Scumble #18 - Science-art is the future! Edition

Scumble:
"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

Highlighting recent posts I found interesting, provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources.

Science-art is becoming an increasingly popular form of science communication and entertainment. Drawing from fine art, laboratory work, scientific illustration, concept art and more, watch how artists spread scientific literacy and play with the inspiring concepts in science. 



Make yourself a cup of joe,  put your feet up and enjoy the science-art and art techniques!


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World Science Festival 11: The Invisible Language of Smell - Bora Zivkovic with illustrations by Perrin Ireland, Scientific American's Guest Blog. Find more of Perrin Ireland's work at Small n Tender and Bora Zivkovic's at A Blog Around the Clock.

Using the iPad as a Portfolio - Darkstorm Creative: the Work of Russell Dickerson. A couple of years back, I blogged about the iPod Touch as a portfolio. Can't wait to get an iPad. Check out Russell's unsettling horror work while you're there.

"Picturing science" exhibit reveals the artistic beauty of scientific research - Alasdair Wilkins, io9.com.

ScienceArt-Nature-Home - Stanford. This in-process site looks promising, and check out the roster of contributors: includes Carel Brest van Kempen.

Networks are not always revolutionary - Cory Doctorow, The Guardian.

Hominid Skulls wearing Mexican Wrestler Masks - The Flying Trilobite. An example of a failed contract.

CaridianBCT - Quantum Cell Expansion System - XVIVO Science Animation Blog.

EXOSKELETONS...solo show in Melbourne - A Curious Bestiary - art by Kaitlin Beckett. I wish I could see this amazing work in person!

Titration! - Katy's Notebook.

L is for Lacewing - Curious Art Lab by Leah Palmer Preiss.

Art Talk with Marna Stalcup, The Right-Brain Initiative - Art Works.

Mathematics breathes new life into Escher's art - Jacob Aron, CultureLab.

Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Bird Hunter - Love in the Time of the Chasmosaurs.

Earliest art in the Americas: Ice Age Image of Mammoth or Mastodon found in Florida - ScienceDaily.

Of Paintings and Other Things - The Caw Box

Art and Science Team-up for Biophysical Journal - cover artist Klaus Schulten, biophysical society.

Immortal - Is this bioart?

Inter-active Broadcast: Illusion of Certainty - Sci-ence

Kinect for Windows SDK Coding Marathon - The Art of Wa.com

The Mysteryes of Nature and Art - BibliOdyssey. (hat-tip to Michael Barton!)

Evolution - Darryl Cunningham Investigates. Webcomic about evolution!


Pick of the Scumble:
Wallace and his Flying Frogs! - Alfred Wallace Website. Amazing art by Joanna Barnum. (Another tip of the hat to Mr. Barton!)

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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow under Creative Commons Licence.

Scumble #17 - Best Science-Art Links this week

Scumble:
"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

Highlighting recent posts I found interesting, provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources. 


Time to slow cold-brew yourself a caramel bulee latte, put your feet up and enjoy the science-art and art techniques!


Click here for earlier Scumbles.

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Stop on Red: the Effects of Color May Lie Deep in Evolution - Science Daily. Inherited aversion to red as the study suggests, or convergent learning that red means blood by chimps and humans?

Fluid Dynamics: Watch as 'Mixed Color' comes back together right before your eyes - Geekologie. Somewhere, there's a grad student in a fine art program salivating at doing this with many automated jars in a gallery.

Scientific "proof" that abstract art is only 4% better than what a kid could do - Alasdair Wilkins, io9.com.

This is why we can't have nice things - Sci-ənce. Informative, demented webcomic.

Interview with Jim Robins - 
Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings. Darwin fans should check out the fun anachronistic cartoon at the bottom of the interview (should be young Darwin but what the hey - funny cartoon.)

How are art and human evolution related? - Greg Laden's Blog. Does neolithic cave art represent doodles, rituals or recipies?

GNSI Annual Exhibit Sneak Peek - Guild of Natural Science Illustrator's blog. Must see! Check out the bees.

Dino Brights! - Omegafauna. Artist/designer Sharon Lynn Wegner-Larsen makes all paleo folk jealous of her toys.

Butter Tarts - Trilobite Boy #6 - Trilobite Boy. My webcomic experiment continues.

nature/culture/nature/culture - Is this bioart? Sometimes I think this blog and my blog should discuss the terms science-art and bioart and then arm wrestle.

