In his ongoing series of photorealistic oil paintings called the Aging Superhero, Swedish artist Andreas Englund takes us into the candidly humorous life of an anonymous superhero who has probably seen better days. Though he still puts up a tough fight, the wear and tear of battling crime has taken its toll on this elderly action figure.
The Bottom of the Ninth, is A Unique Animated Graphic Novel App for iPad, Now Available on the App Store. The app keeps with the integrity of a traditional comic layout, but enhanced with fully animated 2D and 3D animations, an original score, and professional voice actors. The Bottom of the Ninth App is available for $3.99 from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore. New chapters of the graphic novel will be available via In-App Purchase as they are released.
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Does making art make you happier? This week on Science of Happiness, Julian investigates positive art therapy with a special guest.
Short film commemorating the 75th Anniversary of SUPERMAN. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder teamed up with artist and animator extraordinaire Bruce Timm to create a two-minute short that traces the Man of Steel’s history from Superman’s debut on the cover of 1938’s Action Comics #1 all the way to Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.
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Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
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If you grew up with side-scrolling run-and-jump video games like Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog, you probably spent a little bit of time imagining what it would be like to make your own. With Pixel Press ($10), you too can create your own video game (without ever writing one line of code). Start with their downloadable grid paper by drawing your own paths, obstacles, moving platforms, spikes, and more. Then scan it into the app using your iOS or Android device — the app takes it from there, letting you test, design, and even play your creation. Once you’re satisfied with the game, share it with the world and give others the opportunity to beat your high score. Read more about the Pixel Press Interactive Platform HERE
Most think of Walmart as a place to shop. But to Brendan O’Connell, Walmart is a place to get inspiration for his abstract paintings. Erin Moriarty of “48 Hours” takes a trip down the food-packed aisles with him to see Art inspired by retail.
Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired. Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art.
Over on Vimeo, Kogonada has put together a brief but still pretty thrilling compilation of one-point perspective shots from across Kubrick’s body of work. Essentially, these sequences find Kubrick favoring building shots of precise symmetry, often leading the eye to a single vanishing point on the horizon. It’s a distinct trademark from the filmmaker, but one that whenever utilized, seems chosen with purpose, and consistently feels fresh.