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Picture It – Landscapes (from ArseniXC)

September 30, 2013, by , posted in Art

Girl by the window on a snowy day

Oh the art you can come across without even trying to find it. I came across the image above randomly the other day and was so awestruck by the colours and level of detail on the artwork that I needed to find out more about who created such a wonderful artwork and what other works they had created.

Who was it? The artist was called ArseniXC and his works did not fail to impress.

Landscaping or just land scraping?

I have to admit I have a bit of an obsession over artists that demonstrate a particular talent with landscape art. Most artists that are not bleeding amateurs like myself will have some skill with landscape art because it is what frames their entire image, the setting which their characters must inhabit and sometimes can lend to help charactise who they are depicting even better without cluttering over the character herself.

But drawing landscape art is another skill in itself. If you feel that drawing people is hard, often drawing the landscape is a step higher in terms of difficulty. Obviously the aspects to consider you would normally consider, such as perspective, shadows, light, yet the scale of it is so much grander. What makes landscape artwork gather that extra level of complexity that just drawing characters doesn’t always have?

Back to ArseniXC

ArseniXC is clearly multi-talented, and you can see the rest of his work on pixiv. Although being talented at different types of art and styles isn’t necessarily special when considering all the artists I or even you have looked at — in fact this is probably one of the more expected things these days. Regardless, his art is particularly special because he has a real knack with light, colour and how they blend together. There is nothing simple about his use of light, it is detailed to an extreme you feel as if you could spend hours just looking at it. Light, colour and detail are big things, for me.

I love the fact that in some artists’ works you can clearly see brush strokes – this makes the entire thing look like a painting. ArseniXC shows skill with this, yet similarly capable of creating artworks that shine as though they weren’t artworks at all, but almost as though they were generated/rendered or if they were photographs.

What better artwork than these to showcase the wide range of his skills? It’s almost showing off.

Cafeteria dayCafeteria night

Take a flick between the day and night versions of this illustration of what appears to be a cafeteria of some description. Whether in gloom and shadow of the night or within the light of the daytime, the colours are vibrant and varied, detail is enhanced or made more subdued and the focus is carefully selected. Either way, it’s obvious that this is the same cafeteria, but it can be seen from such different perspectives.

It really gets the imagination going as to what could be set here. And yet – this artwork would probably be too detailed for even a visual novel! Well, maybe we’ll see big things from him yet.

Reminder: AGM on October 5! What club positions are there?

September 24, 2013, by , posted in News

UTS AGM Time

A reminder to all that the AGM is coming up on October 5! This is your chance to review Anime@UTS over the last year, propose changes to the club, and elect the executive team for the 2013-14 period, but at the same time it’s much more than that!

To join the Anime@UTS AGM’s Facebook event, click here! The location is CM05C.01.29!

We hope to see you there!

Want to know what position you can go for?

We’ve compiled a handy list of positions and what they entail!

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Music Monday: >Based SHAFT

September 23, 2013, by , posted in Music

Each of their shows is filled with character development, engaging dialogue, thought provoking themes, deep plot, intelligent humor, symbolism (meanwhile at shaft).

This seasons Monogatari series second season is no exception. If you guys remember Bakemonogatari – Nadeko Snake ark and the ever so famous OP – Renai Circulation, then you will be pleased to hear the in this seasons monogatari Nadeko has her own ark and a new OP to match it!

Here is a link to Renai Circulation (RC), and here is the new OP called Mousou Express (ME):

Doki Doki

I would like to compare the two. In RC we can see that Nadeko is all cheerful and looking forward to seeing her beloved Koyomi-oniichan, she is trying hard with her studies and going forward in her life in a skipping pace. In ME its the exact opposite. To be honest Shaft just reused some parts form RC but played them backwards, but it does convey a message. She has regressed, she has fallen into a dark state of boredom a slight depression. She can’t be bothered studying or working hard; “excuses and reasons are just to bothersome, because its fate there is no helping it” – she sings. She just wants everything everything everything everything. Her childish and selfish side has shown itself and that is what this ark is all about (kinda, no spoilers).

