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FDR, arguable one of the best presidents of all time. Known for his program "The New Deal" and other such accomplishments, what is not not known is his many victories in battle against many different types of enemies. FDR possessed great power and technology as can be seen from his transforming wheel chair in which he slayed many foes.

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Thomas Jefferson was never much of a warrior history tells us, but yet again history is wrong. This is an image of one of the many attempts by Jefferson to battle all the manliest animals on earth while trying to teach them the ways of America.

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Epic Meal time.
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In 1752 before Ben Franklin invented Pizza, Gameboy, the iPad2 or Mexican food he was contemplating how to conquer electricity. Being the genius he was he decided go get it at its source, this being Zeus. Strapping himself to a kite, and equipping some homemade lightning claws he ascended through the clouds and into the realm of the Gods to battle it out with Zeus. This is a painting capturing the exact moment the battle started.

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Merry Christmas, and whatever else, everyone! :) This is a piece I've just finally competed for my father for Christmas. One of his and my favorite historical individuals, George Washington. I wanted to depict him in a truly epic way. I first had the idea of depicting him as he was as a colonel in the French/American Indian war, as that is where the most famous of instances with him being shot at and surviving happened. Well, then there was this time the British sharpshooter had him in his sights when he was a General in the American Revolution, but he just felt the need to drop his weapon... At any rate, as a colonel, he was ordered to deliver a message by horseback across the battlefield to his acting general. He did so, but not before surviving two horses shot out from under him and three bullet holes through his clothes -- two through his coat and one through his hat! Needless to say, that's quite the image of a man having his horse shot out from under him and his clothes riddled with bullets, yet still he doesn't waver, presses ever forward, and survives unscathed! I liked the uniform probably better from his colonel days, being an awesome red and blue. But, ultimately, I decided to meld that in with this showing him in his General regalia, leading his men in the Revolution, instead. So, it's a piece more depicting the seminal character and symbol of George Washington now than any one particular event.

My next thought was animating this to music, and I really got crazy ambitious with all of that. First, I've never animated a flash piece before and second, I've never composed a musical score before. I was very rusty on my reading of music, and have only ever played the trumpet over a decade ago in my Elementary through High School days (graduated in 97). However, I have mixed musical scores for films before, and I found that I could work midi through Garageband and also ProTools. I wish I would have started with ProTools, because having to switch back and forth due to Garageband not having adequate ways to share was painful. But, anyway, I was intending to use the Star Spangled Banner as inspiration. This is The George Washington March, as I've now labeled it. *One final master was mixed to give little more separation to the instruments by a friend that offered to do it really quickly, once he heard it. I eventually animated this piece, fighting it tooth and nail because of how large and slow it was, through After Effects, then had to search around crazily to try and get it properly converted to swf. After Effects, let's just say, while it can do it, I wouldn't recommend it for something this large. A 1GB to 5GB flash file also is completely useless. I wound up saving the portion I could get working to an MOV file, editing that in Final Cut Pro, and taking that MOV file and using a converter to make it into a workable swf file. The MOV, I think I will upload to YouTube later. *later is now :)

With all of that together, though, and after 2 1/2 months of composing, photoshoping, and animating (the animation itself didn't take but a night, or two), literally forgoing lots and lots of sleep, exercise, and working sometimes all night and all day (I felt like I was possessed), here I finally have my ode to Washington and a tribute to him for my dad -- the best dad I could ever ask for :)

I hope you enjoy it, too. PS: if you're not American, I hope the piece at least speaks to you also in some way :)


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I’m doing some concept work on this video game project.

Wanna help get it made?

The DeadCoats are Coming

In Halloween, 2011 Neo-Pangea hatched the idea to create the world’s first Flash First Person Shooter, and they called it - DeadCoats. Built as an experiment in under three weeks, it was unleashed to the world. The game instantly received rave reviews and legions of fans demanded more, and it’s not hard to see why.Who wouldn’t want to relive the great American Revolution as founding-father Ben Franklin with a lightning-powered musket, zapping the heads off of DeadCoat zombies?

