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‘Parasitoid’ My bone Alien Facehugger and a tribute to the great HR Giger This is one of my most popular pieces being shared online by Syfy.com, ThinkGeek, The Verge, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and many more. A personal favorite as well, I sold this exactly one year ago at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas.

[Artist Series] Wang Ling | Streaks of Dawn

Wang Ling, aka Wlop, is a digital artist who specializes in digital painting and illustration. From lifelike cityscapes to surreal fantasy portraits, his artworks are diverse in theme, yet recognizable in style. Wang Ling excludes the use of bright colors in the beginning stages of creation. He focuses rather on dark and light greys, and even more so on the planning of where he’ll introduce brighter colors as the work progresses. Light therefore plays an important role in the outcome of each of Wang Ling’s artworks; it draws attention towards distant focal points and allows for 3D perspective. Rough brushstrokes give his images a relaxed feel, even in the most impressive of settings such as at sea or amid busy city streets. Based out of China, Wang Ling’s artworks inspire an international audience as they are continually featured on blogs and used in tutorial reviews.

When and why did you begin digital painting and illustration? 

I began digital painting about 6 years ago. I always have a lot of strange ideas, stories, dreams and I want to share them with others, painting is the best way!


Many of your artworks are urban themed and many are fantasy themed. What are some of your inspirations that lead you to create artworks in these genres?

I live in modern city, so the urban theme is most familiar to me. While I also want to express my thoughts with some surreal themes, like fantasy, I want to combine them in some way.

“Paris” | Numbered Edition Art Print

Can you describe your techniques? Are there certain steps you follow for each artwork to keep a general style among all of your paintings?  
 
Actually I don’t have certain steps in painting, I usually let it go with how I’m feeling. Sometimes I draw the shape first, but sometimes I paint colors first. I think the feeling in an image is more important than the technique. I will stop when I think I’ve already expressed the feeling in the image. That’s why sometimes my painting seems really rough - I think too much detail will destroy the feeling.


“The City” | Numbered Edition Art Print

Your paintings are filled with spectacular focal points! Does light play an important role in this? 
 
Yes, I think light is the soul of an image!


“Day Break” | Numbered Edition Art Print

One of your most recent works “Hope” is a very powerful piece. Does this artwork tell a story or portray a certain emotion? 

This is a scene I saw in airport months ago. It received thousands of comment when I post it on the internet. I found that people have different feelings about it. Some people saw sadness, some saw fear, and some just like me, saw hope. I don’t want to specify the emotion in this image. Different people can have different feelings, that’s the power of art.


“Street” | Numbered Edition Art Print

What’s an upcoming project that you’re currently working on and excited about?

Yes, I’m now painting my personal graphic novel GhostBlade. Those who interested in can read it here


“Winter” | Numbered Edition Art Print

Are you currently in school or working in a field that allows you exercise your creative talent? 
 
I’m now working as a software engineer. Actually it has nothing to do with painting… but who cares! :)


“Town” | Numbered Edition Art Print

                                                                                                                                

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MAINE TIMBER COUNTRY

The tree has symbolized the land, people, and wealth of the New England region long before Europeans stumbled onto its shores. The tree has been portrayed, as well, on countless New England maps, flags, and documents: official, sacred and mundane.

To put things in perspective, the first colonial coin featured a tree. The New England forest was claimed by the British Crown in the 17th century as timber became New England’s first big colonial calling card. Wood was of military import to the British Empire as a timber-starved England desperately needed wood ship masts for its ever-growing Navy. In fact, the first sawmill in North America was built in York, Maine, in 1623 for the express purpose of exporting lumber to England. The America timber industry was born as custom-built ships transported 100’ white pine ship masts and other lumber to the homeland in mass-market fashion. Nearly four hundred years later, the timber business continues to be a dynamic force on the Maine landscape, economy, and people.

From highways crowded with logging trucks to piles of timber stacked three stories high, it’s evident on the ground that timber is big business here. Almost 90 percent of the state of Maine is cover by forest and approximately 66 percent of the land is timberland. In 2005, the annual revenues from Maine’s forest topped $6 billion ($5.31 billion in forest-based manufacturing and $1.5 billion from forest-related recreation and tourism).

Beyond the dollars, timber benefits include stewardship of regional green space, wildlife habitat, and clean watersheds. The timber industry also offers a constant supply of environmental critique that range from chemicals used in the paper sector to woodland habitat loss.

Long gone are the days when unfortunate lumberjacks were buried in unmarked graves with their boots nailed to the nearest tree, but logging-related danger still looms on Maine’s back roads and highways. Ask any mother in Maine about heavily loaded, speeding logging trucks on local roads and you will be schooled.

Below the billboard issues lie the detail and cultural texture of living in a tree state. Abandoned skidders, landings, bottle cap clubs, nurse stumps, wood poaching, and wood pile contests are but a few of the cultural details of timber country. Logging roads and timber tracts provide the greatest cultural context, especially in terms of social and recreation opportunities. Their unintended use include hiking, bird watching, motocross, ski-dooing, and countless other wholesome outdoor activities. Far from prying eyes, these remote places host a bit of devious mischief, as well. Among other activities, quiet logging roads serve as popular under-age “drinking roads” — as evident by occasional trails of empty “road soda” cans. Such beer cans are but tiny shiny blips in the never-ending feedback loop between man and nature within the cultural landscape of America’s premier “Pine Tree State.”

Editor’s Note: David Buckley Borden is participating in the Boston Fun-A-Day 2014 project by developing 31, one-page landscape installation proposals during the month of January. The work is a freewheeling exploration of the New England landscape and our cultural love affair with the region’s “great outdoors.“

Follow Fun-A-Day Boston at http://funadayboston.tumblr.com/. And if you’re in the region, stop by the Fun-A-Day Boston 2014 show hosted by Voltage Coffee & Art (Opening Reception February 21st, 7-9pm; Show runs February 17th through April 5th).

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David Buckley Borden is an artist, landscape designer (highly unlicensed landscape architect), and humorist hailing from the great state of New England. David’s art includes a variety of creative work ranging from landscape installations to silkscreen prints covering an even greater variety of interests in landscape architecture, all things “great outdoors,” and the past, present and future challenges to the lands of North America. Outside of work, when not leading his one-man campaign for sustainable cutis anserine americana, David can be found quietly playing in the dirt in and around his Cambridge, Massachusetts home.

Find more of his work at davidbuckleyborden.com, on Tumblr atdavidbuckleyborden.tumblr.com and follow him on instagram