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Sketchbook Illustrations by Mattias Adolfsson

July 9th, 2014 | Robot, Space

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Mattias Adolfsson is a Swedish artist who created these incredibly detailed pen & ink sketches of surrealist architecture, machines, animals, and spacecraft.  The illustrations are so intricate that I often find myself staring at them for long periods of time and discovering new details each time I look. I have a feeling each piece probably takes several days of back-breaking concentration to complete.

Most of the drawings are stand-alone pieces of art, but he has completed work for The New York Times, Work style Magazine, Amtrak, and Wired.

Mattias has a LARGE collection of work, just type his name into google, and you’ll see the whole gamut (or just check his website).

Also, you can find a cool book of some of his illustrations which are printed onto Moleskin HERE.

-RSB

“Ivory Coast” by Pure Bathing Culture

July 7th, 2014 | Space

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Sean Pecknold directed this lovely video for the song, “Ivory Coast,” by Pure Bathing Culture. The story features a little blue alien (love child?) being chased by ghostly, holographic sharks. Sound intriguing? :) In the end, it appears, the mother must let her son travel to the stars… where he belongs. Enjoy!

-RSB

Science Fiction Illustrations by Philippe Druillet

June 27th, 2014 | Robot, Space

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Philippe Druillet is a cartoonist and illustrator from Toulouse, France. He entered the art world as a regular contributor to the French comic, Pilote, in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, and eventually earned the nickname of “Space Architect” by creating massive backdrops featuring buildings inspired by ancient Indian temples and Gothic cathedrals.

Philippe’s work features gritty, dystopian themes filled with cyborgs, alien creatures, and elaborate depictions of war. Throughout the 1970’s, you could find his illustrations in comic books as well as on many album and book covers. Gathered here is just a small sample of the work that he created during his illustrious career.

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If his drawings piqued your curiosity, you can find more from Philippe at his website (although it may be currently down for maintenance).

-RSB

“Buckyball” in Madison Square Park by Leo Villareal

June 3rd, 2014 | Space

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This geometric light sculpture was made by Leo Villareal using 180 LED tubes driven by custom software to emit random compositions of both color and speed. A word from the artist:

“The sequence’s opacity, speed and scale can all be manipulated through custom software. Ultimately, complex compositions are formed and then displayed in random order and for a random amount of time in the final artwork. The visual manifestation of the code in light is my core interest.”

The title, “Buckyball,” is in reference to the spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60 (Carbon 60). The molecule is said to look like a soccer ball with twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons, containing a carbon atom at each vertex of each polygon and a bond along each polygon edge (the molecule got its name from the famous creator of the geodesic dome, Buckminster Fuller).

You can read about the interesting history of the Buckyball here.

Unfortunately, this light installation was taken down in February of 2013, so it will only live on in the internet.

-RSB

A Day in the Life of an Earthbound Astronaut

May 30th, 2014 | Space

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Check out this awesome series of astronaut photos by Tim Dodd. The life of an earthbound astronaut can be a bit depressing.  Like a snail without its shell, Dodd depicts the everyday life of an astronaut who dreams to be back in space, where he belongs… and it’s hilarious!

Dodd bought the high altitude Russian spacesuit at the auction site last year and has been working on this project ever since.

“I’d been scheming how to best use the suit,” he writes on his blog. “I have been revisiting my childhood love for space and my obsession was growing stronger and stronger. It was only natural to use this suit to project the inner child in me, still dreaming about space.”

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Good morning world!

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Decisions, decisions

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Always brush your teeth!

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Boldly going where no astronaut has gone before

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I’m super depressed Chris Hadfield was named TIME’s “Astronaut of the Year”

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It just isn’t the same

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Time to mow!

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Did a little grocery shopping

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I always order my ice cream à la space

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Out for a walk with my dog Laika

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Did some research at the library

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Houston, we have a problem

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Testing out my solid rocket boosters

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Playing with my Zero-G simulator

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Watching my favorite movie

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Goodnight world

You can find more from Tim Dodd at his photography site.

-RSB

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