Over the long New Years weekend I slapped together all of the video footage that I'd taken with my iPhone over the previous year. I somehow ended up making a real-deal experimental film with close-up footage of insects and long shots of escalators. My friend Carl W was kind enough to help with an original soundtrack. Without music, this would be tough to watch.
UPDATE: This video bookends nicely with this video I made last year.
My friend Jake C was cooking recently when he noticed that his silicone oven mitt looked like the Loch Ness Monster. He followed a few simple steps to turn it into a real sea monster. Here's how you can do it at home:
Step 1: Put a silicone oven mitt on your hand and hold it out so it looks like a lizard.
Step 2: Put something on the mitt to make eyes and nostrils (buttons or olives, it doesn't really matter).
Step 3: Take a digital photograph of the mitt. (Jake used his cellphone to take and edit the photo, so you don't need to be a genius or rich, okay?)
Step 4: Import the photo into a digital art program and add a bunch of fog, hills, and waves. You can also add optional features like fish, boats, or the moon. Have fun!
Step 5: Send it to all your friends.
That's all there is to it. I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a sea monster.
On a recent visit to the San Francisco Art Institute, I found a family of pigeons aimlessly wandering around an art gallery. I used my iPhone to collect some video footage and later added unnecessarily suspenseful music (by Andrew Christopher Smith / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).
Scientists say that after a catastrophic nuclear attack, pigeons will be the only animals left on earth. If, God forbid, something like that ever happens, this is what a leisurely Saturday will be like in a post-human world ruled by pigeons.
Handimals, iPhone photos, digital paint, 250 x 350 pixels, 2009
A few weeks ago, during a quiet moment at work, I took a photo of my hand, added google-eyes, and sent it to my sister. My sister responded with her own modified hand photo, and ever since, we've been challenging each other to see who could come up with the best hand animals, or "handimals".
Here is the entire collection. (Note: The man hands are mine and the lady hands are my sister's.)
After putting this collection together and naming it "The Handimals", I did an internet search and was disappointed to learn that there is a guy named Guido Daniele who has cornered the market on "handimals" with a bunch of fancy-ass, Las Vegas sideshow-style, painted hand animals. Apparently this guy has done ads for AT&T and is raking in the hand animal cash. Mr. Daniele needs to realize that he can't lord over this art form. Handimals are for all people and I am standing up to reclaim the name!
With that in mind, I encourage everyone to make their own handimals and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll add your handimals to the collection as soon as I receive them and, little by little, we will build an army of handimals that will shock the world.
Making a handimal couldn't be easier. Here's how you do it:
Move your hand around until you see the faint resemblance of an animal or an animal's face.
Take a digital photo of your hand while you can still see the animal (Note: If you lose the animal, return to step #1).
Import the hand photo into a digital art program like Photoshop, MS Paint, or any iPhone art app.
Add google-eyes and animal features such as horns, hair, or teeth (Hint: Don't add so many features that you completely obscure the hand!).
Attach the finished handimal file to an e-mail and send it to all of your friends with the subject line: "See, I told you my hand looked like a [insert animal name]!".
[Optional] Make a t-shirt featuring your handimal and sell it on the internet:
UPDATE: Seth L stepped up to bat and hit a home run with a vomiting handimal:
In this digital painting by Jake C, a man takes some time to unwind and watch the waves. I'm guessing this guy's wife and four step-kids don't even know about this secret spot on the beach. It's the perfect place to chill-out.
Jake is pushing iPhone art to new limits. The depth and shading are amazing. Nice work!