The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

It Seems (Кажется)

An absolutely fascinating animation by Mikhail Kalinin & Flakonkishochki. Seriously…

Music by Mumiy Troll

Caldera – Evan Viera

This award-winning and beautiful animation looks through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness into a world of ambiguous realities and explores of the nature of life and death.

CALDERA is inspired by my father’s struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that’s invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis. – Evan Viera via

Space Invader – Ian Cooke-Grimes

Monkey Rag – Joanna Davidovich

Mitzi and Spanko run amok in a colorful world where reason is overrated, featuring the thumping, riotously fun music of the Asylum Street Spankers.

More on the making of this wacky romp at the Monkey Rag website.

PIOK – Clément Dartigues & Théo Dusapin

I, for one, welcome our new Avian Overlords.

The Final Straw – Ricky Renna

Sometimes problems are solved in unexpected ways.

Tim Tom – Romain Segaud and Christel Pougeoise

Making a friend can be hard work.

Music by (the jazz guitar master) Django Reinhardt

JohnnyExpress – Alfred Imageworks

A delivery gone awry.

HR Giger

Hans Rudolf Giger died yesterday from complications arising from a fall. He was 74 years old.

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery album art.

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery album art.

The first time I saw the art of HR Giger, I didn’t know it. It was the cover of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery album. Even though it was about their best album, I liked the cover better.

The next time was on the cover and in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine. The June 1980 issue, to be precise. HM had been running ads for Giger’s Necronomicon for a while, but that issue had a full spread of his art.

I don’t think I need to say much about his work in Alien (and other movies) and his subsequent success except to mention the Oscar he won for the movie and his induction into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.

Thankfully there is a HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland and, even better, the website has an online virtual tour. Worth the ‘walk’.

June 80 issue with the HR Giger gallery. Made me a lifelong HM fan.

June 80 issue with the HR Giger gallery. Made me a lifelong HM fan.

His ‘Biomechanoids’ were both unsettling and sensuous, mixing death and eroticism. Giger’s art reached into our little Freudian souls and dragged out hidden fantasies, bloody and wriggling.

His most distinctive stylistic innovation was that of a representation of human bodies and machines in a cold, interconnected relationship, he described as “biomechanical”. His main influences were painters Ernst Fuchs and Salvador Dalí. He met Salvador Dalí, to whom he was introduced by painter Robert Venosa. He was also a personal friend of Timothy Learyvia

The art world lost a genuine surrealistic master in H R Giger.

Here are some of my favorites of his.

Necronom IV - The inspiration for the Alien

Necronom IV – The inspiration for the Alien

Alien Pilot

Alien Pilot

Dune IV - artwork from an unproduced Dune movie (Frank Herbert)

Dune IV – artwork from an unproduced Dune movie (Frank Herbert)

The Spell IV from Giger's Necronomicon

The Spell IV from Giger’s Necronomicon

Landscape XIX

Landscape XIX

Alien artwork, 1977

Alien artwork, 1977

Omelette – Madeline Sharafian

Friends look out for friends. A great little story.


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