Mythical Beast Wars – The Flying Heads


Last week I had the honor of being the guest judge for Mythical Beast Wars. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a weekly contest to draw the best mythical beast and there are guest judges who pick the top 3 of all the entries that were submitted. The site is run by an old coworker from the Playboy days and he’s got quite a great thing going here. Last week’s contest was to come up with a drawing of the Flying Head.
The winning artist was jason p with a super detailed and creative flying head. Just look at that picture. Damn. Check out the site to see who came in second and third. Visit the site for more info on this fantastic weekly contest and get your sketchbooks out to participate. Tell them Arturo sent you.

Chappie movie trailer

Ever since he directed the Halo live action short films a few years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of Neil Blomkamp. District 9 was pretty great too. Now he’s back with Chappie and it looks excellent. Starring hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and the rap group Die Antwoord the movie is about a robot designed to learn and feel that gets kidnapped by the bad guys. It’s based on Blomkamp’s 2004 short film Tetra Vaal, which you can see below. It’s nice to see the evolution of Blomkamp’s work and as with any great artist, I can’t wait to see what he does next. Chappie comes out in theaters on March 6, 2015.

Michael Bay: On Action

Transformers 4: Bay On Action from Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.

I don’t care what you say about Michael Bay. As a filmmaker he’s got his signature moves: car porn, military vehicles, well choreographed action scenes, lots of explosions, and beautiful girls in slow motion. All of this usually happens within 10 seconds of each other if it’s not already in the same shot. It’s all so ridiculously over the top, but it’s also just so slick and well done. He does his thing, he does it well, and you can’t fault the guy for that. Transformers 4 wasn’t the best movie in the series but you can’t deny the eye candy and impressive filmmaking techniques in the video above. Next time I need the reference in my own work, I’m definitely going to use his tennis ball technique. Check it out and stop hating!

Tuesday Crush – Abigail Ratchford

Our first Tuesday Crush of the new year is the one and only Abigail Ratchford. She’s been getting a lot of attention lately and we clearly see why. Standing at 5’9″, 36DD, green eyed, and 22 years old, we are looking forward to the great career she has coming to her. Check out her Instagram for more photos and enjoy the gallery we put together below.

Boba Fett white prototype

Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt talks about the Boba Fett costume with this white prototype designed by Ralph McQuarrie. The old video footage shows off all the details of the costume before it became the more colorful costume we all know and love. Personally, I think this would have been awesome had they kept it, furthering the story of all Stormtroopers coming from Boba Fett’s father and well, a lot of sci-fi stuff just looks cool in white.

The Midwestern Diner – Ale Syndicate

Jesse Edwin Evans & Samuel Evans are brothers and the main dudes at Ale Syndicate brewery in Logan Square here in Chicago. We took The Midwestern Diner cameras over there to shoot and interview the guys, their collaborators, and the beer making process. It was really fascinating and fun to watch. For more info check out The Midwestern Diner and Ale Syndicate brewery.

Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge

This is a great video right here of designer Aaron Draplin taking us from an idea to a well thought out logo design. Logos are a foreign language to me but the creative process is not. Field Notes are not a foreign language either, since I carry them with me at all times. It’s just great to see an artist working and making great stuff on paper then on the screen. Enjoy!

Tuesday Crush: Veronica Lavery & Angelique Boyer


It’s been a while since we’ve had a Tuesday Crush so here we have a special double edition starring Czech born model Veronica Lavery and French born Mexican actress Angelique Boyer. In the photo above, Boyer is on the left and Lavery is on the right. They have such a strong resemblance and are so stunningly beautiful that they naturally caught my eye and I had to make them our Tuesday Crush.

Check out the gallery below with Angelique Boyer on the top row and Veronica Lavery on the bottom row. Take a look at the bonus Veronica Lavery video that I edited in my last couple of years of working at Playboy.