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We cover a range of creative topics from Art, Graffiti, Streetart, Graphic Design, Robotics, Technology, Anime and Videogame Reviews and much much more! Some of the weirdest and most wonderful articles from the blogosphere!
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Last Exile
2008-02-24 22:30:00
I would like to apologise for the lack of anime reviews lately I have gotten a job and therefore have not had much time to myself. But fear not, I plan on getting back on track and aim to write a review every week if I don?t get too busy. And if any anime magazines want to offer the Peebody a job my services are always available and I will work for peanuts.Last Exile is one of the best examples of steampunk on the market today. This anime was directed by Koichi Chigira (other works include full metal panic and gate keepers) and produced by GONZO studios. Last Exile runs for 26 episodes and first aired on Japanese TV (TV Tokyo) in April 2003. A combination of 2-D and 3-D CGI was used in this anime with great effect. And the soft tones of the animation and colour work with the art deco in the anime.Last Exile is set on the planet of Prester, a world that is divided in two halves. One half is Disith, which is locked in an ice age and the other half is Anatoray, a green and lush land. T...
More About: Anime , Review , Steampunk
Rohby Customs Update
2008-02-24 21:28:00
I first posted about toy customiser Rohby 8 months ago and there have been alot of developments with his style. He just seems to be getting better and better! I am a huge fan of mecha and especially bio-suited walkers.....It's actually very depressing because he designs the way that I wish I could. Peep the pics and cry along with me. Mobile_Suit MUNNY 01.30.08"Snow" editionThe extreme bitter cold of Siberia can cause some of the toughest machines to seize and render useless. Never Fear! Our latest Mobile_Suit is equipped with a "Super Duper Advanced Thermal System" that's guaranteed to operate efficiently under subfreezing temperatures! (H.I.S.E.) Pilot & Attack Suit 10.17.07 (Mad L Custom)Originally designed for surveillance, the HISE line of equipment is now battle friendly! The new model... "PILOT" is the most advanced & intelligent droid to date. It's capable of operating advanced equipment systems (Attack_Suit) through the most extreme & hostile battle grounds. ...
More About: Design , Toys , Robots , Artist , Cool
Phuek's Gamerita Custom Toy
2008-02-24 21:10:00
A wicked Gamerita toy done by mecha-customiser Phuek for a private collector. The Steampunk vibe that the shell gives really makes it stand out IMHO.Height:6"Material Used:- Broken toy parts- Cardboard- Gashapon acrylic sphere- Stationery- Wire...etcThe original Gamerita toy by Joe Ledbetter.To see more of Phuek's work, check HERE & HERE.
More About: Design , Toys , Custom
Bookcase Staircase Solution
2008-02-23 13:41:00
I am running out of space for my books & mags quicktime! My tiny ass flat just cant take anymore literature. Saw this and it made me wanna try some D.I.Y. straight away.Words taken from Apartment Therapy:"London-based Levitate Architect's Tim Sloan comments on the project:The flat occupies part of the shared top floor of an existing Victorian mansion block. Our proposal extended the flat into the unused loft space above, creating a new bedroom level and increasing the floor area of the flat by approximately one third. We created a 'secret' staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client's desire for a library to form a 'library staircase' in which English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and browse a tome. The stair structure was designed as an up...
More About: Design , Architecture , Cool , Solution
Word To Mother @ Cafe 1001
2008-02-23 13:18:00
I got our good friend and artist, Word To Mother to paint a lovely 6m X 4m wall at Cafe 1001 in London. (I work there part-time doing their online promotions) It was actually a hard slog as the cafe only closes from Midnight until 6am, so this was the only window of opportunity for painting. I must have made him around 10-15 cups of tea each night (the whole mural took 4 night sessions) as well as rolling countless zoots to keep morale high and creative juices flowing...The end result was an amazingly large piece, rich in layers and given a lovely vintage feel when seen in person. He used a mixture of materials to create this effect, from spraypaint, acrylics, emulsions, sandpaper and of course, tea!
