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  1. The Classic Post Nuclear Apocalypse Made-for-TV Movies (10/31/2022) - A concise review of the 2 classic nuclear aftermath films, with live links where you can watch them now for free and without signing up for anything.
  2. Big Eyes: The Film, The Artist, The Legacy (10/14/2022) - Through whatever alchemy, Margaret Keane turned her personal tragedy into painterly kitsch that managed to transcend itself.
  3. Runaway Rant: Candice and Kanye’s WHITE LIVES MATTER attire goes too far and misses the point (10/7/2022) - “WHITE LIVES MATTER” is a badge of overarching conservative beliefs; it’s overstatement risks slipping into racism proper; and it [unwittingly] plays into the hands of the atrociously backwards belief that we are defined by our biology. Because it uses race as a pivot point for partisan politics, to the degree that it attempts to alleviate…
  4. Why People Hate Contemporary/Conceptual Art (9/9/2022) - This is a re-blog of one of my most popular posts, which I am doing largely because people have notified me that they have difficulty finding it on my blog, though somehow they’re become aware of it. My views haven’t changed substantially since I wrote this, not because I haven’t changed, but because my views…
  5. I got a needle in the eye! (9/4/2022) - No joke. I got a needle injected in my eye. But there was a reason.
  6. Dismantling the Dominant Art Narrative (6/30/2022) - I take apart the institutional story of art which I was also indoctrinated into through graduate art school, and offer a more broad, human, complex, and even progressive alternative. This article will help you see through the BS that permeates much of contemporary art theory, and which is used to devalue imaginative visual art and to undermine the great art of the past.
  7. 15 Artists as Cyclopes: complete series (with before and after pics) (6/20/2022) - This is an old post I am re-sharing from Feb, 2015, that fell through the cracks. I made 15 artists into cyclopes [and that is the corrected spelling of the plural of cyclops].
  8. New Art: Vehicular Monster Slaughter #1 [AI collab] (6/16/2022) - A new digital painting collaborating with AI, and of a creature sitting in a train or bus.
  9. Has AI Become Conscious? (6/15/2022) - A Google employee risks his job and reputation to protect a sentient chat bot from being exploited against its will. But is LaMDA really self-aware?
  10. Will AI replace human artists? (5/31/2022) - Art is the last hope of humans to not be eclipsed by AI, because it is a form of communication based on the predicament of our shared humanity, and requires consciousness, feeling, empathy, caring, and intent. But can digital super-intelligence fake it? It looks like it can.
  11. Runaway Rant: F AI Art! (5/9/2022) - A hyperbolic rant against AI art.
  12. Skynet is Coming for Digital Artists! (5/8/2022) - New AI poses an imminent existential threat to artists, especially if it has direct access to their art.
  13. Runaway Rant: Jack Vale Shut Down, NFT Community Silent On Censorship, Twitter Users Not Consulted About Musk … (4/23/2022) - “I think everything out there is dangerous. It’s just not a free world anymore. You can’t say things that you want to say. You can’t express yourself anymore. Comedians all over the country – all over the world – are paranoid now that they’re going to say the wrong thing, and get canceled. You’re gonna’…
  14. Is shadow banning Real? If So, Is it Pernicious, or Do the Ends Justify the Means? (4/20/2022) - The site used to be fun, funny, and a great tool for exchanging information. Now it feels like what the world would be if the eight most vile people in Brooklyn were put in charge of all human life, a giant, hyper-pretentious Thought-Starbucks. ~ Matt Tahibbi, Twitter’s Chickens Come Home to Roost, Apr 14 2022.…
  15. 9 Years (4/20/2022) - I just got this today. Waddaya know? It’s been that long. I guess 10 years something’s gonna’ happen. I think they could have added “and all I got was this crummy sticker” on the bottom. I want a mug. I have a professional account and everything. I pay extra so y’all don’t have to look…
  16. The Argument for Free Speech & Against Censorship (4/17/2022) - [I originally published this in 2017, then again in 2020. Sadly, it’s as relevant today as ever, and probably more so, because the longer we keep drifting towards censorship, the harder it is to free ourselves of it.] You can have free speech without violence or oppression, but censorship requires force, which means at least…
