2016/02/04

Cantina



Ralph McQuarrie, from The Mos Eisley Cantina Pop-up Book (1996)

I find it fascinating how McQuarrie's later work, as expressed especially in the paintings he created for this odd book, portrayed all subjects as if spaced out in some sort of silent, lonely reflection. Like the Star Wars version of Edward Hopper's _Nighthawks_. The Douglas Sirk lighting only enhanced the effect of a moment frozen in time.

2016/02/03

Lake Michigan



"To really know the lake, though, you’ve got to get in it over your head. You enter across a bed of sharp rocks — an imperfection that illuminates the perfection of the whole. The water is very clear and very cold. As you go under, the air leaves your body. Unless it’s August or September, when the water temperature climbs into the low 80s, your skin takes on a bluish tint. You swim out, not as buoyant as in a salt sea, but energized."

Photo by Robert Rausch for +The New York Times

From the article A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea by Rich Cohen: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/travel/lake-michigan-tour.html

2016/02/02

Play-Yan



I didn't have an iPod, I had a Play-Yan. For my money, this Nintendo oddity was the coolest dedicated media player ever. Difficult to procure outside Japan, but so very worth it. I recently stumbled upon some blurry photos I'd taken years ago of the P-Y Micro running on my Famicom Edition GB Micro—a one-two punch that traveled with me everywhere.

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2016/01/30

Gathering Storm



2012 early May, somewhere around Chicago

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2016/01/28

Sentinel



Syd Mead

2016/01/25

2016/01/22

"Jabba, this is your last chance."



Return of the Jedi (1983)

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2016/01/21

The Real Mario



Jamie Turner

2016/01/20

Arzach Fossil in Museum



Otomo (covering Moebius)

2016/01/19

2016/01/17

Death of the Enterprise on Genesis



Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

2016/01/16

2016/01/15

2016/01/14

Ancient Coral Reefs



Heinrich Harder (1858-1938)

2016/01/13

Hudson Soft



1973-2012

2016/01/11

E.T.



Dennis Muren making magic.

2016/01/09

Star Dancing



Concept painting by Ralph McQuarrie from a film project by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins that never came to fruition.

2016/01/08

2016/01/06

Gradius



1986. I still play this game every now and then. And I still can't get past the second level. 

Trylon/Perisphere



1939 New York World's Fair

2016/01/04

LEGO Spinner



Source

Mystic Quest



1992. Never actually played this game, but the cover art left a lasting impression. What an image.

2016/01/02

1-1



Super Mario Bros. (1985)

2016/01/01

2015/12/31

Desert Duel



Star Wars: Episode I concept painting by +Doug Chiang. I don't believe an uncropped image of this piece has ever been published, which is a real shame, as it's one of my favorites. This is the best I've ever found. There's a higher-res version floating around, but it's severely cropped. Chiang had some great traditional concept paintings from Episodes I & II that are very difficult to track down. Most of the modern-era digital concept work is so boring.

2015/12/30

Rell the Cyclops



Krull {1983)

2015/12/29

Starship Voyage



Cocoon (1985)

2015/12/28

Alice in Wonderland



Mary Blair

2015/12/26

Return of the Jedi



Theatrical poster by the late Kazuhiko Sano. For my money, still the best Star Wars collage poster ever.

2015/12/25

The Grey Havens



Pauline Baynes

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2015/12/23

Starkiller

That feeling when your friends are going on about how awesome this big movie is and how many times they've already seen it, then you kindly break the sad news that in reality it's an utterly pathetic piece of uninspired garbage, and they end up with this empty look on their faces staring off into the abyss.

Yeah,  a few months from now people are going to start realizing en masse that The Force Awakens is in fact the worst Star Wars film ever made. By a mile. Pathetic. Regurgitated tripe. 

And the worst part is that the first hour comes this close to being great. Then Finn becomes a carbon copy of Han from ANH, and suddenly the fridge is nuked. I've never seen a film become so bad so quickly. 

