First of all apologies regarding the hiatus between posting on Sci-Fi-O-Rama, no excuses! So then, SCSI cables are dusted off, my SyQuest drive’s green light is flickering, just waiting then for the Scanner to warm up and Photoshop 3.0 to load… Hmmm, f*ck that, let’s start then instead with a something from my favourite Flickr bank – a psychedelic Mike Hinge book cover produced for Neal Barret Jr’s 1971 Novel “The Leaves of Time”.
I love the work of New Zealand born Mike Hinge and have featured his work three times before, and I’m also lucky enough to own a copy his uber rare portfolio book “The Mike Hinge Experience” and I’ll post some more from that soon…. There’s a little more on the life of Mike here at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hinge
This Image comes via Flickr User via Flickr User mystique123_2000 who actually trades in vintage & rare books (cool!). See more
Rock Music Poster Art is arguably one of the coolest facets of design & illustration, (at least in my mind anyway) and here’s a sample from one of said genre’s modern masters – American artist Alan Forbes.
Alan’s produced poster’s for Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, White Stripes etc – check out more of his work here: http://www.gigposters.com/designer/1303_Alan_Forbes.html
A quick feature on French Illustrator Julien Pacaud who specialises in playful Surrealist Photomontage often underpinned with subtle darker tones, here are two examples of tinged with mid 20th-century sauciness.
I’ve been meaning to feature Julien for a while but didn’t know where to start, it’s all superb. If you’re interested in the craft of Photomontage Illustration and would like to see a demonstration of how to construct with Laser-Guided Precision definitely check out Julien’s site: http://www.julienpacaud.com a fantastic portfolio and an extremely impressive client list.
Two fine examples of Illustrated Concept Art from the Star Trek Universe, the top Image is the Borg Queen designed for the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact (best after Wrath of Khan IMO) this concept is quite a bit different to the film version, the carved skull idea here is particularly freaky! .The lower image profiles a Neutrino Welder apparently from the Original Movie Adaptation Star Trek: The Motion Picture – no I can’t remember them either… Still, it’s a pretty cool looking suit.
Both these Images come via this superb Star Trek resource: Forgotten Trek http://www.ottens.co.uk/forgottentrek/ a veritable mine of behind the scenes stories, designs, concepts etc. Highly recommend even if you’re not a Trek fan, if you are, however – this site’s worth its weight in Gold Pressed Latinum!
Post Apocalyptic Background Pixel Art from SNK’s original 1996 Neo-Geo title Metal Slug, the run-and-gun classic. Apologies if you’re having to scroll your browser to the right (I am too), the thing about Pixel Art is it can’t really be scaled, it’s drawn for one size and one size only, and it’d be severely blasphemous to rescale this superb example!
So here’s a lush part of Metal Slug level one in all it’s limited palette glory, but hang on a minute where’s all the rest of the game art? well, that’s the other reason for the post, this image comes via The Video Game Atlas http://www.vgmaps.com/ a truly amazing resource if you are into the art of old school games. Loads of wicked stuff there, and worth visit for so many reason’s – Game Title Screens for example http://ow.ly/tHqJ great Typography.
Thanks Dan for the lead on this…
Here’s a quick feature on someone I’ve come across via the Twitterverse, Taiwanese Concept Artist Yu Cheng Hong, this exquisitely finished Fashion Illustration is titled ‘Bliss’.
See more of Yu Cheng Hong’s work at his portfolio site: http://www.yuchenghong.com/ or follow him on Twitter http://twitter.com/YuChengHong