It's hard to believe but none of these animations use CGI

Susi Sie refuses to use computer animation and effects. She just likeI'm s to explore all kinds of physical substances and push it around to create amazing animations. Some of her work defies belief as in "I can't bloody believe these are made just using real stuff and not computers." This is her showreel: » 1/19/15 9:30pm 1/19/15 9:30pm

The matte paintings of the original Star Wars trilogy and their creators

Before the computing era, ILM was the master of oil matte painting, making audiences believe that some of the sets in the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogy were real when they weren't. They were the work of geniuses like Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie. » 1/19/15 7:24am 1/19/15 7:24am

New gorgeous Guardians of the Galaxy concept art revealed

Olivier Pron was the lede matte painter for Guardians of the Galaxy. His concepts for the movie sets—and other movies and personal projects—are extremely cool. I love the Chris Foss-iness of Xandar, the home planet of the Nova Corps. The rest of his work is equally great. I wish I could roam his worlds with an Oculus… » 1/08/15 9:17pm 1/08/15 9:17pm

Our deepest darkest fears turned into terrifying cartoons

We all have deep dark fears that are almost always irrational and probably rooted from our childhood and most likely festered when we were alone and trapped in our thoughts. Deep Dark Fears illustrates those fears in a comic form and they're funny to see but also exposes us to a whole new set of fears we never thought… » 12/29/14 9:30pm 12/29/14 9:30pm

Amazing drawings are actually made of insanely complex cut paper

Maude White shows impossible skills and infinite patience in her beautiful series of illustrations made entirely up of paper, with no pencil or ink. She turns the paper into the lines of the drawing by subtracting tiny pieces out of it with an X-acto knife—an extremely delicate process. » 12/29/14 7:16am 12/29/14 7:16am

Can you recognize all the famous movie heroines in this neat poster?

I love Scott Park's work. His collection posters—like these cars—are the best. This movie and TV heroines poster has 80 characters, from Agent Scully (The X Files) to Kira Nerys (Deep Space Nine) going through Leeloo (The Fifth Element) or Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill.) I just love to zoom in and go through all the… » 12/23/14 7:32pm 12/23/14 7:32pm

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 12/16/14 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 12/16/14 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