Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I picked "zombie" as my monster because they scare the hell out of me and excite me at the same time. When I was a kid I watched Romero's "Dawn of the Dead", and I remember feeling terrified and claustrophobic at the enclosing circle of the undead, and then at the same time, thinking how awesome it would be to live in a mall and kill zombies. These creatures have no other motive than to feed and move. They are the great white shark of the monster world. They come in hoards but it is still every zombie for himself. For my zombie, I wanted bright, almost neon colors for the skin. As if to exaggerate the decomposition. The detail of the skin was most important to pull of the undead look. It couldn't be smooth like a normal human being. I went with a wood-cut feature for the skin. It creates a strained, weathered look while creating great texture and depth. It adds a wrinkle and crease on every feature of the face and really exaggerates the features. What's most interesting about the undead is the jump factor they harness. When someone is bit or killed by a zombie, they're revenant time interval is different than someone else. You never know when that person will re-animate. Add this along with the slowly enclosing hoard and you have the recipe for that baddest killing machine in monster lore.
Monday, October 17, 2011
I didn't really know what monster I was drawing when I started, but I'd decided on something underwater. My composition lines ended up looking like tentacles, so I ran with it. I noticed that the dark side of the water's gradient would be a good place to add bright contrast for the focal point. The needed details were obvious, so I used an opaque hard brush. This also worked out well for the specular lighting needed to make the tentacle look slimy. Finally I detailed the closer tentacle with some 3dish looking soft brush strokes and a texture on overlay. I wanted to make sure the viewer felt a little grossed out. To give the viewer an uneasy feel perspective-wise, I emphasized the dutch angle by adding vague mountains in the background that pointed up and to the left and put the diver's boat in view. If the implied horizon and boat work properly, the viewer should feel off balance (i say if because my wife didn't notice the boat).
All done in Photoshop with my Intuos4!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
by Blake N. Behrens
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
While many subsequent film adaptations (notably the 1931 movie Frankenstein and the Hammer Films series starring Peter Cushing) have portrayed Frankenstein as unbalanced or insane (the prototypical "mad scientist"), the novel portrayed him as atragic figure.
Luckily, when I showed the final piece to my lovely wife, she groaned and almost had to throw up. I guess that's a success?
Monday, April 25, 2011
Karl Manne Georg Siegbahn (3 December 1886 - 26 September 1978) was a Swedish physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1924 "for his discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy".
Siegbahn was born in Örebro, Sweden. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Lund University in 1911, his thesis was titled Magnetische Feldmessungen (magnetic field measurements). He was acting professor for Johannes Rydberg when his health was failing, and succeeded him as full professor in 1920.
Following his Ph.D., he started research on X-ray spectroscopy. This work continued when he moved to the University of Uppsala in 1923. He developed improved experimental apparatus which allowed him to make very accurate measurements of the X-ray wavelengths produced by atoms of different elements. He developed a convention for naming the different spectral lines that are characteristic to elements in X-ray spectroscopy, the Siegbahn notation. Siegbahn's precision measurements drove many developments in quantum theory and atomic physics.
In 1937, Siegbahn was appointed Director of the Physics Department of the Nobel Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Siegbahn married Karin Högbom 1914. They had two children: Bo Siegbahn (1915-2008), a diplomat and politician, and Kai Siegbahn (1918-2007), a physicist, who also received the Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1981, for his contribution to the development of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
He won the Hughes Medal 1934 and Rumford Medal 1940. In 1944 he patented the Siegbahn pump.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Blake N. Behrens
Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance astronomer and the first person to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Thomas Alva Edison was both a scientist and an inventor. Born in 1847, Edison would see tremendous change take place in his lifetime. He was also to be responsible for making many of those changes occur. When Edison was born, society still thought of electricity as a novelty, a fad. By the time he died, entire cities were lit by electricity. Much of the credit for that progress goes to Edison. In his lifetime, Edison patented 1,093, earning him the nickname "The Wizard of Menlo Park." The most famous of his inventions was an incandescent light bulb. Besides the light bulb, Edison developed the phonograph and the "kinetoscope," a small box for viewing moving films. He also improved upon the original design of the stock ticker, the telegraph, and improved on Alexander Bell’s telephone. He believed in hard work, sometimes working twenty hours a day. Edison was quoted as saying, "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." In tribute to this important American, electric lights in the United States were dimmed for one minute on October 21, 1931, a few days after his death.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
by Blake N. Behrens