Sometime ago, I wrote a series of posts telling a story based around my activities in the computer game, Elite: Dangerous. It was a way of giving some life to my tales from a game that most of my readers would probably never experience. One of the characters in my tale was a bounty-hunter called Jaxon Border. He was first introduced in an episode called Waiting.

Over the last few years I have come to know an artist on Twitter through my interest in Truck Simulator – one shared by her partner. She goes by the twitter moniker SI’yann. In recent months she has decided to pursue her dream of becoming a digital artist and she is now open to take on commissions.

I sent her a link to my story with a suggestion that she might like to draw Jaxon Border for me. I think the story as told in English may not have translated too well into a clear description of the character in French, so we exchanged several messages as the work progressed. The first rough sketches were presented and I have to say they were very close to the Jaxon Border in my minds eye. Subsequently, with some refinements, we reached agreement on the final sketch…

Then it was up to Si’yann to come up with the colour version with a small amount of guidance from me. Here’s Jaxon in colour…

In many ways this digital art by Si’yann has captured the Jaxon Border I envisaged as I was writing and the decision to have him seated at the bar works so well for the character. Bounty hunter that he is, he’s clearly got his eye on something or someone seated away from the bar – possibly me, Anson22, just before our first meeting? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This was a new style of Character for Si’yann and I think she’s done great! If you’d like a character from your writings brought to life, then perhaps you should consider asking Si’yann if she might be able to help you out๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

I thought long about including this item in my PPAC entry for this week. I do like to look at the rules for challenges and stretch them a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ But this one goes beyond the point of stretching and steps outside the basic concept in that it’s not a photograph. Perhaps we need a separate category – SPAC (Screenshot Public Art Challenge) or DPAC (Digital Public Art…). However, I think it’s worth sharing…

This week is ‘Shark Week’ – Something which, I believe , began on Discovery Channel and has been embraced by Shark fans and other lovers of the natural world. To celebrate the occasion, one of my trucking friends and digital artist Si’yann has created a special trailer skin for us to use in the truck simulator games….

…Does that count as public art? Well, unlike my personal trailer skin, this one is available for anyone to download into their game and haul freight with. So it’s public to all who own the SCS Software games. Si’yann christened him ‘Shork’ and he appears on her instagram artists page as an item of digital art rather than a trailer skin – you can take a look at Si’yann’s art here. So, Shork is definitely in the public domain, just not painted on a wall ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, hope you liked the art work. Here’s some shots of my Merc hauling Si’yann’s special Shark Week trailer…

Happy Shark Week everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

A day later and also with slightly different content than planned (It rained heavily yesterday so I didn’t do my intended walk). So, for this week’s PPAC I’ve got an example of modern Shona Sculpture from Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare…

…The Shona people have a tradition of working in stone with the human face often forming a key part of the artwork.

Now something closer to home – about 400yds away! It’s graffiti – but not a very colourful form. Instead, it has something to say…

…The spraycan writing is as bad as my handwriting – which is why I use a keyboard ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I believe this transcribes as “Everyone has a chapter they don’t read out loud..” Makes a change from the usual ‘tag’ graffiti and it’s quite thought provoking too ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to Sculpture. Here’s a Horse Tamer from Piazza del Quirinale in Rome…

…It is one of a pair in the centre of the square that are believed to represent Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri. I’m afraid I can’t tell you which one this is! The sculptures are thought to date to the 3rd century AD. You can read more here.

I have another artform to show, but as that will be stretching the guidelines a bit too far, I’m going to show it in a supplemental post ๐Ÿ™‚