June 19, 2006

Angels & Insects

Maybe it’s because dachshund-sized moths like to lay eggs on the side of my apartment, or because I used to draw the occasional beetle, but I find the photographic project Angels & Insects arresting, though far from comforting. [Via] In a similar vein, Attracted to Light, from Brooklyn-based twins Doug & Mike Starn, explores the interplay of light, darkness, and these airborne sweater-wreckers. You can flip through the book and check out images from the project online. [See also previous entry on PS & insects.]

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Illustration sensations

  • Yukio Miyamoto creates gorgeous, photorealistic renderings using Illustrator. Click each image for a larger view, then roll over it to see a wireframe of the vectors underneath (as in this crazy Harley). [Via]
  • At lifeinvector Brooke Nuñez shows off similarly mad chops, and on her downloads page she offers a tutorial on using Illustrator’s gradient mesh to create a realistic red bell pepper. As on Yukio’s site, you can roll over illustrations to see how they’re structured. [Via]
  • Dropping jaws in an entirely different way, autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire–”the Human Camera”–has a superhuman ability to remember and reproduce visual details. In this amazing 5-minute film , Stephen draws a 5-yard panorama of Rome from the air, after seeing it just once from a helicopter. More on his life & a gallery of his work can be found on his site. [Via]
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