We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program…

… to bring you MOC LEGO Instructions: The Moldy Crow

I was recently asked to share instructions for one of my early LEGO creations. It’s a space ship from the 1995 video, Star Wars Dark Forces, and its 1997 sequel Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces IIThe ship is called The Moldy Crow and its unique in-game design made it a fan favorite in the Star Wars video game community.

My Flickr Album of The Moldy Crow

LEGO The Moldy Crow by Travis Hiner

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A New Science-Fantasy Adventure

For the past three years, I’ve been pouring an increasingly large amount of my creativity into writing projects. The first of these projects is a novel I’ve been adapting from a movie idea I created during film school. The weight of writing this novel has been heavy, however, and about 18 months ago I decided I needed to supplement my writing with something much lighter in tone. Producing this blog went a long way in satisfying that need. However, my family’s love of creating with LEGO inspired another story concept that snowballed into a personally ambitious writing project.

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New Frontiers

It’s been a year since our gallery show in Palm Desert, California, and the past year has brought many, many changes to the The Suboken Project.

The first half of 2014 sustained a strong interest for the In A Place project. We sold quite a few limited edition prints from Series Two and Series Three. We were also able to get the In A Place photography/essay book into more peoples hands in search of support to finally get the book published.

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Jumping Atop Boulders To Cross A Rushing River

2014 has gifted The Suboken Project with some new developments and opportunities.

One such opportunity is the consolidation the Suboken.com portfolio website with the Suboken Project blog into a single web destination. As the saying goes, please excuse our dust while this transition is in progress.

Another timely announcement for you is that In A Place: Series 2 prints will be on sale this Friday, 4th of April at the Venus Studios Art Walk and Bazaar. We’re offering a Mother’s Day special on the prints if you’re looking to buy something extra special for Mom. Speaking of mothers, Calista and I will be bringing our special little guest with us on Friday as well and would love for you to stop by and say hello. The art walk runs from 2:00 to 7:00.

Venus Studios is located at 41801 Corporate Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Discovering a Visual Shorthand: The Making of The Cartographer’s Dilemma

continued from part 1

A Series Of Dilemmas

“Cartographers use an illustrative short-hand to describe geographical features of the real world. This short-hand form of communication is designed to allow the viewer to have an easy baring on the contours and layout of the area depicted on the cartographer’s map. Exaggerated color palettes, lines of various weight and solid fields of color all act as simplified yet concise forms of communication informing the map viewer of the geography depicted. Instead of focusing on the actual details of the full terrain, the user of the map can rely solely on the map to find her way around the area.
“Spoken and written language serves as a way to describe the real world as well. Words are used as a concise method to describe all the vast facets and features of the world and the ways in which we interact with and within it.
“However, are words also just another form of short-hand, simplifying or exaggerating how we see the real word? A culture’s vocabulary has such a huge impact on how it’s members regard the world in which they live. Could it be that the more complex and sophisticated our lexicon becomes, the more removed we are from simply seeing the real world?”

– as described on suboken.com

The ideas and dilemmas philosophy introduced me to were the perfect concepts for me to explore through my art. Creating art wasn’t about making a thing, it was about exploring an idea. Visual art in particular become a new voice through which I could explore the world. During the process of building The Cartographer’s Dilemma (TCD), the individual elements became metaphors of the different aspects of the theme I was tackling. With regard to the completed piece, the more refined the artwork was aesthetically, the clearer the question posed by the artwork’s concept became.

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