If you encounter one of these amazing 3d murals by John Pugh painted on the side of a building, you might feel like you're peering into a tear in the space-time continuum. Don't worry, they're just incredible works of art, no need to call The Doctor.
Pugh describes his work as "monumental mural art", and he masterfully utilizes the trompe l'oiel technique to give the illusion of depth in works which are epic both in scale and lifelike detail.
If a roadrunner ever seems to run straight into one of these murals, don't race after him or you might end up as flat as a pancake!
It's not surprising that the Disney writers and animators came up with a plethora of dwarf names to choose from while working on Snow White.
What is surprising is that they were left with a whopping 47 unused names, and some of the names on the list are just plain awful. Names like Biggo-Ego, Flabby, and Thrifty certainly don't conjure up mental images of dwarfs heroic enough to help save the fair maiden, but I would love to see what a dwarf named Neurtsy looks like!
This public service announcement was brought to you by Star Wars, where things almost went horribly wrong between siblings Luke and Leia.
If you'd like to further explore this incestual possibility check out Splinter Of The Mind's Eye, a novel by Alan Dean Foster which was published in 1978 and takes place between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
What would your father Annakin/Darth think of what you two are about to do?!
It has to be a great feeling to see your father return home from military duty overseas, but when he comes home dressed as Captain America it elevates him to superhero status.
That is, if you're a little kid, with eyes full of wonder and a streak of innocence which allows you to believe, even for a moment, that your dad might be Captain America after all. Welcome home, super soldier!
Gundlach Bundschu Winery would like to share their take on the modern history of Merlot with you, and they've chosen to do so via comedy video. Bold move Gundlach, but the end result is a rather cheesy video that's laughably bad at times.
Still, it's an entertaining way to advertise your role in the expanding Merlot market, and I guess if you're a few bottles deep it might be the most hilarious video you've watched all day.
Judith Schaechter is bringing an antiquated art form into the 21st century with her fantastically imaginative stained glass artwork, like the piece pictured above entitled "The Battle of Carnival and Lent", which is on display at the Eastern State Penitentiary art installation program.
Judith's works are constructed using traditional methods and materials, incorporating glass painting techniques in order to tell a story which Judith describes as “addressing in a non-religious way the psychological border territory between ‘spiritual aspiration’ and human suffering.”
You can see detail photos from this amazing piece, along with some rather interesting process shots that show it all coming together, at the Creep Machine link below. And be sure to check out her website for more stunning works in stained glass.
Having to endure the mind numbing monotony of duplicating manuscripts by hand every day of their cloistered lives, medieval monks vented their frustration by adding cartoons and statements in the margins.
Surprisingly, many of the statements are obscene and quite blasphemous, especially considering their source. What's not surprising is that historians are finding these unedited remarks quite illuminating, giving them a rare glimpse into the daily lives of the original office workers.
Hit the links for a sample of the comedy stylings of medieval monks, courtesy of Colin Dickey and the Lapham Quarterly.
A man dressed as Batman was pulled over by the Montgomery County police department in Maryland for not having plates on his Batmobile Lamborghini, and what appeared to be nothing more than a silly photo op actually had a pretty heartwarming story behind it.
The Batman in question is an anonymous rich fellow who dresses up and visits sick children in the hospital to cheer them up, and he was heading home when he got pulled over, to the delight of the officers involved.
He explained that the suit's really hard to take off, and he was waiting until he got home to change back in to his rich guy clothes. However, he offered no explanation for why he drives a car worth a quarter of a million dollars, yet can't be bothered to slap some license plates on the back.
Bruce Wayne would have known better, Mr. Rich Guy.
These delightfully square versions of Hellboy and Abe Sapien look so cool that I'm sure they were a big hit at whatever Con they were attending when these pictures were taken.
From the comic book inspired detail lines, to the bold colors and painstaking attention to detail, these guys really stand out, and when they're done with the costumes they can use them to store all their old junk!
The artistic duo known as Littlewhitehead have some strange thoughts behind the sculptures in their collections. Their unique view of the world is darkly comical, which only adds to the disturbing nature of what each piece has to say to the viewer.
I've subtitled the above image "I've fallen and I can't reach my juice box", but the piece is actually called "We're all going to lose", which is kind of like a kick to the face of any whimsical ideas you may have had about the piece.
You can check out more of Littlewhitehead's sculptural oddities at the Beautiful/Decay link below, along with a rather insightful video where the duo discuss "various pieces and their creative process". I'm just glad they don't use real people in any of their works.
Childhood of a Circle is a whimsical animated short that will take you back to the wonder years of childhood. Created by French animator Kadavre Exquis, who also had a hand in creating the original soundtrack, Childhood of a Circle is a rare gem among modern animated shorts. With a soothing narrator, painterly backgrounds and a simplistic animation style, it's timeless fun for kids and grown folks alike.
Video games are finally being recognized as an art form, and the Smithsonian is celebrating with their Art of Video Games exhibit, featuring a staggering assortment of games both arcade and console, classic and cutting edge.
The exhibit will be featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum until September 30th, when it will begin a 10-stop nationwide tour. If the exhibit comes to my town I might actually have a reason to leave the house, yaay!
