The year is 2175 and the earth is a very different place with radiation from the long depleted ozone layer now reaching dangerous levels. A co-operation exists between the previously warring factions of humanity and theircreation- the cyborgs. An unexpected find on one of jupiters moons leads humanity questioning its very origins- a discovery that will eventually be known as the jupiter paradox.
Looking at a few more artists that illustrate for the spacemarine series of books i came across nicholas kay, a painter from america that has done a few covers in his time
It could just be that im a boy, but something about the way these guys in their suits are standing and composed sends shivers up my spine. Each illustration usually has one or more of the books lead characters (or one from the legion the book is about) in an epic pose alone or with others in equally awesome poses with awesome awesomeness around them.
doing a bit of research into illustrators i came across Ian Miller. I found him by searching for illustrators that have done book covers for the warhammer universe. being a lover of all things ‘grimdark’ (a word created to describe the warhammer space marine universe) I fell in love with them. Millers work, although not entirely similar to the gun toting, walking tanks of the spacemarine universe still has a feeling of uneasiness which I love.
Being a bit of a conceptual artist I am quite adapt to painting and getting ideas (illustrations) down on paper or to be more precise on photoshop. i predominantly use photoshop as I enjoy the freedom and speed in which ideas can arise, change and evolve before completion. If i’m honest i would have to say that i’m somewhat impatient in that my idea and paintings are usually fueled by some sort of emotion that I gain by stepping inside the world i am painting. Above are a few examples of those. I have a few ideas for a mini project which i hope to flesh out during our summer break. It sort of a pre-viz project im trying to fit around my other modules but it couldn’t hurt and would probably benifit me if I tried to combine some of the research i’m doing for this module into it. In my workflow (probably most fitting for this module) I use a lot of photography and stock images as a sort of jumping off point. some are taken from an external hard-drive in which i have gathered an extensive collection of personal images/textures and colour pallets. other times I would use http://www.stockfreeimages.com/ or http://www.cgtextures.com/ which are royalty free sites. when I have to I will use images found on google, but, the way i work these images are changed so much or are used so discreetly they are beyond all recognition.
If you’re reading this and want to know more about either the world of concept art/matte painting or the use of images in the painting process i suggest you check out Feng Zhu’s videos on youtube. I’ve been following this guy for some years and learnt a hell of a lot from him.
“sometimes its the flaw that makes the photo”
in my research into photography and the idea of glitches i came across a description of ‘Moiré Patterns’ I’ve often seen them but never knew they were such a thing that could be isolated and rectified. they seem to be a byproduct of the progression from film into digital photography. it happens when a repeating pattern and essentially confuses the camera. Again i strangely find it good looking when isolated and displayed out of context
As you can see above (which is a photo from ishootshows.com’s post on moire patterns) i extracted the part of the photo with the moire effect (image in the middle). the far right is just the same image duplicated and layered on top using a duplicate layer in photoshop.
in my research about data bending i found that there are two main categories. data bending and glitch art. glitch art seems to be the more accidental or unintentional of the two. picture walking down the street and seeing an lcd screen that was meant to be displaying some sort of advertising but rather the screen is full of weird lines stripes and colours. I suppose its very subjective but i find this very interesting and kinda cool to look at. i guess there isn’t much art in it per say but rather being in the right place in the right time. it can also happen on video streaming sites (really anything with a digital image, moving or not) and shown above is an example. The video i was watching was a clip from movie about ww1. below are a fe examples of screen shots.
Above and below are a few examples of what can be achieved by layering them one on top of each other in photoshop using different layer styles including overlay, multiply and a combination of others.
The other concept was intentionally breaking or ‘bending’ files to create this sort of effect. i got quite frustrated at this as although i followed a few online tutorials i couldn’t seem to recreate the vibrant colours and random digital effect.
Although it worked to some degree i feel that it not having a little bit of the original image poking through makes for a less interesting image.
while sitting in my room staring aimlessly at the screen for 20 or so minutes my face seemed to drift closer and closer to the screen. i noticed it kinda looked cool so i snapped a pic. the banding and colours reminded me of a thing I’ve heard of called data bending or glitch art. where by jpeg’s are intentionally corrupted. heard it looks pretty sick so i should give it a go.