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Pen and Ink Cityscape by Ben Sack

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With meticulous determination and a steady hand, artist Ben Sack picks up a black 0.05 Staedtler pigment liner pen and begins to draw the dense, intricate details of fictional cityscapes: buildings, roads, rivers and bridges. He draws until the ink runs out and picks up another pen. And another. And another. Sapping the ink from dozens of writing utensils until several months later a canvas is complete.

You can see more of his work on his website, and over on Tumblr. Prints are available here.

STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary

STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary

STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary brings together the world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die. STRIPPED explores comic strips in depth, why they’re so loved, and how they’re navigating this dicey period between print and pixels.

Support STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary HERE

Wes Anderson: Centered

Wes Anderson: Centered

Watching any film by Wes Anderson it’s impossible to ignore the director’s obsessive visual aesthetic. From his harmonizing use of color to impeccably constructed sets, every minute detail is considered and designed. Korean filmmaker Kogonada just released this supercut of one particular Anderson hallmark: the use of perfectly centered shots in Wes Anderson: Centered.

Kyle’s Ultimate Real Watercolor Brushes

Kyle's Ultimate Real Watercolor Brushes

Kyle’s Ultimate Real Watercolor Brushes contain over 40 finely-tuned Photoshop watercolor presets. These brushes produce natural wet edge effects, bleeds, and textures without the aid of any layer effects or added textures. You simply paint on your canvas. By combining the brushes, nearly any watercolor effect is possible. With these tools, you will have complete control over the paint; you can even produce happy accidents and interesting surprises, as well, by varying pen pressure and direction, much like real watercolors. There are brushes for detail work, broad washes, and everything in between. Only $7!

Get Kyle’s Ultimate Real Watercolor Brushes HERE

Ernest & Celestine Movie Trailer

Ernest & Celestine is a film is based on a series of children’s books of the same name published by the Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent. Terrific style of watercolor and ink illustration. Read more about Ernest & Celestine HERE

Pixar Makes Painterly CG

Pixar Makes Painterly CG

Last summer at SIGGRAPH, Pixar presented a paper offering some clues about one of the major new directions that CG feature animation is headed. The paper, “Stylizing Animation By Example,” explored how filmmakers could achieve more expressive rendering styles that disregard the perfect boundaries of computer graphics rendering and mimic traditional painting techniques. While non-photorealistic rendering is not a new concept, the system devised at Pixar contains a level of automation and consistency that would allow a sophisticated painterly style to be scaled for feature film production.

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1930’s Fleischer Studios Inspired Cuphead Video Game

Indie developer StudioMDHR’s introductory game Cuphead will launch in late 2014 on PC. The game’s graphics are turning a few cup-heads, as they are inspired by 1930’s-era cartoons from Fleischer Studios, “old Disney” and particularly artists like Mickey Mouse co-creator Ub Iwerks, Grim Natwick (Betty Boop) and Willard Bowsky (Popeye).

1930's Fleischer Studios Inspired Cuphead Video Game

Cuphead is a run-and-gun game with a world that includes branching pathways and bosses, as well as weapons and power-ups. StudioMDHR, which consists of brothers Jared and Chad Moldenhauer, said Cuphead is a “retro game” at its core, “meaning it leans heavier on gameplay and not as much on story.” The game’s basic premise surrounds our hero Cuphead gambling with the devil, losing, then having to find a way to pay the devil back.

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