Yesterday I got the confirmation that my image "Journey to Shatter Island" is going to be featured in the next Ballistic Expose 11 on pages 170-171. I even got two pages.
I'm reaallllllly happy about it since I've been trying to get a spot in the prestigious artbook for five years but my submissions were never even shortlisted. It is one of the remaining goals I always wanted to achieve. Now I have to set myself some new ones.
In other news- The Depthcore collective released a new chapter called 'Primal'. I'm in with one image which you may have found in your inbox today:
Here's a random collection of images I recently found and really liked. Hope you enjoy.
In other news, I just finished an illustration of the "Three-Eyed Crow", a character from George R. R. Martin's Book 'A song of Ice and Fire' (Game of Thrones Season 3 starting soon ). The image will be released with the next DepthCore chapter so it will take a while until I can upload it here. Anyway, a small teaser is possible.
Also, I'm drawing a huge map of Westeros for my office now. Kinda hooked on Game of Thrones again lately... Are you watching the series/Have you read the books? What do you think of the adaption then? And are you looking forward to season 3 as much I am?
Although it's actually more a review on the new 3D HFR technique than on the movie itself.
Did anyone have a chance to watch the Hobbit movie yet? My personal impression is that this new HFR technique really has a fascinating quality. But it won't establish in the near future if it stays the way it is now in my opinion. Because of all the detail it's hard to focus on the story and the feelings of the characters, which leaves the viewer totally unaffected of any emotions. There's no typical movie atmosphere either. Since movies and TV in Germany are usually German dubbed even the voices were kinda annoying, like in a badly synchronized documentation. Usually I don't mind that when I go to the cinema, so I think this might be also due to the new technique they employed. If you're still thinking about going I recommend to watch the normal 3D or 2D version to get the full experience.
Other than that not much has happened since I uploaded my latest deviation. I'm currently enjoying my free time during the christmas holidays. Who knows, maybe a new image comes out of it? Anyway, I wish you all a merry christmas.
Btw: I want to thank everyone who's spent money on my calendar this year! Unfortunately DA doesn't tell who exactly purchased them. Feel free to let me know so I can thank you personally!
And because it will probably take a while before I'll write a journal again, I'll use the space for a couple of features.
Apparently I'm the only one here but I have to say I really like the new approach dA has been taking with its gallery and frontpage update.
It's an update currently only in place for official beta testers (those with the "=" in front of their username), so if you don't know what I'm talking about you can see what it looks like here: [link]
In my opinion the bigger thumbs really make the art pop and besides it looks way more modern and less rigid than before. Way to go dA
First new journal from me in a long time, I know,... and it's only to say goodbye for another three weeks because I'm going on vacation to New York City for one week and for another two to Florida. It's always been a dream for me to go to Miami, enjoy the heat of the sun, relax at the beach during the day and party the night. Plus, I finally get to see the real sets of my beloved show DEXTER
Do you know any places I should definitely check out while I'm in NYC and Florida? We already rented a car so we can go on a road trip through Florida, which includes the cities Miami, Naples, Tampa and Orlando, so we have a lot of options. I hear the Kennedy Space Center is a must-see. Any other recommendations? Perhaps some cosy insider places in NYC with good food?
Btw: I have a new piece ready which I am really happy with, but as I am going on vacation I can't upload it here before April. So watch out for the next Slashthree release if you want to see it.
Now I am a real money maker LOL Only 50 more sales and I can order myself a PIZZA.
(Of course I am truly grateful for the few prints I sell on DA every now and then. The fact that people actually spend their money on something I created is worth more to me than the share I get from it)
On another note, I received a DD a couple of days ago on a more than three year old deviation, which really took me by surprise! While I'm extremely happy about the honour of getting another DD, it makes me wonder if my newer stuff is all crap. I should probably get back to space art again... pardon my cynism today Thanks again for the feature `Infinite705!
Here it is:
Last but not least, a couple of features from my recent favs:
As I was told the "Book of Creation" is a selection which features some of the best artists and designers from all around the world. So I am happy they chose me as one of those artists and reserved two full pages for my stuff. It's a great honor.
