So I may lose nerd cred here, but I was only just able to see the fantastic, nitrous injected film that was Mad Max Fury Road this past weekend. I don’t feel I can add much to the discussion of the cultural significance of the film, but there is one unique slant regarding the visuals that I might offer.
Fury Road explodes like an oil tanker flame-throwered and jack-knifed into the desert wastes at 60 mph with rich, detailed costumes, weapons, and vehicles- I was simply floored by how visually extravagant this film was! The many muted tones of the film giving the few instances of vibrant color an incredible punch!
It was full of dark fantasy imagery coupled with something else- maybe call it a “Rust Punk” aesthetic with all of it’s super-charged, lethal, heap of junk vehicles. For those less well-versed in dark fantasy imagery, it tends to have a more threatening and fetishized look about it. The first name that comes to mind when I think “dark fantasy” is: Gerald Brom, or to many, just simply Brom.
Last week I talked about my “art patheon” and as I’m still working on an illustration, I figured I’d take this opportunity to nerd-out over the work of Jim Henson and more specifically his collaborations with fantasy genre artist Brian Froud. While I think The Muppets are great, the work of Jim Henson Company really outdid itself when it went about creating largely practical effects fantasy films (because, you know, CGI didn’t exist back in the 80’s and Green Screen was the height of simulated special effects). On a side-note, if you’re unfamiliar with the term practical effects, they’re pretty much any special effect that happens while the camera’s filming instead of something that is being added in post production. While The Muppets exist in our world, Henson’s puppet films, “Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal”, exist in unique fantasy worlds all their own.
Hello and welcome fellow Nerdarchists. I’ve got a great way for you to up your tabletop roleplaying game skills. It’s called The Lazy Dungeon Master written by Michael Shea. Don’t worry about which edition of Dungeons & Dragons you are playing. This book is useful. As a matter of fact I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest you could use nearly all of the advice given for any tabletop RPG. This book is short, sweet and packed with valuable Dungeon Master tips. If you are looking for a how to DM resource this one is at the top of my list. It weighs in at an anemic 123 pages but offers storm giant sized value. If I would have stumbled across this book there is no way I would of bought it, but because a friend recommended it I decided to give it go. At 123 pages I was thinking what the hell is this Michael Shea guy going to tell me about how to DM? I mean, I’ve been gaming for over 30 years at this point.
Hello and welcome to Nerdarchy. Nerdarchist Dave here with a special treat for you today. Nerdarchy is all about connecting people to and from the hobbies we love to each other. To that end we are creating special spot on our website where we’ll do Artist Spotlights. Whether you convey your art through the written word or creating awesome illustrations we’d love to share your work with the world.
It’s my privilege to present Joseph Garcia and sampling of his fantasy art. He also delves into Sci-Fi Genres, but today I was only able to wrestle away some of his fantasy pieces.
Artist Spotlight- Joseph Garcia
Before Nerdarchy used a grid and miniatures we used a rough drawing on paper and d6s for bad guys and d4s for our heroes. We even occasionally used ketchup packets or kit kat bars as barriers to segment rooms or corridors. Quite ridiculous, if you ask me. I am thankful that those times were not caught on film.
This evolved the longer we played and while we occasionally use dungeon tiles or some cool scenery we have not fully embraced a true 3 dimensional gaming world.