I tried to play with the Darkstage logo theme a bit. This is what I came up with. I think I’ll stick it in the “about” section on the upcoming Darkstage Studio website. Click image to enlarge.
- Peter Hintz
An interesting post on with us or against us published this Monday linked to the gallery of Peter Hintz. He’s a German illustrator. I can’t really tell much about him since most of the info I found out was in German. But I wanted to note him here because of his inspiring work. I really love the dynamic lines in his art, they’re so free and spontaneous. He adds up to the lines textures and splatters of color and makes interesting compositions. His bizzare and sometimes pervert subjects also fascinate me.
- The Cat With Hands
Not a new short, but an interesting horror flick worth noting.
- John U. Abrahamson
A fine dark artist. I love his combination of fallen angels, gas masks, halos and dark atmospheres. His S&M artworks are also awesome.
- 9 minutes from the new ABC series “V”
A remake of the 1983 miniseries, the upcoming V has awesome special effects, as can be seen in this little video here. Totally cool spaceship hovers over New York and excellent chopper explosion. As far as I understand, the main story is of this day’s modern society and how it deals in the face of some motherfucking large motherships hovering over major cities of the world. Yup, much like Independence Day or Immortel (ad vitam). But I must admit this thing looked pretty good. I’m looking forward to see it!
- Despicable Me trailer
Last item for this week:
A few days ago I uploaded some exercises I did as a part of an introduction to classical drawing class I’m taking. Right now I’m taking an advanced class, which is also an introduction, but this time to anatomy. Check out the rest of my gallery here.
I’m currently working on the Darkstage Studio website and logo. Darkstage is a personal project of mine, which I’ve not mentioned here yet, I think. I intend to offer my services and skills through this “brand”, but also to have a place and name to put all my dark artistic endeavors under, even if I don’t get to use it professionally. I’m not really sure what it’s going to end up being, I just know I want to do this!
Anyway, I have some logo ideas I wanted to put here for everyone to see and comment. I want this logo to convey the main artistic direction of Darkstage Studio, which is macbre, ironic and dark themes.
I’m writing this after reading this Bad Astronomy post. This is a photo of the Earth and Jupiter taken by the Mars Global Surveyor in 2003. The MGS was a spacecraft that used to operate around Mars for 9 years, up until 2007. This is how Earth and Jupiter look from Mars:
This is a crop of the original image. I borrowed it from Phil Plait’s post mentioned above. I hope he doesn’t mind.
But viewing the original image gave me one of those curious shivers I usually get when thinking of the vastness of space. Ever had that feeling? It happens when the brain tries to comprehend the size of the universe and realizes it’s really unable to. It’s like your mind gets a buffer overflow.
Pictures like that make me think of how cool it’d be if one day we could travel among the stars like they were the nearest town. Recent talks of water on the moon and plans of colonizing it have rekindled my imagination about living in space. Although cheerful images of growing up on a space colony that look like the suburb next door just on a different planet or setting out to explore new territories for the better of mankind are quickly being replaced by the dark and twisted brain of mine into something more bleak and desolate…
Imagine mankind finally breaks the boundaries of space and a whole new age of advanced commercialized space travel develops. It’s the new age when prospectors set out to explore the darkest corners of the galaxy in search of new resources. Thousands of promising mining colonies are being established wherever men can set their greedy claws upon. Sky is no longer the limit. Resources are abundant. Climate catastrophes no longer pose a threat to human existence. The future never looked more bright for mankind, which takes another giant step. But the plunge into the dark space foretells only a single morbid outcome.
Wealth corrupts once again the heart of man. Large sinister corporations become the only real authority. Men are worn off by hard work. Humanity is drawn back into the dark ages. The dark ages of space. And indifference.
In the future of the space age, there is no evil alien race that threatens to wipe out humanity and bring the people’s hearts close together in the process, bringing forth a grand adventure and a happy end. In the future space sets people apart. Families and friendships become a remnant of an obscure past. Art, books and entertainment disappear into the bleak void. Society as we know it disintegrates into the gloominess of space and machines now replace a mother’s love and a lover’s caress. Physical and mental diseases are being treated by the machines and the new man, the great man of the space age, grows into an isolated, misanthrope and egoist creature. Dreary indifference fills the men’s hearts, and the human kind becomes a prisoner in a dungeon that is the infinite freedom of space.
The only sound people hear is the hum of the engines and the beeps of the monitors. The only smell is that of damp and chilly corridors people pass day after day. The only taste is the sourness of dry blood after a hard day’s work. The only feel is of rusty metal bars that barely hold together a decadent space station.
The human kind does not need a natural catastrophe to bring on its demise. It has brought it upon itself, by setting out to space and disintegrating it’s very essence: the human spirit. The human spirit that can bring individual people together in harmony, can sparkle hope in our hearts, can balm our aching bodies and bring a smile upon our faces. But that spirit dwindles in space.
The human race is dead. Physically, it is alive, yes, but in any other perspective it has long perished. And if the illusion of meaning, once devised by great men, has waned a long time ago, what makes a man now more significant than a crater or a rock, even in its own eyes?
My friend Ben has finally uploaded his drawings into a gallery on Deviant Art. Now, by looking at his gallery you might think you’re dealing here with a psycho, but let me assure you, Ben is as normal as the next guy… Ah, who am I kidding, there is a reason some of his drawings are really twisted. But of course I write this as a compliment!
Having an interesting work, and being my friend, he had also earned a place in the blogroll on the right.