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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.