May 31, 2007
Painted today (click to enlarge).
I've always had a lot of dreams. A recent nightmare was especially frightening so, the following day, I painted the culminating "scene" (the part that woke me up).
(click painting to enlarge)
May 30, 2007
House on a Wire
Precarious Home by Giancarlo Norese, 2007
May 26, 2007
Lights... Camera... Tintin!
Yes it's true. After all these years, our intrepid reporter is at last being immortalized on the silver screen. The film will be Directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, all of whom have signed up for a trilogy. In shimmering CG!
Jackson is careful to explain that, while Weta will maintain Hergé's timeless designs, the film and its characters will not look "cartoonish". As he says,
We're making them look photorealistic; the fibers of their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair. They look exactly like real people — but real Hergé people!
Eek! Sounds a bit scary to me! I can't help but wonder why they wouldn't just stick closer to Hergé's time-tested ligne claire visual style: a look that generations have grown up with.
But I didn't grow up reading Tintin. I discovered the series in the early 90's, right around time we were starting Myst. About this same time, I was beginning to wonder how I'd ever render all the images that the Myst world required. Of course I'd draw them by hand; initially, I had no question about that... after all, that's how we'd done our previous works. And so, for about 20 minutes one day, at the very beginning of the project, I got out Hergé's The Black Island and began to sketch islands.
And then I turned around and quickly abandon the effort. After all, there's only one Hergé!
The rest, as they say, is history: we turned to 3-D. And though desktop computing power was at a minimum (relative to today), the addition of 3-D (Stratavision 3-D) allowed us to render thousands of images, not hundreds. More importantly, it instilled a maturity in the environment: enough to give users the sense they'd actually stepped onto the shores of Myst island.
And now we return to Hergé. While recently in Paris, my family and I visited the Pompidou (like all good tourists). On the way out, we discovered that we had just missed a Hergé exhibit (celebrating the artist's 100th birthday). Oh, how our hearts ached! But the catalog! There must be a catalog! Of course, I immediately rushed to the museum bookstore and found it: Hergé! And what a catalog! If you're a Tintin fan, I highly recommend this thick but small volume, practically stuffed full of original drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs.
I also picked up Tintin et Moi, an revealing biographical portrait of Hergé, told through the artist's own voice. The principle audio of all this is eerily compiled from 14 hours of in depth interviews, recorded in 1971 by Numa Sadoul. It's fascinating! (video preview)
Note: An article entitled A Boy's World: The Tintin Century is available in the latest issue of the New Yorker.
May 21, 2007
Painted yesterday. click to enlarge.
May 14, 2007
Highway in the Sky
Do you love mod streamline? Do you love elegant 1960s duotones? Do you love vintage Disney? If so, If so, The Republic of Tinselman highly recommends this 1966 Disney Story Guide and Operating Procedures manual. A handsomely designed, 31 page pamphlet: it's the finest kind of manual for Walt Disney's finest kind of Disney attraction. I promise, you'll get your fill of some fascinating reading. Like this paragraph from page 5, "The Story Behind the Story:"
The Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System was unveiled at Disneyland June 14, 1959 by Walt Disney and Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Mrs. Nixon and their daughters, Tricia and Julie, also participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies, which were viewed by a national television audience watching the special "Disneyland '59'" TV show. Since that time, the Monorail trains have carried most of the heads of state–kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers–who have visited Disneyland, as well as millions of other Disneyland visitors from every state and nearly every nation.
Of course, this is just the beginning. There are also the intriguing (and detailed) procedures. And maps. And diagrams and photographs throughout. Stuff from the park has posted this Disney treasure in its entirety. Take a look!
Note: Stuff from the park's server is now overloaded and the operating procedures are temporarily unavailable. However, Tinselman has kindly saved a few photographs from the manual for your viewing pleasure (click all images to enlarge). Enjoy.
May 11, 2007
I just painted this and haven't really given it a title. I'm not even sure if it's finished.
May 08, 2007
It was grand. It was colorful. It was futuristic. It was the 1964-1965 New York Worlds Fair! In a 25 page photo spread, National Geographic called the fair, "A journey round the world. A look back in time, and a window on the
future. A treasure house of religious faiths. A procession of products.
And a dream of 'Peace through Understanding.'" Modern Mechanix has been kind enough to post the article in it's entirety, and it's stunning.
Looking through the photos, you can't help but notice It's a Small World, the Disneyland ride which made it's premier at the fair and is still popular at Disneyland. It wasn't the only Disneyland attraction (or technology) that made it's premier at the fair: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Carousel of Progress, introduced at the fair, were popular at Disneyland for a long time after. Most importantly, the animatronics and the omnimover transportation, introduced at the fair, are still in use today at all the Disney parks.
May 01, 2007
Take a Second Look
Palli, digital paint, 27" x 40.5"
Richard Vander Wende has completely redesigned his website. Now it's faster, easier, cleaner, and he displays a larger selection of his fine art and concept art. Including the above spectacular creature. I finally saw a print of it the other day... unbelievable!
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Mickey-Ship Sees All
painting by Richard Vander Wende©2007, all rights reserved
untitled by shadowplay
Where do old neon signs go to die?
Most get taken to the dump and are forgotten. But if a sign is lucky enough to cast its intoxicating glow over a Las Vegas blvd, then it will probably breathe its last breathe with honor. With dignity. At the Boneyard (a veritable jewel box for photographers!).
It's also known as the Neon Graveyard... three acres of dead signs! You can get in to see the graveyard, but it costs some money, and you've got to schedule a tour or photo-shoot ahead of time (and that could be canceled at any time, for any number of reasons).
Or... you just make friends with the guard and then go in and wander around all you want!
Take a look at this amazing panoramic view of the Graveyard (click on photo, left). It gives at least a sense of being there.
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