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by Dan Colman

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15 Aug 14:34

Lauren Bacall

by (Gilles Vranckx)
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Beauty never dies...
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15 Aug 11:10

Robin Williams

by (Gilles Vranckx)
Robin Williams
Rip crazy bastard
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15 Aug 19:19

Illustrations by Chris Appelhans

Illustrations by Chris Appelhans

14 Aug 16:17


by (Brecht Vandenbroucke)
Shady B*tch, episode 3
Acrylic on paper, A3.
13 Aug 05:17

Frank's Baloo & Mowgli

by (Andreas Deja)

For the film The Jungle Book Ollie Johnston animated the introduction of Baloo and his first encounter with Mowgli, the man cub. Frank Thomas took both characters over, starting with the scene above.
Mowgli has just ran away from Bagheera, and all he wants right now is to be left alone.
But Baloo is too interested in getting to know this unusual jungle creature. He wants to have some fun and challenges Mowgli to a boxing match. After a while he let’s the kid hit him in the jaw and pretends to be on the loosing end of this game. 
This sequence is beautifully written and brilliantly animated by Frank. Since there is a lot of motion involved (broad as well as subtle) with both characters as they circle each other in this mock fight, Frank ended up doing ALL of the rough drawings himself. There are no in-betweens. 
This is actually not that unusual, since Frank usually contributed most or all of the drawings for any of his scenes. Other animators would often use a moving hold for calm moments, which involved only two key drawings with lots of in-betweens provided by the assistant. But Frank seems to always have something going on, even in the most subtle acting patterns. Something is always moving, things don’t come to a stop. 
As a result of producing so many drawings for a given scene, Frank could not focus on gorgeously designed poses or expressions. So his drawings by themselves might not look too intimidating to an animation student or professional, but watching them in motion is a whole other potato. The characters come to life in such a believable way, they breath, they move with weight, and they have real thoughts.
In other words, they have a soul.

Here are a few moments from Frank’s scenes, in which Baloo tries to cheer up Mowgli and win his affection. 

To watch some of these scenes in motion, go here:
13 Aug 06:52


by Álex Pérez

I was not sure of the pic I was going to post this morning, until Mr.Facebook told me it is my loooooooooved Fraulein Katzentanz’s birthday today!!! So, in less than 7 days, welcome to a new chapter of BIRTHLYWOOD.

If you usually read my blog, it’s well know by all of you the devotion I feel for this lady… and I have very very very cool pics of her waiting to be published. If you haven’t seen them yet, it is only because I am being paaaatient, waaaaaaaaiting for the cat lady to do it, because what we did is simply EPIC. In my humble opinion, of course.

Like this one… taken in Essen, in the woods, early morning, cold and rainy day… I have already told this story, so let’s go straight to the point: Joyeux anniversaire mon amour!!!

Have a very nice day and stay pure and gorgeous… and of course, I hooooooooooope nobody forgets to give you lots of (kitty) presents.

See you soon super Katzentanz, miiiiiiiiiiiss you!!!

FRAULEIN KATZENTANZ – Pic By Álex Pérez (2014)

No estaba seguro de que foto iba a publicar esta mañana, hasta que el Señor Facebook me avisó de que hoy es el cumpleaños de mi amaaaaaaaaaaaaada Fraulein Katzentanz!!! Así que, en menos de 7 días, bienvenidos a otro capítulo de BIRTHLYWOOD.

Si soléis leer mi blog, conoceréis muy bien la devoción que siento por esta dama… y tengo fotos muy muy muy guays esperando a ver la luz. Si no las habéis visto aun es porque estoy teniendo pacieeeeeeeeeeeeeencia y esperaaaaaaaando a que ellas las muestre, porque lo que hicimos es sencillamente ÉPICO. En mi humilde opinión, naturalmente.

Como ésta… tomada en Essen, en el bosque, tempranito por la mañana, día frío y lluvioso… ya he contado esta historia anteriormente, así que vayamos directos al grano: Joyeux anniversaire mon amour!!!

