The Observable Universe

Pablo Carlos Budassi created a dazzling logarithmic visualization of the observable universe in 2013:
Observable Universe in One Image

Observable Universe in One Image. Credit: Pablo Carlos Budassi/Wikimedia Commons

The illustration features our solar system at the very center, followed by “inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, nearby galaxies, Cosmic Web, Cosmic microwave radiation and Big Bang’s invisible plasma on the edge,” according to Wikimedia Commons.
What do you think, does the image make you feel big or small in the grand scheme of things? I think it’s beautiful.
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Fan Art Friday #28

Uh-Oh! Here comes the truck! Good thing the agents in The Matrix are no match for Trinity. This is an all ink A4 fan art drawing of the badass high-kicking heroine:

Trinity Fan Art The Matrix

Trinity Fan Art The Matrix

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Trinity Fan Art The Matrix

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Trinity Fan Art The Matrix

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Trinity Fan Art The Matrix

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Trinity Fan Art The Matrix

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Trinity The Matrix Fan Art

Trinity The Matrix Fan Art

I will be drawing a sexier Trinity and Neo at a later stage 😎

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Fan Art Friday #27

Happy Friday Nerd Knights! Let’s celebrate the start of the weekend with Superman 😎 I have used all ink (pen, highlighters, fine-liners and marker pens) and it is an A3 drawing. My Superman is still a work in progress, but this is what I have so far:

Superman Fan Art Work in Progress

Superman Fan Art Work in Progress

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Superman Fan Art

Superman Fan Art

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Superman Fan Art

Superman Fan Art

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Superman Fan Art

Superman Fan Art

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Superman Fan Art

Superman Fan Art

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Superman Fan Art

Superman Fan Art

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Superman Fan Art

Superman Fan Art

 

I can’t wait to start adding the blue!

Who is your favorite DC/Marvel superhero/villain?

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Modern Flower Child

When art meets nature… We are left with the most amazing jewellery crafted by Modern Flower Child.

Bracelet

Bracelet

All items are hand-made. Every piece of jewellery is unique since no two flowers/natural items will ever look the same or set the same when left to harden in the resin:

Pendant

Pendant

I really want a bark or fern item, it preserves the natural beauty perfectly, and hopefully indefinitely. If you wish to get your hands on this cool jewellery, you can make a fashion statement by buying some at Modern Flower Child.

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Those Feelings

I cannot remember much of much

For nothing has had the worth of such

To be remembered.

 

It’s only my mind whose fleetful thinking

That will keep my heart from deeper sinking

But a moment is a moment that will pass.

 

Dreams follow dreams after each has fled

And after each chase my sorrow is shed

But I cannot hide in those worlds.

 

Not in the Snowglobe of activity

But outside I dwell; observing with liberty

The buzz and chaos of the world.

 

Alone, just let me be

Without any noise or company

Loving the melodies of silence.

 

Imaginary, hope of mine

Cannot dispel my fear of time

Nor failure, nor the disappointed reflections of thine eye.

 

Oh time machine of day to day

It is you who has brought me to future dismay!

Is life a gift or burden…?

 

It is the human touch of tarnish-potion

That has left me bleak without emotion:

Human morals are yet to evolve.

 

I’m consoled only by nature’s gentle touch

For I have never experienced anything as radiant as such

As by being kissed by the beauty of a sunset.

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Fan Art Friday #26

Jesse Walter was kind enough to share some Star Wars fan art with us. I believe these were from his high school days:

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

Both are sketches, and I think they were done in graphite:

Ben Kenobi

Ben Kenobi

Jesse has art talents that extend beyond the pencil. He is qualified in the areas of game art and design (2D and 3D modelling), level design and animation to name a few.

Visit Jesse Walter to find out more about this talented artist.

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Fan Art Friday #25

We survived another week, and if that’s not reason enough to bring cheer to your day, here is an all ink action hero – just for you!

Dwayne The Rock Johnson Drawing

Dwayne The Rock Johnson Drawing

All in all it took me about 8 hours to draw Dwayne The Rock Johnson. The reference was taken from Fast and the Furious. It is A4, all ink, one pen (and one pencil initially). Here are the transition artworks for the work in progress:

The Rock Work In Progress

The Rock Work In Progress

We love you Hobbs, “Daddy’s gotta go to work.” 😎

Fast and Furious Fan Art

Fast and Furious Fan Art

I hope you love muscle, action and fast cars! Happy Fan Art Friday 🙂

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Controller Plus

Can you think of anything better than simply playing your favorite video games whenever and with whoever you want? How about customizing your hardware with a unique paint job…

Customized Gaming Controllers

Customized Gaming Controllers

Nothing screams fanboy louder than when you have your fandom’s coat of arms stenciled onto your controller.

