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New illustrations by Francis Vallejo

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Illustration on Friday 22 June 2012

I am a sucker for loose, traditional media work, which makes me a very soft target for this kind of genius. Francis Vallejo is a bright young star in the comics and illustration game, so check out his work, which puts so many of his trendy peers to shame.

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Kropserkel: movie geek memorabilia

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By The Flying Dutchman in Cool Websites on Friday 22 June 2012

Ever wanted to decorate your house to look like Deckard’s apartment in Blade Runner? Or maybe you’re looking for an early conceptual Darth Vader helmet by Ralph McQuarrie. Well, the guys at Kropserkel have all manner of left-field memorabilia for the discerning movie geek. So head on over for Hannibal Lecter masks or horse-head pillows, a-la The Godfather.

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Amazing Canadian Paralympic team commercial

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By The Flying Dutchman in Video on Friday 22 June 2012

This impressive ad was made for the Canadian Paralympic team in a single, unedited shot using no CGI. It also uses a clever narrative form that many filmmakers will probably seek to copy.

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Kitbashing: madcap creations from Japan

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Trends on Friday 22 June 2012

I am very fond of those souls forever deviating from the creative norm, which may be why Kitbashing has always been so interesting to me (although the original Star Wars Trilogy probably had quite a bit to do with this as well). Here are a bunch of madcap creations that could only really come from Japan. Made from the parts of innumerable sources, these make me wish I had this knowledge when I was a kid.

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Digitally illustrated spaceships by Thomas Pringle

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Art on Friday 22 June 2012

It is no secret that I am a sucker for great concept art, so it goes without saying that Thomas Pringle is pretty high on my list of guys doing what I would like to be doing: creating massive craft inhabiting impossible worlds that we all wish we could see for ourselves. Of course, until that world presents itself, we’ll have to keep looking over the shoulders of the guys with wicked imaginations.

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Lego 3D Milling Machine

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By The Flying Dutchman in Video on Thursday 21 June 2012

Have your toy and play with it! Yes, it actually seems possible to be creative and productive while playing with what is essentially a toy. This awesome Lego milling machine takes DIY to a whole new level. I want. Now.

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Caricatures of musicians by The Flying Dutchman

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Illustration on Wednesday 4 April 2012

Here are some caricatures of musicians that I recently completed. The obvious big names are Jack White and Lana Del Rey, while the two newbies are South African upstarts Spoek Mathambo and Johannine.

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Cover art for Something Wicked magazine

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Design on Thursday 15 March 2012

I recently completed yet another cover for Something Wicked magazine, a great little indie sci-fi and horror monthly. This time I got to indulge my inner geek somewhat with a space station, shuttle and messed-up planet Earth down below. Better than real work any day of the week.

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The craziest looking wedding site you’ll ever see

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By The Flying Dutchman in Cool Websites on Thursday 15 March 2012

This page recently came to my attention, and despite my best attempts to expose it as a Christwire-type parody, I could not. This is, in fact, a legitimate wedding service site that will make your brain melt in no time. It has to be experienced, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Oil portraits and graphic novel illustrations by Coro

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Art on Wednesday 14 March 2012

Coro is a co-founder of the mighty Massive Black and a great artist, both personally and professionally. His oil portraits are a pleasure and his seminal work, Transient, is a massive achievement in the field of self-produced graphic novels.

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Alice in Wonderland concept art by Michael Kutsche

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Illustration on Wednesday 14 March 2012

Michael Kutsche is a German-born concept artist, producing work of such stunning richness and complexity that the broader project almost becomes irrelevant. He is responsible for the insane visual progression of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland that we saw in the Tim Burton film. Also, most recently, he did some incredible work for the upcoming John Carter film, which promises to be one of the year’s more visually stimulating flicks.

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Jimmy Kimmel movie: The Movie

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By The Flying Dutchman in Video on Wednesday 14 March 2012

In the post-Oscar tabloid void, there is this little snippet for the ADD crowd that should satisfy the celebrity craving for the time being, courtesy of one Jimmy Kimmel.

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Stole the Moon: a new music video by Lark

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By The Flying Dutchman in Video on Wednesday 14 March 2012

The endlessly inventive Cape Town (and London) based electro outfit Lark have just released their latest video to coincide with the release of their long-awaited new album. The haunting, stark visuals disguise a disorienting complexity that might make you fall off your chair if you look too hard.

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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opening sequence

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Film on Friday 9 March 2012

For anyone who saw the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, they were no doubt as jolted into Salander’s world as I was by the opening sequence. I found myself grinning ear-to-ear in anticipation of what David Fincher’s going to inflict on us this time and he did not disappoint. So I recently came across this beautiful breakdown [see below] of the design process, which includes the original credit sequence. If you haven’t seen the film, check this out.

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Art Battles Australia at Name This Bar in Sydney

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Events on Friday 10 February 2012

Currently taking place at Name This Bar in Darlinghurst, Sydney, is the summer 2012 season of Art Battles Australia. This fortnightly event pits two artists against each other. Producing a mural in front of a live, cheering audience, the winner on the night progresses through to the semis and hopefully finals in the end.

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