Libraries are magical places, and even the smallest local branch over the corner deserves your attention, and you should pay a visit regularly. Artist André Chiote believes in the power of libraries, and has put together an astounding set of posters to celebrate their importance.
For her fall thesis at MICU, Molly Stanard brought us Tri Phi, a “sorority for collegiate monster girls.” Everything in her series is happening at the same time on a single Friday, confirming that Phi Phi Phi is the best sorority around.
Jay Bendt is a Minnesota-based illustrator who has been making art and telling stories her entire life. In addition to colorful-yet-spooky works like these four—created for the Month of Fear challenge in October 2015—she co-authors the supernatural-themed webcomic Nightshade with writer Jacob Mandell.
In a lush field, there’s a most unusual aquarium—occupied by whales and smaller fish, who swim in circles waiting for unknown visitors. Who built this contraption, and where did the whales come from? Who comes to visit? And are those phone booths in the background—or portals to other, even stranger, exhibits?
I remember the exact place where they were kept. They hovered together, trapped tightly between two wood slabs until they could be freed. I tried to ignore them, but they called out to me, over and over, in a deep low-pitched moan. Aliiiiiiiiissa. Aliiiiiiiiiissa.
Orlando looks very different in the hands of artist Josh Keyes, whose surreal post-apocalyptic scenes we’ve ogled before. This and five other new works by Keyes are currently on display at Antler Gallery & Store in Portland, Oregon.
Those of us without artistic training or practice may look at a particularly realistic drawing and wonder how on Earth someone made that with just pencil and paper. In these timelapse videos, artists show us how they draw famous landmarks from the first marks to the final lines.
“Western culture throughout its long and tangled history provides us with a rich array of images, a remarkable set of windows into both popular and latterly professional beliefs about insanity,” writes Andrew Scull in his extensive look at images of madness throughout history, including an oddly peppy Thorazine ad.
Here we find two male Scalloped Oxen, battling for a female's attention. Once the fight commences, they will retract their heads inside their armored shells, allowing the neck to act as a battering ram. It is an impressive display, even if you're not a female Scalloped Oxen. Concept art by Kate Pfeilschiefter.
The view in Kirsten Zirngibl's illustration is breathtaking, but the concept behind the design is equally intriguing. She imagines that this landscape is made up entirely of microbots, and researchers can manipulate the environment by feeding the microbots new information.
In 1930, Curwen Press published an edition of William Shakespeare's King Lear with illustrations by artist John Yunge-Bateman. Yunge-Bateman's black-and-white interpretation of the play is quite striking — and oddly heavy on the thong underwear.
Kosmas rigged his computer so that it could interface with the AchronoTech machines. His mother complained about the power bill, but he assured her it would be worth it when he was the first to override the access controls. Concept art by the inimitable Simon Stålenhag.
Pietro resisted Nursebot's physical therapy efforts, preferring to spend the day staring at the koi pond and reading. But whenever Nursebot asked him to describe the arrays outside, Pietro would happily shuffle to the window, even though Nursebot had heard it all a dozen times before. Art by Adrien Girod.
From the British Library archives comes this delightful plate from naturalist J. Leyland's "Adventures in the far interior of South Africa; including a journey to Lake Ngami, and rambles in Honduras," circa 1866.
Visitors tend to stick to the surface, which mimicked the cities back on Earth. But they're missing out. The nightlife doesn't really get interesting until you get past Level 51. Concept art by Pat Presley.
Over the years, they'd disagree over politics and romance and money, but one thing was for certain: whenever they were walking together and spotted one of those two-story robots waiting in its charging station, they would both look up and smile.
The two halves of the city still maintained trade, but as it became harder and harder to travel between them over the centuries, each developed its own language and customs. They became two places united by history, architecture, and geography, but separated by everything else.
In artist Sung Choi's concept art series ARK, an alien invasion drives humanity from Earth. Fortunately, we find a habitable planet to make our home after the horrors of war.
As the mask clicked over his face and the new neural pathways lit up, Zourn immediately wondered if he had paid too much for the upgrade. "That's normal," the tech told him as she gave his mask a quick polish. "The upgrade makes you a savvier shopper, but only after we've debited your account."