Weekly NerdArt Picks | 3-3-2017

Time for another Weekly NerdArt Picks! I’ve realized that I’m shifting later in the week. Not necessarily because I’ve wanted too, rather work has been busy. I shouldn’t expect that to change, so maybe doing this later in the week isn’t so bad.  

Science Fiction

Pick of the Week:

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This week’s Scifi NerdArt of the Week Pick is Time’s Up by Tayla Francis at ArtStation.

I thought the title for this one was very appropriate. It makes me think of a Riddick-like character who’s been on the run for a long time only to be tracked down by a trio of police or merc drones. The character hasn’t necessarily lost or given up, this image just shows that pivotal moment when they’ve been caught and all hell is about to break loose.

 

Runner-Up:

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This week’s Scifi NerdArt of the Week Pick is Nighthunter by IvanSevic at DeviantArt.

I suppose this one isn’t super-scifi. But there are little elements that make it look like it’s a few years in the future. The weapon is clearly still a regular sniper rifle, however, the environment looks a little more Blade Runner-esque. Titled Nighthunter, this piece feels a little more cyberpunk than a contemporary scene. Although, the character’s eyes glow a little, which could be a sign of cybernetic enhancement. 

Fantasy

Pick of the Week:

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This week’s Scifi NerdArt of the Week Pick is Ares by Jake Ferguson at ArtStation.

Ares is an apt name for this piece. The character has a clear god-like image or at least someone who is far more than a mortal man. His armor looks like more than a medieval armor, but he could come from a more steampunk world. Or, even dieselpunk. His hammer certainly looks like something from the Industrial Revolution or later, yet the cube, which could double as a Pandora’s Box-like artifact, is more than just industrial tech.

Runner-Up:

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This week’s Fantasy NerdArt of the Week Pick Runner-Up is Akhiryonh by Nassima-Amir at DeviantArt.

Akhiryonh is every bit the god-like creature as Ares (above). This piece envisions a more animalistic type of deity, more like the ancient Egyptian gods. I love that this is a deity based on a rainbow-feathered dragon and that he’s more than just a “human” with an animal head. Sure, his limbs are human-like, but he’s fully feathered. (I think those are feathers.) Also, this piece introduced me to an art challenge I’d not heard of called Art War, put on by Cubebrush. Cubebrush is an online “marketplace for all things CG.” Find out more about this challenge here: https://forums.cubebrush.co/t/cubebrush-art-war-2d/1545

Horror

Pick of the Week:

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This week’s Horror NerdArt of the Week Pick is Skull Lady by Karla Suzart at ArtStation.

There is something interesting to me when someone is painted to look like bones. It’s not that they look really anything like the skeleton, more like that the evoke a voodoo/santeria feeling. And, unlike more fantasy-style magics, voodoo and santeria are much darker and insidious. They are rarely portrayed as good or neutral. They seem to exist more for vengeance and spite, than just as a simple force of nature. For this image, I particularly like how one eye is black and one is white. That’s creepy to me.

Runner-Up:

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This week’s Horror NerdArt of the Week Pick Runner-Up is Summoner by Piotr Dura at ArtStation.

I mean, the guy is summoning undead. That’s badass. I love that the ground is covered with some kind of spirit fire and the tendrils of magic reaching out from his hands to the creatures clawing their way up from under the ground. It doesn’t really look like a graveyard, but it could just as well be the sight of an old battle.

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