Scaphognathus crassirostris: A Pterosaur in the Historical Record? - David Orr, Love in the Time of the Chasmosaurs. Cryptozoology FTW!

Art and Human Evolution - for the Beaker and Brush series - Hybrids of Art and Science. Very cool and optimistic scienceart quote.

Summer, learning and children - Darkstorm Creative, the art of Russell Dickerson. I've followed Russell's art avidly for a while now.  Great post about encouraging children to explore.

WIP - baby elephant - Heather Ward Wildlife Art. Spooky at this stage! Great insight into technique.

I'm now a member of the IAAA! - LucyJain's Blog. Lucy is among the hottest new astronomy-artists out there -extend congrats and then gape slack-jawed at her tremendous gallery.

Painting Through the Universe: Eskimo Nebula - Katy's Notebook. Katy Chalmers is the other hot new astronomy artist out there, and, like Lucy Jain is one of the very best astronomy artists today. Why don't more astronomy artists blog?  I dunno. Follow these two though to space in new ways. Eskimo Nebula is gorgeous in a way abstract art can't touch.

David Johnson - lines and colors. Check out the portraits of Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris!

Hidden Treasures - Biodiversity in Focus. This blog is making me feel inspired by fruit flies. Like, more than usual.

The Dragons of Malaysia by Ryan and AI:The Impossible Museum by Brian G George - Mad Art Lab. Very cool DIY art project about the sacred space in museums led to a very cool question: what would you want to see in an impossible museum?  Check out the comments & leave your own.

Making Art of Traumatic Heart Failure - Christine Ottery, CultureLab.

MizEnScen - Street Anatomy.

Blog post of the Scumble:  Wedding - Weapon of Mass Imagination. Congratulations to 3D paleo-artist and one of the masterminds behind ART Evolved, Craig Dylke and his bride Lady R!  They got married!

Scienceart of the Scumble: Archaeopteryx - Bond's Blog. 

© Peter Bond 2011 under CCL.

Gorgeous pair of Archaeopteryx by Peter Bond, for Craig Dylke's wedding! Check out Bond's Blog for a peek at one of his sketches for this stunning painting. 






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Scumble #16 - art technique edition



Scumble:
"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

Highlighting recent posts I found interesting, provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources. This week, I've also added a number of interesting blog posts highlighting various art techniques.  A lot of these aren't on the Science Artists Feed and they're well worth sharing.


Time to slow cold-brew yourself a cup of toddy, put your feet up and enjoy the science-art and art techniques!


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Inspiration + Drugs - repost - The Flying Trilobite. I re-posted this piece from almost 3 years ago.  The comments on the original were fascinating and the discussion on the repost in the comments is also amazing - check it out, add your 2 cents!

Archaeopteryx Painting - Bond's Blog. Awwwww! Done for the wedding of Peter's friend and fellow Art Evolved founder Craig Dylke and his bride Lady R! *Like*Like*Like  <--Me clicking the Like button.


Tour of my palette - Jeffrey Hayes Contemporary Oil Paintings. Realistic oil painter Jeff Hayes has started a tour of his palette - starting with the pinks!

Comic Book Tools and Materials - Eric Orchard. Eric has begun a fascinating tour of his process and tools. Click the links for part one, and check 234 and 5!

Drawing Tip #24 - Using Frisket - Heather Ward Wildlife Art. Heather's kickin' it old skool and busting out the frisket. Word to the daisy. 

Interview with James Gurney - Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings. The generous fascinating master painter James Gurney interviewed by paleo-blogger extraordinaire Dave Hone.

Scaling the Gorgosaurus - Weapon of Mass Imagination. Craig asks for input on this dinosaur with junk in the trunk. 

Caustics inside eyes - Gurney Journey. Eyes are the window to the little crescent shaped blob of light, apparently.

Why sketchbooks are essential - Paleo Illustrata. Excellent sketchbook skillz.

Where math meets performance art - An Eye for Science. Capillary-action-packed!

Kevorkian's 'Very Still Life' - Peter Smith, Faith and Works.

Does experience in the arts lead to enhanced academic achievement?  - ArtPlantae Today.

Taking Note: "Intrinsic" Versus "Instrumental" Benefits of Art - Art Works.

