Although clearly a clever artist in his own right, James Nolan Gandy shows that even the artistically-challenged can produce a masterpiece with some clever engineering. But just as impressive as Gandy’s drawing machines is this timelapse of one in action that makes it appear to draw faster than it actually moves.
Watching this timelapse footage of artist Steeven Salvat drawing a cutaway illustration of a mechanical crab, revealing its impossible inner workings on one side, will make you marvel at his patience and incredibly steady hand. If the art thing doesn’t work out, Salvat could easily find work as a surgeon.
As far as pets go, hamsters rate somewhere just above goldfish when it comes to entertainment value. But watching them run for hours inside a tiny plastic wheel is far more satisfying when their miniature treadmills are part of a larger contraption that sketches hamster self-portraits at the same time. Someone put…
The New York Public Library is a treasure trove of public domain images. Among them are the Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings, which have images of space as observed throughout the late 1800s. Above is Mars from 1877, which looks less like we see in NASA images and more like an artist’s impression an octopus stuck in a…
Augmented reality artist Marty Cooper is back with his always fun Aug(de)mented Reality series that splices imaginative little drawings of cute monsters into real life. They’re always so clever and up to no good, popping out of places you’d least expect them to and doing things with so much pizazz that you’d wish they…
Architecture and code are inseparable these days–just about every new building involves software in some way. Now a design project is taking the influence of code on architecture to generate building plans designed by software, and the results are oddly human.
The chocolate bomb intended to kill Winston Churchill became the stuff of wartime legend. But depictions of the device and other cleverly concealed explosives were only recently rediscovered.
Super photorealistic drawings are always fun to see because they tickle your brain into thinking things that you know are fake could possibly maybe be real because they just look so similar. Here’s a drawing from Dino Tomic showing a leaf drawing with a pile of other leaves. It’s hard to tell which one is fake!
Digital animations are great! But so are more traditional drawings! This cute short film by Nata Metlukh pits a digital animation against a traditional drawing and we see the strengths and weaknesses of each as they battle for supremacy. The slickness of digital vs the nostalgia of drawing traditionally. Versatility…
I just love the fake cartoon reality that augmented reality artist Marty Cooper creates within our world because his character drawings pack so much personality that I just want them to be real. Here he is with part three in his Aug(de)mented Reality series, which splices crazy cute monster drawings into normal…
If you grew up in the suburbs, you know the windy labyrinth of roads and driveways all too well. In these digital drawings, artist Ross Racine has constructed visions of a world where housing tracts truly know no bounds.
This movie poster by Silenzio actually shows 35 different movies coming out in 2015, all represented with just one icon. Can you tell which movie is which? Some are easy because the sequel numbers are listed while others are just a little bit tougher. How many can you recognize?
The other day I was playing SNES on an emulator and it suddenly struck me: The incredible amount of work that went into creating every single tiny box of light on that screen. It sounds like a simple point, but less so when you glimpse the math and complexity behind video games in action.
What happens when the crude artwork you draw in Photoshop becomes sentient and gains superpowers and starts darting across your desktop screen with weapons? A whole lot of desktop destruction. Even worse, the stick figure will draw goons to help them ruin your computer forever. But it'll be fun to see.
Spanish illustrator Luis Pastor draws one vignette per day in his pocket-sized Moleskin journal. He put together a video that shows his tiny illustrations so far in 2014, making subtle animations using different digital tools. I wish there was a way to magically do this to my sketches in real life.
The French illustrator Romain Trystram thinks sneakers are an important part of the contemporary culture, and he is right. That why he decided to make these cool series of digital drawings where he mixes them with popular culture icons like Tron, Futurama, Star Wars or even Kebabs.
A Chinese man and his four-year-old son are apparently stuck in South Korea because his son used his old man's passport as a drawing book. Seriously. While on vacation, the kid started doodling over his Dad's passport, decorating it with human-ish and animal-ish figures, a lot of scribbles and some added flair. Cute!
Art that's unexpected always tickles me. Like these pieces from Katharine Morling. They look like black and white drawings from a comic book but they're actually ceramic sculptures made from clay and porcelain. Yep, these things aren't just sketches or made from paper, they're cheeky fun sculptures.
Fractal geometry is a field of math born in the 1970s and mainly developed by Benoit Mandelbrot. If you've already heard of fractals, you've probably seen the picture above. It's called the Mandelbrot Set and is an example of a fractal shape.