All the faces of Ultron: The design evolution of the Avengers' archenemy

Outstanding illustration of the new Ultron on the cover of Empire this week. I remember how fascinated I was the first time I saw Ultron in Avengers. It was issue #162, published in 1977—I saw it much later because it arrived to Spain in the 80s. Here's how artists changed Ultron's appearance through the years: » 1/26/15 3:12pm Monday 3:12pm

It's hard to believe but none of these animations use CGI

Susi Sie refuses to use computer animation and effects. She just likeI'm s to explore all kinds of physical substances and push it around to create amazing animations. Some of her work defies belief as in "I can't bloody believe these are made just using real stuff and not computers." This is her showreel: » 1/19/15 8:38am 1/19/15 8:38am

The matte paintings of the original Star Wars trilogy and their creators

Before the computing era, ILM was the master of oil matte painting, making audiences believe that some of the sets in the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogy were real when they weren't. They were the work of geniuses like Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie. » 1/19/15 7:22am 1/19/15 7:22am

New gorgeous Guardians of the Galaxy concept art revealed

Olivier Pron was the lede matte painter for Guardians of the Galaxy. His concepts for the movie sets—and other movies and personal projects—are extremely cool. I love the Chris Foss-iness of Xandar, the home planet of the Nova Corps. The rest of his work is equally great. I wish I could roam his worlds with an Oculus… » 1/08/15 5:50am 1/08/15 5:50am

Our deepest darkest fears turned into terrifying cartoons

We all have deep dark fears that are almost always irrational and probably rooted from our childhood and most likely festered when we were alone and trapped in our thoughts. Deep Dark Fears illustrates those fears in a comic form and they're funny to see but also exposes us to a whole new set of fears we never thought… » 12/29/14 9:06pm 12/29/14 9:06pm

Can you recognize all the famous movie heroines in this neat poster?

I love Scott Park's work. His collection posters—like these cars—are the best. This movie and TV heroines poster has 80 characters, from Agent Scully (The X Files) to Kira Nerys (Deep Space Nine) going through Leeloo (The Fifth Element) or Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill.) I just love to zoom in and go through all the… » 12/23/14 9:38am 12/23/14 9:38am

This amazing photo of a city is actually a painted game map

When I first saw this my first thought was "wow, Shanghai is looking really crazy these days," thinking that it was a photo. Then I zoomed in and saw it was a painting. The author is a young French artist named Klaus Pillon—who says it is the world map for an incoming indie video game. His work is great. » 12/16/14 7:42pm 12/16/14 7:42pm

Here are some fantastic starships to make you dream about the future

Watching cool illustrations of starships—like these fantastic designs by Mack Sztabais always an exercise of painful day dreaming for me. I always get into a black hole that gets me to new worlds and vessels that I would never see—which really sucks. I wish I were there, on board this Zeus cruiser. » 11/26/14 2:21pm 11/26/14 2:21pm