Post of the Week: Merging Art & Science to Make a revolutionary New Art Movement - Art Review. "No one quite knows what it is or where it is going".  I'll take a stab at what it is: scientifically literate techniques or subjects explored through visual art. Amirite? Tweet length +1.

Image of the week: 


Scaphognathine rhamphorhynchid by Mark Witton.  Painted using Pixia.

This piece was done for a new book Mark has coming out! Check out his blog and Flickr.

© Mark Witton 2011.  Permission secured from the artist before posting. 
 


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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow

Scumble #15

Scumble:
"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

Highlighting recent posts I found interesting, provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources.


Time to brew yourself a cup something caffeine-y, put your feet up and enjoy the science-art!


Click here for earlier Scumbles.




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Galileo Sketches of the Moon - An Eye for Science.

Awesome New Trilobite T-shirt! - Neurotic Physiology - Scicurious is nicely fashion backward. Or retro. Or something with a joke about prehistory and style.

Creating Atheist Fine Art - Glendon Mellow, Mad Art Lab. Proud to be asked to contribute to this clever site and community!

A  new generation of digital artists - Calla Cofield, CultureLab.

Visualizing Plants with Botanical Symbols - ArtPlantae Today.

Control over nature in music and art, Sumt Paul-Choudhury, CultureLab.

Tiny Thumbnails, The Tiny Aviary. Cute!

Concept scribble: Archie - drip | David's really interesting pages. Love the drama and clouds in this little expertly done concept scene. David Maas is doing a bunch of these, don't miss them!

New metaphors for sci-tech-med museums - Biomedicine on Display.  Is a museum like a blog?

Milky Way over the desert in Utah - An Eye for Science.

History of Biology - SpongeLab. Game trailer! (video)

AI: Science Imagery, or Brightly Colored Liquid in Beakers - Brian G George, Mad Art Lab. Fight the stereotypes ruled by chemistry!

Squids in SPACE! - Katy's Notebook.

Scumble pick of the week: Goodbye, Spirit - by QuarkSparrow.


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Scumble #14 - Return of the Scumblies



Scumble:
"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

Highlighting recent posts I found interesting, provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources.

This will be the first Scumble since February, a few months back. Now with a new logo! - what do you think?

As a new dad and freelancer in lean times I gave them a break. I won't expect to catch up on everything since then, and really the Scumble posts are just a loosely-passed brush highlighting a few areas. Hence the clever name.

So, brew yourself a cup of joe, put your feet up and enjoy the science-art!


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AI: What a Beautiful Work of Art! Here, Let Me Ruin It For You - Brian G., MadArtLab.  Discussing copyrights, mash-ups and making money.

What's up, Stretch? - McHugh Studios - more thoughts on fan art and copyrights. Also, The Messy World of Fan Art and Copyright - Plagiarism Today.

My palette - Jeffrey Hayes: Contemporary Still Life Paintings. For anyone who thinks art is all fluff, here's a great post on chemistry and colour theory in oil painting by a modern master.

Waking up Inside an Object - Adam, Biomedicine on Display.

Espresso Brain - prints by Michele Banks/@artologica. Also, Behold! My Coffee Brain! - review by Scicurious, Neurotic Physiology.

Hadrosaur Gallery - Art Evolved. The lovable duckbills featured by many of the Art Evolved contributors.

Adrian Bobb Portfolio - came across this Canadian concept artist and scientific ilustrator a couple of weeks back. Stunning portfolio, and you can leave comments on the art.

BFA Thesis Exhibition - Omegafauna.  Congratulations Sharon!  Love love those prehistoric prints.

New Print Giveaway: Galapagos Finches - The Tiny Aviary. Enter!

Giveaway! Botanical Art Note Cards & Matching Seals - Carol Creech Illustration. Enter!

Instead of Words: An Artistic Journey Into the Spirit - interview with Carolina Avalos by Ruthanna Gordon, Mobius ASI.  Interesting interview - a mix of philosophy, spirituality, and the muddiness many artists subscribe to between actual material oneness and causality. Artwork is excellent.

Art Talk with Arthur Huang - interview by Paulette Beete, Art Works. Interesting that there's only one image accompanying the interview and no links to his site.  You can find his work here.

Trevor Jackson Skulls - Jennifer von Glahn, Street Anatomy.

Trilobite Boy - I've started a new webcomic on my character.

