Sunday, 30 May 2010

A Chance for Love #5 - Lovesong

Our lonely, heart-broken heroine ('All I have is his shirt... I will never see him again') goes out for a karaoke night and... oh well. I admit, it's a sugary and sappy ending! But I'm sucker for happy endings as everything's so cynical and grim these days, not to mention so many unhappy endings happening in the real-life. We are left with some questions though. How did the man know when and where to go that evening? Did he resign before he flew over to Japan? Do they sing 'Lovesong' according to The Cure or Simple Minds? (Oh... I feel so 80's again!) Well, we don't need answers, do we, as those details don't matter much. Let them be happy! And no, I don't think yesterday evening's Eurovision song contest had nothing to do with the outcome of this love story as I drew it the day before!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

A Chance for Love #4 - Apart

When I began working on 'A Chance for Love', I thought it unfolds on its own, fast and easy. Then came a series of other updates which I felt needed to be done before I return to 'Chance' and the series was put on a hold for a while. But during that time I hit a deadlock with it; how on earth shall I continue it without resorting to age-old clich├ęs? Will it have a happy ending or are we left with two lonely souls? While this fourth part was more or less obvious, with two would-be lovers separated, both in their own kind of solitude, the continuation of the story would turn out to be tricky. Then I came up with an idea. 'A Chance for Love' is like a short film, out of some episode movie, so I can end it in the chapter five which is already laid out storywise. And if I do that, it won't be of any lesser importance than the longer running series I have published here. Will the story have a happy ending or not, you shall see...

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Effective Mass Effect

Please, remember who you're talking to!
Commander Shepard pauses for a thought
 D-fens
Renegade before space
It's over half-way through May already and Mass Effect 2, published in January, is still the game of the year and quite frankly I don't see anything surpassing it, no matter how awesome scores some certain hype game(s) may have scored lately. There would be a lot to tell about the game but this is an art blog so let's once again visit the wonderful world and characters of ME2 through fan art, this time with more Kasumi and my own commander Shepard. What I like about Mass Effect's art design is it has strong echoes of French sci-fi and fantasy graphic novels yet has a style of its own. Also, optical effects (like horizontal halos and luminescent lightning) in the style of Douglas Trumbull who spun his visions to movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner, are used to a great effect and light up the gorgeous visuals in a way no cheap lens flares could.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Picture of You

Exactly half a year ago one bright, young life ended through an own hand. Daul Kim, you may have gone but you are not forgotten. 

"...Remembering you running soft through the night
You were bigger and brighter and whiter than the snow
And screamed at the make-believe, screamed at the sky
And you finally found all your courage to let it all go


Remembering you fallen into my arms
Crying for the death of your heart
You were stone-white, so delicate, lost in the cold
You were always so lost in the dark


Remembering you how you used to be slow-drowned
You were angels, so much more than everything
Hold for the last time, then slip away quietly
Open my eyes but I never see anything..."


Extract from 'Pictures of You' by The Cure, lyrics by Robert Smith

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Bubbles!

Spring is advancing in leaps and bounds and unless the volcanic ash covers the sun, we'll eventually catch up with summer! I drew this sunny series of soap bubble blowing Shu Pei during two cold days back in early January and have waited ever since to have a right moment to publish it. And what would be better than celebrating the change of seasons with it!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Juri fan art (SSFIV)

I think my penchant for movie concept art is more than evident in this batch of video game fan art. Imagine if there would be a live action movie based on a recently published and seriously awesome fighting game Super Street Fighter IV (for PS3 and Xbox 360) and even better, if they had cast seriously awesome Chinese martial arts actress Chen Jia Jia in the role of Han Juri, left hand of Seth, a thoroughly wicked Korean fighter. This is how it could look like. Well, we can only dream!

Monday, 3 May 2010