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PostPosted: September 16th, 2010, 12:33 am 
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art / inspiration thread


I wanted to start a thread to keep track of some of the things that were inspiring me--art, photographs, movies and the like.

First up, http://www.wrongsideoftheart.com is a repository of old film posters and production stills scanned at very generous resolutions. Lots of B-movie posters and other sources of inspiration.

Carpenter's classic 1982 film The Thing
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PostPosted: September 16th, 2010, 12:33 am 
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Music by S.Maharba
Heavy heavy Portishead style beats. Very atmospheric.
http://smaharba.bandcamp.com/ click on the "She" EP on the right, it's free to download.



Art by Uno Moralez
I have no idea what this guy's story is but I have only recently come across it and it is filled with nightmarish imagery rendered in a very specific kind of game art style--I have Ninjas to credit for passing this one to me. Really strange, evocative stuff.
http://unomoralez.com/
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PostPosted: September 19th, 2010, 1:59 pm 
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Good as time as any to point out my regular readership of BLDGBLOG, a very fine architecture blog that specializes in the kind of experimental/speculative fringes of architecture that dovetail so neatly into the world of videogames. Recently posted to his twitter, this gem about unknown spaces in the NY waterfront area from the New York times:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010 ... orenz.html

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PostPosted: September 19th, 2010, 8:48 pm 
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the architecture stuff is real cool


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you've probably seen a lot of them already but there's quite a few day trip reports from the zone of alienation and other areas affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Some of the pictures are quite amazing http://elenafilatova.com is one that I can remember offhand


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Negre attaque par un jaguar, Rousseau 1910
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A comic I am working on


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A comic I am working on

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I just found a blog called Manufactured Landscapes (http://pcgladiator.blogspot.com) and it appears to be a level designer's goldmine. It has a categorized archive of all epic industrial structures you can imagine, from limestone quarries to particle accelerators to colossal hydroelectric dams.

Here are a couple that caught my eye:
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(neutrino detector) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__APCzEFEiDk/SbADv1KF0qI/AAAAAAAAA7g/-CNqor4m2UA/s1600-h/2162497959_946eac12c2_o.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2010, 6:33 pm 
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Cool stuff monkeyscience, I'm a sucker for huge structures. Generally don't care for sporting events, but love stadiums.

Phil Hale (worth googling other galleries of) is a fairly influential oil painter that is hard to pigeonhole as "fine" or "popular" artist--he's just great. I can't decide whether I want to eat his paintings or wear them; the thick impasto effects and striking colors, as well as stunningly rendered cloth/anatomy are all trademarks of his work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Hale
http://www.allenspiegelfinearts.com/hale.html

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He's also had an undeniable influence on another artist I admire, Ashley Wood.

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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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weeks later, i realized that i misinterpreted this thread


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I'm not sure I can post his images as I please, but visit this:
http://www.waynebarlowe.com/barlowe_ima ... ilding.htm


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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Kerc Kasha wrote:
you've probably seen a lot of them already but there's quite a few day trip reports from the zone of alienation and other areas affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Some of the pictures are quite amazing http://elenafilatova.com is one that I can remember offhand

http://www.pripyat.com is a fairly good one as well. the pictures arent that high res always, but theres a decent amount.

also i am the best artist. my art collection is special because most of i dont remember drawing because i am extremely drunk and spend hours drawing them but then in the morning its like finding an easter basket because i forget everything about drawing it. my latest picture was a giraffe driving a car with his head in the clouds. i didnt realize i drew it until a few weeks later when i found my sketchpad (when i get drunk, i like to hide things and i decided the best place to put it was under my bed)
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look at that. its modern art. you guys are probably really jealous huh. you guys can probably look at those lines and shit and realize im better than all of you because i cant even hold a pencil correctly and shit


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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http://www.pripyat.com is a fairly good one as well. the pictures arent that high res always, but theres a decent amount.

also i am the best artist. my art collection is special because most of i dont remember drawing because i am extremely drunk and spend hours drawing them but then in the morning its like finding an easter basket because i forget everything about drawing it. my latest picture was a giraffe driving a car with his head in the clouds. i didnt realize i drew it until a few weeks later when i found my sketchpad (when i get drunk, i like to hide things and i decided the best place to put it was under my bed)
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look at that. its modern art. you guys are probably really jealous huh. you guys can probably look at those lines and shit and realize im better than all of you because i cant even hold a pencil correctly and shit

"breath taking" - ny times


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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Look at this mang. Super cool and exactly as creepy as you would imagine. Really interesting level design ideas popping into my head.


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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thisgrimfandango wrote:
Look at this mang. Super cool and exactly as creepy as you would imagine. Really interesting level design ideas popping into my head.


I remember seeing pictures of this, but never saw a video. And of course it's set to Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Good stuff.


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thisgrimfandango wrote:


Look at this mang. Super cool and exactly as creepy as you would imagine. Really interesting level design ideas popping into my head.

wow that was brilliant. good choice of soundtrack too


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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Now I see where Valve got inspiration for the Dark Carnival campaign.

