Saturday, September 7, 2013

Kate Pelto Illustration

101 Val by Kate Pelto ©2013 Kate Pelto All Rights Reserved
I love to have the opportunity to patronize the arts, so when I saw that illustrator Kate Pelto was accepting commissions, I jumped at the chance for her to render my Fallout 3 character Val.

Rendered from a scanned pencil sketch, she was painted in Illustrator, with a sassy attitude never possible in-game. I have formed a connection with my avatar in the DC Wasteland, and was very pleased with my concept coming to light.

Kate loves to render game characters for others, and brings her spark of enthusiasm to the project. The composition is simple and elegant, the colors are wonderful. Her line is expressive, and the personality of the character shines through. I had the opportunity to watch her work on it, and loved seeing where illustration has gone in the digital age. It gave me good insight on the creative process within Illustrator, and I admit to a little nostalgia for my own lost visual art.

You can find her work here, where she is still accepting commissions. Highly recommended.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Vershluckbare Kleinteile (#secretalbum no. 1)

Created by Rainer Straschill

Described as the first in the #secretalbum series, this outing by creator Rainer Straschill, Verschluckbare Kleinteile is aimed at audiophiles, with much ear candy in the offing to satisfy those looking for sounds previously unheard. I was privileged enough to receive advance releases of both the regular and full-album audiophile release, which includes all  the tunes in a single lossless 14:38 wav file.

A staggering array of international musicians were enlisted for the project, gathered via #secretalbum hashtag campaigning on the part of Straschill. Some of the names I note immediately, such as Neil Alexander, Chrissie Caulfield, and Alun Vaughan, but it was nice to see some people I hadn't heard at all as well, or at least didn't know I was hearing.

The album is a great little spin. It includes a dazzling array of instruments, from trombone to theramin. The songs are all under two minutes long, pristine and precise, and include many surprises. Headphones are a good thing. There are many moods, and many of them are finding their way on to widely various playlists.

On my Becalmed playlist  Promenade, Verschluckbare Kleinteile, and Halbwegs Leer join a nice sea of ambience for the office. On the Progressive Instr list I've placed Aqua Negra and To Your Dunkles.

Wehgetan has it's own playlist, which has some dance music in the same vein, and Sid's Impeccable Design is played adjacent to the League of Gentlemen quite nicely.

In addition, Chrissie Caulfield on lead fridge on the chilling Bottom Freezer will cool your ambitions. It's  a performance unmatched, and this will truly be the standard performance for the instrument upon which all other performances will be measured.

Great fun was had all around, and the addition of such eclectic material is welcome on this hard-drive. I'm looking forward to the next addition to the #secretalbum series.