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]

Space Teriyaki 2 – A Collection of Japanese Illustration from 50 Watts

March 2nd, 2014 | Robot, Space

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Akira Shishido, postcard, early 80s

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Takuro Kamiya, ca. 80s

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Jinsei Choh, ca. 80s

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Shusei Nagaoka, Androla in Labyrinth, 1984

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Katsuji Isaka, early 70s

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Shusei Nagoaka, Humanoid, movie poster

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Noriyoshi Orai, advertising poster, 1980

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Hajime Sorayama

I featured some images from Will Schofield’s (50 Watts) collection of 1970’s and 1980’s Japanese illustration last year, but the series is too cool not to share some more. The work tends to feature distorted figures with a courageous palette of colors, reminiscent of surrealist paintings. Hope you enjoy!

Look for more Japanese illustration here & here.

-RSB

[via 50 Watts]

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

Wind-Up Robots Invade the Streets of Buenos Aires

February 27th, 2014 | Robot

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Robots are living among us in a new video from Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films! The classic wind-up toys go for walks, weave through traffic, and even hang out by the pool in this enjoyable alternate reality set in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The song is a classic called “Going Up The Country” by Canned Heat. It perfectly suits the jovial disposition depicted in the short film.

-RSB

[via Colossal]

“Hey Moon” by John Maus

February 26th, 2014 | Space

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John Maus is a musician and political scientist from Austin, Minnesota who composes beautiful music to highlight his deep, melancholic voice. “Hey Moon” is my favorite track off the 2011 album, “We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves.”

The music video above was created by Jonathan H., and its visual simplicity matches the song perfectly in my opinion.

Christine Gwosdz put it well when she wrote, “This song makes me want to demolecularize back into the universe, or fade into heaven as others may say.”

-RSB

“Sumeru” – Illustrations from Nick Pedersen

February 19th, 2014 | Space

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Nick Pedersen is a multi-media artist from Salt Lake City who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The “Sumeru” collection consists of dramatic black & white landscapes illustrating the mental journey that is undertaken in Zen Buddhist training.

In a conversation with My Modern Met, Pedersen describes the themes behind Sumeru:

“The character symbolizes the ‘self’, who is exploring the depths of the mind to discover its true nature. This body of work is called “Sumeru” because in Buddhist mythology there is a mountain known as Mt. Sumeru that stands at the center of the universe and is surrounded by nine impenetrable mountain ranges. This central mountain is symbolic of ultimate truth, and it is said that all the secrets of the world can be found at its peak. My images show all the trials that are faced in the attempt to scale this mountain, which is metaphoric of the existential drama of searching for personal truth.”

Here’s hoping that you may find some of that “personal truth” in your journey.

-RSB

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