With a soggy and totally psychedelic style to his character renditions, it's no wonder that Edwin Vazquez and his eye catching artworks have become a popular part of publications such as MAD magazine and Bongo Comics. Trip out on the drips, and some sweet tattoo inspired pieces, at the links below.
The craftsman known as Evil FX has a very ambitious, and geeky, goal when he hits his workshop-to create a full suit costume of Daedric style armor from the Elder Scrolls video game series. Here's how he made it:
..he is starting out with a pretty cool Daedric sword as a "test build." The one-handed sword was constructed out of heavily dremeled EVA sheet foam which is apparently perfect "for carrying around all day at conventions and passing all con/customs weapon policies."
Pretty slick for sheet foam, eh?! If you're interested there's a video showing the process at the link, otherwise thanks for stopping by!
This is the first trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who video game The Eternity Clock that shows gameplay, and it seems the game will be combining old school platformer elements with third person action and super cinematic cutscenes.
Starring the Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Amy Pond and just about every major enemy from the last few seasons of the show, this game is definitely going for an epic level look, but I feel like the fun in gameplay variety might get sucked out by frustrating platforming puzzles and too many cutscenes. After watching the video, what do you guys think about this game?
DC Comics has been making some ambitious moves lately, from a logo re-design to a 52 title relaunch, but their newest move should prove to be most heroic-a charity called We Can Be Heroes which will raise money to benefit humanitarian efforts in Africa. Here's the dollars and cents of it all:
Donations of any amount made at the We Can Be Heroes site will reportedly be matched by DC Entertainment 100 percent, with 50 percent of branded "We Can Be Heroes" online merchandise sales being donated to the fund (unless you buy in Maine, Massachusetts and Alabama). Between these and other efforts, DC says that its three WCBH partners will receive a combined total of at least $2 million over the next two years.
Caped superfolks in print are fine, but stepping up to the plate and making a difference in the real world is truly noble indeed!
Laurent Craste has a serious problem with porcelain, and his knowledge of ceramics allows him to put a hurting on delicate pieces without letting them fall to pieces.
Warped and imaginative, he has come up with some great ways to bend porcelain to his will, and I wondered "how did he do that without cracking it?" many times as I checked out his site. Take a look for yourself, and see if you have any pity for porcelain.
I love scrap metal sculptures, especially when they retain the character of the parts they're made from, like car parts, tools and, in this case, farm equipment.
Constructed by sculptor Jud Turner for the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center in Washington, this life-sized construction of a Columbia mammoth skeleton is made from "mostly old farm equipment and agricultural tools". Why scrap parts when you can build cool stuff like this outta them?
Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes takes anonymity to a whole new level-by painting herself into the background.
She cleverly matches the background patterns and paints them onto her canvas naked body in order to "blend in", although she purposefully retains part of her human form, like her hair and the edge of her silhouette, as if to say "No matter how hard I try, I will never fully fit in". What do these works say to you?
Superstar rapper, actor and all around fly individual Ice Cube has come a long way from his days in the gangsta rap group N.W.A., or has he?
Turns out this boy from tha hood once studied Architectural Drafting, to perhaps design his own hood some day, and he found inspiration in the husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames.
The Eames' have created everything from furniture to toys to architecture, and Ice Cube has chosen to celebrate the style and simplicity of the Eames House as part of the series PacificStandardTime: Art In L.A. 1945-1980 .
He's got a lotta love for the Eames' and the City of Angels, so haters need not apply.
Movies aren't the only entertainment medium fond of ripping off ideas, video games have been ripping each other off from day one. The games on this list compiled by Dorkly are made up of familiar games with a slightly different look, proving that imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it generally doesn't help you sell your product.
From Super Mario Bros. to Street Fighter, to (relatively) newer games like Team Fortress and Grand Theft Auto, no popular game is safe from copycats, yet sometimes a rip-off game takes on a life of its own and makes it big. So, should we hate on imitators, or enjoy the way they lampoon the big names in the industry?
If you're tired of the zombie-less, cinematic cutscene instead of visceral gameplay direction that the Resident Evil video game series has been heading in over the years, then you're in for a treat when the newest incarnation (#6) is released in spring 2012.
Taking the series back to it's roots promises to be a horrifying experience, full of zombies, giant genetic monstrosities and hardcore combat. Personally, I blame the movies for the direction that the games have been going in since their release, and this trailer shows that the game designers aren't content with letting their zombified series turn into schlocky Hollywood drivel without a bloody battle.