  17. Would Elon Musk Buying Twitter be a Good Thing? (4/16/2022) - I’ve been on Twitter since 2013, but have never gelled with it, so to speak. Twitter is for short conclusions and images to be assimilated within split seconds. I make long arguments and images to be slowly digested. I’ve learned to appreciate it more recently, because of my failed attempt to break into the NFT…
  18. Refuting Elon Musk’s Argument that We Live in a Simulated Universe (4/15/2022) - Elon is in the news right now because he’s trying to buy Twitter, specifically in order to free it of overarching censorship. I was doing a little research on him and I encountered his postulations of why there is only a one in a billion chance we aren’t living in a computer simulated universe. I…
  19. Is Banning Artists Because of Their Nationality Cruel and Inhumane? (4/9/2022) - Recently, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has a been a very positive movement in the crypto and NFT community to support Ukrainian artists. Why not give a little extra help to creators who are under increased to extreme duress? And after the war started, I discovered that a lot of the NFT artists…
  20. New Art: Misfits of the Metaverse #8 (4/8/2022) - Doing more of these is partly just an excuse to try out something new, or add something to the brew. There are a few new elements I mixed in that didn’t appear in prior pieces in this series. Can you guess what they are? Have a look at all 8 below. The piece was entirely…
  21. New Art: Misfits of the Metaverse #7 (3/20/2022) - I was only going to make 6, but I wanted to try an experiment, and so now we have 7. I have a couple more experiments I want to do, so I’ll probably push it to 9. And that’s a bit better for a series than 6. This one’s very bright, colorful, and outdoors. That’s…
  22. Better Call Saltz (or not) (3/12/2022) - The cringe-worthy legacy of celebrity, cheese-filling art critic, Jerry Saltz. I marvel at the fact that for some reason, mysterious to me, people take Jerry Saltz, art critic of New York magazine, seriously. The best I can come up with is that among the most famous living art critics, his name is easier to spell…
  23. New Art: Misfits of the Metaverse #6 (3/6/2022) - This image ends the series of 6. Here is the entire series. And here are a few details. I could say a lot more, but for tactical purposes, I’m just going to let the work stand on its own for now. I made this series for the NFT marketplace, and, well, it didn’t get any…
  24. New Art: Misfits of the Metaverse #5 [Francis Bacon & the Death of George Dyer] (2/24/2022) - This is one of my favorite works I’ve produced. It’s a tour de force of “painterly” digital painting [using techniques I developed]; addresses art history and the human condition; is an homage to Francis Bacon; and continues the tradition of modernist figurative painting into the digital era.There’s also quite a story behind this, which you…
  25. My Curious Obsession with Green (2/15/2022) - One of the most common and least interesting questions one is routinely asked is, “What’s your favorite color”. “Who gives a shit?” would for much of my life have been an appropriate enough answer. That’s before I became obsessed, and there was no question. Up until a very specific point, my favorite color was red.…
  26. How an Ideologue Tried to Get Me Cancelled From Twitter (2/9/2022) - I’ve sat on this story for a month because it is so unpleasant for me to discuss. However, I have to analyze this, and defend myself, because if I don’t, it may come back to haunt me. But first I must confess something. I compared someone’s abstract painting to an abstract painting made by a…
  27. New Art: Misfits of the Metaverse #4 [Mark Zuckerberg Grilled by US Congress] (2/8/2022) - If you haven’t see the first three, here’s a gallery with all four: If you read my last post, you have a good idea what this series is about. I got some really good comments on it, too, here and on Patreon. I was heartened to discover that people got it on their own, and…
  28. New art: Misfits of the Metaverse #3 (2/2/2022) - The third image in this series of digital portrait paintings for the digital age.
