The Apple i-phone – Wired

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This weeks illustration is for Wired 11.04 Future Fetish… a wish list of high tech toys for the future.

Swamped again… I wont be able to update the galleries with the new work… I will try and get around to it next weekend.

On an even more upbeat note… I am working on the May cover of Wired Magazine… Yay! Preliminary comps and in and so far so good. 😉

PVUK – the wonderful fellows who are helping me out on the UK side of things told me that a person approached them asking to purchase the sculpture from the cover of New Scientist… she wanted it for ‘her back garden…’ 😉

The Science Fiction hall of Fame hardcover (TOR) is now out in bookstores everywhere. I am currently working on the cover of volume 2.

thanx for letting me share… and most of all… thanx for looking… and have a great week!
kenn brown – vancouver, bc

How to Take Good Pictures with Your iPhone

Whether you are taking a selfie or taking a photo of other people, places, or things, chances are good that you will reach for your iPhone long before you go searching for your digital camera. However, are you truly capturing a great picture that you will truly want to hang onto or are you simply wasting the effort to take it? Instead of wasting a great moment on a bad photo, why not learn how to take good pictures with your iPhone? It could be the best thing you have ever done for your photographic memories.

Capture Yourself in the Moment

Thanks to social media websites, everyone loves a good selfie. There are a lot of good selfie photos on the internet. Have you managed to get a good one of yourself? Have you gotten the iPhone’s FaceTime camera down to a science? If not, perhaps before you take your next selfie and share it, you should consider what you could be doing wrong when taking your own picture.

A selfie is a close up of you. Therefore, when taking it, you should try to show your best features. Natural lighting is going to be better than having a bright flash in your face. The flash can throw off your natural color and in some cases, make you look more dead than alive. It will make you pale and perhaps a little ghostly. It can also highlight any flaws you may have. That pimple that is barely pink on your nose will light up like Rudolph’s red nose if you are not careful. No one, especially not you, really wants to see that and it won’t look good for any entrepreneur success stories you might read. You will fare much better if you stand by a window or take the time to be outside doing something when you take that photo of yourself. If natural lighting is not available, you should consider playing around with filters. A black and white photo or one of the many other settings should work nicely to conceal.

You should also take notice of how you look before you snap. A lot of people have a slight bulge under their chin if they hold their head downward or tilt their neck a little. Is that really the picture of perfection that you want? Try looking straight into the camera or posing in a way that shows off only the good parts of you. It is also wise to keep this in mind before you pucker up your lips in a weird way that leaves some people looking more like a fish faced person than someone your friends want to claim they know.

Think about what is behind you. Have you ever seen those selfies that have something very embarrassing behind the person taking their own photo? Most people have, and most people have gotten a laugh out of it. Do you want to be the one they are laughing at next? Instead of taking out your iPhone and randomly snapping a picture, make sure that your surroundings are not going to embarrass you. It is best if you take a selfie when you are out doing something as opposed to standing in your bathroom so that everyone sees the toilet behind you.

Rudolph’s Holo-Day Tree

01_Stanger_UpfrontThis weeks illustration is a digital sketch/colour study for a piece I had in mind of globallistic proportions – the event lies just outside of the viewers frame but hints something catastrophic. The city is a reuse of an old render from last year but I am currently working on a completely new city along the lines of the buildings in the ‘Siegfried’ illustration. There was a time when Nuclear War was one of my worst conceivable nightmares – but now it competes with the concept of a planetary impact or being sandblasted by a super nova – both quite terrifying. From a technical standpoint, I have no idea what a Supernova would look like as the part of the earth you are on rotates in its direction.. or what might happen to the moon as it heats and expands.. all creative license. 😉

Thanx for looking and have a great week.

kennb – vancouver, bc