April 02, 2013

Temporary Delay

I'm going to get laser eye surgery today, and I'm not supposed to use a computer for about a week afterwards. I could power through a bunch of reviews today and post-date them (and I've done that before) but I'm going to take this as an opportunity to take a bit of a break. I've been spending more time doing my own art and I've been enjoying it more now that I have all this wonderful insight from reviewing. I've also been added to the team for a new feature-length film project. And the weather has been getting nicer, so I will be doing some music videos and short movies, as well as helping my sister with her craft fair business as that season starts up in the next few weeks.

I want to thank all of you who have contributed art, and who have read the reviews! I have every intention of coming back, but as often happens with projects like these, it may get lost in the wayside, so I want to say goodbye now while you're all still here and reading, and hopefully I'll get to say hello again soon.

Aqualiurtus - Lunarieen

Aqualiurtus
It's over 9000! The pageviews on this website, that is. I looked for a short while to find a piece that would fit that obvious reference, but I mostly got very poor and rushed fan art. Instead, I delved into my list of future reviews for some jewellery. I have a special section of pieces I would want to own; pieces that go beyond being artistic and onto something you want to show off to others. This piece, by Kasia Mielnik (DA's Lunarieen) is one of those pieces.

April 01, 2013

Last Drill Bit Knife - Logan-Pearce

Last Drill Bit Knife
It's Easter Monday (and April Fool's day!) and normally I'd take the holiday to do something holiday themed. I spent my holiday weekend running statistics and doing inventory for a restaurant so I'm not exactly in the spirit this year. I figure I'd buck the trend here too and just do whatever I wanted! I was lucky enough to find another crafter, Logan Pearce (DA: Logan-Pearce), and an excellent one at that. Most crafters on DA are first generation, but Logan is third. He takes years of tradition and combines it with the great creativity of youth to come up with knives like this one, from a series called Remnants where the knives are made out of previously smithed objects (in this case a drill bit).

March 29, 2013

42 - Wintenso


42
So, my number of pageviews has dropped lately and it's also really been fluctuating... except for the last three days in a row it has been the same number each day (no bonus points for guessing what the number is). It looks like Deep Thought has had a hand in my stats. It also probably played a part in this creation by Jonas Pfeiffer (DA's Wintenso). 

March 28, 2013

Fail EPICLY - DoubtingSalmon

Fail EPICLY
If you're going to fail - and you are - fail epicly! That's what I think, and DoubtingSalmon (DA: DoubtingSalmon) thinks so too (as do Erebus-Odora and Samuel Beckett). I lamented yesterday about the challenges of working in three dimensions when making art but I don't think I explained much about the benefits that depth gives to a piece, in making it feel real.

March 27, 2013

Leather Butterfly iPhone/iTouch Case - SpiritOfTheDragon

Leather Butterfly iPhone/iTouch Case
I found another leather-worker! The first one had wild masks that, while cool, weren't very practical unless you were cosplaying, which is a time when everyone is wearing crazy stuff so yours won't stand out that much. This piece, by Jo (DA's SpiritOfTheDragon) is meant to be used and shown off in a usual day-to-day setting where it is more likely to be noticed and appreciated.

March 26, 2013

Drew Barrymore - MrEyeCandy66

Drew Barrymore
Digital art is easy; it's the kind of thing you can bash your head into for endless hours and eventually get something artistic, thanks to layers and the undo button. I can say that because I personally do digital art and that's how I started out, and I can say the same about photography. Photography is easy because you are capturing what is already there. The shadows are cast by the sun, the architecture is made by mankind and the people were made through genetics. There is obviously more that goes into both of these subjects to make art, but traditional art - like this piece by Rob (DA's MrEyeCandy66) - starts with a blank page (essentially) no way to undo what you've done.

March 25, 2013

Let It Rain - Gyaban

Let It Rain
This wonderful picture is the creation of Christophe Kiciak (DA's Gyaban) who is a self-professed scientist and artist. It's the combination of these two passions that come together to create a photo like this. I've talked about staging before: where a picture isn't just found but instead is planned and set-up. This picture was taken in bulb mode. A lot of photographer's never touch this setting as it is either for self-portraits without the Myspace angle or fireworks. Here the artist also used a sound-activated flash to capture the picture in motion...

