For an ongoing series entitled Invading The Vintage, Italian illustrator Franco Brambilla (previously featured here) turns beautiful vintage postcards into awesome works of whimsical science fiction-themed art. AT-ATs gallop down a scenic oceanside street while the Doctor parks the TARDIS outside Downton Abbey (aka Highclere Castle) and heads inside for dinner. A group of iconic sci-fi baddies gather at a waterside resort as a family of Jawas shows up to an outdoor flea market in their Sandcrawler to sell both droids and used cars. Meanwhile ED-209 has some Canadian Mounties to deal and a group of aliens have landed their flying saucer somewhere in the Alps to cool their heels and commune with some Alpine cows.

Brambilla has altered each postcard so thoroughly and subtly that the longer you look at it, the more of additions you’ll notice.

Visit Franco Brambilla’s website and the Invading The Vintage Facebook page for many more geektastically enhanced postcards.

[via io9]

Adventure Time + Doctor Who = Super Awesome
Relentlessly cheerful artist James Hance (previously featured here) painted this incredible “Adventure Timey-Wimey” mural on his 9-year-old daughter Maddy’s wall. From the Gunter Daleks to the BMO TARDIS to the Ice King as a Weeping Angel, it’s almost unbearably wonderful.
But wait, it gets even better because the whole concept was Maddy’s to start with:

"She had the idea for an Adventure Time / Doctor Who crossover, and had all the characters mapped out (You can see where I get my ideas from!)"

Prints of this awesome mash-up are currently available via James Hance’s website.
[via io9]

Adventure Time + Doctor Who = Super Awesome

Relentlessly cheerful artist James Hance (previously featured here) painted this incredible “Adventure Timey-Wimey” mural on his 9-year-old daughter Maddy’s wall. From the Gunter Daleks to the BMO TARDIS to the Ice King as a Weeping Angel, it’s almost unbearably wonderful.

But wait, it gets even better because the whole concept was Maddy’s to start with:

"She had the idea for an Adventure Time / Doctor Who crossover, and had all the characters mapped out (You can see where I get my ideas from!)"

Prints of this awesome mash-up are currently available via James Hance’s website.

[via io9]

"Well, of course I’m being childish! There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes."

Sandbach, Cheshire, UK-based Playmobil member Emma J made is awesome custom set of steampunk Doctor Who toys featuring a TARDIS, a Dalek, and the 4th Doctor. Tom Baker looks great in tiny plastic form. We hope that beautiful TARDIS is full of Jelly Babies.

Playmobil + Doctor Who = Awesome

Click here to view more of Emma J’s custom Playmobil creations.

[via Nerd Approved]

Peanut artist, or rather “Painter of Nuts” Steve Casino (previously featured here) is still hard at working transforming humble peanut shells into impressively lifelike miniature sculptures of pop culture icons.

"The peanut project began in July, 2012 with the off-handed casualness of hashing out a song or invention on a napkin, but realizing the vision has created serious challenges. Arriving at the right materials, for example, took a lot of trial and error. Learning the right resins and swapping pipe cleaners for bamboo helped, but Casino still struggles with the peanut-specific difficulties of his craft."

Each peanut character requires hours of work. The painting phase alone sometime takes over 10 hours to complete. And, because of the likelihood that a peanut may break during the delicate creation process, Casion always starts out with three peanuts versions per character.

Steve Casino accepts requests for commissioned peanut pieces via email. Follow his work via his personal website or on Facebook.

Visit Wired to learn more about Steve Casino and to check out even more of his awesome painted peanuts.

After breaking a bone and getting stuck with an itchy cast for six weeks, some people make the best of it by decorating that cast. mental_floss assembled a great collection of examples of people turning an unfortunate occurrence into an awesome opportunity for self-expression.

