Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Union of Superlative Heroes

Imagine an alternate world in which Steampunk superheroes inhabit a Victorian society, the Union of Superlative Heroes are characters from a variety of countries, each with their own unique abilities. This card set profiles such epic figures as Marquis Le Bat, Stupendous Gent, Empress Amazonia, Arachno Kid, Prince Aqueous, Lord Wolverton and fourteen more. Each card showcases their portrait along with a brief biography and country of origin on the reverse.

Each card measures 2 1/4" x 4" printed in color both sides onto sturdy 14 pt.cover stock. Set is packaged in handmade paper portfolio with decorative gold foil stamp on the label.

Union of Superlative Heroes card set. Written and illustrated by Chet Phillips.
Visit his Etsy store.

Prank Pack Gift Boxes

These are great gift ideas for the holidays! Found these over at Gizmodo: you see, these gift boxes are completely empty, with the idea being you put the real gift inside and trick the recipient. You better not put a real alarm clock or pet grooming tool in these boxes, or you may just get throttled.

A special offer will net you three for $20, otherwise order as many as you want over on the product page here: www.prankpack.com

Monday, November 29, 2010

Apocalyptic Art of Vitaly Alexius

There is a good interview over at Creativefan regarding Vitaly Alexius.
Presented today is the romantically apocalyptic art of Vitaly Alexius, along with an interview that offers insights into his creative mind, along with inspiration from his artwork and advice for aspiring artists.

How would you describe your style, in a sentence or two?
“Dreaminism” – a feeling experienced in the split second before the waking, a thin line in which the mind still doesn’t realize which is more real – the dream or the world you wake into, when you can still clearly remember the dream, yet it is about to fade away. In my paintings I create realistic scenes of existing cities- New York, Moscow, Toronto, San Francisco- with a catalyst twist in them.

Do you have a favorite work that you’ve done, or something you’re especially proud of? Why that work especially?
Seasonscape, It’s been seen by 1.3 million people.

Visit both of his websites below, for more of his artwork.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I've shown this optical illusion to many people, but keep forgetting to post it here.

At first, it seems as if the brunette in the back is wearing no clothes at all! But on a second look, you realize that only her left arm is visible, while front girl’s arm gives us an illusion of nakedness.

30 Awesome Disaster Movie Money Shots

When you get a few minutes, head over to io9 and view their list of the best disaster clips from some great movies.

Every great disaster movie has some moments of pure, epic destruction, where everything collapses, burns or blows up real good. Bonus points for destroyed landmarks and victim cameos. Here are 30 amazing money shots from the greatest disaster porn flicks.

For the purposes of this round-up we're defining a "disaster movie" as one where the main point of the film is the disaster. So Godzilla qualifies, butSuperman: The Movie doesn't. We also decided not to include any clips from the venerable 1970s Airport series, but you can watch some of thosehere, here and here.

Below are the splodiest, most cracktastic, scariest and most expensive-looking scenes of destruction from 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Cloverfield, Armageddon, The Core, Deep Impact, and many other movies. It's in gallery format, so you don't have to wait for 30 videos to load in your browser. If you want to see it in non-gallery format, click here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Use the Font Luke

An Ad Agency in Italy came up with these great Star Wars posters using only type. There's even a little menu guide at the bottom to let you know which fonts they used to create these.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Haunting Images

I just stumbled upon famed horror photographer Joshua Hoffine. He creates images based on our fears.

My images are not photoshop collages. I use photoshop to finesse details and to adjust color and contrast for printing. I use friends and family members as actors and crew. Everyone works for free. We do it for fun.

This is my new photograph called ROBOT. This time the theme is addiction and dependence, especially as it pertains to technology.

This project began as a commission. An Electro Synth Rock band from Ontario Canada called Raggedy Angry sent me an email asking if I would be interested in creating cover artwork for their new album entitled HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE OUR ROBOT OVERLORDS. I told them they had me at the word 'Robot'!

Go Here to see the setup for the photoshoot.

This is my Horror photograph, called KEYHOLE.
What if you look through your keyhole and discover an axe murderer right on the other side of your door?

For me, this image is about the mechanics of Horror. I wanted to create an image that would cast you – the viewer – as a character in the scene. I centered on the idea of having the camera look through a keyhole, believing that this device would establish an implicit P.O.V. perspective for the viewer. This image is about voyeurism, about seeing something that you shouldn’t, and worse – being caught in the act. In this image you – the viewer – are the incumbent victim.

Go Here to see the setup for the photoshoot.

My Horror photograph, called BABYSITTER.

The concept of the escaped lunatic appears in at least three of my favorite Horror films: BLACK XMAS, HALLOWEEN, and WHEN A STRANGER CALLS. There is something very vulnerable about the teenage babysitter – no longer a child, but not yet an adult – attempting to shoulder grown-up responsibilities.

Ultimately though, this photograph focuses on just one thing – what if something awful was waiting for you right around the corner?

Go Here to see the setup for the photoshoot.

My photograph, called LADY BATHORY.

Lady Elizabeth Bathory was an actual person. She was a Hungarian countess in the 16th century, and one of the most prolific serial killers in history. Apocryphally, she bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth and beauty.

The story of Lady Bathory serves as a cautionary tale on the dangers of vanity, and comments on the current preoccupation with youth and beauty in our contemporary society – from the mainstreaming of plastic surgery and botox injections, to body waxing and even piercing and tattoos.

