I was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci to write this essay. I had looked into a few artists of today whose works really “grabbed” me. It was Leonardo who took me deeper though. I saw parts of myself in his works, his studies and especially his curious nature about life. He was fascinated by the world around him and observed everything he could. He was rather selective about who he show his works to because he was worried that people would misuse his designs for selfish reasons.
He goes by the pseudonym Banksy, but the vast majority of the public have no idea who he really is. He is a graffiti artist who has to protect his identity for safety sake. His anonymity allows him to speak on everyone’s behalf. It also offers the reward of making him famous. People can’t help but notice the shocking expressions on walls that encourage them to stop and think. What we do know of him however, is that he “was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Brisol aerosol boom of the late 1980’s.” - so says Tristan Manco, an author, art director and designer in Brighton UK.
An inspiring artist, Salvador Dali was a major icon in the Surrealism art movement. Surrealism is about the dream world controlled by the subconscious. Everything appears as symbols with a deeper meaning. Nothing is straight forward or rational. Things appear to be nonsensical at first, but when one studies the images in depth, things come together. One doesn’t always grasp the intention of the artist at first. It’s the kind of style where one can look at a painting for weeks and everyday see something different. It’s not just the artistic talent that one can enjoy, but also the strange misunderstood message.
Game design is an interesting field. Games can serve many purposes besides entertainment. They can be educational in teaching a skill or knowledge. As long as it’s interactive, fun to use and has a story in an artistic environment, it counts as a game. I see myself pursuing the path of game development as a programmer, but at the same time I would also enjoy creating the graphics for games. Since programmers exist only in the shadows (and the credits) there is very little to no information available about them. Therefore I have chosen to write about an art director of Blizzard. Samwise Didier has done some of the artwork in games like the Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo series.