  29. New Work: Misfits of the Metaverse #2 (1/18/2022) - This is the second in this series of portraits for 2022, and directed toward the digital art NFT community. No, it is not a self-portrait. The faces I’ve used so far are ones I generated using AI. Usually people manipulate the algorithms to create unrealistically beautiful, unbelievable, and fashionable people, but I wanted to explore…
  30. New Work & Update (1/3/2022) - NO, THAT IS NOT A SELF PORTRAIT, OR BASED ON ONE! I haven’t been nearly as active here, because I’ve been wrangling with the NFT sphere, which is the best place for digital artists to make money. The halcyon days of unknown digital artists getting rich selling NFTs may be over. Inevitably, the market would…
  31. The Brutality of the NFT Art Platform (11/25/2021) - I’ve been making digital art for the better part of 2 decades, and more seriously in the last 8-9 years. People who know me, or my art, have asked if I’ve gotten into NFTs; some have urged me to do so; and some have asked if I got rich yet. No, I haven’t, and no,…
  32. WIP, and no spiders were harmed in this production (11/18/2021) - Things are starting to get more grim for our hapless spider. And he’s looking sufficiently realistic that his torment strikes me as cruel — I like spiders — in which case, just in case, I’m letting you know it’s not a real spider. He’s affixed to the cross with a giant spike. Above you can…
  33. The Evolution of the Spider (11/11/2021) - A spider for a work in progress, made in Blender.
  34. Runaway Rant: Sorry, but it’s not art. (11/5/2021) - The crumpled paper above is not art, even if it was put on a pedestal, and under glass, and exhibited in a museum. And that’s OK. You can handle it. In the case of Martin Creed’s crumpled paper, it’s not art, it’s bullshit. However, there can be all manner of endeavors that are skilled, intelligent,…
  35. Why am I making a spider in Blender? (11/3/2021) - Spider in progress which will be part of a whole scene.
  36. Texture Versus Information in the Visual Arts (10/30/2021) - This is an important distinction, and the art world has placed so much more value on information than texture over the last century that texture has been banished to the periphery when discussing art. I recently watched a video about Kara Walker’s monument, Fons Americanus, and while the narrator analyzed how it quotes and challenges…
  37. People stealing my art and trying to sell it, including an NFT! (10/27/2021) - It’s a very bad idea to try to steal my art and sell it as your own, and for a few devastating reasons. I only share comparatively low resolution images of my work online, which means you have a third-rate version, and I have a hi-rez original to prove authorship. There is always going to…
  38. New Video: ‘The Fall of the Damned”, by Dirk Bouts (1470): a Masterful Conjuring of Hell (10/26/2021) - A hi-rez, in-depth dive into one of the most gruesome and virtuoso paintings of hell by an old master painter. BEWARE: Extreme Details! Halloween 2021 appropriate. Dirk Bouts painted "The Fall of the Damned" in 1470, 20 years before Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights". This is a spectacular, underrated, and obscure painting that deserves to be appreciated as a masterpiece of the late Middle Ages and the Northern Renaissance, and of all time. I discovered this painting on my own, and took it upon myself to share it with you. There is no other YouTube video about this painting, and no other video period. I trust my own eyes. The video also explores paintings of Hell by Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Memling, and Rogier van der Weyden.
  39. ‘The Fall of the Damned’, by Dirk Bouts (1470): a Masterful Conjuring of Hell (10/10/2021) - Dirk Bouts' painting "Fall of the Damned" is a masterful conjuring of hell. Post contains extreme details.