I wanted to create a contemporary version of the Lady Bathory legend. In my photograph, the bloodletting is depicted as a kind of spa treatment, with Lady Bathory wearing a green mud mask and cucumbers on her eyes.

Go Here to see the setup for the photoshoot.

I am interested in creating photographs that employ archetypal imagery to act out universal fears. These are the subjects I look for. The more common or cliched the fear, the more I want to make an image of it. We can all relate to the idea of a monster hiding under the bed, but we’ve never seen a photograph of it before. Through photography, I want to explore archetypes that we are already familiar with. I want to drag our psychological monsters out into the light of day and take pictures of them.

We can all remember being children, when our fears were still very primal. My photographs remind adults of things they used to be frightened of, but have forgotten about. Recover the memory, and you recover the fear.

I try to style my sets so that they reflect a sense of innocence and nostalgia. Many of the elements in my sets, such as wallpaper patterns and furniture, come from the 1940′s and 1950′s, which for the U.S. represents a period of relative innocence. It helps me to create a familiar psychological backdrop for the primal drama unfolding.

Stolen Images

Via: Some might call it plagiarism, but the knock-off is an art form all its own. For this week's Shooting Challenge, readers assembled to duplicate or parody some of the most iconic photographs in history.

I ended up 'stealing' Arnold Newman's portrait of Igor Stravinski (1946).

While I am a big fan of some of Stravinski's music, I do NOT play the piano or know any pianists that could help me recreate the picture. So I ended up doing a self-portrait, featuring my own 'creative' instruments: a laptop and a mechanical pen. As far as the setup, I used a tall ironing board (for placing the laptop) and a very low chair (for me to sit) to be able to get the same perspective as the original picture. After running back and forth over 30(?) times using the camera's self timer, I now understand why some people use remotes.
-Diego Jiménez

As I am sure others will have done with this contest, I took a stab at the iconic Apollo 8 Christmas Eve photo of 1968, which showed the Earth as a lonely "blue marble" in space for the first time. It was an amazing photo that resonated with people around the world.

I took a more human perspective on recreating this "moon shot." With the help of a very willing, naked, patient, and unnamed female accomplice, I used my Canon T2i and a small LED flashlight, and set a small globe about 5 feet from the bed on top of a table. I took a few shots with each subject in focus. The final photo is a mashup.
-Eddie Cevallos

Darkness at the edge of town: Springsteen in Haddonfiled, NJ via Stefanko.
-Emilio Madrigal

I came across Doisneau's portrait of Picasso and I loved it. Not only does it work since this week's challenge is to "steal" a photo but as other users pointed out it was Picasso to say, ""Good artists copy; great artists steal". When I first saw this I looked quickly and didn't realize that his "fingers" were in fact rolls of bread. I thought it would be fun to try and recreate.
-Elizabeth Fleming

Stolen picture: Pink Floyd - Back Catalogue

I'm honestly not even a Pink Floyd fan, but for some reason this is the first picture that came to mind for this challenge. It became a weekend family project as well. The two kids brushed the Barbies' hair and helped style them. They also helped paint the ceiling and spray paint the back wall (we used a spray paint with some texture so it wasn't just a white wall) and the pillars (which are two wooden rods). My boyfriend constructed all of the "building" and assisted the girls with their tasks. The pool is a plastic tub and the walls, ceiling and beams are all foam-core. The window glass is vellum painted orange/yellow and then we got a sheet of tiles at Home Depot and the girls grouted it with sand from their sandbox (BF's idea). I hand painted two of the bodies fully (I think you can tell which, haha) and the others I painted the base coat color, then sized and edited the other album cover pictures in photoshop then printed them off and glued them to the backs. We had to add two Barbies to the collection since we didn't have a red head or another brunette and we happened to find TWO perfect ones at the store. All the Barbie's got their haircut as well due to the fact their hair is too darn poofy for the spacing needed in the shot. Some of the lighting was a little harder then I thought it was going to be so if I had about 5 more hours in the day I would have loved to perfect that.
-Gretchen Pitluk

I once again roped my husband into this photo challenge (he refused to do the Demi Moore picture from the cover of Vanity Fair — NO FUN. We had a difficult time getting the angle just right, and it wasn't until afterwards that I realized he probably should have been bending forward on one knee, but after the post-processing work I'm pretty happy with the result. My husband rocks a mean jailhouse Rock Band guitar.
-Nicole Lombardi

I was really excited to do this challenge, and i immediately knew which photo i wanted to recreate. We actually have a few of Robert Longo's pictures hanging in our apartment and we love them!

It didn't take much persuading the wife. She put on the black dressed and did her thing. I shot it against our bedroom wall and greyscaled the picture in lightroom after. I'm really pleased with the result.
-Ben Morris

I found this photo of Sharon Stone by accident, and came to think about the photocallenge. Called my friend up and she agreed to do the shoot with me. The time to do makeup and hair was 3 times longer than the shoot it self. We also had an argument regadring the need for adding som content to the men's briefs she was wearing...the original kind of looks like there was something there :)

The original photo that we used for our shoot is an autographed glossy, but it seems to originiate from a photosession Sharon Stone did for a Itailan magazined called Max.
-Christina Blom

When i read the new shooting challenge I immediately knew which photo I wanted to use. I looked over at my dog, and there she was, laying on a reddish blanket. How convenient...
-Becca Alves