Top 15 Best Uses For The Sonic Screwdriver

All Doctor Who fans are aware of the Sonic Screwdriver’s ability to open locks, except deadlock seals, but what else has it been used for? Below are my top 15 best uses for the Sonic Screwdriver.

Key To The Universe - Sonic Screwdriver Painting by Nicole Cleary

Key To The Universe – Sonic Screwdriver Painting by Nicole Cleary

1. Bypassing and turning off security systems

2. Analyzing both life forms and mechanical objects

3. Disarming fusion bombs by reversing the polarity of the neutron-flow

4. Disabling a weakened Cyberman at a distance

5. Remote detonating mines
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Striking Character Illustrations By Max Kostenko

Illustration by Max Kostenko

Illustration by Max Kostenko

Max Kostenko is an illustrator and character designer from Moscow, Russia and has made a serious splash for one only working in the industry for about 4 years. His prestigious client list includes Visa, Saatchi & Saatchi, Volkswagen, and Mercedes. For an artist who prefers to create his artwork with digital tools, Max’s style is surprisingly painterly – rich with detailed texturing of skin and clothing. Max Kostenko’s illustrations stand-out among the large pool of other character designers with his ability to create original subjects which portray interesting and relate-able personalities, as well as fully-realized environments for his characters.
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Space Travel – Galaxy Painting

Space Travel - Painting by Nicole Cleary

Space Travel – Painting by Nicole Cleary

Long distance space travel is an idea that needs to be more than an idea. This painting refers back to both seeing the cosmos through a lens in the safety of our home on earth and imagines forward to a time when we can reach out and experience the images with our own eyes.
Video of satellites that have gone deep into space. Images of what we imagine is further out there. Its inspiring, but yet its a tease. So close yet so far. How different would it feel if you were in a ship driving towards the outskirts of the universe. Or seeing these images for yourself by floating just outside the ship experiencing the vastness of space in an uncharted area. I created this work to live in to time periods. The one we live in now, and the one I hope to see in my life time … out the window of a long distance voyage.
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Where does all music end up?

A massive amount of music is created and brought into the world every day. Some songs become hits and are played over and over again, but most music we never hear. Thousands of musical masterpieces get lost in the din and disappear.

This was the concept behind the illustration I created below titled “Music Void”.

Music Void by Nicole Cleary

Music Void by Nicole Cleary

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Unnatural Mutation – Illustrations by Caitlin Hackett

Vulpes Masquerade by Caitlin Hackett

Vulpes Masquerade by Caitlin Hackett

Caitlin Hackett is a traditional artist in my home borough of Brooklyn NY with a truly interesting style. Almost all of her illustrations start off with drawing all the lines with a ball-point pen on a large piece of paper. The size of which ranges anywhere between 4in by 6in to a baffling 4 1/2ft by 5ft. After Caitlin lays out each individual line, she goes back in with colored pencil and watercolor to add shading and depth. This technique that she has clearly mastered is a pain-staking process but yields amazing results. The final piece marries crisp, flowing line-work with subtle bleeds of color. Her technique alone is a work of art, but the roots of her inspiration behind the artwork creates a whole other level of interest.
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Dark Side Of The Moon – Painting

Dark Side Of The Moon – Animated Painting by Nicole Cleary

This painting was inspired by the “Dark Side of the Moon” Album by Pink Floyd. It was later animated in photoshop. I created it to depict the dark side of the moon based on the real craters and mounds that make up the moon’s surface. The flowing line style exaggerates the detailed light and dark areas you would see if you were floating past the moon at a reasonably close distance. The musical style of Pink Floyd has a deep psychedelic nature as well as playful tones and sound effects. I wanted the style of the painting to reflect that. Below are some selected detail shots of the painting.
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All Art Begins With A Blank Canvas

Making the first mark on a blank canvas can be unnerving. It has the potential to be both a success and a failure. Whether it be a painting, a sculpture, a building, a lyric, a novel, or even a website, that first step in a project is a defining moment. The painting I’ve created below embodies that moment, just before the brush hits the canvas.

"Blank Canvas" painting by Nicole Cleary

“Blank Canvas” painting by Nicole Cleary

Be confident in that moment.
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The Best Mobile Drawing App Is Called Paper

"Trumpet Flower" illustration by Nicole Cleary using the Paper app by FiftyThree

“Trumpet Flower” illustration by Nicole Cleary using the Paper app by FiftyThree

logoPaper by FiftyThree

The main idea for this app is simple. Get your ideas on paper. It’s the best tool to sort out the concept you have in your head and make it a visual reality. The key to its success is that it has a staggeringly simple UI/interface and an extremely accurate replication of the effects of a calligraphy pen, pencil, heavy marker, fine-tip marker, and watercolor brush on a real paper surface. The developers have even gone so far as to mimic how colors mix once applied to the page. For example, if you were to paint a spot with yellow, then paint over that same spot with blue, you would see green where those two spots overlapped. Impressed? I certainly was.
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75,000+ Views in 2012, Thank You!

75,000+ Views in 2012 by Nicole Cleary

Thank you all for supporting my blog! Knowing you’re out there waiting to see a new idea, a new sketch, a new inspirational artist is extremely motivating. I created and finished more artwork in 2012 than in any other year. It really means a lot to me.

Here’s the breakdown from 2012…

– 75,000+ total page views

across all posts and pages. My biggest month was June with over 15,000 page views.
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Stitches - painting by Nicole Cleary

Stitches – painting by Nicole Cleary

Before Thanksgiving and during a rather bad nor’easter, our little dachshund Leo started acting unwell. At first he was walking around a bit less. Then when he did walk, it would look slow and careful. Finally he seemed to just lay down almost all the time. We knew something was wrong, but just weren’t sure what it was.
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