I can't wait to get my hands on this one and start splitting some heads, even if that split head grows fangs and bites back!
YouTuber keef70 decided to use 3d and visual effects software to spice up his surf videos, and in my opinion he did a great job! Here's what led to making this ambitious short:
I wanted to learn more about digital filming, formats, and editing and since I surfed, the GoPro seemed like a natural place to start. I figured after filming and editing a few vids I could move up to something like a Canon 7d, 5d, or the Nikon equivalent.
I got the idea for this after looking through all my footage and I've always been curious how effects artists match CG with filmed footage...
So I decided to figure out what software I needed and do it. That's why it took me a year to do, because I was learning the software as I was doing it.
I could see this becoming a new trend in extreme sports videos, because nothing says extreme like explosions in the sky!
This is what the eleven incarnations of Doctor Who would look like if they came from a feline alternate reality. My, those little kittehs sure are sharp dressers! This purrrfect illustration brought to you courtesy of science illustrator Jenny Parks, who obviously has much love for both the most well known alien doctor ever, and for all things furry. Link --via i09
This optical illusion street art was placed on the road outside of Universal Studios: Japan to promote their new Flying Snoopy ride. The characters can only be seen properly crossing the road from the right perspective and then voila! Peanuts-Abbey Road parody! What a creative and cute way to advertise a new ride!
Want to show your future wife that your life together will be full of excitement and adventure? Then give her an Indiana Jones themed engagement ring! Here's what Redditor Homerliwag decided to do when the time came to propose to his beloved:
It was about 2 or 3 days before November, 11, 2011 (11.11.11). My girlfriend Aimee was wanting to do something special that day. So, I decided to look for an engagement ring. 11.11.11 happened and I had no ring. What should I do?! Being that Aimee is an avid Indiana Jones fan, I decided to surprise her with a ring box. When she opened the box, inside wasn’t an engagement ring – Just a bag of sand! I told her, Indiana Jones must have swooped in and stolen the “treasure” and left her with a bag of sand (just like the movie).
Being a designer and artist, I felt I had to do something special. Since Aimee is a very enthusiastic Indiana Jones fan, the thought of a coiled whip as the ring seemed perfect. I did a few quick drawings and found a custom jeweler in Las Vegas. The “bag of sand” bought me some time to have the ring custom made. And with her favorite color yellow, I selected a fancy yellow diamond which also represents “The Idol”.
Man, Homerliwag has set the bar way too high for the rest of us, and any future wives reading this are going to be sorely disappointed when their significant other merely bends a knee and opens up a ring box. Thanks alot, overachiever!
First motion pictures went talkie, then everybody got on board the color train, leaving those black and white gems to gather dust because later generations found the lack of color "uncool".
This video shows a side-by-side comparison of the black and white original versus the colorized version of "Smile Darn Ya, Smile" Here's how this Merry Melodies short got it's color:
...in 1992, Ted Turner paid to colorized a batch of black and white Merrie Melodies from 1931-33. This was back before computers were employed to add colors, so the cartoons were shipped to South Korea, traced frame-by-frame (well, almost), new cels were inked and painted and shot under the camera – creating a “color” cartoon from a “worthless” black & white print.
I can't believe they would go through so much trouble just to add color, and the end result looks a bit too wonky to me. But what do you guys think-with digital colorization available now, should we colorize black and white films or not?
Hudson Urban Bicycles decided to try out something interesting in New York's SoHo neighborhood-chain up a bike, take a picture of it every day and see how long it takes to disappear, piece by piece.
The findings were surprising at first (it took nearly six months for the first piece to be stolen), then slipped rapidly into familiar territory (only took another 30 days or so for the bike to disappear completely).
Hey, at least the thief (or thieves) waited almost six months before snatching the bike up piece by piece, that has to be a world record!
If you've ever found yourself wondering "What's the deal with cosplayers?" (hopefully in an internal voice that sounds like Jerry Seinfeld), then you should find this video informative and enlightening.
And, while the girl featured in the video can only speak out of personal experience, the sentiments expressed seem to be echoed by her fellow cosplayers, at least according to their comments and posts across the Interwebs.
So, did this video give you a better understanding of cosplay culture, or simply make you dislike the whole thing even more?
This 8 year old girl is about to change the world of heavy metal forever, by bringing some refreshingly new subject matter to the scene-household pets.
Watch as Juliet gets hardcore singing about how much she loves her goldfish, and her dog, don't even think about messing with her dog, or she'll jump off the trampoline and stomp you out! Warning- this video is seriously cute!
