Headsup: The Art of Magic the Gathering – Amonkhet

Even if you aren’t a gamer, you’ve probably at least heard of Magic: The Gathering, the very first fantasy trading card game which was created by Wizards of the Coast back in 1993.  Over the past two decades, the game has grown to include over seventy-five expansion sets and even has an organized international tournament system (including professional players who can win tens of thousands of dollars from a single tournament).  It has also won multiple awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, and is available in eleven different languages.

If you are one of the twenty million Magic fans (in more than seventy countries),  you’ll be happy to know that The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet, the fourth volume in a series of coffee table books featuring the award-winning artwork in the beloved game, is now available.  In this volume, readers meet the inhabitants of the desert oasis of Amonkhet, whose lives revolve around a series of trials completed in preparation for the return of the God-Pharaoh.  This 240-page hardcover book features full-color illustrations from a variety of artists, including Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette, among others.  In addition to the beautiful artwork, Senior Game Designer James Wyatt also provides some insight into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Amonkhet.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet is currently available on Amazon for $27.17; not bad considering how hefty a book this is (it weighs around four pounds and measures almost two feet wide when open)…a nice gifting choice for anyone in love with the art of the game (for some sneak peeks of the illustrations, see below).

 
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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:29+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Art, Books, Headsup|0 Comments

AlexCF Makes the Babbage Engine Portable

Portable Babbage Engine by AlexCF

How often have you been chained to the difference engine at your desk and looked outside and thought, “Man, what a pretty day. If only I could take my work out there with me.”

Well, look no further. Thanks to steampunk artist AlexCF, very soon you too can have a portable Babbage Engine. Take it anywhere you like. It comes with both a touch screen and a quill pen and inkwell. It’s only a prototype* but for the full information and a better picture, you can check out his website.

*–It’s actually a prop for a Nosferatu movie. This footnote void in VT and OK, where vampires are considered endangered.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:22:49+00:00 January 9th, 2008|Art|1 Comment

Everything Alice (Excepting Sir John Tenniel)

Alice in Wonderland by Salvador Dali

Sir John Tenniel is the best known illustrator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. However, literally scads of artist have taken a crack at Lewis Carroll’s story and characters. And over at Hugo Strikes Back, they’ve got Alice Illustrations Other Than Tenniel, with those aforementioned scads.

I don’t know why the story of Alice appeals to me so much. Probably because it’s an absolute head trip happening with a practical young person in the middle of it trying to make sense of things enough to get to where she’s trying to go. Which is really a lot like life. Maybe that’s it. I also have a huge love of the work of Salvador Dali.

Now I find out, via this resource, that there’s an entire book of Alice accompanied by Dali art. Ho-ly crap. It’s a limited edition. That’s going on eBay for $7500. Now I must weep into my morning cola.

Found via I’m Learning to Share!

And BTW/FYI/YMMV, we did post a cinematic round-up of Alice stuff here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:23:28+00:00 December 25th, 2007|Art|0 Comments

Forget Arming Bears. Get Them Some Better Fitting Hats.

Bear in Ill-Fitting Hat by Stefan Marjoram

Every once in a while, a new internet meme comes along that just catches us off-guard. It strikes a perfect balance between “Why in the hell would anyone want to do that?” and “Dammit, that’s brilliant.”

Bears in Ill-Fitting Hats is just such a meme.

I wish I could tell you more about it, but frankly that’s all there is to it. Create a picture of a bear wearing a hat that is ill-suited for the poor beast’s cranium, and you’re done. And some of them are perfect: like the one pictured, from Stefan Marjoram.

Found via Drawn!

P.S. I’d just like to point out that Bears in Ill-Fitting Hats is a great name for a band.

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By | 2007-12-17T06:26:34+00:00 December 17th, 2007|Art|0 Comments

Devout Dolls

Carrie by Sara Lanzillotta

Web Zen clues us in to Devout Dolls, the work of Sara Lanzillotta. Everything from sweet to morbid whimsy to oh, man, that’s not right can be found here.

For sweet, we would point you to the Octobabies. How can you not go awww when you see an octopus wearing a pirate hat? Answer: you cannot. Or if you can, I bet the dogs bark at you when you make your way back to the human resistance underground bunker, if you catch my meaning.

For morbid whimsy, there’s what’s pictured: yes, that’s Carrie White. And it’s the best take on Carrie we’ve seen since somebody made that cake, you remember? It’s not for sale, alas. You can find that in her gallery.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:24:10+00:00 December 9th, 2007|Art|0 Comments

Dan Goodsell Presents Spidey-Toast!

Friendly Neighborhood Spidey-Toast!

In honor of the upcoming tribute show for Stan Lee (for more info, see Dan Goodsell’s post here), Dan created some pictures of Mr. Toast dreaming of being a super-hero.

I think Spidey-Toast would make a great cartoon, so to help with pitching it, I humbly submit to Dan the Spidey-Toast theme song. Enjoy.

Spidey-Toast, Spidey-Toast
Fighting crime from coast to coast
Spins a web around the town
Always lands dry side down
Look-out, here comes the Spidey-Toast!

Is he cool?
Listen, Fred
He’s more wonder than Wonderbread
Can he swing we say yes
Better written than JMS
Bad-ass,
That’s why he’s Spidey-Toast.

In the warmth of day
You can find him in the know
Like a streak of gold
At Goodsell’s gallery show

Spidey-Toast, Spidey-Toast
Friendly, good for you Spidey-Toast
Empowered by common sense
All natural ingredients

To him, life is a great big fun game
You will remember his one name
He is the Spidey-Toast!

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By | 2017-09-24T23:24:11+00:00 December 9th, 2007|Art|2 Comments