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Animal Face naive/folk art: rabbit, tiger or dog–Work 00100 variants 1-4

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See http://s.earthbound.io/3t for archive, print and use options. ~ Doodled, scanned, fixed up and vectorized by yours truly. A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Animal Face folk art Work 00100 black and white base variant

What do you see in the base variant? What I see in the following three variants? Something else?

See http://s.earthbound.io/3u for archive, print and use options. ~ Doodled, scanned, fixed up and vectorized by yours truly. A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Animal Face folk art Work 00100 rabbit variant (brush and cottony colors)
See http://s.earthbound.io/3w for archive, print and use options. ~ Doodled, scanned, fixed up and vectorized by yours truly. A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Animal Face folk art Work 00100 tiger variant (gold, white, brown, tan, brush)
See http://s.earthbound.io/3v for archive, print and use options. ~ Doodled, scanned, fixed up and vectorized by yours truly. A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Animal Face folk art Work 00100 dog variant (rust, gold, brown, yellow)

Next post: a color-animated variant.

Abstraction 00059 Krita splatter test / Color blindness type chart

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I wholly created all of the following images, and I release them into the Public Domain.

This first was a test of custom brushes for Krita.

See http://s.earthbound.io/4d for original, print and usage. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Work 00059 abstraction Krita splatter test

The second shown here, which explores how different kinds of color blindness may be in the perception of those who suffer that, evolved from an attempt to make all of the hues appear as the same shade of gray when desaturated (wondering just how much saturation and desaturation can hide and reveal), which led to wondering about color blindness.

See http://s.earthbound.io/4f for original, print and usage. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Work 00059 abstraction variant color blindness chart experiment

I also used it in a flat-mapped texture across a 3D noise terrain in 3ds Max, of which the following are examples.

I've made hundreds of these, and not yet posted them. [Edit 2015-06-28 naming them, and all of my art, is a computer science project. I've written the naming scripts, and I may soon upload so much art.] I think this could be a procedurally painted cave wall, an alien terrain height map generator, or whatever. You can shift the hues in them all by an equal amount and get wildly different color results. Desaturate them, and you have a relatively uniform black/white/gray mountain height/whatever map that you can use e.g. as random opacity maps in abstract art. You can mix them up in abstract art, smear the colors around, and get freaky cool stuff.

"TREACHERY" short story ebook–RELEASED!

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[EDIT: the information in this post is out of date, and it's too wordy. I'll update it when I can. TL;DR: I wrote a short story. You can download it free. Here's the cover, also free. 12/12/2016]

Published via smashwords.com is my short Science Fiction story ebook, "TREACHERY," which includes an additional short story and extended preview of an expected (in development) full-length story. Downloadable 45% previews of the ebook in every major format are available there immediately. The book cover image follows.

Book reviewers, or people who have high social reach who may be willing to post any kind of review–even a mention anywhere online, or friends and family :) may contact me via the information at my "about" page for a complimentary review/privelege copy!

I expect the ebook may soon be circulated by smashwords to many online booksellers (including Apple and Google). Publish review at Amazon is also underway. [UPDATE 08/16/2014 10 AM: It is now published at Amazon.]

Here's the book cover. The image links to a larger image, free for personal use.

See http://s.earthbound.io/2p for original, print and usage.
TREACHERY short story cover (work 00018)

I have previously posted here (and at my wiki) an excerpt and extended preview of "AS THE SAND OF THE SEA" (included with "TREACHERY"), but have since renamed it "COUNTLESS." The excerpt post at my blog of that is here. Largely unchanged spec cover art I did for "COUNTLESS" is here.

Artwork by yours truly which is featured on/in this ebook has previously been published at this blog here, here, and here. Some development spec art I posted for "TREACHERY" is here and here.

That's not even all of it, folks. In the past day I released a new screenwriter's font, and tomorrow (if I'm at the computer) I'll publish a libre screenwriter's formatting toolset for libre office (which I developed partly to ease formatting quasi-screenplay format for ebooks).

But good golly, I need to go to bed :) Here's a paste of all the listing/jacket blather.

PUBLISH/JACKET INFORMATION:
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Title: TREACHERY
Author: Richard Alexander Hall
Publishers: Smashwords, Inc. / Amazon (submitted for review)
Smashwords-assigned ISBN: 9781310539671

SLUG
You, Janus Thaddeus, appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate time-stream.

VERY SHORT DESCRIPTION
Janus Thaddeus, Squadron leader in humanity's final battle of survival, is offered a chance by his enemies to save his race, by way of his unique gift.

SHORT CONTENTS DESCRIPTION
Two original science fiction short stories and one extended science fiction full-length story preview, including a new and unique take on time travel.

VERY SHORT BARELY SPOILER-EY SUMMARIES
TREACHERY: Janus learns from his enemies how he may save humanity with his unique gift. Features a unique take on time travel. FORSAKEN: Under the event horizon, the family confronts Father's sins, and a beguiling foe. COUNTLESS: Jake detects thousands of distant worlds, and humanity builds a telescope large enough to photograph them. What will we discover, and what will it cost us?

SHORT SORTA MORE SPOILER-EY SUMMARIES
In TREACHERY, Janus Thaddeus, Squadron leader in humanity's final battle of survival, falls planetside when his fleet is wiped out by orbiting atomic blasts. He is rescued by the intelligent Salamander aliens who wiped out his fleet. Salamander Commander Xenon advises him: "…you appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate timestream." Salamander Assistant Commander Idan claims that Janus' human family remains alive, despite everything Janus' eyes told him. Janus is offered by these, his enemies, a chance to save his race, by way of his unique gift.

In FORSAKEN, under the Event Horizon, Timothy imposes a surprise deathbed penance on Father, and the family faces a beguiling foe.

