The Beady Eyed Craftster is our (mostly) weekly round-up of shiny (mostly) art, design, craft and illus­tra­tion related links from across the internets.

This week: robots, zombies, manatees, tape, buttons and gears.


• Okay, let’s start with some fantastic line work: Mattias Adolfsson’s sketchbooks are full of intricate detail and quirky characters – check them out. [Via Drawn]

• Highly stylized retro movie posters featuring flat blocks of colour have become a bit of a thing over recent years, but Tom Whalen’s examples are really amazing. I particularly like the Shaun of the Dead poster, but they all show impressive use of colour. [Via Illustration Age]

• Also showing strong and confident use of colour is this “Illustrated Guide to Manhattan’s Most Surprising Denizens” from design company MGMT, which features some great geometrical-ish illustrations of unexpected animals visitors to the city. [Via Fast Co. Design]

• Speaking of cities, take a look at artist Takahiro Iwasaki’s coastal city carved from a reel of duct tape. I’m a big fan of duct tape, but this would never have occurred to me; it’s a really clever idea, very nicely executed. His delicate thread sculptures are also pretty incredible. [Via Colossal]

• Tutorial time: we like buttons on this blog, and these neat crochet buttons look really cool. The five step tutorial from Craft Tuts seems like it should be easy enough to follow, at least for those wise in the ways of crochet (i.e. not me!). [Found via Make]

• And finally: I love a good automata, and this ”Applejack’s Apple Harvest” automata from Renegade Cow is better than most. Even if you’re not a pony fan the clever design, attention to detail, and gearing work is really pretty spectacular. [Found via Boing Boing]

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