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Earlier this year, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi was campaigning for reelection and used a rather unusual method for being in many different places at once: he became a hologram. Not biologically, but with the help of a company called NChant3D that broadcast his nearly hour-long speech in 53 different locations. Now a US company called HologramUSA has the rights to use that technology in the US, and has just hired a lobbyist in Washington, DC to push the Democrats and Republicans into using holograms in the upcoming 2016 presidential election, reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The result could be long-dead politicians from America’s Founding Fathers, to more recent and beloved party figureheads like Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. Politicians might also use it to do the same thing as Modi, and be in two places (or more) at once, stretching “in person” appearances on the campaign trail.
Anonymous said: Your lines are pretty awesome! How did you make them so lively?
Aw, shucks. Thank you! I think a lot of it comes from just drawing a lot, but also the understanding of principles like Straights v.s. Curves and line flow. I highly recommend the Drawn to Life book series and Force.
I’ve also started doing this warm-up trick that I learned from my figure drawing professor last semester. Fill a page with circles, lines, squiggles, etc.
Doing these will loosen up your wrist and also practice hand motions for quick drawing. It’s really useful!
I also suggest doing lots of gestures, both from reference and from imagination. Pixelovely is great for that. These are some I did not too long ago quickly from imagination:
Just draw fast and loose and don’t think about it too much. Get those drawing principles ingrained into your head to the point where you do it without thinking about it. Practice, practice, practice!
You should also check out Rad’s how-to blog, because it’s chock full of great stuff on drawing principles.
- Draw a lot
- Know your anatomy
- Learn the principles
- Draw loose with your whole arm
- Draw a lot!
I hope that answers your question, anon!
Chris Foss - The Warriors of Day, 1979.
Concept Art for Cyber Sled by Namco, circa 1993.
Zaxxon by Sega, 1982
MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,
"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."
Horrible flashlight thoughts. This may be next-level dakimakura tech which is uhhm. Laser Cake at the end is pretty neat though.