Disfruta de un día genial y sigue así de pura y tremenda… y naturalmente, espero que nadie se olvide de darte montones de regalos (gatunos).

Nos vemos pronto súper Katzentanz, te echo de menos!!!

12 Aug 15:41

Shady B*tch

by (Brecht Vandenbroucke)
Acrylic on paper, A3
11 Aug 09:57

Breathtaking Timelapse of Earth Made from Publicly Available ISS Photos

by twistedsifter


Using publicly available photographs taken by astronauts onboard the International Space Station, Bruce W. Berry edited this incredible timelapse sequence. All footage was color graded, denoised, deflickered, slowed down and stabilized and then complied and converted to 1080 HD at 24 frames/sec by Berry.

Music: “Manhatta” composed & performed by The Cinematic Orchestra

Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Locations of footage in the order of appearance:

1. A Jump over the Terminator
2. Sarychev Volcano
3. From Turkey to Iran*
4. Hurricane Irene Hits the US
5. Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean Through the Cupola*
6. Central Great Plains at Night*
7. Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean*
8. Aurora Borealis from Central U.S.*
9. Up the East Coast of North America*
10. Myanmar to Malaysia*
11. Western Europe to Central India
12. Middle East to the South Pacific Ocean
13. Aurora Borealis over Europe*
14. City Lights over Middle East*
15. European City Lights*
16. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
17. Moonglow over Canada and Northern U.S.*
18. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (1)
19. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (2)
20. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (3)
21. Stars and the Milky Way over the Atlantic*
22. The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (1)
23. The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (2)


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07 Aug 17:51


by Christine

Another piece to be completed for Parlor Gallery in September.


06 Aug 22:04

Opening Night: “Perverse Foil” by Karen Hsiao and Dan Quintana at Marcas Contemporary Art

by Caro
When we visited Karen Hsiao and Dan Quintana in their Los Angeles studio last month, they were hard at work on their collaborative show, “Perverse Foil”. It is a project that have been brainstorming about since 2009. On Saturday, they finally celebrated the opening at Marcas Contemporary Art in Santa Ana. At the event, attendees were treated to a live reenactment of their collaboration through a photoshoot by Hsiao in front of a backdrop by Quintana. She compliments Quintana’s surreal world with new black and white photographs and notably, her first figurative oil paintings and graphite.
06 Aug 21:32

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05 Aug 00:48

Whips n chains, 22” x 12.5”,  Mixed Media on...

Whips n chains, 22” x 12.5”,  Mixed Media on illustration board, 2014.

When pleasure is pain, all the pleasure is mine.

05 Aug 12:46

more rodrigo luff so you do not forget

more rodrigo luff so you do not forget

02 Aug 04:11

Kolchoz - Werchter

Rock Werchter sinds 1975 - Manteau / View more by Kolchoz here
01 Aug 17:51

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01 Aug 07:30

Brian Eno’s Take on the Gaza Conflict Appears on David Byrne’s Web Site

by Dan Colman


On his web site, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne writes:

I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno. I shared it with my office and we all felt a great responsibility to publish Brian’s heavy, worthy note. In response, Brian’s friend, Peter Schwartz, replied with an eye-opening historical explanation of how we got here. What’s clear is that no one has the moral high ground.

First comes Eno’s clearly heartfelt condemnation of civilian deaths in Gaza (particularly the death of children) and America’s apparent indifference to what’s happening there:

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack – apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are – hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.

Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won’t sign up to it.

What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But – for Christ’s sake! – it’s not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY?

