New Artwork: Amphibian Structure

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Frog populations have been declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction.

Most frogs require suitable habitat in both the terrestrial and aquatic environments, and have permeable skin that can easily absorb toxic chemicals. These traits make frogs especially susceptible to environmental disturbances, and thus frogs are considered accurate indicators of environmental stress: the health of frogs is thought to be indicative of the health of the biosphere as a whole.

Detail views here: http://www.andythomas.com.au/?page_id=972

Strontium Tree Part 2 released

As part of my artist in residency program at Red Bubble I have created Strontium Tree Part 2. Just like part 1, this tree has many worlds within worlds and is very highly detailed. Months of work, lots of photographic missions, and heaps of zbrush, photoshop and 3D content has been created in order to produce this work.

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10 signed limited edition prints available: email: andy@android.net.au

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40 signed limited edition small giclee fine art prints available: email: andy@android.net.au

Posters from $22 available on Red Bubble: http://www.redbubble.com/people/andythomas/works/14369715-strontium-tree-part-two?p=poster

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Some detail views

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Insect Fridays

A Lantern Bug, photographed at Mulu National Park in Borneo Malaysia

The lantern bug can grow from 1.5 to 3 inches long from head to thorax and has a wingspan of about 2 to 2.5 inches wide, depending on the species. The long “beak” called a rostrum is used to suck the juice out flowers and fruits. The lantern bug is an herbivore. Lantern bugs are called thus because of their bright usually contrasting colors. Their coloring varies for each genus but the colors are bright enough for them to earn their name, despite the fact that no lantern bug actually emits any light at all.

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Grey Shrike Thrush

Early last year when I was based at Philip Island, I came across a bird that is renowned for its beautiful song. It is called a Grey Shrike Thrush. A rather drab brown grey colour, but a voice that is sparkling with beauty. I managed to get some nice recordings, and have been working out ways to visualize its song. I wanted the visual structure of this sound to reflect the gum trees that the bird lived in. I like the idea of the natural forms and colours of the gum leaves having an influence on how the sound looks, as though the bird and its call are truly at one with the plants, and how strange it is that a computer is trying to emulate it.

Some stills and influences

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main inspiration, gum leaves and trees that the grey shrike thrush lives in.

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Heres what the bird looks like

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I was also inspired by these shells and coral that i found on the beach near by.

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Seaweed, an inspiration for the strands and stringy bits

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