I'm not an arty type by any stretch of the imagination, but during my Russian studies we were exposed to a bunch of constructivist graphic design stuff and montage photography from the turn of the 20th century. Main offenders would be Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitsky (not to mention the poet Mayakovsky), as they were more or less behind the soviet propaganda posters of the 1930s-40s. There was an awesome site (http://www.plakaty.ru) that had an enormous number of them, but it appears to be totally dead now. Here's a couple of personal favourites.

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"To gossip is to help the enemy"
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"Most loved Stalin - happiness of the people"
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"A chatterbox is a godsend for the enemy"

And I forget what this one means, but it has a quote from Stalin at the top talking about the Red Army

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I cringe slightly when I see reproductions of such things or badly written Russian in games sometimes (Singularity, anyone?). Typing R backwaЯds doesn't make you or your game cool. Nor is having audio logs in a Russian accent (rather than in actual Russian). That's one of the few things I admired about GTAIV, in that when you called up the Russian scumbag guy and only got his answer machine, he actually leaves a Russian response. It's the little things sometimes.

[Edit: I tell a lie, Plakaty.ru http://eng.plakaty.ru/posters?cid=1&full=1&part=T works fine, and it's even in English as well.]


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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That last propaganda poster is, I believe, from 1940 and shows a Polish peasant embracing the Red Army.

I'm also a fan of early 20th century advertising and propaganda. However to add something new I'll show a few images I find very inspiring: the covers for the British war comics (usually painted by Spaniards or Italians) that dominated Europe through the 60's and 70's (and which are now almost forgotten). The covers were always striking, visually lush images, almost fascist or futurist in their treatment of hurtling machines, blazing guns and lantern jawed heroes.


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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Everything in neil gaimans the sandman. some of the things they do with form and colour are amazing.


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Just popping in to say that The Thing is quite literally one of the greatest movies ever made. Cheers, Armagan.


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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that poster of men kissing also is from a stamp made at the end of ww2. they say its suppose to be about “the spirit of brotherhood that was among soldiers in WW2″ because back then, men kissing other men in russia was seen as nothing bad, and didnt hold accusations of being gay and no homophobic things would be said. the cultural difference and how time has changed things is immense compared to now. however, the shirt the peasant looking guy is awesome as fuck.
theres also a statue of it i'll just upload without linking so that i dont clutter http://iforce.co.nz/i/p3beyvqb.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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"I was no longer a shuddering speck of existence, alone in the darkness; - I belong to them and they to me; we all share the same life; we are nearer than lovers, in a simpler, harder way; I could bury my face in them, in these voices, these words that have saved me and will stand by me."
— Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

kirbyoto, advanced soldiering (elective)

I especially like that quote because it's always funny to me when I read about like "shippers" for war stuff (including Generation Kill and Band of Brothers). I mean, come on, guy, these are soldiers who are literally putting their lives down for each other, I don't think sweet-talkin' and butt-dickin' is a step up on the intimacy scale.

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Nor is having audio logs in a Russian accent (rather than in actual Russian).

I think it's arguable that having it be in an understandable language rather than relying on translation conveys emotion and so on better, but that's probably not the case when you're talking about message pickups or whatever.


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All Quiet is an incredible book. I think one of my favorite sequences that captures he and his fellows enjoying the simple pleasures of being away from the front is the scene of them all gathered around, shitting in a field in a circle. But you're absolutely right Kirb, so much of what recurs regularly in terms of fraternal intimacy in any veteran account is pretty staggering. Being out and out gay would probably be less gay [-]r

I also took German here and there and the kind of... I dunno, somewhat more informal read I get from the original title--Nichts Neues im Westen (which I would loosely translate as Nothing New to the West?) maybe doesn't scream "this is a serious book about war" so much as communicate some of that world-weariness that permeates the text. Also, thank you for reminding me I still need to read the follow-up book about the same character becoming a teacher, am I remembering that right?


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 Post subject: Re: art / inspiration thread
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Kirbyoto wrote:
I think it's arguable that having it be in an understandable language rather than relying on translation conveys emotion and so on better, but that's probably not the case when you're talking about message pickups or whatever.


Absolutely. Assassin's Creed II pulled it off wonderful with the Italian dub.


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Kirbyoto wrote:
I think it's arguable that having it be in an understandable language rather than relying on translation conveys emotion and so on better, but that's probably not the case when you're talking about message pickups or whatever.

I disagree. so much is lost dubs. the point of having someone foreign is the seem distant. You can still convey emotion in the voice acting, even if you can't understand it. not only this people don't pickup bad voice acting as much. I once heard tarintino talking about the different languages in Inglourious Basterds, saying that by making german english, you lose all the intrigue of being undercover in germany. similarly in games, being behind enemylines or fighting off an invading force, thyey're probably meant be a kind of other.


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