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Dragon’s Lair April 30, 2006

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One of the video games in the arcades of my youth was of course “Dragon’s Lair”. It came out in the early ’80s and it was very different from any of the games that came before it in that it was a drastic advance in terms of play & graphics. It was also the first game (I think) to use images stored on a laserdisc. You remember laserdiscs right? Anyway, it was new technology in the arcades of my youth. And you had to plug in 50 cents per game. ALL other games in the arcade were a quarter a play. This was a serious investment of my arcade budget! Still, the draw was too great and I played it many times. And I died many, many times. I was never very good at it and I didn’t get very far either. The above link shows a successful game to its conclusion.

Found via Ghost of a Flea.

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A Cowboy Hat April 28, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Home.
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Dave in Texas would like to see a version of my self-portrait in a cowboy hat.  Do I look like a cowboy hat kinda dude?

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Well, actually I'm a Texan myself – born in San Antonio many years ago, so a cowboy hat isn't entirely out of line. Eh, I'll try it and see how it goes.

The Butterfly April 26, 2006

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Here’s a more recent work.  This project was an largely an exercise in scratchboard technique since I hadn’t done one in a while.  It turned out pretty good.  In fact, I liked it so much I did another one as a mirror image and added color – yellow & red. 

BSG Goodness April 26, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Science Fiction & Fantasy.
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Whoot!  I got my next installment of the new Battlestar Galactica series via Netflix!  I was a huge fan of the original run of BSG but I'm a late comer to the new one.  Why?  I dunno – incompatible timing with the original run or something.  Anyway, I'm going to finish off the first season with this one and then I'm going to go buy season 2.0.

Site Changes April 26, 2006

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Still fooling around with the basic stuff.  The last template design looked cool, but lacked some of the basic functionality that the other ones had.  New stuff to come, I promise.

Meet the Mistress April 23, 2006

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Hello!  How about some art-blogging!

I did this piece sometime in 1993. The title is “The Mistress of the Void”.   I did it on a medium called scratchboard (or scraperboard as the Brits prefer).  Scratchboard is a very fussy and unforgiving medium, so not many people mess with it, but when it’s done well the results can be quite spectacular.

This brand of scratchboard (Essdee) is high quality poster board with a thin, hard layer of white clay pressed onto it and a layer of high quality India ink on top of that.  The idea is to scratch the ink with a stylus and reveal the white clay underneath.  This makes for very nice high-contrast images.  

It’s very fussy in that if you bend it too much it the clay will crack.  Also, you can never touch the surface of the panel with your hands since the ink absorbs oil from your skin and it will show up.  There’s nothing like a big, fat thumb print to mar a nice piece that you’ve worked on for a couple hundred hours.  It’s unforgiving in that if you make a mistake it’s virtually impossible to correct it without it being very noticeable that you re-inked an area that you scratched.  Still, it’s probably my favorite medium precisely because few other artists use it.  I did this piece largely using the pointillist method.  Thousands and thousands of tiny dots.  All done by hand.  It took a long time, but the effect was worth it.  There’s a long story behind the image, perhaps I’ll write about it later, but for now enjoy it and let me know what you think.

James Lileks April 21, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Uncategorized.
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Everyone reads James Lileks every day right?  Of course you do – but I'm gonna link today's Bleat just in case you haven't gotten around to moseying over there yet.  Good stuff about the decline and fall of modern art, and the general decay of standards in society.  If it's your first time I really encourage you to poke around – lots 'n lots of funny stuff.

Happy Birthday – it’s a Blog! April 17, 2006

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Hello! Yes, it's another blog! Does the world need another blog? Probably not, but here's another one anyway. This is where I'll type away at the INTERNET and send my own bottled messages out there into the digital sea with the rest of them. Not only that, but today is my own birthday too, so happy b-day to us both!