Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Mythbusters Promo

I just came across this new promo for one of my favorite shows. Just got to love the visuals!

Photoshop Portraits by Pierre Beteille

Stumbled across Pierre's wonderful images through DRB,

Talented French artist, Pierre Beteille, is skillful in manipulation of portraits (especially his own self portraits) using photoshop.This is how he describes himself:

I am not a photographer or an artist, I just make images … I shoot very average or even bad photos that I try to improve thanks to Photoshop …

Not only a photoshop guru, Pierre Beteille also works as art director, web designer and flash designer. Here are just some his brilliant Photoshopped portraits.


Art for Autism! "Artism is an independent organisation working towards raising money for the National Autistic Society charity through the use of Art. We will gladly accept donations from artists of any kind to sell/auction off for the charity. All proceeds go to The National Autistic Society."

For more info and artist sign-up check out the website Artism

I came across this website, through Albotas. I'm posting this to serve as reminder to myself to try to create a piece of work for them, as I've known many autistic people throughout my life. Very kind, loving, and friendly. :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Home Interiors with a Sharpie!

Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie
When Charlie Kratzer started on the basement art project in his south Lexington home, he was surrounded by walls painted a classic cream. Ten dollars of Magic Marker and Sharpie later, the place was black and cream and drawn all over.

Link Update: Here's the article this was originally posted in, for a full 360 view.

Bizarre Tattoo

Found this interesting piece yesterday.

Meet Rick. A young Canadian man who has decided that he wants to live out the rest of his life as a zombie. He has spent over 24 hours of his life being tattooed on over half of his body, including his face and hands, to look like a decaying corpse. Simply amazing. He sat down with Bizarre Magazine for an interview and photo shoot that is a must see.

The photos and the entire interview can be found here.

How do you sum up your philosophy of life?
You’ve got to respect that everyone’s different and has to do what they’ve got to do. I can’t tell you what to do, you can’t tell me what to do – but we can still get along just great.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Test Your Color IQ

First go to this site. Then try to organize the colors. Sounds simple right?!

Drag and drop the colors in each row to arrange them by hue order.
The first and last color chips are fixed. Click on "Score Test" when done.

Okay here's how well I think I did.

Not too terrible just off on a few greens there, but all the others are flawless.

A lower score is better, with ZERO being the perfect score. The bars above show the regions of the color spectrum where hue discrimination is low.

Based on your information, below is how your score compares to those of others with similar demographic information.
  • Your score: 10
  • Gender: Male
  • Age range: 30-39
  • Best score for your gender and age range: 0
Not a bad score if I do say so myself!

Running the Numbers

Barbie Dolls, 2008

Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006.

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Skull With Cigarette, 2007 [based on a painting by Van Gogh]

Depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months.

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Jet Trails, 2007

Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.

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Cans Seurat, 2007

Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

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Ben Franklin, 2007
8.5 feet wide by 10.5 feet tall in three horizontal panels

Depicts 125,000 one-hundred dollar bills ($12.5 million), the amount our government spends every hour on the war in Iraq.

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From the artist Chris Jordan's website:

Running the Numbers
An American Self-Portrait

Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

~chris jordan, Seattle, 2007

Lovely Scottish Pics

Just jaw dropping, stunning photographs. More of Steve Carter's work can be seen at his website.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Miniature Models

Bursting through the Clouds

Wow, some pretty well detailed miniatures. I found this Russian live journal through DRB.

Some of these are just insanely so real, others were quite humerous (such as the cow in the one scene), while a few are a bit disturbing as to the horrors of war (like the last images.)


The water looks so real!

This is a great scene with the details in the expressions of the people, then you realize what the entire scene depicts in the next pic. Very sad.

...a large grave