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Artist Gives the Happy Meal a Horror Movie Makeover

McDonald’s Happy Meals are a staple of happy childhood memories for anyone who remembers the disproportionate joy that came with finding a cheap plastic trinket tucked in with your cheeseburger and fries. In more recent years, they’ve also acted as a sort of mini-billboard for whatever movie, toy, or other product the marketing brains at Mickey D’s have teamed up with on any given week. But just in time for Halloween, Los Angeles-based graphic designer Newt Cloninger-Clements has come up with a much darker take on the kiddie banquet-in-a-box by imagining what a horror movie-themed Happy Meal might look like.

"I’ve been a huge fan of horror films ever since childhood, so it’s no surprise that Halloween is my favorite holiday," Cloninger-Clements said in a statement. "My work is a tribute to all of the creative individuals that have influenced me over the years, and brought so much enjoyment to my life."

While Cloninger-Clements hasn’t shied away from embracing current small-screen scary things like American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and Stranger Things, serious horror movie devotees will love his throwback pieces to cult classics and genre staples like The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, The Thing, Sleepaway Camp, Fright Night, and Critters—each of which comes with its own clever toy (like an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson action figure with The Shining Happy Meal).

Take a look at some of the artist’s creations below; to see more, visit him on Twitter or Instagram (where you’ll be able to see some non-horror creations, too, including a Showgirls Happy Meal that we only wish were real).

All images courtesy of Newt Cloninger-Clements via Twitter.

[h/t Nerdist]

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
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Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
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A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
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A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
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You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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The Simple Optical Illusion That Makes an Image Look Like It's Drawing Itself
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Artist James Nolan Gandy invents robot arms that sketch intricate mathematical shapes with pen and paper. When viewed in real time, the effect is impressive. But it becomes even more so when the videos are sped up in a timelapse. If you look closely in the video below, the illustration appears to materialize faster than the robot can put the design to paper. Gizmodo recently explained how the illusion works to make it look like parts of the sketch are forming before the machine has time to draw them.

The optical illusion isn’t an example of tricky image editing: It’s the result of something called the wagon wheel effect. You can observe this in a car wheel accelerating down the highway or in propeller blades lifting up a helicopter. If an object makes enough rotations per second, it can appear to slow down, move backwards, or even stand still.

This is especially apparent on film. Every “moving image” we see on a screen is an illusion caused by the brain filling in the gaps between a sequence of still images. In the case of the timelapse video below, the camera captured the right amount of images, in the right order, to depict the pen as moving more slowly than it did in real life. But unlike the pen, the drawing formed throughout the video isn't subject to the wagon-wheel effect, so it still appears to move at full speed. This difference makes it look like the sketch is drawing itself, no pen required.

Gandy frequently shares behind-the-scenes videos of his mechanical art on his Instagram page. You can check out some of his non-timelapse clips like the one below to better understand how his machines work, then visit his website to browse and purchase the art made by his 'bots.

And if you think his stuff is impressive, make sure to explore some of the incredible art robots have made in the past.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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