Friday, 30 July 2010

Apple Kit and iPad art

Apple have released a slew of nifty new hardware of late (pics via the Apple site) - look at all this lovely design sense.

iMac

Yes, it doesnt seem that long since the last refresh, but the iMac now has more grunt inside the classy case. The 27" version can now sport an ATI5750 which is very nice for this form factor.

Magic Trackpad

To accompany the iMac we now have a special pad like all the laptops allowing us to use all the gestures we are now used to on a desktop. This seems like an obvious evolution really - perhaps it should be part of a WACOM tablet so we can get both sets of functionality.

iPhone 4

Plenty of hype around the new version of the ubiquitous stunner that is the iPhone. A pretty good set of feature enhancements for us, though I actually feel the squarer look makes it look more like an ordinary phone.
Coming with the new phone was iOS 4 which also gives us new software enhancements and we can use it on our older phones. It did take an afternoon to backup, install and sync through the upgrade of my current iPhone 3G. I already have folders in place which is nice.

iPad
While not so new anymore, they are starting to be seen in numbers - I am still contemplating one for sketching and comics (plus it would be fun for gaming).

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By way of an example of the artwork being done on the iPad, here are some pieces by Shaun Mullen using the Layers and SketchbookPro apps and a Pogo stylus - more.


[Images by Shaun Mullen via Flickr]

Tiago Artwork

I always enjoy finding and exploring the work of artists on CGPortfolio. Tiago Hoisel has a gallery of digital painting work that draws together caricatures and a host of light hearted cartoony characters including animals.

Here are a few examples of Tiago's art - I really like this kind of work, I should spend more time working in this style. I would love to get this sort of quality and recognisability.



[Tiago Hoisel artwork via his CGPortfolio gallery]

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Starcraft2 Cinematic Wonders and Lego

Blizzard are masters of the cinematic trailer. Not only are their games of the highest quality, the trailers that inspire us all to dive into those worlds are magnificent. Case in point - the promo trailers for the long awaited Starcraft sequel.



and this too:


These videos show off a class in storytelling over the wonderful audiovisual pieces. I like the characters they have built into this world, considering when we are playing there are no characters - just sacrificable transformed resources. These characters add personality and for me a desire to play the Terrans, even though once in the RTS environment I will no doubt be all Zergie.

See the Blizzard site for other trailers to inspire!

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Perhaps just as inspirational is this clever little piece of Lego Starcraft work:

Blogging and Scott Pilgrim

Well it has been a long gap in the stream of blogginess that lives here in Oinkfrogland - so it is time to remedy that with a slew of things that warrant some attention and then to get back into creating works - likely around the Cartographer world.

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To get things going everyone should enjoy themselves with the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Lotsa fun and a quite unique blending of comics and gaming with a light hearted real world. I think the film is brave, even though it is very mainstream and I think (from the trailers) may invite a whole style of movie that integrates effects and graphics in this way...



Plus check out the youtube channel with the remixes as well.