Fandom Logo Controllers

Fandom Logo Controllers

Are you expecting other gamers to take you seriously during that multiplayer stand-off? How about having your gamer name marking your hardware territory.

Gamer Name Controller

Gamer Name Controller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Controller Plus you are able to customize the paint work and graphic designs that appear on your Xbox or PlayStation controllers. Some of my personal favorites are the space/ nebula customizations:

Space Theme Controller

Space Theme Controller

Do you think it’s time to revamp or upgrade your controller? Add some spice to it by visiting PlusControllers! Which design are you keen to invest in?

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Fan Art Friday #24

As per the Merchandise Monday #44 post, I am celebrating the Star Wars Rebel Fleet this week…

Luke Skywalker Drawing

Luke Skywalker Drawing

This is my completed all ink drawing of Luke Skywalker. To see the work in progress of this drawing you can refer to Fan Art Friday #22 

I have other work in progress pictures for this, but i didn’t want to swamp the post with them. The pilot outfit is my favourite look for Luke – even though he is a Jedi and probably should be depicted with a lightsaber (in a traditional rendition of his character – but not today).

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Visualising Numbers

I thought of something a while ago; and I only managed to experiment with it recently. We all write down and read numbers in the same way (depending on how your culture learns to read and write). For example, I am English speaking and therefore read left to right; knowing that ‘0’ is a place-holder etc. and we write long division/multiplication etc. in similar acceptable defined ways.

The difference comes in when an individual visualises numbers in their mind. I know this sounds strange (and you’re probably visualising a sheet of paper with numbers written on it from left to right; and thinking ‘there’s nothing significant about that’).

However, there is something significant about how we visualise numbers in our minds. Forget the piece of paper, and forget about what numbers look like when you read and write. Close your eyes and count from 1 to 10 in your head. What did that sequence visually look like in your mind? Now think of the entire series of numbers between 1 to 100. What does that gap look like? How is the sequence laid out or filled? I asked a few of my friends to draw exactly how they visualise numbers in their minds – this was the outcome:

Me – Dr Slater:

Dr Slater Visualising Numbers

Dr Slater Visualising Numbers

For some reason; I stack groupings of numbers in zig-zag formation in my mind (going up then right). Initially, with smaller numbers, the separator stack will be a series of ‘teen numbers. As place holder groups get larger, I stack groups of similar 10s together (thousands go together, ten thousands stack together etc. where every subsequent stack is a zig or a zag in the overall counting sequence).

Dr Slater Summary Visualising Numbers

Dr Slater Summary Visualising Numbers

Nomti:

This chick is crazy (in my opinion), because trying to immerse myself in how she visualises numbers in her mind causes my eye to twitch. She initially counts left to right in groups of 10s, but then eventually her sequence snakes between groupings of 10s (she starts counting right to left).

Nomti Visualising Numbers

Nomti Visualising Numbers

Ryan:

Ryan is very practical and straightforward in the way his mind visualises numbers. He counts left to right and stacks groups of 10s together going down. His mind is largely uncluttered by crazy sequences like mine. If you tell him to visualise just one number; he will only have nearby milestone numbers surrounding that number (to give it context in the overall numerical sequence).

Ryan Visualising Numbers

Ryan Visualising Numbers

Danny:

Danny is similar to me in that there will be at least one stand-alone sequence before he starts stacking 10s of numbers (going down).

Danny Visualising Numbers

Danny Visualising Numbers

Some of you are probably bored or weirded out by me wanting to visualise numbers in my mind. I can reason with that – I also find numbers kind of boring. However, there has to be some deep interesting explanation as to why we all visualise numbers differently in our minds (and this is what truly intrigues me). The way in which each of us visualises numbers probably has a profound output in determining an individual’s analytical capabilities and problem solving abilities. For example; IQ tests usually determine how a person’s mind works (well or not), and not necessarily what you know (it’s not general knowledge or memory based etc.). Based on how I visualise numbers; you might think my mind is cluttered and poorly organised; and therefore my mind does not work well (low IQ). There is no admissible evidence to prove this link in my theory, but I do have hap-hazard thoughts!

Is there an expert in any relevant field related to this who can shed some light on this? Thanks guys!

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