The lessons taught by the Captain Planet animated series were typically of an ecological or scientific nature, but there were a handful of episodes where the lessons went terribly wrong. Gamma Squad has a hilarious description for each episode, and a choice cut from the episode that shows the craziness that is Captain Planet teaching kids life lessons about drugs, slavery, and fornication. The power is yours!
Steampunk as a fashion trend might be fading away, but steampunk inspired inventions and designs will never die. Matt Armstrong brings his version of steampunk inspired design to these LEGO brick sculptures, and the resulting inventions/artworks are quite handsome looking indeed. With classic designs, simplistic retro flair, and the look of full functionality, this is how you put the bricks to good use!
Link --via DesignTAXI
Scientists are no exception, and they've joined the geek nation in adorning themselves with symbols of their passions in life, choosing imagery with a scientific edge in their body art compositions.
Check out the particularly good examples at the Popsci gallery link below, maybe you'll be inspired to get some ink of your own.
Link --image from SCIENCE INK by Carl Zimmer. Published by Sterling Publishing © 2011
The internet sensation behind the song "Chocolate Rain" returns to teach us a little something about the U.S. economy. Tay Zonday makes a little more sense than he did in his previous videos, but i'm still not sure I understand what's happening with my U.S. dollar situation. Maybe somebody else needs to make an educational song about the economy, preferably someone with a degree in economics!
These cool metal sculptures, of celebrities like John Lennon and Andy Warhol, have such soft edges and fine detail that I was surprised to find out they're made out of chicken wire. Kenyan artist Ivan Lovatt uses skills he learned from working in construction to create these metal masterpieces, and like a good builder he's built sculptures which are durable enough to weather any storm!
Hit the link to see more of Ivan's creations, including his amazing renditions of wildlife in wire.
Link --via BuzzFeed
Who knew the hip hop community would embrace a video game like Minecraft? Well, maybe we won't be seeing a Lil Wayne homage to Minecraft anytime soon, but Dan Bull has definitely caught pixel mania. Check out his Minecraft Epic Rap video and tell me what you think. Fair warning, though, some of the lyrics are NSFW.
Super realism seems to be all the rage these days among artists who share their works on the interwebs, and the work 0f Yigal Ozeri is about as realistic as it gets, since he uses digital photos to create a reference with which to paint his awesome portraits.
What makes Yigal's work a cut above the rest in my opinion is the subject matter, models full of living color amidst wild natural elements as backdrops, the warmth of real life imitated in oils.
Link --via BuzzFeed
Peter Jackson is such a visionary film director that he's even changing the way movies are advertised to the public by releasing a video blog series which shows the making of his new J.R.R. Tolkien movie adaptation "The Hobbit".
He shows things that directors generally keep to themselves, like the process of filming 3d footage with a stereoscopic camera, all the while remaining in charge of the production like a total badass. This video is number 4 in the series, so check out the other 3 if you want to see more behind-the-scenes footage from "The Hobbit".
These amazing metal sculptures, constructed out of old car and truck parts, are impressive in scale and design. Created by Tom Samui, these creations belong in a steampunk animal menagerie, or used as the coolest junkyard advertising ever.
These sculptures seem like a logistical nightmare, I mean how does he move this massive piece, with a crane? A gallery would have to be built around this piece, cause it ain't coming in through the front door!
Link --via JazJaz
I'm sure you've seen variations on this theme before, the internal anatomy of various cartoon characters and toys, many of which were done by the artist behind this cool LEGO man anatomy sculpt, Jason Freeny.
But what makes this article really cool is that it shows Jason's entire process, so all you artists and DIYers get ready to take note!
Link --via Geekologie
Apparently the managers of FuncoLand, the equivalent of Gamestop in the 1990s, are crazy creeps from another dimension that delight in torturing new employees while acting like trailer park royalty. This 2 part training video probably made new hires wonder whether they'd just made a huge mistake, and watching these videos made me nostalgic for the goofiness of the 90s. I miss my Nintendo 64!
Creating iconic forms out of an otherwise splattery mess is obviously Arian Noveir's forte. Superhero silhouettes are hinted at but never fully materialize, which lends them an air of mystery.
Even though these works were created digitally, they have an outsider art edge to me, a feeling of deconstruction for the sake of naivety. And I really like when digital works look like they were created with natural mediums like ink and watercolor, because it's hard to get a good natural look when working digitally. Do you guys like the splattery look?
Link --via Geekologie
Are you tired of your friends, family or co-workers ruining the plots of your favorite movies and tv shows? Then put these anti-spoiler campaign posters up all over the place and let the spoilers be forewarned-ruin the surprise and there's going to be hell to pay! This is a hush campaign for the 21st century, to silence the spoilers and find out what the surprise twist is on our own schedule.
These 16 bit character re-designs have so much personality, and were clearly inspired by the character designs in Super Mario Bros. 3, which only adds to their charm.
They were created by Jesus Castaneda, and you can see his take on lots more pop culture icons, such as Doctor Who, Boba Fett Harry Potter and the Ghostbusters, at the link below. These guys should star in a Mario crossover game, and I like that he didn't skimp on the belly bulge!
