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Friday, December 8, 2017

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 69
Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman

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In this 69th episode, I review Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman. Listen to hear why I loved the book for it's amazing magical world, characters who had to give their all to accomplish their goals, and a little about my upcoming debut novel "Haunted House Flipper." 

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Wrong Side of Hell (The DeathSpeaker Codex) (Volume 1)

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson | Book Review

Wow. A lot of people really love this book. I am not one of them. I'm sure it's an important book for its variation in style, or maybe its deviations in narrative voice from those of other writings of the time, but I must just not get it. To me it was a bunch of random scenes and none of them interested me. Some of the stories were really weird too. I just don't see the purpose of this book. It's like a literary version of Alice in Wonderland. The writer just wrote down whatever strange fancy came into his mind at the time and when he had enough he called it a book. At least that's what it seemed like to me. Beyond that some of the stories I found a bit disturbing. Not a fan.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton | Book Review

This book wasn't for me. I found it boring and depressing, but the writing was beautiful. So, it's like most classics. Edith Wharton is a good writer, the subject matter in this novella just leaves much to be desired when looking to read for entertainment. If you like other classics with romance in them you might like this, but I didn't care for it because the romance is between a woman and a married man. Ethan Frome should be ashamed of himself. Any sorrow I felt for him vanished when I saw that he had feelings for a woman other than his wife. To me, though the content was mild, this is nothing more than a smutty romance novel which happened to be published back in 1911. Ethan and Mattie were selfish fools. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I'm a 3D & Multimedia Artist

Below is one of first 3D scenes I ever created. It was modeled and rendered in 3ds Max, probably around 2004. I created the textures in Photoshop. It's based off of a great coffee shop called Uptown Espresso. I used to visit in Seattle. My classmates and I would sip coffee and draw in our sketchbooks there. It was within walking distance of my college, The Art Institute of Seattle. I always loved the homey feel in there, which I tried to capture in this render. That atmosphere was probably brought on by the great wood vanity they used as their table for condiments rather than a long rectangular cabinet with a flat countertop. It also had amazing huge windows which looked out to the busy street that they could open if it was a nice day.

Uptown Espresso
I've come a long way as an artist over the last thirteen years or so. Here's a render I made of a kitchen earlier this year. This one is different because I didn't model most of the 3D objects, but placed them from the library in the Chief Architect software I used to create this scene. Below that, though, you'll find a BMW I had the privelage to 3D model. Took me about 40 hours. It was a challenging and rewarding project. Anyways, just thought I'd share a little from another part of my life other than writing. If you'd like to see more of my art you can find an online portfolio here: Absalonson Art.

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Kitchen Design

BMW i8

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

REPOST: Halloween short story - A Dark Climb

Welcome to episode 14 of Short Stories of Dan Dan The Art Man! This episode is a narrated short story for Halloween about a new kid in town discovering just how real the local ghost story is when he's dared to climb up an old creepy tower that sits behind a mansion. Have a listen and I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!

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