Digital Art

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 ... »

A fluorescent image of a tissue section

Visualizing Biomolecules: Fluorescent Microscopy

I’ve dedicated a couple posts to how we generate images of biologically relevant molecules. I’m going to zoom out significantly, and move from molecules all the way up to cells. Images like the featured image to the left are a mainstay of many biological studies. But, once again, there is a surprising amount of post-processing required to generate an image like that: the sample never l... »

Tis the Season to give art

Tis the Season to give art

Just a quick note to say I just added 89 more images to my creative commons set on Flickr. There are now 367 images for you to use. Need a new avatar or image to illustrate a blog post or just want something bright and colorful to look at? Have at it, just credit me when you use it! Cheers! »

Reconstructing a Face

Reconstructing a Face

We did some weird projects in grad school, and the bulk of them were in Ray’s class. Ray is a really cool guy, and even has an IMDB page. He taught intro techniques for anaplastology, or facial prosthetics (post on this subject coming next month). We cast our own ears in dental stone and then had to sculpt their mirror images in clay. This is something you’d have to do to make a prosth... »

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