Digital Art

Stripsearch! (or, Where Has Maki Been?)

Stripsearch! (or, Where Has Maki Been?)

Maki Naro has been with The Lab since the very beginning. He’s written great articles. He has a wonderful webcomic. And perhaps most importantly, he is the caretaker of a magnificent beard. But do you know what else he has? You guessed it! A starring role on Penny Arcade’s reality competition, Stripseach! Penny Arcade is a long-running webcomic that focuses on gaming and gaming culture... »

Preparing For a Body Positive Summer

Preparing For a Body Positive Summer

The weather has been warming and it has me thinking about the ever impending booty short season and how I can stay body positive and embrace my curves. »

Random Acts of Art: 3.24 Astronomy is Beautiful

Random Acts of Art: 3.24 Astronomy is Beautiful

Rumor has it, a whole lot of funding is going to disappear this coming week as NASA feels the effects of huge budget cuts due to sequestration. Hardest hit will be programs designed for outreach and public science communication. It may be up to us, as artists and civilians, to lend a hand and help find private funding and to disseminate the information discovered by scientists in the field of astr... »

Len Peralta Doing D&D Commissions

Len Peralta Doing D&D Commissions

Len Peralta is the kind of brilliant that I can get behind. He is an artist that seems to get his joy from making other people’s ideas come to life. I met him at Dragon*Con last year and did a panel with his disembodied head. You may know him from his Geek a Week series in which he drew some of our favorite nerd icons and turned them into superhero trading cards. Or his ongoing 50 heroes vs.... »

MaKey MaKey Cat Photo Booth

MaKey MaKey Cat Photo Booth

As you probably know, water is conductive (hopefully you didn’t learn that the hard way). What this means, among other things, is that you can actually use water as a MaKey MaKey trigger. Leave a connected alligator clip in a vessel of water, ground yourself and stick your finger in the water, and boom!* Water button. *I promise, it’s quite safe. No actually booms or zaps will occur. O... »

MaKey MaKey DDR Pads

MaKey MaKey DDR Pads

I’m back to share with you the very first contraption I rigged up with my MaKey MaKey kit: dance pads for playing Flash Flash Revolution more like the game it imitates. (If you missed my first post that explains the concept of the MaKey MaKey, you should check it out here: Making Keys with MaKey MaKey!) Flash Flash Revolution is an online flash version of the dance video game Dance Dance Rev... »

Vaginas Are More Regulated Than Guns

Vaginas Are More Regulated Than Guns

Shannyn Moore got some attention recently for her article My Guns Are Less Regulated Than My Uterus and it inspired me to make this, because wherever you stand on gun control it’s crazy to think that bullets are easier to obtain than oral contraceptives, or low cost health care for women. »

Making Keys with MaKey MaKey!

Making Keys with MaKey MaKey!

Ever wanted to play a banana piano? It’s possible with MaKey MaKey! Back in June, I helped* Kickstart the production of a kit that allows you to turn anything that’s a little bit conductive into a button, control, or key. The MaKey MaKey is a panel that you connect to your computer with a USB cable and then to other objects (like clay, vegetables, pencils drawings, pools of liquid, or ... »

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