Make Wearable Art With Klutz’s ‘Shrink & Link Jewelry’

Image: Klutz

I know I’m not the only one who has very fond memories of making things out of Shrinky Dinks as a kid. I recall only the pre-patterned pieces, though, themed for whatever was big at the time. There were so many. ‘Peanuts,’ ‘Garfield,’ ‘Smurfs,’ even ‘Mork & Mindy’ and ‘Buck Rogers.’ It wasn’t until I was an adult that I found plain sheets of the shrink plastic—even though they did exist when I was kid—but I was at a loss for what to draw on them. I needed ideas for projects. Still do. Continue reading

‘This Is…’ Art

Image: Laurence King Publishing

Art history need not be dry and boring. Homeschoolers and autodidacts alike have some marvelous resources at their fingertips. Gone are the days when one needed a guided tour of a museum or a thick coffee table book from the library to dig deeply into an artist’s works and life. Continue reading

The Art of John Harris — Beyond the Horizon


If you’ve read any science fiction over the past 40 years or so, odds are pretty good you’re familiar with Harris’s work, too. Since the mid-1970s, when he began taking on science fiction themes in his work — which he describes as “imaginative realism” — Harris has created art for books by a stunning list of writers, including Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Frederik Pohl, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, and Joe Haldeman. Continue reading

The Art of Titanfall


Today marks the release of one of the most anticipated games of the year. Titanfall was crafted by a co-creator of the Call of Duty franchise along with many key developers. The game has been under development for almost three years and is promising to stir up the first person shooter genre. Continue reading

The Art of the Brick — LEGO at Times Square

The Art of the Brick

If you happen to be in New York for New York Comic-Con this weekend and have some extra time on your hands, swing by Discovery Times Square for Art of the Brick, an exhibition featuring Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO sculptures. Continue reading

Giveaway of New Illustrated Edition of The Hobbit

Hobbit Jemima Catlin

Last week marked the release of a new, fancy, illustrated version of Tolkien’s beloved classic The Hobbit. And we’re giving away three free copies, thanks to the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Continue reading

Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters

Book cover for Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters

I think what I find most fascinating about these books is the glimpse into the creator’s mind that they afford us–watching how a mere idea progresses through character building, world building, story-boarding, and ultimately into the reality of film. Sure, I know that most of it is CG these days, but that doesn’t detract from the artistic talent and vision that went into creating it. Continue reading

The Art of World War Z — Script, Photos, and More

Art of World War Z Cover

First off… a big spoiler warning here. This book review will be covering the new World War Z movie. I can’t really talk about some of the elements in the book without discussing a few of the plot points in the movie, so feel free to finish this paragraph if you haven’t yet seen the film, but read no further. Continue reading

Zentangles: Small But Addicting Drawing Morsels

Zentangle Featured Image

I am drawing challenged. I have beautiful pictures in my head, but getting them to transfer through my hand to any kind of medium in the real world is usually laughable. My drawing skills never evolved past the fourth grade. It almost brings me physical pain to try to improve these skills. I used to doodle a bit as a kid, but I drew more abstract shapes than anything else. Not useful when trying to draw people, for example, unless you’re Pablo Picasso. Continue reading

The Art of Bad Robot


Bad Robot, the production company headed by J.J. Abrams, has created many popular TV shows and films in recent years, and now the company has inspired an art exhibit. The company is responsible for Lost, Alias, Fringe, Super 8, Cloverfield, Revolution, the reboot of the Star Trek franchise, and soon the next installment of the Star Wars saga, almost all of which are represented in the many works on display. Continue reading

Fully Dressed Redesigns of Superheroines


Michael Lee Lunsford, creator of webcomic Supernormal Step, has completed a series of artistic redesigns of comic book heroines, depicting them infuller attire than they are accustomed in print. Included with the re-imagined wardrobe are Zantana, Black Canary, Electra, Power Girl, Wonder Woman and Supergirl. Continue reading

Nanocupid: How Science Geeks Made a Little Love for Valentine’s Day

Physicists at Brigham Young University have developed techniques to strengthen nanostructures to make them stable. A research group led by physics professors Robert Davis and Richard Vanfleet recently completed a special holiday project to test their process: the Nanocupid. Continue reading