One of the greatest strategy board games ever made, chess has been around since 1090. The game reached Europe via the Islamic world the word and the term “checkmate” began as the Persian phrase “shāh māt” which means “the King is helpless.” Now it is one of the most popular games in the world and Italian photographer Francesco Ridolfi has decided to bring both sides of all 6 chess pieces to life. In his exquisitely imagined and executed “Chess Portraits” series, Ridolfi shows us the duality of each piece with a white and black costumed version of the Queen, King, Bishop, Knight, Rook and Pawn. The props, character choice, and costuming is so well done that it will be difficult not to picture these characters during your next chess match. [Read more...]
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Every year at yacht shows around the world, new edgy concepts are released as enthusiasts, designers, and people with really deep pockets look on hoping to catch a glimpse of something that stirs their souls. Unfortunately, just like in List25′s article on 25 of the world’s coolest concept cars, most of these models will never make it too market. Even if they don’t though, they’re at least fun to look at and in the worst case scenario you’ll still end up with a list of 25 ridiculously cool concept yachts to dream about. [Read more...]
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...]
Interested in concept-art, graphic novels and animated movies from a young age, Saint-Petersburg based artist Alex Andreyev makes dreamlike paintings both nightmarish and utopian. Interestingly he has used everything from traditional ink and paint to Photoshop and managed to keep his style consistent along the way. This is possible, he says, by limiting his digital tools to a simple set of brushes. [Read more...]