Art

Unexpected Influences

I have a list of art and media that I saw or read as a kid that made a lasting impression on me for one reason or another, some which are well known and the influence obvious (Labyrinth! Michael Whelan! Monet!) to the more obscure (Nausicaa of the Valley of …

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You Have all the Tools You Need to Change the World

As we head on into the new year I thought I’d finish this illustration I started by coloring it in and adding some words of wisdom for the coming days. The words of wisdom were originally told to me by my husband, Johnny. I sometimes feel frustrated that I’m not …

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New Feature: Is This What You Were Looking For?

One of the fun things about writing for Mad Art Lab is that, via analytics, we can see all of the different ways in which people find us. Readers end up here by many avenues – some people just ‘know’ of us and come straight here, some people link from …

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AI

AI: You Really Know How to Turn Me On

Sometimes I read a story and all I can think of is making drawings based on it. Sometimes I go to a museum and see a scientific concept illustrated in such a way that it makes me want to create one of my own. I love having interactions that inspire …

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AI

AI: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

One of my favorite things about the hyper-connectivity of the Internets is that, in an instant, we can share ideas with anyone. Often, I find myself bopping around from link to link marveling at all of the projects and experiments, artsy, science-y, geeky or otherwise, that I see. And just …

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The Superstition of Creativity

In yet another episode of what is appearing to be a rash of fluffy, credulous Radiolab podcasts (the latest of which was brilliantly pulled apart by Carrie over at Skepchick, among others glorifying a guy who sold his own hookworms on the internet for medical purposes and a long wishy-washy …

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