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Out Around Rigel

Nov 21, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

And so we swept on through space, with Rigel a great blue glory ahead, and new stars, invisible at greater distances, flaring up in front of us and then fading into the background as we passed. For a long time we had been able to see that Rigel, as inferred from spectroscopic evidence, was a […]

Desert Portrait

Nov 20, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

A reworked version (above) of the Star of Arabia series I did in a previous posting.  This time I generated the image 4x the size, but India Inked it (texture pattern) before resizing it.  The result is an antialiased India Inked image.  Smooth and nice and all that.  I don’t know.  It looks more polished, […]

You could not understand them

Nov 19, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

You could not understand them if I explained them to you, and they are merely two of our smaller developments. I have no serious designs upon the earth nor upon the Solar System, nor have I any desire to rule over, or to control the destinies of masses of futile and brainless men. I have, […]

I Speak the Language

Nov 19, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Started off with Vernissage.8bf which makes big square objects.  Then I used the Mosaic Toolkit to add the side details which are barely visible now.  Finally I used this filter, Dream Lines by Andrew Buckle.  Normally it doesn’t look very interesting, but with the minimalist squares of Vernissage and the difference type of blending mode […]

Consider the shredder

Nov 18, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

I stumbled upon a very simple filter I used to use with the strange name of “shoutin!”.  It’s by Mario Klingemann and shreds your image into a bunch of strips separated by some white space.  What makes it such a useful thing is that this patterning effect enhances the effect of many other filters, just […]

Crude Appeal

Nov 15, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Along with my last posting, here’s an image that I find is both a crude messy sort of thing and yet at the same time having some special sort of style or character to it. I think I referred to this sort of thing a while back as “Raw Style”, meaning not polished and clean […]

Stairway to the Stars

Nov 14, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Since I don’t consider myself to have really made this image in the same way that a real artist draws or paints something by hand, I’m quite comfortable talking about how great it is.  First, let’s look at its humble origins: It’s a watercolor sketch of an opera stage set.  Nothing particularly interesting except the […]

Ghost Streams

Nov 13, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

What is an arroyo?It is a ghost stream I have seen themapproaching in the cloudsonce a yearlike Halloweenflying down from the skypouring over the landThe arroyos rise from the gravefull and flushunlike any other day of the yearthundering through the nightand disappearing at dawnthen riding offwith the windand leaving behindthe legendof rivers in the desertthe […]

Vintage Pulp Sci-Fi

Nov 12, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

I don’t like intelligent science fiction.  I like the stuff with spaceships and rayguns and explorers fighting strange creatures on distant planets. I like stories with pictures where the robots have rivets and look like walking boilers. Science fiction is too serious now.  Readers get upset when things aren’t realistic and authors try to talk […]

People on Fyre

Nov 11, 2008 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

This sort of thing happens all the time when you’re pushing buttons and turning dials, so I gave this type of “looks like” art the name Metamorphic because it looks like things that are real and yet is completely derived from abstract processes and formulas that, at best, are only remotely related to real objects. […]