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I found this artist just the other day and I already forget how I came across her work but I love it. I think I had followed a concept artist on Twitter and Piper’s Twitter page came up on the related profiles to follow.

Piper is a freelance character designer/illustrator/artist that has worked for Nickelodeon, Dream Works and Intel.

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I love how fleshed out her style is already. It’s easy to forget how many different styles of art there are within just one medium. For example, Piper’s work is very different from Pascal’s work even though they both use similar drawing and painting tools in Photoshop to represent 3D objects in a 2D space.

If you’d like to support Piper you can do so on her Patreon Page and also give her a follow on social media: DeviantART Tumblr Twitter Instagram
-Alex

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I’ve been following Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York project for a while now but I had not made an Artists & Inspiration post on it yet. Instead of talking about Humans of New York and writing out a big block of text I have found an equally interesting Chase Jarvis Live video interview you can check out.

Chase Jarvis does occasional CJLive broadcasts featuring other creatives and he had Brandon on for an interview not too long ago.

I’ll leave you with the video available for viewing here:

The lovely people at diyphotography.net posted an article about photographer Andreas Levers who has started compositing CGI elements into his landscape photographs. Levers’ work falls right in line with the theme of the last few posts which focus on combining multiple mediums to create a piece of artwork.

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I love how minimal Levers’ landscapes are even with the added CGI elements. I suppose you could argue that work like Levers’ isn’t photography anymore because it has CGI in it but really, who cares? As long as you can make what you want to make I don’t think it matters how you got from A to B.

You can check out more of Andreas Levers’ work here on Flickr or here on his website.

Fall of Gods

Back in February I found the work of Rasmus Berggreen, a great concept artist who has worked on games like Hitman: Absolution. In September of 2014 Rasmus and his company MOOD launched a Kickstarter campaign for a book called Fall of Gods. The book is almost a cross between a graphic novel and an illustrated children’s book. It is filled with pages and pages of epic digital paintings by Rasmus which tell a grand story based off of Norse mythological tales of old.

What drew me to this book Fall of Gods was not only the epic story but also the concept art style of illustration. Rasmus combines drawing, painting, and photographs in photoshop to create entirely new images with a high level of detail and realism. This sort of technique, called “Digital Matte Painting” or just “Matte Painting” before the digital age, is often used in the film industry to replace skies and extend landscapes. If you’re a fan of Peter Jackson’s movie The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings Trilogy you’ve probably seen a lot of Matte Painting on screen without realizing it.

While there is no shortage of concept art on the web there is a smaller amount of concept art that is also combined with photographs and yet an even smaller amount of books that are illustrated in this fashion. I would even venture to say that Fall of Gods is one of a few, if not one of a kind, in terms of the book’s overall illustration style, layout, and storyline. It’s nice to see that concept art feel pushed to the forefront of a viewing medium like this book when so often the concept art itself does not make it through to the final presentation in a video game or feature film.

I’m very glad that Rasmus has a chance to shine in the spotlight a little bit with this book and also reveal a bit more of what a concept artist can really do. I think that professional titles get muddied during the credits of a game or movie and it’s sometimes hard to tell what one department really does that sets them apart from one another. This book really defines the concept artist department for me and makes things a little less murky. I feel like I could better describe what a concept artist does now that I’ve read this book which may be a good selling point for you if you’re thinking about picking up a copy.

And if that’s not enough, Eon Sounds, a “Music scoring, production and licensing company for TV, Films, Trailers and Games” contacted me on Twitter the other day and said that they had made an OST for Fall of Gods. This book has its own original soundtrack. That’s awesome!

 

To add even more awesomeness, 20th Century Fox is picking up Fall of Gods for a movie.

I think that is just the coolest thing that someone could:

  1. Come up with an idea for a book
  2. Write and Illustrate that book
  3. Gain support for their book on Kickstarter and get their book published
  4. Get an original soundtrack made for their book
  5. Have a major TV/Film production company want to make their book into a movie.

I’m so psyched for the movie and also the sequel to this book if and when there is one. I’ll keep you posted if I hear anything else.

 

-Alex

I recently stumbled upon Scott Robertson’s work. Scott is the Former Chair of Entertainment Design at the Art Center College of Design- Designer / Author / Educator / Co-Producer. What sparked my interest in particular was this lecture he gave on creating sources of inspiration. I want to share this lecture with you because I really enjoyed seeing his creative process.

Scott’s work is somewhat similar to what I’m starting to work on now. I haven’t spoken much about what I’m doing at the moment here on the blog but I’m definitely branching out from using just photography to create the images I want.

Scott combines his drawings with 3D models and other photographs and his lecture gave me a glimpse of the type of work you can do when you combine multiple mediums together. I’m not usually a big lecture fan but I bookmarked this one immediately after watching. Anyway, I’ll leave you with the video.

I noticed the other day that the good guys over at Flickr made a collection of 20 artists under 20 to feature on their website. Find the link HERE to take a look. Some of these artists I’ve been following for a long time and I’m glad to see they’re finally getting a lot more attention in the online community today.

These artists are a prime example of the peers I compare my own images to online. I feel I have created a few pieces I’m proud of that can stand up to some of theirs although I always wish I had more work that I really really liked. I love the process of creating my work just as much as I love seeing the final product but once an image is printed and on the wall I’m onto the next one.

I am working on a few new projects of my own at the moment but I’d rather not give anything away until I know I can actually pull off some of the things I’m trying to do. If nothing else I’m keeping things challenging.

-Alex

I know I did one of these inspiration posts on Imogen Heap some time ago and I think it’s time for another.

I’m a huge huge fan of Imogen Heap’s music. It’s funny really, I enjoy a lot of photographers on the web but for whatever reason I don’t find them as inspiring as musicians or other artists outside of photography. I think part of the reason for this is that when I see a finished image I think, “yeah that’s a cool concept” and seldom do I find myself imagining something else. Occasionally I do find images where, buried in the pixels, is a shred of inspiration or a feeling that I’ll incorporate into my work. For the most part though I find music much more inspiring and motivating.

I hope that makes sense to some degree. Maybe what I’m getting at is music’s often strong ability to trigger what’s known as relational memory to specific events and emotions. Images can do the same and have done so throughout history but for me personally I find those instances to be few and far between. I can listen to a song a million times and feel the same exact feelings upon each listen. But if I look even just at my own pictures my perceptions and feelings toward them change more often over time.

Anyway, I really want to share some of Imogen Heap’s new songs with you because maybe you’ll get some inspiration for your own endeavors. Her new album Sparks will FINALLY come out in August…