March 22, 2013

Verdon IV - Padorax

Verdon IV
I'm sure a lot of you are tired of hearing this but I assure you, I'm more tired of living it. I tried to write about something else but with my hands shivering from cold it seemed like the only thing I could write about: snow. Or in today's case, hail. I went outside in a t-shirt and shorts in the warm sun and while I stood outside it began to hail like mad. (Edit: by the time I finished this the hail stopped and the sun came out again...) Someone who likely also knows snow pretty well is R. Tanios (DA's Padorax), today's artist.

March 21, 2013

Miami Heat - Kamilmilka

Miami Heat
I love me some good poster design (as evidenced by Poster Week a few weeks ago). There's a whole lot of work that goes into any good poster and it's sad how infrequently they get noticed. I think that's due in part because the very best posters look like the professional posters; and we get bombarded with so many posters and ads in daily life that we've become accustomed to tuning them out. Hopefully you can turn that part of your brain off for a minute so you can thoroughly enjoy this piece by Kamil Guse (DA's Kamilmilka).

March 20, 2013

She Is The Last - FreckleOnMyPalm

She Is The Last
Sometimes, something you've never heard of will start appearing in your life constantly. There's a theory out there, that this thing was always around but you only see it now that you've started to pay attention. For me, this thing lately has been TeeFury, (there's also Qwertee but they don't offer as good of shirts or as good of prices) a site that sells a single shirt for 24 hours and then never again. The picture above is Kathleen Ruhl (DA's FreckleOnMyPalm)'s submission. It's inspired by The Last Unicorn, which is great because these sites usually sell pop-culture reference kind of shirts.

March 19, 2013

The 'Luther' Burger - Misunderheard

The 'Luther' Burger
The Luther Burger: a terrible creature, known to single-handedly destroy diets just by looking at it. Take two American favourites - the hamburger, and the doughnut - and combine them, and you'll end up with a Luther Burger. I came across this mythical beast while searching for more food pictures to add to my screensaver (something I suggest only if you want to feel hungry every time you look at your screen). Thankfully, Leia Vining (DA's Misunderheard) has made a miniature version that won't wreck your stomach as much as the full-sized Luther would.

March 18, 2013

Steinbruddet - Torivarn

Steinbruddet
For most of my readers, Daylight Savings Time hit just recently. Between that and the actual change in seasons, there's actually been sunlight past 5 in the afternoon, which is incredible news for most of the human race who, admittedly or not, get depressed with less sunlight. I think mankind has a love affair with the sun - physically, mentally, emotionally. That could explain our interest in sunrises and sunsets, like this one by Tor-Ivar Næss (DA's Torivarn). 

March 15, 2013

Design Exercise: Setting Change - Asashi-Kami

Design Exercise: Setting Change
You get a bonus today: three pictures in one, all by Henry Yamada (DA's Asashi-Kami). They're a little like snow-globes (despite snow being the only element not represented) in their dome shape and central object. I've never seen a snow-globe in real life that I would have considered art versus a tourist trap so it was pleasant to see such a different take on them. I think that's Henry's forte, how he can see things in different ways...

March 14, 2013

Winter Frost - MakMiles

Winter Frost
One of my favourite people is named after a season (you have to guess which). I've only met her a handful of times but she comes into my life like a whirlwind and it's always an exciting adventure when she does. She called me out of the blue yesterday - this post is almost late because of her. We did talk a fair bit about art and some of her favourite artists, one of which was an artist who does works very much like this one. That's why I found this piece, by Maks (DA's MakMiles) so fitting, the name and the style and everything all fit. (I'll talk more about it later but girls in fur coats in winter is one of my favourite art cliches and I have a collection of just those kinds of photographs!)

March 13, 2013

Smoking KILLS. - Fkappau

Smoking KILLS.
I'm really not being preachy here; the message is the artist's (Gimmy, DA's Fkappau), not mine. It's never my intent to preach a message of any kind on this blog - I have my opinions and I'll share if someone asks, but not otherwise. And really I'm pro-choice towards most drugs, it mostly seems like a balance/moderation kind of thing. Smoking cigarettes is the only one I really don't like. There is something in the smoke that makes me start coughing from second-hand smoke. Just being near someone smoking is enough to make me have a coughing fit, and no one should have the right to inflict that on me. How do you feel about it?