Now the Neo Pangea crew is trying to take it to the next level,and they’d like your help.

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Donate if you can.

Spread the word.

Do it for America.
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a lil piece I did for my friends online Flash game

play it here:

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“The Man Who Would Not Be King.” by Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. George Washington is one of the most recognized figures in U.S. history. But familiarity breeds contempt. More often than not, Washington is an old painting on the wall – solemn, impersonal and distant – or the subject of childhood stories and nursery rhymes. We all know that he chopped down a cherry tree and had wooden teeth. The actual Washington is much more compelling. We can all see the brilliant flourishes of Jefferson's pen, Madison's constitutional handiwork or the success of Hamilton's economic policies, and that can cause us to overlook or underestimate the magnitude of Washington's achievement. Yet he really was, as Washington's greatest biographer, James Flexner, put it, the "indispensable man" of the American founding. ...And the key ingredient in all of these things was moral character, something that Washington took very seriously and which gave to his decision-making a deeply prudential quality and to his authority an unmatched magnanimity. "His integrity was pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision," Jefferson later observed. "He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man."

George Washington, Draft First Inaugural Address, April 1789: “The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institution may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes. Should, hereafter, those incited by the lust of power and prompted by the Supineness or venality of their Constituents, overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the unalienable rights of humanity: it will only serve to shew, that no compact among men (however provident in its construction and sacred in its ratification) can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchm[en]t can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.”

From George Washington's private prayer journal. "O most glorious God ... Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit.... Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy Son Jesus Christ.... Thou gavest thy Son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation...."

"Cleanse my soul O Lord, I beseech thee, from whatever is offensive to thee, and hurtful to me, and give me what is convenient for me. Watch over me this night, and give me comfortable and sweet sleep to fit me for the service of the day following. Let my soul watch for the coming of the Lord Jesus; let my bed put me in mind of my grave, and my rising from there of my last resurrection; O heavenly Father, so frame this heart of mine, that I may ever delight to live according to thy will and command, in holiness and righteousness before thee all the days of my life."

"Almighty God…I yield Thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to Thine own service and for Thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me."
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This is going to be my first year of voting for the American Presidential Election and I cannot be more definite about who I am going to vote for. Ron Paul for President.

For those who would like to hear more about what he stands for, you can check out these great videos on youtube.

• The World Is Endorsing Ron Paul For President 2012 - [link]

• Ron Paul's Greatest Debate Performance Ever - [link]

• Ron Paul's Amazing "What If?" Speech - [link]

This was made is within the boundaries of Fair Use. No copyright infringement intended. All the source pictures are owned by their rightful owners.
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Made this a while ago, can't remember why I didn't post it here. Anyway, here is a quick poster of "The Amazing Spider-Man".

The movie comes out on 3 July 2012 and can't wait for it.

Please comment = D
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Since The Dark Knight is re-releasing in january so i just thought of making a poster for it
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print 2 copies on 11x17 inch paper. glue to posterboard with one side overlapping. cut, score, fold, glue, enjoy! Sized to hold a single serve banquet brand salisbury steak meal while maintaining the original size ratio.

NOT satisfied with the salisbury steak placement. could be more like the in game placement. making some home made steaks to re-shoot the photo. EVERYTHING ELSE is perfect. The fonts used in game are RAGE italic and Rockwell.
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Should be sized to hold 2 twinkies both based on the slogan and the name "Fancy Lads".

Only 2 more left until I have every food item in the game. print on posterboard or cardstock, cut, score, fold, glue, then stuff two twinkies in and you should be good to go! twinkies not included.
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Soldier, Continental Army, 1779

During the War of the American Revolution, the Continental Army was an integrated army, with men of both European and African descent serving side by side in the same units. According to a Hessian eyewitness, "No regiment is to be seen in which there are not negroes in abundance: and among them are able-bodied, strong, and brave fellows."

The integrated part played by the African American soldiers in the Continental Army was one which, sadly, would not be repeated until after the Second World War.
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Ensigns and the Regimental Colours of the 57th Regiment of Foot, c. 1775.

