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Quirky Stereographic Drawings by Dain Fagerholm

The humble animated GIF is one of the older image formats. First introduced in 1987, there has been a resurgence in the use of animated GIFs in recent years, be it in memes or the more arty cinemagraphs.

Illustrator Dain Fagerholm creates some wonderfully quirky animations that he calls stereographic drawings. By constantly flitting between two images, the animations trick our eyes, giving us the impression that they are in 3D. Using this technique, Fagerholm brings his adorable hand-drawn monsters to life. Have a look at some of them after the jump.

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Explore Your Dual World

As part of their latest advertising campaign for the dual SIM card smartphone, Galaxy Y Duos, Samsung Portugal uses projection mapping to create a wonderful multimedia presentation. As the human model covered in reflective paint sits on a chair and serves as the canvas, the digital projector transforms him into a myriad of people and things. Have a look at Explore Your Dual World below.

[via Fast Co. Design]

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FOTONICA is a first person shooter jumper that reminds me of all the good times that were had in REZ. Created by Milan-based game design studio, Santa Ragione, FOTONICA is a free-running game set in an abstract vector landscape where you speed through a level, jumping from one platform to another, and collecting the pink dots along the way. The games relies on the use of one button and what seems like a simple task is quite deceptive, especially for someone like me, who has as much spring in my step as a dead flea. See the trailer to FOTONICA below.

You can play the demo on Kongregate or you can download the game (34 MB) from the FOTONICA website to speed through all the five levels. If you like the game, you can give the developers some real money, however little or as much as you like, according to their “Pay What You Want” pricing system.

[via Creative Applications]

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Goldfish’s “We Come Together” Celebrates Retro Games

Popular South African band Goldfish shows love for all things retro in the music video for the single, We Come Together taken off their album, Get Busy Living.

We Come Together was created by Mike Scott with contributions by some 20+ artists from every continent in the world (except for Antarctica, because who the hell would willingly live there?) The music video features lovable characters and scenes from your favourite retro arcade games. It has Angry Birds, Darth Vader, Hello Kitty, and Keyboard Cat. It has fatalities, giblets, and katamaris. It’s got voxel art, claymation, and chiptunes. All in all, it is made of WIN.

If you’re interested, find the “making of” video after the jump.

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Tall Painting is Awesome

Oh my, what a wonderful idea. This video directed by Dave Kaufman shows the painting style of a New York-based artist, Holton Rower. Instead of restricting his painting on flat canvases, Rower uses gravity to shape his colourful pieces.

Kaufman has also created a time-lapse video of this painting process. Have a look at that after the jump.

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The Chalk God

If you liked China’s invisible man, you may appreciate another one of its other characters, the Chalk God. The talented Mr. Hou from somewhere in China likes to draw things for his son and a few weeks ago he uploaded some of his street art to a local BBS. The Chinese netizens loved his work so much they named him the Chalk God.

3D chalk art has always been striking and Mr Hou’s work is no exception. His favourite pieces include a “Happy Birthday” message to his son and a vegetable planting piece – take at those and some more of his amazing chalk drawings after the jump.

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Marvel Gets TRON-ified recently put up a special range of covers which shows our popular comic book heroes into a new light, Tron-style. This also highlights that Marvel has begun designs for a Marvel Tron comic, Tron: The Betrayal. It is a miniseries so I’m hoping that it’s full of quality!

Since Disney’s acquisition of Marvel I have been very weary of the future for comics, but it seems that Marvel is keeping its true spirit alive. I just hope it doesn’t go further than this.

Walt Disney Pictures’ 3D adventure, Tron: Legacy is due in theaters on December 17th. So along with this, Marvel comics has produced these variant covers to promote the new film. These characters have been re-imagined to tie in with the Tron universe, and of course, to get us even more hyped up about this highly anticipated film. The artists, Mark Brooks and Brandon Peterson, have truly nailed the crossover.

Tron: Legacy is a sequel to the original 1982 film and promises new material and a great cinematic experience. Tron: Evolution is the tie-in video game, scheduled for release late this year as well. I’m hoping that these Marvel characters can make some guest appearances in there.

So here are some of the Marvels’ Tron variant covers:

Captain America

More pics are up after the jump

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AJ Fosik’s Amazing Animal Sculptures

AJ Fosik’s animal sculptures are truly striking and remind me of the Sri Lankan devil masks that are used in dances to ward off evil spirits. What initially looked like papercraft to me is in fact wood and Fosik is able to work wonders with the material. He uses wood, paint, nails, and minimal help from his computer to create some very colourful, intricate, and hypnotic 3D pieces. Have a look at them after the jump.

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Lights: An Escape-The-Room Game

Unless I’m on holiday, I have no love for Mondays. If you share the same sentiments, then you’ll relish the opportunity to do something stimulating. If that is your job, then good for you, but if not, then you might like this.

You made your way through ПРОНАЂИТЕ НАЧИН ДА ИЗАЂЕТЕ ИЗ СОБЕ and now it’s time to repeat the feat in another escape-the-room type scenario. Lights is one of the five visually pleasing ESCAPER games created by the sadistic developers at Neutral. The title itself implies sunlight or light in general may be key to your freedom.

Play Lights at and let us know how you got on.

[via bontegames]

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Purdy Wallpapers to Brighten Your Desktop #6

Of all the words I can’t spell properly, graffiti is definitely one of them. The only reason I get it right is because of the spell checker, thank you my omnipotent friend. Graffiti is the theme of our wallpaper post today, more specifically a digital form of it.

Australian motion graphics designer Brad Schwede has taken his love of digital art and graffiti and mashed them together. Graffiti Technica shows his graffiti beautifully rendered in 3D. Have a look at some of his creations after the jump.