Astro Grafik’s illustrations blend cuteness, colors with a graffiti flair to produce some cool creature artwork.

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In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams, in this Ted Talk video titled ‘Intricate Beauty By Design’.

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Here are some samples of Marian’s design work…

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Now that Toy Story 3 is in theaters, Nate Wragg, one of Pixar‘s illustrators has released some character design illustrations and sketches he worked on for the film.

Mr. Pricklepants was one of the first characters Nate Wragg had the chance to work on. When he first came on to the show, he was assigned to begin working out the designs for Bonnie’s toys.

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Jeffrey Richter studied drawing, painting, printmaking, figure drawing, design, and business of art at the East Central College in Union, MO. Here are some examples of his surrealistic artworks…

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When an English gentleman and inventor, George (Rod Taylor), invites four high society friends over for dinner, his friends ponder his tardiness. Ms. Watchett (Doris Lloyd), George’s housemaid, announces that a handwritten note from George informs that they should head to the dining room and start dinner without him. After they sit down and start their feast, George appears torn and tattered through the doorway and begins to tell his friends his journey in the time machine.

The Time Machine released in 1960, directored by George Pális is based on the novella by H. G. Wells of the same name which was first published in 1895. The prospect of seeing this older film excited me for I never had the pleasure and I tried to put my 21st century film expectations aside for I did not want it to cloud my judgment.

Seeing George sit in his ‘Time Machine’ at the starting date of 1902, the special effects depicted the changes in the outside world that he could easily view from his garage. Night and day sped forward, as did the weather and a view of a clothing store mannequin depicted the change in style of women’s dress through the years. A major overlooked gaff; if his city was pummeled from WW II why is that good ol’ trusty storefront mannequin remaining? It makes no logical sense.

The Time Machine time stop-motion and time-lapse trickery did win an Oscar for Best Special effects so that renders me mum on any further digs. Maybe.

After seeing his city destroyed during an atomic air raid in the 1960’s and escaping a volcanic eruption of hot oozing lava just in time, he travels forward full throttle thousands of years into the future. Changes to the earth terrain encapsulate him under rock. Finally in the year 802,701 he is finally able to venture out of his machine into it’s surroundings and stops. Here George meets the Eloi, an unassuming, uncaring, Clairol blonde, childlike community that lives in fruitful abundance and unabashed naivety, which is reminiscent from something out of Twilight Zone.

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Russian artists Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944) and Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935), considered two of the pioneers of abstraction, separately explored a geometric vocabulary during the course of their careers. Malevich is recognized for his circa 1914 invention of Suprematism, an abstract style expressing universal truths through the interrelationship of color and geometric forms.

On the other hand, Kandinsky, who was also interested in the universal qualities of geometry, increasingly utilized geometric motifs in his art in the early 1920s, when he took up a teaching position at the Bauhaus, a school of art and applied design in Germany.

Unlike Malevich, Kandinsky insisted that even his most abstract work retained expressive content. Each artist would ultimately reinvent himself yet again at the end of his life: Malevich returning to a representational mode, and Kandinsky’s formal vocabulary altering to feature a softer palette and biomorphic forms.

The Geometry of Kandinsky and Malevich examines each artist’s distinctive approach to abstraction through a focused presentation of eight paintings. The exhibition open July 9 and runs through September 7, 2010.

Star Wars fans pay attention. You can now get a piece of the Dark Side…with these unique Darth Vader Helmets that are currently up for auction.

Pop surrealist, graffiti, tattoo, lowbrow, comic and underground artists Shag, Marc Ecko, Amanda Visell, Tim Biskup, J. Otto Seibold, Gary Baseman, Joe Ledbetter, and Jeff Soto, among others, paid homage to the dark side by custom designing Darth Vader helmets in a gallery exhibition called The Vader Project which debuted at Star Wars Celebration IV on May 24 to 28, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

You can bid for these helmets on Freeman’s Auctioneer and Appraiser’s website. Hurry cause the auction closes July 10, 2010. You can order The Vader Project Catalog here.

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