The seemingly radical idea of building a skyscraper out of wood is not so strange after all, as architect Michael Green is quick to point out, because of two main advantages wood has over concrete and steel-it's eco-friendly and cost effective. Here's more on Vancouver's Tallwood project:
‘Tallwood’ would be made of large panels of ‘laminated strand lumber’—a composite made by gluing together strands of wood.
Trees are a renewable resource, and they help to reduce air pollution. Sourcing from sustainably-managed forests could be deemed more environmentally sensitive, according to CNN.
Unlike concrete—which produces about 6-9kg of carbon dioxide for every 10kg of concrete—wood sucks carbon out of the atmosphere.
And contrary to popular belief, wood actually is quite fire-resistant.
“It may sound counter-intuitive, but performing well in a fire is something inherent in large pieces of wood, that’s why in forest fires the trees that survive are the largest ones,” Green said.
I don't know why, but the preliminary photos of this project remind me of the tabletop game Jenga...
This video shows Bollywood's take on the Assassin's Creed video game franchise, and the assassin in this version is unstealthy and a bit clumsy, until he remembers that he's a badass and starts kicking some tail.
If you discover that this vid floats your boat, check out the rest of the four part series, they're bloody good!
The Free Universal Construction Kit is an innovative new product that lets you combine pieces of building toys such as LEGO, K'Nex, Tinkertoys, Zoob, Duplo, etc., thereby allowing your creative mind to run free.
Even better than the rock solid design of the adapters is the fact that the Universal Construction Kit is free to download and print via 3d printer. I'm not sure how much 3d printing costs, but the pieces are pretty tiny so it shouldn't be too expensive, right? *sheepish grin*
Gag Me With A Toon is a fun art exhibition celebrating its fourth year in Los Angeles as a showcase for artworks which cast a new light on some familiar fictional faces.
With works ranging from kooky (image above: Captain Planet Is A Doucher) to seriously cool (Dan Quintana's 80s inspired take on Cheetara from Thundercats), make your way to the WWA Gallery in Culver City now until April 14th if you want to see these pop culture oddities in person.
Thomas Kuebler has some serious sculpting skills, and his life size sculptures are so eerily realistic that they appear to be sizing you up, waiting for the perfect opportunity to spring to life and make you jump right out of your skin.
With gallery categories like Monsters & Madmen and Beggars & Freaks, this is one fantastic menagerie of figures that won't leave you looking for a refund. Take your eyes on a tour of Thomas' gallery pages at the link below, if you dare...
One thing I love about the interwebs is the fact that people are always posting their own custom compilation videos for us all to enjoy.
This time around it's a supercut of Itchy and Scratchy, the bloody cat and mouse duo from The Simpsons. Enjoy this over 48 minute long homage to slapstick comedy and extreme cartoon violence, thanks to YouTube user MrBestDeni!
Custom modeler John Harmon was inspired by Malmey Studios' Darth Vader/Batman Armor crossover costume when he created this custom hybrid action figure. Here's how the two figures became one:
Darth Knight has been using the body from a Dark Knight Movie Masters Batman figure, and the head, lightsaber, chest plate, and other pieces from a Star Wars Transformers Darth Vader action figure.
I transplanted the ears from the Batman head onto the Darth Vader head, and sculpted over them to blend them in with the sculpt of Vader’s helmet. He features a paint job that really helps him stand out as his own concept, with silver accents, and other various parts painted in flat and gloss black.
He has extra Darth Vader pieces attached to his belt, his chest plate has been implanted into Batman’s torso (and he still retains full ab crunch movement!), and his legs have been sculpted over with rectangular plates. He also features the classic Darth Vader waist cloak made from a sheet of vinyl. He comes with his lightsaber as well (or light baton if you wish for him to be as non-lethal as the real caped crusader).
Does this incarnation of the Caped Crusader still fight crime, or has he embraced the dark side and joined the ranks of Gotham City's criminal elite?
Nothing is cuter than bunny love, and here's the video that proves it. Now, if we can get these little guys to crap Cadbury Eggs we've got some superstar talent in on our hands.
Hoppiness is a warm tongue and two long front teeth, and while this video is extremely short (and a few years old) it still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Or maybe I've had one too many cocktails this evening....
As we close out the Mr. Fred Rogers birthday celebration that is taking place in my head, here's a clip of the man, the myth, the best friend to children and puppet kings everywhere, humbly accepting a Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy Award in 1997. *sniff* I promised myself that I wouldn't cry...
This video is dedicated to those TMNT fans who are still reeling from the nausea caused by Michael Bay's announcement that the Mutant Ninjas will instead be cast as edgy aliens in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles motion picture reboot.
YouTube user TheHumanTim has arrived, and just in the nick of time, with his heavy metal version of the classic TV show theme song. I'm off to drown my sorrows in some pizza and sewer skateboarding. Kowabunga indeed...
Did you spend the last two weeks playing Mass Effect 3 only to find nothing but bitter disappointment and frustration at the end of the game?
Well, hope is at hand when you strap this laser cut Omni Tool replica/cosplay accessory on your arm and create your own Mass Effect themed adventures all over town! A Laser resistant shield is not included, but at least you won't be accepting Commander Shepard's fate lying down.
The animated short "Ruin" by Wes Ball and Oddball Animation is merely a sample segment from a full length feature they'd like to produce, but it works just as well in this abbreviated yet action packed form, so strap your eyes on and enjoy the ride.