What follows is part of futurist Peter Schwartz’s response, which, rich in historical detail, splits the blame somewhere down the middle. Echoing Byrne’s sense that the two sides have lost their moral positions, Schwartz notes:

Even though I have no support for the Israeli position I find the opposition to Israel questionable in its failure to be similarly outraged by a vast number of other moral horrors in the recent past and currently active. Just to name a few; Cambodia, Tibet, Sudan, Somalia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina, Liberia, Central African Republic, Uganda, North Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Venezuela, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Zimbabwe and especially right now Nigeria. The Arab Spring, which has become a dark winter for most Arabs and the large scale slaughter now underway along the borders of Iraq and Syria are good examples of what they do to themselves. And our nations, the US, the Brits, the Dutch, the Russians and the French have all played their parts in these other moral outrages. The gruesome body count and social destruction left behind dwarfs anything that the Israelis have done. The only difference with the Israeli’s is their claim to a moral high ground, which they long ago left behind in the refugee camps of Lebanon. They are now just a nation, like any other, trying to survive in a hostile sea of hate.

We should be clear, that given the opportunity, the Arabs would drive the Jews into the sea and that was true from day one. There was no way back from war once a religious state was declared. So Israel, once committed to a nation state in that location and granted that right by other nations have had no choice but to fight. In my view therefore, neither side has any shred of moral standing left, nor have the nations that supported both sides…

I don’t think there is any honor to go around here. Israel has lost its way and commits horrors in the interest of their own survival. And the Arabs and Persians perpetuate a conflict ridden neighborhood with almost no exceptions, fighting against each other and with hate of Israel the only thing that they share.

To read the complete exchange, head over to Byrne’s site and read Gaza and the Loss of Civilization.

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29 Jul 19:42

Cocoa Farmers Tasting Chocolate for the First Time in their Lives

by twistedsifter


The Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans used in the manufacturing of chocolate. As of 2009 they supplied approximately 30% of the cocoa produced in the world [source].

Yet many of the cocoa farmers have never tasted the end result of their labour as a bar of chocolate is far too expensive for the average farmer to afford. In this video we see a number of cocoa farmers tasting chocolate for their very first time.


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16 Jul 18:23

The Ultimate Banksy Gallery (127 photos)

by twistedsifter
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Banksy is one of the today’s most prolific artists yet his identity remains unknown. Best known for his satirical street art, the artist debuted his first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop in 2010. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature the following year.

Banksy’s work has been thoroughly documented online and the artist remains active to this day. Most recently Banksy took over the streets of New York, unveiling a new artwork each day for the month of October 2013. The self-proclaimed ‘artist in residence‘ for the city of New York also released two new pieces which can be seen below (#2 and #106).

In this comprehensive post that spans much of Banksy’s artistic career, we enjoy 127 outstanding examples of the artist’s work.



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16 Jul 08:22

TS Sullivant 11

by (Andreas Deja)

Exactly one hundred years ago this Sullivant cartoon was publishes in Life magazine.
A whole century later he still stands alone as a master of caricature of not only animals, but people as well. 
The following illustrations show how inventive, unconventional and original he was when handling human types. If I was teaching a class on character design, I would have all of my students study these proportions, poses and expressions. This stuff is so way ahead of today’s animation designs. I don't mean that modern animated characters should look like Sullivant's work, it's just a level of excellence in general that I am missing in most productions.

Here is another selection of Mr Sullivant’s delicious drawings, to inspire and to remind everybody, who is interested, of a higher standard. 

My first post on Sullivant focused on his masterful animal designs:
07 Jul 16:14

 ’Mukashi Mukashi’ & ‘A New...

 ’Mukashi Mukashi’ & ‘A New Tenant’

I was asked to contribute to the Heroes in A Half Shell: A TMNT Tribute Exhibition for Gallery Nucleus, which will be opening this Saturday.

I thought it would be fun to show Splinter and crew with Shredder’s vanquished helmet, only kicking it back to the feudal age of Japan it’s based off of. No mutations and a samurai helmet.

I grew up with the 90’s TMNT and finding out that the new Krang was no longer the campy robot kangaroo pouch with alien brain baby left me nostalgic. It felt like Krang had left his out dated model back in ‘87 for a shiny new ride, and I couldn’t help thinking it’s probably still sitting around somewhere collecting dust, overgrown with plants.

