Artists, crafters and writers who become obsessed with board games often wonder if they can make their own game, and I've heard some great ideas from my many gamer friends over the years.
But theory and execution are two very different matters, and creating miniatures, art for the game and the perfect playing surface is really hard- unless you're a WETA Workshop artist like Johnny Fraser-Allen.
The fifty-foot-tall diorama featured an incredibly detailed depiction of Cloud Strife and Sephiroth squaring off, and by some snowy miracle the sculpture stayed in place and didn't turn into an AVALANCHE.
It's a wonder anybody knew how to do anything before the internet, but now that we're all able to look up tutorials and whatnot online 24 hours a day there's no excuse for not knowing how to do stuff.
So if you don't know how to watch videos online, get to sleep effectively or appreciate the beauty of nature you can just go online and find info on subjects ranging from practical everyday to esoteric.
But if your attention span is too short to handle all that reading and research don't worry! These comics by Sanesparza will explain it all to you as simply as possible, often with as few words as possible, so you can get back to living life to the fullest!
Pieces of driftwood are like nature's nomads, traveling far from their roots and going where the streams and rivers take them like no trees ever could.
These well traveled scraps of wood are shaped by their journey, twisted and gnarled until they become earthen works of art shaped by the hands of Mother Nature.
Sadly, most driftwood is used to build fires or as garden fill when collected, but Japanese artist Nagato Iwasaki has found a better use for those beautiful bits of wood- he uses them as a sculptural medium.
Nagato's humanoid figures are naturally gorgeous, and realistic enough to give you a hauntingly eerie feeling of familiarity when you gaze at their faceless forms, like someone you used to know but let slip away long ago.
There are many little details of Mario's character design that seem like they were included just to give him the look of a lead character, and we're probably better off leaving our questions about his details at that.
Because, as this Fake Webcomic reveals, the less we know about what lies under Mario's clothes the better!
Street art adds a vibrant, and sometimes interactive, element to an otherwise grey concrete city, and this artistic splash of color and life is enjoyed by all who lay eyes on the piece.
But imagine the viewer's surprise when they discover that piece on the wall transforms at night when a secret glow-in-the-dark element is revealed.
Barcelona-based Reskate studio paints mysterious street art pieces on walls all over Europe, and people who walk by the seemingly simple artwork during the day are treated to a neat surprise after dark.
The painstaking process requires the artists from Reskate Studio to add the photoluminescent paint details to the simple silhouette during the day, forcing them to wait until after dark to see how it all turned out.
Valentine's day is coming, and social media is about to get flooded by couples oversharing their "cute" pics and rubbing their romance in the faces of their single friends...wait, that came out wrong.
But you know what I mean- it can be annoying to see all that "love in the air" crap when you're single, which is why parties of one just need to turn themselves into a couple with these photo tips by Rain Yokohama.
Rain's methods for making it look like he has an actual girlfriend sitting next to him are very silly but they work, and the pics are so convincing people will actually believe you're no longer single!
KISS, or more specifically Gene Simmons on behalf of KISS, has been working hard to create as many types of KISS themed merchandise as possible, cashing in on everything from condoms to Kaskets.
But one of their latest releases seems too dumb to be true- KISS air guitar strings. It's a bag of air with a KISS header card on top, created for all those KISS air guitarists out there who keep breaking their strings.
If you think this $3.99 bag of air is taking KISS merchandising too far you're not alone, because Gene's son Nick seems to think this is a ridiculous idea too:
It’s the transformation process that is interesting to me, rather than the final look. It’s the amount of time and the attention to detail, from walking off the street and into the dressing room, to walking on stage. That’s a three-hour period of hair and makeup. …It’s really interesting. With most of the drag artists that sit for me, their before shots are slightly awkward—it’s a slightly uncomfortable process for them. But once they’ve transformed into their drag persona, they’re very confident and know exactly how to model for the camera.
For some reason animal lovers still think having a monkey as a pet is a novel idea, but nine times out of ten the shit hits the fan soon after they bring their pet monkey home and they realize they've made a terrible mistake.
