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So someone messaged me on flickr asking if they could post some of my photos of taxidermy on their blog, as they'd seen some posted elsewhere (these people didn't ask, I don't think, but they credited me, so it's plenty fine). I was charmed, and checked out the Ravishing Beasts blog. In a recent post, I found a link to this taxidermy art piece, on which those who are yucked out by taxidermy should not click. But I'm impressed (though less so by the snooz-ers Artist Statement). Here is Ravishing Beasts' page of contemporary taxidermy art.

(Anyone who gets why I used this avatar gets double awesome points.)
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Approximately no one will be happy to know that I've finally "finished" the Mr. Sinister thing.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: Miss Argentina)

From a photo via the good ol' Shorpy. Maybe two hours' work.
zustifer: (czech mouse)
Animal-based cultural artifacts:

Banksy art installation; I'm pretty indifferent to most of these, but the leopard and sausage displays I approve of.

Rattus Norvegicus Rex porcelain rat chandelier.

A pretty cute set of shadow puppets on etsy.

Some kinda fun animalish prints also on etsy. I rather enjoy this dude's style.

Humanwise: Someone linked to the photos of some... fashion? company that seems to have made the choice to light their models and scenes like Oblivion screenshots. It's a huge fat focal length problem; if everything's in focus, you have to distinguish figure/ground via lighting. Giving figures their own personal lighting really separates them from the background, but it also makes them seem like they don't fit there particularly well. See also: game lighting.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: He likes it)
Check it oot, the ceramic bust I made survived the kilning!

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Yesterday I got to hold and draw a cast made from the famous Tiktaalik (the one people call a 'fishapod' sometimes) fossil. It was pretty great. Look at his little face!
zustifer: (lemon chiffon directions)
You guys, there is a whole flickr group dedicated to Daiso!
Charming things posted by others include: Robot thingy! Something with kitties on it! Elephants in crowns on socks! Pig bento! Animal Daruma! Catbowls! Catbag! Pig-watermelon stationery!
Truly, Daiso is an important place. I wish the closest one to us wasn't like an hour drive away.

Unrelatedly: Wow, I don't agree with this at all.


Jun. 26th, 2008 03:15 pm
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Meaningless little post to mark that I've added some stuff to the ol' etsy shop (mostly prehistoric whatnot, although I intend to include the Kitty Pryde one later on. Maybe also Mirage? I don't know. Weasel Sea.
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This turned out easier than I thought, since I could just, uh, outline the light-colored parts. So there is this.

This was just fun. (It's a harbor porpoise skull, after a photo of one I took at the Harvard Natural History museum.)

I will probably make a screen for at least the plesiosaur at some point today or tomorrow. Yes.
zustifer: (Robocop: SUX dino)
Holy crow you guys, I HAVE A ROCKING PRINTER.
Graydon, you want dibs on the first Goddamn Mutant Kids print? It looks snappy as hell.



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I made this this weekend, instead of doing normal things. Original can be seen on the same page as the other one, only scroll down a little.

For Nick

Feb. 27th, 2008 04:48 pm
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(The original looks like this.)
zustifer: (comics: Mysterio laughs at nothing)
zustifer: (comics: Gambit: Viviano)
Do you know what the world needs? The world needs more upside-down Gambit.

I mean, I hope it does. I'd hate to contribute to an upside-down Gambit surplus.
zustifer: (carla)
Check it out, I had one of my photos favorited by a guy whose favorites consist entirely of intra-car portraits.
I'm going to call this not-creepy. I think. Strike that, it's kinda creepy after all.
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We went yesterday to see the Body Worlds exhibit in a science museum in San Jose, to which I'd been, weirdly enough, when I was at GDC in 2004. Not really that good a museum. The show was fairly neat though, and I was unhappy as I always am when things like this don't allow photography. I did a little sketching, but it was dark, and the best parts were the material qualities and light behavior, which are not best captured by me with a pencil.

I had a hard time figuring out the aim of the exhibit; it had scientific trappings, with a coating of art-gallery, but a touchy-feely style of writing with an inflection of religion at times. Chmmr made the trenchant observation that it was a concession to popularity; being cold and scientific about something this close to home could alienate essentially everyone, so it's probably a good idea to hit all the 'transcendent' notes you can. They also made sure to include some health messages, which were variably successful.

I didn't really find the exhibition successful as art; the pieces were often repetitive and even kind of trite (how many figures playing sports does one require?). A couple of them worked, though, like the trifurcated diver, the exploded man (doesn't the creator look like Joseph Beuys?), and even 'Angel' (a female figure with her back muscles pulled upward to vaguely evoke wings, and a blonde hair-do, which I thought was completely meritless and unfortunate until I noticed that the plexiglass case she was in had a perfectly circular hole cut in the top for her right hand to emerge from, very slightly. That made it work a lot better, and I have no idea if it were intentional). We didn't get to see the rider, which is a shame. Shaking up the human proportional scheme would have been welcome. (Link to the small photoset of a press person here, btw.)
I even found the lighting scheme better from the backs of the figures than from the front; the translucency of the materials was brought out, which I thought essential. Visitors were allowed to go around to the backs of things, but they didn't always do so.

An interesting thing was that people seemed very quick to assure one another that it wasn't really gross. They mostly seemed fascinated and a little weirded out, which I suppose points to success on the part of the exhibit. The most common conversational topic I overheard was the surgical procedures/medical problems of friends and relatives, and their experiences with medicine in general: 'that's what Joe had to have done,' 'remember when I had that knee thing? That's where that was.' This is the way people relate to anatomy, I gather, in the medical sense. (This is interesting to me because I relate to anatomy in more the motion and topological senses.)

A lot of people brought their school-age children, so they must have thought the educational value (variable, I'm sure) outweighed the chances of crippling nightmares. I respect the ability to get something like this touring in the US, really. It's something of a coup all by itself. I mean, they had t-shirts with photos of a couple of the cadavers on 'em. I so would have bought some in high school.


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