Rest in Peace, DARE

Oh, shock! Swiss artist Dare was one of my absolute favourite writers since I started to be interested in streetart as a teenager. Sad news, Sigi von Koeding a.k.a. Dare died on March 6th of cancer being only 42 years old. Thanks Dare for bringing your style and inspriration in this world- nobody will forget you! Here is Dare´s favourite selection of 2009´s pieces over at his blog. Video and some more pics after the break, even more awesome stuff at Dare´s website.

Source: 20min.ch

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Nokta

Beautiful piece by turkish motion designer Onur Senturk. Sound design by Echolab. I love the morphing organic shapes in there. Done so well.

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OK Go on This Too Shall Pass: “It ended up being more like 60 engineers, and five months of work.”

For those (few) people who haven´t seen this awesome video yet: watch it! For those who have already seen it (several times): go read the Q&A session over at Gizmodo with OK Go talking about how they did this piece and their music videos in general. Pretty interesting stuff!

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Macoto Murayama: The Mechanical Side of Plants

“Machines have an organic side, while plants have a mechanical side” is a quote by japanese artist Macoto Murayama and that´s exactly what his beautiful cg- illustrations of plants show. Having a workflow of examining plants on a microscopic level and then rebuilding the complex biological structures in cg seems to me to be the counterpart to algorithmically building biological structures in 3d, like Daniel White does with his mandelbulb. And that´s where we come back to Murayamas statement: It´s not only possible to find something mechanical in nature, you will also find biological structures in machines or in what machines are made of: math! More pics after the break.

Via wired, pinktentacle and psfk

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updated ICE plugins

In the last couple of weeks there have been great updates on some of the most advanced ICE Plugins out there. It’s fantastic to see some serious plugin development for Softimage happening. I hope this trend will continue to grow. Here we go:

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Tokyo sky drive

Simple technique but so science fiction. Tokyo I miss you!

I can’t translate/find credits. Can anyone help out?

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Recent music videos

In the last weeks some really nice music videos showed up. Here’s a little collection:

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Parisian Love

In times of visuals at power this is a very refreshing Superbowl spot for Google. Director Aaron Duffy shows great sense for storytelling and timing and the guys from 1stAve Machine animated it very precise. The sound work is done by Analogue Muse.

It’s wierd to relize that google search terms are like a language to our generation. I’m sure my mother wouldn’t understand a lot about this spot.

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Guns, Zombies & Spaceships

Here’s some great material from the last couple of days for all the boys out there. Find SpecOps, A.D. and Vanquish after the click.

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pinkman

I’m happy to introduce the work of Spanish 2d animator/designer Alberto Mielgo aka pinkman. Great aesthetics, style and timing. I really hope to see more of his animated paintings soon!

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