Check out some outstanding illustrations by Jan Oliehoek. Jan works with photo manipulations, and was interviewed by the folks over at The Design Inspiration. Amazing combinations of animals, fantastic chimeras and biological wonders from the mind of Jan fill the page, apocalyptic visions assault the vision and sci-fi panoramas top it all off.
I found a great image editor / paint program. It features some really cool effects and a way of creating art that I’ve never seen before – in a visual art package anyway. It uses generators and effects that can be chained together like audio components use cables to route signals. It’s free, but it will stick a watermark on your images unless you upgrade to the 24.99 / year Pro account.
I noticed a technique over on Digital Photography School Forum where someone had taken a photo of a building and mirrored it in an odd way to give the impression of some sort of strange construction. I just had to try it. These are some buildings in downtown Wilmington, NC that I tried this technique on.
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Here’s an interesting toy to play with: a visual interface for creating music. Purely an improv tool, Visual Acoustics gives you several ‘brushes’ to paint a canvas with. Each brush is associated with a different instrument, such as strings, guitar, piano, stand up bass, and others.
I found that the strings and flute sound really great to start out with. This should hold your attention for at least a few minutes, anyway.
Here is an amazing collection photographs on leaves. The artist developed an amazing technique to transfer images from a negative onto a living leaf. Once the image is transfered, it is preserved in resin. These stirring images are of Vietnamese prisoners of war at a prison camp in Cambodia.
Some interesting Soviet Architectural Drawings from the thirties. These were all unrealised projects, as the website says. Learn some soviet history and see cool artwork at the same time.