Great Design Series on Netflix

Just last night I watched the first episode of the new Netflix series “Abstract: The Art of Design”, featuring illustrator Christoph Niemann. Perhaps it was just that Niemann’s work is so interesting and funny, but the show seems delightful. I’m planning on showing my kids, since I think they will get as much out of it as I!

Quick and Dirty Casting

How this appeared in my YouTube feed, I don’t recall. Nonetheless, a popular Youtuber by the name of Grant has tons of interesting how-to videos on molding and casting. He seems to do most of his projects on the cheap — for example, smelting soda cans in a forge made with a metal bucket, sand, and plaster. Some of the ideas I saw in his video list appear to be builds from other Youtuber’s designs (or perhaps Instructables), but who cares? He is trying lots of different things and does a good job.

The ideas I want to try soon:

  • Vacuum chamber in pressure cooker pot with an acrylic top (for de-gassing molds)
  • Vacuum chamber bell jar design for potential science experiments in vacuum
  • Making a silicon mold
  • Making the sand-plaster forge (with steel wool in the plaster to help reinforce it and make it last longer)
  • Casting aluminum ingots from soda cans (I have a lot of soda cans!)
  • Casting some kind of interesting artwork with said cans (perhaps using lost wax method)

President’s Week is coming up, and this could be fun for then. Of course, it would be more fun if the kids were involved, and that is always a super big challenge, given their short attention spans!

I’ve been thinking about doing something along this line for years. So I really hope I can make this happen!

Hiding Fine Art Inside Popular Art

I came across this piece in the New York Times today:

I’ve long known about animators inserting cameos in their work. But this was quite new. And the idea of inserting different kinds of art as transitional backgrounds or tonal matte paintings is a great one. I’ll have to think on that a bit!

Tiny Inventions Studio

Thanks to friend Jim for letting me know about these artists. They have some wonderfully creative stuff and use a combination of puppetry, stop motion, line animation, and computer animation — truly living the dream of many current animators!

Here is their independent 10-minute film: Something Left, Something Taken

Something Left, Something Taken- Full Version from Tiny Inventions on Vimeo.

And here is their They Might Be Giants video for “Electric Car”:

They Might Be Giants – Electric Car w/Robin Goldwasser from They Might Be Giants on Vimeo.

The Red Giant site has a behind the scenes look at how they do some of their animations.