Force Wind Power, Luke. 40 credits at ThinkGeek.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
"No doubt, the gun is a notion synonymous to death, but a movie camera in the shape of a gun is really a pleasing idea. The rare movie camera that simulates a military gun is a true handiwork with a black case and 5x lenses mounted on the wooden rifle stock. The rifle stock cameras were used by reporters during the Vietnam War. The weird but attractive gun movie camera, which is available on eBay for a decent $1,318, is a blend of guerrilla art and homemade gadget awesomeness that you can take out in public places and capture your favorite moments with a click of the trigger."
Via Animation Archive:
"By the end of the First World War, the techniques of waging war in the hearts and minds of the public had entered the modern era. Propaganda had become much more sophisticated and powerful. By WWII, leaders realized that battles could be fought and won on the homefront. Propaganda became an important part of motivating the population to work together toward the common goal of defeating the axis powers. Compare the WWI posters in this and the previous post to the examples from WWII presented here. Notice how the design and layout enhance the emotional impact of the concepts. Many of these posters still pack a wallop."
Monday, January 26, 2009
Guac Bowl is this Sunday. And it's just about the most important thing to happen to holidays (if you, like me, consider Super Bowl sunday a holiday) since, well, Halloween. The rules are simple: bring a guac, try everyone else’s guac, then vote. There are four categories open to competition:
•Best Traditional Guac (no weird ingredients),
•Best Alternative Guac (some special ingredient, or prepared unusually),
•Best Presentation (which has become, over the years, the most creative and impressive category -- see photos),
•The Icarus Award (for the guac that attempts to fly the highest, only to fall the furthest).
Last year I won Best Presentation for my GuacAlien, and I'm hard at work creating this year's entry. It's a secret for now, but I'll keep you posted on how it turns out. Meanwhile, check Adam's Guac Bowl site for more information, ideas on hosting your own Guac Bowl, and tons of pictures from years past.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Ralph McQuarrie is a concept artist/futurist best known for his design work on the Original Star Wars Trilogy (pictured below). Recently discovered, however, was a whole stash of his concept art for the original "Battlestar Galactica" tv series (above). No wonder the Battlestar Vipers look so much like X-Wings.
Browse the galleries at the following links:
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
My friend Adam is super talented. Check out his new series, Vast Food Nation. Episodes 1, 2, and 3 are part of your complete breakfast.
Episode 1 - The Green Death
Episode 2 - The "Fun" in Funeral
Episode 3 - Kidnapatorious
While the voices are mostly Adam's friends (listen for me as both a Budweiser Frog and Paparazzo) and the always-hilarious Bill Dwyer, I still think the greatest part is the character designs. What a challenge it must have been to create characters that have just the right amount of "same-yet-different-ness" to their corporate counterparts.
Anyway, enjoy the episodes, and help Vast Food Nation achieve its rightful moment of internet glory.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Eric Tan creates posters for Pixar. On his work, he says:
"The bright colors and flat shapes were inspired by the Disneyland attraction posters you see when going through the tunnels at the entrance of the park. Even when I was 6, I remember thinking those things were amazing, so getting to reference them for this project was a thrill in itself."
I love those old Disney posters too, Eric. See more examples of Tan's work here and here.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Last month I posted on the artwork of Tom Whalen, who makes posters for classic movies. I said that I'd love to try to do one for Superman: The Movie in this style... so here it is. I'm not 100% sold on the look of the text yet, but overall, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Click the image for a larger view.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
"Hitchcock" was created by designer Matt Terich as an homage to the iconic lettering that so often appeared in Bass’ title work. The font is not a faithful digitization of any particular title sequence or poster — in fact, type designer Nick Shinn notes that Bass didn’t do the actual lettering and veteran Robert Trogman adds that Dave Nagata did most of the drawings — but it does give a general sense of Bass’ rough, hand-cut style.
Jump to Typographica for more Bass-inspired fonts, like this one: