Art Geography

The World, on average

Ziebell approached 29 strangers on the University of Michigan’s campus, handed them a pen and half a sheet of paper, and asked them, on the spot, to draw a map of the world.

What You Get When 30 People Draw a World Map From Memory


Ziebell, a high school student from San Antonio, took each drawing and layered them to create a composite ‘average’ world map (the second incorporates satelite data and some artistic licence):


You can view more of the drawn maps here.

Stray thoughts:

  • Florida and Italy make the cut on pretty much every map.
  • Australia (an entire freaking continent) is noticeably absent from quite a few
  • In fact, generally speaking if you’re an island you’re shit out of luck. Madagascar perhaps fares the best, but Greenland, Iceland, the British Isles, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Taiwan (and more) are missing more often than not.
  • Same for landlocked seas.
  • It would be fascinating to repeat this in different countries to see how the maps vary.
  • As wild as some of them are they are all recognisable as world maps.
  • I wonder how many of these more accurately represent land area than Mercator?

(via the always excellent @kottke, who you should consider supporting if you can spare $30 a year, his content is consistently great).

Art Photography


If you’re looking for a rabbit hole allow me to recommend digital collections of the New York Public Library. Naturally, I headed straight for their Meiji era photos of Japan:

The first daguerreotype camera was imported into Japan in 1848 (the patent dates to 1839). Wet and dry plate photographic processes were introduced into Japan by Dutch photographers stationed on the island of Dejima, in Nagasaki Bay, beginning in the 1850s.

I love how instantly recognisable Fuji is:


And how similar this is to Hokusai’s view of Fuji from the Tōkaidō, produced some 70-80 years earlier:


I wonder if the photographer had that in mind when they created the shot.

Art Design Games


I’m doing #swordvember this year (I was doing #mapvember too but I think maps should be like a once a week thing for me rather than a once a day – I get too bogged down overthinking them).

No problems overthinking swords though! Check out some of these dumb swords:


The last one is a sneak peek of tomorrow’s (the hilt of many blades).

Even though many (all?) of these are patently stupid I’m tempted to actually write up rules for them and render them all in a consistent style. Maybe stick it on DMs Guild for a buck or something!

Art Film

Borrowed Time

This is quite sad but very well done (also the sheriff has a Mads Mikkelsen look going on which is an automatic +2).


Bulls and Roosters


– Generally speaking, paintings with light colors sell more quickly than paintings with dark colors.

– Subjects that sell well: Madonna and Child, Landscapes, flower paintings, still lifes (free of morbid props… dead birds, etc.), nudes, marine pictures, abstracts and surrealism.

– Subject matter is important: it has been said that paintings with cows and hens in them collect dust… while the same paintings with bulls and roosters sell.

– John Baldessari, Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell (1966-68).

via Swissmiss who says, “Let’s make a 2016 version of these tips by John Baldessari, shall we?” Would be interesting, no?

Art Film

The Adventures of Indiana Jones

Famous archaeologist Dr. Indiana Jones is on a quest of a lifetime, but this time he is fully animated in this passion project by life long fan and artist Patrick Schoenmaker. Over the course of 5 years, he has crafted the opening sequence of what would be the tv series to make all other tv shows redundant: “The Adventures of Indiana Jones”!

I would watch this. No need for swinging monkeys or OP ants, this is what we need. This also just hammers home to me that Hellboy is the Indiana Jones comic I love the most.