March 12, 2013

Chocolate Red Wine Cake 9 - Laurenjacob

Chocolate Red Wine Cake 9
It's a special day! If you spend too much time on Reddit you might even call it a cake day. It's my mother's birthday and, as I recently found out, it's also the birthday of one of my favourite internet celebs, Meg Turney (though I would guess that they don't share the same year). I was still thinking about what to get as a gift for her (my mom) when a few days ago, my Dad says we're having a party early... that evening. So I rushed out and bought my mom's two favourite things - red wine and chocolate - and hoped she didn't care that it was a somewhat generic present. She definitely did not. To celebrate today, I give you all this piece, by Lauren (DA's Laurenjacob).

March 11, 2013

TWITTER TWITTER - TheSexiestOffenders

TWITTER TWITTER
SXSW is supposed to be a huge conference; DeviantArt itself even went one year. It's being held in Texas right now for the rest of the week and next week, and it's all about new technologies and film and music. A lot of people choose this event to launch their stuff so you can usually find some incredible new music and tech there. So, it was surprising to find virtually no good images to relate to SXSW. You have to think a little outside the box to see the relation to this one by Savanna and Khita Knight (DA's TheSexiestOffenders). Hint: Twitter is a tech product.

March 10, 2013

If You Seek - Zennore

If You Seek
This piece is classified as digital art which is cool in and of itself. Between the textures, brush strokes and color density I would've definitely said this piece, by Zennore (DA: Zennore) was a watercolor. It looks even more traditional with the typically Asian bamboo and logo in the bottom. The character is an original from the artist and though she is in all black she definitely has personality.

March 09, 2013

I Wanted to Believe - Molecularchaos

I Wanted to Believe
There's not much description on this piece so I'll have to read my own opinion into it. I really like the idea of religion: of a safe-place, of someone who believes in the best you and has unfaltering, limitless love for you. I've seen a lot of studies on how believing in a religion can be good for your physical and mental health. However, the science disproving most religions is too strong for me. If I believed in religion because of the scientific health benefits I doubt it would have the same effect; I just know too much. But just when you think you know it all, you might come across this picture by Zachary Zager (DA's Molecularchaos) that will have you thinking twice. (If you don't believe me, try looking at your screen a little closer. If that still doesn't work, look more from either side).

March 08, 2013

Get Out - Coho Pictures


Something a little different today... this is my own video! I wrote the script after coming up with a synopsis with my friend Joey. She directed while I filmed, and then I edited too. Almost all those things were new to me, and our actors were pretty new too, but I think we came out with something amazing.

March 07, 2013

Reflection - Emedeme

Reflection
I had my choice of two DeviantArt cliches for the piece I was searching for; every choice was either fanart or pornography. While I firmly believe that the female form is one of the most beautiful things the world has to offer, most of what there is on DA isn't of the quality I'd require to show it off here (and I'm currently keeping this NSFW though that may change). The choice was made easier when I finally found this one by Mariló Delgado (DA's Emedeme). If you don't recognize it, it's Mulan! From Mulan!

March 06, 2013

DnD Enviro - AlexTooth

DnD Enviro
This piece is a landscape. It's landscape orientation (wider than it is tall) and it's an actual scape (see view) of land. It's drawn by Alex Tooth (DA: AlexTooth) and although he has a few Daily Deviations and a lot of pageviews, I wanted to include this piece anyway. I often look for landscape orientation pictures to review because they fill the page better than most other pictures which leave a lot of white (green) space on the blog. I also look for landscapes because their is something that intrigues me about them...

March 05, 2013

Just Dance - Chulii

Just Dance
The research for this one took a little while and I still expect someone to come along and correct me, but if I'm not mistaken this is a Grand Jete en Avant pose. For the layman it is basically doing the splits in mid-air, but it's also a more advanced move because the knees don't bend as opposed to a Grand Pas de Chat. For those of you with some french knowledge, those two poses translate to "Forward Throw" and "Cat's Step". I like the translations because they express the difference between the two very well: one is almost scary and aggressive, while the other is tentative and careful. More than either of that though, I like this demonstrative picture by Julia Dresch (DA's Chulii).

