Trust by QUEEN Ayumi Hamasaki
Trust by QUEEN Ayumi Hamasaki
This beautiful short film, titled Ballet Rotoscope and created by Tokyo-based design group EUPHRATES, illustrates the delicate movements of a ballet dancer.
As the ballerina moves, different points on her body are traced by a computer-generated technique called rotoscoping, to reveal the geometric beauty of dance.
Rotoscoping is a method that is often used for visual effects in live-action movies.
The animator creates a silhouette, called a matte, that can be used to clip an object from a scene, which can then be artificially pasted onto a different background.
However, in EUPHRATES’ film, the matte lines are left visible, and seem to have a life of their own. At times they detach from the points they trace, creating a choreographed relationship with the ballerina.
Every year, farmers ensure that the leftover rice-straw, known as “wara,” doesn’t go to waste.
The wara is recycled by using it to to feed livestock, improve soil, and in the coastal region of Niigata Prefecture, it’s even used to make giant, beastly sculptures for the Wara Art Festival, held at Uwasekigata Park.
The Wara Art Festival started in 2007 when Niigata’s farming community contacted the local Musashino Art University to get some creative direction on turning their excess straw into works of art.
Since then, art students come to design and build new beasts every year in Uwasekigata Park. This year’s festival has come to a close, but the straw sculptures will remain up on display through October 31, 2017.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a tiny uncut dick wearing a cow sombrero! No, no it’s an engorged clit busting through a flying cow plate. No, no, no it’s actually a flying saucer cow teat that squirts leche onto little kids. Duh, of course it is!
Eater says that this close encounter with the WTF kind obviously comes from the magnificent planet of horrifying fuckery that is Japan.
In the commercial, a bunch of shiny happy kids run onto a field just as a cow-print UFO appears above them and out flops a gigantic cow nipple that squirts milk into their cups.
Now if I was in the conference room when the ad executive pitched that idea, I’d smile nervously and grab my cell phone all secret-like and call the proper authorities under the table so that the sick bitch could end up on some kind of list!
But in Japan, that idea became a commercial that is airing on TV because, JAPAN!!!
Most people peel an orange with no regards to its skin, tossing it away immediately after.
For Yoshihiro Okada, however, this is the most important feature of the fruit. Okada handles a blade to turn orange peels into delicate animals. Each piece uses the whole peel, leaving nothing behind.
Pulled off by bodybuilder Taichi Shimizu, his costume was of Master Roshi in his Max Power form. For those who don’t know, the Max Power form is a power up that only Master Roshi has, where he can dramatically gain strength and muscle mass.
Since Shimizu pretty much has the whole strength and muscle mass thing covered, all he had to do was pull off the perfect costume, and I must say, he sure did.
Pretty on point!!!
For a new series titled Natura Insects, Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue arranged a variety of leaves and blooms to create the delicate components of stag beetles, butterflies, and other insects. While the same results could be easily produced using digital or collage techniques, Inoue pushed the concept even further and used real flowers which he then photographed as you see here.
This is soooo beautiful. Creative. Detailed and well executed.
One word: PERFECTION! You can see more from the series on Instagram