Though not all art needs to be checked for forgery, it remains a problem in the art world that, until now, was combated mostly by art historians (and their studied but subjective knowledge). Now, ion beam accelerators allow scientists to take a crack at quelling art forgeries.
There are lots of ways to fake three dimensions with two dimensional images: some crazy stuff is possible if you know what you're doing. But, this isn't real 3D. The only way to get real 3D out of a 2D medium like paint is to gradually build up a sculpture out of hundreds of layers, which is where these incredibly lifelike goldfish come from.
How do I know that this poster is what you've always wanted? Because it's what everybody has always wanted. Girls, boys, kids, adults, it just doesn't matter: nothing could ever be as awesome as riding on the back of a realistically fearsome tyrannosaurus rex.
If we've had one thing hammered into our unwilling skulls over the last few years at CES, it's this: 2D sucks, and 3D is awesome. Nothing is better in 2D. Nothing. Not even pictures of your dog. Somehow (and it won't tell us how), Casio is able to take 2D snapshots, add depth, and then use a proprietary 3D printer to make sculptures out of them. The results, while striking, can be a bit strange, as with the (excessively?) pointy dalmatian in the picture above.
About a year ago we showed you the first Steve Jobs action figure that seemed geared toward humor. Now that the iconic Apple founder has passed away a new figure has been produced that offers a more reverent approach.
Writers are always looking to imbue their work with a little artistry, and visual artists often struggle to find the right words, but now an enterprising tinkerer has found a way to combine the two disciplines to create aesthetic magic.
The makers of '50s sci-fi epic Forbidden Planet probably thought that robot repair shops would be common by now. Sadly they're not so common, but that doesn't stop the more imaginative among us from dreaming up a cool version of what could be.
Although Russia's Sputnik launch in 1957 was the country's highlight during the great space race, inspiring amazing accomplishments by NASA, USSR geeks never stopped envisioning a tech-powered future.
This series of spectacular planetary posters is the work of artist Stephen Di Donato. They're styled after artwork from the 1960s, and include all eight planets but no icy dwarfs (I'm looking at you, Pluto). The "Beyond Earth" series was funded (way over-funded, in fact) on Kickstarter, but luckily for you, you can still buy digital copies of all of these images in formats ranging from iPhone all the way up to monstrous desktop (2650x1440). You get 88 (!) different images in total, including multiple formats for each poster, for a mere $10. That may have been a bunch of money in 1960, but nowdays, it's chump change, so improve your life and buy yourself a set.
Gaming is an art form, and there's no reason why we can't be just as snooty about gamer art as everyone else is about "fine" art or "high" art or whatever sounds better with your nose stuck way up in the air. These 10 masterpieces effortlessly blend the world of gaming with the world of stodgy museums, and might just be enough to convince your kids that yes, art can be fun and interesting after all.