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Art: A sideways tree.

Why is the tree sideways?

It’s a simpler style and image, but it has a nice composition and a playful happiness about it.

The colored rectangles were an early part of the attempt, and although the rest of the image went a different direction it feels like they add a lot in their final form. The slight color they give? Their linearity against the otherwise curviness?

One of the best things about art of all kinds is how varied it can be. You can have pixels and you can have vectors and you can have more painterly forms. You can have colors or grayscale or limited palettes. Just like music where you can have humming, singing, instrumentals, orchestras, bands.

Art: Pixel art of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”

So many pixels, so little antialiasing.

The image above is based on Wikimedia: 11 December 2005: PlusMinus: Photo of porcelain panel painting of “Last Supper” (Leonardo da Vinci) in Garden of Fine Art, Kyoto under a CC3.0 Attribution, Share Alike license.

I probably should have picked something simpler for trying pixel art, but I liked this image anyway. The photo is from a place in Kyoto, Japan, where they have recreated some of the famous pieces of art on porcelain plates and installed them for display like this one.

But the building around “Last Supper” seems to fit very well given it shares at least some architectural themes with the installation and the building it sits with. Even the table, clothed and flowing both with people and food, bears a certain resemblance to the water pool below the painting.

As usual I had my challenges with shape and color and reflections and light and so on. But it still looks okay for what it is.

Art: Cartoon of Woman in Skirt

Originally it was going to be a dress.

I like the raw, incomplete look to this piece, but I think a simple frame around it, maybe some other embellishments, would sell the illusion a bit better. Make it look drawn on paper, or on a canvas, and it makes sense: the artist didn’t frame her figure and so left off the feet. But being a digital drawing only, it’s too easy to fix for the joke to really land.

I guess Valve doesn’t want an unlicensed, third-party Source 2 port of Team Fortress 2. Or maybe they’re working on their own, in-house? Doubtful. Though I’ve not been playing it this week, my understanding is there’s a multi-day outage of the items servers, so everyone’s back to stock. Over the holidays, the snots were bad enough that I never got a feel for several of the new maps, just like last Smissmas.

On the other hand, I was playing (GL)QWTF, the original Team Fortress, back in the late 1990s, and it took until 2007 for a proper sequel. (I played a little TFC, but it didn’t have the same appeal for me as the original.) So if Jungle-Inferno-plus-two marked the beginning of Team Fortress winter, it should only be a half-decade before we see another revival. Or not?