And once those people have learned their lesson a poor little monkey is left without a home- unless they're lucky enough to land in the arms of Airocolina 'Pinky' Janota, aka the Monkey Mom.
Airocolina runs a primate sanctuary in Beecher, Illinois, where she currently serves as 'alpha monkey mom' for six orphans- two Marmosets, one Bonnet Macaque and three Rhesus Macaques.
All of the monkeys Pinky takes in at the Settlers Pond Shelter were abandoned by their owners in the United States, but in Pinky's care they're living the high life, with dapper duds to wear and all the finger food they can eat.
Each year a carefully selected pack of canine contestants strut their stuff for the judges at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, where they represent their breed and try to prove they're the Best In Show.
If you're going to tear a hole in the wall of a home to use as the base for an art project then you'd better be sure that art project is simply smashing to look at and worth all the destruction.
So when Miami-based club owner Dave Grutman asked artist Dante Dentoni to create a bricking awesome LEGO sculpture in his home Dante tore up the walls without hesitation- because he had a grand plan in mind.
It turns out tearing holes in walls then filling those holes with LEGOs is one of Dante's artistic fortes, only this time he has outdone himself by taking his LEGO fissure across two walls and the ceiling.
Fast food chains serve up familiar food that rarely changes much, and when people get bored of eating the same old menu items they hack the menu- and share their creations on the internet.
This is exactly what the internet community wants and needs, so they encourage people to play Dr. Foodenstein and create new monster hacks- and the world of fast food is a scarier place because of it.
Sickening creations like the Saucy Buns from McDonald's (practically every sauce available on a bun) and the Protein Shake from Dunkin Donuts (bacon, eggs, coffee, sausage and cheese blended into a smoothie) are hacks gone wrong.
So who could possibly bring themselves to devour these monstrosities?
Brave Ben Wyman from Cracked put his stomach on the line for the sake of research, and he was so gung-ho about his terror-filled taste testing he actually created his own monster meal- the Tac-Urr-Acho-Dilla Grande Supreme.
This horrifying Taco Bell hybrid is a taco, nachos and a burrito stuffed inside a quesadilla, and Ben had to fight to bring it to life:
The staff were upset that I had predicted their next meal, and were insistent that they couldn't stuff a taco, nachos, and burrito into a quesadilla, citing small-minded concerns like "the tortilla isn't large enough" and "it would be an affront to the very concept of civilization." But I wasn't about to let them stand in the way of progress, and eventually they relented.
That's why The Black Cauldron and Treasure Planet are also on WatchMojo's list of underrated animated Disney films, because they were sadly overlooked just like The Great Mouse Detective and Brother Bear.
People who are fond of animals like to see them acting like their wildly uncivilized selves, but everybody loves it when an animal acts like a human!
And whether you simply adore animals or you just get a kick out of seeing them pose as people then there's sure to be a shirt design you'll want to adopt at the NeatoShop, home of the wildest designs on the web.
Many people assume animals would replace humans if given the chance
Most dogs don't get the hiding part of hide and seek, although they are really good at seeking thanks to their keen senses, but if cats want to hide and stay hidden, even in plain sight, they have the power to do so.
Cats have mastered the arts of camouflage, burrowing and diversion, and if all else fails they will just use their ninja like climbing abilities to head to higher ground, so they can ambush the seeker if need be.
Our dreams transport us to a magical kingdom full of fun and imagination when we're young, but then our pragmatic adult minds come in and take a wrecking ball to the kingdom, killing our imaginary friends in the process.
This transition is sadly unavoidable because, as this comic by Dami Lee shows, we can't maintain a carefree state of mind when stress dreams keep reminding us magic kingdoms are expensive and really far away.
Jack Frost is one amazing artist, but the cool, muted palette of winter is a bit limiting, so Jack has to go looking for places to put up his art other than a canvas or a city wall- so he slaps coats of cold on our cars.
