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Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson

Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing
Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing

Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing
Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing

Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing
Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing

Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing

Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing
Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson  posters and prints illustration drawing

Within the sketchbooks of Swedish artist Mattias Adolfsson (previously), strange comic book robots are seen running amok, fantastic steampunk-esque machines sputter to life, and airplane pilots find themselves facing interfaces encumbered with thousands of switches, dials, and tubes. It’s a world that is absurdly complex and meticulously drawn using only a finely controlled pen and a few brushstrokes of color.

Above are just a few of my favorites among Adolfsson’s prolific outpouring of work which you can follow on Flickr and Behance. He also has a number of original works available on Etsy including a new accordion fold picture book, and some of his larger drawings are now available as giclée prints over on Arte Limited.

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Edison’s Cradle? A Kinetic Toy Reinvented with Light

Edisons Cradle? A Kinetic Toy Reinvented with Light lighting light kinetic sculpture gifs

Edisons Cradle? A Kinetic Toy Reinvented with Light lighting light kinetic sculpture gifs

 

Edisons Cradle? A Kinetic Toy Reinvented with Light lighting light kinetic sculpture gifs

As part of his senior thesis exhibition at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, art student Yasutoki Kariya re-imagined the ubiquitous desktop gadget, Newton’s Cradle, using a lovely sequence of light bulbs. Entitled Asobi (which translates roughly as “playing“) the 11-bulb installation creates a visual interpretation of the popular toy named after Sir Isaac Newton demonstrating his third law of motion regarding momentum: that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. However, instead of actual energy created by the kinetic force of steel balls, Kariya devised a method for using programmed light and two surreptitiously placed pistons to create this purely visual experience that’s arguably more mesmerizing than the original concept.

As an added super bonus, the team over at the Experiments in Motion blog created the animation above which easily contends for one of the most beautiful animated gifs I’ve ever seen, already racking up over 167,000 shares on Tumblr this weekend.

Asobi was nominated for the 2012 Mitsubishi Junior Designer Award. (via spoon & tamago)

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