The Warped Digital World of Jordan Speer

Welcome to the warped digital world of Jordan Speer. His illustrations create a surreal environment full of robots and strange machinery with a distinctly humanistic twist… mostly, everything from drum sets to rockets and drilling machines come to life and grows gigantic eyes. It’s as if we have traveled to some alternate universe or distant future where technology is alive and aware of its environment.

Game Changer: Camera Creates 3D Rooms in Minutes

When it comes to the task of creating 3D images of interiors, complete with furniture and a myriad of colors and textures, the job until now has been highly labor intensive. Now, a new system called Matterport is doing that same job in only a matter of minutes, and making it almost as easy as using a point and shoot camera. The devise, based closely on the Xbox Kinect (in fact the prototype was literally this), uses twin lenses on a hand held unit which connects to a laptop. By simply walking around the room and “painting it,” a mass of depth and color information is collected and interpreted into a 3D environment.

Santtu’s Painterly 3D Illustrations Go Pop!

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.

Endearing Monster Drawings Pop From the Screen

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.

3D Elevator Illusion Shocks London Shoppers

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?

Nervously Interactive Artwork Blends Virtual & Reality

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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.

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

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.

The Presence of Absence: Negative Space

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.

Floating 3D Portraits in Panes of Glass

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.

3D Portraits: Visible From Only One Viewpoint

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 mmike.com.