By Dan on July 16, 2013 9:32 AM
A few months ago I did an art pice on my iPad for this year's SkyTalks track at DefCon. I was pleased enough with it. That was originally going to be the end of my involvement with the project since I wasn't going to ba able to make it this year and I didn't have a ton of time. BK asked me for some assistance with the the badges and it caught me at a moment where I actually had a moment so I obliged.
After reducing my work to black/white/single color I was struck with the contrast of this piece versus my orignal piece. BK asked me to do the DefCon program page for SkyTalks as well and I had to make a decision. I agreed to do the page but I also made the decision to completely retool the main design, using the badges as an inspiration. Here is the result in wallpaper form:
Finally, here is the page that will be appearing in the DefCon program:
In short, there are some fun talks lined up and some great people involved. If you can make it to Vegas for DefCon 21 drop by SkyTalks and tell them you like the art!
By Dan on July 07, 2013 12:33 PM
Yesterday I had the honor of attending Slutwalk Denver 2013. It's an event that started after a police officer in Toronto made a comment that a rape victim wouldn't have been raped if she hadn't been dressing like a slut. As you might imagine there was a lot of reaction to this statement. Wearing sexy attire is NOT an invitation to touch. You know what causes rape? Rapists. No victim blaming, no "you should have worn something else". More educating perpetrators about what is right and what isn't. Let's do our part to change rape culture even as we partake in the sexy side of life.
Click the image to see the full gallery!
By Dan on June 15, 2013 1:03 PM
I've been involved in doing the artwork for Skytalks (Defcon offshoot, run by 303) for four of the past five years. In years past I have taken the reference photography so I've had a hand in creating lighting and composition for these pieces. My photos have been used as reference for original art pieces by Mar with (Dwight Bennett assisting on a couple) and they have created some fabulous designs.
This year the task fell fully on my own shoulders. This piece is the result of a reference shoot at Sobo 151 with Tashaya and Acr0nym. The original photo was subsquently used as reference for an original design on my iPad using Adobe Ideas. Once the original design was complete a lot of texture and color tweaking was done using varoius other iOS programs.
By Dan on June 15, 2013 12:45 PM
Possible trigger topic ahead, also long brain dump. Link to FB original post.
Disclaimer and intent: I don't know the accused in the following situation (who has confessed to the behavior so I will proceed without ambiguous language that allows for innocent-until-proven-guilty) nor any of the people whose boundaries he crossed. I was not there and didn't witness anything myself. This is a comment on the reactions of the crowd around those involved after the fact. Some of my reactions are not related-to and extend beyond the situation at hand. This is an emotional topic for me.
There is a thread that just took place on the Apogea group on Facebook about a guy who did a lot of stuff that would have resulted in charges had it occurred back in the real world. "Playful fun" he initially said in his own defense, "I didn't realize that people's boundaries were different than other festivals I'd been to". Bullshit on that.
By Dan on April 12, 2013 12:48 PM
By Dan on April 12, 2013 12:19 PM
Okay, this is late but it's worth posting. Congratulations to Justin for winning our second Support My Tribe poker game! His prize was a 24x30 canvas print of my Skull of Suits piece! We raised $500 that was split and given to two friends who were having financial struggles.
Tim busted out first and won the sheep but since he rebought this prize ended up with Courtney.
Beertuck busted out second and won a lovely hat!
By Dan on January 14, 2013 8:27 AM
This past Saturday Cassandra and I hosted our first Support My Tribe poker game. First prize was a box-framed canvas print (24x30 inches) of some poker art work I had created + a print. Second place got two prints, third and fourth each got a print.
The battle was fierce. Ken stepped up early with some hyper-aggressive play and started bullying the table by instilling fear in their hearts. The hand of the night occured when Mike flopped a full house and baited a trap for Ken. They got all-in on the turn and Ken flipped over kings; he was dead to a king.... which happened to fall on the river (3.8% odds). Ken added to his stack.
A short time afterwards Landa got involved in a few hands with Ken and started adding to her stack. It wasn't long before she took over and we had a new chip leader! Steph watch Ken and Dan and Landa battle and eventually Landa prevailed. Steph and Landa remained. At this point Landa had about 95% of the chips on the table so the heads-up action was shortlived and Landay took it down!
Thanks so much to the 11 players that cam to play. Prizes were all art and all proceeds from player buy-ins, as well as a few print sales, go to the SMT fund. We raised $400 with this game and those funds will be given to two friends who have been in rough shape financial due to medical issues.
Pictured is Landa with her prize!
By Dan on January 10, 2013 12:06 AM
Time on my hands and it was time to put a new skin on this site. The new design is much more minimal and is intended to draw attention to the content of the site rather than the site itself. A particular focus is given to recent blog posts and featured pictures. Now that I've started a Facebook presence I am going to try to make the features on this site line up if the photos are worthy.
I've also updated the e-commerce piece to allow for setting different prices for different pieces rather than having one price per output resolution/media.
As always this is a work in progress but at least this is something. Amusingly enough this redesign is only five days away from the time last year when I did the last facelift. There must be something about the new year that does this because that timing was entirely not planned!