The Deep End by Jake Fried (Boston MA).
The elementary school students at William Fox Elementary School and the Patrick Henry School of Science & Art helped animation student Tyler Rhodes in making an animation that teaches evolution. Going through 6 phases of evolution and more than 400 drawings, Rhodes engaged the students by making the project into a “telephone”-esque game. The children started with a drawing of a salamander, and as it was redrawn and redrawn, subtly mutating it.
This is super educational and I’m sure those kids had a blast seeing their work form the animation, but I have to admit I’m a little peeved I haven’t though of this myself! Who needs motion frames and background art when you can have children do it for you, 400 times over! Brilliant…
Laurie Lipton has such an extensive collection of conceptual, extremely detailed drawings that I had trouble narrowing my showcase of her work down to just twelve prints. While the drawings seem inspired by steampunk, skeletons, structures, technology, mass culture and folk culture, fine art, the Renaissance, and the Victorian Era, Lipton can get even more specific for you:
“I wanted to create something no one had ever seen before, something that was brewing in the back of my brain. I used to sit for hours in the library copying Durer, Memling,Van Eyck, Goya and Rembrandt. The photographer, Diane Arbus, was another of my inspirations. Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows… it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work” (Lipton).
I’m going to be a little harsh here, which I don’t usually do. But I take my zombie interest very seriously, and if you’re going to put the time and effort into drawing zombie portraits of famous comic book characters, you should at the very least make it Badass (with a capital B, of course). How about some innards stuck in Archie’s teeth? Better yet, he ate Betty and Veronica and is flossing with their hair? When zombie Waldo goes all Night-of-the-Living-Dead on crowd of unknowing humans, is it easier to find him? And it looks like Popeye gets to ditch the Spinach supplement in favor of some sweet Olive Oyl.
Anyway, I digress. You know what they say…no guts, no glory. Here are the zombie portraits here by Andre de Freitas…