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Expressive Watercolor Illustrations by Zao Dao

March 17th, 2014 | Brain

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I’m loving these illustrations by Zao Dao, an artist based in Kaiping, China. She wields earth-toned watercolor paint to create these beautiful, Dalí-esque illustrations. I honestly don’t know too much about the artist. I suppose she doesn’t have the biggest presence in the Western world, but maybe that will all change soon.

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You can check out the whole collection at Zao Dao’s facebook site.

-RSB

[via TFIB]

Psychedelic GIFs from Henrique Lima

March 15th, 2014 | Brain

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Henrique Lima is a Brazilian artist who makes some of coolest GIFs on the web. The series titled, Mestre Fungo, is an pure acid trip, and probably not the good kind. Henrique animates flowing tears, bleeding noses, gashed faces, and melting skin in fluorescent colors that seem to jump off the screen.

Mestre Fungo translates to Master Fungus, and I think the name is very fitting!

See many more from the series at the artist’s site.

-RSB

Geometrical Drawings by Rafael Araujo

March 11th, 2014 | Brain, Robot

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Rafael Araujo is a Venezuelan artist who studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas. The illustrations were completed entirely by hand and each piece takes approximately 100 hours from start to finish! It’s an uncommon display of focus in today’s technology-driven atmosphere.

Via Wired: Before computer-assisted drawing, there were artists like M.C. Escher, who Araujo counts among his biggest influences. “When I first saw M.C. Escher, I was speechless,” he says. “His artwork was so akin to my geometrical taste.”

The calculated style of the work reminds me of the old masters: da Vinci, Botticelli, and Michelangelo.

For more, head to the artist’s gallery.

-RSB

Body of Knowledge: A History of Anatomy

March 10th, 2014 | Brain

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A new exhibition on the history of anatomy, Body of Knowledge, opened recently at Harvard and will be on display until December, 2014.

From the Harvard Museum of Science & Culture:

Body of Knowledge” will explore the act of anatomizing not as a process of mapping a finite arrangement of bodily structures, but as a complex social and cultural activity. By means of a diachronic perspective, the exhibit narrative cuts through the multiplicity of anatomical practices, presenting three important moments in the history of anatomy: sixteenth century dissections and anatomical drawings, nineteenth century anatomical practices, and contemporary use of both cadavers and digital technology for anatomic education. “Body of Knowledge” hopes to capture the complexity of the many people, places, and meanings involved in human dissection.

Seen above is Harris P. Mosher lecturing at Harvard Medical School in 1929. The giant skull was made in the 1890s and is a piece in the new exhibit. I’d love to have that on display in my living room!

-RSB

Editorial Illustrations by Karolis Strautniekas

March 4th, 2014 | Brain

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Karolis Strautniekas is an accomplished 25-year-old freelance artist from Lithuania. His work has been commissioned for several publications including The Independent, Creative Review, Usbek & Rica, and Taenk Magazine. The illustrations feature creative perspectives and rich textures, and the color palette fosters an almost jovial atmosphere. I think it’s just great. Head over to his portfolio to see many more.

You can also see some “work-in-progress” images at his Behance page.

-RSB

[via TFIB]

Can You the Solve the Rule?

February 28th, 2014 | Brain

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This is a quick game of logic that forces the player to think outside of his/her comfort zone. The video demonstrates how unwilling we all are to move away from our initial guesses. In addition, no one likes to be wrong, and the crux of this challenge is to find a number sequence that is incorrect, yet will lead you to a deeper understanding of the rule.

I suppose the point in the end is that it’s o.k. to be wrong. It can really help us learn and a it’s a condition with which we should all become more comfortable.

-RSB

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