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It’s Finally Here!!

It’s a sad yet happy day. Strange you say? Well yes it is, let me explain. Today is a sad day because I have to inform you all that I will no longer be posting on this blog. I know I know, it’s hard to think that I wont be here anymore and you’re thinking that you wont get to see any more of my art. Well that is where the good news comes in.

WE’RE MOVING!!!!!

All the art you come to enjoy here is on my new website www.artofjkelly.com along with a page for resources such as tutorials, guides, photoshop brushes and more. Since the site is so new, some of the resources are still being developed but the blog and gallery portion of the site are ready to go! Be sure to change your bookmarks or blogrolls to the new site and stop by to have a look around. Also make sure to “Like” me on Facebook to get updates on all the new things that will be happening at the new site.

I can’t wait to see all of you over at www.artofjkelly.com!


Something’s Coming!

Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here recently. There’s some big news coming and it’ll explain the recent silence. Check back soon to find out what’s going on!


Marooned – Collaboration

As the title suggests, this piece was a collaboration between myself and Brian from Currents of Space.  Some of you have seen his work, but for those who haven’t, check him out. He’s incredible! We’ve been working on this for the better part of the last three weeks. We’ve put a lot of effort into this one and Brian was able to teach me a lot. So a big thank you to Brian and without further ado… Enjoy!

( I recommend full view for this one)

Backstory:

After tracking the strange energy signature for more than a week, the survey team decided it was worth the risk to attempt contact with it. With no documented evidence of aliens, beyond single cell organisms, found anywhere in the cosmos; if they were to discover some sort of intelligent life, there’s no telling the rewards that might be theirs.

Dropping through the upper reaches of the atmosphere, they could see a blue point of light pouring exotic particles into the sky from somewhere in the cloud wrapped mountains. The boson sensor readouts began fluctuating wildly as they drew nearer, and the froth of subatomic particles began to boil in the space around the ship. Suddenly the pilot gasped in terror as he watched all of their flight systems begin to power down with no apparent cause. Frantic, he tried to transfer full control to his manual hydraulic override. Only due to his skill at forestalling the inevitable were they able to successfully crashland their ship on the side of a mountain not far from the alien tower itself.

Now they are stranded with little supplies and not enough food; and the eerie energy put out by the tower is interfering with their long range communication equipment, making a call for help impossible. Marooned on a foreign world with no way home, their only hope of survival is to make their way to the tower and whatever mysteries lay inside.


Forgotten Waters

This is the third piece in my mountain top landscape series called “Forgotten Waters”. 

While exploring an isolated mountain range you find a peak that overlooks a massive lake that has not been touched by humans in centuries. It’s so pristine and clean that you’re not sure if you want to tell others for fear that it will be overrun and eventually destroyed.

I created this with a strong message in mind and hopefully I’ve been able to translate that to you through this piece. I recommend clicking the image for a better view. I hope you enjoy.


Art with an Impact

When you look at a piece of art do you get an idea of what the artist was feeling when they created it? Can you feel what they felt, whether that’s anger, sadness, peace? All art is a form of expressing emotion or telling a story, but not all art does that. From time to time you’ll come across a piece where everything comes together to give you that feeling or tell you a story. Many artists work for a long time trying to create something that is able to do that for people. I know that over the last six months I’ve tried to do it and it’s always difficult to know if any of your work has gotten the message across that you were hoping it would, or even get any message across at all. Since it’s difficult to know if you’re making an impact with your art, I decided I would share something with all of you. I plan to do this from time to time as a way of letting people know that their art isn’t going unnoticed. 

There is another blogger out there who creates amazing work that seems to always tell a story. His name is Brian from Currents of Space. He also goes by regulus on Solar Voyager and corleonis on Renderosity for those of you that know those sites as well. Some of the stories he tells really pull you into his art and take you to another place. It’s not difficult to get pulled into a place that is so beautifully created. I know there are times that I look at his art just to get a little escape from the day. He is one of those artists that has that effect with his work.

Brian is a great artist and a big part of the space art community. Head over to his blog and take a look for yourself at some of the beautiful space art he has over there and enjoy opening your imagination and exploring new places while you’re there!


Witness

An amature astronomer, living in a colony on one of the moons of his home world, looks into the night sky with his telescope only to see one of their other moons being struck by what looks to be some kind of weapon. As he stands there watching the destruction of something that has been there his entire life, thoughts begin screaming in his mind. The thought that is screaming the loudest is, “If this is an attack, how much longer do we have?”

Just something quick I put together (just under two hours). I had an idea for a little story and decided to give it a try. I only spent about an hour and a half on this one so it’s far from perfect but I think it’s still fun. I hope you all enjoy.


New Look and New Art

Once again, I saw a new theme come through and I had to give it a try. After playing with the settings I’ve decided to stick with it for awhile. It’s nothing too fancy but it’s a nice dark theme with a lot of options to customize. I’ll probably keep playing with it for awhile and possibly make a custom header for it rather than using an existing image.

On another note, I have a new piece that is about ready to be released. It’s the third and final piece from my earlier works in progress post. Another landscape similar to “Above the Clouds”. I’m really having a great time putting together this little series of mountain top landscapes and I hope you’ve enjoyed it so far as well. Check back this weekend to see the new addition to the series.