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30 Of The World’s Cutest CGI Characters

Following on from last week's post, 20 Wonderfully Scary CGI Monsters, we now lighten things up and showcase some of the cutest CGI characters around. Big heads, big eyes and small bodies are common elements in cute character design. Soft and furry textures are also prevalant with widespread use of pastel colours. You'll be left wanting to take these cuddly creatures home!

#HeyTIB: Beautiful and Creative Photos Using Instagram for iPhone

Recently we announced our new Twitter hashtag #HeyTIB. Use this to tweet inspirational and creative discoveries, images, links and other work for us to check out. We'll be featuring Twitter submissions on a regular basis - it's a great way to quickly and easily share your daily inspirations! In this post we take a look at a few images sent to us via Twitter using Instagram for iPhone. This great application lets you easily snap and share photos, apply fantastic filters and broadcast to your friends using Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. The results are incredible!

26 Superb Mind-Tricking Optical Illusions

An optical illusion is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a percept that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. This post showcases twenty-six still images that have been produced in such a way that they play with your eyes, making it seem like the image is actually moving, when really it isn't. What is your favourite illusion here, and do you have a favourite that we haven't included? If so, please feel free to share a link in the comments section below!

Treasure Chest Full Of Mesmerizing Photo Mosaics (Part One)

Mosaics of all types have been around for years and years. In more recent years, mainly due to modern technology such as digital cameras and personal computers, creatives have been able to play around with photography in ways that they never have before (well, at least without having to develop hundreds of photos!). This showcase features a selection of extremely detailed mosaics of various subjects such as animals and eyes, all of which have been produced by stitching hundreds of different photos together, cleverly positioning each one depending on it's colour and contrast.

Art or Crime: 15 Fascinating Pixel Art Graffiti Pieces

Graffiti gets its fair share of bad press, fair enough people tagging and spraying inappropriate anecdotics on the walls might raise a chuckle but it is not art.

True graffiti is something to revel in and some of it belongs in a gallery rather than on the street, you might not share the same view but I personally class it as art.

With the recent interest in pixel art in design of late, I thought it would be great to talk about the pixel art on the street and share a few of the most creative and inspirational.

Doodling Mad: 50 Great Google Doodles From 2009

Most of us will probably have Google as our home page or have had it in the past - if you have you'll be familar with how often Google plays with their logo to reflect a current event, celebrate festivals, anniversaries and a whole lot of other stuff. In this post we have compiled a collection of fifty Google "Doodles" (as they like to call them) from last year (2009), celebrating a whole bunch of stuff including world wide events such as New Years, famous peoples birthdays, Mothers and Fathers day, and anniversaries from the Yokohama Port Opening (150 years ago) and Sesame Street.

Legorific: LEGO Creations That Will Make You Brick Yourself

In 1949 a piece of plastic was released into the world that revolutionized the way we play and interact with toys. The LEGO brick has been with us for over 60 years and despite its ever expanding range of bits and pieces the design for the humble brick hasn't changed since its conception.

This post is all about what people have done with LEGO, either with clever ideas and photography or by building models that are way beyond that little LEGO pirate ship you had as a kid. Take a look below, and try not to fall to pieces!

Take a look at this great book: "The LEGO Book".

20 Mind-Blowing and Well Executed Digital Matte Paintings

Whilst speaking to my brother (who happens to be a Video Games Artist) we got onto the subject of various digital art forms, this is when he introduced me to digital matte painting.

Digital matte painting (or Digimatte) is a modern take on the matte painting techniques used in photography and film making dating back to around 1900 and notably used in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark".

This post features 20 stunning and well executed examples of the digital matte painting technique. For those new to this style I hope you find it awe inspiring!