art 艺术

hi-tech eye exam shows jaw-dropping accuracy of webb telescope’s optics

James Webb Space Telescope

THE MOMENT  NASA engineer Ernie Wright examines 6 of the 18 segments of the James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror in preparation for a final round of testing at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama…  <read the full story here> @ <http://discovermagazine.com/>

Not sure about the whole eye-exam thing… but what an amazing photograph!!  You could write a whole screenplay around that shot!

paintings of an aging superhero’s senior moments

Just because you’re getting older and the spandex doesn’t quite fit like it used to doesn’t mean you hang up the tights and stop fighting crime… <read the full story and see more images here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Great idea, and some top level concept work.  Couldn’t not pass it along!

this abandoned tomb in belgium would be the perfect set for a horror movie

In the nineteenth century, this Belgian tomb built beneath a church was a fashionable place to bury your dead… <read full story and see more images here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Awesome location!  But why do all these pics look so illustrative??  Moss, moisture, lighting, camera filter??

 

enormous cows made from recycled car parts

Enormous Cows Made from Recycled Car Parts sculpture recycling cows cars art animals

The education section of Helsinki-based sculptor Miina Äkkijyrkkä’s CV is very telling… <read full story here> @ <http://thisiscolossal.com/>

So many animal robots…  none as cool as the robo-panda t-shirt I picked up yesterday in downtown, but all very cool in their own right.

a guide to recognising your trolls: concept art from the troll hunter

They’re big, they’re ugly and they smell like the inside of a vegetable drawer in a student flat, but how much do you really know about trolls? <read full story here> @ <http://www.bleedingcool.com/>

Been hearing a bunch about this film, missed it when it showed here at the Sydney film festival.  So I dug seeing some of these sketches.

 

clouds photographed through an open plane door 4 miles up

For his project “Cloud Collection“, photographer Rüdiger Nehmzow went about four miles off the ground and photographed clouds through the open door of the plane. With no glass between Nehmzow and the sky to muddy up the shots, the resulting photographs are absolutely stunning…  <read the full post here> @ <http://www.petapixel.com/>

Two words:  Badd-ass clouds pics!

concept art shows the disturbing evolution of batman: arkham city’s harley quinn

We love pin-up art as much as anyone, but there’s something weird about this newly released concept art showing the evolution of Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City. Maybe it’s just that it shows how formulaic these sorts of female characters have gotten… <read the full post here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Cool little look into some character design.  Gotta say that it’s one of the hardest skills, and most underestimated processes in film-making.  We’ve done it a bunch, and you learn to be prepared for the effort.  All that being said, it’s one of the most fun, most creative, and rewarding jobs when you get it right.  The thought process needs to be so critical visually, that in my opinion it’s right up there with developing a character as you write the script.  In a perfect world the artistic development can work hand in hand with the written development.  That’s the way we like to work when we do our characters.

Just take a look at all the reply-posts on this blog-page and see how character design raises the heat in people!

the inspiration of ten iconic spaceships

An iconic spaceship should have a cool name and the history of scifi on the big and small screen is littered with great examples. The inspiration behind these amazing ships are varied, often literary, historical, visual or just plain out there…  <read the post here> @ <http://www.lvjmovie.com/>

Some cool bits of insight into ship design… and lots of names from some of the great designs.  Great reference as a place to start your search in designing space-crafts.

 

chicken powered steadicam

Here’s a great reference of a chicken using it’s internal image stabilization for the locking of it’s head in space:

How insane is that??? It’s something called vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) which is a reflex eye movement that stabilizes images on the retina during head movement by producing an eye movement in the direction opposite to head movement, thus preserving the image on the center of the visual field.  (wiki)

People have been talking about how chickens are able to do that in the context of designing a better steadicam.  This guy didn’t talk about it, he did it…. well sort of:

It’s funny and all, but there really is something to that.  The concept of tracking a camera through the lens in real time, then feeding the data back into a motion control rig of some sort is very interesting.  Seems like it would work, just an engineering/speed problem to solve.  I’m sure people are out there working on it!  Until then strap up your chicken-cam.

we found the original blog posts <here> and <here> at petapixel.com

new works from edouard martinet

French sculptor Edouard Martinet uses myriad discarded parts from old bicycles, cars, and mopeds to create these astonishingly anatomically correct representations of sea life, birds, amphibians, and insects…  <full blog post> @ <http://thisiscolossal.com/>

vispop comment:

This guy’s work is amazing.  Love the character design… love to get him designing some robot concepts for VisPop.  You out there Edouard?  Let’s work on a film together!

Anyone else wanna see a film with these robo-animals?