Blizzcon 2018 and the love of their games

#Blizzcon2018 is about to kick off the opening ceremonies and I am excited to be able to watch from home (while I work on a freelance assignment that kept me from being able to attend.)
 
I’ve been playing Blizzard’s video games since they started the company. I fondly remember in the mid 90s getting a new Packard Bell computer and among the included software was a disc featuring an orc and a human facing off. The game was the first four missions of the Warcraft RTS video game and I played those missions over and over again. I used to draw maps while I was at work at a call-center and then stay up into the wee hours of the morning, creating the maps for my friends and I to play in Warcraft 2. The first time I heard the haunting melody of the Rogue Encampment of Diablo 2 fame I was hooked and began a life long journey into the genre of ARPG video games. Epic battles at LAN parties playing Starcraft, destroying my friends, winning the games and not having to pay for pizza.
 
However none of these great memories will ever compare to the first time my best friend Joe Spina and I traversed the snowy mountains of Ironforge and began the long run across the Wetlands in the World of Warcraft:
 
David: “Dude, what are those names in red, in the distance.”
Joe: “Uh…those would be members of the Horde and we should, um, run.”
 
We turned around and started running back to safety and immediately encountered a wall of green names – members of the Alliance had come to fight the Horde. We watched as 20 or so players fought to the death and in that moment I became a fan of the World of Warcraft.
 
Overwatch has become my latest passion and I’m hoping for good news today at Blizzcon for this fantastic game. I am sad that I am not there today in Anaheim, to share in the celebration of a company that has changed the lives of so many around the world. The cosplayers are some of the best around and I hope to see them all next year and capture images to last another 25 years 🙂
 
In the meantime – Hailey S Cosplay and Reality Reimagined are reporting for duty 🙂


 
Cosplayer/Costume: Hailey S Cosplay
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#blizzardentertainment #overwatch #soldier76 #cosplay #composite #art #photoshop #haileyscosplay #realityreimagined
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BRING ME THANOS!

There are so many moments in the Marvel films that I have seen, that make me swell with that indomitable spirit of excitement, courage and power as a hero takes a stand and fights for the cause of justice.
 
But no moment can compare to a scene in the recent Avengers: Infinity War when Thor make his stand during the battle at Wakanda and rises to the skies, erupting in lightning and power, while his battle cry echoes for all to hear: “BRING ME THANOS!”
 
Thor said it best: “I choose to run toward my problems, not away from them. Because that’s what HEROES do.”
 
My dear friend Jeff Jackson is truly the embodiment of this God of Thunder (and hammers) and I admire his bravery, courage and being a living hero that runs right toward his problems and conquers them.


 
Cosplayer/Costume: Jeff Jackson
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#marvel #thor #cosplay #composite #art #bringmethanos #avengers #infinitywar #godofthunder #hero #realityreimagined
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That moment when art steals your soul

THAT MOMENT.  You’re zoomed into the document, painting details, focusing on pixels rather than the over-all image. That shadow needs to be adjusted, that highlight is too strong. Where is that color coming from, how do I blend it – should I blend it. You get tired, you get lost, your mind is so focused on a million little details and then you hit Control-0 and zoom out to take in the whole piece and your breath freezes in your lungs in absolute joy.

That moment is so rare for me, but when it happens I take the time to give thanks for the abilities that I have and the gifts I have been given. I am so grateful to be able to create. This piece of art makes my heart swell with pride and joy and I hope it catches your eyes too

This image was captured from my recent weekend adventure in Wisconsin hosted by a mentor and now friend, Dan Frievalt. Also now a friend, artist and designer that I deeply admire, Rachel Frank. This image features the new-to-the-modeling-scene talent of the stunningly beautiful Cassi Dorff, who has a smile that will knock you on the floor and eyes that you can lose your soul in. Cassi – you truly have an amazing presence on camera and I want to see you make the most of it. I still wouldn’t cast you as the villain, but pretty much anything else is a go

So friends: “The Spirit of the Forest”

“The Spirit of the Forest”

Model: Cassi Dorff
Designer/HMUA: Rachel Frank
Hosted by: Dan Frievalt
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

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Unique isn’t as lonely as it used to be

As I began to expand my journey with Reality Reimagined, I soon realized that my type of work (composite art) was considered a ‘specialty’ and the word unique was often associated to my existence as an artist. Being unique is rad, for sure, but it can become a lonely road to traverse. I began to dream of scenarios where I could attend a weekend workshop with other composite artists and explore the aspects of our unique art form. I looked to the folks in the industry that were doing this type of work and fantasied that they would be my fellows in these magically creative weekend adventures.
 
Well finally after many years, that fantasy became a reality.
 
I recently traveled to Wisconsin to spend an amazing weekend with four incredibly talented individuals: Dan Frievalt, Rachel Frank, Nicole Bottensek and Cassi Dorff. Dan started the idea, modeled after his own experiences with other artists in our unique industry. I was so floored when he asked me if I would be interested, that I’m surprised that I didn’t fall out of my chair. As we planned the weekend, we reached out to Rachel as we both are big admirers of her fantastic designs and she, as it turns out, is a fan of our work too!
 
She brought Nicole with her to model and Dan brought Cassi and the five of us had such a wonderful day of creativity.
 
I drove from Arizona (mainly to enjoy some fall color) and of course I had to bring a few props along with me. Rachel’s designs are outstanding, but when I casually mentioned that I brought a sword, everyone got that mischievous smile on their faces.
 
This experience was like no other in my career and I have begun planning future events around this same theme; swords and all 🙂
 
This is the first piece of many to come, featuring the fruits of our imaginations from that day.

Rachel Frank Designs

 
Design/HMUA: Rachel Frank
Hosted by: Dan Frievalt
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#fantasy #design #composite #art #horror #fear #sword #ice #blood #whoisthischaracter
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Vampires and all the feels – Photoshop composite art

MOAR VAMPIRES!  I can not even begin to describe to you the vast amount of feelings one encounters when you are standing in front of Lady Ember Sparks and you can not see her eyes, just that beautifully horrific smile.
 
I’ve experienced this before and I can safely say that it doesn’t matter what the model is wearing that covers their eyes, it’s just the fact that I can’t see them that drives me bonkers. I think it must have to do with my time in theatre as an actor. I spent so much time creating, emoting and connecting with my fellow actor’s eyes or the audience for that matter, that to be robbed of that connection is daunting at best.
 
Of course the fangs don’t help to manage the terror and that mask…I just can’t.
 
She was wonderful to work with and this was the first of many outings of creativity together and I look forward to the stories to come.

Seer of the Vampires

 
Model – Costume – MUA: Lady Ember Brennen Sparks
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#vampire #horror #halloween #art #fear #terror #scary #cantseeyoureyes #composite #photoshop #photography #realityreimagined #ladyembersparks
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