I am Eric Carl, currently employed at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles as a web designer and instructor.

On this blog I will reveal all that I know and love about art, design and the creative process.

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Sketch Theatre

Sketch Theatre is a fancy website where you can watch a variety of talented artists draw super cool pictures!

I had the pleasure of helping do a complete redesign of the site, which just went live today. In a mad rush to get it finished for Comic-Con (visit Sketch Theatre at Booth #5363!) we managed to finish the whole thing in about 2 and a half weeks. Building on top of the existing On Demand WordPress theme (from Press75) sped things up significantly. It’s still a little rough around the edges in some regards, but we’ll continue to tighten it up over time.

Make sure you check out a few of my favorite sketches by Kali Fontecchio, Axel 13, and David Levy.


A Journey Round My Skull

I just ran across the Flickr account, blog and Twitter feed of A Journey Round my Skull. He describes his epic collection of vintage book scans with these words:

Unhealthy book fetishism from a reader, collector, and amateur historian of forgotten literature.

So basically he posts tons of uniquely amazing images that you would surely be a fool to not keep up with! The four images above are all from a series of posts on Biology Today, a 1972 biology textbook.


Arbito’s Resin Figures

Arbito continues to blow minds across the universe with hs recent resin sculpted figures. Totally rad! Check out more at his blog and Flickr account.

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French Robots

Update: Fred Blanchard in the comments has informed me that these are most likely inspired by the work of Roman Cieslewicz. The artist for the first image is Jean-Luc Moreau.

These two images are lucky finds while browsing through the March 1982 issue of Omni Magazine. I’m in love with them.

The article unfortunately provided no credits to the artist, only mentioning that they were student work created at a French institution, part of an assignment for graphic design students to reimagine robots in a unique way. Let me know if have info about the artist!

As usual, super-big versions are available on my Flickr account. I’d like to note that my Flickr account just recently hit 2 million views. Totally rad! I love Flickr.


Monarkh Magazine

The folks at Monarkh Magazine were kind enough to have me as their featured artist this month! There’s a little interview with me on the site. Definitely check out the rest of their site while you’re there and peek at some of the other artists they’ve been showing off. Cool stuff!


Shohei Otomo

Check out the great illustrations of Shohei Otomo. I included the last image specifically because I love seeing illustrations that are so technically well done without the safety net of a computer.

Found via Buamai.

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I finally buckled down and forced myself to finish some new art. This piece was really meant to be a quick compositional exercise that I could knock out in an evening but it ended up taking a bit longer. It’s mainly composed of scans from my vintage Omni magazines that I’ve combined to assemble an other-worldly pseudo-electronic landscape.

My main challenge was finding the right arrangement for the colored dot patterns at the bottom. I had done a rough sketch to plan out the major patches of elements but in the end I could have planned it out better. Most of the process just involved experimenting with different patterns and locations, then sticking with what felt right intuitively.

Overall a fun piece to work on that gave me some ideas to integrate into future work.


1000 Vintage Film Posters for Download

Wrong Side of the Art, one of my very most favorite websites (covered earlier here and here), has just uploaded its 1000th vintage film poster. To commemorate this epic event they have packed all the posters on the site into a zip file for download.

Make sure you follow the instructions and download it here.

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Select the Condition of the Body

Two of my favorite images from a recent batch of items uploaded to Flickr. The first one is so amazing I really wish I had come up with it. The text is a pull quote from an article about Japan’s thriving robot research which it appeared in. Reads great out of context.

Like my previous post they’ve been scanned from early issues of Omni magazine and super-large versions are available from my Flickr account.


More Flickr uploads and Pierre Lacombe

Word is I’ve been uploading like mad to my Flickr account. I recently picked up a good 30 issues of Omni Magazine, from its first few years in print. I’ve been going through and have been scanning some of the more interesting images. The two above are by French artist Pierre Lacombe, who unfortunately does not seem to have much of a presence anywhere on the internet.

Scott Hansen of ISO50 also has a post up with some more Omni goodness.

Action on the blog here has been slow lately as I’ve been a bit busy, but I’ll try to keep the good stuff coming! I’ve actually been taking a bit of a vacation from the art and design world in favor of the music world lately, but I think its time to shift back.