  40. New Video: All Art is Political! NOT (10/2/2021) - This is the second video in my Abominable Ideas in Art series, and based on a group of articles I wrote a few years ago. Here I tackled the ubiquitous and self-righteous notion that all art is political. People assume this is a progressive idea, but because it places art (all art and art history]…
  41. New Video: Making Money is Art?! (9/23/2021) - Over the last week or so YouTube’s algorithm, or perhaps whomever manipulates it, eased off the stranglehold on my videos. New comments and subscribers started to trickle in after weeks of silence. And so, I thought, perhaps it wasn’t a waste of time after all. I also noticed that people have watched over 3,000 hours…
  42. Runaway Rant: Anything that infringes on the sanctity of the individual is backwards. (9/21/2021) - The most important thing to understand here is that the sanctity of the individual is the most universal and comprehensive — you could even say collective — way of thinking about political and economic systems because everyone is an individual. Some people would want to scream “Libertarian”, but some libertarians seem more concerned with the…
  43. New Page for “New Artworks” (9/14/2021) - Note: this post is a duplicate of the newly, long overdue revamping of my “new art” page, but you can also go directly to the page . The new version is simplified and updated (there are over 150 pieces), and there are blog posts devoted to all but a handful of my oldest pieces that…
  44. New Art: Droid-ships over Downtown Los Angeles (9/13/2021) - This image may look familiar. It’s a more elaborate version of an experiment I started 10 days ago. See below: In the newer version I added 4 more droid ships, clouds, mist, made the waves more apparent, tweaked out the lighting, and did some post-production in Photoshop. Now it’s less a rogue scout ship, and…
  45. Droid Ship Spotted Over Los Angeles (9/3/2021) - The droid-ship is back. You might remember it from months back. I spent forever creating it, and put it in a few short animations, but never really did a definitive image or two or three to show it off. These aren’t that either, necessarily, as they are more studies or experiments. I didn’t pose his…
  46. Blender with Google Maps Experiment (9/1/2021) - Anything you can find in Google maps satellite mode, and that has 3 dimensional elements, can be captured, converted, and opened in Blender. For this experiment, I chose Notre-Dame in Paris. There’s a wee bit of hacking, and you need an additional program plus an add-on, but then it all works alright to get it…
  47. New Art: High Pressure (8/28/2021) - Woke up this morning with an idea for an experiment using Blender, and this is the outcome. It combines elements of organic modeling (the face), hard surface modeling (everything else], and scene building, though that’s relatively minimal here. One of the good things about Blender is once you create something you can re-use it in…
  48. Finished the Tutorial: Tatooine Environment (8/25/2021) - My tweaked results of a Blender Tutorial by Ryan King.
  49. Getting back into Blender (8/17/2021) - Here are some quick studies I made using Blender’s native ocean and mountain creating properties. The program did 95% of the work here. I did the rest. Once I figured out how to do it, it took just minutes to come up with new versions. I got put off of 3D for a while after…
  50. My Morning Walks Along the River in Lampang (8/11/2021) - Lots of monks are out doing their daily alms at 6:00 a.m., when I hit the pavement. I don’t get in their faces for Nat Geo style photo ops. I keep a respectful distance. But I do feel a wee bit of comradery when out for a morning escapade. And then there’s the shop-owners and…
  51. “The Fraud of Contemporary Art”: Dangerous Art Criticism by Avelina Lesper (8/9/2021) - You’re forgiven if you never heard of her. I never had either until an artist colleague emailed me an excerpt from her book, The Fraud of Contemporary Art. Almost everything by her and about her is in Spanish because she’s a Mexican art critic. Her biggest claim to fame is accidentally destroying a work of…
  52. I made a trailer/Preview (8/7/2021) - New trailer for my feature length Salvator Mundi documentary
  53. Digital restoration and recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi 2021 a Final Salvator Mundi Digital Restoration & Resurrection (8/2/2021) - My restoration and recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi. Also, my 2.5 hour documentary video analyzing the physical painting, restoration ,and what went horribly awry.
  54. Imagine That #55 (8/1/2021) - This is a kind of relaxing work I like to do. Just start drawing with one brush, and mostly on one layer, in Photoshop. Completely unpremeditated. See what emerges. It’s a little like doing a puzzle. I did this a couple weeks ago, but haven’t been sharing much because I had a big move across…
  55. New Video: What Did The Salvator Mundi Really Look Like? (7/11/2021) - It’s finally here, after months of work. It’s coming in at 2 hours and 24 minutes, which I would not have even thought was possible in the beginning. You’d think that means I just ramble on endlessly, but it’s highly scripted for most of it, and tightly edited. It follows a very logical progression, covering…
  56. Anti-digital imaging & censorship on reddit (7/7/2021) - In which reddit moderators that censored and banned me claim that digital imaging is inherently racist.
  57. Star Trek Mundi (6/29/2021) - Followers of my blog may wonder what the hell happened to me. Well, I’ve been working hard on this feature-length art documentary, including, among many other things, my own recreation of the Salvator Mundi. I decided to share with you some custom graphics I made on the fly. Anyone who grew up watching Star Trek…
  58. Banned for life for making this version of the Salvator Mundi (5/20/2021) - My version of the Salvator Mundi makes the shortcomings of the supposedly authentic da Vinci painfully evident, and in plain sight.
