Friday, May 22, 2009

Impossible photography by Li Wei

Li Wei art worksHave you ever used Photoshop to make yourself look like you are flying? These day you can easily manipulate photos to make yourself look like you are walking on water, or flying through the air. Li Wei, a Hubei born Chinese artist, does make these types of photo manipulations, the only difference is that Li does not use Photoshop as the primary editing tool. Instead Li poses the models in real life in mid air or on top water using wires and logistical aids.

"Somebody should hand Li a copy of Photoshop to save time and extra effort put into making these seeming impossible photographs". Is that what you think? Well sure! Why don't we! What you are forgetting is that if Li used Photoshop instead to make these images, then Li would not gain the same respect as Li would now. It is because of this extra effort Li has made an impact as a photographer. Take a look at these photos and check out Li's website, I promise there are a lot more where these pics came from.

Li Wei art works
Li Wei art works
Li Wei art works
Li Wei art works
Li Wei art works
Li Wei art works

Interview with Simon Jones - Illustrator of the dark and wonderful

Simon Jones is a freelance Illustrator based in London. I came across his work on Epilogue website (fantasy and sci-fi art website), where I somehow landed on Simon's "The Video Word made Flesh" digital work. I was gob smacked to say the least. Did I hear you say dark and weird? I hope you meant that in the best possible way.

Here is the interview with him I obtained after a few exchanges of emails.

Tell us about how you became to be interested in digital media?

I first became drawn to digital media probably in the early 90s, I wasn't really happy with the results I was getting from traditional media, I felt that my work was becoming limited by the techniques I was using and I wasn't feeling inspired at all. I then came across some of Dave McKean's cover's for the Sandman comics and as a direct result of these got myself a copy of Photoshop. From there on out, I was hooked. Digital media brought back the thrill of being surprised by my own work, something as simple as the overlaying of a texture in Photoshop opened up endless possibilities and got me excited about work again.

What software do you use to make you images?

I used to work predominantly in Photoshop, using a combination of my on personal photos, as well as stock images, to create my artwork, but I began to feel the process of taking(photographs), or scouring the internet, for the right photo was becoming a bit tedious. Also I began to feel a little insecure about my work by just relying on photos. I then began to using 3D elements and used Cinema 4D for a long while, before I came across Zbrush. Since then, I haven't looked back. So now it's a combination of Zbrush and Photoshop, although I do use Painter also now and again.

How has the global economic crisis affected you and others around you?

Well, there's certainly been less commissions than in previous years, also I feel clients are being a little bit safe in their briefs, no-one's looking to take any risks at the moment.

Is H R Giger one of your influences? Your work does have characteristic similar to Giger's work. Who else is your influence?

Giger was a huge influence on me growing up, I studied his work endlessly, at the time there was no-one else doing anything like he did, he is a true visionary. Other than that, I'm mostly influenced by films such as David Cronenberg's "Videodrome" and Shinya Tsukamoto's "Tetsuo" films. Anything to with the transformation of the human body, or the fusion of man and machine. I'm also a great admirer of Kent Williams.

If macs were to cease to exist tomorrow, would you continue to work, or for that matter live?

As much as I love my Mac and couldn't live with out it, I have considered going over to the dark side and getting a PC, just for 3D work, but so far I've resisted the temptation.

What can we expect from the world of Simon Jones in the next year/month/week?

At the moment I've just finished writing some comics for the Koniotou brothers, I'm sure some of your blog readers will be familiar with their work, they've done a lot for stuff for the Games Workshop etc. I'm also working on a series of pictures in the vein of what I did with "The New Flesh". So exciting times.

Is there anything else you wanted to add?

I'd just like to thank you for taking the time for this interview and showing an interest in my work, it means a lot.

So there you have it folks. Who says dark and weird is a bad thing. Being bad is so good. You can follow Simon Jones's latest posting and deviations on DeviantArt and check out his website too.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Mark Jenkins Street Installations inspires me

Mark Jenkins, what can I say. I Stumbled upon his website and was very surprised. I think I'll let the pictures speak for themselves and I think you agree with me when I say "WFT that's so cool". He makes little baby sculptures made from tape that look amazing. They are translucent and he places them in some interesting places.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Stolen art on DeviantArt

It may be old news to Redbubble and DeviantArt communities but I was surprised and intrigued how a DeviantArt member, Mikale AKA tropicalpassion, stole/downloaded pictures from artists on Redbubble and posted them up on his DeviantArt profile to get more faves and page views. Of course there was a huge backlash and he was publicly crucified and permanently banned. I wonder what was to gain, what did he think to achieve from his actions. He definitely made enemies and lost all the artworks.

Here are some passionate and colourful comments left on his profile before the banning.

"You are the most disgusting piece of rotting humanity!"

"Oi F***wit - don't steal other people's images and post them as your own.. you knob"

"Most of your images are stolen from Redbubble Artists"

"Epic fail for you"

and my personal favorite..

Well I'm not impressed at what he did, but I can certainly see a reason for him doing what he did (other than having no talent of his own to feel then need to steal), he did it for fame. His daily page views peaked at 7808 views the day he got banned.

His short career ended with a bang and I am sure he will strike again with a different alias. So stay aware and critical about some of the art you see on the internet. Here is a post I found about Stole art and how to find it. And I know what you're thinking, "what if this freshalex's artworks are rip offs too", to that, I can safely say you will never catch me..........
I am joking of course!! I make my own artworks don't worry. My art is my own work. You can buy prints on my Redbubble shop


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Designer Paul Neave inspires me

Designer Paul Neave's website is a bag of fun. There are games, flash earth which is like google earth but different (you'll see why), fractals, cool television effect, bouncing balls! It is fun.

He is an interactive designer who makes games and applications. I posted a few of his games below. They are old school but addictive. Very addictive.


Snake made by Neave Games

Space Invaders

Space Invaders made by Neave Games


Asteroids made by Neave Games


Simon made by Neave Games

I am inspired by Paul Neave and his cool, interactive website. Tell me what you think.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Swine flu arrives in Australia! Oh no help us all!

"AUSTRALIA'S first confirmed swine flu case is a woman in her 20s who arrived in Brisbane on a flight from Los Angeles in the early hours of Thursday." This was posted on the Courier Mail just today.

It states that the woman arrived in a Quantas flight with 300 passengers and that she had tested "weak positive" to the human swine flu influenza. She was flight QF16 on May 7 and was sitting several rows away from another passenger who is being tested for the human swine flu.

The Australian woman has now recovered and is no threat to the community, but it does make you feel uneasy that human swine flu can and has arrive in Australia. I have not taken this matter seriously until now. I have also started a fun group on Flickr that sort of poked fun at the whole swine flu issue. It's called Fight Swine Flu. I will still poke fun though.

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