Del Grosso’s playful composites combine drawing and photography with whimsical yet realistic results — think an adult take on “Harold and the Purple Crayon." In an email to the Huffington Post, Del Grosso cited Ben Heine as an inspiration, whose work we also admire. (See examples here and again here.)
Unlike Heine, however, Del Grosso prefers to engage with the facts. “In my series,” he writes, “I try to present things in a realistic way, as if my sketches had given birth to reality.”
Illustrations Of Animals With Human Characteristics by Zarnala
Digital artist Kim Nguyen aka Zarnala has an amazing illustration series titled ‘Anthro’ and ‘Anthro II’ featuring stylish animals with human characteristics. In her illustrations, a jaguar transforms into a rockstar, suited monkeys and dogs turn into gun-toting gangsters, a fox preens as a demure geisha, and a bull terrier engages in a spot of baseball, all rendered with their own unique personalities and forms.
[ NEWS ] You can finally buy World War Z’s ultimate zombie-killing weapon
The famed battleaxe/shovel hybrid weapon the “Lobo” from World War Z was missing from the final film adaptation of the book, but then again 95% of everything in the book was missing from the film, so that really comes as no surprise.
In the novel, the weapon is said to be one of the key factors in turning the tide against the zombies. Guns ran out of ammo and heads were hard to hit. Bombs were careless and expensive. But battleaxe shoves? Cheap and effective.
ThinkGeek is now offering the new “Crovel Extreme II”, a super-utility weapon that bears more than a passing similarity to the Lobo that helped our boys defeat the undead in the original World War Z novel.
Obviously, the Lobo didn’t make it into the World War Z film — along with about a million other things — but the Shaolin spade-esque weapon has clearly inspired this new version ThinkGeek utility tool. The new Crovel “functions as shovel, hammer, crowbar, woodworking chisel, saw, and bottle opener,” and the shovel can be folded down when you’re not in the middle of fleeing a horde of zombies.
While it lacks the super-sharp edge of the Lobo, you’ll note the Crovel’s shovel end has a serrated edge that should take care of most of your zombie decapitation needs. Also, it’s not fictional, which is super helpful. The Crovel Extreme II is $140, but an extra $30 gets you a reversible steel “super spike” that you can place on the end for improved skull puncturing as well.
Behold the Triceracopter and Stegowagenvolkssaurus. These two awesome fiberglass sculptures were created in the 1970s by the late Cincinnati-based sculptor Patricia Renick.
The Stegowagenvolkssaurus is such a wonderful combination of a stegosaurus a Volkswagen Beetle, that we wish it was actually available as a mode of transportation. Who wouldn’t want to go to work in a dinocar?
The 12 x 20 foot creature currently stands on display in the library at Northern Kentucky University. When speaking about the work, Renick said, “I wanted viewers to enter a space that resonated as a natural history museum. I wanted them to feel as if they were seeing an unknown but plausible species.”
The Triceracopter combines a triceratopr with a US Army Hughes OH-6 Cayuse helicopter. It was created by Renick in 1977 as a response to the Vietman War.
She stated, “I did not see the work as a celebration, but as a cautionary tale, an expression of hope for the end of war.” In 2011, this unique species finally found a home in University of Cincinnati’s Langsam Library.