New Studio Computer has arrived, passed testing phase and is now in use.
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
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 –
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
There is no feeling in the world like the feeling I get when I finish one of these drawings.
I’ll be working on the film over the next few weeks.
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.
Lots of products and lots of choices!
Fine Art America dealt with my damaged order and will replace it at no extra cost to me.
So good news today!
After spending 44 years working in Quality Assurance there is ONE thing that drives me nuts – and that is POOR QUALITY.
My first order arrived from Fine Art America – the package was pristine and undamaged – the frame of the picture was broken and obviously PACKED AFTER IT HAD BEEN BROKEN.
This is NOT acceptable.
The idea that someone might buy my art and receive it in this condition is absolutely appalling to me – and embarrassing.
So I’m going to re-think how I want my work sold. I may just do it myself.
I have given this a lot of thought and consideration.
I waited 62 years to be an artist, 44 of those years I worked in factories.
Art is not entertainment.
Art expands the spiritual and emotional horizons of those that view it. Art expands consciousness. Entertainment is a hollow container for meaninglessness time spent in in the void of engagement searching for an emotional reaction, searching for SOMETHING to feel.
Art demands that we feel much deeper. I’m not aiming at your eyes – I’m aiming at your soul.
I don’t create art for you. I create art for me. And THAT is what I have been afraid to say all this time.
I will do WIP scans and photos. But not the immediacy of a video. That’s just way too personal for me. I may have never honored my work before – but I do now.