This is actually a detail of a much larger work of mine which at this time I'm unable to reproduce of due to it's size. But I think the cropping I had to do has made for a more interesting composition.

Medium: Pen and ink, watercolor.
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A fairly rare thing from me- a battle picture. I don't paint many of these.
The charge of the Regiment of Clare, Irish Brigade in the service of France, against the British Guards at the Battle of Fontenoy, 11 May 1745. The Irish Brigade suffered some 500 casualties on the day while capturing 15 cannon, a colour of the Coldstream Guards was taken, and the attack of the Irish compelled the British Guards to retire.
(From the Erik Goldstein collection)
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Argosy 1 and 2 are accelerated into a Marsbound transfer orbit by their NERVA nuclear boosters. This burn adds 3.8 meters per second to the Earth's orbital speed around the sun, breaking the ships out of Earth orbit and injecting them on a long elleptical solar orbit. Most of the boost phase takes place in orbital night. Dawn comes as the combined ships rise in their outbound trajectory. They will be in continuous daylight from now until they enter orbit around Mars.

Rendered and modeled in Lightwave 10 and Photoshop CS 3

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In the mid eighties, a system of cycling spaceships picking up and dropping off OTVs near Earth and Mars was proposed as an efficient system to supply a manned Mars presence. I've shown 3 such OTVs rising in elliptical orbit over Mars, from their initial aerocapture maneuver. 2 Astronauts conduct EVA from the nearer OTV with MMUs. I've tried updating the 80's design with materials for the habitats based on Boeing's ISS modules. This piece was modeled, lit and rendered in Lightwave 7.5c, on a Mac dual 1.2 Gig G4. Thanks to [link] for the Mars bump and color maps, based on MOLA data and Mars Observer images.
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Vehicles loosely based on the 1986 NASA NERVA 2 INterplanetary spacecraft design. This piece actually started out as a test of my new Mk II Mars close-up terrain, using Mars Orbital Laser Altimetry Data to deform a geodesic metaform 1/8th sphere. Then I put another (slightly larger) 1/8 sphere over it to create the atmosphere. Then inspiration struck, and this is the result. I all ready had modeled the NERVA 2 vehicle some time ago.

Modeled and rendered in Lightwave 8.5, with touch up in Photoshop.

Thanks for taking a look!
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Well, on the 4th of July this year I submitted a Christmas themed wallpaper... so now, two days after Christmas, I am submitting an Independence Day wallpaper, yes I know I am all backwards!

Anyway... this wallpaper is of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Declaration of Independence from: :iconslevin28:

Thomas Jefferson portrait and signature searched online.

Made in Photoshop CS3.
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James Madison ~ March 16 1751 - June 28 1836


This is a wallpaper I made of James Madison, the 4th President of the United States of America and author of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Portrait of James Madison by John Vanderlyn can be viewed here: [link]

U.S. Constitution and signature searched online.

Made in Photoshop 7.
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This is a beamliner. Beamliners are interstellar spacecraft propelled mainly by a large magnetic sail. Their name stems from their method of propulsion; by deflecting a tightly focused beam of charged smart-particles with a magnetic sail, or, in some cases, smaller momentum-exchange sails directed at the spacecraft from a beam projector station. The beamliner is accelerated out-system on such a beam up to its cruise velocity of 35% the speed of light (or .35c). It then coasts in interstellar space, before reactivating its magsail to start braking against the interstellar medium. Once in proximity to the destination system's beam station (about 200 AU), it then decelerates on that beam for about a year and docks with the station. Some designs have drive systems that allow them to drop into orbit around a specific planet after deceleration. Since beamliners require an active particle stream to brake on, they can only travel between systems advanced enough to host beam stations (although most do take advantage of passive braking techniques by using their magsails to shed velocity in the interstellar medium). Travel to an uninhabited or unexplored system requires a secondary deceleration method to slow down to orbital velocity, and is only done with robotic probes.

