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Pixels - A Pixel Art Documentary

Director Simon Cottee has just released a new 11-minute documentary about pixel art entitled, fittingly, Pixels. What's fun about this documentary is both its brevity (did I mention it's eleven minutes long?) and its clear, straightforward discussion of a topic most people know very well -- pixels. You're looking at them right now.

The director notes: "A few incorrect dates shown. Obviously Mona Lisa isn't 1956... 1506. My favorite sequence? Around 8 minutes in, the comparison of pixel-based games to classical and modern art (including Dig Dug re-done as a Rothko).

Recommended for: people who played video games in the 70's, 80's, or 90's, and have at least a mild interest in art. Representative quote: "I don't know what the standard definition of an antique is. Some people say it's 25 years, because after that amount of time, pretty much any object becomes interesting in its own right, even if it was totally trivial and totally discardable when it was created."

The first game discussed is Jason Rohrer's five-minute Passage, a free download for the desktop or a
$0.99 iPhone app.

(Via Waxy.org.)

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Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook
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Art supplies can get pricey when you’re letting your kid’s creativity run wild. But with an endlessly reusable notebook, you never have to worry about running out of paper during that after-school coloring session.

The creators of the erasable Rocketbook Wave have come out with a new version of their signature product meant especially for color drawings. The connected Rocketbook Color notebook allows you to send images drawn on its pages to Google Drive or other cloud services with your phone, then erase the pages by sticking the whole notebook in the microwave. You get a digital copy of your work (one that, with more vibrant colors, might look even better than the original) and get to go on drawing almost immediately after you fill the book.

An animated view of a notebook’s pages changing between different drawings.

There’s no special equipment involved beyond the notebook itself. The Rocketbook Color works with Crayola and other brands’ washable crayons and colored pencils, plus dry-erase markers. The pages are designed to be smudge-proof, so turning the page won’t ruin the art on the other side even if you are using dry-erase markers.

Rocketbook’s marketing is aimed at kids, but adults like to save paper, too. Break away from the adult coloring books and go free-form. If it doesn’t quite work out, you can just erase it forever.

The notebooks are $20 each on Kickstarter.

All images courtesy Rocketbook

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This Amazing Clock Has a Different Hand for Every Minute of the Day
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In the video below, you can watch Japanese ad agency Dentsu transform passing time into art. According to Adweek, the project was commissioned by Japanese stationery brand Hitotoki, which produces crafting materials. To celebrate the value of handmade items in an increasingly fast-paced world, Dentsu created a film advertisement for their client depicting their goods as a stop-motion clock.

The timepiece ticks off all 1440 minutes in the day, and was assembled in real-time against a colored backdrop during a single 24-hour take. Its "hands" were crafted from different combinations of some 30,000 disparate small items, including confetti, cream puffs, tiny toys, silk leaves, and sunglasses.

"In a world where everything is so hectic and efficient, we wanted to bring the value of 'handmade' to life," explains Dentsu art director Ryosuke Miyashita in a press statement quoted by Stash Media. "We created different combinations of small Hitotoki brand items to express each and every minute."

You can check out a promotional video for the project below, which details the arduous crafting process, or view a real-time version of the clock here.

[h/t Adweek]

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