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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