Nicholas Frausto decorated his mother’s cast with Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. Artist Zak Kinsella used the Doctor’s TARDIS to transform his friend Laura Keeney’s cast into one capable of traveling through time and space. J. Giz Patterson used spray paint, paint pens and metal spikes to turn his cast into a punked out x-ray. And, perhaps best of all, Katie of Love Paper Paint helped turn her injured son into his Iron Man, his favourite superhero.

Visit mental_floss to check out more fantastically decorated casts.

Jonathan M. Guberman lives in Toronto, Canada where he works as a computer programmer and bioinformatician and spends his free time designing and making things. Shortly before the birth of his son, Jonathan started working on an awesomely geeky set of Alphabet Blocks featuring things that both he and his wife looked forward to sharing with their child. The complete set of 1.5” laser-engraved wooden blocks were finished shortly before his new son’s first birthday.

"There are 36 blocks — the English alphabet and ten digits — showing 134 images of people, animals, monsters, robots, vehicles, organizations, devices, tools, and objects from some of our favourite movies, TV shows, books, comics, video games, poems, and sculptures, as well as a few from the real world for good measure (and a couple not-so-favourites for comic relief/alphabetical exigency; I’m looking at you, Zardoz). The only real rule I followed in choosing subjects was trying to maintain an even gender balance.”

Click here to view the entire set. A complete list of all of the images on the blocks can be found here.

Visit Jonathan’s Up, not North blog to learn more about his Alphabet Blocks project.

[via Laughing Squid]

San Francisco-based design professor and illustrator Miguel Cardona transforms ordinary paper coffee cups into bold works of art. Because of the curved surface of his canvas of choice, each piece is rendered freehand and he thoroughly enjoys the challenges that this presents:

"You have this three-dimensional object that is in your hands, you can pull the cup in a different direction and hold the pen still. You can also hide a lot of flawed perspective. You don’t need a desk, it can be done anywhere, and to protect it, you can stack it in another blank cup. The cup itself can hold your art supplies and is itself, a display stand, it’s quite the perfect design."

Cardona’s subjects vary from pop culture character and icons to robots, monsters, and even bodily organs. But these beautiful illustrations aren’t quite as awesome as what he does with them. Miguel sells each finished piece for $20 and donates 100% of the proceeds to Project Night Night, which donates baby blankets, children’s books, and toys to children in homeless shelters.

Visit Miguel Cardona’s website to check out more of his fantastic illustrated coffee cups.

[via Design Taxi and Cool Hunting]

Sunnyvale, CA-based artist Hoang Tran (previously featured here) continues to create so many awesome pop culture-based crayon sculptures that we can’t help but share some more. Last time we featured crayon sculptures of Adventure Time characters. Today we’re treated to carved and painted pieces from Doctor Who, Spirited away, Star Wars, Hellboy, The Sandman, and sweet little BMO (who was still a work in progress last time).

Visit Hoang’s Tumblr site, Wax Nostalgic, to check out many more crayon sculptures. He also has some available for purchase via his Etsy shop, CarvedCrayons.

[via Design Fetish]

We’ve shared a few different Dalek Christmas trees here over the years, but now, thanks to John Smith, we get to watch a Dalek decorate a tree of its own in this short video E-card entitled “A Very Dalek Christmas”.

How does a murderous cyborg trim a Christmas tree? We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say it’s going to be quite a toasty holiday for this particular Dalek. This awesome little video couldn’t be more perfectly titled.

[via Geekosystem]

Redditor Fortunekitty created this completely awesome Gingerbread TARDIS and then went one giant step further and created a Gingerbread Tardis How-To, complete with a helpful series of step-by-step photos. So now the rest of us hungry Whovians can have a go at making one too.
[via Neatorama]

Redditor Fortunekitty created this completely awesome Gingerbread TARDIS and then went one giant step further and created a Gingerbread Tardis How-To, complete with a helpful series of step-by-step photos. So now the rest of us hungry Whovians can have a go at making one too.

[via Neatorama]