Category Archives: Art

Absolutely gorgeous and moving tribute to the cosplayers of Dragon Con 2013

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So I know you’ve seen a lot of cosplay videos from conventions as well as smart ass geek-youtubers interviewing/hurling insults at cosplayers and groping women, for the sake of their ignorant fans…well this is not what this is. This is an outstanding tribute to those who dream of other worlds and once, twice or three times a year, they become the physical manifestation of that idea. I know because I used to cosplay…quite frankly I don’t know why I quite, but watching this video makes me want to do it again.

The footage in the following video comes from the annual Dragon Con held in Atlanta Georgia. In recent years Dragon Con has grown to epic proportions and shows no signs of slowing up.

I won’t say to much more cause you really need to see this…and for those who mock their friends and family for doing what they love….schools in bitches and the cosplay is here to stay!!

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Behold the far out illustrations of Thom Tenery

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Conceptual artist Thom Tenery is no noobie to the concept art game, he’s worked with such entertainment giants as Disney, Blizzard Entertainment and the Syfy Channel. His most notable work was the sky tower home and drones in the Kosinski/Cruise film OBLIVION (available on Blu-Ray now).

Checking out his resume, I also see that he’s worked on some exciting projects that I remember hearing about awhile back, but have either been scraped or placed on hold….The Yellow Submarine directed by Robert Zemeckis and Barbarella directed by Robert Rodriguez. Because I’ve been following the progress on these films…somewhat, it kind of breaks my heart to know we may never get to see these designs, simply because the property now belongs to Disney (The Yellow Submarine) and Universal (Barbarella).

If Thom’s art work on those films is anything like what I’m posting, I may have to put a team together to infiltrate both those studios and lift them…for the fans.

Tom Tenery’s Official Website

Amazing art by illustrator Nate Hallinan featuring the X Men in the middle ages

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Funny, the things you come up with when your talented and you’re a fanboy. Artist Nate Hallinan has been working hard on this series of images, featuring the X Men set in the middle ages. Of course some of these images he took liberties with to accommodate the backdrop, but quite frankly it’s the most tasteful set of alternate universe illustrations I’ve ever seen. Very well done and now I want to see this movie!

Wanna know more about Nate Hallinan check out his art site where you can purchase these amazing prints. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

A collection of amazing fan made ELYSIUM posters

Janee MeadowsThe commemorate the release of Neill Blompkamp’s ELYSIUM starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, some amazing illustrators have created their own poster art for the film. Some of which have a bit of that retro vibe and some mondo, but all very very good. I hope you guys run right out and catch this amazing movie! I’m hearing good things.

All artworks come compliments of The Short List

The iconic science fiction magazine OMNI is getting a reboot

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There were many factors that contributed to my imaginative growth as a child, one of them was my dads monthly subscription to OMNI magazine. The magazine, started by PENTHOUSE magazine mogul Bob Guccione and partner Kathy Keeton in 1978, was so ahead of it’s time that a kid like me could barely get past their, amazing and sometimes sexual cover art, much less the actual stories contained therein.

Years later, I only now realize that, for my dad, it sparked his imagination. He is a skilled artist and would always draw things like space ships and what not, some he copied from that magazine and some he created on his own, but he chose the pulpit instead of art, which when I think back, were actually quite good.

I know for a fact this magazine was a muse for him as well as for millions of American‘s in the early eighties. I lump OMNI magazine in the same category as Heavy Metal magazine, Cracked or National Lampoons, when it comes to cutting edge art and writing. Those books did what some websites have been, unsuccessfully trying to do, with the internet for years…spark a cult following.

I say it was a seventies thing, but what’s to account for so many musician’s and authors nowadays sprinkling bits and pieces of what OMNI started years ago, on album covers or in lyrics or videos? Why now, this undying need to connect with the writings of Arthur C. Clark or Carl Sagen? Is it just nostalgia or is there something missing in our lives? A promise of the future perhaps? A future that fate has yet to deliver on? Well according to The Verge we are about to see.