More About: People , Artist , Cool
Self-Repairing Rubber
2008-02-23 12:30:00
This is truly astounding! Just imagine the applications for a material which self-heals itself...and this is just the start...If these Scientists manage to refine and increase the repairing abilities, and apply it to metals and other materials, we're in for one crazy future! No more repairs required! No more car right-offs! And of course..robots with self-healing rubber "skin" and hardware!Check out the original post below(and click on the bbc link to watcha video if you have real time player):A material that is able to self-repair even when it is sliced in two has been invented by French researchers.The as-yet-unnamed material - a form of artificial rubber - is made from vegetable oil and a component of urine.The substance, described in the journal Nature, produces surfaces when cut that retain a strong chemical attraction to each other.Pieces of the material join together again as if never parted without the need for glue or a special treatment.This remarkable property comes...
More About: Science , Technology , Rubber
Pete Fowler Show
2008-02-22 18:13:00
Here are the pics finally of the Pete Fowler show that ESPV went to see. It was a great turnout for the Monsterism Island creator and it gave me the chance to get my TRWG toy signed by the legend and have a drink or five with him too. A funny guy with a great fuure ahead of him!If you want to know the concepts behind Pete's work, check my original post HERE.
More About: People , Artist , Show
Wooden Skyscraper
2008-02-22 18:04:00
Originally, the plans for this house in Archangelsk were meant to be for a 2-floor design, but ex-Russian gangster, Nikolai Sutyagin decided that the sky was the limit and defied the planning authorities (not that they were gonna do much about it anyway!) to create a 13 floor wooden monster of a house.....with his bare hands!Heaps of respect go out to this dude.[VIA]Images [VIA]
More About: Design , People , Architecture , Skyscraper , Cool
Takashi Amano Pt.2
2008-02-22 17:52:00
More amazing aquascapes from the legend himself, Takashi Amano. Goldfish are so last millenium!Peep my original post on the aquascaping master HERE.
More About: Design , Animal
Laser Harp
2008-02-21 18:13:00
Stephen Hobley just perfected his laser harp. The audio is adjusted by breaking the beam between the source and mirror array above.{VIA}
More About: Music , Technology , Laser , Harp
3d Tattoo Implants
2008-02-21 13:00:00
A serious WTF?!! here....This guy from the US, Lane Jensen, decided to give his cowgirl a more realistic effect by adding silicone implants, to give her that extra sexy charm. Fortunately, I mean, unfortunately, the implants burst after a month as his body (the calf region) rejected the implants. Better luck next time mate....[VIA]
More About: Funny , People , Tattoo , Tattoos , Implants
Nicolas Schoffer Cybernetic Artist
2008-02-21 12:27:00
I was recently commissioned to put together some "retro-futuristic" visuals for a freerock/improv band called Pulsar and have been delving into the world of 60's & 70's futurism. A very very interesting world it is as well! That's how I stumbled upon Nicolas Schoffer (1912-1992)who was a Hungarian-born French artist, architect, sculptor, composer and pioneer of 'Cybernetic Art'. "Schöffer's sculptures and light shows moved and pulsed, guided by an electronic 'brain', mimicking the thought processes of a living organism." What I really like about him was the fact that he was already trying to push the boundaries of our acceptance of different genres of art, especially in a psychedelic, electronic way. I could only show you a few titbits of what he's all about, check this SITE about him for way more inspirational imagery.This video features Brigitte Bardot performing "Contact", installations by Schoffer and music by Serge Gainsbourg.[VIA]
More About: Video , Artist , Future , Visuals
Insa's Buy My Love Show
2008-02-20 23:11:00
Didn't get a chance to see the event for real, but found these images on Insa's blog from his show in Glasgow last Friday 15th. Wish I was there! Check more pics from the show and his excellent work HERE.
More About: Love , Graffiti , Artist , Show , Contemporary Art
MOW FOW (Middle of the Week- Fun of the Week)
2008-02-20 07:33:00
Welcome to MOW FOW! ESPvs answer to making the middle of the week a little more fun! Every Wednesday we'll be posting a set of some of the strangest and most amusing video clips found on the net to help you get through the mid-week blues!So..to kick off this new feature..Here's a selection of Office themed clips, from angry workers to stupid pranks:This guy needs a holiday!When the Boss is away...classic!What is it with the desire to photocopy your butt? Serious backfire though!No Smoking means No smoking!Finally..sweet ad!Hope you enjoyed...'ttil next week, this is MOW FOW!All vids found on YouTube
More About: Funny Videos , Middle , Week
Melbourne Art: Part 2
2008-02-19 14:19:00
Melbourne Art: Part 2More color filled photos from the inspiring Union Lane in Melbourne's CBD (Dec2007). For those of you who missed Part 1 (see previous posts Sunday Feb10) , Union Lane is just one of many streets in Melbourne which has now been declared a 'legal graffiti zone' and artists are free to put up their art as they please. The local councils encourage artists to communicate ideas and show them artwork before painting but many artists do so without bothering.. either way, the end result is something truly beautiful and raises the question: 'is legal graffiti still graffiti?'.. some say yes, others think the whole idea is a shameful example of graffiti selling-out and that graffiti in its purest form is about illegally spraying where eva the hell you like. At the end of the day one thing is for sure.. these dirty lifeless back city alleys are now home to a new streetart gallery showing people that there is more to graffiti then gang related vandalism.. Stay tuned for...
