So my computer suddenly decided that my operating system was corrupt and stopped working this past Thursday night. I took it to a (different, more critically-acclaimed) computer repair place here in town after Dell customer support had me on the phone for two hours just to tell me what I already knew. I should hear back in the next day or two, and hopefully they won't have to wipe my hard drive, because that would include all of the high-res original artwork I've made recently...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
I've felt inspired over the last couple days, and thought it would be fun to make some stencil designs based on some of my favorite comic characters, so check these designs out:
The best responses thus far have been for the Sinestro one (the yellow one for you non-geeks), INCLUDING!!! the artist who the image is based off of, Mr. Ethan van Sciver of DC Comics.
Technorati tags: digital art, art, comics
Monday, October 8, 2007
So Collegehumor.com is generally known for its bawdy, though usually pretty funny video clips and pictures, but somebody shared this video and I thought I would pass it along.
Having grown up reading Calvin and Hobbes, I really really enjoyed this.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
A couple things worth mentioning that I found to be, well, awesome:
#1: Pianographique - A Flash applet that allows you to create your own audio/visual pieces of art in a variety of styles, from cyberpunk to blaxploitation to Japanese. Hours of fun to be had!
#2: Shinybinary: the art of Nik Ainley - While browsing around online for some inspiration, I found this website. The artist specializes in design-based 3D and digital art, and has some of the most amazing stuff I've ever seen. Here are some examples (click for full-size):
Technorati: art, pianographique, digital art, 3D animation, animation
Sunday, September 9, 2007
So I was recently fooled into doing Laboratory Computers' $39 flat rate computer maintenence/repair deal. They make it sound like if you pay $39 (well, $42 including tax), that your computer will run like new. Such is not the case. My computer had been running slow and was getting hot, so I took it in towards the end of August (the 29th, I believe). I told them that it had been running slow and hot, so they said they would take a look at it and let me know when they solved the problem. I get a call later that afternoon saying that it was all fixed and cleaned (rather, it was full of dust, so they cleaned that out). I pay the $42, and take it home. When I start it up I notice that THE FAN DOES NOT TURN ON. Because of this, there is no air circulating inside to cool it off, so within a matter of minutes, my computer overheats and shuts off. I try a couple times, then call them back. They say to bring it in so they can take a look at it, so I take it back the next day. However, as I walk in, the guy working there is chewing out some customer about his old laptop, basically telling the guy his computer was crap. This does not bode well. I give it to them and explain the problem, and they say they'll have it back to me in a couple days since they have a few in line ahead of me. A week passes, and I call them and see what the deal is. They say they're still working on it, and that it would be another couple days. Two weeks and several phone calls later, and they say that they can't find anything wrong with it, that they were running it at full capacity and it ran fine. So okay. I'm starting to think that I may have to go in in defensive mode in order to not get charged $42 again (which would suck). So I go back yesterday and pick it up. The guy brings it up, sans the AC adapter, which I mention. He goes back into the back of the place and asks the guy who worked on it where the power pack was, and the guy goes "I don't think he brought one in," to which I reply "yeah I did." The first guy ends up bringing my laptop out, and gives it to me without trying to charge me again. Okay, good. So I take it home, plug it in, and turn it on. What happens next is the computer beeping loudly a couple times, then a screen saying "Fatal error: the power supply is not compatible. The computer will run on battery power and the battery will not be charged." Okay, that's bizarre. I'm certain he gave me the right power supply since I recognized the scratches and sticky marks on the case and cord, but I noticed that the plug that actually plugs into the laptop look slightly different (I'm pretty sure it was black and gray, but the one I got back was all black. Hm.....). The amber light indicating low battery is on, but when it gets into Windows, the display says it's plugged in on AC power. Also, the fan is in fact working. So that's something. Still, it again shuts off automatically within a couple minutes. I'm going to try to find somebody I can trust to fix my computer this time. As for Laboratory Computers I have this to say: Are you guys incompetent, greedy, or just plain stupid? My computer is still in WORSE condition than it was two and a half weeks ago, but I have no desire to go back there. This is a warning to all Austin-area computer owners. AVOID LABORATORY COMPUTERS! They will rip you off like nobody else.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
So I've been working on a few things lately, namely a Flash animation I've tentatively titled "Funk." It's inspired by 70's funk culture and blaxploitation entertainment, and is just something simple and fun. Expect to see at least a sample in the next few days (once I get my laptop back from the Laboratory, that is).
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Ready Steady Go/DDR
At the time this video was made, I was an avid player of Dance Dance Revolution, and for a video project I thought it would be fun to make a stylized video of what basically turned out to be myself, a friend, and some random people at the arcade playing the game. Interestingly enough, several parts in the video where the lights or other visuals sync up with the audio were completely unintentional, which I thought made them that much better.
Music: "Ready Steady Go" by Paul Oakenfold
Technorati: animation, video, music, dance dance revolution, ddr, oakenfold, youtube
Repetition is the Root of My Madness
Continuing in the same vein as the Pretentious Art video, this one expresses more disillusionment with my relationship to the art-student community, as well as the art school itself at the time.
Music: "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" by Nine Inch Nails
Technorati: animation, video, art schoolsatire
Pretentious Art video
The premise of the project for which this video was made was "What art means to me," so I decided to make fun of the high-and-mighty art snobs who favor high-concept, traditional medium art to less traditional and conventional work.