Art and religion for science policy?  - bioephemera. More excellent comments from Jessica Palmer.  Jessica, if you read this, please stop peppering your posts with questions if you are going to keep comments disabled. It hurts my brain. And puppies.

Sasquatch illustration featured on Royal Canadian Mint coin - News from the Studio by Emily S. Damstra.

Photos from the exhibit - SONSI - Southern Ontario Nature & Science Illustrators. Show is on now at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington Ontario.  Two of my pieces are hanging there.

Birds-of-paradise: encountered on the street, in passing - Tetrapod Zoology.

Flame Nebula - Lucyjain's Blog.

Pick of the Scumble:  Muddy Colors' tribute to the passing of sf and fantasy (and so much more check out the anatomy paintings) artist-illustrator Jeffrey Catherine Jones.


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Scumble #13

Scumble:
"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

Highlighting recent posts I found interesting, provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources. It's getting hard to keep up - there's so much science-based artwork to see!

So, brew yourself a cup of joe, put your feet up and enjoy.


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First, a round-up of some posts that came after the science-art session at ScienceOnline in January (many posts took place before!):
ScienceOnline11: Science-Art session now online! - The Flying Trilobite. Watch the session here.

Hear me make word sounds with my mouth and The Science-Art Discussion at ScienceOnline - Love in the Time of the Chasmosaurs.

The Merging of Art and Science As A Communication Tool - The Rogue Neuron

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Now, your regularly scheduled Scumble:


Winehound - Curious Art Lab.

The Year's Best Science and Engineering Visualizations - Science and the Arts.  "To illustrate is to enlighten" - I like that.

Sketchbook - John Hawks Weblog.  A stunning piece by John.  I love it.

Color me beautiful: Wellcome Award Winners - Kat Austen, CultureLab.

Foreleg of a male diving beetle - An Eye for Science

Bloodway Map Infographic - Street Anatomy

Helping Teachers turn Observers into Naturalists - ArtPlantae Today

Drawn series beasts revealed! - A Curious Bestiary.

The Microscopic Landscapes of Bernardo Cesare - Geology in Art.

Video Game Talk - Gurney Journey.

Immaterials: Light painting wi-fi - YZO

Art/Artist + Science/Scientist - drip | david's really interesting pages.

Iris portraits - Suren Manvelyan - Idegensövet Blog

Help out Phylopic and Making silhouettes for Phylopic - Craig Dylke, Art Evolved

Trilobabe - Cancer Fund - FrostDrake. Fans of my Trilobite Boy might enjoy this unrelated creation by artist Becky Gould.

Prelude to Infinity: Cchord - The Episiarch.

Waterbears - Banvivirie. This tardigrade painting by illustrator Rachel Caauwe is dramatic and amazing.

A Sad Brain Cell - Immy. Lots of fun neuron art by this artist.

Barnard's Swordswallower - Abiogenisis.  This fictional creature looks alien, plausible and has an excellent description.

If I had to pick a winning image for this Scumble it would be:
STS-133: Discovery's Final Flight - Coherent Lighthouse. Amazing. Damn, I'm gonna miss the shuttle program.

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Scumble #12

Scumble:
"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

A semi-weekly highlight of some of posts I found interesting, most provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources. Higher than normal number of posts emanating from here in Toronto this edition. Sit back, have a finely ground coffee and enjoy.


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3-D Paintings on Panes of Glass, Visual News.  Hat-tip to Lucy Walsh.

Tripping the light fantastic, Cocktail Party Physics.

Visceral Curator: making art out of living tissue, Amanda Gefter interviews Oron Catts, CultureLab.

The house that math built, Katie Daubs, Toronto Star.

More ROM sketches, Sketchkrieg!

ROM! (Royal Ontario Museum), Jesse Graham Illustration.

Louis Kahn and Travertine, Stories in Stone.  Geometry and architecture.

Wikipedia Color Resources, lines and color.

Engravings of Darwin by Meredith Nugent, The Dispersal of Darwin.

Unnatural Selection: this anti-intellectual flashes back to the first time she fell in love with the rest of the 4-atom world, Hybrids of Art and Science. 
Van Gogh's Color Schemes Served as Pie Charts, Gurney Journey.

Kinetica Art Fair: Zoo of the Future, Sci Art Sci.

WIP - Wolf, Heather Ward Wildlife Art.  There's always something haunting about Ward's works in progress: the hyper-real detail and empty negative space.