OMNI is getting a reboot and is bringing on some of the heavy hitters that were responsible for the magazines success. The magazine is also bringing in some new heads like writer/actor Ken Baumann. This is going to be amazing! Read on.

(Via.The VERGE)

Omni’s resurrection comes courtesy of Jeremy Frommer, a collector and businessman who acquired Guccione’s archives earlier this year. Inside a warehouse full of production assets lie thousands of Omni photos, illustrations, and original editions, which Frommer plans to release as prints, books, or collector’s items. But he wasn’t content with mining the past. Instead, he hired longtime science writer Claire Evans as editor of a new online project, described as an “Omni reboot.”

So how did Claire Evans become the captain of this interstellar ship we call the Omni reboot?

Despite being chosen to take the reins of a nigh-canonized publication, Evans’ hiring as editor was largely a happy Claire Evansaccident. The chain of events began in April, when she wrote an effusive piece on Omni for Motherboard. A few weeks later, her editor approached her about investigating the recently resurfaced Omni archives. “As I was interviewing my current employer, Jeremy Frommer, about the collection, he essentially just offered me the job,” she says. “That was a little bit over a month ago.”

Unlike the original publication, OMNI will be a completely digital magazine, living solely in cyberspace, but as to the question that I’m sure is on everybody’s mind…”what about the art?”

Like the original magazine in its final years, the new Omni will live on the web, with weekly updates. It will publish a mixture of new fiction and nonfiction, but it’s also bringing back the art that helped define Omni, publishing old illustrations alongside the stories. That’s partly a pragmatic decision and partly a promotional effort by Frommer, who hopes to introduce his new art collection to a wide audience.

For the first issue, she’s assembled a mix of classic authors from Omni’s heyday with people who regret missing out on its golden era.

If this works and I’m sure it will, it’ll definitely give many science fiction sites a run for it’s money or maybe not, I still think the readers of OMNI were always the late thirty, forty somethings a.k.a people who like to read, but will that be the niche market Claire will target and will it just become another geek site, to keep up with pop culture? These will be questions that Claire will have to think about when considering the time that has passed from the seventies til now. We will just have to see, hopefully the fans and fans of fans, will restore this forward thinking magazine to it’s former grace.

To read the whole article click the jump

THE VERGE

Artist Kim Keever’s creates surreal dreamlike landscapes in a fish tank

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Kim Keevers has taken old school Hollywood effects into a modern art direction. Some of you might remember watching one of those “Making of…” documentaries about Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters or Ron Howard‘s Cocoon and seeing the VFX artists using this exact same technique to create strange clouds that usually introduced the mother ships in those films.

The technique involves dropping liquid, usually milk or something heavier, into a tank filled with water and jI__AANTV3KBZigv4GhxlryJoAQthen filming it at a very high rate to slow the image down. Slow equals huge and epic. But Kim not only uses this technique, but he creates the diorama style landscapes that sit beneath these strange clouds and eerie mists. It’s a trip looking at his stills…their so visceral.

A lot of his works look like physical representations of early American artist such as Jasper Francis Cropsey and Thomas Cole. His sculptures harness the vastness of the American landscape in the 1800′s, but then drops in the odd hues like bright pinks and blues, twisting the pallet and putting an almost psychedelic spin on all the majesty.

Could he be making a statement about the times we live in? You would like that wouldn’t you? The man can’t just be creating what makes him happy…RIGHT?!! You communist!!

All of Kim Keever’s work can be found on his website

Artist SWOON uses recycled parts to create whimsicle floating empires

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Like something out of Beast of the Southern Wild, Caledonia Dance Curry a.k.a SWOON, took bits and pieces of stuff found r724755_5788765along  American rivers and attached them to her Terry Gilliam style flotillas. What you have left are river-worthy empires that would make Fred Sanford shed a tear.

You hear that Elizabeth? This is the big one…I’m coming home baby!