And that's precisely what TFA is--the Crystal Skull of Star Wars. Unnecessary, forced, and completely out of ideas. The prequels may have been poorly executed, but they were boldly original, and they told a story that truly deserved to be told. TFA is a film without a reason to exist. Contrived garbage that seeks to duplicate the magic of the OT without understanding where that magic came from. 

2015/12/22

Crystal



Moebius

2015/12/17

Superman



Frank Miller, DK2 (2002)

2015/11/11

Episode I



Mind=blown:
George Lucas's very first draft of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) began, "This is the story of Mace Windu, a revered Jedi-bendu of Opuchi who was related to Usby C.J. Thape, a padawan learner of the famed Jedi." Both the character of Mace Windu and the concept of padawan learners make their first appearance in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120915/trivia

2015/10/16

Jurassic Park



Concept poster by the late John Alvin

2015/10/12

2015/10/06

Senate Platform



“The only way I can draw a figure is if I break it down as a robot." +Doug Chiang

Concept sketch from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

2015/08/25

Star Fox 64 3D



Finally beat Star Fox 64 3D and all I've got to show for it is this lousy photo. Took me a month+ to figure out how to beat the Andross brain; I'd never even made it to Venom as a kid. The solo piano over the end credits is classic and completely +Nintendo, love the final send-off pictured here​​​. +Dylan Cuthbert absolutely wonderful re-imagining, now I want to get the DS out and play Command again. Maybe next time I wake up at 4AM and can't sleep.

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2015/08/24

Jurassic Park



Concept poster by the late John Alvin.

2015/08/18

2015/08/16

Purple Moon



Tim White, detail http://goo.gl/fRZm9U

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2015/07/19

Pyramid Structure



Robert McCall

2015/07/16

Peter Pan



Conceptual layout for Disneyland ride, artist Bill Martin

2015/07/07

Star Fox Zero



Love how this +Nintendo promo image looks like a diorama.

Desert at Night



Robert McCall

2015/06/25

Boba Fett



Concept by Ralph McQuarrie

via +Star Wars http://goo.gl/OF2MBZ

2015/06/20

Star Fox 64



Started my Saturday morning with a random and completely gut-busting conversation about Star Fox with a 20-year old. All characters imitated, all bases covered. What a weird IP. I love that Slippy's cry for help can connect generations, and that the +Nintendo +The Jim Henson Company puppet skit has already become part of the legend. It's a beautiful thing.

Also: https://goo.gl/cQkAhJ

2015/06/13

2015/06/02

2015/04/21

Zuzu's



A few weeks back my wife and I stopped at +Billy Corgan's tea house late one Friday night. It's neat by day, but after 9 PM on a Friday or Saturday it has an atmosphere all its own, one that I can't quite describe. Nostalgic, lonely, mysterious, and warm, all rolled into one.

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2015/04/20

2015/04/19

2015/03/23

2015/03/13

The Rocketeer



Mike Mignola, 1994

2015/03/01

2015/02/27

Doug Chiang's Jedi



I've always loved how Doug Chiang depicted the Jedi his way in the concept art he produced for Episodes I & II, even after their look had been established as something much more tame.

Though I've never seen this painting labeled, my understanding is that the figure in the foreground is Obi-wan, and the figure in the background is either Dooku or Anakin. I like to think it's the latter, decked out in a black jumpsuit that foreshadows Luke's outfit in ROTJ. The remaining combatant is cropped out to the right.

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2014/12/28

Late Jurassic



Gerhard Boeggemann

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2014/12/25

Wounded Plesiosaur



The Tree of Life (2011)

2014/12/17

Superman



Alex Ross

2014/12/03

1:02 AM



7/21/2014, ORD runways from highway ramp.

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2014/11/20

2014/11/09

Dinosaurs



The Tree of Life (2011)

2014/11/03

AW48HE-9AV



My new Casio smartwatch. Fourteen bucks. I'm pretty sure it has Google Now.