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Untooning Jessica Rabbit

This is both fascinating and creepy at the same time. It was uploaded by YouTube user pixeloo, who asks that viewers visit his blog.


Google Cultural Institute

So I’ve discovered a website/application so mind blowing, I have to climb to a top of a mountain and shout it to the world.  Err, maybe we’ll just skip the whole mountain climbing business.  But I simply have to share it with y’all.  It’s called Google Cultural Institute.

On their About page, Google describes the project as:

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online.

With a team of dedicated Googlers, we are building tools that allow the cultural sector to display more of its diverse heritage online, making it accessible to all.

Here you can find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.

This idea of sharing knowledge and making the world’s treasures available to everyone is great.  I think it’s a beautiful example of how the internet can be a force of change, serving the greater good. (Not that I’m opposed the wasting hours and hours watching funny cat videos…:P )  What Google is doing here is an amazing thing for those who don’t live in areas where art museums or other cultural attractions are available.  If I want to see famous artwork I don’t have to throw down a bunch of money, pack my bags, and fly across the country (or ocean) to see it.  Google is bringing it to me, in the comfort of my own living room, and they’re not charging a dime for it.  That’s pretty neat.

Aside from the convenience of what they’re doing, I also think it’s going to revolutionize education.  Part of why I was so struck by the Cultural Institute is that it makes so very much possible for educators.  In the example of an art teacher, such as myself, who uses Art Project (a subsection of the larger Cultural Project),  I can show famous artwork to my students in a format that allows them to get up close and personal, zooming in to ultra-high quality photos so close they can see individual brush strokes.  They can virtually tour museums.  The students can also pick and choose items to compare side by side, activating higher thinking.  Teachers and students can curate their own lists, whether it’s their favorite items, art from a specific period, or pieces that support a current unit in the curriculum.  On top of that, they can search pre-organized sets or look at collections put together by other people.  And best of all, Google has gone ahead and made print-outs and lesson plans available to educators.  I’d call that more than just a nifty tool.  It’s fantabulous.

(See more About Art Project.)

But I realize I’m rambling when maybe not all of you care as much about how teachers can use this.  I’ll let Google’s promotional/how-to videos speak for themselves, and let you imagine the possibilities.

P.S.  Expect to see more content from Art Project featured here, on my blog.

P.P.S.  Google didn’t pay me anything to post this.  I’m just really excited about what they’re doing (can you tell?) and want to share it with others.

Avengers – High Tech Art

Everyone’s busy raving about The Hobbit, or Life of Pi, or the upcoming Les Miserables, but it wasn’t too long ago the must-see movie was The Avengers.  I myself got to experience it on the big screen (Woooo Joss Whedon) and almost got to go twice.  I came across this fascinating feature about the design of the “glass screen” interactive holographic control panels of the Helicarrier and Iron Man’s suit in The Avengers.

User Interface panels on the Helicarrier

Those control panels at first seem to play a relatively small role in the movie (though Jayse credits them as appearing in 70% of the movie).  In fact, you might not give them a second thought.  But that’s why they’re a success.  You delay disbelief, for the panels were designed to look authentically high-tech.  They look really spiffy and thus fit right in to the setting of the movie.  Please visit the webpage and enjoy the full selection of images in full size, high quality.

Somebody had to put a lot of thought into the design of these.  That person was largely Jayse Hansen.

Jayse Hansen is a freelance visual artist working remotely from Las Vegas, NV for film and television. He has built a solid reputation as a creative-art director for print, web and motion design with clients ranging from Symantec to MTV and Fox. His latest work has been in the specialized niche area of fictional UI (FUI) and data design for feature films such as 2012, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Avengers.

But Jayse humbly makes sure to share credit with his creative partners:

Add on note – I’m all about giving credit where credit is due (mainly because I’ve never gotten credit until this film – screen designers typically don’t unfortunately.)

A lot of people are giving me sole credit for everything designed in the film – but I don’t deserve that much credit. I like to always mention that I was part of a small elite crime-fighting team called Cantina Creative.

Visual Effects Producer
Sean Cushing
Creative Director
Stephen Lawes
Visual Effects Supervisor
Venti Hristova
Visual Effects Coordinator
Lilly Shapiro
Assistant Coordinator
Jason Ramsey

“Club Suave” badass Design and Animation team
Jonathan Ficcadenti
Alan Torres
Navarro Parker
Sang Shin
Asuka Ashizawa
Takashi Takeoka
Sarah Blank
Lukas Weyandt
Leon Nowlin
Jayse Hansen

Helicarrier Damage Report

I’m going to include some of the “image dump” from Jayse’s website, seen here.  Be sure to check it out for all of the beautiful images, and the full artist’s statement.  In short, he described it as:

This page represents just a small part of what I did in my 7 months buried in the Avengers Universe, and an even smaller part of what the entire team did for the film. There’s also the Loki search monitors, the on-screen playback monitors, stark devices and the science lab monitors (which just used my designs as the foundation framework.)

We had a ton to do – these screens are seen in over 70% of the film, and I’m proud of what our team pulled off under the guidance of the always awesome Venti Hristova.

Just to be on the safe side, I want to declare that I make no claims to this, and all rights reserved to Avengers TM & © 2012 Marvel and Subs and pertinent parties.  I just wanted to spread the appreciation for these stunningly designed CG and the brilliant minds behind it.  You can find more of Jayse Hansen’s work here.

Iron Man Red Alert

Iron Man Suit Screen

Torrential Experience

There’s a new installation at the Barbican gallery.

…you too can now control the elements and part a deluge of torrential rain in the Barbican‘s Curve gallery. The latest work by a young experimental practice, Random International, Rain Room invites brave visitors to enter a hundred-square-metre downpour, without getting in the slightest bit wet… As visitors step up on to the stage, these identical vertical lines of driving rain begin to be repelled, as if each body is giving off a kind of invisible magnetic field. As you step further in, the rain closes around you, enveloping each silhouetted figure in a perfect cylindrical void. It is a startlingly surreal experience.” Source Oliver Wainwright, writer for

I find the experience fascinating.  My favorite aspect of the installation by Random International is the viewer’s reaction.  Though I wonder if instead of using the traditional term, viewer, if I should instead describe them as interactors.  The sense of awe, astonishment, curiosity, and challenge apparently displayed by the interactors is intriguing.  Each reaction is different.


The Unfinished Swan: Art Inspired Video Game

The Unfinished Swan


Art Circles iPad App

Check out this cool, free app for the iPad. I love how they use famous art like a flipbook of transitioning images.

Google Art View

Now you can virtually visit museums you might not get the opportunity to physically visit.  Great opportunities to cultivate a greater understanding of famous artist’s work.

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