The fabulous artwork of Gabriel Shaffer. Those colors! We love it!

Bless The Beast

Danger in Deep Space

See all of Gabriel Shaffer’s awesome artwork on his Flickr page.


British artist Dawn Mellor who lives and works in London, studied at Central Saint Martins College and the Royal College of Art in London. She currently has an exhibit called ‘The Conspirators’ showing at Galerie Gabriel Rolt in Amsterdam through May 15, 2010.

This is Mellor’s first solo exhibition in The Netherlands. Comprised of portraits of actresses in movie roles – the likes of Ingrid Thulin in The Damned, Kathy Bates in Misery, Charlotte Rampling in The Night Porter, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady – the works are all based on film stills. Each painting isolates the actress in the canvas, with its iconic figure subjected to warped symbolism, acts of violence and physical mutation.

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The whimsical illustrations of Alexander Blue are vibrant with colors and pop imagery combined with creatures of his own creation and fun doodles to round out a unique style filled with energy and good cheer. His client list includes: Coca Cola, Target, Egreetings, Microsoft and many others.

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Daily Design Inspiration is just that. A daily dose of eye candy to highlight artworks that we find for your viewing pleasure and inspiration. Here are the many illustrations and paintings of the childhood fairy tale by the famed Grimm’s Brothers, Hansel and Gretel.

As we all know, the German fairy tale is not quite wholesome in nature. The tale is about a brother and sister abandoned in the forest, who get lured by a witch into her gingerbread house so she can eat them. So as the story leans toward the grim (no pun intended), so do some of these illustrations.

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From The New York Times Magazine Design Spring 2010 issue pictorial titled ‘Hedge Fun’, showcasing trends in furniture.

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Prehistoric parasites meets global warming in this flesh crawling horror story.

At a research station on Banks Island, a remote region of the Canadian Arctic, Dr. David Kruipen (Val Kilmer), a renowned environmental advocate, and his team discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what’s frozen inside it. While tracking and studying polar bears, a prehistoric parasite is released from the remains of a Woolly Mammoth.

When four ecology students make the trek up to meet the team (unbeknownst to the threat), they are forced to quarantine those infected and make necessary sacrifices. Faced with a potentially global epidemic, they must destroy the parasite before it puts the rest of the world in danger of infection.


Choosing movies is potluck sometimes; you have no idea what kind of taste it will leave in your mouth, if you’re not sure of the dish. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It’s a shame the bulk of Val Kilmer’s movies of late head straight to DVD. I wish there was more Val Kilmer in the film since he is a talented thespian, unfortunately he only has a supporting role.

Global warming (a controversial topic in the world at present) as well as natural infections threatening the globe, is the focal point of this film. What can we do as citizens of the world to help this planet, to help our future generations? How far will one go in their sacrifice?

In reality, there is a great divide between people who see it as a major threat and those who think it is all propaganda or something the next generation should worry about. In touching upon these themes, The Thaw is a smart horror film.

Speaking of horror, if you’re squeamish and have a distain for bugs (as I do) get ready for some heebie geebies. Nothing screams skeevatz more than a  subcutaneous infestation. My skin is crawling just writing about it. The ew factor only escalates and it does make for great entertainment.

Hold the popcorn though.  Trust me you won’t want to eat while watching.

Rating: 7.5/10 stars

Running time: 94 minutes

The Thaw red band trailer…

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Movie review originally written for Open Book Society.

Talented is an understatement when describing Canadian artist Tanya Miller’s work.

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