art stories

 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Since the death of Steve Jobs earlier this week we've seen all manner of spontaneous Apple store tributes and testimonials from many of his peers and competitors. But now in the next phase of memoriam, one group has delivered what may be the most perfect Jobs portrait ever.

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