Movie poster artwork is supposed to capture the feel of the film, but over the years creativity has been replaced with generic mass appeal, leaving movie posters looking dull and lifeless.
But it's hard to tell just how boring they've become until you check out these action packed movie posters by Frank McCarthy.
Frank's posters were made for people who like to watch movies full of action, and his posters are so dynamic they're often more exciting to view than the movies they're advertising!
Frank created amazing poster artwork for movies like Where Eagles Dare, The Dirty Dozen, The Dark of the Sun (aka The Mercenaries) and Thunderball, and his art style influenced generations of comic artists looking to put the "pop" back in pop culture.
Rocket Raccoon became a big hit with fans after appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy, The Tick is about to have his third TV show, and Howard the Duck got his own (albeit crappy) movie decades before Spider-Man.
Know what else these characters all have in common? They all started out as joke characters that became seriously popular.
Rocket Raccoon was initially named Rocky, created as an homage to the Beatles song, but after his first few guest appearances he became popular enough to get his own mini-series.
Then we didn't see him again for like 25 years...but now Rocket's one of the most popular Marvel Comics characters of all time!
The Tick started out as an absurdist parody of superheroes Ben Edlund created for the New England Comics newsletter, and folks liked The Tick so much he became the comic chain's mascot.
Ben began drawing Tick strips for the NEC newsletter, and then the company got into the business of making their own comics and started releasing The Tick as a series.
Lastly there's my favorite cigar chompin' duck Howard, who was created by Steve Gerber as a gag but became a pluckin' hero.
Howard came from an alternate Earth full of funny animals instead of humans, so he was the perfect everyduck to star in a comic series that satirizes American culture and genre fiction.
The original Howard The Duck series dealt with existentialist themes and life in a multiverse, and this is the series' main joke, according to Gerber-
"that life's most serious moments and most incredibly dumb moments are often distinguishable only by a momentary point of view."
Back in the day both guys and girls enjoyed riding skateboards, but by the time vert and street skating became a pro sport the boys ruled the skate park.
There were always a few female skaters around, but in the 80s and 90s girls just didn't seem that in to the idea of skating on the streets, and therefore had less of a presence during those "Skate or Die" years.
But now female skaters are riding out in full force and forming crush-worthy crews to let the boys know they came to SK8 hard.
Neither of them look anything like the characters they draw, but Cassandra Calin draws a spot-on cartoon version of herself for her comic C. Cassandra.
The guy at the top of the post is Chris Grady, creator of Lunarbaboon, and he also looks a lot like his character, but the creator of Catana Comics, Catana Chetwynd, has a much smaller and more detailed head than her character.
Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and David Fincher have had pretty eclectic careers in Hollywood because they don't limit themselves to any one genre or style of filmmaking.
And even though Abrams and Spielberg are best known for their sci-fi projects they've both done a great job of writing and/or directing serious dramas too, like Regarding Henry and The Color Purple.
Illustrator Maria Suarez-Inclan creates colorful montages she calls "Hollywood Kits", representing the careers of these writers/directors, which kinda ends up looking like a bunch of stuff laid out on a flea market vendor's blanket.
The movies and TV shows represented in each piece are listed at the bottom but it's still hard to figure out where all the symbols belong, and Martin Scorsese's is definitely the hardest.
There are more animated shows and movies made today than ever before thanks to digital art and animation software, which speeds up the process and allows for a few people to do the work of a dozen.
But back in the pre-digital days cartoonmaking was a very hands on process, with gangs of animators doodling their way through reams of paper, painters painting cels and backgrounds, and zany noisemakers creating that iconic cartoon sound.
The older you get the more you're forced to deal with loss- the loss of physical and mental prowess, loss of friends and loved ones, and the loss of interest in activities we once enjoyed.
But getting back to doing those things you used to enjoy can help you recover from a loss, and it might help you make new friends too.
Ray Johnstone of Lewiston South, Australia, used to be an avid fisherman, and after his wife and his best friend passed away the 75-year-old decided to hit the internet in search of a new fishing mate.