Into the wild YInMn blue yonder

Friday, 15 July, 2016

YInMn blue

There’s a brand new shade of the colour blue for artists and painters to use, and it’s called YInMn blue, a name that derives from some of its constituent elements, including yttrium, indium, and manganese.

News of the new colour may not seem like a big deal to those who think one shade of blue is the same as any other, but the new pigment is safer, and easier, to produce. In fact, I never realised just how complicated the process of producing paint colour was.

“Ever since the early Egyptians developed some of the first blue pigments, the pigment industry has been struggling to address problems with safety, toxicity and durability,” said Subramanian in statement released by OSU. Existing blue pigments include ultramarine, made from ground lapis lazuli, and toxic alternatives such as cobalt blue and Prussian blue, making OSU’s discovery a major breakthrough.

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The secret life of bananas, illustrated and animated

Thursday, 14 July, 2016

Who would have thought it? Bananas have secret lives… an animation by Xander Marritt, and Elias Freiberger.

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Hathor’s room, a realm just beyond our world

Thursday, 14 July, 2016

Take yourself into another realm for a few minutes, with ·hathor|room·, by Melbourne based animator and artist Benjamin Portas.

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Ganz Berlin, a side of the German capital that goes unseen?

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016

Ganz Berlin, by Riccardo Torresi. If you think you’re familiar with the German capital, prepare to have your perceptions altered…

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Seminatural, an exhibition of work by Beastman

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016

Artwork by Beastman

I’m loving the work that Sydney based artist Brad Eastman, aka Beastman, has been exhibiting as part of his Seminatural show at Detroit’s Inner State Gallery. See more of it here.

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Venture into the greyscale zone with Bill Domonkos’ GIF animations

Monday, 11 July, 2016

So bizarre, yet so good… the GIF animations, and short films, of San Francisco based interactive designer, Bill Domonkos.

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What sort of a life would we have, if we lived forever?

Friday, 8 July, 2016

What if you were to live forever, or could somehow never die? What would your never ending life become to you? It’s a thought that New York based web and graphic designer Nico Gao explores in A G A I N, a short film that she wrote and animated.

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The charcoal drawings of Sydney based artist Catherine O’Donnell

Thursday, 7 July, 2016

Artwork by Catherine O'Donnell

Catherine O’Donnell is a Sydney based artist who works with charcoal to produce incredible drawings.

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Neil Mendoza’s amazing hamster powered hamster drawing machine

Wednesday, 6 July, 2016

The Hamster Powered Hamster Drawing Machine, created by Neil Mendoza, is exactly what it says it is. A drawing machine powered by what is effectively a running wheel for hamsters or mice. I expect the hamsters or mice are pleased that their exertion brings about a little more than some exercise on their part.

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Auto, by Conner Griffith… what speed is the speed of life?

Wednesday, 6 July, 2016

Auto, by US animator and filmmaker Conner Griffith. If I had made this clip, I might have called it The Speed of Life.

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