More About: Melbourne
Nightmare Playgrounds
2008-02-19 13:37:00
I'm really glad I didn't grow up with these playgrounds as my fertiliser for imagination and I feel sorry for the eastern European kids who did....Perhaps a bit more time and effort could have been spent on the youth?![VIA]
More About: Photography , Nightmare
Alberto Seveso
2008-02-19 13:24:00
Originally found these wicked images whilst scanning ffffound. They are created by Alberto Seveso, a freelance graphic designer and illustrator from Italy. That's alot of photoshop and tablet work! [VIA]
More About: Design , Photography , Photoshop , Artist , Illustration
Real Transformers
2008-02-19 07:58:00
These Vids bought a smile to my face because they made me realise how influential the original Transformers cartoons from the 80's must have been! It is crazy to think that in the last 20-30 years the kids that grew up watching the cartoons are now making these robots a reality!It was amazing-enough to witness what these machines may eventually look like in the recent Transformers Feature film, which stunned us with its detail and mind-boggling animation...but to see any form of working real-life transformer takes everything to a whole new level.A recent article on MSN cited that AI technology would soon surpass the capabilities of man..perhaps in the next 20 years. Couple this with a further 20 years of enhancing these small transformer robots and we could be looking at a world with Transformers sooner than we think!Vids found on YouTube
More About: Technology , Robots , Real
Super PC Case Mod
2008-02-18 21:07:00
Rendermandan's Motorized Madness PC Case Mod has to rate as one of the craziest and probably most tedious case mod to have ever been realised. I mean, don't get me wrong, it is a technically brilliant piece of work with all the moving panels and other whirring & whizzing gadgetry, (Check short video below) but it just seems so bulky and would have taken a lifetime to create! It's definitley one of those things that you hate to love!Post [VIA]Images [VIA]
More About: Super , Custom , Steampunk
Revoltech Figure
2008-02-18 20:46:00
Some lovely pics from Toybot Studios of the Revoltech series of Patlabor toys. The bot's name is Griffin J-9 and is part of the Patlabor universe with an additional Aqua Unit included on the bot's back. Slick black minimal toy designing at its best!
More About: Design , Toys , Figure
Doktor A New Mechtorian Toy
2008-02-18 20:36:00
Saw this one Doktor A's Website and have to say that I really can't wait for these prototypes to be fully released. Mecha bankers!!! Doktor A is arguably one of the best toy customisers around and always puts a nice steampunk twist on his customs. This is what he said about the new toy series he's working on:"I am a tad freaked out right now.I have just received a large box containing the resin prototypes of my upcoming toy range with **** ***** . It's rather surreal an experience looking at your own characters sitting looking back at you.Its exciting and a little intimidating at the same time.I have designed toys before but its either been platform toys or toys based on someone elses ideas, or toys sculpted to someone elses designs.This is the first time its all been from my head alone. I hope they go down well.The company making them is putting a lot of trust and time and money into me and this range. I really hope people like them..I wish i could show you them but I am not al...
