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.”
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!
Check out this new NASA super zoom video. The film starts with the familiar strip of stars we know as our Milky Way galaxy, but quickly makes its way toward the spiral galaxy, known as ESO 137-001. The folks at NASA have described it as a “dandelion caught in a breeze.”
“From a star-forming perspective, ESO 137-001 really is spreading its seeds into space like a dandelion in the wind. The stripped gas is now forming stars. However, the galaxy, drained of its own star-forming fuel, will have trouble making stars in the future. Through studying this runaway spiral, and other galaxies like it, astronomers hope to gain a better understanding of how galaxies form stars and evolve over time.”
The zooming video gives a much appreciated perspective about where this galaxy is located, a feature missing from most astronomical photos. It’s quite the view!
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.
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!
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.