This amazing photo of a city is actually a game world 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 Tuesday 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

Spectacular rendering of the solar system to scale

I don't know about you, but every time I'm reminded about the huge scale of the universe, I mentally re-evaluate my own life and my relationship with what is around me. This amazing illustration by Roberto Ziche's with the Sun and the planets laying on the floor makes that comparison even more impressive. » 11/05/14 6:42am 11/05/14 6:42am

Painting with fire creates some really beautiful art

Sure, you're not supposed to play with fire but what about painting with fire? That's what artist Steve Spazuk does. He uses flames and smoke to create beautiful artwork with images that are literally burned in. Spazuk employs other tools like feather brushes and x-acto knives but his artwork begins with fire. Pretty… » 10/28/14 9:43pm 10/28/14 9:43pm

The different ways animals breath in one cool animated graphic

Science illustrator and animator Eleanor Lutz—the same who brought us this cool graphic of how animals fly—has created this cool animated illustration showing the differences between animal breathing: Human vs birds vs insects. Even if you paid attention at biology class, it's interesting to watch. » 10/24/14 7:59pm 10/24/14 7:59pm

Classic sci-fi spaceships make me nostalgic for a future that never was

French illustrator Manchu is one of the masters of classic sci-fi illustration. His worlds and spaceships are massive, optimistic, colorful, and sometimes even zany on his alien spaceship designs. Masterfully crafted, his work reminds me of another one of the greatest: The British Chris Foss. » 10/23/14 1:01am 10/23/14 1:01am