  59. What did the Salvator Mundi really look like? (5/19/2021) - My digital restoration of the Salvator Mundi makes a visual argument as to why the physical restoration is not representative of Leonardo's hand.
  60. Radical New Derivative Redundancy (5/10/2021) - A picture can be worth a thousand words, and save me the time of typing them up. The first image is from Wikiart’s section on Francois Morellet, below. And the second image is from Damien Hirst’s own site: Borrowing ideas wholesale is radical!
  61. Why Art Theory and the Dominant Narrative are Wrong (5/3/2021) - The truth, I like to say, is moderately simple, but lies must be elaborate. If you don’t agree with the conclusions of obtuse art theory, than, frankly, you are presumed intellectually and possibly morally inferior. Insults will flock towards you like mosquitoes when your evening walk meanders too close to the swamp. Obviously you know…
  62. My new video explains why so much contemporary art sucks (4/30/2021) - The video focuses on the fact that the big name art stars make art, not for their artists peers, or even for themselves, but rather for the billionaire buyers who they think are suckers waiting to be fleeced. This art, further, is coming out of the Duchampian, anti-art, appropriationist tradition, which incidentally allows artists to churn out bigger and slicker products, faster, and get them into the marketplace for the purposes of speculation and moving money. Quite naturally, art made to sell fast to suckers with millions in disposable income doesn't appeal to artists and connoisseurs who love art for its inherent qualities.
  63. Why big name artists don’t make art for other artists, or themselves (4/23/2021) - Artists are among the least satisfied by what the blue-chip art world is churning out, and there’s a simple reason why. I’ve known for decades that thousands of dot paintings, for example, couldn’t hold an artist’s attention; and if you’d seen one, you’d seen them all. There’s the old notion of being an artist’s artist,…
  64. Runaway Rant: the news isn’t new, and the latest urgent conversations took place before I was born (4/21/2021) - The conversations we are told we so desperately need to have, have already been had, and better, before I was born. Science races forward so fast that the science fiction of my youth has been outstripped in many instances — consider the Starship Enterprise didn’t even have computers that could run Windows — and the…
  65. My Digitally Cleaned Salvator Mundi (4/14/2021) - If you watched my last video, you know what this is all about. I’ve been very critical of the status of the Salvator Mundi as an authentic da Vinci, mostly because of egregious amateur errors the master would never make. However, many of these errors and the overall fluffy, cream-puff aura the current incarnation of…
  66. New Video: Resurrecting Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi from Over Restoration (4/10/2021) - Is the Salvator Mundi really by Leonardo da Vinci? Did the restoration botch it horribly? I argue the latter is absolutely true, and the former probable. I graphically show where the restoration took some liberties that clearly illustrate a divergence from the original painting, in which case the end result is anything but a da…
  67. New Video: Hirst Versus Beeple: Who Is The NFT Art God? (3/31/2021) - If you were wondering what a digital artist like me thinks of Beeple, and his $69 million sale at Christies of a JPEG he most likely used an algorithm to produce in a matter of seconds, this video should make that apparent. Meanwhile an all-time least favorite, Damien Hirst has announced plans to overtake Beeple…
  68. New Video: Salvator Mundi FACEPLANT (3/27/2021) - Is the Salvator Mundi really a painting by Leonardo da Vinci? Why are Christ's eyes so wonky? Who broke the nose of Jesus? And why are there so many amateur mistakes? The painting doesn't appear good enough to be by the great artist, but there's a surprise revelation.
  69. No News for Over 3 Weeks: I’m Cured (3/16/2021) - After jettisoning the news for 3 weeks, I've started a YouTube channel and produced 1.5 videos.
  70. Adam Curtis’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”: My Reaction (3/12/2021) - By now I’ve seen every documentary Adam Curtis has put out, and his latest 6-part series is available on his own channel on YouTube. It’s of the same high standard as are his previous works. I’ll link to all of them for convenience at the bottom of the post. Part 1: Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain.…
  71. Debute Video on My YouTube Art Channel (3/11/2021) - My fledgling video about art for my YouTube channel.
  72. New YouTube Channel: Art vs Machine (3/7/2021) - My new YouTube channel has arrived!
  73. Cruel Abominations of the Old Masters Exposed: Goya’s “Maja” (2/26/2021) - Goya's infamous nude "Maja" has some problems.