Meteorito is the wine with the taste of outer space right in the bottle! That's because it's made using a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, that was found in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, to help enhance the flavor with the taste of Uranus. Betcha saw that one coming, didn't ya?
All kidding aside, this wine is the result of astronomer Ian Hutcheon's quest to bring his two loves-space and wine, together in a way that can be enjoyed by all. But, if you want to taste this meteoric wine for yourself, you'll have to make the trip down to his observatory in Chile to get your hands on a bottle.
Man, the dragons in the video game Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim sure are colorful these days! With the recent invasion of a Macho Man Randy Savage dragon, and now these scaly beasts that look suspiciously like characters from My Little Pony, I don't know whether to shoot the buggers down, or open my arms wide and wait for a big old hug!
This entertaining and insightful web series by mortician Caitlin Doughty answers the questions we are afraid to ask, or never really wanted to know, in case the answers make us even more afraid of death.
In episode 5 she answers what happens to our bodies in space, if cremating a larger person creates a grease fire, and how often people ask for parts of their loved ones before they're cremated. It's a ghastly good time, even if the subject matter makes you feel a bit queasy...
In China, copyright violations and giant robots go hand in hand, and apparently one of the best birthday gifts you can receive is a starring role in this creepy knockoff of the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
With the cast from Monsters Vs. Aliens cast as the villains, and the creepy birthday boy piloting the giant Gundam mechanized armor, it's so cheesy that the MPAA are likely to turn a blind eye to their unlawful use of these character likenesses *cough**yeah right**cough*
We should all thank our lucky stars that video games aren't considered to be "just for kids" anymore, because we don't have to deal with an endless slew of inedible junk food products based on video game characters!
Now you'd be more likely to find video game themed alcoholic beverages and energy drinks, which are a far cry from Pac Man Pasta and Donkey Kong Cereal, although I'll be the first to admit that this gamer marketing angle definitely worked on me as a kid in the 80s.
Judging by the artwork from Mexican Novelas, pulp novels that Latin America eats up like literary junk food, these stories are as terrifying as they are hilarious. Full of masked wrestlers, shadowy demonic forces, Frankenbirds and Yetis, these stories would make a person suffering from paranoid schizophrenia feel sane in comparison.
The only thing you're missing out on by not being able to read these stories for yourself is the story behind each panel, so head to the i09 link below and read the clever descriptions Cyriaque Lamar has come up for them all, or make some up for yourself and write your own SuperNovela.
These are the kind of astronomical illustrations that led to what we now know as space porn, beautiful views of space that really get those juices flowing, scientifically speaking of course.
This set of illustrations by French illustrator/astronomer Etienne Leopold Trouvelot is part stargazer's perspective, part wishful thinking, with a dash of psychedelics thrown in to enhance the vision. They're beautiful despite their lack of scientific accuracy, and they're available for viewing via the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.
Jim Henson's career wasn't just The Muppets. He and writing partner Jerry Juhl worked on a project on and off over the years. The story Tale of Sand was adapted by Ramón Pérez and is now available in graphic novel form! Read a review of it at mental_floss. Link
Watching this cool kit-car Cobra get turned into a pile of scrap metal probably would have looked a lot cooler from the outside, but at least you get to see how crazy a crash like this is from the drivers perspective! Here's how he describes the incident:
On the front straight doing 130mph, something breaks. The cobra veers hard right and off track. The car leaves a 6O foot gash in the asphalt as it veered before leaving the track and continued for an additional 500 feet off track to its resting point. I received only minor injuries to my left knee and bruised ribs.
Why he records himself driving around the track is anyone's guess, but I bet he was happy the camera was rolling the day he almost died!
This adorable compilation video features all kinds of little critters getting their game on with tablet devices. Is this the future of gaming, or just a neat way to occupy your otherwise rambunctious pet?
Either way this vid will warm your heart, and may result in scratched screens and expensive electronic devices being destroyed by puppy slobber.
Apparently you've been caught sneaking about Skyrim, pilfering gold and soul gems and such, and now you must choose your fate- go to jail, resist arrest or pay your fine. Sheesh, if only getting arrested in real life was as easy to resolve as it is in Skyrim!
These wacky flyers have been sighted in a city that features red double decker buses (anybody wanna wager a guess from this pic?), and it appears someone has already chosen to Go To Jail. Remember-the guards are always watching, as long as you're in their line of sight, and you don't have an invisibility potion in your bag.