Street artist Swoon’s ramshackle art boats are floating art pieces made from recycled objects found before and along the boat’s journeys down various United States rivers.  See more of the curious, working “sculptures” below:

 

MITNG review’s Gamma written by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas

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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, than so is the bizarre. Gamma is ugly, but beautiful…it’s a simple story about falling from grace, but knowing how to “Recoup” just like Mr T said.

Via. Tfaw.com

Dusty Keztchemal is a pathetic coward. He failed the entire planet, and now, the only way he can make a living is by getting punched in the face for money. But when a beautiful stranger wanders into his saloon looking for help, Dusty thinks he can conjure up the man he once was-the greatest monster trainer in the world!

Not everyone needs to know why things happen…the root of chaos is sometimes the last thing we need to read. We are always more than happy to gorge ourselves on the innocence caught up in the carnage. Case and point, when we catch up with Dusty, he’s already down and out seated at the bar he sits at everyday, waiting for someone to pay the bartender for the opportunity to punch him in the face. It’s his penance, but he’s cashing in on it. But what does it take to get back on your feet knowing your very existence caused the destruction of the world as we know it. It takes a woman who rushes into the bar fleeing her husband whose hit her one too many times.

The story takes on a more adult version of Pokemon from here on out. Example, we learn about Dusty’s ability to control these monsters that he summons from a tiny box…sound familiar. He’s called upon by this damsel in distress to fight her abusive husband who is also a monster trainer…I think you know where this is headed. We find out quickly how ill equipped Dusty’s critters really are when they are massacred by the woman’s husband’s legion of uglies. The story goes from that defeat to a flashback twenty years before all this, when Dusty was at the top of his game.

It just get’s worse and worse when he’s called upon again to defend the world against a marauding horde. This should’ve been his chance to redeem himself, but he bails and get’s his best Pokemon…I mean monster, killed in the process. At this point in the story, I wasn’t sure redemption was going to come for Dusty, but it does. It’s not in the shape of a flaming sword, but a sort of inner peace that requires no words. Knowing what’s important seems to light a fire within Dusty, but ultimately we never really figure out what inspires him to pick himself up by the boot straps, it’s just assumed.

GAMMA works well as a strange glimpse into the minds of the writers and artists. It’s Ghost World meets Pokemon. For what it’s worth, the book is hipster and will definitely sell copies at Urban Outfitter, but will the mainstream comic buff dig it? I don’t know.

All in all, the plot of GAMMA was sustainable, but I think I enjoyed Ulises Farinas wonderful art much better.

MITNGTV Episode 4

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This week on MITNGTV we’ve got some new clever graphics for ya, showcasing two new spots on our program…The Kickstarters (where we focus on a Kickstarter we are excited about) and Underground Mondays (where we showcase some up and comers to the music scene). Course we will be highlighting all the stuff we’ve been talking about all week Mezo and Dj Micro Connected Remix, IDW’s Locke and Key coming to the big screen, Tom Morello’s work on the Pacific Rim soundtrack, the art of Nicola Verlato and much much more. Be sure to watch and subscribe to our channel or face the wrath!!

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The outstanding, Bonsai inspired, worlds of Takanori Aiba

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If your not familiar with Juxtapose magazine, your missing out on some of the most ground breaking modern art of our century. This recent set of photos comes compliments of them and features a collection of works by sculpture TAKANORI AIBA . Clearly driven by fantasy and Japanese culture, he’s taken the time honored practice of Bonsai  and turned them into whimsical worlds, worlds that I don’t mind admitting, I’d love to spend the rest of my days at…with my wife and dog.

Taken from Takanori’s Website

If you explore any small part of Aiba’s works, you find amazing stories and some unique characters.Those takanoriAIBA works are not just imaginary compositions; it is indeed possible to construct the amusement parks.Murakami, who makes Aiba’s models, is also a civil engineer. He is a realist sharing dreams with Aiba.The early bonsai-type models look like bonsai art. Bonsai reflect the Japanese traditional aesthetic sense ofexpressing the magnificence of nature in a small potted plant.However, the density of decoration and the rich stories of Aiba’s works contain extraordinary times and spaces which differ from the bonsai world determined by plants physiology.

 

 

 

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