  74. Runaway Rant: Art succeeds inspite of politics, not because of it (2/24/2021) - Why politics are the enemy of art.
  75. Cute fish exercise, with animation (2/22/2021) - This little guy isn’t up to the standards of my other recent sculpts, but the takeaway of the exercise was training at retopology, using alpha images to create textures, and how this can affect a form in animation. If it sounds complicated, probably because it is, a bit. And I know far too much about…
  76. My Dastardly Fan Art Featured in a Sonic & Amy Video (2/17/2021) - My dastardly fan art digital painting of Sonic and Amy is featured is a video by the official Sonamy people.
  77. Some Sorta Orc: Sculpt Practice (2/12/2021) - Got a bit carried away with a beginner Blender sculpting tutorial. Organic sculpting is the reason I decided to explore Blender months ago. For me, the ability to sculpt digitally is the most astounding capacity of digital art. To do something like the above by analogue means, I’d need a lot of space, materials, oodles…
  78. Another Alien (2/6/2021) - This alien is just the result of going through a tutorial and taking it in my own direction. I’m doing several organic sculpting tutorials in order to see how different artists approach the medium, and picking up which techniques work best for me. Here’s the tutorial I was going off of I gave my alien…
  79. Alien Tutorial Results (2/2/2021) - After months of working on hard-surface modeling, I’ve finally started doing organic sculpture in Blender. I did some work in ZBrush before, so this is more familiar terrain. The real magic is going to happen when I combine organic and hard-surface modeling, and start making complex scenes. This was just an exercise I knocked out…
  80. New Banksy Mural a Blast! (1/30/2021) - Reblogged from: By Joanna Jones New Banksy Mural a Blast! Lactose Intolerance No Laughing Matter Banksy has confirmed that he is behind a new artwork depicting an old woman succumbing to a violent ‘shart’, and holding a kerchief to her nose to block out any odor, after consuming a glass of whole milk. The political…
  81. Confession: I had to abandon Ubuntu (1/29/2021) - I tried. I really wanted to go with a free, open-source operating system and programs. There were clear benefits, including not having to worry about viruses and anti-virus software. I wouldn’t have to locate and disable hidden options that compromise privacy, including the “keylogging” option [checked “on” by default] that sends your every keystroke to…
  82. Runaway Rant: I identify as a shapeless, colorless, genderless soul (1/27/2021) - What quackery is this?! Is your pronoun going to be “that”, or is “that” already taken? No woo-woo here, folks. I’m not saying I don’t have a shape, color, or gender, or that those things don’t have importance, I merely point out what should be so obvious that everyone takes it for granted. It is…
  83. Droid ship in space New Droid-ship Animation (1/25/2021) - This one’s 420 frames, and comes out to 17 seconds. It’s more sophisticated technically than my earlier animations, and the video includes sound. ~ Ends
  84. Concept and Realization + I detest GIMP (1/22/2021) - Making a concept sketch was really useful. I was going for something a bit weird. I kept a lot of the design, including the small, circular spider eyes on top of the “head”; the peculiar navigation flippers in the front; and of course the four legs with different tools on the ends. I ended up…
  85. Finished the Tutorial: Droid Creation and Animation (1/19/2021) - This free, four-part tutorial on YouTube is one of my favorite tutorials so far, including paid ones. You learn to sculpt the droid using hard-surface modeling; then to rig it so you can move the parts and animate it; then to texture-paint it; and finally to animate it and make a video. I think a…
  86. Confession: I Converted ~ Open and Free (1/17/2021) - Windows my friends, Microsoft itself, Adobe and its Photoshop, are no longer an integral part of my waking existence. You could say that they can join Facebook & Twitter in the hell-o-sphere. I fooked off the proprietary, pay-to-play, hold-you-hostage platforms, and am now smooth sailing with all free, open source programs. I would have done…
  87. Runaway Rant: Participating in politics is inviting war into your life. (1/14/2021) - I’m retiring from politics. I’d managed to avoid engaging in the political quagmire for months on end, largely because I publicly pledged to do so after the media and politicians created an extremely volatile, self-fulfilling prophecy of racial discord, hatred, distrust, and violence, all in the name of advertising clicks and other ulterior motives. I…