Before embarking on a beamliner en route to a settled exoplanet, passengers must spend several years undergoing extensive gene therapy in order to be placed under hibernation to survive the long journey through interstellar space. Although most trips take less than a century to complete, and particle streams are becoming capable of pushing beamliners to higher velocities, storing passengers in a state of suspended animation simply saves mass by eliminating the need for extensive life-support systems an active crew would require, such as providing and recycling consumables. Passengers only need to undertake this treatment once; so once augmented, they can safely undergo "coldsleep" again if they can obtain passage aboard another beamliner.
The energy needed to push a spacecraft to even sub-relativistic velocities (< 0.5c) is quite substantial. Thus, the mass of interstellar spacecraft must be reduced as much as practically possible. Most of the craft’s mass comes from the magnetic sail itself. Although it is merely a series of very thin superconducting hoops, it is over 75 kilometers wide when fully deployed, and can total up to 40,000 kilograms. The next most massive part is the debris shield and crew modules. Such craft are often quite fragile in appearance, consisting largely of skeletal truss members made out of advanced lightweight composites. Even with such mass-saving designs, the raw energy need to accelerate interstellar spaceships to cruise velocity (or rather, the energy needed to power the particle stream to push the spacecraft) exceeds several tens of terawatts. Thus, beam projectors orbit close to the local star where solar power is cheap and abundant, using vast photovoltaic arrays to generate the monumental quantities of power necessary to push a ship across interstellar space. Obviously, orbiting close to a star presents its own unique technical problems, mainly shielding the station’s delicate components from the star’s intense heat and occasional stellar flares.
Depending on the distance of the star system in question, most systems near Sol have enough beamliner traffic between them to service the system once every 4 or 5 years. Beamliners are spaced along their trajectories such that there is always one arriving every few years, even though an individual beamliner may take over a century to complete one route. Traffic volume can increase if a settled system develops into a terminus with multiple beam projector stations capable of handling multiple streams of traffic from different systems at the same time. Sol, being the first terminus system, was for a long time the hub of all outbound interstellar traffic, although it took several centuries to build up the infrastructure required to launch the first few missions. Although the network itself took nearly a millennium to reach its current size, today its growth has began to show dramatic increase as multiple star systems become advanced enough to start building their own beam stations and beamliner craft. It is expected that by the next millennium, the network will have expanded some 500 light years
While the network is most known for manned interstellar spaceflight, it has also made robotic exploration of the cosmos much faster and cheaper. Since probes are far lighter than any manned spacecraft, and also do not carry a fragile living payload, they can withstand higher accelerations and also easily achieve faster velocities. Thus, as it always has been, the frontiers of space exploration are expanded by robotic emissaries, followed by human explorers and settlers many years later.

This is the most common and popular style of beamliner, although other styles do exist.
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The Tsiolkovsky, the first manned interstellar spacecraft ever built, accelerates away from the Solar System with a crew of 100 frozen colonists. Using pulsed fusion propulsion, it powers it's way up to nearly 20% the speed of light. At such tremendous speeds, the diffuse gas and dust of the interstellar medium becomes a hail of deadly projectiles. To protect the the ship from the occasional collision with dust grains, a massive triple-layer impact shield absorbs the majority of impacts. By the time the Tsiolkovsky reaches it's target, the shield will be blasted and scarred with impact craters and radiation damage.

After it has achieved coasting velocity, the main engine is jettisoned. Once it is time to decelerate, a magnetic sail, a loop of superconducting wire many hundreds of kilometers wide is deployed, acting as a parachute by braking against it's destination's stellar wind. A smaller fusion-pulse engine then slows it into a capture orbit.
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I made this model to accompany a blog post I'm writing for Icarus Interstellar.

ICAN-II was an idea for an antimatter powered manned spacecraft that was developed at Penn State University (a university I will be attending in the fall) in the 1990's. The original design was intended for manned travel to Mars, but calculations were performed for a round-trip voyage to Jupiter and a no-return mission out to Pluto. The flight time from Earth-orbit to Mars was just 30 days and required only 30 nanograms of antiprotons to initiate the reaction, as well as 362 metric tons of reaction mass, provided by a spherical shell of silicon carbide.

Image background courtesy of NASA.
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