Gorgeous calligraphy using iPad and modified Apple Pencil

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In addition to making amazing pen-and-ink calligraphy, Ian Barnard is great with an iPad and Apple Pencil. And the latter allows for do-overs if you make a mistake halfway (or more typically, on the final letter or stroke). Read the rest

Beautiful wooden shell thingy is also a classic arcade cabinet

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8Bitdo's prototype Desktop Arcade Joy Stick is a) an entire retrogame cabinet, complete with controls, display and guts, b) excellently crafted from wood, c) a surprisingly beautiful re-contextualizing of the experience of play. I'd like to own an entire arcadeful of these, in sizes ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet tall, in a colossal building the exact same shape, with anarchoprimitivist propaganda and classic arcade slowruns depicted on its vast screen. The real thing, though, is perfectly desktop-sized: about 12" across. Read the rest

Artist who denied authenticity of painting wins in court

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Artist Peter Doig, accused of damaging the value of a painting simply by denying that he was its creator, prevailed in court this week. U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman found that there no evidence that Doig created the work, but plenty that it was by someone else: one Peter Doige, with an "e".

Doig maintained from the beginning that he was the victim of a opportunistic "scam" enabled by similarity of the two artists' names and the recent death of Doige. Meanwhile, the plaintiff claimed Doig was "embarrassed" by a juvenile work that happened to expose a youthful stint in prison [Doige, not Doig, was imprisoned.]

Doige's sister, Marilyn Doige Bovard, testified that the painting was her brother's work.

As Doig's work sells for millions of dollars, much was at stake; the case was watched closely by artists and dealers concerned about an outcome that made it dangerous to discuss their own work lest they be sued by hungry speculators.

Others were angered that the judge had let the case go to trial in the first place, costing Doig heavy sums to defend himself even after producing ample evidence the painting could not possibly be by him.

The case is unusual because disputes over the authenticity of a work of art normally arise long after an artist has died. When artists are alive, it is widely accepted that their word on whether a work is theirs or not is final. Mr Fletcher claimed Mr Doig had renounced the work to avoid admitting he had spent time in prison.

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Instagram for Windows 95

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Misha Petrick reimagined the Instagram app if it had come out 20 years earlier in Windows for desktop. Be sure to scan that .exe file for viruses! Read the rest

537 artists from 67 countries competed to make this gorgeous card deck

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Playing Arts held a design contest then turned winning entries for each card into a beautiful deck. Emi Haze shared how the winning 4 of spades was created, detailed above. Below, the rest of the winning 4 cards. Read the rest

Knomad Colab's pop-up public light art installations

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Knomad Colab is a husband/wife team of light artists who travel the US creating public outdoor art installations, often accompanied by music. Here's a video where they discuss their work: Read the rest

Lovely watercolor illustrations of The Silmarillion's first chapter

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Evan Palmer's reverent watercolors capture the verbal harmonies and surprising glories of J.R.R. Tolkien's origin story for the universe he created. Read the rest

"Translucent" statues haunt British forest

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Created by Rob Mulholland, the photon fairies await your presence in the wilds of Scotland. Just remember: if it bleeds, you can kill it—but these don't bleed. [via r/creepy]

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7 great anecdotes from a photographer of vanishing cultures

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Jimmy Nelson is a legendary photographer of humanity. He shares seven insights gleaned from his 48-year career, each one backed up with an interesting anecdote about how he got better at his craft. Read the rest

Classic album covers mashed up with Star Wars characters

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Steven Lear mashes up beloved albums with beloved Star Wars characters to delightful effect. Some highlights below:

See the whole collection here.

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Fun retro-future space posters

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Lynx Art Collection has some fun retro-future space posters in their collection, like this one titled Astronaut Hang Time. They also have a bunch of cool travel posters, like this one for Mars: Read the rest

How to light-paint a skeleton

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A phone, pen light, or LED is all you need to make this nifty long-exposure skeleton light drawing. Darren Pearson shows you how. Read the rest

Birds and other animals painted on feathers

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Krystle Missildine paints delicate animal portraits on feathers, like this robin on a macaw feather.

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The forgotten world of TV guide magazines, curated

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DON'T PARADE IN MY RAIN (via Metafilter) is a blog collecting scans of the magazines that were once our only guide to what's on the box. Replaced by the digital menus provided by cable boxes, they often featured striking illustrations by artists such as Gary Viskupic. Read the rest

10 Revolutions

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A moody, beautiful vignette honoring the landscape around Sitka, Alaska. Read the rest

Paperback Paradise: remixing vintage book-covers to reveal their hilarious, lewd subtext

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Since March, the unnamed genius behind Paperback Paradise has been remixing the often dreadful covers of vintage paperback novels, refining their base material into golden lewd, hilarious new work. (via Richard Kadrey) Read the rest

New Time magazine cover: Trump's meltdown

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Striking and to the point, but also funny. The story behind it writes itself, given the stunning abundance of hot material from the last few weeks provided by the Republican millionaire and candidate for president. But this quote, from a Clinton advisor, sums things up very nicely:

At Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn, aides still nursing scars from skirmishes with Bernie Sanders marveled at their good fortune. As in all campaigns, researchers watch every public event, read every interview, archive every tweet. “On other campaigns, we would have to scrounge for crumbs,” says a senior Clinton adviser. “Here, it’s a fire hose. He can set himself on fire at breakfast, kill a nun at lunch and waterboard a puppy in the afternoon. And that doesn’t even get us to prime time.”

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