April12014

perplexingly:

There’s always space for yet another armor tutorial, right? (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

Note that the armor I drew would be worn around 15th century, the more into the future the less and less components knight’s armor had (i. e. in early 14th century instead of greaves a knight would wear long boots only; in 12th century knights didn’t wear plate breastplates and instead a chain mail only). Also the design of armor pattern changed by year and was different in every country (i.e. in eastern Europe armors, while still looking European, were heavily influenced by Turkey). so just make sure you always do research whenever drawing an armor. And one more thing to keep in mind is that armors were expensive, knights wearing a full plate armor weren’t an often sight.

Some links that may be useful:

(via girlgamemaster)

7PM
dresdencodak:

I started Dresden Codak nine years ago. Here’s a comparison of the very first strip I uploaded with the last panel of the most recent page.
In 2005 I was a floundering 21-year-old college student with no direction and growing debt. I drew that snake comic in a statistics class I was failing, and on my way home I decided to scan it and maybe put together a website. I thought if I kept doing that, I could teach myself to draw, as a fun hobby.
Since then, this comic has become my full time job (since 2008), and last year I raised over half a million dollars in the second most successful comics Kickstarter ever. I draw what I like, I have fans all around the globe, and most fortunately, I know what I want to do with my life. In those nine years I’ve had countless people from all corners tell me I couldn’t do this or that, or that I was wasting my time trying something that had no future or point. At the end of the day, though, I can only say “I’ll show you,” and I try to do just that.
Never underestimate the power of time, hard work, and stubbornness.

dresdencodak:

I started Dresden Codak nine years ago. Here’s a comparison of the very first strip I uploaded with the last panel of the most recent page.

In 2005 I was a floundering 21-year-old college student with no direction and growing debt. I drew that snake comic in a statistics class I was failing, and on my way home I decided to scan it and maybe put together a website. I thought if I kept doing that, I could teach myself to draw, as a fun hobby.

Since then, this comic has become my full time job (since 2008), and last year I raised over half a million dollars in the second most successful comics Kickstarter ever. I draw what I like, I have fans all around the globe, and most fortunately, I know what I want to do with my life. In those nine years I’ve had countless people from all corners tell me I couldn’t do this or that, or that I was wasting my time trying something that had no future or point. At the end of the day, though, I can only say “I’ll show you,” and I try to do just that.

Never underestimate the power of time, hard work, and stubbornness.

(via noodlyappendage)

5PM
5PM
March302014

likeafieldmouse:

Edward Burtynsky - Rock of Ages and Quarries

Artist’s statement:

"The concept of the landscape as architecture has become, for me, an act of imagination. I remember looking at buildings made of stone, and thinking, there has to be an interesting landscape somewhere out there because these stones had to have been taken out of the quarry one block at a time. I had never seen a dimensional quarry, but I envisioned an inverted cubed architecture on the side of a hill. I went in search of it, and when I had it on my ground glass, I knew that I had arrived. I had found an organic architecture created by our pursuit of raw materials. Open-pit mines, funneling down, were to me like inverted pyramids. Photographing quarries was a deliberate act of going out to try to find something in the world that would match the kinds of forms in my imagination.

I was excited by the striking patinas on the walls of the abandoned quarries. The surface of the rock-face would simultaneously reveal the process of its own creation, as well as display the techniques of the quarrymen. I likened the tenacious trees and pools of water to nature’s sentinels awaiting the eventual retreat of man and machine - to begin the slow process of reclamation.

Often my approach, the compression of space through light and optics, also yields an ambiguity of scale. I think that people are always trying to put a human scale on things. We need to put our human perspective into these images, and our presence is dwarfed by the spaces we’ve created. It’s an interesting metaphor for how technology seems larger than life, larger than our own lives.”

(via thestonecuttersguild)

8PM

dustification:

I got the Hans painted up to satisfaction over the last week as well. I still need to do the basing, but it’s looking good! Him and the heavy laser grenadiers are ready for action. :)

8PM

dustification:

Spent part of this weekend working on a 4’x8’ table top for wargaming. I think it’ll be easier to store than getting a whole new table, and was certainly much cheaper. I got some 2’x2’ plywood sheets to go on top, and those will be what’s actually painted / textured to look like urban terrain, with craters on some, some roads, etc. That way I can rearrange the tiles freely and swap them out later on with grass, hills, and what not. Quite pleased with the project so far, and looking forward to playing Dust Warfare on a properly sized table!

March272014
11AM

dreamy-pantsless-glee:

uispeccoll:

Pleased to announce our newest book arts acquisition: 

The Deep by Kevin Steele.


From the artist’s website:  

"The Deep is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration… [It] is a circular accordion pop-up book which unfolds to an oversized eight-point compass rose. The compass, arguably the sailor’s most valuable instrument, not only enables accurate navigation but brings good luck, ensuring safe passage home and protecting against a watery end in the Deep.”

Visit the artist’s website.

If you want to take a look in person just stop by the desk in our reading room and our librarians will  probably offer a bit of assistance.  I particularly recommend getting a group together and stopping by since it is a great one to gather around. 

That’s so cool!!

That’s awesome!

(via duessa)

March252014
bluepueblo:

Emerald Lake, Canada
photo via canada

Emerald Lake is incredible! I think I still have the patch on my adventure vest from when I was a kid (super cool I know :P ) I do so hope I’ll be able to go back up to Canada sometime in the next few years. It’s definitely the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

bluepueblo:

Emerald Lake, Canada

photo via canada

Emerald Lake is incredible! I think I still have the patch on my adventure vest from when I was a kid (super cool I know :P ) I do so hope I’ll be able to go back up to Canada sometime in the next few years. It’s definitely the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

(via dungeoninspiration)