Road trips in alternate realities

I have this somewhat self-centered tendency to look at amazing speculative artwork and think how much I would love that to be on the cover of a book I (someday) publish. I'm working on it. 

But holy crap, Simon StÃ¥lenhag's work is so amazing, I want to write a book based on the weirdness that spills out of his paintings. There are wild mecha, enormous rubber ducks, and people roadtripping in landscapes littered with alternative technology. Check out his tumblr and his print store

(I bought a poster of this.)

(I bought a poster of this.)

Many thousand words and a book deal from now

I don't (yet) have a complete (marketable) book manuscript yet, but I already know that Dominik Mayer would be on the short list of people I'd beg a publisher to hire for the cover. Hell, I'd write a book just based on some of his illustrations. The intensity and lushness of his images is evocative of gaming and film cinematography. 

PS - When I first wrote this entry, I typed that Dominik is one of the people "I'd bed a publisher to hire for the cover." Still accurate. 

"What it would be like for an AI to watch Bob Ross on LSD"

I'm sure exactly how to explain what this is, but it looks like someone write a machine-learning program to seek pattern matches from an image library of living things, then cranked it into overdrive on a Bob Ross painting video, all to a soundtrack of a computer attempting to replicate Ross's dulcet voice without imparting any meaning to the sounds. 

Living off the fat of the landscaping

This is immensely appealing to me: a project known as raubdruckerin has guerrilla printmakers "us[ing] urban structures like manhole covers, grids, technical objects and other surfaces of the urban landscape, to create unique graphical patterns" on t-shirts, tote bags, and other consumables. The resulting products are unique to the environments that produced them, authentic in a way that's difficult to replicate in our age of simulation. And I'm intrigued by the idea of guerrilla printmakers fanning out across the cites of the world, inking up manhole covers and other bas-relief public works surfaces to produce t-shirts. Every product is unique, the work of an individual in a specific location. They honor unique design in urban infrastructure, the importance of place, and have that time-honored coolness of marginal illegality. 

I can't draw

OK, I'll bite. The SketchAR app provides a framework in which you can "learn" to draw - or at least trace a sketched-out version of one of your photos using a VR interface. It's a great idea, and I'm going to try it, as soon as I figure out how to hold the phone and the paper and the charcoal at the same time, while looking both at the phone and the paper.