This amazing photo of a city is actually a painted game map

When I first saw this my first thought was "wow, Shanghai is looking really crazy these days," thinking that it was a photo. Then I zoomed in and saw it was a painting. The author is a young French artist named Klaus Pillon—who says it is the world map for an incoming indie video game. His work is great. » 12/16/14 9:47pm Tuesday 9:47pm

These beautiful paintings feel like 1980s sci-fi film concept art

I'm so in love with the amazing paintings of Simon Stålenhag. So much that I'm posting about him again. There's something about his aesthetics that remind me of the sci-fi movies from the 1980s—the combination of color, everyday suburbia scenes, and the kids wandering around his world. » 12/16/14 6:46pm Tuesday 6:46pm

Here are some fantastic starships to make you dream about the future

Watching cool illustrations of starships—like these fantastic designs by Mack Sztabais always an exercise of painful day dreaming for me. I always get into a black hole that gets me to new worlds and vessels that I would never see—which really sucks. I wish I were there, on board this Zeus cruiser. » 11/26/14 10:28pm 11/26/14 10:28pm

Spectacular rendering of the solar system to scale

I don't know about you, but every time I'm reminded about the huge scale of the universe, I mentally re-evaluate my own life and my relationship with what is around me. This amazing illustration by Roberto Ziche's with the Sun and the planets laying on the floor makes that comparison even more impressive. » 11/05/14 6:40pm 11/05/14 6:40pm

Painting with fire creates some really beautiful art

Sure, you're not supposed to play with fire but what about painting with fire? That's what artist Steve Spazuk does. He uses flames and smoke to create beautiful artwork with images that are literally burned in. Spazuk employs other tools like feather brushes and x-acto knives but his artwork begins with fire. Pretty… » 10/28/14 10:08pm 10/28/14 10:08pm

I want to live in the optimistic sci-fi worlds of Nicolas Bouvier

Nicolas Bouvier aka Sparth—whose latest work is being art director for Halo 5—is getting better all the time. His private work is so optimistic and far away from the usually gritty and dark vision of other authors. And I love the fresh use of geometry in some of his most recent art. » 10/25/14 12:00am 10/25/14 12:00am

The different ways animals breath in one cool animated graphic

Science illustrator and animator Eleanor Lutz—the same who brought us this cool graphic of how animals fly—has created this cool animated illustration showing the differences between animal breathing: Human vs birds vs insects. Even if you paid attention at biology class, it's interesting to watch. » 10/24/14 9:27pm 10/24/14 9:27pm

Classic sci-fi spaceships make me nostalgic for a future that never was

French illustrator Manchu is one of the masters of classic sci-fi illustration. His worlds and spaceships are massive, optimistic, colorful, and sometimes even zany on his alien spaceship designs. Masterfully crafted, his work reminds me of another one of the greatest: The British Chris Foss. » 10/23/14 1:13am 10/23/14 1:13am

I wish I could Iive 200 more years to see a scene like this

I like Johnson Ting's vision of Neo Japan 2202, wherever his Neo Japan is located to have two moons (or maybe one is no moon but some space station, I don't know.) Every time I see illustrations like this I long for immortality. Or at least a couple hundred years in good health so I can see some stuff like this. » 10/11/14 1:30am 10/11/14 1:30am