March 04, 2013

Light Beam - Porbital

Light Beam
I'm writing this exactly 1 and a half hours before it's "due". Sure I set my own due dates but that doesn't mean I should slack from them. I wrote the first post or two during the day and every one since I've had ready for 12am. I ran a lot of errands and exercised quite hard today; I was just curling up in bed in my pajamas when I remembered how badly I would be disappointing all of you. I have to thank past-me for compiling some pieces I wanted to review, like this one by Pete Wongkongkathep (DA's Porbital). I also want to thank him for his wicked (pseudo?) last name!

March 03, 2013

Reflection - Caring201

Reflection
When you look at this drawing by Caring (DA's Caring201) you can't help but see the goggles. There's no less than three sets of them (and no more, either)! I've always thought goggles made everything cooler: vampire hunter: cool, vampire hunter with goggles: cooler, airship pilot: cool, airship pilot with goggles: cooler. While at an anime convention I bought a crazy pair of goggles with spikes and white fur on the side and I still have aspirations about designing a custom outfit purely to have something to wear those goggles with. I also bought a pair at Winners for $15 just to use as a prop in my photography instead of your usual necklace or hat to accentuate the face.

March 02, 2013

Killer Wave - Chris-Bennier

Killer Wave
I'm gonna come right out and say that this started out as a shameless plug for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The season opener is today at 3:30p and I'm getting real excited. Y.P. Lee is fantastic and as a long time player it's great to see soccer getting so much support in this big city, leapfrogging ahead of baseball and basketball and lacrosse to be the second biggest sport in town (behind the Canucks of course, Go Lu!) What started out shameless however turned into a find of a really great work by Chris Bennier (DA: Chris-Bennier).

March 01, 2013

Surprise Post

Short headline, because I don't want to take away from today's artist, but if you click through it would make me happy

Colour it up! - Neaffka

Colour it up!
I know water droplet pictures are a little overdone, but hopefully you'll agree with me that this one is different. I try to only include pieces if they're special, so water droplets have to be reflective, or part of a design, or in this case colourful (with all the extra u's that comes with it!). It's a piece by Franzi (DA's Neaffka) and is just one of many playful macro shots. I've known one other girl named Franzi, also from Germany, and it seems they're both playful and take shots, though mine was a soccer player. Maybe this one is too!

February 28, 2013

Mechanical Spider No 20 - AMechanicalMind

Mechanical Spider No 20
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders (and actually scorpions too). I suffered from a very mild case of it, as most people usually do, up until one day about 5 years ago. I was helping to build an apartment for myself in my parent's house and we needed to string cable through the attic so that I would have internet access. Obviously internet > fear of spiders, so I went into the attic... to battle the 100+ years of spiders that had chosen that place as home since it was first built. I stuck it out and that cured me of my fear - until today. Nothing could prepare me for a mechanical spider like this one made by Justin Gershenson-Gates (DA's AMechanicalMind). Or maybe I've overcome arachnophobia only to develop mechanarachnophobia.

February 27, 2013

The Real of Isumi Saginomiya

The Real of Isumi Saginomiya
I know exactly one thing about the manga called Hayate, Combat Butler: that a friend of a friend of mine wants to cosplay it. So it goes without saying that Ayasaki Tennousu (DA's Riki-to) knows a lot more about it than I do. From the details it also says that Hayate is in this picture; I'm going to assume he is the boy on the left and not the surprised white tiger. You don't have to know anything about the manga to understand how powerful this girl is, it's in the aura around her and the look on the others' faces.

February 26, 2013

Bubbles Pop - Midori137

Bubbles Pop
So pretty. This surreal art is by Elizabeth Indoy (DA's Midori137). All I did was search for bubbles one day, and - after wading through a thousand photographs of a single blown bubble against a grassy background - this one came along. It's a watercolor painting. For those of you who don't know, or didn't remember like me, a watercolor has to be on a special kind of paper to prevent it from warping. And the special paper isn't enough, you also have to stretch it out a bit too. It makes sense if you've ever dropped a bit of water on a piece of paper and watched it crinkle up, but it's just one of those considerations you should know if you're going to be doing a certain kind of art.

February 25, 2013

The Iron Man - N0rks

The Iron Man
I'm always happy when I can find a picture that is part of a series because if you readers like the one I chose (and hopefully you do, always) then there are pretty good chances there will be a few more pieces you like. A lot of artists - in traditional media and in music too - tend to change their styles around, sometimes just for a change of pace and sometimes just because they are "growing"; often their audience just wants more of the same. And if you like this one, you'll like more of the same from Susan (DA's N0rks).

