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Contemplation

contemplation

This is just a straight photo of textured reality, not a textural interpretation of reality. I’ve called it ‘Contemplation‘ because, a) I can just look and look at it, and, b) it makes me think of M C Escher’s Three Worlds, probably my most-liked of his works… this is the same situation as his lithograph… and that, in turn, made me think of Plato’s allegory where reality is shadows cast on a cave wall; so, of course, my contemplation of this physical (glass) interface between my internal and external environment, where the actual interface has shadows cast on it from things (monsters? omens?) I can’t see, and may never have seen… well, I guess you can get pretty deep contemplating the toilet window at 6:30AM a few days after the (southern hemisphere) Winter Solstice (:


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Lost in Time and Space

LostInTimeandSpace


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Lost in Space

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Lost in Time

Lost

The happy childhood I never had is just over that rise… (:


Tangental Reality

Vshe

Seri found this, yesterday… we just love this stuff! This is a wordpress blogger, who blogs about Second Life, and she is advertising her blog on the side of a van in SL… that’s so damned cool! This appeals to the designer in me on so many levels. The feedback loop of virtual/cyber reality colliding with real-world interactivity/participation, here, is fabulous, and genuinely thought-provoking… not to mention excellent advertising skills, the goal of which I am only too happy to facilitate (:


Background Texture

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This is the texture I made to put behind Seri in my last post. The trick to making good background textures is not to make them the main feature. When I construct a texture behind the character, I’m constantly damping the texture down, and concentrating on the character, making sure the texture doesn’t overwhelm her. I’m not making the texture for it’s own sake. When I’m finished, if I like the texture, I delete the character and save the texture to my ever-growing folders of fabulous textures, which make it easier and easier to create new ones… I seldom re-use exactly the same texture. Anyway, sometimes, as with this one, when I remove the main subject, I realise that the texture, itself, is a gorgeous landscape! Usually they’re just that little bit too bland to stand alone, but I think this one does (:


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Seraphim has developed a thing for hats (: