David A. Smith goes through the technology and painstaking craft behind his artwork for John Mayer's 'Born & Raised' album
Look at that insane level of detail! Traditional sign work like this is wondrous because, as John Mayer expresses early in the video, it’s something most people have seen but don’t know a ton about; including its origins or what the style is even called. What’s stunning about David’s work is how passionate he is for passing on his work, teaching it to others, not letting it die out. It’s a shame when you see how beautiful the finished products are to realize that so few people do work like this nowadays, and how plentiful it once was.
For more David A. Smith, check out this other documentary about his work.
Michelle Erickson recreates an agate teapot using centuries old methods
I love seeing videos of people who work at museums because they do the most obscure and specific and obsessive things. Like in this video, about Michelle Erickson making a teapot (the historically accurate way). Watch when she folds in all the different colors of clay to create that agate pattern. It’s one of the most innately satisfying things you can experience in your life (along with skillful use of a pottery wheel). Honestly though, the whole thing is great insight into centuries old practices in ceramics, and presented so clearly and concisely you’re going to feel like you can try it out tomorrow.
Rayman in Super Smash Bros? Nope, it's a hoax, although an extremely elaborate and convincing one
I love this video because even if you know nothing about Super Smash Bros, you can still appreciate the process of replicating something in excruciating detail. This is art forgery, but for an Internet era.
The amount of work that needs to be done to produce a shaky, low res, 20 second video of a single screen of this video game (seen at :26 in the video, or separately here) includes, but is not limited to: Creating not one, but two pieces of original digital artwork imitating the art style of the game; isolating a series of small moving elements of the user interface, pixel by pixel and frame by frame; and recreating a handful of barely noticeable graphical elements that swish onto the screen for a mere second.
Omni knows he has to do all this because he knows that skeptical forum goers will scrutinize endlessly, tearing apart every frame and zooming into every pixel, looking for the tiniest crack in the facade. And after all that, people still thought it was real. Well done, Omni. As the top YouTube comment on the video says: “this was a shit ton of work just to fuck with people”.