Sunday, November 22, 2015

Digital painting by Marc Simonetti Marc Simonetti (born in...

Digital painting by Marc Simonetti

Marc Simonetti (born in 1977) is a French conept artist and illustrator.
Best known for his work on GRR Martin’s books “A song of Ice and Fire”, and his Iron throne, he’s also illustrated some of the most well known fantasy and SciFi novels, such as the Discworld by Terry Pratchett, The Roayl Assassin trilogy by Robin Hobb, Terry Goodkind’s Sword of truth, or Frank Herbert…
He’s also worked for many video games companies such as Activision, Ubisoft, Magic The Gathering, EA, Square Enix and King Isle Entertainment.
He’s just released an art book “Coverama”, and is currently working on several projects such as long feature movies, and doing some concept art for video games, as a freelancer.

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The Creative Process of Android JonesAndroid Jones creates...

Android Jones

The Creative Process of Android Jones

Android Jones creates deliciously detailed digital art.  His career highlights include working for George Lucas’ famous company ILM and working for Nintendo. Android currently works as an independent artist.  Creating his detailed and intense art is difficult.   In an interview with Witness This Android Jones describes his creative process:

At the onset of an image, I’ve been known to consciously lash out a flurried cacophony of lines, shapes, and patterns. My initial choices of tools and brushes and patterns are often haphazardly chosen, frantically switching between brushes faster than my conscious mind has the ability to comprehend any semblance of meaning. My only instinct is to create a combination of shapes, colors, and patterns that defy any semblance of reason in the hope of uncovering a combination with some sense of novelty to it.

This reckless dance of pixels becomes like a meditation and it’s the one aspect of the creative process where I feel truly free. Sometimes it goes on for minutes or hours. The challenge during this part of the process is intentionally avoiding any objective or representational results, but eventually my eye catches something unusual or interesting.

As soon as this happens, my mind lapses from it’s meditation when it finds an aspect of the painting valuable or precious and the next stage, the fight revolves around protecting and exploring this new focal point of the image.
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Fantasy Art by Julie Dillon Julie Dillon (born in 1982) is an...

Fantasy Art by Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon (born in 1982) is an American artist specializing in science fiction and fantasy art. She received a BFA in Fine Arts from Sacramento State University in 2005, with continued education at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco and Watts Atelier. 

 A freelance illustrator, Dillon has created images for games, book and magazine covers, and covers for musical albums. Dillon’s work has been nominated for the Chesley Award three times, as well  was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 2012 and received the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in 2014 and 2015. She also received two Chesley Awards in 2015 for the Best Cover Illustrations for a magazine and a hardback book. Dillon lives and works in California. 

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nonconcept: Ecocapsule by NICE Architects. Dwelling with the...


Ecocapsule by NICE Architects.

Dwelling with the spirit of freedom.

Croatian Sea Organ That Plays Music From Waves

After WWII reconstruction began in Zadar, Croatia. A demolished beach was left behind and construction began in order to revive the area. The area had one huge eyesore however after construction was done. One seemingly untouched long concrete shoreline. Croatian architect Nikola Basic decided to make a change to the unflattering scenery and developed something that is drawing bigger crowds every day. He designed a fairly simple system that harnesses the power of the beautiful ocean surrounding the concrete beach. The system he created utilizes the natural movements of the Adriatic Sea and the winds to create soothing and harmonizing sounds that are ever-changing with the tides and the current. The concrete beach has a series of holes and tubes that are at the waters level. When the waves hit, pressure is forced into these holes creating magical sounds that escape through vents higher up in the system. Take a look at the first Croatian sea organ ever made and have a listen below. It is entrancing to say the least.

It was once an ugly and long section of concrete that offered no escape to enjoy the beautiful Adriatic Sea lining Zadar.