There was something undeniably awesome about Disney in the early 1980s. The company was expanding its theme parks in Flordia with EPCOT, a shrine to technological innovation. Meanwhile, a bunch of young kids sort of got left unattended at the studio. The result? Movies like Tron.
Today, thanks to computer graphics and digital drawing tablets, we see tons of artwork that has been made with the help of a computer. Computers and art have long gone hand-in-hand, and here you can see some of the earliest pieces of computer-assisted art.
Are your eyes bored today? Look at this right now. It's a computer animation by computer artist Daniel Sierra, and it will mesmerize you, if only for a few minutes.
Joe Dragt began painting on motherboards when he was tasked with the duty of recycling 30 old computers. Instead of seeing old, downtrodden and beige, he figured the circuitry of their motherboards would make for really great art backgrounds.
What are we looking at here? Is it the original Slinky? An early concept of hyperspace? Or maybe some strange, magnified microbial being? Nah. To figure this one out you're going to have to get with the program.
Fragile little guys in their gym clothes dangle just above the curve of the Earth in this computer illustration of the Columbus laboratory module. Space Shuttle Atlantis will install this module on the International Space Station soon after tomorrow's launch. Image by ESA/AP.