Data + Design Project

Santtu’s Painterly 3D Illustrations Go Pop!

Tuesday 04.10.2012 , Posted by

I really can’t pull my eyes away from these snappy illustrations by Santtu Mustonen. His highly unique style has a three dimensional, painterly look that is unlike anything I’ve seen. The renderings are as crisp as they are bright, many looking like extruded swirls of multi-colored wet paint. Only adding to the grip this work has on my attention, Santtu has animated a number of his illustrations in GIF form, giving them some of the smoothest and perfectly rendered motion I’ve seen from this sort of thing. [Read more…]


Endearing Monster Drawings Pop From the Screen

Monday 03.19.2012 , Posted by

It seems like the web is being overrun by animates GIF images, from short movie clips to 3D photographs that trick us into seeing all their dimensions… but to see an artist who makes his own artwork look 3D, that is very unique. These imaginative images look a lot like a cross between the cartoon work of Matt Groening and the linear qualities of the late Maurice Sendak, complete with friendly looking monsters. Seattle based illustrator/artist Dain Fagerholm has taken his original pen based artwork and remixed it in stereographic GIF form, giving his images the pop of simulated 3D. [Read more…]


3D Elevator Illusion Shocks London Shoppers

Thursday 02.16.2012 , Posted by

If you saw a warning sign outside an elevator shaft, would you still press the button and wait for the doors to open, or would you take the stairs? In the case of one London elevator, if you did wait, you’d notice that when the doors opened the floor was completely gone, exposing all the inter workings of the elevator shaft below. Would you take the stairs then, or would you take the risk of your life? [Read more…]


Nervously Interactive Artwork Blends Virtual & Reality

Monday 02.13.2012 , Posted by


We have come a long way in the field of artistic projections, and new ways of interacting with these images are quickly creating an exciting world of moving, touchable beauty. Much like the screens on a mall floor allowing shoppers to jump on bubbles and virtually pop them, or the hologram of virtual Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku, the world is becoming increasingly interactive and virtual… in the case of Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza’s ‘Nervous Structures,’ the interaction is simple, flowing and beautiful. [Read more…]


This Is A Painting! 3D Fish Painted in Layers of Resin

Thursday 01.12.2012 , Posted by

Don’t be fooled, the image above is not real fish, but a carefully painted series of layers encased in clear resin! The work of Japanese painter Riusuke Fukahori, the pieces are incredibly hard to distinguish from actual living fish… so much so, we included some shots of him making the paintings below. [Read more…]


The Presence of Absence: Negative Space

Thursday 01.05.2012 , Posted by

Early in the 1980s success came easily and quickly for a talented young artist named, Daniel Goldstein. He had exhibits and displays in large museums, and he was on the fast track to a life that many artists only dream of having. [Read more…]


Floating 3D Portraits in Panes of Glass

Wednesday 11.30.2011 , Posted by

The heads of famous figures float quietly like holographic images in NFN Kalyan’s 3D glass sculptures. To create the effect, his works use multiple planes of glass with layers of the figures features meticulously etched into their surfaces. Viewed from directly ahead, the faces appear completely in 3D; only when the viewer moves to the side do the joined layers of glass begin to reveal the true nature of the illusion. [Read more…]


3D Portraits: Visible From Only One Viewpoint

Saturday 10.01.2011 , Posted by

Only when you stand in just the right location do the portraits of Michael Murphy pop into view. His highly detailed works are created using a large array of media, using multiple layers that only align from one viewpoint. The resulting images are so seamless, they almost seem to be created with Photoshop. See more of his work at [Read more…]


The Lion King: Original Concept Art

Monday 09.26.2011 , Posted by

Last week Lion King 3D hit theaters, so we wanted to bring you some of very cool concept art from the original production. So far the new rendition of the film has earned a whopping 29 million on it 3D release, greatly surprising executives at Disney who where estimating it would make around 10 to 12 million. You can see Lion King like never before, from Setempber 16th to October 1st. [Read more…]


3D Paintings That Explode From The Canvas

Saturday 08.20.2011 , Posted by

Marchal Mithouard (aka Shaka) is a French artist whose paintings literally pop off the canvas into the world around them. To create his pieces, Mithouard first creates a bas relief of his figures on canvas, then paints them in his multi-colored, street art style. Be sure to check out this video of a painting on facebook to see the full detail of his 3D effect. [Read more…]

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