February 24, 2013

Black and White Violin - KessiR

Black and White Violin
I came to this piece in a pretty roundabout way. I was watching a video on Youtube, that was linked from another video. The video starred a girl I know as a musician, but she was acting in this video. So next I went to go watch some of her music videos (she's Lindsey Stirling, by the way) and I thought about why I love her music so much: because she's so active while she plays. You could never do that with a piano (one of the main reasons I quit playing that instrument) and it's still a challenge with a guitar or a lot of other instruments. The violin is pretty unique for it's fluid movement that also allows movement for the musician. I went looking through violin pictures on DA and found this piece by Cassandra Rink (DA's KessiR) that really exemplifies that freedom of movement.

February 23, 2013

Floods of Colour Branding - vsMJ

Floods of Colour Branding
I've always loved the idea of band t-shirts. They're great conversation starters and ways for strangers to connect with you. And when you find a fellow fan you have a ready-made conversation and fun times ahead. The major downfall is that a lot of bands have really uninteresting logos; the level of design in a band logo is far behind most logos for companies or other products. This makes sense because you usually like a band for their sound not their image, or at least not the image of their logo. It's pretty rare, but this logo from Michael Jimenez (DA's vsMJ) is what got me to listen to the band Flood of Colours, and not the other way around.

February 22, 2013

Raichu Gijinka Cosplay Pinafore Commission - DarlingArmy

Raichu Gijinka Cosplay Pinafore Commission
Yesterday's post about the outfit being the art got me thinking: I haven't done anything really weird in a while. I've done food as art and leather as art and jewellery as art, but that's a pretty small list in comparison to the majority of traditional pieces I've reviewed. Today's dress by Amanda Marin (DA's DarlingArmy) is weird for a couple of reasons. First, of course it's a dress. Clothing is often fashion but not very often is it art unless it's at a fashion show where it's so crazy that no one will ever really wear it. Second, it's a piece of Moe Anthropomorphism (or Gijinka, I just wanted a second chance to say Anthropomorphism in this blog) which means it's a product or character made to look human; in this case Raichu from Pokemon.

February 21, 2013

Vanellope Cosplay Wreck-It Ralph - Tenori-Tiger

Vanellope Cosplay Wreck-It Ralph
It's a gif! Or jif if you're a tech-history nerd. Either way it's super incredibly cute! It stars Aleksandra Bodler (DA's Tenori-Tiger). As an art blog I choose art to review, but what exactly is art is a tricky thing to pin down. In a world where you can have a hairstylist take a picture of a model and then have someone else edit that photo, when you review the final product, what are you really reviewing. In the future I may actually review gifs and youtube videos and whatever else the art world transitions into, but the point I want to make today is that I'm going to review the art of the outfit (that's why the link takes you to the artist's photo and not the gif)!

February 20, 2013

Vertical Blue - TanyaRW


Vertical Blue
Today's piece is an Encaustic artwork from Tanya Rogish (DA's TanyaRW). Encaustic is a form of art where you put wax over top of the finished piece. It's more in-depth than that, however that is my favourite part. My sister, Kelsi - who does a lot of jewellery and art - was the one who first introduced me to encaustic art and if she had a DA I would certainly showcase her work from time to time. Not out of familial bias but she is actually quite good. The best part about encaustic is how it feels when you rub your fingertips over its smooth surface; which unfortunately you can't to here, so let's discuss some other great aspects.

February 19, 2013

Zombama Returns - Pop-monkey

Zombama Returns
So yesterday was President's Day but I had no idea about it - we don't have Presidents up north, only Premiers and Kings and Queens and such. So in celebrating it today on the blog, I'm reviving it from yesterday... see what I did there? This post is about Zombama who apparently is a bit of a real thing. Not that there is a real Zombama walking around in the world but that there are other drawings and t-shirts and iterations of Zombama. This picture in particular was drawn by Jared Moraitis (DA's Pop-monkey) and it's a poster too, my favourite!

