Saturday, 27 October 2012

3DTotal rocked by the Rockers!

When one of the worlds most prominent CG Art websites required some CG inspired wall art, they didn't have to look too far. A simple phone call was all it took and the World Famous Wall Art Rockers did the rest.

UK based 3DTotal is one of the leading brands when it comes championing CG and Digital Art. The website offers a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, a free texture library and hundreds of free tutorials with over 1.5 million visitors per month.

After an initial chat with 3DTotal team they decided to choose two pieces of work (You and Me and Deep Impact) both by the legendary concept artists Andrée Wallin.
3DTotal have featured Andrée in several of their publications and were already huge fans of his work.

A week later the World Famous Wall Art Rockers personally delivered the wall arts themselves as they were keen to meet 3DTotal team in person and get their views on product itself.
As they were unwrapped in front of the whole team a chorus of gasps could be heard when they were fully unveiled for the first time.

The next ten minutes involved an enjoyable question and answer session as the team wanted to learn more about how so much detail and sharpness could be retained in the images despite their huge scale.

Tom Greenway (3DTotal Editor/Owner) was particularly impressed "They looked fantastic on the website but in real life they are simply astonishing." He continued "The gloss of the acrylic really makes the colours so vibrant and I love the contemporary look of the finished frame. They really do look like huge computer screens".

Receiving an overwhelming endorsement of quality by some of the industries leading CG and Digital Art professionals made the long journey back up North to WAR HQ that little bit easier.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

The 8-bit art revival - will it last?

On our Wall Art Rockers site you will run into a lot of artwork that wouldn't look out of place during the production of a videogame. 

In fact, you can view the work we did for Just Add Water, who helped bring Odd World: Stranger's Wrath back into being for a modernised re-release. However, a lot of game art these days, especially in the indie space, is trending towards a resolution that's not been seen on consoles much for decades: 8-bit. 

Low-resolution, it might seem at first to be extremely ugly or primitive. But when you look at the art seen in games like Superbrothers: Swords and Sworcery EP, you know that despite the lack of pixels, some of the art can really be mindblowing. But is it going to stick around, or is it just a passing thing? 

Realistically, it'll be around for decades, at least, and that's from this point forwards, not from its genesis point. Whether you were a gamer or you simply recognise someone's Pac-Man username, you'll know that retro art is a big thing. People like the art of yore, as it still has a sense of clean-cut simplicity to it that some multi-layered, more complex art does not. Here at WAR, we're into all sorts, and focus on progressive, incredibly detailed pieces, but low-res work certainly has its place. 

Whether it'll still be popular within certain mediums in time - not only in games, but even retro chip-tune music (music produced with old gaming hardware) - is something we'll have to wait for, as predicting the tastes of the world is simply impossible. But as society becomes more and more digitised, that appeal may actually just keep on growing. So don't worry about the Super Mario Bros. 3 art on your wall - it'll still be a worthy centrepiece in the years to come, we think.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Stranger's Wrath - Bespoke Digital Wall Art

Recently, we teamed up with our friends at Just Add Water (the developers of the legendary Oddworld Series) to produce a stunning large format wall art immortalising one of their most celebrated tittles - Stranger's Wrath.
The wall art is to take pride of place in the very studio where the JAW team create and develop their games therefore they required something truly inspirational!

After seeing a couple of our printed samples. Stewart Gillray (CEO of JAW Ltd) was left in no doubt that our unique and innovative "wide-screen" perspex wall art was the only way to present their artwork.
The very next day the talented JAW crew emailed over the image they wanted reproducing and the Wall Art Rockers did the rest.

Upon receiving the Stranger's Wrath wall art Stewart commented "Utterly amazing! The overall size is impressive enough but the quality of the print and the colours are simply breathtaking." He continued "We especially love the glossiness of the perspex which really does make it look like a huge computer monitor!"

We printed and delivered the Stranger's Wrath wall art within 7 working days.
We are now on the look out for other video game / software / CG related companies to WOW with our unique wall art for a digital generation!