand-crafted, custom polymer clay jewelry that features dragons of all kinds – sleepy dragons that gently drape upon a person’s shoulders, a dragon with spread wings climbing up one’s arm or a resting dragon atop an adjustable ring. Each of these pieces along with dragon necklaces and dragon hair accessories are available for purchase or custom order through Petro’s site or through her Etsy page.

How To Piss Off Photographers With Just One Sentence


Meet the Graphic Designer who earned $1 Million Selling Fonts and Graphics Online

On a legendary episode of Man at Arms: Reforged, the talented team of blacksmiths and craftsmen at Baltimore Knife and Sword built a real-life version of House Stark‘s formidable Valyrian steel greatsword “Ice” from Game of Thrones. They tested out the massive, yet beautiful sword by slicing the head off of a zombie, stabbing a gallon of milk, and chopping a skull in half.

A Trove of Early Japanese Animated Films Is Now Online


Monday, April 3, 2017

Link Round-Up: April 3, 2017


"Labyrinth" by Roger Langridge
Part of Boom! Studios Labyrinth Artist Tribute Hardcover. US$24.99


Designer Culls ‘The New Yorker’ Color Palettes To Show 92 Years Of Color Trends

In this beautifully shot video, four skateboarders discover the joys of skating on the frozen sand of a Norwegian beach.

Now you can sip on Studio Ghibli teas themed around Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and more! Alas, they’re only available in Japan, but gaze upon the gorgeous tea tins at Mental Floss.

The Science Of Typography and Why It Affects How You Feel

Small Victories takes files in a Dropbox folder and turns them into a website. No CMS, no installation, no server, no coding required.

Steal Neil Gaiman’s writing playlist for your own creative endeavors.

A visualization of the use of color in movies. The average color of each frame is extracted and presented in a highly interactive way. Not necessarily useful but fascinating. 

YES! ‘Cards Against Humanity’ Creator Vows To Buy And Publish Congress’s Internet History. Here’s an update.


Sci-Fi Round-Up: April 3, 2017


Ghost in the Shell Tribute by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Daniel Kamarudin
Part of the InkInk Collectibles Ghost in the Shell show in Singapore.

Interviews


Blade Runner 2049 more dystopian and darker, according to Ryan Gosling
Eating Authors: Kat Howard
Interview With Mark Lawrence

News


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