American illustrator Evan Robertson from design studio Obvious State has designed graphic posters in black and white illustrating famous quotes of worldwide authors : Sartre, Hemingway, Verne, Beckett, Baudelaire, Hugo, Austen, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Orwell, Melville, Poe and also Salinger. Prints are available on his shop.
I never would have thought I’d be able to submit a Smite goddess as a positive example, but the newly released Bellona has blown me away. not only is she covered in practical armour, it’s an accurate (if stylised) depiction of Roman armour! She’s not even in heels, which is the one problem with Smite’s other positive example Artemis. Here’s hoping that this marks the start of more badass armoured goddesses and less sexy spider ladies.
Which this is pretty decent armor, the guys at SMITE still manage to raise a couple of major concerns with me:
Bellona only has two “looks” released at the moment… both essentially the same model with a re-texture and SMITE has this tendency to well… let’s look at Artemis’ alternative looks:
The other concern is of course… the entire rest of the game. Bellonna, aside from being a really obscure deity, appears to have been added as cheap expansion product…. so much so that they didn’t bother to find out that she actually did have a pretty major temple.
So overall, I really like the image but I really don’t want anyone to interpret this as anything resembling an endorsement for SMITE. I am in fact suspicious that the reason this looks so good is they didn’t want to take the time and spend the money to ruin the design (yet).
You know what we don’t get nearly enough of in comics these days? Old fashioned space opera; with robots and aliens and galactic intrigue and the whole nine yards. You know what else we need more of? Gorgeous watercolor illustrations.
If you find yourself agreeing with these statements, then please let me direct your attention to Descender #1, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. And with its compelling story set in a well-fleshed-out far-future sci-fi setting illustrated with beautiful watercolors, Descender is definitely worthy of your attention.
Ten years in the past, gigantic robots appeared in the sky above each of the nine homeworlds of the United Galactic Council, unleashing a devastating attack on the galaxy’s population before mysteriously vanishing without a trace. Now, on a derelict mining colony on the edge of the galaxy, a young android boy has awoken confused from a decade-long sleep, to find a world that is more than a little hostile towards all things robotic.
Lemire and Nguyen have done a wonderful job in issue #1 of introducing the setting and the characters, while still making room for a good number of character moments and plenty of mood-building and suspense. There’s a tense mystery at play here (what exactly is android Tim-21’s connection to the giant death robots?) but also a lot of heart. And Nguyen’s painted illustrations are not to be missed.
This is definitely a series to keep an eye on. Can’t wait to see where it’ll be going from here.
Russian artist Tatiana Plakhova reveals here her sumptuous series “Complexity Graphics” through which we discover a following of luminescent graphic compositions. The artist gets inspired by diverse influences such as oriental patterns, fireworks and kaleidoscopic shapes.