A gorgeous time-lapse video of clouds around the San Francisco Bay area:
1:36 looks like waves lapping at a shoreline. Creator Simon Christen appropriately calls it “The Unseen Sea.”
Via: The Atlantic
“It’s an enjoyable process and a unique way of creating imagery. I often go around London and just sit there with a typewriter drawing what I can see or doing portraits.”
An English modeler named Phillip Warren has created replicas of every ship afloat in the Royal Navy out of matchsticks.
The patient hobbyist began assembling his collection in 1948, using simple tools of a razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper to carve the matches and boxes and pieces them together using PVA and balsa wood glue.
More than 650,000 matches have been used to create every class of ship in the Royal Navy in incredible detail on a scale model of 1:300. And he has even crafted 1,200 model aircraft out of matches to make his scale-model carrier ships look even more realistic.
The link has more photos, including one of Warren at work from 55 years ago.
Via: Oddity Central
Here’s a three-year-old Fred Sanders essay called “How to Look at Art”:
Even more awkward is the moment when you encounter a painting that grips you. For some reason it stands out from the crowd of images you’ve already seen and makes a powerful connection. You like it. It moves you. You’ve seen something new and interesting here. But after about 90 seconds, you have to admit that you don’t really know what to do next.
He offers practical tips on how to “look more gooder” and thus, how to access art in a way that can make viewing more enjoyable for the layman.
The members of the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society operate one of the largest model train lines in the U.S. The layout for their model covers 1,700 square feet and can accommodate up to 10 trains simultaneously.
Nearly a mile of track winds through the layout’s miniature landscapes and tiny towns, featuring replicas of a wide variety of structures and scenery. Craggy yellow hills, made of wood and wire mesh, rise well above eye level.
Though the terrain is not modeled on any place in particular, its dusky hues evoke what member Ted Moreland calls “freelance western railroad.”
The level of detail here is amazing. Click through for many more photos, including one of the miniature railroad ties and spikes they lay by hand.
One of my college roommates proposed to his now-fiancé using this technique, and it made for a great set of photos.
UPDATE: The Gizmodo challenge invitation page also linked to this excellent stop-motion light painting video by Freddie Wong:
The advertising agency Grey created these ads for Pilot Extra Fine ballpoint pens. They feature tatted up Lego dudes and gals:
Click through for the rest of the photos.
A group called the Baaa-Studs presents their video called “Extreme Shepherding”:
I didn’t know you could train dogs to make sheep do that.
Artist Jeff Nishanaka creates sculptures out of paper. Think supersized origami:
He began working with different types of paper, learning how to shape, bend and twist them onto various shapes that ultimately became amazing artworks. Because he treats paper like a living, breathing thing, Jeff Nishinaka manipulates paper in the least invasive way, trying to maintain its integrity. This makes his works special, and easy on the eyes.
Follow the link for more photos, and links to other impressive paper artists.