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From Nothing To Ghost In The Shell, Just Like That

October 21, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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It’s currently Inktober, which means artists around the world are sharing their traditional sketches online. There’s so much good stuff out there, but I was absolutely blown away by this piece posted by Korean artist Kim Jung Gi, where he’s able to draw a Ghost in the Shell scene completely freestyle. No outlines, no reference, just ink on paper and bam, there’s the Major kicking some ass.

Kim’s renowned for this stuff, as he has an uncanny ability to draw entire detailed murals completely off the top of his head.

You can see more of Kim’s work at his site, while you can check out countless other awesome sketches at Inktober.

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Artificial Intelligence Gets Good At Creating Anime Girls

October 3, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

The types of anime-style characters artificial intelligence was making in 2015 weren’t good. But now in 2018, the machines have improved. A lot.

As Twitter user Yoshiwo Konogi points out, it’s amazing at how good AI has gotten at this type of art. Have a look below:

Earlier this year, the deep learning AI character creation system Crypko went into beta.

Because Japanese law allows copyrighted images to be used in machine learning, I’d assume the ability for AI to make anime girls has probably increased at a faster pace.

For more, check out Crypko’s official site.

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Game Of Thrones' Concept Artists Have Designed Unseen Areas Of Westeros

September 20, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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In 2015, over 40 of the concept artists working on HBO’s Game of Thrones got together and decided to put on an exhibition, aimed at illustrating the wider world and history of George R. R. Martin’s universe.

With the author’s backing, and after three years of hard toil outside the job of actually working on the show, the massive collection of artwork is now ready for display.

The result is Unseen Westeros, an exhibition that includes over 80 pieces designed to introduce fans to Ice and Fire’s world as though they were a foreign tourist, with different soundtracks being piped into different rooms and a complete audio guide that narrates the experience.

Exploring areas of Martin’s universe that we haven’t seen in the show, whether because of geography or history, think of it as a Director’s cut of the world itself.

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It’ll run from January 23-27 at the Umspannwerk Reinickendorf in Berlin (much of the show’s art is done in Germany). It’s a non-commercial event, and entry will be free, but the team behind it are running a Kickstarter to help cover the costs of stuff like rent, lighting and insurance.

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Teacher Inspires Students With Chalkboard Art

September 12, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Naohiko teaches art at a junior high school in Japan. To inspire students during athletic day competition, the teacher drew some encouraging chalkboard art.

In Japan, a school’s athletic day is a big deal, with students divided up into different colour-coordinated teams. Naohiko’s class, it seems, was the green team.

As GameOver points out, here is some of the encouraging chalkboard art, with positive messages telling students to win the whole festival and triumph over the blue and red team rivals.

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According to Naohiko, he worked on art in the evening through late at night after the students went home. He spent hours doing this chalkboard art.

And he only used six different colors.

If you are interested in how Naohiko did the chalkboard art, here is the underdrawing for the My Hero Academia art.

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Best part? His class did well in the athletic festival, coming in as the runner-up.

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Artist James Clar’s new exhibition in Manhattan, The World Never Ends, includes a mock documentary c

September 7, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Artist James Clar’s new exhibition in Manhattan, The World Never Ends, includes a mock documentary called “Beyond the Uncanny Valley,” which features top Japanese fighting game players—including Momochi and Chocoblanka—as they discuss a future in which esports is king. It runs through October 20. Details here.

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A PS2 Mod For Your Feet

August 19, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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These PlayStation sneakers aren’t official—I doubt either Nike or Sony would go with something so obvious—but the results are still pretty cool.

I’m not a fan of the button placement down the sides, as it looks a bit cheap, but the colourway itself and small PlayStation logos are nice.

They’re a pair of Nike VaporMax Plus, and their garish retro-futurism is a perfect fit for the PS2 era (or at least its menu screen).

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You can see more of Pino’s work at his Instagram.

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Concept Artist Shows How Far He's Come

August 8, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Kouji Tajima is a concept artist based in Vancouver. He’s worked on Blade Runner 2049, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the 2014 Godzilla movie.

As pointed out by Hachima, Tajima recently uploaded art he did at the age of 12. He redid that same drawing at the age of 25.

This is inspiring! Kotaku previously profiled Tajima, who showed how his work improved over the course of fourteen years. Sure, he was born with talent, but he also has a strong work ethic.

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This just goes to show that if you draw every day, you will get better. You might not end up doing concept art for major Hollywood films, but you will improve.

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Apple plans 'Time Bandits' remake as a new TV show

July 28, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

We still don’t know what to make of Apple’s original content TV plans, but Deadline reports that the latest series in development is an adaptation of the 1981 Terry Gilliam film Time Bandits. While the movie is already a cult classic, the potential of a trip through history with six dwarves on the run from the Supreme Being seems like an idea that you can stretch to a full season or three. Gilliam will reportedly be a “non-writing executive partner,” so we’ll see if the new creative team can live up to our nostalgia.

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