Photography and Computer Art
Okay. Now that I've dazzled you with my writing, let me amaze you with my art! Ever since I can remember, I've always loved creating art, either line drawing, cartooning, pastels or charcoal. When I turned about four, I actually started to draw cars, a lifelong passion of mine, and made up whole car companies and model lines. I was always considered one of the better artists in any one of my grammar school or junior high school and high school classes. I developed an interest in photography, and after pretty much teaching myself in a school that made Delta House look like a monastery, I honed what I think is a fairly decent eye as a photographer.
As well as photography, since about 1992, I've been dabbling in computer art. For about five years, I did ANSIs, displaying them on local bulletin boards and in ANSI gallery message subs, and after developing a fairly decent reputation there, doing ANSI work for bulletin boards here and around the country, (with an occasional nibble from overseas!) When I got better comp equipment, (VGA monitor, rendering software, etc.,) I got into what everybody REALLY considers computer art...the wonderful, colorful abstracts that come from a great rendering program such as Corel Draw® or Bryce®.
What follows are examples of a few of my photographs and a LOT of my computer art. See what you think. The photos are presented in thumbnail mode to save HD space and load time, so just click on the thumbnail to see the photos full-size:
"Glass Partridge"© 1971
Like it? Done while I was going to "Delta House". What's so amazing about this shot is that it was done at about 8:00pm, in autumn, HAND-HELD on a busy city street. Roughly 5-10% of my night shots were unusable under those conditions thanks to slow film. Apparently clean living prevailed here.
"Dancer In Space"© 1973
This one was done right after I left "Delta House" and is actually a copy of a shot I included in a job I did for an ex-professor of mine, who was hoping to promote a program he was heading for kids in West Philadelphia.
"The Monolith"© 1971
This was done using infrared film with no filter and is actually a shot of the local power company's building before it was completed. It's resemblance to the monolith in "2001" is obvious.
Done during my freshman year at art college.
"Wheels of Soul"© 1973
Taken in the wee smalls through a foggy, winter window.
"Student Still Life"© 1972
Done in SOPHOMORE year, I think!
"Elevated Indigo" © 1970
The very first infrared photo I took. That traffic light is supposed to be red!
This is called "God Over Philadelphia"© 1971, and is consistently the best seller among my art photographs, and usually the one that impresses prospective customers and employers the most that look over my portfolio. This is actually a computer corrected rendition of a thirty two-year-old photo that was severely yellowed with age. Ain't technology wonderful?
A neat little photo I took with a modest digital camera at the last auto show in Philadelphia. Say hello to the new "Gulpgas 5000"© 2004!!
Another one from the same Auto Show...© 2004
The "Gulpgas" from another angle. Actually a Pontiac Solstice™, (in truth, a SIP-gas,) this baby ought to sell well for GM™! © 2004
FINALLY! The Ford GT makes it into legitimate production! (Same Auto Show)
A Chrysler™ show car, The "Crossbow", that may never see production, now that DaimlerChrysler has reverted the Chrysler corporate look to "70's Retro"...
The 2007 Auto Show! The proposed New Camaro™! Not bad, but they better work on the quality control.
The 2007 Show again, this time an antique Bugatti 35! These babies are as rare as hens' teeth, but there I was, not three feet away from one!
"Dream Saloon"© 2007 (At the same Auto Show!)
Quick, catch that Ferrari! A Lotus Exige™ with Mille Miglia aspirations...(2007 also)
A little Mercedes™ emulating a bigger, snazzier brother at the 2007Auto Show.
A rather emphatic BMW™ 'MINI'™ exhibit at the 2010 Auto Show and a starry steering wheel hub
A gorgeous Ferrari™ Scaglietti™ at the 2010 Auto Show
Its corporate stablemate, the Maserati Quattraporte™ , right next to it.
An eye-popping Corvette Sting Ray™ concept vehicle. Who says GM™ is dead....?
"My Boy Donny"© 1985
60s-70s folk-rock icon Donovan Leitch in concert in Philadelphia....
Two concert shots of the excellent British art rock group "Renaissance". That's lead singer Annie Halsam on the left up top, and just left of center underneath. Lead guitarist and main songwriter Michael Dunphy is to her right and left respectively in the photos. These guys have been around for almost FORTY YEARS! Can you believe it!! (And if you think THAT'S something, just wait until you find out who spun them OFF originally....) (Maybe I'll tell you someday!) ;-)
And now for the computer art:
"Boolean Cauldron"© 1999
One of my first pieces of VGA art, I pretty much took to the program I used to make it like a duck to water. If it seems like I'm patting myself on the back...I AM!!
"Cylinder Of Heaven"© 2000
Done with the same program, but some time afterward. Initially, it was a bee-ZITCH to get that orbiting effect!
"Museum Earth"© 2000
This one may eventually become wallpaper for my home computer system. One with a similar theme follows.....
Maybe I've listened to the Moody Blues® too much, but the title of this one is "Eonglass"© 2000. Looks like one of their damned covers, doesn't it?
BTW, did I mention that I did ALL the artwork for the Cassiopeia excerpt portion of the web site as well as this? Well, now you know!
"Mountains Of God"© 2000
Even neater with these gamboling moons floating around 'em... © 2004
"Surf's Up1"© 1999
"Rene's Vat"© 2000
Yes, you might say I like the man's work.
Wait, there's more! However, if you think that the person who created this artwork, (me!) could help you promote your product, illustrate your album, magazine cover, article or book, or perhaps if you just appreciate good art and want to BUY one of these babies, (there're a lot more!) get in contact with me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=I'm interested in using you for a project of mine and we'll just take it from there!
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