Technorati: animation, video, satire, art, school, pretentious
My first all-CGI animation, I figured it would be fun to make something simple like a good shoot-'em-up sci-fi action scene. This work, ahem, stood out from the other, more conceptual works from the same class, but I nonetheless found it entertaining to make and watch. Being as it was my first all-CGI video, some of the animations are quite stiff and jerky since I was still getting used to the modeling and animation programs (EIAS Modeler and Animator, that is).
Technorati: animation, 3D animation, CGI, dogfight, sci-fi, space
Written and Voiced by: AJ Gonzalez and Fernando Leos
After getting Dawn of the Trendy Dead published by the Daily Texan, I received an email from a couple of guys looking for somebody to make their webcomic, Happy Friday into an animated short. They provided the script and voice work, and I did all the visuals, and it culminated into one of my best animations to date. This one was especially interesting to work on because it was my first experience doing lip syncing for animation, and wasn't actually as hard as I had expected.
Technorati: animation, flash, comedy, flash animation, happy, friday
This video is a combined montage of the clips used in an interactive DVD made for a class project. This project was mostly about creating mood and atmosphere (primarily to a calming effect), such as the late-night city, the quiet forest, the private beach.
Technorati: animation, 3D animation, CGI, portals, peace
Counting Bodies.../NeoCon Future
An animation made in the waning days of the "angry liberal" period in college, this work was my first major bit of creating an original animated satire. I included many elements that I consider both stylish and ominous, such as the burnoff towers and industrial landscapes inspired by Blade Runner, as well as everyone wearing gas masks, and the AT-AT inspired mechanical elephants.
Music: "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" by A Perfect Circle
Technorati: propaganda, political, satire, flash, flash animation, animation, bush
Continuing with the propaganda theme (as well as the use of the soldier image), this is a more personal piece in that I included my core values as stenciled images in the center. This was actually what was basically a working sketch for a painting that I did on the largest wall in my room, with some minor changes.
Technorati: propaganda, soviet, personal, art, digital art, soviet
Aberzombie & Fitch
Traditional and Digital Art
This came from a doodle I did on a discarded receipt at work, I found the idea of zombies wearing trendy clothes to be funny (as you can see in my Dawn of the Trendy Dead video, featured below). I did the more finished versions in pencil, then cleaned up the lineart and colored it in Photoshop.
Technorati: zombie, aberzombie, abercrombie, art, digital art, satire
Thursday, August 9, 2007
An all-CGI video about a fictional weapons manufacturer specializing in ridiculous and unnecessary weaponry. This video is a sort of continuation to my Counting Bodies.../NeoCon Future video, which introduced the giant mechanical elephants.
Technorati: propaganda, satire, bush, political, 3D animation, animation, CGI
So one of my major pet peeves are stupid trends. People driving huge cars. Guys with popped collars. Girls with those huge sunglasses that cover half their faces. People who all look, dress, and act the same. As a result of this, I thought portraying these people as mindless zombies was appropriate. What I find especially funny is that recently, two girls came in to where I worked, dressed EXACTLY like the female zombies in this animation, and their attitudes and conversation proved my point.
Technorati: art, animation, satire, flash, flash animation, zombie
Revolution in a Box
As you will soon see, propaganda-style art, and especially the soldier in the background, are common styles in my artwork. To me, images of soldiers, tanks, and other military themed images conjure a romanticized idea of strength and pride. To that end, they always seem very serious, and as a longtime fan of satire I thought it would be funny to have a serious looking image of a strong military force on the front of what is essentially a cereal box, as "part of your daily diet of dissent."
Technorati: revolution, art, digital art, in a box, propaganda, soviet, satire
Digital and Traditional Art
The final piece in this series, this combines elements from all of the previous ones, culminating in the most complex of the four. I figured "life" was an appropriate combination of the previous pieces to provide an effective conclusion. Unlike the previous ones however, this piece was made entirely in Photoshop by essentially collaging parts of the others together into one piece.
Technorati: life, art, digital art, white, abstract
Digital and Traditional Art
The third (and originally last) in this series, this piece retains the composition elements of the previous two while having a unique appearance. The wispy, ethereal forms are intended to be similar to ghosts or spirits. Drawn on 11x14 Bristol paper, inked, and colored in Photoshop.
Technorati: soul, art, digital art, green, abstract
Digital and Traditional Art
I had originally planned for "mind." to be a stand-alone piece, but after looking at it for a time, I felt inspired to make a series of similarly-themed works. The more solid and mechanical nature of this piece reflects the workings and functions of the body, while still retaining connections to the mind and others. Also drawn on 11x14 Bristol paper, inked, and colored in Photoshop.
Technorati: body, art, digital art, red, abstract
Digital and Traditional Art
The idea behind this picture came from (like numerous other works) a random sketch in a notebook. I've always imagined the mind working like a complex system of intricate circuits, and have associated light blue with pulsing energy, so I gave this a very digital, artificial appearance. It was originally drawn with pencil on 11x14 Bristol paper, inked, and colored in Photoshop.
Technorati: mind, art, digital art, blue, abstract
Welcome to the inaugural post of patrickkingart.blogspot.com! In the coming days, you will experience the various art and animation of artist Patrick King. Stay tuned!
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