You need to be published to get published...

Sounds like a trivial phrase but its the truth.
Nothing is more frustrating than doing something with passion and nobody cares about it. 100.000 entries to book competitions like Ballistic´s make the self confidence not stronger, therefore i´m really glad to be part of this awesome saussage!

And the competition is a big one, in every field, art is just one of the many branches that needs exposure as a basis for discussion and appreciation and for artists to make a living of.

And to break into a market so big like this is a full time job, believe me.
As the topic of my blog, when i write about art, i seriously talk about that art that everyone instantly understands, even when nowadays this kind of art is not so recognized as such, because of our daily information overload.

Art teachers and professors on many art schools have shaked their head about my approach to fix the gap between "art and design", i´m thankful for beeing supported in what i tried at the Ibkk.

But back to the publishing thingie: today this colorful and juicy eye candy arrived, and its full of inspirational features, some which i knew from CGS, dA, CA and elsewhere, and some pieces that are really new to me.

Conceptart or character development / creation describes the series of this books perfectly.
While the approach to justify the title is always guaranteed.

What i learned about beeing in art communities for about 7 years now, is:
  • Its not about pageview quantity, its about quality 
  • Its not about how much you do, its what you do
  • Its important to find a niche, don´t do everything 
Enough of the art ramblings, here are some pics with commentary why i chose to feature these pics from the book, and to give you an insight what this blog is about, here we go:

The guy "Sadhu 2063" from Anthony Scime on the right side is a good example of  surprise.
Our eyes are trained to recognize things we know.
The yellow facecolor and the futuristic cyber-eye-stuff makes this stand out of thousand portraits.

The piece on the left from Nykolai Aleksander is a hit because of the everyday pose, and the oversize target on the background, i´d say the unusal is the key here plus a nice pastell complementary -contrast.

Loic Zimmermann hits on many other levels, first off  i´d say because of the fine structure and mixed media look his illustrations have, on the other hand strikes the composition = top notch!

Alexey Kashpersky hits the nail of composition with a Jackhammer!
This masterpiece on the right is truly out of every rule (at least the ones of gravity) but complementary contrast, magical realism and perfect detail make this piece for me.

The small piece on the lower left corner is done for Guild wars by Kekai Kotaki, which made my day to be honest, this piece is so awesome in every aspect, i cannot point out why, maybe i do a topic on this piece alone later.

Last but not least, "Guardian by Bruno Wagner" is an awesome example of using unusual brushes. This guy manages to use one brush to make this piece stand out, besides the pose and dark accessoires this piece lives from the dynamic strokes as the colors are a little flat, but other than that worth the double page-feature.

* After flickr has decided to moderate this highly offensive pictures as to safe search, you need to either login/ get an account there to view the larger pics, or buy the book here:

Grabbing we can, All for themselves, After all...

...Everything counts, even one tiny Fantasio piece in a gallery spot...

At least to me, for those not familiar with the title of this entry; its from Depeche Mode (Everything counts)
and "The handshake" is the title of the piece right here->
which has won a spot in the contest exhibition from "money, greed, crisis" that takes place between Nov. 29. - Dec.04. 2009 in the "Anna Klinkhammer Galerie" in Düsseldorf / Germany.

I don´t know how much the public votes helped to make this happen against the weight of the jury votes, but i have to thank everyone who took the time to vote for my contest entry!

"Money, greed, crisis" isn´t an easy topic, but that was what comes to my mind immediately when thinking about it. I think the picture speaks so much for itself through the demonstration of domination, force and weakness on the other side, i think it really describe some exaggerated vision of our everyday lives, but everyone lives such a situation at times.

Today i finished this work with UV -coat and mounted it directly on a wooden box -frame 30 x 30 x 3 cm in size overall. When clicking the image, one can get an account of the structure of that damn sexy "fine art -paper" -the Epson piezo print quality becomes a whole new level of value and hue when finished with varnish and presented in such a unique way.

This is a 1/1 production, so no other print of the illustration in such quality and framing will be available except for this one, the Gallery price will be 250 €.

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