Madcow Cosmos Day 11

[UPDATE: Joeru Pugilist comes through with another beautiful daily diary of the Madcow show right here.]

Another day for some incredible pieces by Madcow, who digs deep into his inventory for some skeletal studies. We’ll start this review with the big one, the Stalking Dragon:

Next, some of Madcow’s “low prim” skeletons, starting with his serpent emerging from a book:

…and then the dragon rising out of the ground, which I liked so much that I bought a copy at Madcow’s store in Oyster Bay Market:

And lastly, one I had not seen before – Madcow’s mastadon study. Evidence of life in the paleo-Linden period…:

As always, here’s Madcow’s commentary:

l the pieces tonight are different studies of skeletons bt each is very different. The first piece is the Mamoth, I wanted to explore the interesting shape and the weight distribution of an elephant skeleton. I was hoping the end result would have a nice natural history muesum look and I think I achieved it. The big one is called Stalking Dragon. My goal with it was to produce a very dramatic pose. I wanted it to look like it was slinking in and had just spotted its prey. I was very pleased with the final result and it helped me put a little more action into the pieces taht came after it. The next to pieces where both created for exhibits that had under 200 prims to play with. Both are fantasy themed, one coming out of the ground the other coming from a book. I especially enjoyed the book theme as I have always loved old books and the story of magical tomes.

Fabrice Crosby takes the stage

May 15th found Parisian recording artist Fabrice Crosby (RL: Fabrice Collette) coming to Oyster Bay for a special show for the North American audience.  Considering that our start time was something like 3 or 4 in the morning in France, this hour of bluesy acoustic songs was an especially welcome treat:

Thanks to Fabrice for a  great show!  We look forward to having him back soon.

Madcow Cosmos Day 10: The World Wyrm appears!

In response to a request from ArtWorld Market, who was conducting a RL (real life) seminar in New York City on SL artwork, Madcow moved his signature piece – the World Wyrm – up from Day 14 to Day 10.  The piece is just stunning, and I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves before passing along Madcow’s insights:

Seeing those photos, you can better appreciate these comments from the artist:

The world wyrm will always be what I consider my masterpiece.  When I say masterpiece I mean it in the older sense of the word where before one could be considered a master of a trade they needed to produce a piece to prove it.  This was the first piece I did that I was totally satisfied with.  He combines several elements near and dear to my heart.  First off is the mythical refrence to a serpent or dragon wrapped around the world with his tail in his mouth he was inspired by it and by its relation to the concept of rebirth and cycles.  Secondly is the detail work which is one of the signatures of my work, (about 1033 in this case though the eggs eat up a little over a third of that) some call it tedious I find it meditative.  Finally I find this piece purely beautiful in a way that eludes some of my other pieces regardless of how impressive they are in scale or fun.  I encourage you to make your own conclusion about the piece, I have a couple different ways I like to interpret it.

Catching up with Madcow, Day 9

OK, OK, I’m catching up again.  Sigh.  On the bright side, I am keeping up with the photos, which I will gladly share with you.

Madcow’s theme on Day 9 was “Under the Sea.”  And, for those who showed up in scuba gear, I apologize for the inconvenience.  (The show was up in the main gallery.  But there’s always next time!)  Regardless of how you dressed, you saw one incredible display of marine and aquatic building by our man Madcow.

Let’s start with the basics, a 189-prim jumbo shrimp (with a saddle!):

Next up, the 150-prim hermit chariot.  What a great use of the streetlamp for an additional touch of whimsy:

Looking down from above was this mild-mannered (!) seas scorpion:

But how do you get around in the water to see these sights?  A hermit chariot is a fine idea, but hermit crabs just aren’t the swiftest.  Fear not, as Madcow Cosmos has already pimped out a couple rides for you, the Sea Carriage (315 prims) and the Lobster Wagon (253):

I was really taken with the sea carriage, so here are a couple extra shots for your viewing pleasure:

As for Madcow’s perspective on today’s show, read on:

Under the sea!

Segmented bodies are one of the easiest things to build with the SL building tools, as such I cant resist knocking a couple out when I am feeling creative but too sleepy to consentrate.  I really enjoy the curves present on the undersea life and the torus is easily the most noble of the prims.  The most colorful piece is called Sea Carriage it has uncharacteristically good texturing for me I feel, as most of my textures are done more as a second thought because I build in most details in prim form.  It was made when I was in a particularly happy mood and I hope that shows through on it a bit.  The Hermit Chariot is another farily cheerfull piece, I always imagine its lantern glowing brightly as it makes it way along coral lanes (its lantern does actually glow of course).  The Next two are the rideing prawn (never enough prawn in SL) and the lobster wagon.  Both were done as part of a undersea ranch theme as I can’t resist occasionaly mixing unlikely generes in a random fashion.  It you want to know what the wagon is hauling is just rocks, its a rock lobster probably.  The final one draws back to some earlier oceans it was done entirely for foggy memory so its an impression of a sea scropion rather than the thing itself.  I really enjoy prehistoric creatures many of them have a disticntcly unlikely look to me.  As I write this someone just shouted I should make a trilobyte which will certainly make it into my idea list for future builds.  So from the deck of the Calipso I bid you fairwell for tonight, hope you enjoy the art.

Who is Madcow Cosmos?

That’s a great question.  Here’s one of his avis: