ImagineFX: Issue 14

January 29, 2007

The latest and possibly greatest issue of ImagineFX is out now, with a cool retro cover from US-based artist Patrick Reilly.

Inside issue 14
Master of Art
Marko Djurdjevic.
The man behind some of the most memorable Marvel covers in recent times…

ImagineFX Legend
Meet Bob Eggleton, one of the world’s best-known fantasy artists

Artist Portfolio
Skjan Srisuwan, Issue five’s cover star talks LEGO and how he paints with a mouse!

Top Ten
The fundamental rules of art that you’ve forgotten…

Artist Q&A
The leading digital artists answer your artistic questions. With tips and technique from Jonny Duddle, Melanie Delon, Henning Ludvigsen and more!


* Marko Djurdjevic on shedding your artistic fears - one you can’t miss!
* Sci-fi landscapes in Bryce 6. Master the new version of this 3D app with Adam Benton
* Effective character design. Create better characters with these 25 tips from leading concept artist Francis Tsai
* Feto lives! Create an unborn alien foetus in ZBrush
* Get to grips with panels. Comic art foir beginners with Frazer Irving.
* First snow. Paint an incredible sci-fi scene in Photoshop with Marc Brunet

On the DVD

* FULL version of Bryce 5. Yours to keep…forever!
* Ryan Church video training - the Star Wars prequels concept artist!
* High-resolution multi-layered files for each ImagineFX workshop
* The latest software demos
* 15 fonts, high-res images and textures
* Wallpapers of every ImagineFX cover image
* And much more!

iwNEWS: Galactica Cancelled?

January 21, 2007

Reporter Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette attended an NBC Universal party Friday night and had an opportunity to talk with executives and cast of Battlestar Galactica. Sc Fi Channel on which Battlestar Galactica appears is owned by NBC.

In an article that appeared January 16, Owen wrote: “Despite stellar reviews, ratings are down, not necessarily because fewer people are watching, but because so many viewers are watching on DVR or via iTunes downloads, not on cable. Sci Fi Channel executives hope to reverse the ratings trend by moving Galactica to 10 p.m. Sunday this weekend, but they’re not ready to discuss the show’s future.???

“I can’t talk about season four,” Owen quoted Sci Fi Channel executive vice president of original programming Mark Stern.

Because the contracts with the actors expire next month, Stern said a decision on renewal will come by mid-February.

Actress Tricia Helfer, who stars in Galactica as the Cylon Number Six, acknowledged that the current third season, which wrapped production before Christmas, doesn’t end with “anything tied up, that’s for sure.”

“I think we all feel like it’s coming back,” Helfer said, “but we don’t know. We’re all looking at [this time as a break, not an ending], but in this business you never know.”

Helfer said the move to Sunday is viewed by some as a death knell, because Sunday is more competitive than Friday. Others see it as potential salvation because more people watch TV on Sunday and might tune in.

iwNEWS: Sci Fi TV series will channel Wizard of OZ

January 21, 2007

The Wizard of Oz is about to get a makeover — but not like any makeover you know.

A wildly re-imagined, six-hour science-fiction fantasy called Tin Man will start shooting in Vancouver this spring, and will premiere on the U.S. Sci Fi Channel in December, Sci Fi program chief Mark Stern announced Friday at the semi-annual gathering of the Television Critics Association.

Tin Man is loosely based on L. Frank Baum’s classic book, and will feature Tony winner Alan Cumming in the role of Glitch, one of a motley crew of colourful characters trapped in a netherworld called “the Outer Zone.”

Tin Man tells about a young woman pulled out of her dreary day-to-day life and transplanted into the Outer Zone, a realm “rife with wonder but oppressed by dark magic.” Her journey begins on a fabled “Old Road,” which eventually leads to a wizard known as the Mystic Man.

The miniseries is being written by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who created the cult TV series The Pretender, and produced by Gulliver’s Travels’ Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.

iwNEWS: Schwarzenegger to reteam with Cameron

January 21, 2007

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and filmmaker James Cameron are set to work together again on new sci-fi movie Saturn 3, according to internet reports.

Fansite reports the California Governor will lend his voice to a robot in Cameron’s Saturn 3 movie. Cameron is slated to produce the project.

The film is a remake of a cult 1980 film, which starred Farrah Fawcett, Harvey Keitel and Kirk Douglas.

Schwarzenegger and Cameron previously worked together on The Terminator, its sequel and True Lies.

iwNEWS: Munich welcomes the Digital Elite

January 21, 2007

For the third year running, chairmen Dr. Hubert Burda, Publisher and High-Tech Investor Dr. Yossi Vardi will gathers foremost international experts, designers and pioneers from the digital industry, the media, and the world of art and design at the DLD (Digital - Life - Design) in Munich. Two days before the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, 500 selected participants will meet from Jan 21st to Jan 23rd 2007 to exchange ideas and introduce new projects and developments.

The future of markets, society and lifestyle is the centre question at the European Innovations Conference. As a consequence of the rapidly progressive digitalisation of all areas of life, “Life and Design” will assume a much greater thematic significance this year: New schools of thought in arts, architecture and design as well as a NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations).

The main topics are: “Gutenberg 3.0 - Media in Transition”, “Audiences, Communities & Brand Spaces”, “Start-ups made in Europe”, “Search, Social Networks & Gaming”, “Future of TV & Wireless Revolution”, “Digital Arts & Design - developing a New Modernity?”` as well as “The Climate Challenge”.

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