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Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland

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Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland

With Comic Issues attending San Diego Comic Con for the first time this year, you could say our schedule was just a bit crazy. With plenty of things to cover, it was difficult to find time for everything.

We had one goal in mind: locate a featured artist. What was so amazing about the goal was just how easily it was accomplished. All it took was a chance meeting with one of our resident host’s Anthony Silva’s friend, Caleb Cleveland.

After just a short meeting with the guy, Anthony and I knew we had found our artist. Caleb Cleveland has a long history with the art community. Most recently, he was the artist of the Farscape comic book series. He also did the amazing Star Wars artwork for the Comic Issues banner.

We got a chance to sit down with Caleb and talk with him about his artwork and discuss what really makes him draw.

Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland
Website: http://www.calebcleveland.com
Deviant Art: http://innerabove.deviantart.com/

 

The Artists who Love Star Wars

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The Artists who Love Star Wars

Very few things have had an impact on people the way Star Wars has. At the time of the release of Episode IV: A New Hope, nothing like it had been really seen before. The scope and imagination of it all felt so expansive and endless. It was Star Trek on crack.

Star Wars has continued to capture the minds of the young and old, inspiring many artists to push their own talents all in an attempt to create something that touches people the way Star Wars had touched them. Those artists continue to pay homage in their off time, sketching Star Wars pieces out of love for the franchise that inspired them.

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Featured Artist: Kari Smith

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Featured Artist: Kari Smith

Like the great explorers of the past, I too went on an adventure. I journeyed through the deep jungles of Deviant Art, to discover what would turn out to be the latest addition to the already long list of webcomics that I read. I’m speaking of Plume. I had the opportunity to sit down with the creator Kari Smith to discuss the series and where she finds her inspiration as an artist.

Featured Artist Name: Kari Smith
Website / Webcomic: PlumeComic.com
Deviant Art : http://handmade-crown.deviantart.com/

Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to showcase other great artists. If you know anyone that you would like to see interviewed as a Featured Artist, please drop me a line on andrew@pixelatedgeek.com.

Featured Artist: Jeff Martinez

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Featured Artist: Jeff Martinez

The Comic Issues Podcast has been making its rounds at various conventions all over SoCal. Our goal was to locate new and upcoming artists that was when we met Jeff Martinez. During our time at Anime Conji, I came across a brilliant Green Lantern Corps poster; wanting to show my GL creds, I reached for my button. Unbeknownst  to me Larafleeze the Orange Lantern had already come through and straight out jacked it. Luckily for me, the artist I soon would be interviewing had some connections with OA. He made a quick call, and a Green Ring appeared.

That may have been our first meeting, but it certainly wasn’t our last. Between Wizard Wold Anaheim and the Green Latnern movie premiere we seem to run into Jeff all the time. I had the opportunity to interview Jeff, learning about his art process.

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Pixelated Fashion Week!

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Pixelated Fashion Week!

During Japan’s Fashion Week, designer Kunihiko Morinaga debuted his 8-Bit re-imagining of women’s clothing from his line “anrealage.”  His fashion line for the fall and winter 2011/2012 season encompasses quite the range of women’s clothing: everything from professional attire and dresses to sweatshirts and athletic-wear.  These contain the same pixelated feel to them, and, from far away, appear normal.  A close-up view makes them appear distorted and, well, pixelated.  The video footage from the show is fascinating; check it out below!

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Velvet d20 Pillows Hit ThinkGeek

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Velvet d20 Pillows Hit ThinkGeek

Running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign can be an exhausting endeavor, even to an experienced Dungeon Master.  So what better way to drift off to sleep than with your very own d20 pillow?

Available from ThinkGeek.com for $29.99 and designed by our very own Level Up writer, Justin Biegger, the pillow is ten inches in diameter, made of soft velvet, and looks both adorable and comfortable.  But that’s not all.  According to Justin, 10% of the profits from sales will go to the charitable foundation Child’s Play.  So, not only do you get an amazingly awesome pillow but you also get the satisfaction of knowing that some of the money spent is going to a good cause.

So the question remains: what are you waiting for?  Go get one!

Pacman Cake

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Pacman Cake

This cake of the week is from my 21st birthday: Pacman! This cake is sure to bring back memories of feeding token after token into the arcade so you could just beat one more level. This geek cake is made by me out of fondant, chocolate cake, with vanilla buttercream for my birthday last year.

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LEGO Rube Goldberg machine that’ll put your jaw on the floor

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LEGO Rube Goldberg machine that’ll put your jaw on the floor

Rube Goldberg contraptions have always fascinated me.  From OK GO’s music video to a complex way to sell a car, there is just so much creativity and time put into these things.  Below is a video of a contraption made entirely from LEGO bricks, LEGO Technic parts, and LEGO Mindstorm computers (I know my LEGO).  If you have eight minutes to spare, press play below.

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