At COLOURlovers we are all about the color love... but over at Mojizu.com they're all about the character art love. There are thousands of very creative, cute & funny creations at Mojizu... but we chose just a handful to bring home and share with you.
20 Creative Characters from Mojizu
**Update: Check out the LICHFAKTOR interview we did for more photos and a new video.
A number of graffiti artists have been tagging everything thought to be impossible without being caught. Well -- it's actually not illegal for them. They're not using paint. As it turns out, time-lapse photography isn't just for blooming flowers, skyscapes, or brake lights anymore. Termed Light Graffiti, tag artists are taking their colour to an all new level.
Let There Be Light
Using an exposure of about ten-to-thirty seconds and a tripod for best results, Light Graffiti artists start at the first click. Glowsticks, flashlights, reflectors, and even torches have been used as mediums to create all sorts of designs and tags, as the artist becomes a ghost of a blur, if visible at all.
Black lights bring out the strangest colours. Projecting very little visible light, crossing into the softer side of the ultraviolet spectrum, the electromagnetic radiating bulbs are commonly referred to as Ultraviolet Lights. The principle behind the lights are almost the same as regular, visible light bulbs, save for the one component that makes them appear blue -- nickel-oxide-doped glass.
"Luck is probability taken personally," say most mathematicians, scientists and skeptics, but to some, luck is what gets them by and can be brought on by anything. If asked what their favourite or lucky number is, most people will choose between three, seven, and thirteen, and this is of interest because all of those are prime numbers, and anyone can tell you that prime numbers have one undeniable quality in common. They don't let anyone come between them and their man, number one.
All jokes aside, whole cultures have embraced luck, and sources of luck, in many different forms. The number three shows up in good things all over the place, from the Trinity to Pagan rituals and prayers. Seven has even surfaced commonly in lottery games, and a few of my friends think today will be lucky since it's the seventh day of the seventh month of the year two-thousand-seven. Thirteen is perceived as unlucky by the masses, but embraced by the outcasts as their saving grace. Generally characterised by better-than-good fortune, luck can seemingly be brought on by prayer, voodoo, hoodoo, sacrifices, or spells. Wishing someone luck before an event has become more of a motion than a statement, coming as a reaction, like 'thank you' or 'I'm sorry.' It can also be carried in objects.
But aren't there lucky colours?
I get emails, instant messages and love notes pretty often asking if I've seen Adobe Kuler and if I'm upset about it... So here is my opinion on the matter.
Back in Nov. of last year Adobe Labs launched Kuler: A 5 color palette creation tool, built around rating, tagging, commenting and sharing the palettes. Craftzine gushed, "Not only can you create your own palettes, you can get inspired by the popular color combinations already uploaded by other users. Genius!"
I take the last word in that sentence with pride. The idea is genius... I should know, I created it 2 years earlier when I built COLOURlovers.
The world is full of wonder. Jellyfish and other sea creatures can change colour at will or in reaction to stimuli. Chameleons blend into surroundings. Moths in Liverpool have evolved to disguise themselves to a spattering of pollutants on the sides of white buildings.
Magnets can change the colour of a liquid. At least that's what scientists have lately discovered with nanotechnology.
It's a Small World, After All
'Nanotechnology is full of surprises and new applications are discovered every day. One of the most unusual is the recent experiment of a team of scientists who were able to make a magnet change the color of a liquid, turning it from coffee-brown to orange, then green and finally dark blue. ... The liquid is actually a solution of iron oxide in water and this is the first time anyone has proven such a strange effect of magnetism.'
The iron-oxide solution could be employed in new displays, improving quality and colour range, and in rewritable electronic paper, which is already available.
To learn more, read the article at Softpedia.
A while ago, a number of COLOURlovers with great ideas and ispirations contributed to a forum thread called Fruit Basket! started by liddle_r, which brought wonderful colours and combinations. I'd pick them all as favourites if I could, but here are some (in no particular order) of the palettes that I liked especially, and if you like these, check out the thread on the forum and find your own favourites. It was hard to choose just these few.
Every year here in the States, we celebrate independence by lighting something on fire. Thanks to the science of pyrotechnics, and care, this can be somewhat safe, but the interesting part about fireworks isn't how much noise we can make with gunpowder. It's all about the colour.
I was surprised to learn that the burst of light and colour is actually the contents of a firework cooling down. When heated, the chemicals involved take on a lot of energy, and when cooling, they release that energy while shining brightly. The base ingredients are black powder, an oxidiser, and a fuel source. The oxidiser provides a higher amount of oxygen than the surrounding that air so that the firework can burn adequately. To get a sort of hands-on idea of what goes on inside the firework, sparklers will show you best.
A little while ago we showed you 11 of the Great Color Legends and why they exist... and now we're back with 13 more great color legends... Green Cards, Blue Balls, Highlighter Yellow, Ferarri Red & more. Be sure to let us know if there is a great color legend you'd like us to cover in a future edition.
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Why is Envy a Green Monster?
Color associations vary greatly from culture to culture, just as each language or dialect has unique colloquialisms that are often misunderstood or lost in translation. In many Western cultures the feelings of envy or jealousy are commonly associated with the color green. However, in German the feeling is most closely related to the color yellow, as the phrase "gelb vor neid," or "yellow with envy" suggests. Moreover, in Arabic the same association is made, as noted in the common phrase "yasfaru wajhahu mina al-Heqd" or "his face turns yellow with envy."
Green is often tied to growth and fertility, thus creating an illogical connection to such a counterproductive feeling as envy or jealousy. This association first appeared in the seventh century B.C., according to etymologists Judith S. Neaman and Carole G. Silver, as the poet Sappho described a stricken lover's appearance as "green." At that time the words "green" and "pale" were often used interchangeably.
It seems like just about anything with a battery can take a photograph these days. From mobile phones to the MacBook's built-in iSight and keychains to wristband underwater cameras, the camera has stepped away from being just a box of light.
I remember the wonderful entity known as 'they' saying that the human eye has the equivalent of about five-hundred megapixels, and that's how we can perceive depth and the difference between a dramatically realistic-looking photograph and an actual object. With digital cameras crawling up the megapixel mountain, I don't think five-hundred will be seen in my lifetime, but I never thought seven megapixels would be seen either, and I have seven-point-one on my desk. Looking back at film, it seems the evolution of putting a camera in common hands has been fueled by a hunger to share and be shared.