Neuroscientists try to unlock origins of creativity, Anne McIlroy, The Globe and Mail.

Colourblind fix for iPhone, An Eye for Science.

Plasma Accelerator Plume, Fresh Photons.

Students Overcome Their Fear of Drawing in the Botany Lab, ArtPlantae Today. 

Boo - Kathrun Chorney's Eurasian Eagle Owl, SONSI.

Why I don't like Tumblr: mystery cephalopod islands, The Flying Trilobite.

Grow Up, drip. Funny cartoon for scientific illustrators.


Finally, if I had to pick a link that wins the Scumble this week, it would be this one:


How many bytes in a trilobite? archy.


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Scumble #11

Scumble:

"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

A weekly highlight of some of posts I found interesting, most provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources. Sit back, have a machiatto with a dollop of foam and enjoy.  Lots to look at this week!


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Vision science: Seeing without seeing, Corie Lok, Nature News.

ROM Drawings, Sketchkrieg!

It's WHAT?, etcetera.  Painting with blood. Awesome.

Recycling, Drawing the Motmot.


What the Hell is a T.Rex?, Don't Mess With Dinosaurs. This is an excellent post, about the trendiness of certain scientific illustrations. Even that most noble of science-art traditions can fall prey to fashion.

Early science art, O'Reilly Science Art.

Visual art leading research - it's not happening, The Flying Trilobite, and followed by Examples of Visual Art Inspiring Science.

Cleaner Eurypterid, The Episiarch.

Couldn't help but notice..., O'Reilly Science Art.  Make your own molecular protein bunny!

Nucleosome Cross-stich, Fresh Photons.

Another warbird, A Curious Bestiary.

Runaway Star Plows Through Space, An Eye for Science.

Sue Johnson's hybrid organisms re-imagine second collection of General Pitt Rivers,
C
ulture 24.  Weird hybrid plants!

Art Evolved Call-Out: speed-painting Friday, Art Evolved.  David Maas suggests the Art Evolved crew and fans attempt to speed paint images based on questions at Ask A Biologist.  Click to the main Art Evolved page to see the resulting posts.

Eradicating Plant-Blindness in the 21st Century, ArtPlantae Today.

Fly Cankles and Literary Evolution, Biodiversity in Focus. Insect photographer + entomologist Morgan D. Jackson celebrates his 100th post with this phat entry.

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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow

Scumble #10

Scumble:

"A painting technique in which semi-opaque or thin opaque colors are loosely brushed over an underpainted area so that patches of the color beneath show through." 
From The Artist's Handbook, by Ray Smith.  

A weekly highlight of some of posts I found interesting, most provocative, or otherwise caught my eye from the Science Artists Feed, and other sources. Sit back, have a latte with cinnamon (no foam) and enjoy.


Click here for earlier Scumbles.

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Imagine that: Images of nature shaping science, by Kat Austen, CultureL
ab. Yay!  This sounds excellent.

Art and Science, host Desiree Schell, Skeptically Speaking podcast, interviews with Glendon Mellow, Jenna Marie Griffith and Lauren Redniss.

Science, Love, and Radium, Clever Girl.  Jenn Hall reviews Lauren Redniss's new graphic novel.

Dinos Vs. Han Solo - Art Evolved.  It is what you think. Art by Jerry D. Harris Luke Campbell. (Thanks for catching my goof, ScottE!

Whoah. Few places on earth feel so otherworldly, An Eye for Science.

Canada geese design featured on gold coin!, News from the Studio.

Jessica Harrison is our new Hero, Hybrids of Art and Science.

ScienceOnline special: A Tale of Two Diablos, Love in the Time of the Chasmosaurs and Illustrating Dinosaurs: What's the difference?, drip.  Two important posts where a researcher defends his scientific illustrator from plagiarism, and bloggers show it just isn't so.

My Tyrrell Talk, Weapon of Mass Imagination.

Pareidolia, Illusions & Art, The Art of a Carbon-Based Lifeform.

5 steps to proper image use on blogs - a #scio11 tutorial, The Flying Trilobite.

ScienceOnline special: Gwawinapterus, Love in the Time of the Chasmosaurs.

The Great Big ScienceOnline Wrap-up, Love in the Time of the Chasmosaurs. David discusses the session about science-art.

Animal Art Online Exhibit, Heather Ward Wildlife Art.  Penguins!

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