To help myself remember how I felt about various things that I finished
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Fantasy: The Golden Age of Fantastic Illustration
This is a book of images of fantasy illustrations from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. It was very inspiring to look through and to study, and it led to me to discover some things I can't believe were new to me! I had never heard of "Bill the Minder", for example, or of "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens", which is clearly an important part of the Peter Pan / Tinkerbell canon! But mostly, it is a wonderful reference for finding emotional keynotes if you are creating any kind of fantasy worlds -- I get rid of most books I read, but this will stay on the "art reference" shelf.
Jesse Schell has taught Game Design and led research projects at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (www.etc.cmu.edu) since 2002. Jesse is also the CEO of Pittsburgh’s largest videogame studio, Schell Games (www.schellgames.com), the author of The Art of Game Design: a book of lenses (www.artofgamedesign.com), and the former chairman of the International Game Developers Association (www.igda.org). In 2004, he was named one of the world’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation.
Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was the Creative Director of the Disney Virtual Reality Studio, where he spent seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and Disney Online. Before that, he was a software engineer at IBM and Bell Communications Research, and a writer, director, performer, juggler, comedian, and circus artist for both Freihofer's Mime Circus and the Juggler's Guild. You can email him at jesse(at)schellgames.com.