Monday, August 27

Thoughts, News & Whines

As you know, I have kept working on this Energetic Baby for a LONG while, it's about time I take a break, i.e., take another route & (re)discover something new for myself and others. That "break" probably will last about 3 weeks or a month, before that, I'm afraid I have nothing new to offer on all the communities I join. :(

Most of time, I look at others' works, especially those that overwhelm me, in a larger scale and I actually treat those artists I deeply admire as enemies in my heart-- I adore them and I hate them! A couple of months ago while I was sitting in front of the TV and watching this show about contemporary artists, an artist, who the host remarked that he is the only living artist who made it to the exhibition in the Forbidden City (one of the most famous architecture in China), has said: "If you want to be an artist, be a best one." Does that sound conceited or unpractical? Was he talking in metaphor?! I guess not. I take that as encouragement, a guideline and drive, though the word "best" appears as vague as it sounds, and I always had this ambiguous thought (before i started learning graphics designing programs) that artists can't or shouldn't be great and famous til they are so dead and gone!

In the next few posts, I will criticize and analyze my latest works -- from the viewpoint of a guy who has passion but no knowledge, write about some websites/artists introduced on my diigo group, plus something else, something like a paragraph or two from "What is Art?" by Leo Tolstoy. ;)

Monday, August 20

Don't Let A Fabulous 30" Apple Cinema Display Just Slip Away!

For those regular visitors of my blog, i.e., my imaginary fans, sorry about the long long lag of update, it's my bad, so here comes a great news for those who happen to be drooling for a brand new monitor but can't afford it like me. There's a competition on Redbubble for all digital artists, based on a theme called "Infinite Future Chaos." I have got my entry finished, so you had better hurry up. The following is additional info you should know beforehand:

The challenge: create a high-res, jaw-dropping piece of digital art, based on the theme “Infinite Future Chaos”.
We’re giving away a stunning 30-inch Apple Cinema Display. It’s bloody huge, and has beautiful color reproduction. Photoshop never looked so good. Check out the specs:
  • dimensions: sit back a bit.. it just barely fits on your desk
  • refresh rate: 4000 times per picosecond
  • lovely: yes
  • max. resolution: 64 gazilla-pixels
  • awesome factor: 10
“But.. WTF is Infinite Future Chaos?”, we hear you ask. Fair question. To be honest, we don’t really know what it means. It’s possibly something to do with jetpacks... or perhaps trees taking over the city... or trees wearing jetpacks taking over the city with lasoos. Only time will tell.

The winners of the 30" Apple Cinema Display and the RedBubble voucher, plus four runners-up, will have their work published in the November issue of Photoshop Creative.

For more details, check out this link, the deadline is Oct. 1, 2007. May the best artists win! : ]