Link --via ComicsAlliance
In honor of the soon-to-be released Muppets movie, and my undying love of all things Jim Henson, i'd like to share this alphabet/poster series drawn by David Vordtriede with you, which features characters from the various Muppet tv shows and movies.
The fresh designs and pleasing color palette really made me happy, and happiness is what the Muppets are all about. And remember, you can't spell Muppets without various letters from the alphabet!
Link to entire alphabet --via Drawn
This is the most amazing street art I've ever seen, not only because it's so well drawn but also because it has a stereoscopic quality to it that makes the buildings appear to be of dizzying heights, which threatens to give me a headache but is otherwise amazing. Created by artist Kurt Wenner, this massive street illustration would be awesome to see in person, I want to walk the web like the people in the picture.
Now your traveling band will always have a Ukulele present, thanks to this folding uke kit created by Brian Chan. Inspired by origami, this DIY kit takes about half a day to build and comes in standard or mini versions.
The simplicity of the design and the way it so neatly folds into the box form is brilliant and downright convenient! So it doesn't matter where you go, the sweet sound of the ukulele can come with.
Link --via Geekologie
Want to take your pillow fights to the next level? These pillow weapons were designed with you in mind! Guaranteed to cause less bodily harm than a real scimitar, or lightsaber for that matter, they will make you fee like you're armed with a real weapon when the pillows start flying. Now go forth and plush the heck out of each other!
I try to refrain from posting every cosplay gallery link I come across for obvious reasons, but I thought i'd share this one because it features obscure characters and some seriously well-made costumes.
Among the characters present: a couple of creatures from They Live, Priss Asagiri from Bubblegum Crisis anime, a scary Little Sister from Bioshock, and a strangely fitting female Rule 63 Aquaman. Which costumes did you like?
Ben Balistreri is a storyboard artist and character designer for Dreamworks Animation, so the energy he brings to his Marvel re-designs is fresh and full of cartoon charm.
I would love to see an animated series featuring these re-designed characters, you can see all 50 of them for yourself at Ben's site below. My faves are Taskmaster and Juggernaut, with his massive frame and little tiny face, but which ones do you like?
Link --via ComicsAlliance
Anti-drug PSA's just got a whole lot scarier, thanks to this slick new campaign that warns against using Meth.Directed by Darren Aronofsky, of Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream fame, they all start out with a seemingly benign shot of the user. Then the camera pulls out to reveal a scene of horror meant to illustrate what you're getting yourself into if you decide to try Meth, and it ain't pretty.
So, instead of just saying "Don't Do Meth", these scary ads show you why you shouldn't mess around. No argument here! You can see them all at the DesignTAXI link below.
This year there are 45 animated shorts being considered in the Best Animated Short category at the Oscars, and while the verdict isn't out yet on which ones have qualified, the three shorts at the link below were submitted and may be among the finalists.
A man has a New York City sidewalk encounter with a chicken in A Morning Stroll, the dark and dreary world of Birdboy, and the surreal war-torn landscape of The Gloaming are all likely candidates for the Oscar, but do you have a bid for Oscar-worthy animated short?
Here's a nifty little gallery of items from Tokyo Design Week 2011, including the glasses shown above, which were made out of sugar crystals which were formed naturally then reproduced in plastic via 3d printer.
Art and innovation collide in these interesting items, and some may even make their way into a store near you. Others, like the tusk inspired headgear or the strange knit yellow suit with duck hat, probably won't make it out of Japan. Thank your lucky stars!
The Crovel, short for Crowbar Shovel, is the must have tool for survival in most any situation. It's a spade, machete, saw, crowbar, hammer, and can also be used as a grappling hook, basically an amazing wonder-tool for extreme conditions. Guaranteed to make surviving the zombie apocalypse a whole lot easier.
Link --via Joystiq
Hakan Martensson knows his away around the sweet stuff, and his chocolate sculptures of fantastic beasts and pop culture icons are so detailed it would be a shame to eat such a beautiful work of art! Be sure to check out Hakan's website for more fabulous sculpts by the master chocolatier.
Link --image source --via Ology
Sometimes you get what you pay for, especially when it comes to hired entertainment for a kid's birthday party. Enter the wackiest collection of superheroes party entertainers I've ever seen, getting down in ways which seem totally inappropriate to do in front of a bunch of youngsters. These kids will never look at Spider Man the same way again, and the Batdance will surely haunt their dreams.
This fun parody trailer pays homage to such classic video games as: Legend Of Zelda, Duck Hunt, SkiFree, and Final Fantasy. Maybe the team at Bethesda should take a break from making hi-resolution games and explore their pixelated roots.
Nokia apparently feels like the smart phones we have today aren't rubbery or flexible enough to take us into the future, so they are introducing a design that will change the way we use, and touch, our phones.
Called the HumanForm, this rubbery surfboard shaped device is virtually unbreakable, has twist control functionality, and will supposedly allow us to feel textures via "electro tactile technology". I don't know about you, but this phone makes me want to teach a squirrel how to ride it like a surfboard!
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