Scott’s Toy Box: Fun with the Artistic Touch
By M. Scott Anderson
Art is very important to me. That might go without saying: I am a graphic artist after all. In fact, you’re holding my work of art in your hands, or possibly looking at it on your screen. But art isn’t just the colors I choose to make Parents & Kids, it’s also what word choices I use in this very article. This month I decided to focus on art, from art history to colors of all hues to the art of movie magic.
Art History Heroes
From Today Is Art, we have a line of statues of Art History Heroes. There are currently seven Art History Heroes: Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo, Johannes Vermeer, René Magritte, and the latest addition, Salvador Dali. Each Art History Hero is about 5 inches tall and comes with a stand. The packaging box is a work of art itself: it includes facts about the artist and his or her most famous works. Included also are a sheet of paper, the art pieces and an easel you can cut out and display next to your statue. And just to warn you, they do contain small pieces. You can buy them at todayisartday.com for $35 Canadian dollars each.
Hue is a colorful puzzle game. You play as Hue, a boy looking for his mother, who has turned a strange shade of color and disappeared into a different plane of existence, unable to get back. Hue goes on a quest to find all the sections of a colored ring, that was made and hidden by his mother. Hue uses this ring to change the color of the background which causes objects to appear and disappear. This is how Hue solves the puzzles and moves through the levels. I recommend turning on the color-blind mode in the game settings, even if you aren’t color-blind. On my screen two of the colors where very similar, and the symbols that are added are very helpful in distinguishing the two. The game is available on Steam, Xbox One, PS4, and PS Vita for about $15.
The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures + Aliens
This book from Abrams Books is a deep dive of looking at how Star Wars creates the creatures and aliens, beginning all the way from their initial concepts to what we see on the screen as a result. Spanning all ten Star Wars movies, the book covers well-known aliens, such as Chewbacca and Yoda, and lesser known aliens, such as Nien Nunb and Bobbajo. My favorite part of this book is the collection of concept sketches for main characters, like the Jabba the Hutt. Each shows several drawings of the character, and you can really see the transformation and follow different decisions the filmmakers were making in the process. The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures + Aliens can be found on Amazon for $22.