More About: Design , Toys
Large-Scale Painting
2008-02-17 23:52:00
Sweet Shiseido ad using time-lapse and a long-handled paintbrush. The final piece is tight![VIA]
More About: Video , Painting , Scale , Large
Graffiti in Iraq
2008-02-16 14:47:00
Glad to see that some of the U.S. soldiers in Iraq are taking their jobs seriously.....[VIA]
More About: Funny , Graffiti
The End Of Polaroid
2008-02-16 13:52:00
The company, which started making instant film 60 years ago, stopped making cameras about two years ago and have announced that they will also discontinue the film, including the popular 600 film used in the standard Polaroid camera.Polaroid confirmed last week that it will close film factories in Massachusetts, Mexico and the Netherlands. The company is seeking another company to produce the film under license.Polaroid, founded by Edwin Land in 1937, revolutionized photography with its instant-development process. The company's cameras became widely popular in the 1960s; by the late '70s, the Polaroid One-Step was the best-selling camera in the country.The camera and its photos, instantly recognizable by their thick white border, became a staple of Photography culture before digital photography took over.What a shame.......R.I.P. Polaroid[VIA]
The Largest Star Wars Collection
2008-02-16 13:17:00
Zod is a nutter. No, Zod is a genius. He has created one of the most formidable collections of Star Wars figures in the galaxy.When asked in the Rebel Scum forum whether or not he has every toy ever released for Star Wars, his reply was: "The general rule is that I buy two of every figure that comes on a card - one to open, plus more of army builders obviously. There are some gaps, that I try to fill in at later dates via shows and ebay, but for the most part, I have every sculpt loose. I also buy paint varients, but only when it turns the old figure into a new figure - like repaints of clones or new heads on soldiers - that kind of thing. I also am not quite as strict about vehicles - I have most of them, but not ALL of them.""I also don't have room to double up on boxed items the way I do carded figures. Someday. As for varients, I don't get nutty about them, but if there's an error or a varient, I keep the more rare of the two when I can help it... I have all the long sabers, ...
More About: Space , Toys , Cool
ESPV Blog Error
2008-02-14 11:17:00
Are any of you finding that our blog is appearing weirdly when you use a Mac with Mozilla Firefox? I have received a couple emails regarding some of the older posts (from approx. 7 days ago) being all spread out over the page instead of being "confined" to a post. Sounds like a coding error in our template, but weird thing is, we havent touched our code in ages......I would really appreciate it if you, the reader, could leave a comment if the ESPV Blog looks messed up on your screen, telling us if you are using a PC or Mac and what internet browser...Thanks so much and sorry for any inconvenience caused.
More About: Error , Visuals
Brian Dettmer the Book Cutter
2008-02-12 11:26:00
Brian Dettmer is an artist who will take an old type of media, be it an old tape cassette or an old textbook, dissect it and reassemble it into an amazing work of art. A good quote I found to describe him was: "Atlanta artist Brian Dettmer plays with this perception shift that befalls outmoded media. He reconfigures these junky anthropological relics, pulling out the timeless bits that their former shells prevent us from seeing." [VIA]The way he has played with a book's multitude of layers is brilliant and almost gives you a visual insight into the contents of what was once just a "boring" textbook, that you had to read in order to see the pretty picturs.To see more of his work, jump to HERE.[VIA]
More About: Artist , Book , Brian , Contemporary Art
Roc the Supa Freak Update
2008-02-12 10:57:00
I first posted about the mad Roc from the Black Forest, Germany HERE, and now I have more details and a juicy update for you. I invited Roc and his girlfriend for a very civilised cup of tea and some cheesecake at ours and found him to be a super-safe and gentle guy. He showed us his WEBSITE and some horrible suspension videos on Youtube and all in all, it was a great learning experience for me!He has been performing on stage for around 12 years and has been doing streetshows for about 6 years in many cities in Europe and USA.This included spending time in America performing with the Disgraceland Family Freak show and Coney Island Circus Sideshow. I really admired this guy's tenacity as he would perform tricks like bursting a latex glove over his head 10 times a day, much to the agony of his sore eardrums. So give him a chance and please check his WEBSITE to show some support for the Roc-star. If you are in London, you may see him performing down in Covent Garden on a weekend.Roc's...
More About: Video , Update
Aphex Twin + Vanilla Ice + Missy Elliot + Britney Spears
2008-02-11 14:23:00
Very nice music video mash-up! 4tracks included.
More About: Britney Spears , Video , Music , Aphex Twin , Britney
Melbourne Art 2007 (Part 1)
2008-02-10 11:11:00
PHESP Review: Melbourne art 2007(Part 1 of 3)ESPV recently had the pleasure of walking around Melbourne's CBD streets and was stoked to find a number of large alleyways had been developed from crappy piss-smelling alleys into designated graffiti/streetart areas. As you can see, it has certainly brightened up the place a bit. From the looks of the vast amount of artwork from mixed artists, Melbourne/Australia is doing well to keep the graffiti/streetart scenes alive. These photos are part 1 of 3? more to come.. Enjoy!
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