08 Jul 18:14

nevver: Edwin Ushiro

06 Jul 17:24


by (Brecht Vandenbroucke)
Acrylic on paper, A3
30 Jun 15:03

How To Put On Pants Without Using Your Hands

by twistedsifter


Should you find yourself in a situation where you need to put on your pants and do not have access to your upper extremities (i.e., your arms), this video will demonstrate the way to do it with style and grace :)


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26 Jun 15:40

Hardware Wars: The Mother of All Star Wars Fan Films (and the Most Profitable Short Film Ever Made)

by Jonathan Crow

Back in 1977, San Francisco filmmaker Ernie Fosselius had the brainwave to make a spoof of a movie that had just come out. It was a risky move. Nobody had any sense that Star Wars would become the worldwide cultural phenomenon that it did. And just as George Lucas’s space opera earned staggering amounts of money, so did Fosselius’s parody, Hardware Wars. You can watch it above. Made for a mere eight grand, the 13-minute movie became a pre-internet viral hit and a staple on the festival circuit, ultimately earning over $1,000,000 – an unheard of haul for a short film. In fact, in terms of money spent versus money earned, Hardware Wars ended up being far more profitable than Star Wars. And it’s considered the most profitable short film ever made.

“I think a lot of the charm of that movie is the fact that we didn’t really know what we were doing,” said Scott Mathews, who donned a blonde wig to play the movie’s lead, Fluke Starbucker. The movie’s production is so gleefully cheap and half-assed that you can’t help but be charmed by it. Irons, toasters, and tape players are used in place of spaceships. A canister vacuum cleaner stands in for R2D2, and Chewbacca appears to be a Cookie Monster puppet dyed brown. At one point, while on a desert planet of Tatooine, you see a beach-goer sauntering in the background. And Star Wars’s famous cantina scene is in this movie simply a stroll through a crowded tavern. If you know anything about the bar scene in 1970s San Francisco, you know that it was at least as weird as anything George Lucas managed to put up on the screen.

The often litigious Lucas reportedly really liked the movie, called it “cute.” He even invited Fosselius to voice the inconsolable sobs of Jabba the Hutt’s animal trainer after his beloved Rancor gets killed by Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.

Hardware Wars ended up launching an entire subgenre of movie – the Star Wars fan film. And with the advent of Youtube and digital filmmaking technology, the ability of nerds and mavens to make increasingly sophisticated takes on Lucas’s universe became easier and easier. One of the better, and older, ones is Troops. A mash up of Star Wars and the reality TV series Cops, the short shows the challenges and the struggles of being an Imperial Stormtrooper. Check it out below.

via FilmmakerIQ

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Watch the Very First Trailers for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi (1976-83)

Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers Break Down Star Wars as an Epic, Universal Myth

Hundreds of Fans Collectively Remade Star Wars; Now They Remake The Empire Strikes Back

675 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.

Jonathan Crow is a Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in Yahoo!, The Hollywood Reporter, and other publications. You can follow him at @jonccrow.


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27 Jun 00:58

How To Fool Baboons Into Revealing their Secret Water Supply

by twistedsifter


Baboons always have a secret supply of water but getting them to reveal the location is another story. When the Machalahari people go hunting, water is scarce and knowing where a fresh supply is located is invaluable.

This is a clip from the 1974 nature documentary Animals are Beautiful People. The film is about wildlife in Southern Africa and was filmed in the Namib Desert, the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango River and Okavango Delta. It was directed and written by Jamie Uys, who is most famous for his later film The Gods Must Be Crazy.


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25 Jun 20:53

natalie foss is also working on an exclusive art for AFA, I...

natalie foss is also working on an exclusive art for AFA, I don’t know about you guys but I’m dying to see what she will present for us! I bet it will be something unforgettable…


and if you are an artist and whant to go up there sweet talk to me