We Never Should Have Taught The Pandas How To Fly

The pandas took to the skies as they took to few other things in their existence, and their own gut microbes were an integral to producing biofuel. The combination made them an unstoppable force — and they took back more than their habitat. Concept art by Steve Chinhsuan Wang. » 3/31/15 5:00pm Tuesday 5:00pm

What Lord Tantalus Could Have Looked Like In Guardians of the Galaxy

Storyboard artist for Guardians of the Galaxy has released some very, very early storyboard art from the Marvel movie, giving us a possible look at the lost character Lord Tantalus. » 3/31/15 3:20pm Tuesday 3:20pm

Amidst The Field Of Hieroglyphics 

Dr. Bulygin hadn't just found human writing among the broken monoliths. He'd discovered a Rosetta Stone, humanity's linguistic gateway to the community of the cosmos. Concept art by Shahab Alizadeh. » 3/30/15 5:00pm Monday 5:00pm

The New City Of Babel

To an outside observer, the city of Babiru looked chaotic. But when the only direction a city can build is up, its inhabitants learn the history behind every single story. Concept art by Nivanh Chanthara from his project Babiru. » 3/27/15 5:00pm Friday 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Unnatural Selection

We've got some kind of evaluation happening in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Johannes Holm. So what's going on? And what happens to the humans who are pulled out of line? » 3/26/15 5:00pm 3/26/15 5:00pm

An In-Depth Look At How Dungeons & Dragons' New Miniatures Are Made

A new D&D adventure comes out on April 7th, pitting players against the forces of elemental evil in "Princes of the Apocalypse." Gale Force Nine gave us an exclusive look at the process of creating the miniatures being released to accompany the adventure, from concept art to completed mini. » 3/26/15 11:00am 3/26/15 11:00am

The Cloud Dragon Did Not Go Hungry That Night

As the tiny figure floated down onto Caelia's wing, the dragon thought to herself, "Human food delivery. Now why has no one thought of that before?" Concept art by Cathrine Langwagen. » 3/25/15 5:00pm 3/25/15 5:00pm

Man Turns His Birthmark Into A Map Of An Imaginary World

Artistic inspiration can come from all sorts of places, and redditor Mneneon found an interesting worldbuilding idea in his own birthmark. He took a pen to his arms and outlined his birthmark, creating a map of his very own — very personal — world. » 3/25/15 12:40pm 3/25/15 12:40pm

These NSFW King Lear Illustrations Are Gorgeous—And Incredibly Grotesque

In 1930, Curwen Press published an edition of William Shakespeare's King Lear with illustrations by artist John Yunge-Bateman. Yunge-Bateman's black-and-white interpretation of the play is quite striking — and oddly heavy on the thong underwear. » 3/24/15 3:20pm 3/24/15 3:20pm

This Animated Alphabet Looks Like A Series Of Wriggling Parasites

Ari Weinkle's experimental typeface "Feelers" is inspired by the movements of animal appendages, and each letter does look alive. In fact, the look like they might squirm inside your body and start spelling out commands. » 3/23/15 5:00pm 3/23/15 5:00pm

The No-Stilettos Rule: My Approach As A Woman Creating Scifi Book Covers

How do you create a book cover that really sells the story to its audience? How do you package a book with a badass woman protagonist without relying on bare midriffs and spiky heels? Muddy Colors columnist Lauren Panepinto explains how she approaches cover art in her role as Orbit Books' Creative Director. » 3/20/15 11:00am 3/20/15 11:00am

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Concept Art Writing Prompt: Waking Up To The Apocalypse

There's nothing like waking up in the morning and getting a face full of monster. This week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, by David Velásquez, would make a great illustration for a story — you just have to write it first. » 3/19/15 5:00pm 3/19/15 5:00pm

See How Those Mind-Bending 3D Murals Are Made

Some of our favorite murals are the ones that deceive your eyes. You're walking along when suddenly you spot a hole to another universe in the sidewalk or see a 3D object hovering in the air — only to realize that it's just paint against a flat surface. Watch these videos to see how those illusions come to » 3/18/15 3:00pm 3/18/15 3:00pm

Stormy Weather Is A Good Omen For Launch Day

Plus, it always provides a spectacular show — both for anyone watching from the cliffside towns and the passengers inside the ship. One of many stunning science fiction wallpapers from concept artist Tobias Roetsch. » 3/17/15 5:00pm 3/17/15 5:00pm

142 Behind-The-Scenes Photos Reveal Blade Runner's Miniature World 

A massive gallery of behind-the-scenes Blade Runner slides has been uploaded to the internet, revealing a teeny, tiny world of space blimps and flying cars, all crafted with special care and beautiful attention to detail. » 3/17/15 9:42am 3/17/15 9:42am

Discarded Popsicles Make Surprisingly Good Swimming Pools

Artist Slinkachu makes street installations and photographs, creating witty scenes with figurines placed in clever situations. Today, his new gallery show, Miniaturesque, Andipa Gallery in London, showcasing his latest work. » 3/13/15 5:10pm 3/13/15 5:10pm

This Mashup Of The Muppets And The Walking Dead Is Creepy Perfection

When artist Gene Guilmette was asked to draw a page of The Walking Dead with Muppets, he came up with this brilliant idea. He cast both Statler and Waldorf as the Governor, and placed other Muppets in their fish tanks. » 3/13/15 4:40pm 3/13/15 4:40pm

Fan Art Imagines Chris Pine As A Green Lantern

When rumors surfaced earlier this week that Star Trek actor Chris Pine could be donning the Green Lantern's ring in an upcoming movie, artist BossLogic decided to see what the actor would look like with the green mask. With a little photo manipulation, BossLogic created this mock movie poster. » 3/13/15 3:40pm 3/13/15 3:40pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Give Me Shelter

It's a snowy day in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Katharina Guettlein, but there is shelter ahead. Write a story inspired by this image and tell us: What will our lone figure find there? » 3/12/15 5:00pm 3/12/15 5:00pm

Good Grief! Post-Apocalyptic Charlie Brown Is Wonderfully Bleak

After the end of everything, there'll still be one person who can never stay knocked over: Good Ol' Charlie Brown. And his bedraggled mutt, Snoopy. This awesome fan art by Max Dunbar features inks by Vitali Iakovlev and colors by Sean Ellery. Click through to see the whole thing. » 3/11/15 1:46pm 3/11/15 1:46pm