Paint With Lego

I’m a little late to the party with this one as it first surfaced a couple of weeks ago but, still, what a beautiful animation from Jon Rolph aka @CheesyBricks.

Paint is a superbly executed take on what I can only presume is a Piet Mondrian piece.  Abstract art involving Lego?  Win-win.

 

Bioluminescent Forest

I’ve seen projection mapping on lots of physical objects and defined surfaces before, but this is the first instance I’ve seen it interacting with nature and the result is really rather beautiful.

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Photographer Tarek Mawad and animator Friedrich van Schoor spent six weeks on location to create the Bioluminescent Forest.  Immersed in nature it gives a glimpse into their imaginations if all elements of the forest had the ability to emit bioluminescent light.

As ever, worth hitting full screen on this one.

The drops of liquid light falling on the toadstools at around 2:15 is one of my favourite effects.

The final video is magical and ethereal mix, a “wonderland of blinking and twinkling organisms” that bring life to the more static areas of the forest.

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It must have taken high levels of patience to deal with the accuracy required, but the result is impressively worthwhile.

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They personified the forest to accentuate the natural beauty by creating luring luminescent plants and glowing magical mushrooms that speaks volumes to any visitor that enters the minds of the artists through viewing “bioluminescent forest”

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Using pretty much just a laptop, a projector and a digital SLR camera “everything you see was created live, without any effects added in post-production”.

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Behind the scenes footage can be seen here.

25 Years Of Photoshop

I’m a big fan of Adobe Photoshop, it is a core piece of software that we use at work and is incredibly powerful.  From pure photo manipulation, to creating images from scratch, to mixed media collages, it’s so much more than a tool for correcting red eye or airbrushing models.

Last week I learned, to my surprise, that Photoshop has just turned 25 years old!

25 years of photoshop

Rather naively I thought perhaps Photoshop had come about in the mid-to-late-nineties, but in fact it all started back in the late 1980s!  You can see the full timeline history here.

The introduction of layers with Photoshop 3.0 in 1994 was a huge step in how you work with the software, having started working with Photoshop CS myself around 2004 some ten years later I can’t imagine it not having layers!

If you’re in any doubt as to some of the marvellous effects that can be achieved with it just watch this celebratory video, Dream On.

To celebrate the tool that has helped shape creativity, artists from all over the world contributed their most amazing dreams—and their working files with layers.  These PSDs were then animated layer by layer to create a film made in Photoshop.

Creative Cloud is already paving the way for the future of the software, just imagine how powerful it could be in another 25 years!

All the incredible artwork from the video can be viewed on Behance here.

Solar Dynamics Observatory

It’s been a little while since my last post but fear not, I’m still here.

In order to make the wait worthwhile my first post in almost a fortnight has to be something spectacular and hopefully you will agree that this delivers.

As of February 11th 2015 NASA‘s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been in space for five years, giving us unprecedented insights into behaviour on the sun.

the constant ballet of solar material through the sun’s atmosphere, the corona

The past year has given this incredible footage (you shouldn’t need reminding to watch this full screen).

To mark this significant milestone NASA have also put together a five year timelapse of the sun.  Yes, five years!  I’ve seen many a timelapse taken over a few minutes or even days, but years?  Wow.

This is one image taken every 8 hours from 2010 to 2015 to celebrate five years in space for the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Truly amazing stuff.

 giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the sun’s surface

Watch videos from the other individual years along with loads more information here.

 

Pixel Simpsons

Some blog posts don’t need many words, and this is certainly one where the title pretty much covers it.  A pixelated tribute to The Simpsons complete with 8-bit soundtrack .

Some lovely little touches, from the orchestra playing on handheld games consoles (and even one kid in what looks like an Oculus Rift headset at 0:35s!), Bart momentarily gaining super powers for “collecting” the nuclear fuel rod, even the slightly bizarre end sequence featuring the likes of King-Size Homer, Cannonball Homer, and Deep Space Homer to name but a few.

Now, where’s my old Game Boy…

How Pencils Are Made

I’ve looked at the seemingly simply pencil before, showing how complex each of the components that go into it really are.  But have you ever wondered how pencils are actually made?

I hadn’t, until this morning a tweet from Fi Scott caught my eye.

Anyone of a certain age will remember the brilliant programme Playdays that made daily stops along a bus route to different characters each week.  My favourite character was on Monday’s episode – the Why Bird.  So imagine my excitement when the tweet led to a video combining a childhood favourite with my modern day love for stationery!

Fascinating and educational!  Happy Friday!

Gigapixels Of Andromeda

On the 5th of January the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope released a ground-breaking image of the Andromeda Galaxy.  It is the biggest and highest resolution image ever taken of Andromeda.  That’s a big deal because it is the closest spiral galaxy to our own, the Milky Way.

The image is 69,536 x 22,230 pixels, a total of 1.5 billion pixels requiring 4.3GB of disk space!

Each dot of light in the image represents one of the Andromeda’s one trillion stars spanning over 40,000 light years.

Though that barely scratches the surface of what I’m sure will one day be an even larger picture – Andromeda is only one of the 200 billion galaxies (that we know about!) in the universe.

Wow.  Just wow.  Makes you feel kind of small, doesn’t it?

Via IFLS.


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