Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Star -- a tarot card that reflects my current state of mind

A buddy of mine blogged the outcome of his little tarot test. So I thought I'd give it a go.

The outcome of my test doesn't match my ACTUAL tarot signifier, which is THE MAGICIAN. But it's an interesting process, and it does reflect my state of mind at the moment.

What's also cool for me is that the test has exposed me to a really gorgeous tarot deck. This image comes from the WINGED SPIRITY TAROT by David Sexton. Worth exploring.

You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.

What Tarot Card are You?

Take the Test to Find Out.

Winged Spirity Tarot By David Sexton - Published by US Games

Sunday, April 15, 2007

0012 Matinee Soup 'Grand Prix'

I had a long, frenzied time being taken care of in five-star hotels across Southern Africa over the past while. This is thanks to the fact that I was directing a set of television inserts for Sun International.

Which means that I got to feed elephants. I also got to float in a hot air balloon 10-metres above two lionesses tearing chunks of flesh out of a dead zebra, followed by the male dragging the carcass into a clump of bushes. (That's at the Palace of the Lost City in Rustenburg.)

I got to fly over the Victoria Falls in Zambia (without our chopper being shot down by the Zimbabwean Air Force for intruding into their airspace). I got to test out the theory that a waterproof poncho isn't waterproof. It's not. When you walk across that little bridge into the spray, NOTHING is waterproof. Don't waste your money renting a poncho. Don't say I didn't tell you so. And if you can afford the US$800 per night to stay at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, do it. If I had that kinda money to blow, I'd be there all the time. It's awesome.

The Table Bay Hotel on the Waterfront in Cape Town was pretty damn impressive. I opened my window, and there was a ship filling the left hand side of my view. Wild.

The Zimbali Lodge in Kwazulu Natal was the most opulent of them all. But I kinda got the sense that the local economy was in a bad state.

I'm telling you all this for a reason. Well... other than trying to make you jealous, that is. I'm TRYING to make you see that I was SO busy that it was just impossible for me to snatch the three or so hours it takes to do MATINEE SOUP.

But now I've done it. So hopefully I'll stay on schedule for next time.

No barking at parked cars now, please.

This pic was made in ArtRage 2.2 on my Toshiba Tecra M4 tablet pc, in the Mugg & Bean at Cresta. Neil, the owner of that branch, has invented a cake that I'll kill people for. It's the Chocolate Meringue. What an astounding piece of cake! Most of the branches have it. Shot, Neil! You rock and roll, bebbe!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sai Borg Mash-Up

Sai Borg Mash-Up, originally uploaded by royblumenthal.

So I can't resist a pun, yeah? What you gonna do? Smack me over the hairdo with a tennis racket?

As part of the Masters in Digital Arts that I'm doing, we've been asked to envisage and present a Cyborg in our seminar tomorrow. So I figured I'd offer this to Christo, our Prof with a sense of humour (hopefully).

I found the Sai Baba image on Wikipedia, where it's released under a 'no-restrictions' license. The Time and Borg pics are quite simply stolen. I searched using Google Images, and found them without any attribution. So sue me. Or hit my hairdo with a ray of gold light manifested from the very hand of Mr Baba himself.

I comped the two pics together in CorelDraw 10. I performed the hairdo mostly in Photoshop CS2. I created the headband and some of the finishing hairdo touches in ArtRage 2.2. And finally, I brought everything back to CorelDraw 10 to do the design.

Han Hoogerbrugge's digital art -- a discussion by Roy Blumenthal

This is a video I made for Christo Doherty's Digital Arts course. I wasn't able to be there in person to present it, so I viddied it.

It's on YouTube, and it's ultra low-res. But hopefully it communicates.

Here's the link to the movie on the YouTube site:

And here's the link to Han Hoogerbrugge's 'Modern Living/Neurotica' series, which I talk about on the vid: