Squid Empire Posted January 12, 2015 Report Share Posted January 12, 2015 Hello, it's me, Squid my favourite pastime is to imagine things, but sometimes that's not enough, and so I draw, or compose, or film. or edit, or model etc. I'm sort of a jack-of-all trades in terms of art, not really specialising in anything and doing OK at a few things. One thing I've been getting into is pixelart, which is loosely described as a digital drawing where every individual pixel has been placed with purpose and no anti-aliasing (auto-blur/blend) has been used at any point. It's a nice, quick form I think, so it allows me to quickly 'sketch' an idea I've had in relatively good quality. If you'd like to know where I come from thematically here is a little breakdown; I grew up with Star Wars - the originals on TV and the prequel coming out in cinemas. The Star Wars universe I still consider the best ever conceived, and the astonishingly detailed 'used-future' of George Lucas is to me the golden standard of universe creation (Blade runner ties into this, I consider it another pinnacle of used-future and of sci-fi in general). My belief in a used-future was augmented by reading Isacc Asimov, which has forced me to always ask for a used, working future. After Star Wars came the logical next step: Indiana Jones. This is my No.1 favourite series in terms of aesthetic, the browns and whites, the gorgeous costumes and the mind blowing music all fuse to form a masterpiece. If Star Wars is the foundation of my style, Indiana Jones is the infrastructure, the piping and electrical cables. I still love modern Hollywood movies - such as Oblivion or Exodus; Gods and Kings - but my cultural focus has shifted to that obscure art form; vidya games. I've played many games but generally stay away from multiplayer titles, I don't like that they always breed competition (which I'm adverse to). My creative juices have been altered by the great 90's single player games; system shock, deus ex, half life, etc, while my ideals for what games should be capable of have been set high from the early days of Minecraft. Fallout 3 and NV are my second favourite games ever, the fallout universe being a recent, massive influence on my themes. I find that my current theme is altered by whatever I'm playing at the time, Skyrim, the Bioshock games (which still affect me emotionally though their settings and music), Anno 2070, Tropico etc. My early game experience was with RTS's - Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, Warlords Battlecry, Tiberian Sun - which slotted neatly into my growing fixation with apocalyptic and cyberpunk visions -, Red Alert 2, and my next major artistic idol: Rise of Legends. This game is my No.1 favourite of all time, not for its gameplay (which was only really decent), but for its universe and art. This game got me into steampunk (sort of - I loath the modern scene-punk where people dress up Victorian and wave nerf guns at each other) as an art form, and really kickstarted my fascination with the industrial, as well as bleak natural landscapes. This fascination with landscape has been aggravated twice in recent memory: visiting the southern island of New Zealand, which is breathtaking beyond words; in a fantasy way (wildflowers grow by the street), and my trip into Outback Australia, which is barren and apocalyptic. The land in general is a major focus for me, as humans work to shape and form the landscapes, they also work to form us - people from a desert are naturally different to those who live atop peaks. While the foundation of my style may be firmly set in place, what forms the walls and really keep me going is music. It sounds a bit stereotypical but I can't be travelling without my earphones and I can't be at my computer without background music. Music is the art form of sound, the engagement of the imagination and emotions via moving waves of air. I play Trombone (just passably) and compose infrequently, but always listen to music. I try to seek out music with a purpose behind it, a strong sense or feeling it is trying to get in your head. Generally I'll be listening to soundtracks (both game and movie), - which are designed to compliment visual scenes, but work sometimes better on their own - or orchestral. My years of Trombone have left me partial to big band or jazz music too... Some favourite soundtracks of mine are, surprise surprise, from my inspirations, Bioshock (all of them), Fallout (all of them), Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Ender's Game etc. Music is the ultimate force that sparks my imagination, all throughout my film and television studies I always placed the music down first, and edited the video to match the tempo and timbre of the sounds. You may have noticed a theme in my favourite works - that theme is retro-futurism. I'm not yet sure why, but my absolute favourite theme to work in is history, or specifically, a different history. Games such as Bioshock 1 or 2, set in a alternative art-deco underwater city, Fallout, set in a 1950's version of the 2100's, or Rise of Legends, set in a steam powered renaissance world; these are my favourite. Older films or games also managed this inadvertently, Tiberian Sun is a 1990's future. Thanks for having a read, if you're interested in any of the same things, post here, we can have chat I try to get as many pictures done as I can to work on my ability, so if you have any requests please fire away!As a quick aside to all the purists out there, while many of these pictures are true pixelarts there are some that are not. I have used gradients or transparency tools on some of these pictures - often for backgrounds. You should be able to tell which are which Ongoing! 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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