Have fun watching, this series is available via official free stream on daisuki.net

Music Weekday – Anime clu–er, bands.

September 19, 2013, by , posted in Music

Well, it has almost reached the end of the week, so it’s hardly a Monday, but what does it matter? We can have music any day of the week. Today I want to take a small look at anime bands. But do I mean bands in anime, or do I perhaps mean bands that have formed because of anime. Let’s take a look at the former.

Girls Dead Monster in Angel Beats, ENOZ in Suzumiya Haruhi, Egoist in Guilty Crown, Houkago Tea Time in K-ON!, Bad Luck in Gravitation and of course the little jazz band in Sakamichi no Apollon. Well, I suppose I would get injured severely if I didn’t mention BECK as well. In any case, as you can see, bands in anime are fairly common. There’s one I’ve left off that list though (amidst many others, no doubt), and you wouldn’t know of it anyway unless you read or watch SKET Dance… and of course you would then only know their songs if you also watched the anime.

The band in SKET Dance is called The Sketchbook and its members consist of the members of SKET Dance, a school club that aims to help out people in need. The story shares lots with Gintama, but that’s another story and one not related to music.

Really, there’s two real-life bands coming out of SKET Dance though. One is called SKET Rock and consists of four of the seiyuus from the series, chosen by voting by viewers (their songs are not quite my cup of tea, I’ll admit). The second is the band mentioned previously, The Sketchbook, which has taken off into a band in their own right and were formed by audition to perform the songs initially for a concert to happen in the anime, and it’s OPs and EDs, but they are still out there making their own music now. There’s something quite addictive about their music somehow… perhaps it’s their energy…

The above is one of their songs, Michi. Their music only ever involves the instruments the trio play, guitar and guitar and drums (I know, I oversimplify) along with the obvious of vocals, but they are able to move from energetic and fun songs to more gentle yet cheerful songs. The trio are well synced and clearly very talented. Their music videos usually feature some quite gorgeous visuals and….. I can’t stop staring at her legs I mean what……

Anyway, the vocalist’s voice does at some points seem a little flat in some songs to me, he surely does have a very versatile voice and the three are a great pick, especially seeing some of the different people who come to audition! (There’s a video on YouTube somewhere, I guarantee.) I do wish the other two would also sing more too sometimes though – some harmony would really make this even more magical!

Music Monday – Addictive, Old, Favourites.

September 9, 2013, by , posted in Music

We’ve all seen the Code Geass posts and references many times throughout the years this site has been up, but nonetheless of all the songs that we associate with Code Geass, who would pick out Kaidoku Funou, otherwise translated as “Impossible to Decipher”, which was the second opening theme song to Code Geass?

I have no idea why I have fond memories of this song, we first became acquainted in my HSC year when I preferred to watch anime than study (anime such as Bakemonogatari and Darker than Black, mind you – good, good times). Somehow this song became one of those tracks that I continuously played on a loop in order to force my rebellious brain into focusing on studying, rather than the however many other things it wanted to do. How? Why?

The song touched a note in me the first minute I heard it, when I’m usually the type to skip over opening theme songs unless they grab me in those first opening bars. This is the reason I know barely any Bakemonogatari theme songs and I only know the first Darker than Black opening theme song. What an impatient kid I was. Maybe I liked the pessimistic note of the song when I was in those days where parents barked down my neck to study when the impending doom that was the HSC loomed over me, but looking back on it again, there’s simply something quite addictive about that guitar opening that leads into the song.

Interestingly enough, this song doesn’t bring back bad memories now though. I still think of that wonderful opening sequence as I listen to it and try to sing along with Jinn’s lyrics. Although it seems easy, it’s actually a lot more difficult than it seems, though perhaps there’s also the fact that my voice isn’t too suited for it… It’s a testament to the song itself however, as what attracts is not the animation – as it isn’t anything particularly special (in fact almost all of the scenes used are simply reused) – but the song itself is compelling.

I’m not typically into rock music because it hurts my head, but this song is just something else for me. Do you guys have addictive old favourites too?