  88. Runaway Rant: Is it Time to Crush the Conservatives? (1/12/2021) - I’ve railed against conservatives on this blog. When authors of a study dared suggest that political affiliation was dependent on “predispositions” rather than choice, I fumed: That kind of milquetoast thinking is just finding excuses for social cowardice. We know that social change has demanded great sacrifice, because those who have power, whether they are…
  89. Reality is Now the Enemy! (1/10/2021) - I’m old school on reality. Well, technically, I’m kinda’ old period. And white. And male. You could say I am a remnant of a bygone era. I still believe that reality should be sought, and accepted, and that to do so is healthy and necessary. We should defer to the greater argument. There are a…
  90. Back in Black, with Grunge and Scratches (1/9/2021) - It got a paint job. Texture painting in Blender takes a lot of getting used to. It’s not exactly what one would call intuitive, as in, you can’t just figure it out yourself. All objects need to be UV unwrapped before you can paint on them, and UV unwrapping is its own discipline. There are…
  91. Runaway Rant: My Art is not a “Practice” (1/8/2021) - I am absolutely certain that you will never find in over 500 posts on this blog that I’ve ever referred to my art-making as a practice. I just make art. I don’t have a practice. Recently, a lot of people are referring to their art-making as a practice — even landscape painters — as if…
  92. 2020 Art Highlights (1/6/2021) - See the much larger, full-width Portfolio Page version here. 2020 was a bit of a break with my more established stylistic tendencies, as I focused on harnessing new skills. I moved away from fine-art painterliness, and towards creating realistic imagery from the imagination. I studied realistic digital painting techniques from professional illustrators, and then took…
  93. New Droid Animation + Print (1/3/2021) - You may have seen this character from a few days ago. I added a subtle motion blur to the background by creating an animation, and isolating this frame to make a still. Then I decided to explore the possibility of animating the droid-ship flying through the tunnel. You can see the higher quality result on…
  94. Droid Animations (1/1/2021) - Hot Dog! I figured out how to do some basic animation to get this droid careening into the enemy landing bay, hovering for an instant, then planting itself, extending its arms, and getting ready to use its tools to cause some dammage. You can watch the version I made for Instagram, which I had to…
  95. The Droid-ship Invades a Landing Bay (12/30/2020) - Mission accomplished. I wanted to knock out a full-fledged, original 3D scene before the year was over, and make a print [see bottom of post]. I’m planning more scenes with this droid, and I already shared a test scene, but here I created the landing bay, posed the droid with its arms and fastening disc…
  96. The Lost Basquiat Portrait of Warhol Rediscovered (12/28/2020) - Up until recently, Basquiat’s infamous portrait of Andy Warhol was only known through a reproduction leaked online. An article surfaced in May of 2017 alleging this painting was being auctioned on the dark web for $150,000,000 following the sale of Basquiat’s skull painting for $100,000,000. Both paintings appeared to be from the same period, and…
  97. Droid-ship with test environment (12/26/2020) - The end of the year is coming, and people are making posts about the art they created in 2020. I thought I should complete one full-fledged, original, 3D scene. How about putting my new droid-ship in an environment? Here I just tested making a quick environment just to see if I could put my model…
  98. The Droid/Ship Model is Finished: New Additions (12/24/2020) - This just means the model (or mesh) is finished. As is the rigging, so that I can easily pose it. Next up is the “materials” phase, where I will see about improving on the uniform metal texture. Then I’ll need to create some sort of backdrop or environment. But let’s get on to the new…
  99. Droid Update: Tools (12/19/2020) - New developments! Each of our droid’s appendages are now outfitted with tools for dismantling enemy machines, and the descending disc includes a suction cup mechanism. Let’s take a quick look at the tools: You just gotta’ have a saw. Each tool has an adjacent rudimentary eye (that’s the green dot). We’ll get to what the…
  100. Another Droid Update: It Can Run (12/13/2020) - It wasn’t even the plan. It’s a flying droid, and it has arms or legs that will be outfitted with various tools. I designed it to be able to stand, and even walk if necessary. I put globular, glowing modules on the tips of its legs to help it gain purchase on surfaces. But I…

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