Friday, July 30, 2010

The Awesome and Deadliest Art in the World

Luke Jerram makes the deadliest art in the world. His subjects have caused pain and suffering for hundreds of millions of people throughout history. They are infectious, they are resilient, and they are everywhere.

- Born in Stroud, England and now living in Bristol UK with his wife Shelina and two children Maya and Nico (Bellic?)
- Diagnosed with dichromatic colorblindness at an early age
- Led to obsession with the mysteries of human perception, both its idiosyncratic nature and its innate limitations
- Where does the visual perception of an object end and the memory of it begin?
- His goal: to explore the tension between a viruses’ devastating beauty and their devastating impact on humanity


-The Collaborators: University of Bristol virologist Andrew Davidson, glassblowers, Kim George, Brian Jones and Norman Veitch
- Took inspiration from high-resolution electron microscopic images, creating large, painstakingly accurate glass sculptures of viruses and bacteria such as HIV, E. coli, SARS, and H1N1 (Swine flu)
- Took over 5 years of development and research
- Jerram and his collaborators created glass genomes, carefully placing them on tiny pedestals within what would become viral envelopes
- They then closed up the tops before adding final touches of spikes and glycoproteins, which were shaped and melted on while keeping the whole work at roughly the same temperature


- The question of pseudo-colouring in biomedicine and its use for science communicative purposes, is a vast and complex subject. If some images are coloured for scientific purposes, and others altered simply for aesthetic reasons, how can a viewer tell the difference?

- How many people believe viruses are brightly coloured? Are there any colour conventions and what kind of ‘presence’ do pseudocoloured images have that ‘naturally’ coloured specimens don’t? How does the choice of different colours affect their reception?

- Our belief about what viruses and bacteria look like have undoubtedly been born out of media depictions of them. images of viruses are originally taken in black and white on an electron microscope and then they are coloured artificially

- Jerram is exploring the tension between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent, their impact on humanity

- The problem is that you end up with the public believing that viruses are these brightly coloured objects. These are often portrayed in newspapers as having an air of scientific authenticity and objective truth, whereas actually that isn’t the case. You can end up with some images that potentially promote fear

- With 3D sculptures, there’s also a tangibility you can’t get from flat pictures. There are diagrams of a virus and then there are photographs of a virus from electron microscopes. The purpose of a diagram is to communicate details in a very clear and concise way, whereas the scientific photos of viruses do something different. And a 3D representation makes you look at it in yet another, different, way

H1N1 (Swine flu)
H1N1 (Swine flu)
Small Pox
E. Coli
H1N1 (Swine flu)
Future Mutation - Photograph by Luke Jerram

Thursday, July 29, 2010

incredible Shadowgraphy Art

Shadowgraphy or ombromanie is the art of performing a story or show using images made by hand shadows. It can be called "cinema in silhouette". Shadowgraphy is not to be confused with shadowgraphy associated with radiographs or the broad topic of "shadowgraphs". It should also not be mixed-up with shadow puppetry or shadow play--shadows formed using cutouts, puppets and other articulated figures. Performers of the art are often called a shadowgraphist or shadowgrapher.

I have always wondered how to cross my fingers the right way in order to create a shadow that looks like a dog. Now I know how to create a human face!!! This art is called shadowgraphy or ombromanie. It’s not that difficult to learn, and it looks incredible!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wonderful Players Carves on Eggs by Chinese Artist

Monday, July 26, 2010

Beautiful Comic Book Inspired Vector Artwork

Ever since I was a child I have been a fan of comic books. In October of 2009, I wrote a post titled: CG Artwork: Superheroes and Villains. In that post I assembled some amazing examples of superheros and villains created in CG. In this post you will see some beautifully designed comic book inspired vector artwork created by talented artists from around the globe. Hopefully one of these creations will inspire you to create your own amazing design. Enjoy!

Spiderman - morning swinger by Simon Gough

Deadpool by Gio Puno
Breezy Day by Stanley Lau
painting by Christian Nauck
Wonder Woman by ratscape

Batman vs. Superman by Simon Gough

Galactus by witchking08

Iron Man 26 cover coloured by Simon Gough

painting by Christian Nauck

Big Bot by lordmesa
Nika by Mario Wibisono

Captain America Geo by Jamie Roberts

I Am Iron Man by lordmesa

Girl Wonder by lordmesa

IronMan - Granov redub by Simon Gough

Real American Heroes, Vol. I by MA3L33

Cyclops Geo by Jamie Roberts

Colossus coloured by Simon Gough

Supergirl 02 by Brainforsale

Fantastic Four - First Family by Simon Gough

transformers cover by strongstuff


Iron Man by djace1121Daredevil n' Black Widow by Simon Gough

Grimlock by lordmesa

Murdock by Simon Gough

Daniel Dume Poster 1 by Cristiano Siqueira

La Reina 3D by lordmesa

Ms. Marvel by ratscape

Prime Time by lordmesa
Flash by lordmesa

Real American Heroes, Vol. II by MA3L33

the Rocketeer by lordmesa

Tank Girl by akugyouza

Spiderman by dsgncore

The Jokers Gamble coloured by Simon Gough

Boy Wonder by lordmesa

Batgirl Ink by Baldwin

Wonder Woman 2 by ratscape
BatMan Vektor by Psikophat

Darth Maul by witchking08

Cannonball by witchking08
DJ Shwann commission by Simon Gough
Penitence by Simon Gough
Stormshadow by Simon Gough


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