February 18, 2013

Salmon and Avocado Felt Sushi - Darkbutterfly137

Salmon and Avocado Felt Sushi
I was searching through art with today's keyword, avocado. It seems like most people only think avocado comes in sushi as sushi was the vast majority of the pictures I found. I honestly have no problem with that because I love sushi! My local sushi place has a roll named after me that is avocado, tempura yam fries, and teriyaki chicken and it is to die for. My favourite sushi of course is the kind that is edible, but this piece made of felt by Adriana McGrew (DA's Darkbutterfly137) is a close second.

February 17, 2013

Black Suit Business Card - Es32

Black Suit Business Card
I just watched Men in Black 3, and it warmed my heart (though that may have been the whole bar of Toblerone that I ate clogging up my arteries). The series has always been great, with wonderfully timed comedy and superb acting, but an oft overlooked part is the black suits. People notice them but they don't really notice them; how well tailored they are and the quality of fabric. Looking your best is important and useful, as Jarod (DA's Es32) shows us here on his business card design. A business card often has to represent you when you're not there in person, so if you wear a suit, your business card should too!

February 15, 2013

Walk of Shame - Ameralie

Walk of Shame
Welcome to Walk of Shame day everyone! It's the day after Valentine's Day, where you were lonely and desperate and made overly aware of your single-ness by mass media. Some of, myself included, prefer being single and revel in it, but there are many people who just can't handle the pressure and stigma. So when that stranger from last week sends you a text: "Hey." you answer eagerly and before you know it, it's the next morning and you're walking home in your party outfit from last night, covering your hungover eyes from the bright sun. The best I can do is tell you that you're not alone; at the very least you're sharing the experience with the model in Sandra Luks (DA's Ameralie)'s photo above.

February 14, 2013

Happy White Valentine's Day - Accuracy0

Happy White Valentine's Day
Today is actual regular Valentine's Day, so happy that day to everyone! I'd like to point out an interesting tradition in Japan and some other Asian countries called White Day. There, Valentine's Day is about giving gifts to the men in your life. White Day is one month later, and is about giving gifts to the women in your life (at usually 2-3 times the cost, of course). I think it's a great idea because it can be agonizing trying to guess what your girlfriend wants for Valentine's Day - which is sometimes nothing at all; this way she has to give you some idea as well as a month to prepare to reciprocate, like Nic Goh (DA's Accuracy0) did here. There is also Black Day, one month after White Day, where single people are supposed to "drown" their sorrows in noodles with a dark sauce.

February 13, 2013

Skyrim Fanservice Valentine Ralof - Arvanah-Modray

Skyrim Fanservice Valentine Ralof
So, it's one more day until Valentine's Day. As you'll see in tomorrow's post, Valentine's Day is all about giving gifts to that special guy in your life and he's supposed to reciprocate one month later. To get all the ladies in the mood for tomorrow I present them with this card by Angela Boisselle (DA's Arvanah-Modray). It's in everyone's best interest! You get excited, you get your guy excited, then he pays you back too; it makes the world go round. And maybe even the world of Skyrim, where Ralof is from. One of his quotes "Have you always been that ugly?"is surely the inspiration for this piece.

February 12, 2013

Butterflies - Kimsmile

Butterflies
The above picture is a piece of fractal art made with Apophysis. Apophysis is a fractal flame editor, and it is open source and free, so you can go try it now! A fractal is a little harder to explain (there is some advanced math that even good mathematicians struggle with) but in simpler terms, you can zoom in on it and see the same patterns at different magnifications. The real beauty in a lot of fractal art is in being able to zoom deeply in and see all the different levels, but I think Mariana (DA's Kimsmile) has found a different way to make it beautiful.

February 11, 2013

Black Cat - Dandonfuga

Black Cat

They say you learn something new every day. And since this blog is updated daily, you may as well learn your new thing here. What I learned, and am passing on to you, is that Black Cat (drawn here by DA's Dandonfuga) and Catwoman are not the same. I'd never even heard of Black Cat before, despite being a professed Spiderman fan, and instantly thought she was a copycat (ha.) of Catwoman since I knew of her from the movies. According to some spotty sources though, Black Cat was around first - and more importantly she is much cuter and way cooler with that white hair.

