Machines: How They Work

This series of short videos from the Science Channel reveal the hidden workings of our everyday world with photo-realistic 3D graphics to explode appliances, products and machines into their component parts.

The combination of video footage, CGI, interviews, and of course, overly-dramatic narration really pulls you in and gets you interested in the topic.

Watch the full playlist here.

Things Cut In Half

HalfPics - Things Cut In Half

@HalfPics serves up pictures of things cut in half. Quality and subject matter varies, but always something interesting.

 

General Motors Media Portal

Corvette Cutaway Illustration by David Kimble

Corvette Cutaway Illustration by David Kimble © Copyright General Motors

Davvi wrote in to tell me about this somewhat hidden collection of technical illustrations and photography of the Chevy Volt. Very cool stuff, hopefully that link doesn’t disappear!

From there I found my way to GM’s excellent media portal which provides official content and high resolution images for news and editorial outlets. Digging around in the photo section yielded some awesome finds like the huge David Kimble airbrushed cutaway illustration above. Try searching for illustration, cutaway, and rendering, you’ll love what you find!

Know of any other manufacturers with public media portals? Let us know in the comments!

Audi A7 Paper Model

If you’re looking for some inspiration, I stumbled across this amazing paper model creation of an Audi A7 by graphic designer Taras Lesko.

The time-lapse video shows from start to finish his process in building the large scale Audi A7 completely out of paper.  It’s quite impressive!

If you want to see more from Taras Lesko, on his website under Personal Work he also has another video of the creation of the Forza 3 Audi R8.  Enjoy!

Inspiration: Todd McLellan

Photography by Todd McLelland

Photographer Todd McLellan takes breathtaking shots of everyday mechanical objects disassembled & painstakingly organized—and then presumably tossed into the air. Take a peak under Projects > Classic Motorcycles while you’re at it!

(via BoingBoing)

Google Coloring Book

Google Patent Search "Toy Robot"

Google Patent Search "Toy Robot"

Looking for some lineart to practice your rendering? Or maybe some plans and elevations to practice a perspective or axonometric drawing system? Check out Google Patent Search, a searchable database of patent applications including the supporting technical drawings.

Quality of the drawings varies, but some digging may save you some drawing if all you really want to do is paint.

[via Boing Boing]