Thursday, January 01, 2009

Janus Tower

January is named after Janus, the two-faced god who looks both to the past and to the future. (Ironically, it was the homily from midnight Mass that reminded me of this fact.) Feeling the need to exercise my design side, I doodled the fantasy scene above.

The drawing above started as a rough sketch of a two-faced titan, but it was so blocky I thought it would look better as a motif in mortar. Then it became an outpost watchtower of sorts; all in all, quite fitting considering the theme.

Originally pencilled in number 2, scanned in using Xsane, and colored in the GIMP.

7 comments:

  1. wow, tsada, doms. happy new year!

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  2. I love the colors - they lend a certain exotic peace to the scene, and at the same time they encourage a viewer to take stock of the art and wonder what its story is. In fact, this would make a good focus for a story-writing initiative.

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  3. Aw, thanks, Mel; I plan to draw more this year.

    Thanks, too, Sean; all accidental, actually, as I was playing with opacities and layers on the GIMP. Opted for a red sky to give it an otherworldly feel.

    Come to think of it, I was also inspired by the imagery in "The Fall." You have to watch that movie.

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  4. That captured the concept. Very nice work! A total work of complex art with a little history lesson, gimp association and it does speak many things beyond that.

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  5. Thank you, Paul, for the kind words and the link on What is the Value of Information? Much appreciated.

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  6. excellent picture indeed. do you mind if I borrow this for my own 15-minute exercise? (Haven't updated that blog for a bit and I always work better starting off with visual inspiration.) :-)

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  7. Heh. I'd be flattered, Joey. Can't wait to read it.

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