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Dan McPharlin, featured previously on Neatorama for his papercraft of miniature retro analog electronics, is back for the feature of his stunning collection of retro sci fi landscapes and album cover art. The Australian artist answered an interview question from Sci-fi-O-Rama about the visual style he most identified with the following:
"Surrealism has always been an influence and I suppose my work also draws heavily on what I consider the ‘golden age’ of sci-fi art. The artwork that is the most exciting to me was what I grew up with; lavish paperback covers, record sleeves and game boxes by Roger Dean, illustrated speculative fiction like the Terran Trade series, art books published by Dragon’s Dream, Paper Tiger (exactly the kind of thing you feature on Sci-fi-O-Rama in fact!) I remember a handful of tattered school library books that I would borrow over and over. I think there was one called Space Wars that I just kept re-borrowing for a whole year; my name was probably the only one on the library slip!
A lot of the newer genres I know very little about. While I find a lot of contemporary work technically impressive, I often have a hard time connecting to it emotionally. For me mood and atmosphere always trumps technical verisimilitude so thats what I try to bring to my work."
That retro surrealist quality is certainly evident in these striking artworks. Additionally, interviewer Kieran bonded with McPharlin over their heavy use of the Commodore Amiga back in the day. You can take the boy out of the retro...
There are a lot of twists on Mario cosplay characters, but I totally love this great punk take on Princess Peach. She was one of a whole group of punk Super Mario characters cosplaying at Ichibancon. This lovely cosplayer is Amanda Finley and the photo is by Double Stomp Productions.
If this look seems a little familiar to you, it's probably not because you've seen a similar cosplay before, but because Nevermind the Blocks is a popular NeatoShop tee that we've featured on the main blog before.
Is your coffee creamer so good it makes you wanna dance? Belgian photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte shot these wonderful photos of an acrobat dancing in a cloud of milk powder in this ad campaign for FrieslandCampina Kievit's new creamer.
I made this campaign for Norvell Jefferson whose client is Dutch company Campina Friesland Kievit, makers of powdered milk. Based upon the agency’s concept, I formed the shoot together with the Creative Director. We used lighting from Broncolor -- “really fast flash duration so it could freeze the particles of the powder.” The model was a professional acrobatic dancer, and “the movement that she did and the powder together, we were all amazed that it was perfect from the start! First she had some powder in her hands and she put it in the air . . . every time the same movement, five or six or ten times, and then she was completely full of powder and had to start again. It was a messy process for the camera. We had to put plastic around the camera to protect it. It was one whole day from early morning until the evening to do this job and to clean up it took longer.
We now officially live in that far off future age presented by that most radical of 80s sci-fi flicks Back To The Future Part II, and yet the reality of 2015 looks a bit boring when compared to a future full of self tying Nikes and Mattel hoverboards.
Well, if you think our world is boring compared to the film wait 'til you get a load of the futuristic Hill Valley tech that didn’t make it into the film.
The film's "future consultant" Tim Flattery and concept artist Edward Eyth came up with all kinds of crazy cool gear, robotic technology and far out vehicles for possible use in the film, most of which stayed tucked away in Edward's sketchbooks.
Children are born curious, and as soon as they discover that taboo subject called “sex” they can’t help but wonder why it is kept hidden from them and what it’s all about. However, they’re not always ready for the answers they receive, and when things get a bit too raw for young minds those curious kids get totally grossed out!
This extremely entertaining vid by Cut Video shows the raw reactions of kids being told about the birds and the bees for the first time by their parents, proving that curiosity will lead to the death of your childhood innocence every time!
I spent the last ten years of my radio career playing country music, and I have to say that this is a pretty good song. The problem is that it’s supposed to be six different songs, all released by different artists in 2012, 2013, and 2014. But once you start mashing them up, you see they are completely interchangeable. The songs are:
"Sure Be Cool If You Did"- Blake Shelton "Drunk on You"- Luke Bryan "Chillin' It"- Cole Swindell "Close Your Eyes"- Parmalee "This is How We Roll"- Florida Georgia Line "Ready, Set, Roll"- Chase Rice
I swore off country music when I retired from the business, so I’m not familiar with any of them. But if I were, I’d be tempted to do exactly this. The mashup is from Gregory Todd, an aspiring songwriter in Nashville. I think he’s found the tune that will make him a success. -via Digg
While out on a snowy walk, a man with a camera is approached by a playful fox. The fox is probably looking for a handout, which he gets in the form of something resembling a Slim Jim. A good time was had by all. But wait a minute, where is this? This delightful little walk happened in Pripyat, Ukraine, which you might recall is the town where the Chernobyl nuclear power plant suffered a meltdown a few years back. Now we have to wonder what this fox would do to a Geiger counter. -via Tastefully Offensive
Batdog and Robin are, respectively, Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and some other dog. Really, who can keep track of the Robins? They die or retire so quickly. So let's focus on Batdog. In this 15-second adventure, Batdog and his partner catch and overpower a burglar. They're adorably menacing!
According to internet rumor, this strange looking antique car is actually a fire truck. It's a 1941 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet purchased in November 1945 by a firefighting team in Brno, Czechoslovakia. Car modders altered it so that it could deliver 6 people and hoses quickly to the scene of a fire. You can read more at Strange Replay (content warning: main site NSFW). I have been unable to verify its claims independently.
Laura Facci is an illustrator and graphic designer from Caracas, Venezuela. As a student, Facci was assigned to create an illustrated alphabet based on a theme. She chose the human body. The illustrations correspond to the Spanish language, and have witty details. Check out the pierced tongue in the illustration below!
The 80s made karting kool, and the pop culture heroes of that radical decade were all masters of go karting. From the McFly to those ghost busting guys, they all knew their way around a kart kourse, and every one of 'em looked totally awesome driving that tiny car! A guy named Knight tried to cheat by driving a talking kart named Kitt, but T had his fancy machine all figured out and when he brough his A game he proved he didn't need a team to kick some tail on the kart course! And what about that alien life form in the sky? He just liked to watch it all go down from his comedy cloud...
Retro heroes and video games collide on this Super 80s Kart t-shirt by Nathan Davis, it's a fun way to take a pop culture trip back in time!
Yellow Labrador Retriever Jaden literally yet unintentionally bitch slaps his canine housemate Rosie while happily wagging his tail. Note to Rosie: it's never a good idea to get behind that big boy. -ViaTastefully Offensive
This is not a fireworks display gone wrong; in fact it worked exactly as intended. But it is also not what an American would expect when they see the term “fireworks display.” I really don’t want to describe it any further, so just watch. It’s not long. The launch was at the Thailand Rocket Festival. -via Metafilter
J.K. Rowling acquired vast fame and wealth through the Harry Potter series. She published her last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, in 2007. But, not letting it rest, she has resumed writing within the Harry Potter universe in recent years. This month, she's releasing 12 new stories.
Honestly, though, it's time for her to stop. This story, published under the pen name Kilian Dunphy in the Journal of Medical Ethics, really clinches the argument.
O Ghost of Christmas Future! I shall heed your kind counsel. Please continue to instruct me in the ways of generosity. May I suggest sending me a year's worth of issues of The Times from 1845? I could search for information therein about the needs of the poor in London.
This is Charlie, the star of a YouTube channel maintained by Kluna Tik. His owner feeds him and dresses him on camera. Charlie lives a wild, adventurous life. In this video, he dons a Santa Claus costume.
To be an artist is to commune with the collective unconscious, giving to and sharing from the universal body of narrative which flows through the human experience. To reduce the viscosity of that flow, add coffee. It speeds up the communing process. You'll need that if you're going to make that afternoon appointment. Joel Watson, a webcomic artist, explains how he works.
Dan Reeder (featured previously at Neatorama for a Maleficent wall mounted piece) is an artist from Seattle who has been making these detailed paper mache characters for 40 years. His technique, shown in the video below, blends a structure of paper mache with a painted, cloth "skin." Reeder has authored several books on his craft, his latest being Paper Mache Dragons: Making Dragons & Trophies Using Paper & Cloth Mache, which is available on Amazon
See more photos of Reeder's paper mache pieceshere.
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Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo helpfully lists the components. From top to bottom are the characters of Asterix, Calvin, Donald Duck, Captain Haddock, Batman, Heimo Vesa, Corto Maltese, Moomintroll, Garfield, and Lucy. From left to right, you see the styles of Albert Uderzo, Bill Watterson, Walt Disney, Hergé, Neal Adams, Perrti Jarla, Hugo Pratt, Lars Jansson, Jim Davis, and Charles Schulz.
What would Little Red Riding Hood and the Little Mermaid look like if drawn in the manga style of modern East Asia? Na Young Wu, a Korean artist, shows us. Her Twitter feed offers us refreshingly different takes on these Western folktale characters.
And I don't open up my box of superlatives like that without good reason. The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum owns this rare and bizarre artifact of early Nineteenth Century Dutch origin. It's both a birdcage and a fishbowl.
The fish live in the glass at the top. But the sphere in the center of the bowl doesn't open to the fishbowl. It opens only to the birdcage at the bottom. A bird inside the birdcage can fly up into the sphere. When it does so, it would appear to be flying in the midst of the fish.
Thomas Sanders walks around town inventing stories about the people he sees going about their lives. Sometimes the main characters are a little freaked out by his interpretations, and I can see why. Their reactions are more amusing than the actual stories. -Via Laughing Squid
What can you say about the great comedic genius Mel Brooks? He has given us some of the funniest movies in history. Which of Mel's wonderful films made you laugh the most? Was it The Producers? Blazing Saddles? Young Frankenstein?
A brilliant writer, director and performer, Mel is a true comedy immortal. Here's a few facts you may not have known about Mr. Mel Brooks.
* Mel is one of the rare performers who have won an Emmy, an Oscar, a Grammy and a Tony award.
* He has three films in AFIs list of Funniest Movies of All-time: Blazing Saddles (1973) is #6, The Producers (1968) is #11, and Young Frankenstein (1974) is #13.
* Although Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are thought of as his most popular films, his biggest video sales come from Spaceballs (1987) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).
* Mel was a small, sickly child who was often picked on by his classmates.
* He was a combat soldier in World War II. Mel was a corporal in the U.S. Army stationed in North Africa. One of his duties was defusing land mines before the infantry moved in.
* As a soldier, Mel took part in the Battle of the Bulge.
Acclaimed British illustrator John Holcroft illustrates present day problems with biting satire. These illustrations borrow style from advertisements from the 1950s. Holcroft takes a look at technology used as a crutch, the practice of medicine and its relationship to profit and savings, outsourcing and instability of employment and more.
Are you a fan of all things that have a spicy kick? If so, you might like Oregon-based brewery Rogue Ales' new creation: Sriracha Hot Stout Beer. The product is made with “Huy Fong original hot chili sauce." The maker says the beer is well matched with popular foods such as pizza, hotdogs and hamburgers. Visit the Rogue Ales website to learn more or purchase this item. -Via Design Taxi