“Sumeru” – Illustrations from Nick Pedersen

February 19th, 2014 | Space



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.


Adrenaline to the Heart

February 14th, 2014 | Brain

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Here’s a short stop-motion animation I put together in honor of this day of love. I hand painted an anatomical heart using water color and highlighted the pericardial fat with oil pastels. The animation is sort of a mixture between Valentine’s Day and Pulp Fiction I suppose! The music is an excerpt from an Otis Redding Song titled “Pain in My Heart.”

Go out and love somebody!


“Brain” by Banks

February 14th, 2014 | Brain

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Heres’ a fresh track from Los Angeles-based musician Banks. The haunting new song, produced by Shlohmo, is a preview of Banks’ first full-length album, expected to be released later this year. The track features a foreboding crescendo that leads into an excellently sung chorus. Excited to hear more from this emerging talent…


Anatomical Illustrations from 1901

February 12th, 2014 | Brain



While perusing the archives of one of my favorites inspiration sources, Brain Pickings, I came across these century-old anatomy illustrations made by E.J. Stanley. The images cycle through three main layers of the human body — skin, muscle and bone. I’ve always appreciated the style of illustration used in old anatomy texts, and a flip book is a great way to demonstrate the subject. The illustrations really remind me of the old French anatomy plates created by Gautier D’Agoty.

If you enjoyed these, you might be able to pick up some old posters by E.J. Stanley on EBay Here.


Reimagined Watches from Tokyo Flash

February 10th, 2014 | Robot, Space

The watches from Tokyo Flash are not the most practical tools, but that’s not really the point. These devices are meant to stand out from the crowd, make people say: “What the hell is that thing on your wrist!?”

All of the designs below represent a creative new way to represent time.

The Kisai Denshoku Watch

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How to Use:

“Twelve light bars present the time in a simple, easy to read format. Press the button and the LEDs behind the acrylic diffuse and illuminate the bars three times. First hours are presented, then groups of ten minutes, then single minutes. The speed of movement can be accelerated by pressing the button again. To find out more about how to read the time, take a look at the interactive manual above.”

Side fact: Denshoku means illumination in Japanese.

Pimp Pimpin aint Easy PU LED Watch

Pimp Pimpin aint Easy PU LED Watch

How To Use:

“Reading the time is easy, hours 1-12 are displayed in the left column, from the bottom to the top, minutes from the bottom right, each lit LED representing a single minute. The time can be read more quickly if you look at the numbers on the right, each row of lit LEDs is equal to five minutes. The date can be read in a similar way.”

Side fact: The light-up feature also animates every 2 minutes between 6 pm and 1 am – pimp time.

The Binary LED Watch

Binary LED Watch

 How to Use:

“How to read the time: Hours addition : 3rd LED +4th LED (from Left) = 2 + 1 = 3 Minutes addition : 1st LED+ 3rd LED ( from Left) = 32 + 8 = 40 => 03:40 e.g. 2: Hours addition : 1st LED +3rd LED ( from Left) = 8 + 2 = 10 Minutes addition : 1st LED+ 3rd LED + 5th LED ( from Left) = 16 + 8 + 2 = 26 => 10:26”

The Equalizer

Equalizer High Freq.2 LED Watch

How to Use:

“The display pushes up the top row of lights and they float back down in a real equalizer effect, finally all the lights fall down off the face of the watch to leave only two lights to indicate the time for 5 seconds, then the two lights also trail off. ”

Tokyoflash 1000100101 LED Watch

Tokyoflash 1000100101 LED Watch

How to Use:

“Straight off the wrist of a Moon Base Commander from a 1960’s Sci-Fi classic, this watch features all the things that you’d expect. Flat metal panel, cryptic flashing lights, carbon fibre style strap and display that looks like it’s gauging your oxygen level.

By looking at the 4 rows of lights, the Green & Red LED’s at the top indicate the hour simply by counting them. 7 red = 7 o’clock.

The Bottom rows of green & yellow LED’s indicate the minutes. 3 Green + 5 yellow = 35 minutes past.”

Tokyoflash Infection LED Watch

Tokyoflash Infection LED Watch

How to Use:

“Twenty-seven multi-colored LEDs pulsate and move like cells across the curved face to present the time from beneath the attractive mirrored mineral crystal lens.

Twelve red LEDs indicate hours, eleven yellow LEDs represent the progression of time in groups of five minutes and four green LEDs show single minutes.

A single touch of the upper button animates the LEDs, a single touch of the lower button shows the time immediately.”

You can find more watches from Tokyo Flash EBAY.


Entomology by Paula Duță

February 5th, 2014 | Brain

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insect entomology 5 insect entomology 6 insect entomology 7Entomology is the scientific study of insects. With over 1.3 million described species, the field is overwhelmingly complex. Insects represent over 2/3 of all known organisms and play a vital role in our ecosystem – they pollinate flowers, reintroduce nutrients into the soil, make honey, beeswax, silk, and other useful products. Needless to say, our Earth would be a far more inhospitable place without them.

Paula Duță, an illustrator and interior designer from Romania, captures the incredible diversity of insects in her artwork. I really appreciate the level of detail she puts into each of her drawings. They truly belong in a science textbook.

I don’t personally know much about Paula, but on her facebook page, she states, “I just love to draw.” Keep on keepin’ on Paula.


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