In COUNTLESS (development snapshot), Jake chances on a way to discover thousands of extrasolar planets, and wields his newfound fame to persuade citizens of the world to build a ten-billion dollar orbiting telescope, to photograph distant worlds. What will humanity discover, and what will it ultimately cost them?

TREACHERY and COUNTLESS (development snapshot) are written in fountain screenplay format, while FORSAKEN appears in traditional prose format. Each penned by a student of master screenwriter and independent filmmaker Richard Dutcher, they bear Hall's unique perspective from a vantage of scientific curiosity and religious ethics. The screenplays are themselves exemplary of the simple art and craft which all screenwriters should apply to the trade. Claims Dutcher of his students: "You can compete with the best of them."

Also featuring fine space matte cover and interior artwork by Hall, and an introduction to fountain screen format for readers, with Hall's rationale for screen format to be the new standard of electronic fiction and publishing.

TAGS:
time travel, armaggedon, aliens, betrayal, exoplanets, black hole, robot, religion, family challenges.

 

Video/animation test: Adersalis Mersallus 5B flyby (twin ringed gas giants)

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If you have a device or browser that doesn't support WebM, try the mp4 direct link.

This post is a test of wordpress HTML5 video with readers/viewers. Please report your experience playing this video in your web browser.

This is an animation I finished long ago, but held off publishing over two nitpicks, one of which I think is fixed, and the other which only very observant observers will observe.

Abstraction (work 00014), book cover for short story "DOCILE AS A LAMB"

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See http://s.earthbound.io/2j for original, print and usage. ~ I used #3DSMax and #SoulburnScripts to randomly scatter and rotate brush-stroke textured tiles, then worked up the resulting render further in #CorelPainter and #Photoshop. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Abstraction (Work 00014)

Two variant works with color hue-shifted in Lab color mode (it produces more human-perceptual-friendly color changes than the brute math of RGB):

See http://s.earthbound.io/2h for original, print and usage. ~ I used #3DSMax and #SoulburnScripts to randomly scatter and rotate brush-stroke textured tiles, then worked up the resulting render further in #CorelPainter and #Photoshop. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Abstraction (Work 00014 color variant 2 faded lavendar)
See http://s.earthbound.io/2i for original, print and usage. ~ I used #3DSMax and #SoulburnScripts to randomly scatter and rotate brush-stroke textured tiles, then worked up the resulting render further in #CorelPainter and #Photoshop. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Abstraction (Work 00014 color variant 3 slightly desaturated magenta)

Click the images to open larger ones, free for personal use. This was formerly entitled Abstraction 00021. And last and least . . .

See http://s.earthbound.io/2k for original, print and usage. I dedicate this work to the Public Domain. You can use it for your own scary, trite book cover without restriction. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
DOCILE AS A LAMB book cover

Who was it that asked for a painting of an ionic column embedded with a cleaver, flowing with blood like a sacrificial altar? Oh. Well, here it is anyway. This is for my soon-to-be-published (eBook via smashwords) short story of that title, which story is the most seriously deeply disturbed thing I have ever and may ever, uh, written. If somebody actually wanted a print of this, though, I might be disappointed. I don't know why I would put that on my wall. Print not available.*

But isn't that other one a nice, bright, colorful, pretty, abstract painting? As you can see, we take all kinds here.

*I'm not even really sure why I'd put this on my blog. In keeping with "I'm paying attention to you, whatever you give me, Image Brain?" Did you know if you do that with any part of your brain–just sketch or sing into a voice recorder or write or whatever anything your brain gives you–did you know that if you do this, then your unconscious realizes you are paying attention, and it gives you more music or images or whatever to create? This is my experience. Caveat: this does not mean you should publish anything and everything your brain gives you ;) but if you do this, you may find yourself creating things you wish to publish.

"FORSAKEN" short story book cover (work 00015)

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This is my final cover for a short story I wrote, which has been finished for quite some while and I haven't yet published an ebook of it. When I do, I'll post a link here. [EDIT 09/03/2014: that's published now; here is the announcement post.] This art is free for personal use. The thumbnail links to a desktop-resolution image.

See http://s.earthbound.io/2o for original, usage, and link to eBook.
FORSAKEN short story cover (work 00015)

ZION IS FLED and work 00005 abstraction

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PROVO TEMPLE 2049. REMEMBER HOW YOU FELT. IF ONLY WE HADN'T WARPED BACK IN TIME. NOW WE GET TO SUFFER ALL OUR SINS ALL OVER AGAIN. IN ALL CAPS. ~ LDS Provo Temple launching on rocket thrusters at night, impressionist style. See http://s.earthbound.io/1y for archive, original, print and usage options. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
ZION IS FLED (work 00004)

PROVO TEMPLE 2049. REMEMBER HOW YOU FELT. IF ONLY WE HADN'T WARPED BACK IN TIME. NOW WE GET TO SUFFER ALL OUR SINS ALL OVER AGAIN. IN ALL CAPS.

Thanks to Chris Bigelow's satire piece at The Sugar Beet for the funny concept.

Image links to 72dpi HD image for your desktop/whatever enjoyment. Print available (from higher resolution original) yonder.

Accidentally created by testing overpainting/cloning/painter brush (corel), from portion of ATONEMENT. See http://s.earthbound.io/1z for archive, original, print and usage options. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Work 00005 abstraction

[11/25/2016 05:26:56 PM: This work was formerly titled abstraction 00011.]

This second work was accidentally produced by testing an overpainting/cloning/painter brush in Corel Painter X with a portion of another work entitled ATONEMENT. Image likewise links similarly to prior painting. Prints from larger resolution source also available yonder.