February 10, 2013

Sketchbot 2 - Fightpunch

Sketchbot 2
Not to be confused with the original Sketchbot, this is Sketchbot 2, by Darren Bartley (DA's Fightpunch). The first sketchbot looks to me, and others, more like a regular man or maybe an astronaut but still human. This front-on perspective makes it clearer that we are looking at a robot based on the round floating head. The arm isn't as obvious a give-away because it looks more like a prosthesis; attached at the back like it is. The character has regular arms going into its pockets which are probably robotic too but no one knows for sure except Darren.

February 09, 2013

Transhumanism - MichaelBroussard

Transhumanism
The 3rd annual Streamy Awards are upon us! Click that link and you can vote for the people's choice awards on the left. I was browsing the list this morning and remembered that I should go watch H+ The Digital Series; it's been nominated for best action or sci-fi series. I just spent most of the morning and afternoon watching all 48 episodes of the first season and it was pretty fantastic. I don't want to delve too much into Transhumanism (though I'd bet I won't be able to help myself) because it's the sort of thing that, if you're interested in it you already know about it and if you're not interested you're probably against it, at least as a natural, first, response.

February 08, 2013

Ice Planet 2002 - Tekka-Croe

Ice Planet 2002
Short pre-description today, I want to add a second picture after the jump without giving anything away. See if you can figure out where the inspiration came from for this picture. No googling the title!

February 07, 2013

Blinded - ElexJoan

Blinded
This week is White Cane Week. It was quite the shame that I couldn't find out more about it, considering it is supposed to be an awareness for blind people - who use the canes to get around, visibly white so other people can tell at a glance that they are blind and adjust their actions accordingly. Blindness is properly an artist's worst fear. Any other disease could be overcome to still create and appreciate art (although Braille Art is a thing, it lacks the color and vibrancy of other art forms). ElexJoan (DA: ElexJoan) created this piece and she quotes Gandhi in saying "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." Many people around the world are already blind and hopefully this week we can pay more attention to that.

February 06, 2013

Mind Geek - Maddiepia

Mind Geek
Once upon a time I was on the Youtubes when I came across a sponsored ad. Generally these are for things like exercise programs or language schools or other pretty lame stuff. The screencap of the video was a pretty adorable redhead so I clicked it. I watched one video and didn't really like the documentary style but the girl was cute so I tried a second one. Then a third one, and now I'm addicted to the entity that calls herself either Meekakitty, Tessa Violet, or Mind Geek like in this picture by Andrea Hammer (DA's Maddiepia). Meekakitty makes some pep-talk kind of videos and my favourite, music promo videos. Andrea does traditional drawings from all kinds of places

February 05, 2013

Advertising

Just a little information post. I do this site for a few reasons, mainly to give advice and notoriety to artists who could use the boost. I also do it because I find it is good observation practice for every day life, and writing practice for my own endeavors. Lastly, I'd also love to make a profit on it. It's the last thought on my mind but, in all work you do, a capitalist mind like mine will always be looking for a way to make money. I don't want to spam advertisements, or force advertisements on anyone. I also don't want to have any sort of subscription fee - I think that would just prevent a lot of people from viewing the site and harm the artists who might otherwise get new viewers. So...

Hidden Kingdoms - ShutterBug97

Hidden Kingdoms
Today's piece is a special one. It's creator, Azrael Cosgrove (DA's ShutterBug97) is an awesome person. Not only does she have one of the singularly coolest names in existence and her photographs are all magically weird, but she's also the only person I've ever come across on DA to offer her prints for free - no strings attached. None of this "watch/comment/beg me, for a chance to win a print" sort of stuff, just outright giving. She was only doing it for a short time but I managed to grab one, this very picture you see above. A printed copy is sitting on my desk right now and it looks just as good or better.

February 04, 2013

Elektra - OnlyMilo

Elektra
So, it turns out that this was actually done from scratch and doesn't have a photograph as a base; which is awesome news for the picture but ruins the point I was going to make, but I'm going to make it anyway. I once did a photo like this, and added illustration over top. I even had a dark/morbid phrase spoken by the beautiful lady. My work was nowhere near the quality of this piece, by Ruiz Burgos (DA's OnlyMilo) though you'd never know. That's because I never got a photo release signed by the model. She was a friend of mine, and we'd done work together before, but she decided she didn't like the style and there was nothing I could do publish it despite putting all the work in already. So that's my warning for all you artists out there: Always get a signed release!