While on her way to the office Tor Art Director Irene Gallo often sees painters covering the side of a Park Avenue South building with the latest movie advertising. When she met one of them at the Illustration Master Class she was able to learn “This Is How You Paint a 150 Foot Tall Batman”
The process is clearly physically taxing but there seems to be real joy in being able to work so loosely and so large. At the distance the viewer is seeing the work, the giant brush strokes all tighten up, making the image look crystal clear. Still, Dan says that portraits do require special attention and are reserved for the lead painters on the crew. I asked Dan who he has painted most often and it was, as I had guessed, Johnny Depp. (Did I mention that I have been obsessed with watching this wall over the past two decades? Cripes, Alice in Wonderland looked like a lot of work.)
Large, painted outdoor ads apparently are rare in New York. Out here, Hollywood entertainers and superstar athletes still vie for attention and prestige on immense outdoor advertisements but hardly any buildings have paintable sides. Although billboards on Sunset remain important, they’ve been upstaged by “supergraphics” made of plastic or vinyl that can be stretched across the side of a building.
- Luke Radi’s take on Rockwell’s “Runaway.”
Tor.com’s Irene Gallo has assembled an exhibit of sf/fantasy cover art that “quotes” or parodies famous pop and highbrow art, called “Art History Through Sci Fi-Colored Glasses”. Well worth a look.
[Via James Hay.]
Chicon 7’s press release announcing the opening of Hugo Award nominations touted the Hugos as “the premier award in the science fiction genre.”
Tor.com’s post based on the same press release downchecked the Hugos to “one of the most prestigious awards for science fiction and fantasy works.”
The same Tor.com post alerts SFWA members that Nebula Award nomination are being taken and reminds everyone that several stories run by Tor.com are eligible for both awards.
I cannot deny that a writer trying to nudge voters into supporting the home team must avoid the mistake of antagonizing SFWAns by treating the Hugos as pre-eminent.
Even if they are.
All five nominees for the 2010 Best Professional Artist Hugo are strutting their stuff at Tor.com this week. Art Director Irene Gallo has lined up screensavers from Shaun Tan, Dan Dos Santos, Stephan Martiniere, John Picacio, and Bob Eggleton. She’s posting one each day.
Gallo led off with Shaun Tan on Monday:
To celebrate AussieCon’s (home of this year’s Hugo ceremony) artist Guest of Honor, Shaun Tan, we decided to kick-off the week with this lovely “Eric” drawing from one of my favorite stories in Shaun’s short story picture-book collection, Tales from Outer Suburbia.
This example makes it easy to understand why the sig line reads: “Irene Gallo is in love with every piece of paper Shaun Tan touches.”
She followed with Dan Dos Santos’ contribution on Tuesday, an incredible portrait of an elf painted during the 2009 Illustration Master Class.
I’m looking forward to seeing more breathtaking art at Tor.com as the week progresses.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden announced to Tor.com readers that the site was hacked, a post defaced with a threatening message, and a few other alterations made. Everything is now restored.
The break-in was most likely accomplished by means of a vulnerability in Joomla, our content-management system, which was first discussed in public on Tuesday and patched on the same day; in other words, the intruder took advantage of a very brief window of opportunity.
Boy, do I sympathize. One of the most frustrating things about blogging is this kind of attack. I haven’t fallen prey to a hacker, but the relentless spam is bad enough. Every day I delete dozens of bogus comments full of malicious links, a very boring “one-person-shooter” game. Waging technological war against a robot army is not the science fictional experience I want from this blog.
Did Alfred Packer take Tor.com’s bloggers out to dinner?
Denvention 3 started over 24 hours ago, and Tor has yet to run its first post from the scene. I’m looking for their coverage basically because I’m stuck here at home until tomorrow.
Besides, they covered the San Diego Comic-Con like a blanket, so why not Denvention? For Comic-Con they ran 3 preview stories and 6 stories the day it started. They’ve spoiled me. And there must be something happening at the Worldcon.