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Transition Point by HoustonSharp Transition Point by HoustonSharp
Painting done for Sean Culey's book, "Transition Point"

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kzeeso Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
So Nice... 
The robot head design (our future head)  is really nice. The form of its face is simple and perfect. I don't know about having all its circuitry so easily accessible but man I want one that looks like that. 
You are creating some amazing things.
Ayula Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful painting! The book definitely seems interesting based on this painting alone! :) Well done!
Kisaoda Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
I just can't help but thinking that this is a before and after, which makes it all the more tragically beautiful in my mind.  You've given the robot (android?) such a feminine quality to it, as well as a subtle sadness in the eyes, as though it is reflecting upon the history of its existence, once as a beautiful woman now a cold shell of what can barely be called life.

Intention or no, story or no, I think it's a wonderful invoker of the imagination.  Great job with this.  

(I'm also sorry to see that the novel didn't reach its Kickstarter goals.  I would have loved to see where that would have gone.)
culeys Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Hi Kisaoda; fear not, the book is still being written and will hopefully be published before the end of the year.  I will be launching a new Crowdsourcing campaign on Pubslush this weekend, as I think Kickstarter was too general for this kind of project.   If people are interested in supporting this by pre-ordering that would be fab.  I am offering signed prints of the art (by Houston) as well as signed copies of the book.  I'm sure I can throw in some other goodies as well. 

The above illustration kicks off Part 2 of the book, which looks at the future utopian or dystopian scenarios that could arise based on the choices society makes in regards to technological and genetic advancements as well as to how it reacts when not everyone embraces the changes in the same way.

The first part builds a foundation upon which to develop this narrative, looking back through history at how certain societies managed to succeed and why the explosion of innovation started when it did, where it did.   Houston has done a fab job at the cover artwork and the internal art for Part 1 as well. 

Really please by all of the positive comments the artwork has received; Houston - are you going to put up the other two illustrations in the Janus trilogy?     
CursedOnez Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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Tavor--21 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2014
First off I do really like this, but not just from an art standpoint, but also from a philosophical basis. Here's a few points this brought up for me to consider.

A transition point between a multitude of states of being - both the same as they are different - and unknown which state exists where. I see comments discussing robotics and the personification of human ideals, but that begs the question to ponder further on 3 major fronts.

1) Humanity is but an organic robot in itself. Based on an organic electro-chemical system yes, but a system nonetheless. Are we really that different in regards to this basis because flesh and bone are not wire and metal? We've already integrated technology into the very fiber of our being today so what makes further integration into our bodies and minds than we already have so foreign and inhuman? A concept to ponder.

2) A decision between evolution and a means to a continued progression or a stagnation upon one state of being. The water of this mentality is muddied once again with the prospect existing for both states in both a being of flesh and a being of metal. Where does evolution lie and is this really the necessity to seek out? We've all desired an endgame since birth, for one desired effect to follow a cause, what are we really desiring to seek? What do we really want?  To find what we seek or to always keep looking to leave the path to be ever unfinished?

3) Is the transition point really all that exists or is there more? Are there other options and courses of being outside of progress or contentment and where do these ideals really exist in reality once more? There are never only 2 options in life, only what we choose to conceive for our understanding so what is the conceptual basis of it all that this begins and follows?

In understanding - not knowing - this can we really see the similarities and differences between the proverbial "man and machine". It just comes down to our ability to "compute".

Great piece and I look forward to seeing more about it and further works from you.


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RgDraw Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great job ! :D
Ermes-Buttolo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing!
illumelnati Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
this is amazing!!!!
Bedajh20 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
wow this is really nice and  pretty creative, I see a hint of sadness on the robots face haha very well done
Tybertimus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Bluetooth has gone waaaaay too far.
Very nice! This may be weird, but that reflected light under her chin and nose really sells it for me :/
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