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Alien: The Archive art and photo book

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See the true origins of the Alien xenomorphs through concept drawings along with plenty of other behind-the-scenes photos, designs, and illustrations in Alien: The Archive, a new hardcover art and photo book.

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Vantage: gorgeous new photography publication

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Over at Medium, my colleague Keith Axline (former Wired photo editor) launched a magnificent photo publication called Vantage, with photo essays ranging from astonishing photo microscopy to a fascinating series on long-exposure photography to an aerial photo collection from Dronestagram.

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Invader does Spock

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"Cheers from Vulcan!" says French street artist Invader of his latest Paris installation. (via @invaderwashere's Instagram)

Drew Friedman portrait of Daniel Clowes

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The great illustrator Drew Friedman drew a portrait of the great cartoonist Daniel Clowes. Amazing! 10 prints are available.

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Kickstarting a book of amazing body-painting


Astounding bodypainter Paul Roustan is running a kickstarter to publish a book of his unbelievable work.

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Open call for digital art funding proposals from Thespace

Paula writes, "TheSpace is the largest fund currently dedicated to commissioning and exhibiting digital art. This latest funding call is dedicated to work that considers or responds to the affordances of mobile networked devices - whether that is a phone, wearable, tablet or..."

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"Cat in a Cardboard Box" by Hine

catinboxHine Mizushima is an illustrator, slow crafter, and puppet stop-motion video artist. We've shown her work on Boing Boing many times. I love her Flickr feed, where she shows her latest creations, like "Cat in a Cardboard Box."

WATCH: Japanese doll maker at work

Many thanks to Andreas for sharing this lovely video of a doll maker in Japan.

Painting with fire

Artist Steve Pazuk uses a flame to "paint" shadows on paper and then manipulates the soot with various tools to produce marvelous dreamlike imagery.

This in-the-moment creative practice coupled with the fluidity of the soot, creates a torrent of images, shadows and light. Fuelled by the quest of a perfect shape that has yet to materialize, he concentrate in a meditative act and surrender to capture the immediacy of the moment on canvas.
(via Devour)

Packing tape art of Mark Khaisman

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Mark Khaisman creates remarkable images using common packing tape and light boards. Since his early portraits with basic white and brown tapes found in any office, he has expanded to other colors and themes, below.

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Worst. Album. Covers. Ever.

The fine folks at CoverBrowser have curated 150 specimens of the world's worst album covers of all time, covering every genre. Share your recommendations here. Below are a few examples.

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Payday loans for kids


Pocket Money Loans is the latest from prankster/artist Darren Cullen (previously), offering 5000% APR loans to children so that they can "get out of debt with a loan" and "spend each day like it's your last."

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NYC art show: Addams, Garcia, McGrath, Peck

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Four of my favorite artists on the darker side of pop surrealism -- Jessicka Addams, Camille Rose Garcia, Elizabeth McGrath, and Marion Peck -- are in a group show right now at New York City's Sloan Fine Art gallery.

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The story of Venice's "gentleman thief" and an amazing art heist

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At Epic, a captivating and beautifully-designed longform true story about Venice's "Gentlemen Thief" Vincenzo Pipino: "Magicians, Mafiosos, a Missing Painting, and the Heist of a Lifetime, by Joshua Davis and David Wolman.

Selfie from 1909

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Of course, artists have been taking selfies for centuries, but Zinaida Serebriakova was one of the best.

Chocolate replicas of Jessica Joslin’s animal bone sculpture

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Jessica Joslin collaborated with Annabel de Vetten-Peterson of Conjurer's Kitchen to make a delicious Belgian chocolate replica of her sculpture, “Morrigan.”

Handmade from white chocolate, this exquisite piece of edible art comes beautifully packaged in a black box with a small print of the original sculpture. Available in the USA for $35 and in Europe for £22.50.

It will also be available for $25 at Firecat Projects, during the exhibition of The Immortal Zoo at 2124 North Damen Ave. Chicago. Oct. 24-Nov 22.

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Fabian Oefner's ferrofluidic cover for Guster's new album

Watch artist Fabian Oefner manipulating ferrofluid (magnetized liquid) and watercolors into a stunning psychedelic pattern that appears on the cover of alt.pop trio Guster's forthcoming album Evermotion.

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Beautiful junkbot rayguns


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"Hive" (middle class colony collapse)


Jud Turner writes, "'Hive (middle class colony collapse)' is the latest in my series of sculptures depicting hallucinatory factory scenes, and ponders the loss of bees and an ever-shrinking middle class, both likely results of modern industrial methods and monopoly capitalism."

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Spooky lips


Just one of the many outstanding creations of Eva Senín Pernas, a talented make-up artist. (via Seanan McGuire)

The Immortal Zoo: animal bone sculptures from Jessica Joslin

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Typewriter-parts cat


New from Jeremy Meyer, who makes brilliant assemblage sculptures out of typewriter parts: Cat XXI, a classic Hallowe'en cat rendered skeletal and wistful through the medium of obsolete mechanical components.

Documentary about an artist's relationship with extraterrestrials

Brad Abrahams is making a documentary about a 70-year-old man named David Huggins who has had a lifetime of close encounters with extraterrestrials (including losing his virginity to one) and shares his experiences through oil paintings. Above, the trailer for "Love And Saucers: The Far Out World Of David Huggins"

Audrey Kawasaki's Hello Kitty painting

Audrey Kawasaki painted Hi Kitty for the Hello Kitty exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, running until April 26, 2015. Thirty-nine other other artists also participated in the show.

Woman sees 100 times more colors than you

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Artist Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat, meaning a genetic mutation in her eyes enables her to see approximately 100 times more colors than an average person.

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Marian Bantjes – Ornate designs that are utterly inspiring and ingenious

Style and design, as in music and food, is idiosyncratic and personal. What inspires one person is merely a shrug for another. My preference is for a minimal style, but designer Marian Bantjes goes for the maximal – maximum decoration, and ornamentation. Ornate is not my style but I find her designs to be utterly inspiring and endlessly ingenious. I’ve spent days studying this large-format monograph of her work, exploring each and every flourish for hours because there is so much to explore. Her productivity is astonishing, the amount of work required for each item is mind-boggling, and the result of all this attention is spirit lifting. She is visually witty. Her flourishes and swirls have meaning. And she has grown her own distinctive style that few can imitate. Besides all this, she is a fantastic writer. This is one of the very few design books you can spend as much time reading as looking. Bantjes has the uncommon ability to be self-aware and critical of her own work, and seems eager to teach others by publishing her dead-ends and failures. I love it when artists “show their work” on the way to the final version. Bantjes discloses everything, and that honesty is the best teacher, and has won me as her fan. Her ceaseless inventiveness in calligraphy and design will delight anyone who inspects it closely.

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Beautiful Rocky Horror lithos


Backers of the Rocky Horror Saved My Life documentary post-production effort can one of these beautiful posters for a $20 contribution. I saw them in person today at New York Comic-Con and they're gorgeous.

How Dali and Halsman made "In Voluptas Mors"


One of the most iconic images of Salvador Dali's career was the photo of a skull composed from the artfully arranged bodies of nude models.

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Creation in bedlam

IMG_2595.JPG Artist CJ Draden (website) works amid the chaos of New York Comic-Con, where more than 125,000 attendees will pack Manhattan's Javits Center this week.

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Jakub Rozalski's dystopian sci-fi countryside paintings

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The future bullies its way into the traditional European countryside in German artist Jakub Rozalski's dystopian paintings.

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