The book is only available in France, but if you are interested you can purchase the book here (assuming that you speak French, which I don't *cough*): [link]
I've been very silent again over the past few weeks. This doesn't mean I haven't been busy concerning my art "career". First off, I managed to finish three new pieces, which I all like pretty much and which I am going to upload here on dA sooner or later during the next weeks. Besides I finally revamped my portfolio, which I kept kicking down the road for months even though I wasn't really satisfied with the impractical sidescrolling and the unprofessional design. The new page looks a little more "artsy" I think and at the same time it suits my recent calendar design. You can check the page here: www.xkire.de.
On a sidenote, I just finished 'Deus Ex: Human Revolution'. Such an awesome game experience. Suffice it to say that it's definitely my game of the year (despite 'the Witcher 2' being released this year as well).
Six months have passed since I surprisingly received an invitation to join the Depthcore collective.
Now they are back with a fabolous new site design and a new chapter called "Obsolete", which is basically about the fate of humanity in a world dominated by machines. A very dark scifi theme and probably exactly my specialty.
Anyway, I managed to get two pieces in. One of them a collaboration with Finn Macmanus called "The Great Escape". I already uploaded my debut piece which I am particularly proud of because a lot of time went into details and effects.
I'm usually not the guy to call out other people in journals, and I know you can get banned from DA for doing so, but in this particular case I'm doing everyone a favour to alert you of this douchebag.
Matt Achziger claims to be the creative director of the company Artistik Inc: [link]
He probably lures people with nice graphics for small money. But don't fall for it because it's highly likely he didn't even create them himself.
Here's some nice evidence from his facebook messages. (He seems to be a real professional btw [/sarcasm]):
This one is also very funny:
I wonder what he was thinking? Even when he was caught red-handed he didn't flinch from insisting on the money. Fucking unbelievable. How stupid can people be??
Oh yea, and this is his dA-account:
I really wonder how many of the images he uploaded in his gallery are actually his own...
You are probably wondering (or maybe not) why the hell I'm so inactive at the moment. Well the answer is simple, I'm currently working on my bachelors thesis which is literally sucking the life out of me. It takes quite a lot of time, in fact much more than I expected.
The topic of my paper is "Monte Carlo method for magnetic impurities in a metal" and yea, it is definitely as interesting as it sounds.
We get three months to finish our bachelors theses and at the moment it is very likely that I'll need every single day of it to work on my paper, but after that I'll hopefully have enough freetime to waste on my art again.
Actually, I've already three works ready to be submitted, but I have to wait until June because they are related to OFFF. =]
In other news: I am lucky to be featured in the French edition of Adanced Creation. I have a double page feature in the "Around the world" section and I'm quite honored to be chosen to represent my country along with the amazing Painter Reiko Gross (on the following pages). Here's a little snapshot of the magazine I got a couple of days ago.
Thanks in advance for your help guys. I'm sure `conzpiracy will appreciate it!
in other news, if anyone is wondering: I still didn't get a reply from the magazine, which published a rip-off of one of my works. They obviously don't give a shit, unfortunately I was right about that...
Something "funny" and unexpected happened to me yesterday. While I was reading a magazine about computer games I stumbled upon this image:
Apparently my image "blackout" ([link] served as a background for this amazingly original lara croft fanart by.... Carsten Kottke! Great, now I know your name, dumbass. ;D
Well, I don't know if I should be mad. Certainly I'm not flattered, but I assume this person doesn't know better, seeing how badly he slapped Lara onto my (fabolous) background. But he did make sure to cover my watermark, hmmmm.... It's just totally weird when you're reading one of your regular magazines and accidentally happen to find your own artworks printed in them. with a different name though -.-'
April Fools' Day on deviantArt always makes me think I'm too old for this place... Who's with me?
On a completely different note, April Fools' Day not only has its downsides: I've been really looking forward to the sequel of The Witcher, which is going to be released in May this year, and as it turns out the developers CDProject published two new teasers today. It's gonna be LEGEND... wait for it ..DARY!