Arty Awesomeness Featured Inspirational Designs

Inorganic Flora By Macoto Murayama

Digital artist Macoto Murayama makes the most detailed computer-generated illustrations of flowers. Murayama dissects real plants and observes them under a magnifying glass before rendering the geometric structures on his computer.

Murayama takes anywhere from three days to a month to create each piece. The results are truly incredible, showing the beauty and complexity of flowers. Take a look at some of them below.

See the full list of images and descriptions at The Telegraph.

[via Pink Tentacle]

Awesomeness Cautionary Tales Featured Video Clips

A Gentlemen’s Duel – Now With Steam-Powered Mecha!

Aaah my lady. Your grace is matched only by your boobies, err, I mean your beauty.” With an opening line such as that, you know you’re in for something special.

In this hilarious animated short from Blur Studio, a cunning war of words between two gentlemen who seek the hand of a beautiful lady, quickly erupts into an EPIC battle in giant Steampunk mecha!

Packed full of explosive action and sexual innuendo, it’s one period drama you won’t soon forget. See it below or watch it in high quality on YouTube.

That’s totally made of win, don’t you think?

[via The Awesomer]

Mindlessness Video Clips

YouTube Goes 3D

This past weekend, I went to watch Ice Age 3 in 3D at a local cinema. Not a drop of alcohol had touched my lips that day so the movie was mediocre at best.I wasn’t completely wowed by the 3D effects either BUT I did keep the 3D glasses because I look hot in them there might come a time when YouTube goes 3D. I said that as a joke but it turns out that the video sharing site is doing just that. For realsies.

For each 3D video, you’ll note a View Style drop-down list with different options for the glasses you might have. If you don’t happen to possess a pair of 3D glasses, you can select the cross-eyed option for example, and then squint you eyes to achieve the desired effect. Apparently some people can get it right, others are just spastic at it.

At this minute the 3D videos can’t be embedded so you’ll need to go directly to YouTube to view them, so try this. Maybe this. And possibly this. Did I mention this? ;-)

And here are some tips for making your own 3D videos.

[via Zoomdoggle]


Amazing Trompe-l’œil Art

Trompe-l’œil, or “trick the eye” is an art technique that has existed as far back as Greek and Roman times, and involves creating incredibly lifelike 3D scenes on flat surfaces. And Californian-born artist John Pugh creates such trompe-l’œil murals on the sides of buildings. Here are three of my favourites – click to embiggen.

This is an Egyptian style mural adorns a wall in Los Gatos, California.

This earthquake scene located in Los Gatos was created following a genuine earthquake in 1989.

This mural in Honolulu tricked the fire crews into thinking a child was about to get crushed underneath a tidal wave.

More of Pugh’s murals can be found at Damn Cool Pics.