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New Studio Computer has arrived, passed testing phase and is now in use.

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Dell XPS 8920 Tower
Windows 10 Professional
Intel Core i7 Processor 
10 USB Ports
DVI, HDMI and DP video ports
16 Gigs RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Titanium GPU with
4 GIGS Video Ram
1 Terabyte Intel Optane HDD

My Brain is like a Web Browser with 3,549 tabs open all the time.

I have been absent of late – off dreaming dreams and playing with ideas. I am currently constructing the latticework of my latest project which may be a serialized graphic novella, an animation or an interactive game, perhaps all 3 or none of these at all …

In the virtual world I have managed to develop a couple of life-like male avatars – here are their untouched photos –

Daniel Portrait

FINN PROFILE MESH 4

This led me to write a paper on The Applied Aesthetics of Humanoid Avatars – from an artist’s perspective – which will be made available to academically-minded outlets after I finish editing it.

My two computer games from 1989 are on their way to The Strong Museum in Rochester New York for emulator testing and possible revival. Many thanks to Assistant Professor Adrienne Shaw of the Temple University Department of Media Studies and Production for her interest and efforts regarding this.

My film, A Legacy of Forgotten Names, is on hold until the narration can be recorded.

In closing – here’s video images of my brain!  LOL

 

Sneak-Peek Work in Progress

Picture 59

The owl is slowing coming together. I’ve had some issues with the camera that I am using for the filming of it but thus far I have been able to make adjustments and improve the process.

Every new project is a learning adventure and that is what keeps things interesting and exciting for me. I look forward to going to the drawing table every day.

Happy Monday! Hope you all have a good one!

Producing a Making-of Film

Avis's Owl

I’m a big fan of artist’s making-of films so now that I have my own camera set-up over the drawing table I wanted to give it a try.

I did a Live Stream to Facebook yesterday which, in my mind, was a complete disaster because I kept incessantly clearing my throat while talking.  It was so damn annoying and embarrassing.  Admittedly, 45 years of smoking and the fact that I spend so much time alone I rarely talk (except to Oscar and occasionally myself) contributed to this problem. While viewers were very kind and generous with their positive feedback, I knew after watching the playback that I would never do that again.

So, I am going to pre-produce my videos – which will allow me to have much better control over their quality.

After a day of experimentation and a string of failures with hardware and software I finally found a way to produce the results I am after.

never give up

The Power of “What If”

Bartender

My latest fun project is a web comic entitled: “The Adventures of Atomic Betty in the Virtual World”

I’ve wanted to do a comic book project for many, many years but just never had the time to experiment and create a process pipeline for images. Now that I am retired and working full time in the studio I have that luxury.

The premise for Atomic Betty came to me one night while exploring in the virtual world of Second Life. I wondered – what do our avatars do after we log out? What if they have a whole other life we know nothing about?  What if their existence is filled with adventure and intrigue? What if our avatars become sentient beings when we are not around?

While still in the experimental stage – I am very happy so far with the results of building this process pipeline. I’m using a combination of ‘windlight’ settings in Second Life and post processing in Photoshop to achieve this color halftone printed look.

I’m having a blast working on this. It’s a nice break from the drawing table.

 

Re-Thinking Social Media

It would avacado

Felicity online preview

Yesterday I did an interesting experiment. I posted a pen and ink drawing from my latest collection on Facebook and then I posted a picture of an intricately carved avocado. The avocado was 20 times more popular than my drawing.

Now, if I were selling carved avocados this would be great news.

Back in January, artist Noah Bradley left social media – he observed: “And now I’m thinking that maybe I don’t need any of the social networks in my life. Maybe the idea that to promote myself as an artist and have a following I need to be on social networks is wrong. Maybe there’s another way. Maybe I can focus instead on creating more, better work and let things spread as they will. Maybe (just maybe) other people can share my work for me and it’ll spread at least as well.”

I am seriously re-thinking my marketing plan and use of social media.

ADDENDUM: After receiving some “blow-back” from angry people on Facebook after I revealed that this was an experiment on Facebook I wanted to add my reasons for doing this experiment.

Based on my personal observation of Facebook “likes” and trends – my theory was that the general public reacts more favorably to images that do not require any thought or work on the part of the viewer.

And YES I do realize that using Facebook as a resource for social experiments may be upsetting to some people. I apologize to anyone who was offended by this.

My artwork requires much from the viewer. It is intricate, highly detailed and in the case of the Unfinished Illustrations, it requires that the viewer work out what is going on in the drawing.  Like Felicity here, she murdered the man in the tub by putting the radio in it and electrocuting him.  This would actually take work on the viewers part to ascertain. My theory is that most people would rather be immediately visually gratified by an image than take the time to “work it out”.

Identifying this proclivity of social media users better enables me to market my work to the correct audiences.  Based on what I have learned from this, I don’t think using social media for marketing benefits me as an artist.