It’s time to share some of the nifty stuff I’ve recently right-clicked! Some fantasy, some anime, some cyberpunk and sci-fi. Some are NSFW so you might want to do the clicking when you get home.
Well then. From the looks of things I’ve been hanging around Star Wars, He-Man, Transformers, and cyberpunk related websites. I guess the whole thing has an 80s feel to it.
And now for another edition of Image Junky – What Has Dan Right-Clicked In the Last Five Days? Taking a look at my recent pictures it looks like I visited a few sci-fi websites along with some cool photography and portraiture sites. I don’t always remember where I get these, but the source matters little to me. It’s the picture that I love!
I’m not a sports person. I like the occasional soccer game (or football to people around the world except Australia where they too call it soccer) and a decent tennis match. I fenced in college and I run on a very regular basis. In the end, pro sports just don’t appeal to me. Still, you can’t escape the news and when it comes down to the recent spat over the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins and their racist, stereotypical logos and mascots; well, I just can’t help but notice that a few things were missing from the discussion.
When I say I’m an image junky, it’s not a lie. Sure, the “junky” part is hyperbole, but the fact is that I download a lot of images every day. If I see an appealing picture, photo, drawing, art, animated gif, diagramme, painting, or anything else that might be rendered in a manner pertaining to standards of the Joint Photographic Experts Group, Portable Network Graphics, Graphics Interchange Format… I’ll right click and save it. Actually, I don’t even do that much, I use a Firefox extension called Save File To that allows me to set up a directory structure for easy sorting, and then save directly into that structure.
I mean, I have to have some organization. When you’re downloading perhaps a few hundred images per week, you need to be able to find them again. Besides, I am a librarian.
My tastes in images run a full spectrum from beautiful people to beautiful scenery. Sometimes the people and scenery are images of fantasy or sci-fi, places that never were, people who never lived. I like design, people, science fiction, fantasy, art, posters, movies, music, whatever. Is it a cool image? Save it.
Beyond that, thanks to smart folders in OS X, I can set up a folder that shows me what I’ve downloaded in the last few days. And then I can share it on my website.
Just like this.
A few selections of pictures of people which, in my filing and directory system of images I call “portraiture.” All images are named as found but if you want to learn more about a specific image, I recommend Tineye. I use it all the time with pretty good success!
As always, check the gallery and you’ll find these images and others like them.
You know what I’ve missed?
My Image Junky sharing. I used to have a blog focused on it, but it wasn’t very well done. However, I have this site, and this site has a Gallery connected to it. Since this site revolves around online creativity and, shall we say, the “clickable arts,” I figure I can bring back the image junky anew. So to kick that off, here are some fantastic (literally, as the base word for “fantastic” is “fantasy.) images from Boris Vallejo.
Check out some of these pixelized princesses from the Disney universe, all set up for a kick ass fighting game! #MikeVDesign has some great pixel art and more that you really need to check out if you’re into art, UI/UX design, and general goodness.
I wanted to try something a bit more minimal than I usually do, which is kind of scary since I work very minimal already. I’m a fan of lines and colour, without a lot of extraneous detail. I love it when an artist makes my mind work a little bit to fill in some of the gaps. I found a few really lovely examples of this style on Tumblr, so I decided to give it a go on my own.
This is Support System, digital art in Photoshop. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and I learned a lot when I was making it. I hope you enjoy it too. You can always find more of my illustrations in the gallery or on DeviantArt. I update both fairly simultaneously, so either one works.
Like many people, my first experience with art and drawing was simply a pencil and paper. Pencils are a great start to a young illustrator because, after all, you can erase your mistakes. Beyond that you can blend and darken and cross-hatch and so on. After a while, a lot of artists will abandon pencils or use them only for sketching and starting a project. Penciling is a step forward, a start, and no longer a finished piece.
Then there are those weirdos like me who still enjoys picking up a number two pencil, looking at a photo, and then drawing it. When I do a pencil drawing, I keep things very simple and that’s one of the reasons I want to do more of them — simplicity. All I need is my reference photo, a few sharpened number two pencils, an eraser or two, and a stump. (For those who don’t know, a stump is rolled up and compressed paper, used to blend graphite. I’ve also heard people call them “stubs.”) I love the rough look, the lines that aren’t too clean, but not too dirty either. It makes for a fun composition and a good time for the artist.
This latest bit is a simple pencil drawing of Lisa Ann, who happens to be an erotic performer. (Some would call her a porn star, but meh, if a trash man can be a “waste management and disposal technician,” then porn stars can be erotic performers.) I typically work from photographs on everything, even pictures of friends. After all, you can stand still for a few seconds and that’s easy. Standing still for long periods of time while I cuss over a line that I don’t like? That’s no fun for anyone involved.
Anyway, I’ve uploaded the picture to the Gallery. You can see more of my crap there.