A few weeks ago I saw the Darkest Hour, the film about Winston Churchill and just how easy it would have been for Britain to just give up. One of the books that I have in my library is an abridged history of WW2 from Time Life books that has been in the family since the late 1960’s. In addition to Churchill’s text, the book has photo and art sections including some paintings from the Pacific theatre done by a man named Tom Lea. The pictures are stark in their images of the weariness and horrors of war and in showing the determination of the people involved in the war to get the job done regardless of the cost. The cost was high, as this famous picture shows.
Lea did not pull his punches as this gruesome picture of a marine’s last seconds shows.
Combat Gallery Sunday: The Martial Art of Tom Lea
In addition to the WW2 pictures, Lea was apparently a life long artist of Texas history and culture.
You can find out more about the artist here as well as buy his books,
As promised here’s the art of the week about John Reinhard Weguelin. I had never seen his work before until I encountered it by accident. Here’s his wiki page.
Art of the week is supposed to be a celebration of the creative and what’s beautiful and excellent in contemporary and historical art. On the other hand sometimes you need to look at what is considered “art” and start asking ourselves “is this how we want to be remembered?”
I’ve been trying to get to Wonderfest in Japan for over ten years now and have been blocked for a number of reasons. Still I am amazed at the sculpting level of some of the garage kit makers year after year.
Here’s some examples from this year’s winter wonderfest. All from Nekomagic.com
many of these are NSFW, so don’t look unless your sure
Thanks to Nekomagic.com for the pics:
The Wonder Festival wiki page:
The official Wonder Festival page(Japanese)
The show runners have set up special licensing deals with the anime producers so that figures made from anime can be made and sold without special licensing deals. So many of the figures made and sold at these shows are anime related. Many others are original work. This is only a sample of the works at a typical Wonder Festival.
Ran into this great illustrator on Pinterest.
Apparently there’s no personal website. Shannon Associates does have a page for him:
Anyway here’s some pics.
I did a post with Higgs’ corkscrew a while back, but his stuff is certainly worthy of an “art of the week.”
Alphonse Mucha was one of the stars of Art Nouveau. He is most well known for the many posters he did for Sarah Bernhardt. He did many other wonderful paintings as well.
The art of the week this week is Danny Elfman’s soundtracks.
Elfman’s soundtracks have a movement and a bounce that say, John Williams soundtracks do not. While a Williams soundtrack will tend to make you think of grandiose and large scenes, the imperial march, for instance, an Elfman score will bounce. Here’s a playlist so that you can listen for yourself.
About 17 years ago I ran into a quirky science fiction webcomic where the main character looks like a pile of poo.
One would think that something like that would be, well, a pile of poo and disappear fairly quickly. Yet the humor and storytelling overcame the rather poor art. The comic has been a long, long stream of humor, interesting story telling and even stranger characters and backgrounds. The fact that the story has been able to keep going for seventeen years is an achievement in itself. Being able to maintain the quality of the storytelling makes Schlock truly a great work.
After all, how many writers would turn Christmas elves and ninjas into wargame icons.
There’s a LOT more like this in Schlock Mercenary.